Whole30 Food Journal ~ Wed., May 9

by Angie Anew on May 9, 2012

Before I get to today’s Whole30 food journal entry, I’d like to clarify something. Since I decided to do another Whole30, a few people have asked, “Why?” My answer typically includes the following reasons:

  • My eating habits have started to backslide since January.
  • I sleep better and have more energy when I eat well.
  • I’d like to finally lose that last bit of baby weight.

People usually respect the first two reasons. The third, however, has prompted a few incredulous responses. You see, I’m not overweight. In fact, I’m fairly thin by today’s standards. I’ve gained back about five pounds since my last Whole30, putting my weight at 138 pounds. My body mass index is 23, which is two full points under the “overweight” category.

So why do I want to lose weight?

The reason is simple: I weighed about 128 pounds before I had kids, and I see no reason that I shouldn’t weigh that much right now.

Completely rational? No.

Wrong? I don’t think so.

In fact, it will only becomes more difficult to lose weight (and maintain my weight) as I age. So unless I want to accept steady, lifelong weight gain as inevitable, now it the time to make a change.

That doesn’t mean that I think that people my size need to lose weight. People should do whatever helps them feel healthy and comfortable. And I feel most comfortable when I weigh just under 130 pounds, which also happens to be smack dab in the middle of the healthy weight range for my height.

Sounds reasonable to me.

And now for my food journal…

Wednesday Whole30 Breakfast: Black coffee, blackberries, green olives and cold chicken. (Weird, I know, but readily available and healthy.)

Wednesday Whole30 Lunch: African peanut soup (from my frozen soup library) and apple slices with unsweetened sunflower seed butter.

Wednesday Whole30 Dinner: Rotisserie chicken, pan-grilled asparagus, green olives, strawberries and a green smoothie (unsweetened coconut milk, handful of kale, and a few frozen chunks of peaches and bananas).

Whole30 Dinner

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Alissa May 9, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Angie, are you using canned coconut milk or the unsweetened beverage kind?


Angie Anew May 9, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I’m using the unsweetened beverage kind, which I know goes against the Whole30 rules against guar gum or carrageenan or whatnot. (I can’t commit to that level of food piety, and I’m quite OK with that!)


Angie Anew May 9, 2012 at 8:52 PM

BUT if you have found a version of coconut milk that doesn’t have that stuff, I’m all ears.


Natasha May 9, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Glad you are back. I am on day 3 of my second whole 30 also. You are right on as far as doing this to be healthy, feel good, and not accept small gains. It’s harder the second time to stick to pure whole 30, yes?


Angie Anew May 9, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Yeah, it is hard to stick to some of the finer points. But hey, I’m a big picture person anyway! :)


Kate May 10, 2012 at 6:12 AM

While I don’t think I’ll ever do the whole30, you have really made me more aware of incorporating more and more whole/real foods into my family’s diet. I used to be obsesses with how much fat was in foods, now I pay attention to how it’s made. I totally get you about losing weight — you know when you are feeling good in your body and when you aren’t and I don’t mean by body image, but by how you are feeling-feeling. If that makes sense ; )


Joan May 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I fully support your irrationality. Actually I find it all completely rational. Speaking as one of your “older” friends it does get a heck of a lot harder. Good habits now will definitely help. Unless you have a few more babies, then you might be facing a whole different ball game…:)

hope day 4 is going well!


Angie Anew May 10, 2012 at 4:43 PM

“A few more babies” is definitely NOT a part of my plan!


Kristie Hamilton October 20, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Peanuts are not whole30 compliant, what did you substitute?


Kristie Hamilton October 20, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Nevermind, the link just worked. It was not working at first, it looks delish!


Angie Anew October 20, 2012 at 9:09 PM

No problem! Unsweetened sunflower seed butter is great as a peanutbutter substitute.


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