Yes, I’m still alive. My world has been overtaken by the most adorable little boy, who is now 7 months old. That means I haven’t updated this blog in 6 months. I’m sorry I fail. I’ve missed you guys, and I’m hopeful that you all have missed me.
I’m slowly getting my life back to normal, though. Well… as normal as possible with a new addition. I’m finally able to get back to the gym. It’s been a battle because Grayson refuses a bottle. That means I’ve been his only source of food until now; he’s finally showing some interest in solids.
I’m also trying to conquer my PCOS. It’s nice to have a name for the mystery illness, but it still sucks. With this comes insulin resistance and hormone imbalances, both of which hinder weight loss. The only real way to alleviate the symptoms? Lose weight. Ha.
Of course the medication they usually prescribe is not recommended while breastfeeding. Just my luck, right?
That just leaves diet. I wasn’t sure where to start because I’ve heard a lot of different things: no dairy, no carbs, no sugar, no this, no that, blah blah blah. I have a few friends who were talking about doing the Whole 30 program this month. After some research, I decided to jump on the bandwagon to see how it affects my PCOS.
So, starting today, I’m committed to 30 days of no alcohol, dairy, grains, legumes, added sweeteners, carrageenan, MSG, sulfites, or overly processed foods. It’s a huge undertaking, and I need as much support as I can get. That’s why I decided to dust this blog off and post: it’ll help keep me accountable. Plus, menu planning will help me stay on track. Plans are awesome.
Breakfast: I had a plan to make fancy breakfasts ahead of time and just reheat them. I failed at that. So, I’m just having eggs, chicken, and veggies, pan fried in coconut oil… and black coffee because black coffee > coffee with coconut milk.
Lunch: Leftovers or salad with spinach, lots of veggies, chicken, and oil and vinegar
Snacks: Bananas, Blood Oranges, Nuts
- Salt and Vinegar Chicken (with thighs instead of wings) with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli
- Crock Pot Chicken with roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots
- Chicken and Vegetable Soup (homemade broth, leftover chicken, onions, snap peas, carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, anything else I can find to throw in…)
- Slow Cooker Chili Verde
- Italian Seasoned Pork, Potatoes, and Green Beans (with Ghee instead of butter and homemade Italian Dressing Mix without sugar)
- Asian Meatballs (I’m subbing the fish sauce with coconut aminos because I didn’t want to buy a big bottle of approved fish sauce for one recipe) with Green Beans
- Hamburger Soup
If you’re looking for more menu planning goodness, The Vampire Diet is your gal… although her plan isn’t Whole 30 friendly.
What I need from you guys is periodic check ins. Ask me how it’s going, if I’m sticking to may plan, what I ate that day, how a recipe turned out, stuff like that. If I feel like no one cares, I might just cheat. I’m going to try not to, though.
Also, if you notice something on my list that isn’t necessarily Whole 30 approved, please tell me! I’m a n00b, so I might miss something in an ingredient list. I actually bought nuts for snacks without realizing they were cooked in soybean and peanut oil. So, yeah. Thankfully I noticed before I started the program. That could’ve ruined things!