From October 25 through November 23, I will be challenging myself with the Whole30 in order to change my lifestyle and live a healthier life. Throughout those 30 days, I will be posting my daily progress, food, activities, mood, and sleep. This is more for my own personal accountability, but I would be more than happy for you to follow me on my journey or even try it yourself.
Not sure exactly what I am talking about? Learn more about The Whole30 here.
Sleep: 9 hours. I slept like a baby last night. I was exhausted. I even pressed snooze on my alarm clock for 30 minutes.
Activity: CrossFit Inland Valley WOD
Mood: Feeling a little tired today. I think it may have something to do with me not eating a hearty breakfast like I did yesterday…?
Breakfast: Yesterday’s breakfast leftovers and a banana. I also had a couple of bites of chorizo and eggs my dad made this morning. BOMB! The chorizo is from a wild hog my dad hunted a couple months ago. It is delicious! I think I have got to go hunting for my meat more often.
Snack: Mixed nuts
Lunch: Shrimp cocktail
Snack: Celery with Justin’s almond butter
I have also been reading It Starts With Food, by the creators of the Whole30 program, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, and I am learning a lot about nutrition and what our body needs to survive. I highly recommend picking it up if you haven’t already. It also introduces you to the Whole30 program and how to follow it. It may sound silly, but now I know why some foods I eat make me feel full and why I could keep on tossing the crap food I used to eat into my mouth and never feel full, called satiety and satiation. They made a good analogy to dumb the concept of each down for the less science-y people like me with prime rib and Oeros.
Prime rib contains complete protein, the most satiating of all macronutrients, and naturally occurring fat, which makes protein even more satiating. As you eat your prime rib, you’ll find yourself wanting prime rib less and less with every bite. The first bite was amazing, the second fantastic, but by your tenth bite, the texture, smell, and flavor are less appealing. And by the twentieth bite, you’ve had enough, and you no longer desire the flavor or texture of the meat– so down goes your fork.
This is satiation.
Prime rib also takes longer to eat than processed food (as you actually have to chew and swallow), which gives your brain a chance to catch up with your stomach. As you eat and start to digest the meat, your body recognizes that the dense nutrition in that prime rib is adequate for your energy and caloric needs. This sends a “we’re getting nourishment” signal to your brain while you’re still working on your plate, which also reduces your “want” for more food.
This is satiety.
—It Starts With Food, by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig
When you’re eating processed junk food like Oeros, the situation plays out a bit differently. Oreos contain nearly no protein, lots of fat, and are packed with sugars. Plus, we tend to eat Oreos much faster than a prime rib dinner. There isn’t enough nutrition for satiety to process. Thus, instead of putting down the bag of Oreos, we keep eating them until we finally have to tell ourselves we’ve had too much, or even worse, until the bag is gone. You never get that “full” feeling from Oreos or other fake foods because your body is never getting the nutrition is needs.
That’s just a little food for thought (pun intended) for the next time you pick up a bag of your favorite candy or cookies. And now that you know this, you will notice how you never feel or have never felt full from the junk food you put into your body.
Here is a short video I watched last night after accomplishing day one of my Whole30 to pump you up: