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Where Did My Allergies Go?

We are right in the middle of spring allergy season and after three months of eating a pretty exclusive paleo diet and one thing is missing for me…

The sneezing.

I have been plagued with terrible seasonal and environmental allergies—My.Whole.Life. My childhood was filled with allergy shots, skin prick tests, doctor visits and Kleenex.

I started to notice a major change one week into the Whole 30.

I could breathe.

Eliminating dairy, gluten and highly processed foods from my diet has also eliminated my allergies. What took Jeff so long to get crazy? Who knew that his crazy idea would make me feel so much better as well?

I am still cautiously optimistic heading into grass season—my biggest allergen. We will see. But I told you I would keep you posted.

I know so many folks that battle with the sniffing, sneezing, and dripping of allergies. Seriously, try eating Paleo for 30 days . You can always go back to how you were eating before. But the energy explosion and health benefits you get from an allergy free life will make it hard to go back.

I promise.

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April 1 Update: Ready to Run – Really, It’s not a Joke

Believe it or not, I’m ready to run.

Here’s a quick update on the status of my Crazy Idea from April 1. (I waited until today to post since there wasn’t an April Fools joke in the video).

I’d love to hear about your crazy idea for 2012 and how it’s progressing. Share your story with us in the comments.

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When you eat junk, you feel like junk

When you eat junk, you feel like junk. Pretty simple really, but sometimes I can be a little slow. Since we finished the  Whole 30 we have been primarily sticking with a paleo style diet, but we have tried adding some non-paleo items into our meals to see how we react. Not that we didn’t already have a good idea of how some of the foods would affect us, but sometimes experience is the best teacher.

So we tried them. Bread, mostly in the form of buns is the biggest culprit. Surely that won’t be that bad. Wrong. We’ve tried it in different forms and always get the same result. We enjoy it while we are eating it, but within a matter of a couple hours we feel it. Grumblings in the belly, followed by a total crash. No energy and a desire to go to bed by 8:00 pm. We tried it again on Friday — not sure why honestly. But it was convenient and easy. Same action = same results. We got it. We get it! When you eat junk you feel like junk. Lesson learned – again.

Julie and I have been talking about doing another Whole 30 because we were feeling so much better right after the first one, and because the second one won’t be nearly as hard since we have stuck to a mostly clean diet (except for the few experiments). Anyone want to join us on this next one?

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Finished the Whole 30 – 30 Days, 20 Pounds and 9 Inches

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I can’t believe we did it! We made it through the first month of this Crazy Idea, our family just finished the Whole 30, and I survived my first month at Ed’s Gym. I actually did more than survive and am starting to see some results. Last night Ed took my measurements again and this morning I got on the scales to see how much weight I had lost.  Day one I weighed in at 263.8. This morning 243.6. For a total of 20.2 pounds. Needless to say I was pretty excited.  Here are the before and after measurements:

Waist at umbilicus: Before-48.75, After 46.5, Difference-2.25 inches

Hips: Before- 42.5, After 41.5, Difference- 1 inch

Chest: Before-47, After 45.75, Difference- 1.25 inches

Around Shoulders: Before-54, After-51, Difference- 3 inches

Bicep: Before-15, After-14, Difference- 1 inch

Neck: Before- 17.75, After- 16.75, Difference- 1 inch

For a grand total of 9.5 inches (10 if you round up and that would have looked much better in the title)

So I’m pretty happy with the results of the first month. The rest of this post comes with a warning for those who haven’t eaten yet, or will be eating shortly. Proceed with caution. I’ve included some before and after pics and I don’t have a shirt on. So if you want to continue, get out your sunglasses as my tan-less, flabby body may cause irreparable eye and psychological damage. [Read more...]

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Whole 30 Super Bowl Munchies

Decided on this Mexi-Taco salad for our Whole 30 Super Bowl snack.

What’s in your belly tonight?

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28 Days Into The Whole 30 – Preparing For Day 31 And The Super Bowl

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Four Weeks!  That puts us on Day 28 of our Whole 30 program today.  I honestly can’t believe it has been four weeks and that we finish the Whole 30 in two days. Is sure has been a crazy journey this far and until you stop and think about it (or talk with some friends) you don’t really realize how much changes.  Yeah, I’m excited to take some new measurements on Monday evening at Ed’s Gym and to get on the scales Tuesday morning to see how much weight and how many inches I’ve lost. (I’m not quite as excited to post the before and after pics – mostly because of the before ones). But that isn’t the only change I’m talking about.

Earlier this week I met with some of my former co-workers and they were laughing about how my diet has changed. They reminded me of how I would give people trying to eat healthy a hard time and found it really funny that I, Mr. Fast Food and King of anything deep-fried, can’t eat 98% of the items in Whole Foods. But what really got my attention was as I was talking, I was describing food in totally different ways. My focus wasn’t on who had the best burger in town, rather I was recommending new vegetables and my favorite type of apple. Before I never really paid much attention to what I was eating and how it made me feel. Now I’m talking about how I feel if I eat fruit too early in the morning. A couple times I got a look that clearly indicated they were thinking “Who are you, and what have you done to Jeff?” [Read more...]

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What Does A Kid’s Whole 30 Lunch Look Like?

Today I wanted to share with you how the kids’ lunch has changed while we have been on the Whole 30 program. While it was rough to initially make the switch, the kids are finally starting to catch on to the idea that when they eat healthy food, they think more clearly and have more energy throughout the day.

This is a picture of what I would typically pack in their lunches pre -Whole 30. Crackers, bagels, soup or ravioli. I actually thought I was doing a good job when I would give them hot food in their thermos on cold days : ).

Here’s what a kid’s Whole 30 lunch looks like for us. Now we fill them up with nuts, eggs, meat, fresh fruit and veggies. A hot lunch I’ve packed  is leftover chili – of couse it was Whole 30 friendly. Sustaining, healthy food for growing kids.

What is in your lunch today that you would have a hard time getting rid of?

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An Update – Ed’s Perspective

Just a quick post to share a link to the blog over at Ed’s Gym where Ed gives an update on my progress and what he has me doing in the gym.  Check it out here.

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Crazy Idea Day 19 Update

I can’t believe we are on Day 19 of this crazy idea.  I wanted to give you a quick update on both how the Whole 30 plan is going and the fitness part of the plan at Ed’s Gym.

We want to hear how you are doing too. Share your updates in the comments or post a link to your blog updates.

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Signs This Mom Is Serious About Healthy Food

My kitchen has changed. Two weeks into our life-style change, I wanted to give you some visuals of how how it looks and functions now. Maybe this will inspire some other moms out there who may be holding out on making a healthy food-shift for their families due to the same reason excuse I did for so many years- convenience.

This is where my toaster once was. We used it daily to toast pop tarts or waffles for the kids to eat for a quick breakfast. This weekend I had Jeff move it out. I needed the counter space. It made a great spot for my crock pot. This is a picture of a YUMMY roast I fixed for Sunday dinner, minus the potatoes. Just pot roast, onions, celery, carrots, and peppers. [Read more...]