Happy 30th Birthday Stacy!
The best present I could have given to myself this year was continued improvement in health and weight loss – and I did just that. As much as weight is just a number on a scale (I’ve had several people tell me just this past week, “you don’t weigh under 200lbs yet? I just don’t believe it!”), weight does represent an improvement in overall health when you’re coming from morbid obesity.
When I ended my “Eat for You” challenge a couple of months ago, I hit a low of 202lbs. Now, I did a serious WOD on a long fast to pull out that number, so when I went back to normal life my resting weight was about 204. Throw in some celebratory wine, Paleo(ish) treats, and too many carbs and I found myself staring at a 208lb person. Holy cow! What the heck was I doing?
Now with complete awareness of what my body needs and how to nourish it properly, on Monday August 29th (the day after Cole’s birthday party) I started a plan to get back on the straight and narrow. I “invented” my own Paleo detox. I did a low-carb version of Whole9Life Whole30 meets BalancedBites 21 Day Sugar Detox for the days leading up to Friday (I started celebrating yesterday), that’s 11 days. What did I actually eat? Well, it’s meats, vegetables, oils and nuts. No fruit, sweeteners, or tubers. No grain oils, soy of any kind or legumes. Nothing from a factory. If you’re saying, “What about?” or “Can I?” the answer is probably no.
The good news is, I ate like a queen. Matt really encouraged me to succeed and helped me by planning our meals accordingly. I mean, it’s 11 days – anyone can adjust their diet for 11 days! The result? By day 7 it felt like habit, rather than misery and like something I was missing out on. I remembered why I choose to eat this way, I was EXUBERANT, joyous, happy and able to cope with stress so much more easily. Plus, yada yada weight loss… I LOST TEN POUNDS (that’s real weight, no fasting or trickery involved). Not to mention, I lost a ton of inches from carb bloating, my face saw improvement in blotching and overall inflammation was reduced.
Paleo is great, I love it and will advocate it for all until I’m blue in the face. But, for my metabolically-deranged-hasn’t-quite-recovered-from-the-metric-ton-of-weight-I-used-to-carry body, there is nothing that makes me feel as good as “low carb, high fat” Paleo does. If you’re struggling with weight-loss or a plateau, I implore you to give it a shot.
What else did I do? First off, I ate when I was hungry. I didn’t eat when I wasn’t. I noticed at about day 4 that my hunger dissipated and I was hungry less often. I’m sure that’s when my body hit ketosis heavily and started nourishing itself from fat stores (keytone bodies) more so than consumption. My organs function best with high-fat low-carb foods, so it seems that whatever combination I provide of the right foods produces good results – as long as I follow my body’s hunger cues for volume, and not my brains “I want sugar cues.”
Then, I simply focused on getting some sleep and got my body moving. When you’re exhausted from the sugar detox hitting your system, refuel with fat – not caffeine: give your adrenals a break! My craving busting foods were macadamia nuts or bacon because the fat satiates my appetite and calms my bran. Plus, they taste delicious!
And the rest of the weight loss was just eating food, here’s what it looks like…
Monday Day 1:
9 AM: Espresso and a small palm-sized portion of macadamia nuts
11:40 AM: Homemade curried carrot soup with coconut cream and smoked pork
3:30 PM: Green decaf Kombucha tea
6:30 PM: Beef & broccoli (homemade with coconut aminos) over pureed cauliflower “rice”
Tuesday Day 2:
9:15 AM: Chicken sausage, 1.5 C spinach (cooked in bacon fat), 2 over medium eggs (cooked in bacon fat)
12:00 PM: A fist full of kale chips (roasted in olive oil, lemon zest and salt)
1:45 PM: Smoked pork over green salad with carrots and homemade dijon vinaigrette
3:20 PM: Decaf coffee
7:00 PM: Meatball salad with canned tomatoes, black olives and fresh basil
8:45 PM: Raw hazelnuts, broiled for a few minutes with a tablespoon each of coconut oil and cocoa powder (palm sized portion)
Wednesday Day 3:
10:45 AM: 1/4 lb Ground sausage, 1.5c fresh spinach (cooked in sausage fat), 2 over medium eggs (cooked in sausage fat)
2:00 PM: Leftover beef & broccoli (small 1 C portion)
2:45 PM: Mayan Cocoa Spice decaf herbal tea with palm sized portion of macadamias
6:45 PM: Organ Meat Pie (cauliflower puree, broccoli, carrots, grass fed beef liver and ground beef)
Thursday Day 4:
9:15 AM: 2 egg omelet with caramelized onions (tasted like candy!) and mushrooms
11:45 PM: Homemade curried carrot soup with coconut cream and leftover organ meat pie
2:30 PM: Buffalo jerky stick
4:15 PM: 1/3 C roasted, salted almonds
Friday Day 5:
9:15 AM: 2 fried eggs with spinach and bacon
1:00 PM: Tuna salad with homemade mayo and a green salad and homemade dijon vinaigrette
6:30 PM: Grilled zucchini and yellow squash with a bun-less “hangler with mockamole”
Saturday Day 6 (Polyface day):
9:15 AM: 2 hard boiled eggs and coffee
2:00 PM: not pictured: green salad with 1/3 chicken breast without dressing (bad restaurant choice)
4:00 PM: (desperate for food time) 5 guys bun-less burger (now certified gluten-free!) with lettuce, tomato and mustard
6:15 PM: buffalo summer sausage
8:45 PM: Guilty Pleasures Bacon fried Duck
Sunday Day 7:
10:30 AM: coffee, carrot sticks, 1/2 avocado and egg salad
4:30 PM: palm full of macadamia nuts
7:00 PM: sliced flank steak over a green salad and drizzled balsamic vinegar
Monday Day 8:
10:00 AM: 2 Polyface sausages and the boys leftover scrambled eggs (about 1 1/2)
2:30 PM: 1 1/2 pork backbones, 1 1/2 chicken thighs, 1/2 cup cauliflower Everyday Paleo “no potato” salad and 2 endives filled with Primal Palate made it themselves guacamole
Tuesday Day 9:
9:30 AM: 3 Polyface sausages and 2 scrambled eggs
3:15 PM: 1 1/2 pork backbones, Matt’s Texas BBQ Sauce and a green salad with homemade dijon vinaigrette
10:00 PM: palm full of macadamias (late night blogging is tough, people)
Wednesday Day 10:
9:00 AM: 2 fried eggs, 1/2 avocado, 2 strips of bacon
10:00 AM: coffee
2:00 PM: 2 Polyface uncured hot dogs, sauerkraut and brown mustard
6:30 PM: venison meatloaf with diced tomatoes and roasted zucchini and yellow squash
Thursday Day 11:
9:00 AM: 2 fried eggs, 2 cup spinach, 2 strips of bacon (diced)
12:30 PM: 3 stalks of celery, 3 carrots and 1 can of salmon with homemade mayo and dill
6:30PM: mixed green salad with mushrooms carrots and homemade balsamic dressing and 2 ground venison curry kabobs
I’d like to take a moment here to formally announce that I am no longer over 2oolbs. I weigh 198lbs. Barely 16 months ago I weighed 336lbs after giving birth to my youngest child. Not that I give ANY credit to weight as a number, but there are plenty of people who do. It’s nice to know those people can now see me as an “average” size 14 woman. That magical “1” has been my goal for so long, that I can’t quite believe it’s here.
Ah well, I’m sure I’ve ruined it with dark chocolate and a gluten-free high-brow french dinner with my father yesterday then Aarti Paarti’s Pomegranate Sriracha Chicken Wings and Primal Palate’s Carrot Cake today. The great thing? I’m able to celebrate within the confines which I am comfortable and then move right back on plan to becoming the healthy mother I’ve always wanted to be, but never thought possible. What a gift!