15 August 2012

Of the Whole 30 (Part 2)

It's been over a week now since we started our Whole 30 Journey and it has already been an interesting ride.  While I, of course, have been giving daily updates, I feel the need to clarify our purpose in pursuing this 30-day endeavor because I have not done much to address this aspect.

First and foremost, I feel it's important to emphasize, the goal of the Whole 30 is not, nor has ever been, about weight loss.  This program is a "diet" inasmuch as it dictates our eating habits, but not with the goal of seeing the numbers on the scale decrease.  In fact, the Program itself demands we not weigh ourselves for the entire month because we are not to fixate on the wrong goal.

The reason we are going through the Whole 30 is so we might learn to approach food in a healthy manner.  This means we are learning not to let food control us (via cravings), comfort us or motivate us.  Food is fuel.  It's good to indulge and appreciate food, but good food.

A secondary benefit is to learn how our bodies respond to different foods.  It's difficult to test the idea that certain things we consider normal and necessary to our diets are actually sapping our energy or messing with our systems unless we eradicate these foods, allow our bodies to re-set and then re-introduce certain things gradually (or leave them out altogether when we discover how much we don't really miss them).

So, that's where we are - re-setting our systems and learning to appreciate good food, cooked in healthy ways.

And, yes, we can tell we're losing weight, but we're more excited about the fact that we no longer feel extremely hungry between meals or long for milkshakes (ok, one of those would still be nice, but I'm not longing for the thirty days to end so I can have one - that would defeat the point, of course).

1,000 Gifts:
772. Sending our littlest to bed full
773. An evening together
774. Catching up on the house

Whole 30 - Day 8
Breakfast - Sausage & Egg Casserole, Banana
Lunch - Salad with Rotisserie Chicken and Homemade Mayonnaise
Dinner - Pizza Meatloaves, Salad with Homemade Italian Dressing (per the recipe on Pampered Chef's Measure, Mix & Pour - if you're interested, let me know - just sayin')

Worst Part of Today: Taking a ten-minute on-line survey about chocolate cake. At least I got fifty cents out of it.

Best Part of Today: While Pigs-in-a-Blanket and Fruit Pizzas (on sugar cookies!) were offered at Bible Study this morning and I figured they probably tasted really good, it wasn't that difficult to turn them down.  I wasn't hungry and didn't even crave them.  You all, these are some of my absolute favorite foods we're talking about, and I barely batted an eye.  Something is changing - and it's crazy.

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