After attending the Whole 9 Life Foundations of Nutrition workshop two weekends ago, Jake and I decided to participate in their Whole 30 program… just because. We have been eating paleo for a year and a half now, so it wasn’t as though this was going to be a major change for us, we were more curious to see if we would notice a difference, so we figured, why not give it a try?
So, what’s the difference for us if we’re already so perfectly paleo?
Well, we’re not completely perfect. Every day we aim to make the best food choices that we can, but in this modern world of 90% non-food, occasionally the bite of something toxic does find its way into our diet. After all, we do shoot weddings. And there is wedding cake. And we’d be rude not to have a piece if offered, right? (sarcasm, people… sarcasm :)
So it’s only been two weeks of eating perfectly – no cheats, not a bite, is the aim of the game. Weddings are where it usually falls apart for me – pasta or sandwiches are often the vendor meal and I’m usually too tired and hungry to skip it or do something different. We did shoot a wedding this past weekend, and we were fortunate enough to be given guest meals for dinner (steak for me, salmon for Jake). We kindly passed on the cake. And the gourmet dessert bar. And I felt great the next morning, no high blood sugar, no food hangover.
So how else is it paying off?
Well, I’ve reduced my insulin needs even further. (Taking 2 less units of Lantus for you type 1s out there – down to 8 units/day). And my sugars have been SO steady! I’m still a bit more insulin resistant during my luteal phase, but this past week I was in it, my sugars were not as high as they were in previous months. (Yay!) I increased my NPH during this time to achieve for lower readings. I’m going to be charting my readings, insulin doses, and carb counts over the next 2 weeks to bring to my next doctor’s appointment. My goal is to show her that you can have steady, low blood sugars without having a lot of dangerous low readings.
Jake is doing well also. He’s looking even slimmer and I think it’s weirding him out a bit that his jeans are loose yet again, but I think healthy looks so, so handsome on him :)
So, that’s all for now. Oh – we did make a very exciting purchase of a new Dutch Oven from Sur La Table this weekend for a wonderful goulash recipe I’ll be cooking up tomorrow. The list of ingredients makes my mouth water, so stay tuned for that.
And for those wondering what I’ve had to eat today…
- Breakfast: 3 eggs, 4 pieces of bacon, 1 red pepper, scoop of coconut butter
- Lunch: Flank Steak & sweet potato fries fried in coconut oil (sweet potatoes are a rare treat friends – this isn’t an excuse to eat them every meal!)
- Dinner: will likely be some grilled Halibut and spaghetti squash, likely chased down with a glass of coconut milk
Happy eating! Joey