Why Prepare Meals? (The Results)

img_0539I’ve been working on meal plans and getting people involved with trying paleo for a little while now and finally had some troopers stick to their guns for the duration of the challenge.  Honestly, I think a lot of diets work.  I’m biased towards low carb, high fat clearly but I think that anything that requires you to be conscious of your consumption will make you lose weight.  That doesn’t mean be healthier necessarily, but probably lose weight.

The thing I’ve noticed personally through watching my friends and colleagues is that most people are in denial.  If you ask someone if they eat healthy, of COURSE they’re going to say yes.  Now give them a blank notebook and tell them to write down what they eat over a course of 3 days.  “Holy shit, I ate cheese for 6 meals in a row.”,  “I had more white bread than vegetables.”,  “I had 80 grams of sugar today.”  I promise that’s the case more often than not.

Preparing breakfast and lunch for a work week or whatever you’re doing is your plan to succeed.  Maybe you’re lucky enough to work by reasonably priced restaurant with organic ingredients and no deep fryers, but maybe you’re also a fucking liar.  I live in Edmonton.  The population is like a million and I still can’t eat out when I’m on Whole30.

The first trooper is a woman named Laurel.  I made a 2 week meal plan using the 80/20 paleo rule on a ketogenic diet.  Here is a bit about her journey:

Challenge Summary
Rate yourself 1-10
• How healthy were you before starting?
I’d say 7.  Not very healthy as far as really needing something to focus on instead of thinking I was doing ok with my own idea of keeping track of food.
• Knowledge of nutrition prior to the challenge?
Yes I have lots of knowledge of lots of programs not so much on paleo.
• Cooking level of experience?
Cooking was easy I do lots of it 😀
How were the first 7 days?
First seven days I felt as though I were by far the hardest I craved things like rice crackers or rye vita when I’d have a salad for lunch.
What was the biggest challenge?
I found my biggest challenge was coffee with almond milk…. not my thing!
What did you crave the most?
As the time progressed I did start to crave more carbs where as the first week I think it was easier I didn’t think about them too much.
Results
• If you had to do it again, what would you do differently?
I am going to keep going and really be aware if I really want something check in to see if I’ve had enough water sometimes hunger gets mistaken for thirst… ( not always but sometimes) if I do want something have it as I’m new to program and you can’t change everything all at once.
• Mental/Emotional changes?
I started to feel more positive because I was doing something good for me!
• Did you lose weight?
Yes, I’ve lost 6 lbs!!
• Moving forward, will this change the way you eat?
Moving forward I am going to stay with this especially because I’m starting feel better about me, Hot Yoga is also something I do daily.

The next one is also pretty exciting because it’s my mom!  She’s been listening to me blab about this for 3 years and finally took the leap.  She successfully completed Whole30 with me!

Challenge Summary
Rate yourself 1-10
• How healthy were you before starting?
3
• Knowledge of nutrition prior to the challenge?
6
• Cooking level of experience?
7
How were the first 7 days?
Up and down. Day 1 was good. 2 headache. 3. Bleeding. 4 awesome. 5. Headache. 9. Wanted to quit!!
What was the biggest challenge?
Figuring out what my body actually needed. Fell short on good fats. Thought i needed more carbs. Figuring out why I wasn’t hungry at dinner time.
What did you crave the most?
Carbs. Pasta and potato chips.
Results
• If you had to do it again, what would you do differently?
Start a food diary the week before starting.
• Physical Changes?
Brain fog was gone first week.  Inflammation and bloat gone the first week. Stomach pain gone.
• Mental/Emotional changes?
 Zero anxiety while on w30 except day 9.
• Did you lose weight?
8 lbs
• Moving forward, will this change the way you eat?
I’m still basically doing it. Trying one thing a day but they haven’t been good so.. I’m pretty much sticking to it for now.  100% glad i did it. Will be good moving forward. Calmed down my hormones completely.
And last but not least, my good friend, Lindsay.  She had a pretty unique situation where she was eating healthy but not losing weight so getting into ketosis kickstarted her metabolism!  Here’s her lil journey.

Challenge Summary

Rate yourself 1-10

• How healthy were you before starting?

6-7

• Knowledge of nutrition prior to the challenge?

8-9

• Cooking level of experience?

7-8

How were the first 7 days?

Good

What was the biggest challenge?

Being sick throughout most of it and not eating crap when you’re bored or just out of habit.

What did you crave the most?

Wine!!

Results

• If you had to do it again, what would you do differently?

Hopefully not being sick through most of it.

• Physical changes?

Lost some inches and my skin got clearer.

• Mental/Emotional changes?

Makes you realize how much crap you actually eat.

• Did you lose weight?

About 10lbs 

• Moving forward, will this change the way you eat?

Definitely, I really like eating this way, I already have a hard time with dairy but it made me realize how much (I can’t believe I’m going to say this) but gluten makes me feel like crap.

Overall satisfaction with challenge and extra thoughts:

It was great, I really missed having honey in my tea and drinking wine but everything else honestly isn’t that hard to give up once you realize how it makes you feel.

I guess I also did Whole30 January but it’s my third round and I don’t change much physically anymore because I look like a greek goddess at this point.  I always love the difference in energy levels, mind you.  I didn’t have a single nap in January.  That doesn’t sound like an accomplishment but if you’re as tired as me, it is!

May the next few months be of magnificent transformation for you.

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