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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Lent


I know some of you will make an effort to give something up for Lent.  Usually I do too but this year I am trying something a little different.  When I follow a strict Paleo diet I really do feel better, especially if I make sure I get 4 full servings of vegetables daily, so this year rather than "giving up". I am "giving in"to do something beneficial for me.

Beginning this morning I started Whole30, again and look forward to the first 3 days being over.  It takes me about 3 days to adjust to eating clean and getting rid of the sugars from carbs.

What I hate most about it is the insane amount of time it will take me this first week to prepare everything I will need for the course of Lent.  I don't mind making my meals from scratch, and have learned how to navigate restaurants ( not giving up our weekly night out) but I hate making all the condiments that make life fun.  Tomorrow afternoon I will begin the process of making ketchup, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, bbq sauce, buffalo sauce, and the non dairy version of paleo sour cream.

Fortunately I love my coffee black, I'm not a soda lover, and tea sweetened with stevia is fine with me. Unfortunately my nightly glass of Pinot Noir is not Whole30 compliant so I guess my indulgence will be a small glass of kombucha for the probiotic benefits and the fizz.

If I don't post for the next 3 days it is because I am in a foul mood, have a headache, am peeing my brains out, (tmi, yes i know but it is one of the side effects of this diet change)  and am cussing at all the bloomin food prep. My kitchen will look like a war zone for a couple of days, sigh.

After 3 days life will be better, I will be sugar and grain detoxed and all those "almost"condiments will be living in neat little jars in the fridge. I will not be as grumpy and  will be adjusted to the new order.

All will be fine until Valentine's Day and them I am apt to be a little pissy because it will be a no chocolate day for me, and what good is Valentine's day with no chocolate?  Maybe I will get TheHub some just so I can smell the box.

p.s. Forgot another "giving in" I am doing for Lent.  I will be in the bed by midnight every weekday night.  This is going to be hard since I never go to bed before 2 and most nights 3.  Yikes it' a quarter till. Need to start the bedtime routine right now!

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  1. I managed 17 days on whole30. I really dont want to do it again but i have never again been quite so sugar dependent.
    I'll be waiting to hear how you go

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    1. Will let you know how it goes. I have done it once before for the entire 30 days and it really did go well

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  2. Wow. I love the idea of giving up unhealthy eating. Go you. And good luck.

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    1. Go me? Today was a brutal day with Mom (I try to be patient but she has lost her keys while out 3 times in the last 60 days and has misplaced her back-up keys, I spent the day searching for her lost spares and dealing with the locksmith) My usual stress relief, chocolate or wine is not allowed. Oh woe is me...salad and iced tea just aren't cutting it.

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  3. Good luck, Anne! I am not a big meat eater so have never considered going on Whole 30 but I rarely eat bread and don't use many condiments. I don't add sugar to anything but I do like sweets in moderation. So you are a night owl- I love the early mornings. Even when I was a child, I was always the first one up, read the Des Moines Register and was ready for school long before any of my siblings were up. Nothing makes me happier than to be in bed by 8 PM! Funny but my husband was a night owl! He had to get up for work but would have stayed in bed if he could have LOL. I doubt if he ever had more than 6-7 hours of sleep a night. So what is on the menu today?

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    1. Thanks Nan. I love the late night when I can be alone with just my thoughts

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  5. Good luck with the Whole 30! You can do it. I know it will be a lot of work, but you've got this. Love the idea of giving in, that is why I am doing the exercise part of Lent. I know it makes me feel better even if I don't want to do it. Let me tell you last night I was not happy doing my 20 minutes, but I did them. Good luck!

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    1. Good for you Rachel! I know I can do it since I have done it before, but last time I didn't have o much responsibility for Mom.

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  6. I'm proud of you! I heard about a chocolate bar that you can make from coconut oil. Maybe that is something that would work.
    http://thecoconutmama.com/coconut-oil-chocolate-bars/

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    1. I looked at the recipe, maybe I could use stevia instead of the raw honey

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  7. I never have been a person who gives something up for Lent, so it's not a struggle for me. However, I do usually try to do something rather than give up something. For instance, instead of worrying about cutting out bread or some such thing, I may work on getting the amount of fiber I need. So I usually eat more whole grains and fruits and veggies this way. It helps focus on something positive instead of something negative.

    Your diet doesn't sound any fun. Good luck.

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    1. After 3 days it is fine, but those first 3 days are not fun at all. I try and push myself in a few other ways also. I want to volunteer more, and am working on my patience.

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