You can find Part 1 here.
Part 2 as promised…
The Analyzation of the Data: Coming off of our 30 days on vacation was hard. Hard as in our “day 30” was Monday and we had ice cream on Saturday (day 27). Also “the book” says to try yogurt, ice cream and a glass of milk to reintroduce dairy (which is why we could justify the ice cream) and although we did this the added sugar makes me wonder how to tell the difference between sugar and dairy in my body. Also, the emotional side of vacationing and eating out and having things (to eat) that you wouldn’t normally have was challenging. But we did the best we could. I feel like overall we did a good job of abstaining from PSFs for 27 days as planned.
Conclusion: I felt fat and big and bad about myself for having ice cream (but could that just be an unhealthy association with food that I’ve struggled with my entire life or my body actually rejecting a PSF?) No one else has been complaining of anything-with the exception of one child having a slight dairy issue-which she will have to decide if it’s worth the “fill in the blank with a dairy item”. The girls know how to eat better and eat eggs for breakfast without much resistance. They are satisfied with hard boiled eggs, Lara bars, pepperoni, nuts, carrot sticks and snap peas for snacking. And I am cooking pretty much Whole30 type meals for dinner still.
Long Term Plan: Eat more vegetables, proteins and fruit and nuts. When eating grains I will try and provide home baked bread without all of the dairy, eggs, sugar and butter. My Artisan Loaf does a great job of that. When we have a treat like ice cream or a cookie or it’s somebody’s birthday or we go to someone’s house-everyone is on their own if they decide to eat what is offered. That’s where the “Mom is not the Food Police” mantra comes in. Tonight I heard one of the girls say, while preparing her dinner from the leftover clearance sale before her on the kitchen counter, “let’s see I have my vegetable (she points to the homemade tomato soup), and my protein (shredded carnita meat), what else do I need mom?” um, in my book that’s success! I also want to make my own yogurt (because it’s good to have live, active cultures in your body and I don’t want to make fermented foods. Just yogurt). AND I am using heavy cream in my coffee-so far my body is okay with that. Notice that I don’t need sugar? Success again! Also-I love how a diced sweet potato tastes like a sugar cube-with a lot more complex flavor. I guess what I’m trying to say here is without all of the added sweeteners and other PSFs I am actually tasting and really enjoying my real food that I make. Success!
Also, I made cookies the other day. I ate *some* dough. I’d like to say I didn’t like it, it was horribly sweet and made me throw up. Nope. The Whole30 people refer to my desire for sugar as the Sugar Dragon. Now how do you think that makes sugar feel? Sheesh. So extreme! ; ) I haven’t had anymore cookie dough (I did make it 40 days before I made some-so that’s good, right?) and I don’t expect to have anymore anytime soon. But, I will whisper this as to not offend Senor Sugar: I really do think my desire for sugar-laced confections mimics the manner of those fire-breathing beasts I have read about in books and seen in movies. Just sayin’.
Can you believe I’ve written enough for a P
art 3?! Brother. How can one woman have so many words?!
Tomorrow we’ll finish up more thoughts on this. As always comment away-and don’t forget to check the box that says “alert me of new comments to my comment” or something like that…I try to reply to your comments but if you don’t check that box you may never see my reply to you.
Onward we go!