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Offline Unclebricka

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My Whole 30 Challenge
« on: August 31, 2014, 10:55:18 AM »
Hello folks.  I am new to this board after deciding to look for some inspiration, easy access to information, and some accountability in my new paleo journey.

I am from Scotland. Like most urban areas, I am surrounded by temptations for processes foods. My wife and I have decided it's time for a change.

Tomorrow (1st September), we will be partaking in the whole 30 challenge and I hope to log my progress in this forum.

First of all, has anybody else done the whole 30 challenge? How did it work for you? Do you still stick mainly to the whole 30 lifestyle?

I suffer from some minor ailments. Dermatitis, aching knee joints among other things.

I am also overweight. I burned 70lbs a few years ago, but have plateaued and put on a stubborn 14lbs.

I will post my weight tomorrow and keep a food diary up to date. Due to a sprained wrist, the exercise will need to wait, but I will get on that asap.

I'm looking forward to discussing all things paleo with you.



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Re: My Whole 30 Challenge
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2014, 12:59:23 PM »
Day 1
Weight - 17st 9lbs (goal - 17st)
Chest - 46 inches (goal - 44 inches
Waist - 43 inches (goal 40 inches)



Breakfast - 3 scrambled eggs with chillis and some almond flour

Lunch - bacon and avocado wraps. Total of 1.5 avocados 6 strips of bacon, iceberg lettuce wraps, rocket leaves

Dinner - mulligatawny soup 

Overall I feel fine today. I miss juice at night, but having some herbal tea. A good first day.


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Re: My Whole 30 Challenge
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2014, 02:17:05 PM »
Hi Uncle Bricka

How you doing, good luck on your 30 days- where do you get the details to follow from? I'm new to paleo and would also like to try the 30 day challenge


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Re: My Whole 30 Challenge
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2014, 02:32:24 PM »
Hi CPT CVWN. You can find all the details at whole30.com let me know when you start

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Re: My Whole 30 Challenge
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2014, 10:28:57 PM »
Unclebricka - sounds like a good start.  Keep it up!

Out of curiosity, how tall are you, if you're willing to say?


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Re: My Whole 30 Challenge
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2014, 12:58:12 AM »
Thanks Warren Dee.

I am 6 foot 2. I know that I am particularly heavy. Some of that is down to my height, and some of it is down to my muscle weight training. I recently completed a 12 week push-up program and my chest exploded 3 inches!

I know that muscle and height is only a portion of my weight though. My absolutely ideal goal is 220 lbs which would be perfect for my height and muscular build. This while 30 challenge should hopefully be a major stepping stone in getting there.

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Re: My Whole 30 Challenge
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2014, 11:27:29 AM »
Many thanks Meljane. Good luck to us both!

Day 2

Breakfast - 2 apple and leek sausage square patties fried in ghee.

Lunch - leftover mulligatawny soup (using bone broth) and 2 boiled eggs with a dash of sea salt and pepper.

Dinner - prawns in paleo mayonnaise with huge salad (tomatoes, spring onions, lettuce, celery etc etc)


I still feel fine today. No signs of the dreaded carb flu. I was a bit weak and shaky around 4pm but I had just had coffee beforehand.

I've noticed that my short (but hardly acted upon) temper was nowhere to be seen today. Usually I can feel the red mist descend over trivial things, but not today. This suggests that the nasty carbs induced mood swings? I'll keep a mental note of my temper!

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Re: My Whole 30 Challenge
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2014, 12:05:14 PM »
Day 3FOOD JOURNALBreakfast - 3 eggy crepes. 3 eggs, almond flour, arrowroot powder, cinnamon. DELISH. ---Lunch - prawn salad (leftovers from day 2 dinner)---Dinner - salmon with lime and coriander. Sugar snap peas and baby potatoes with ginger, garlic and pepper. I had some cravings today. Mostly fizzy juice. This started very early in the morning though. This must be the last remnants of all that sweetener and "fake sugars" leaving my system. 3 days in and I miss the Pepsi max etc the most. Water is obviously good but can get boring after a whole. I felt more hungry then normal just before my meals today. The baby potatoes helped curb any cravings.

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Re: My Whole 30 Challenge
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2014, 05:34:05 PM »
Just to let you know, potatoes and sweet potatoes are not really paleo; they don't have the gluten of bread but they have the same concentrated dose of starch, and they're agricultural crops that were domesticated about the same time as grains.

If you want carbohydrates, the best thing to do is to add whole fruit to your diet.

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Re: My Whole 30 Challenge
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2014, 02:55:29 AM »
As far as I'm aware, and for some reason, potato is allowed on the Whole 30 program. More so sweet potatoes than white potatoes. I know what you mean about the starchiness, which is why I'm puzzled it's on Whole 30. Maybe due to it being seen as a "tuber"?

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Re: My Whole 30 Challenge
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2014, 12:31:42 PM »
Day 4FOOD JOURNALBreakfast - 2 square patties of pork, apple and leek sausages with 1 fried egg, all made in ghee. Lunch - 2 boiled eggs with a touch of salt and pepper. Portion of curried broccoli soupDinner - 1.5 Pork loins with "broccoli bagna couda" (look up this recipe, it is absolutely amazing)THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS Today has been a bit worse for cravings. They aren't cravings as such, but just a slight sadness that I can't eat all the junk from before. It's as if I'm resigned to the fact I ain't eating rubbish anymore. Which technically is a good thing as I'm not actually "tempted" by these things. TIP OF THE DAY - surround yourself with positive outcomes from whole 30. My wife has noticed an improvement (follow her progress at rocquelaire.wordpress.com)   My sister is also doing very well. Reading through the forum helps a lot and is when I am at my most motivated. Peace out, fellow cave persons.

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Re: My Whole 30 Challenge
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2014, 02:34:46 PM »
Sounds like you are doing really well! Iam on holidays for a few more days, so I'll be getting in the whole30 from 9/9. Wish me luck ;)

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Re: My Whole 30 Challenge
« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2014, 06:33:07 AM »
Great work man. 

"Be the change you want to see in the world."

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Re: My Whole 30 Challenge
« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2014, 12:01:12 AM »
Good luck CVWN. Thanks Eric!

Sorry for missing days 5, 6, AND 7 on the food journal front. It's been a pretty hectic few days, from date night with the mrs, to some heavy duty housework, to sick children. I haven't found the time or inclination to update this blog. However, I haven't strayed off the path off the Whole 30. In fact, I have a strange affliction that I'm not as hungry anymore. Yesterday I only had 2 meals. A breakfast (crustless quiche then big o' bacon burgers with caramelised onions and slow roasted tomatoes). Time frame for this was 8am and then 5pm. This goes against everything I believe in when it comes to healthy eating. Shouldn't I eat frequently to boost my metabolism? Or is my body simply getting enough nutrients now that I don't need anymore food?

I'll keep an eye on this.

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Re: My Whole 30 Challenge
« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2014, 03:59:45 PM »
The "frequent eating to boost your metabolism" thing is only if you're on a very carbohydrate intensive diet, where it's easy to deplete blood sugar and the quickest way to restore it is to eat more carbs.  On a higher fat diet like paleo, the body can self regulate metabolism much better, so less frequent meals are fine.

Some of the people on this forum eat just one meal each day.  That works fine if you are eating plenty of fat, or if you have adjusted to fat metabolism and have plenty of fat stores in your body to draw on.