Whole30 Progress Report (Days 9-14)

Day 9: This feels routine now. Any cravings I may have are manageable now. Getting up and making breakfast feels normal, and delicious! Coffee with out sweetener is pleasant! However I did discover a good trick to make it fancy... Coconut milk, full fat, the kind you find in a can in the Asian foods aisle in your coffee is heavenly! Especially when you've been drinking it black! On a positive note the essential fatty acids in full fat coconut milk are so good for you. Today and in the past, it has helped relieve spasticity and numbness in my toes. For me just that little relief has been amazing!

Meals Day 9:

Eggs with chunky salsa (I'm still working on a better breakfast veggie than salsa!)

Leftover pork and Brussels sprouts

Lamb with asparagus

Day 10: Cheating doesn't even seem worth it anymore. I almost bought some chocolate at the store last night, but decided on grapes instead. It really wasn't that hard. With how well I am feeling, it's not worth it anymore. My balance has improved dramatically along with my stamina. Being able to walk is worth more than a bit of chocolate!! 
I've even gotten to the point where I forget what day I am on, they all run together. And I made a new goal after this Whole30 is over. I'm tackling the Whole30 autoimmune protocol. On top of what I have already eliminated I will need to drop eggs, nuts, seeds and nightshades like tomatoes, peppers, and certain spices. This is more overwhelming to me than just my first Whole30. However, the energy boost this way of eating (I'm not calling it a diet) has given me is incredible and I want more! Oh and I broke the rules... I got on the scale. My husband and I were having a discussion about his weight (he'd love to gain some weight, although I think he is perfect!) Out came the scale and he jumped on so I did too. I've been dying to see those stupid numbers! I told myself that since my main goal in this is not weight loss, but rather health, weighing myself isn't going to matter either way since I am seeing the results I want with how I feel. Well, I don't regret stepping on that scale, it gave me another boost! I'm down 6 pounds in 10 days!! It just told me how well my body is responding to eating this way, and I am not looking back!! Honestly, I don't think I'd be here without blogging about it along the way!

Days 11-12:This has been a day I have been dreading for a while. Some very close friends invited us over for dinner, his famous paella that he has only told us about for the last year or more. He had to decide to finally make it while I am committed to my Whole30!! I have been stressing about taking my own food and feeling like I won't enjoy this dinner with my Whole30 hanging over me. And then I realize, it will give me the opportunity to tell them why I am eating the way I am. What it has done for me and why I am not quitting when I hit the 30 day mark. My friend is generously making ceviche for me, and I am taking my cauliflower tortillas, which they are excited to try. The hardest part of the whole night was at the end of the evening, I really just wanted a cupcake and a glass of wine! But I stood firm and feel great about it! My husband on the other hand indulged in a cupcake, and had an instant headache! That was the reassurance I needed! Social gatherings can be such a trigger. Being prepared, and dealing with the emotions of it before I got there helped a lot.

Day 13: Almost halfway there. Each day is about the same now. I wake up alert and ready to start the day. I wake up hungry and needing breakfast, something I never did in the past. At this point I still wake with pain and stiffness, which is why I want to continue this with the Autoimmune Protocol I mentioned above. Once I really know more about it I will update this site with specific information for you. For now check out: Whole30 AutoImmune Protocol for more information and an edited shopping list for those of us with autoimmune diseases.

Meals Day 13:

Eggs with chunky salsa (These local eggs are so tasty, I crave them every morning when I wake up!)

Lettuce wrap: Butter lettuce, leftover steak sliced, tomatoes, avocado...

Tacos with cauliflower tortillas (You'll read about the mistake I made with these next..)

Day 14: Had an appointment today with my neurological chiropractor. He said he could see improvements! My clonis is better (the involuntary bouncing of my leg). He told me that if you ask a general neurologist they would tell you once you have it, it never goes away. I'm all for proving them wrong!! Hearing that others are noticing a difference is really motivating! Especially when people ask if I have lost weight... and why yes, I have!!
Had my first proof of diet last night. We made tacos, my hubby was cooking for me and dumped our usual taco seasoning in the meat mix. I almost asked about it but hesitated... we had read the ingredients on the mix, but it was before my Whole30! He looked later, and the majority of the ingredients were NOT compliant, it had sugar, potato starch, rice flour, and spices derived from nightshades in it. Not even twenty minutes after eating my toes felt fuzzy and were burning!! I know it had to be the seasoning! Whether it was the sugar or other preservatives in it, that seasoning will never be used in our house again!! Lesson learned! 

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