Monthly Archives: October 2014

Whole 30? Hell … 114 More Days is More Like It

steinbrennerfieldIf there is an advantage in having to work two jobs it’s that I have less idle time at home wanting to snack.  Even chips that are gluten-free, non GMO and totally organic I try and stay away from.  They’re not “Whole 30” friendly.  Depending on the ingredients they might be Paleo friendly, but not “Whole 30.”

The biggest reason why is simple.  The more I snack, the more I want wine.  They go hand in hand for me.

Lucky for me the World Series won’t go seven games and it’s not football season otherwise I might be in a bad spot these next four weeks.


So here I am, only on Day 3 of the Whole 30 I will meet with my first challenge.

When I get home from work, it’s likely we will be in the fifth inning of Game 7 of the World Series.  Silly as it sounds, I can’t imagine watching a baseball game without food in front of me and at 10:00+ at night, I don’t want grapes, or apples or any other fruit.  I want Mary’s Gone Crackers, or Lime Tostitos or a feed bag strapped to my neck filled with Nacho Cheese Doritos.  And I want either beer or wine with it.

The bright side: this “challenge” is only a few innings.

The down side:  I would rather meet with that challenge and watch nine innings of baseball.

Three days of the Whole 30 down, but another 114 days ‘til pitchers and catchers report to spring training.

February 20th, where are you…

P-Day 2: Lisfranc & His Sprains Need to Get Lost!

f8622279a554cd8ccf044636ac848c09Apparently we are not supposed to be too concerned with numbers when doing the Whole 30. Weigh and measure yourself on Day 1 and don’t think about it again until the 30 is complete.

What is supposed to matter most are our long term health goals. For the most part, I agree. No more Blood Pressure meds equals Goal #1

Since going Paleo January 2 my doctor has removed the cholesterol meds and knocked my BP meds down a notch. That alone is incentive for me.

But to not be cognizant of my numbers on a regular basis is not something I see happening and here’s why.

For the past month or so I’ve been nursing a Lisfranc Sprain which has kept me off my feet. I rely on the 20 hours a week I work at Home Depot spent on my feet, moving at all times, lifting things and actually being mobile. It helps keep the weight down.

Well, five weeks off my feet and I’ve put on weight. Partly due to the sprain. Partly because I believe breathing between bites is wasted time. Happy to report I need not butter my hips to get through a door, but if I’m being honest I see less of my feet today than I did five weeks ago.

So when I stepped on the scale and used the tape measure on Monday morning, I was concerned.

I learned today I have two and a half more weeks with this boot on my foot and light duty at HD. Ugh. So the only way I will be getting healthy is eating right with some limited forms of exercise.

Food intake today is the same as yesterday with a little sausage and onions left over from last night added to my egg frittata. Planning ahead is great because you need not worry about having the right meals ready. Down side is you’re having much of the same meals three or four days in a row. For some that can be an issue. For me it isn’t. Food, at this point, is fuel. But it needs to be good fuel because there’s no cardio exercise.

The Whole 30 – Again

Since January 2 I have made a conscious effort to cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups out of my life. I went Paleo. It wasn’t a strict, hard core lifestyle, but one that has taken time to embrace and adapt to.

For most of the past 10 months I have been good. Granted, I have indulged in foods and drink that aren’t considered Paleo and I have done so without remorse. I don’t believe in a full time, hard core, strict food regime because that is not a way I wish to live.

But there are times you have to take control of the things you can. There are times you need to cut the crap and give your body a break. Treat it right so you can live a long time. This is one of those times for me.

Those who are Paleo will make multiple Whole 30 attempts during the course of a year. In the past 10 months I have made two dedicated attempts at the Whole 30.

The first time was in January and I kicked its ass.

The second time I tried it was a week after spending 13 days in Italy. I didn’t have a prayer. I ran from that faster than a fat kid from broccoli. Mostly because I’m fat and hate broccoli.

But with the holidays approaching I am committed to enjoying them. There will be salty snacks and sweets. There will be wine and cheeses and foods that are not considered Paleo. But by no means can I enter that time of year feeling like this.

So today through Wednesday November 25 I do The Whole 30. No excuses. No cop outs.

For now, it’s easy. I know the Paleo lifestyle; what’s good and what isn’t.  What’s allowed and what isn’t. Preparation is everything for success. Breakfast was a ground beef egg frittata with roasted cherry tomatoes. Lunch was roasted chicken legs and wings with S,P & garlic, dinner sausage and onions with tomatoes. Daytime snacks are two honey crisp apples; six baby clementines and a bunch of grapes. To drink, six bottles of water..

For now, it’s easy. First days usually are. Come day 10, 11 or 12 it will be a challenge.