BEFORE: My husband Dave and I beginning the Whole30 Program with Andrea from The Pineapple Cake Blog, and her boyfriend, Ben.
After: Saturday March 14th - Day 28 of the Whole 30 program
Today, March 16th, is our last day of the paleo The Whole30 Program! Woo-hoo. We made it. For what we lost in weight and sugar cravings we gained in learning some valuable life changing lessons about what we eat. A quick run down for those of you who missed my first post on this; we have spent the last 30 days cutting out refined sugars, gluten, grains, dairy and legumes and booze from our diet. Funnily enough, there is still heaps left over that you can eat. Can you believe it. We had meat, bacon, fish, eggs, more bacon, vegetables, nuts, fruit, and some more bacon, coffee and teas, and veggie juices straight from my juicer, and bacon. There was lot's of coconut everything (milk, cream, water, oil, even a little bit of flour). We were also able to have ghee, nuts and nut oils, spices and herbs, and bacon.
The Whole30 is extreme Paleo. For us it's a kickstart into a whole new way of life and the way we think about what we consume. Paleo people find it most easy to compare this way of eating to a cave man's diet, but there's so much more to it. I was making my own mayonnaise, ranch and caesar dressings, and aioli. I'm sure cavemen didn't eat those things. The whole point of paleo is to just bring food back to it's simplest forms while still making it super tasty with herbs and spices. You just take out all the extra crap in it - like MSG, refined sugar, additives and preservatives. Paleo makes you focus on the good-for-you fats too!
For me there needed to be a psychological shift away from convenience food. One of the biggest struggles I had was making time for cooking. That seems a bit off for me to say because I already cooked all the time but the big difference with Whole30 was that I was cooking from scratch, and cooking every single meal, (or cooking big batches for left overs). I mean making my own sauces, dips and dressings from scratch as well. There were no breakfast cereals to give me a break. I am always honest here so I'll let you know that there was a lot of freaking dishes to be washed too. My husband studies or plays with our son when he isn't working full time so it was up to me to cook and clean it all. And yes, even with my dishwasher there were still lot's of dishes to clean.
I rationalised the amount of work I was doing in the kitchen by thinking of all that time I used to spend at the gym with little to no results. I thought "At least I can feel a difference in my pants with all this effort."
CALM DOWN - Of course I haven't stopped exercising! I fully believe that needs to be a part of any healthy lifestyle. I'm just saying I saw more physical results changing my input than working on my output.
I feel like my whole adult life I have been searching for this solution, spending so much energy on things that wouldn't work, or if they did it was TOO DAMN HARD to continue and carry into my day to day life. I may have shed a tear of relief this morning after stepping off the scales, not from being done the Whole30 at the end of today, but at finally having cracked the case on what's been hindering my weight loss. I told
Sherlock Andrea in the beginning of this program that I didn't want to feel like I was hungry all the time, and I didn't at all on this. I ate when I was hungry, and didn't focus on portion sizes outside of what I normally would have.
So you want results well I've got some! I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight (and my pre-pregnancy shorts)!
That means I lost 5 Kgs (11lbs).
That means I lost 5 Kgs (11lbs).
Here's what I lost in centimetres:
- Waist - 3cms
- Stomach - 7.5cms (That's around 3 inches)!
- Upper Arms - 3cms
- Butt - 4.5cms
How have we changed? We are converted. I think you'll find us eating this way in a 70/30 split. That means I am having birthday cake next week, and wine on our anniversary this Wednesday, but for the most part we are going to be eating the paleo way. Thankfully that won't be too hard because it's not as strict as the Whole30. We can invite honey and maple syrup back into our lives now, but in small doses. Now that we see we can achieve this lifestyle with out sacrificing on portion and taste we think we can continue.
We met up with Andrea and Ben on Day 28 where we had begun on Day 1. That's the Paleo Cafe in Newcastle (Cleary St, Hamilton). Almost everything they make is Whole30 compliant so it's such an easy option for us when most places haven't been. Andrea had the beef cheek on Day 1 and convinced me to try it on Day 28. The last time I had it, elsewhere, I hated it. That experience was like sorting through a mine-field of fat just to find a tasty morsel of meat. I'm glad I gave the Paleo Cafe's beef cheeks a try because they are amazing, there was no fat sorting to be had, which is a workout all on it's own. These cheeks just fell apart and melted in my mouth, and were perfect accompanied with the sweet potato and pumpkin puree.
David had the pork belly special. He said it's the best pork belly he has ever had! WHOA! And we both discovered something we had never heard of before, cashew cheese. The Paleo Cafe does sell a jar of it separately too so you can take some home.
I'm not sure I would have survived the Whole 30 with out some coconut amino sauce, which is also sold at the Paleo Cafe. I don't know who else sells it. The best way to describe it would be like a sweet and sour stir-fry sauce. It's a Whole30 must have. I made my own version of honey mustard with it when we had chicken schnitzel at home.
Quite of few of my friend's have asked me all that's involved in doing the Whole30. I've already been honest in letting you know that you have to work to eat this well. You have to spend time in your kitchen creating (unless you don't mind just eating eggs and bacon for breakfast, and steak and salad at all other meals). Creativity is key to this challenge. Trying out a new recipe at least 5 times a week can be exhausting but once you learn them it just gets easier to make the switch to eating better, and eating cleaner.
THE VERY, VERY GOOD NEWS IS (and you heard it here first), the Paleo Cafe is starting their first Whole30 program on Tuesday - April 28th, 2015!
That means they will be cooking every lunch and dinner for you for all 30 days! That also means less time doing meal plans, less time in the kitchen, cooking and cleaning, and less time in the shops buying all the food. Stay tuned with Peachy Keen Mumma and the Paleo Cafe Newcastle on FB because we will be providing a Whole 30 registration link as soon as it's all good to go.
To celebrate the completion of the Whole30 program, the Paleo Cafe would like to give my readers a chance to win 2 prizes.
PRIZE 1 - Kora Organics Cosmetics by Miranda Kerr (valued at $150).
PRIZE 2 - Breakfast at the Paleo Cafe Newcastle for you and 3 friends, including beverages.
This Competition is now closed.a Rafflecopter giveaway
Good luck! Competition will end on April 7th.2015 and the 2 winners will be announced in the week following.
The winner of the Kora Organics Cosmetics is Dianne C, and the winner of the breakfast for four is Kathryn R. This was a game of skill, and the answers were judged on creativity as well as rafflecopter entries. The Judges decision is final. Thank you to Clarissa, Owner of Paleo Cafe Newcastle, for choosing our winners!
Full disclosure: While the giveaway was sponsored by the Paleo Cafe Newcastle, all opinions are my own and the whole30 results are a result of my own efforts.