My good friend, Anna, came over for dinner last night. She is currently working on her FIRST WHOLE30! She started on Sunday, and she is doing great! Anna has powered through a few cravings, some headaches, and some changes in digestion, and she is already seeing a change in her food-mindset. I cannot wait to hear the final results once she finishes her 30 days! The perseverance is TOTALLY worth it! My first Whole30 completely changed the way I think about food and health. It is such an exciting journey, and I’m thrilled that Anna accepted the challenge!
I really wanted to make Anna a big, delicious, Whole30-approved, FILLING meal, so I decided on Smokey Roast (a new recipe for me), roasted brussels sprouts, and a salad (this is what I had planned to make for dinner anyway… Whole30 is not too different from regular Paleo!).
The Smokey Roast recipe came from Sarah Fragoso of EverydayPaleo.com. It had a yummy flavor, and it was very tender. The recipe tells you to cook it in the crock pot on high for 5-6 hours. I didn’t have that much time, so I just placed the roast in a glass baking dish (with a chopped onion and 1/2 cup of water), and baked it, covered, in a 350-degree oven for about an hour. I let it rest for about 30 minutes before carving. It was cooked perfectly!
For the brussels, I quartered them, steamed them for about four minutes, then dumped them onto a foil-lined baking sheet. I drizzled a little olive oil, and sprinkled some salt, pepper, and garlic powder. They roasted in a 450-degree oven for about 10 minutes, or until the edges of the leaves started to blacken.
We had a great time eating, laughing, and discussing Paleo! I love spending time with Anna, so I was thrilled that she joined me for dinner!
One of the things we discussed was how much to eat. I have noticed two common concerns among first-time Whole30ers… they are either CONSTANTLY hungry, or they are afraid they’re eating too much.
Both of these concerns can be remedied with a simple rule: Eat to satiety whenever you feel hungry.
You should not feel hungry all the time! If you are, consider why you might be so hungry…
During the first several days of our Whole30, we were not as prepared as we should have been, and we were very hungry. We mainly just ate eggs and salads, and we were not staying full for very long. Once we started preparing more meats and vegetables (actual hearty meals), we started feeling that comforting “that-was-a-good-meal” type of satiety.
I also believe that our bodies were simply not used to digesting our food so well. We were ready for more food more quickly because the foods we were eating were passing through more rapidly (I have no scientific knowledge to back up this theory… that’s just how we felt).
Hunger is a shout from your body. It is telling you that it needs nutrients! Ever wonder why you used to feel hungry soon after eating a big meal full of pasta or rice? Probably because you were not giving your body the nutrients it was craving. Once your body gets accustomed to getting the nutrients it needs on a regular basis, those constant hunger-pains will become less frequent.
So how can you prevent constant hunger? Well……….. eat! Eat GOOD food! I cannot stress enough the importance of BEING PREPARED! Make a meal plan, get lots of great meat and produce, and cook! Make extras so you have leftovers! Pack tons of healthy snacks to get you through the day (not just fruits and nuts, either!). Remember, you are not on a diet. You are eating the way your body was designed to eat… these foods will not make you fat if you are not gorging out on them! It is amazing how our bodies are capable of slimming down, or shaping up, exactly as they should when we feed ourselves real, whole foods (you don’t have to starve yourself!).
Again… eat when you are hungry.
And when you eat, enjoy each bite until you are full, and then stop.
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