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Whole30 Challenge: Update

So, if you haven’t noticed, I stopped posting my Whole30 updates everyday. That was in part due to my crazy schedule as I prepared all of our mission trips (3) next summer. The main reason is that Laura and I fell off the Whole30 horse the day after Thanksgiving. Since then, we’ve been eating better and I’ve kept my weight off, but our health has got worse.

While on Whole30, all of my migraines stopped. I’ve been having up to a couple a week for a years. Since going off of Whole30, my migraines have come back. I had two yesterday  and two last week. While I was doing some research on triggers, one medical website suggested a diet that is very similar to Whole30. So, if you ask me if Whole30 is worth it….the answer is YES. Laura and I have decided we will try to get back on that horse. Eating Whole30 is a whole lot cheaper than $100-200.00 in migraine prevention pills a month! Aside from the migraines, I’ve also noticed decreased energy, poor quality of sleep, and a cloudy head.

We lasted 15 days on Whole30. Now it’s time to make it a lifestyle…



Day 11: I’ve been preparing mentally for this day since I began the whole30 challenge. Laura and I made the decision that we would give a little and enjoy some good ole Thanksgiving food WITHOUT going crazy. I think for the most part we did this, although, I did splurge tonight on some awesome pumpkin cookies/icing my wife makes. Going back to the grind tomorrow. ENJOY!

Thanksgiving Lunch (I took the fat/bacon out the green beans):

Turkey, Ham, Green Beans, tiny spoon of potato and cheese casserole, 2 eggs, tiny spoon of dressing, roll.

Thanksgiving Lunch Dessert:

Small Brownie/Water

“Whole30 Challenge” Day 9

This past weekend, I went to a state youth conference called ICYC. Let me tell you…it was the hardest thing ever eating wise! I wasn’t able to prepare any of my meals (or more accurately stated, my wife). We had to eat out every meal and my options had to be between several fast food restaurants so the students could have a choice. On the bright side, I found out that Subway will make you a “sandwich salad” without the bread and anything else you don’t want. I had two of those, a salad at Panera (without all the junk), and actually had a steak one night. I managed to find a couple restaurants near an Applebee’s. The students made fun of me when I broke out my nuts to eat during one of the main sessions, but heck…I was hungry!

Two of our friends decided to drop out of the challenge due to extra money being spent of the food. They needed to lower their food budget even more to save some money and that took out the super healthy stuff. Our food budget has cost more, but it hasn’t been that bad. Tonight I broke down and had a drumstick–my only cheat of 9 days. It was good for about 2 minutes and then I tasted all the chemicals in it. Needless to say, I probably won’t be having one of those for awhile. Clean eat has really changed my view on that type of stuff. No chemicals =’s a healthier Nick. I praise God that he took away the greatness of that ice cream!

“Whole30 Challenge” Day 6

Didn’t get a chance to blog yesterday about my meals and experience…it was a really busy day at work. So, I’ll update Day 5 & 6 at the same time. The past two days have been really interesting. What I mean by that is I continue to be amazed at how I’m not craving certain foods that have also been a “crutch” in my life. My mind is still clear although I’ve had some dizzy spells the past two days. The dizzy spells weren’t crazy, but just enough for me to notice. I’m still eating a lot of food so I know I’m doing good calorie wise. I am learning to balance out my protein during the day.

One thing though…I know I’m not supposed to weigh myself on the Whole30 challenge, but I did today and I’ve lost 9 pounds. WOW! 9 pounds and I’m eating 4-6 meals a day….crazy!

Here are a couple pictures of my recent food.

I had a friend take me out to lunch the other day at Qdoba. Here is what I got. They call it a “naked burrito.” No Cheese, No Sour Cream, No Corn/Beans

Laura also made a meal that was introduced to us by our friends. When we looked at the ingredients, we were so happy it was “clean.”  Turkey Sausage, Sauteed Onions, Apples, Sweet Potatoes…this meal was AMAZING!

“Whole30 Challenge” Day 4

Day four of “eating clean” is finished. Wow…today was a transformative day. First, my general cravings for “junk” is almost gone. I do have my moments, but unlike before, I’m not always thinking about eating. Today my mind has really cleared up and allowed me to process things much easier. I don’t feel as if I’m in a sugar daze anymore. I had a steady level of energy today too. Typically, around 2:00 I want to fall asleep. For the first time in a long time, I didn’t feel that today. Yesterday was pretty rough with stomach cramps and going to the bathroom every five minutes, but all of that is gone now.

People keep asking me if I’m eating healthy. I just laugh. I really believe some people thing that I’m starving myself. To be truthful, I’m eating a lot of food, just clean, chemical-free food. I’m taking pictures of my meals so that you can see that my food is healthy and substantive.

Since my mind is clearer, I spent some time today just thinking and reading Scripture. Today, one of the things I read was from 1 Peter 1:13-16. These verses are our student ministry theme verses for next year. As I re-read them, the words “prepare your minds for action,” “self-controlled,” and “grace” stuck out to me. Through this process my mind is becoming clear to think without unnatural chemical interaction. My glutenous behavior is being “controlled” and finally, God is showing me even more so his grace. Romans 12 comes to mind too. I’m trying to offer my body as a living sacrifice to God. I’m allowing him to work through hunger and desires created by this world (m&m’s, diet coke, etc) to renew me. In the process of all of this, he’s opening up my eyes to HIS greatness in all situations. If you’re reading this, I urge you to challenge the beast of over eating, not respecting our bodies, and reclaim control. Proverbs 22:7 and Romans 13:8 talk about owing people or being a slave to something. I don’t want to owe my happiness to eating certain foods or be a slave to a taste, etc.

Ok…here is my food for the day:

2 hard boiled eggs
1 chicken breast (different seasoning)


El Rodeo-Fajitas (without sour cream, cheese, or the tortilla)

Assorted Nuts

Fajitas (Same as above but including lettuce)

“Whole 30” Challenge: Day 3

Today was my first day back to work. The true test to this Whole30 cleanse was when we took some students out to eat who were job shadowing. We decided to go to Apple Bee’s and to my surprise it was very good.

I started out by asking that my steak be cooked in EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) instead of butter and got a double helping of steamed veggies. The meal was really good and the server didn’t have a problem making my meal to order.

My stomach has been killing me all day. I’m assuming it’s because my body is cleansing itself. Needless to say, I think I lost a couple pounds today. 🙂

3 hard boiled eggs
1 chicken breast



Spaghetti Squash

“Whole 30″ Challenge: Day 2

Day two! Yesterday wasn’t that bad and today hasn’t been either. I’ve been craving bread & milk, but other than that I’m good with cravings. My energy level has been down all day. I’m assuming it’s because I didn’t have my morning coffee and cereal. I also preached two messages today and played Djembe in the band. Typically before I preach, I have something with caffeine in it with an air head or something. I know it doesn’t sound healthy, but that along with the coffee in the morning give me an energy boost during my two messages. Today, I didn’t have that. Interesting thing though, God came through and provided enough energy for me!

I do have a constant sense of hunger now. I know I’m eating, but the hunger stays. I guess that I’m starting to realize how much I eat just to eat. Here are my meals for today:

Almond & Carrot muffin (Made these last night)
Boiled egg (Made that last night too)

Morning Snack:
Small serving of various nuts (Cashew, pecan, almond)

Laura made an egg omelet with spinach and onion.








Afternoon snack:
Trying out some sweet potatoe fries (they are baking now)

Tilapia, Green beans, Carrots

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