Saturday, January 24, 2015

You know what silence means....

I might as well just reference this post again, because I wound up in the EXACT same place...

After 10 days of being on Whole30, I had lost 5 pounds, was struggling to get enough calories and had completely lost my appetite. Ordinarily, these would all be awesome results to get from this.  However, I am pregnant and I was warned by my OB that I was clear to do a Whole30 as long as I was getting enough calories.  Around day 10, I got to the same mental place where I preferred to NOT eat instead of eating compliant food. I had NO cravings and no appetite. I was barely scraping by with 1000 calories a day, where my calorie requirements are closer to 2,000!

I am a HUGE Whole30 supporter. I believed (and STILL believe) everyone should at least TRY to complete one. It's hard, I would never tell you it's easy. But it's worth it. I miss feeling awesome. I miss SLEEPING - my pregnancy-induced insomnia was gone and I would bound out of bed in the morning ready to face the day.  But I have to do what's best for me and the baby at this point. 

My husband has continued his Whole30 through today, which he planned to stop (so a Whole24). I have been keeping our family dinners compliant for his benefit. I have added in sprouted grain bread and (let's be honest here) treats!  Oh how I missed peanut butter!!

I am still 1lb below where I was on Jan 1 when I started this Whole30. My goal for this pregnancy is not to gain 40lbs, but honestly? My doctor has always ALWAYS told me how much you gain DURING pregnancy does.not.matter. It's how much you take off when you're done, in what amount of time. I am thankful for his opinion because I do tend to gain weight. But I also plan to stay more active this time than the last two times.

While I am enjoying being able to have a treat or fulfill a craving, I do miss how GOOD I felt being wholly compliant.  I am trying to make sure I am eating enough veggies (my biggest issue when not on Whole30) and to cut back on the refined sugars!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Whole30 Round 2, days 3-7

Just meal plans for a bit! I am thrilled to be getting back to working out soon!

Day 3: 

Breakfast: turkey sausage, sweet potato, egg bake. Coffee w/coconut milk. Blackberries. 
Mid am: random fruit at a bday party. 
Lunch: 2 hb eggs. Carrots. olives. Banana. 
Dinner: hamburger party. Side salad. Side of fruit.

Day 4: 
Breakfast: Sausage, sweet potato & egg bake. Apple. Avocado.
Lunch: HUGE salad - romaine, chicken breast, olives, cucumbers, carrots. 1/3 baked potato with salsa. 
Dinner: Steak, curried cauliflower, baked potato, sauteed mushrooms, salad with Tessamae's balsamic dressing.

Day 5: 
Breakfast: 3 eggs, 1/3 avocado, greens, banana. 
PWO: egg white
Lunch: steak, 1/2 avocado, carrots, sweet potato (about 1/2). 
PM snack: banana, handful almonds
Dinner: spaghetti squash & meatballs. Salad.

Day 6:
Breakfast: 2 slices of bacon, 1/2 an avocado, 3 scrambled eggs, banana. Coffee with coconut cream.
Lunch: most of a chicken breast with Frank's, romaine with a splash of tessamae's balsamic, carrots, 1/2 of a pear, 3 meatballs. 
Dinner: Almond crusted chicken strips, pineapple, sweet potato "fries" (they were really mushy!) and roasted broccoli.
Day 7: 
Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled, 2 slices of bacon, 1/4 avocado, banana. 
Lunch: 4 meatballs, spaghetti squash (not much, probably 1/4-1/2 cup), 6 olives, apple.
Midafternoon: banana
Dinner: 1 1/2 buffalo chicken stuffed peppers and a side salad.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Whole30, #2, Days 1-2

Oh the headache on day 1!!

I skipped my coffee because the baby just DOESN'T like it some mornings. BIG mistake. I had a headache so bad I could barely hold my head up most of the day. :(

Add to that my husband's superstition about eating chicken/eggs on NYD.... it was interesting finding food yesterday!

We hadn't made it to Whole Foods for bacon yet, so he threw together a hot dog/potato/red pepper scramble. It wasn't the worst concoction we've ever had but I don't think we'll be rushing to try it again. ;-)  I also had 1/4 of an avocado and half of a grapefruit.

Lunch: 4 baby cucumbers, handful of olives, hot dogs and whole grain mustard. 

Dinner: Crispy carnitas, roasted broccoli, baked potato with compliant salsa. 

Friday was better. I was able to get down about a half a cup of coffee with coconut cream - so far, no headache!

Breakfast: 3 over medium eggs, 1/2 avocado, one cup of blackberries.

Lunch: Baked chicken breast, 1/4 avocado, 2 clementines, about a cup of baby carrots.

Afternoon: 1oz almonds

Dinner: Cracklin' chicken, roasted carrots, roasted potatoes.  This was pretty big as I normally CANNOT STAND cooked carrots. These? They'll be made in my house 1-2 times a week going forward. Delicious!! 

I need to modify just slightly. I am only coming in around 1,000 calories and I JUST don't feel like that's enough while pregnant. Yes, I know the rules, but I am being overly cautious because of my pregnancy.  So I will watch my protein intake (keep it less than 20% of my total daily macros), calories and calcium. So I will be adding a fourth meal and possibly a snack after dinner just to make sure I'm hitting 1500+ calories.