2 parties, no cake

Eating this past week has rocked. I’ve done so well and am so appreciative I have my co-worker doing the Whole30 with me.

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This weekend really challenged me. I missed having a glass of wine on Friday night but had a La Croix sparkling water and managed to get through the hankering just fine.

Saturday evening, I attended the birthday party for a very special 5 year old and was strong enough to pass on birthday cake and ice cream. I anticipated wanting to participate in the festivities by eating with everyone else so I brought my own little “dessert”

1 kiwi, a sprinkle of coconut and a few raisins
kiwi coconut

You aren’t really supposed to give in to the idea of desserts, even if they are within the eating guidelines of Whole30, but the reality is, I did what I had to do to set myself up for success. And, it set me up to be even stronger on Sunday – more on that in a second.

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After cake, ice cream and presents, the kids showed us acrobatic exercises.Β photo 2 (48)

They are hilariously energetic and animated. I promise both Colton and Kayla landed on their feet πŸ™‚

Sunday, I hit the grocery store, did some cleaning around the house, and then made my way to the Deer Lake Apple Orchard in Buffalo, MN. Sunday was my nephew, Caleb’s 6th birthday and it was such a perfect fall day to celebrate.

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All my nieces and nephews were there and get along so well.

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And, my favorite part of the whole birthday party was that I didn’t feel like I “had” to have something to eat while everyone else ate their cake. I am so proud that I did not give in to temptation and went with my decision not to eat cake (sugar!) I think Saturday’s birthday party made me stronger for Sunday’s birthday party, and saying no to the cake. Sure, I can have the cake, but I’m deciding NOT to, to break the dependency with sugar.

By the time I got home, it was 5pm and I still wanted to get some cooking done. Aside from breaking dependencies on certain foods, another hard part about Whole30 is all the cooking/preparing involved. To help me this week, I prep so that I’d have some of the more time-consuming steps out of the way, and a few things to just grab and run. I made:

  • Spiced Sweet Potato Soup: a recipe from my co-worker who went through cancer treatment awhile back.
  • Roasted Turkey: I found this recipe in the Whole30 forums and used it as my guide. I’ll use the white meat for lunches and Carlos will eat the dark meat. We are a team like that πŸ˜‰
  • 2lbs ground turkey: I just browned the meat so I can make THIS Whole30 Chili recipe. I also used some of the browned ground turkey to make some spaghetti for Carlos to grab throughout the week for lunches.

By the time I was done chopping, browning, pureeing and the such, it was 2.5 hours later and the clothes I threw in the washing machine/dryer, ready to be folded. I collapsed on the couch and as I folded, watched a bit of tv with Carlos. I was exhausted and in bed reading by 9pm, asleep by 9:45. I love weekends like this past weekend, when the whole weekend revolves around simplistic things: cooking, planning/preparing, family & things I love most.

Today starts DAY EIGHT of Whole30 and am so proud of myself for sticking to the guidelines, allowing my body to really speak to me.







  1. Question: Do you think restricting yourself of foods like cake, ice cream, etc will backfire and cause you to overeat them once the Whole 30 is over? Why or why not? Just wondering, because I know it would make me go crazy waiting for it to be over and to be able to have nibbles of things like this again.

    • Jen, a priorfatgirl says:

      Good question – I can answer with what my understanding of Whole30 is. I believe the idea is to remove all the dependencies so that when you do have a “nibble,” you will realize how horrible you feel after and, how you’ve been going through life feeling as if that “horrible” is really actually normal. It also helps to become aware of how much sugar is added in EVERYTHING (hidden by labels like dextrose, sorbitol, etc). I already know I won’t ever go back to how I was eating when I first started losing weight, but Carlos and I have been eating 80% paleo since the spring (skipping most breads, pasta, rice, processed carbs, etc). When I started to remove the processed carbs (breads, rice, pasta, etc), I realized mentally, I *stopped* obsessing over foods. I don’t miss the sugar at all. Well, I miss wine but I don’t miss sugar. When I had the kiwi & coconut on Saturday night, it was perfectly sweet so why would I go back to processed sugars when I can just have a piece of fruit? In my opinion, that’s what Whole30 is about – helping me realize how dependent I really am on all the human made stuff when in reality, my body is okay with the real stuff. Resetting my taste-buds so my body realizes real, whole food is adequate. And by avoiding the fake stuff, I can feel physically and mentally healthier than I’ve ever felt. Maybe I’m not my skinniest but I feel healthier than I ever have.

      All that said, I do have my “first meal” post Whole30 planned: It is the most beautiful steak with a side of steamed broccoli and a rather large glass of red wine πŸ™‚ I’m not going crazy for it to be over so I can have sugar. I am at peace with food and eating Paleo has gotten me there. The Whole30 was to challenge myself a bit more with all the added fake ingredients in foods. I never imagined it would but it works for me.

      • Heidi O (priorfatgirl's sis) says:

        I am proud of you and your willpower this weekend. I saw it in person and was inspired. For me the processed sugar stuff goes back to the way we were raised and how banana bread, cookies, cake and pies were normally in our house for a snack and the comfort behind that. For me the smell of baking those items are so comforting and then having a piece after reminds me of our childhood. I have gotten in the habit though of baking it and having a piece but then giving the rest away. Like Sunday after the party half the cake was left-we brought it into the Orchard’s house and left it there for a treat for them hosting us (I would have ate a few more pieces if I brought it home).

  2. That chili recipe is really good! πŸ™‚
    Good luck with week 2, it can be difficult! But you got this

  3. Great job Jen! You are rocking it. I am in the process of reading The Wheat Belly book and considering cutting out the wheat from my diet, and i’ve found several paleo recipes I want to try out on the fam. I absoloutely LOVE wine although I’m thinking maybe I should try a 30 day myself…

  4. Hi Jen,

    Awesome willpower! And you’re totally right… the less sugar you eat the less you crave it. I never thought this was possible until I cut a lot of sugar and processed carbs out of my eating habits. Now, I can be in the same room as a cupcake and not even think about it! πŸ™‚

  5. I’m on Day 4 of Whole30! Not craving anything yet but I’ve got a nasty headache and very tired today. Glad you are still going strong. I don’t drink much so don’t miss alcohol – cheese and chocolate will be what I reintroduce first.

    Melissa I read Wheat Belly a while ago. I thought it was interesting, the whole book about why wheat in particular is so bad for us, and then at the end (spoiler alert!) he goes “oh, and cut out all other carbs too. Never have more than one strawberry or a thin slice of apple at a time” (not an actual quote as I don’t have the book here, but essentially that) and to me that negated his whole book because suddenly it was an anti-carb book not an anti-wheat book. I felt kind of cheated that he just snuck that in right at the end when the whole book up until then had been how great I’d feel if I just gave up wheat.

  6. I congratulate you for both your restraint and your clear head. So many of us push to be perfect and then break under the strain.

  7. its the sugar cravings that rule my life when i am stressed are worried and forgetting to eat at the right times so then I finish up snacking it really is hard but I love following your blog its funny and honest

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