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Whole30 – Day 30

9 Nov

Woohoo!  I did it!  I set my goal and I reached it.  Now I can take a deep breath and relish in my victory over food.

I’m not going to lie, this one is going to be short and sweet.  Like I said yesterday I couldn’t sleep at all before my shift.  I managed 4 1/2 hours of broken sleep and I’m ready to crash.

When I wake up tonight I’ll be weighing myself, taking measurements, and photos!  I’m excited and nervous to see what the last 30 days has done physically.  I already know some of the mental changes and I’ll be addressing that too.

Breakfast

The usual!  Spinach, crack slaw, poached eggs, and avocado!

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Lunch

Balsamic vinegar pot roast with sweet potatoes and green beans, topped with gravy, and some almonds on the side.

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Dinner

My last meal to be photographed and I was too tired, hungry, and so over taking photos of food that I completely forgot.  I do know what I ate though!  Spaghetti squash pad thai on a bed of cauliflower rice and some almond butter (separately) for fat.  I think the pad thai is better now that it’s a day later.  Some of the extra sauce seems to have soaked in so it’s less liquid and it tastes better.

Not only have I successfully completed the Whole30, I also managed to blog every single day for over 30 days.  That in itself is quite an accomplishment for this girl!  I believe I would not have been so successful without having to be accountable to you, my readers.  Thank you for following me through my journey!  I hope you’ve learned a little something and I encouraged you to make some healthier food choices too.  That being said, I’m thankful that after tonight’s post I can take a small break from blogging.  Sorry P (and many others), I know you looked forward to reading every day but this girl needs a break from the keyboard.  Don’t worry, I won’t be far away.  I plan on doing several updates along my journey because I’m far from done healing my body.

Whole30 – Day 29

8 Nov

So close I can almost see the end!  Must be my internal excitement because I should be sleeping right now and can’t, which is a really big bummer considering I have to work tonight.

I did my fifth massive cooking session and am pretty happy with the results!

I decided to try to make my own kombucha at home.  The first step is to make (or buy) a scoby.  I decided to try to make one since I’ve been successful doing this several years ago, but I never really got into actually making the kombucha.  Kombucha contains lots of probiotics which help your gut and although the process involves sugar, the fermenting process eats up most of the sugar.  In two to four weeks I should know if my scoby is going to grow.  Maybe in a month and a half I’ll actually have home-brewed kombucha!  If I get this to work I’ll post more about it in the future.

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See the little floating things in there?  That’s part of a scoby that came in my drink and what will hopefully continue to grow.

Look what I found, finally!  I’m so excited!  Coconut Aminos.  Now I can finally make my crack slaw (and many other recipes) as intended.  Thanks D for letting me know where I could find it locally.  For those of you in the PNW, the co-op in Astoria has it in stock and if I remember right it was $6.99/bottle.  Much better than the $16.99 I saw it for on Amazon.

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From top to bottom, left to right, I made a balsamic pot roast with sweet potatoes and green beans and a gravy similar to the one I made for the chicken last week, spaghetti squash pad thai with chicken and shrimp, roasted vegetables including carrots, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and green beans, cauliflower rice, and crack slaw.  The pad thai recipe made a ton so I froze some of it immediately.  It’s not as delicious as pad thai from my favorite Thai restaurant but it’s still pretty good.  I made fewer vegetable dishes and a larger quantity of the ones I did make this week which saved a little time.  Also, I stuck to vegetables I know I like so I won’t have the rutabaga/turnip debacle I had last week.

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I’m seriously so excited!  I can’t believe I’m really starting my final day (officially).  Like i’ve said before, i have no intentions of stopping my whole30/wholelife way of eating any time soon.  But just know that I can commit myself to such a big change for 30 days and accomplish it is huge.  If you set yourself up for success this is actually a pretty easy process, so long as you focus on all the things you can eat instead of all the things you can’t.

Whole30 – Day 19

29 Oct

My days are running together lately.  I’m switching from a graveyard schedule to a days schedule, but only for a few days.  So, yesterday (day 18) actually ran into day 19 since I stayed up for 24 hours straight in an attempt to be able to switch around.  All it seems to have done is make me really tired so I’m not sure I accomplished my goal.  I managed to sleep maybe 6 hours.  Today is going to be rough, that’s about all I can say….especially since I’m writing this at about 3:30 AM.  Such a horrid hour no matter which side of it you’re on.  No wonder my body is confused and not working right.

I only managed to eat one meal yesterday but that’s all I was hungry for and had time for.

Meal 1

Cauliflower rice, brussels sprouts, kalua pig, and mayo.  All mixed together it was really good.  I’m starting to like this “kitchen sink” thing.  Throw it together and eat it!

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The next few days are going to be quite challenging for me.  Not just because of temptations but because I’m going to be eating meals out rather than having access to my own food.  Sounds dangerous.  I’m bringing my bag of raw almonds and probably an apple or two because then at least I’ll have something to eat if I need it.  Even though it won’t be the correct amounts of proteins and fats etc, at least it’s compliant.  Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

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So true Leslie Chan….I did not die!

Whole30 – Day 18

28 Oct

Wow!  I can’t believe this 30 days is nearly 2/3rds of the way done already.  It feels both long and short all at the same time.

I’m not sure what the deal is but today I really wanted anything sweet.  I bought a bag (Costco size bag) of candy for the trick-or-treaters and it’s sitting in the same cabinet as my Starbuck’s Via coffee.  It literally hasn’t bothered me until today.  I thought this was supposed to get easier, not harder?  Not that it’s hard exactly, I just feel like I’m craving things more lately, like a glass of wine.  Damn that sounds good.  But here I am writing my blog, without chocolate in my hand, and drinking some herbal cinnamon apple tea.  Oh well, what are you going to do?

Breakfast

More of the same and I’m still not tired of it.  Two poached eggs on top of crack slaw and spinach.  Possibly the world’s most perfect breakfast!

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Lunch

Lunch was kalua pig and cauliflower rice with mayo mixed in after it was heated.  I finally remembered to slice up my fennel and I ate that raw and also had a still not ripe persimmon.  I seriously need to find out if there’s a way to make these ripen faster because I’m dying to try a really ripe one (they are supposed to be super sweet) but I think I’m going to eat them all before they even hit the ripe stage.  I sprinkled cinnamon on top and it’s good.  I like them either way, with or without cinnamon.  One of the blogs I read said that they thought these tasted like Christmas.  Hmmm, I’m sure not feeling that at all.  But I guess different people can have different idea of what Christmas tastes like.

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Dinner

I got really creative for dinner tonight.  Any by creative I mean I threw things in a blow and stirred it all together and hoped for the best.  Actually it was pretty good.  I’m going to call it “kitchen sink”, because if it would have fit I probably would have added it to the bowl too.  I added spaghetti squash, coach slaw, ranch dressing, and lots of Frank’s Red Hot sauce and mixed it up.  It was like buffalo chicken wings….but not chicken wings.

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I went for a long walk again after work today…in the rain.  I ended up soaked by the time I got home but it was still nice and relaxing to be outdoors.  I’m currently listening to the audiobook of Wild, by Cheryl Strayed.  It’s a factual account from a woman (Cheryl) who walked the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) by herself.  I’ve been dying to hike the PCT, or even parts of it, for about 15 years now.  I’m currently in no shape for it…but then again neither was Cheryl when she started out.  It’s something I’d still love to do, but I would certainly do more research than she did before setting off.  Personally I love to hike.  I never get to do it very often which is a total bummer.  I love being in nature and I think it would be a beyond amazing experience.  I guess I’ll have to put it on my bucket list.

Whole30 – Day 16

26 Oct

I was having one of those days today.  I just felt like I wasn’t seeing any major changes and was feeling pretty down and frustrated by it.  I mean, I can tell my stomach has gone down some but there’s still plenty of padding and a stubborn pooch I’ll probably have all my life because i remember even having it as a pretty skinny little kid.  I know my sleep has gotten better even though I wake up tired.  This is really pretty miraculous because I used to take a natural sleep aid (usually Natural Calm magnesium).  But, I just want amazing, miraculous, results you know?

But then after my mini-panic attack about how I was getting nowhere fast I realized I’ve been at this a whopping two weeks.  Even if I were placed on medications you don’t often start seeing results from that for weeks or maybe even months.  And, two weeks is really short when you consider I’ve managed to build these health problems through approximately the last 1,872 weeks.  So yeah, two weeks is barely the blink of an eye when you consider my entire life of unhealthy eating, unhealthy relationships with food, using food/alcohol as a reward, crazy diets with no fats and not nearly enough calories.  You get my point?  Even though Whole30 may never “cure” any of my issues completely I do think it’ll help in the long run but it surely won’t turn things completely around in two weeks.  And lets face it, there are no miracles but there is hard work and I’m sure as hell putting it in.

So yeah, I guess I need to learn a little patience….not my strong suit if you know me.  But here I am with 16 days under my slightly smaller belt!  I’m just going to keep trusting the process.

Breakfast

Breakfast is what it has become often for me lately because I like it so much.  I like it because it tastes good and because it leave me full through several hours at work and hunger is one less thing I need to worry about.  Crack slaw, spinach, and two poached eggs with an avocado.

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Lunch

I tried out my compliant store bought spaghetti sauce on top of some spaghetti squash “noodles” and had two closed fist serving size of almonds.  I was bummed with I could only find raw almonds that were compliant but I actually enjoyed them.  I guess this Whole30 thing must be changing my tastebuds up some.  I never hated them raw but I never really liked them before.

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Dinner

Oh my god!  Remember me mentioning the kalua pig and how easy it was to make?  Well, not only is it stupidly easy but it’s also so delicious!  I added 9 cloves of garlic instead of the recommended 5 and every bite was garlicy goodness.  I put some cauliflower rice and brussels sprouts in the bottom of my bowl, topped it with the kalua pig and then added some mayo on top and mixed it all together!  It was to die for!

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So remember I mentioned about putting in the hard work?  Well, I’m still not feeling the crazy energy they said will (maybe, probably, some day) happen but I’m not near as tired as when I first started.  Now it’s time to get physical, which I know is only going to promote all the results I’m looking for.  Today after work I took my two chihuahua puppies on about a three mile walk.  It’s not crazy exercise but I’m working my way up.  And, it’s sure as hell beats doing nothing at all, plus my pups really enjoyed it.

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I got my 10,000 Fitbit steps today!

Whole30 – Day 15

25 Oct

Woohoo!  I’m officially past the half way point.  I can’t believe I haven’t eaten added sugars in 15 days.  That’s pretty crazy when you figure the average American eats 30-60 teaspoons of sugar a day.  That’s 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sugar every single day which adds up to 150-170 pounds a year!  Wow.  I have no doubt I was in that category before starting this, that is if you include fake sugars in that total.

I’m not going to bore you today with meal pictures but I am going to share my weekly meal prep pictures.  Like I mentioned yesterday, I don’t know if it’s laziness or smartness but I took a lot less time preparing my meals this week.  I may end up paying for it by not having as flavorful of food that I have been but I just needed a little bit of a break.  It still took 4-5 hours to cook everything so it’s not like it wasn’t still effort.

Before we get into food I have to share my newest discovery with you.  I say it’s new to me but it certainly isn’t new. All those women decades ago sure knew what they were doing when they wore aprons to cook.  I bought myself an apron (mostly because I decided to cook beets and they will stain anything that even comes close to them).  But, it was awesome.  I didn’t get dirty or wet, and when I needed to dry my hands after washing them for the millionth time I had a towel right there.  So easy.  Look close, there’s an apron but no heels or cute skirt/dress.  Give me a break, it was 1am, lol.

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Okay, here it is!  Here’s what I’m going to be eating this week.  From left to right top to bottom: kalua pig, spaghetti sauce with ground beef (yes I found store bought that only had good and organic ingredients with no sugar added, it’s spendy but worth it), crack slaw (of course), zoodles (zucchini noodles), roasted garlic, spaghetti squash, both red and golden roasted beets (aren’t they gorgeous?), roasted brussels sprouts, and cauliflower rice.  I also made more mayo and ranch dressing but didn’t take photos since you already know what they look like.

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Oh, and do you know what this is?  It’s fennel!  It’s one of my favorite vegetables but I never remember to buy it.  I bought one just to eat raw.  It’s so good!  It tastes like black licorice so if you’re into that sort of thing you should really give this vegetable a shot.

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I must have halloween on my mind because when I was cutting the beets I noticed this….

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You can’t tell me that doesn’t look like a rat tail, haha.  No excuse not to eat the beets though.  They are really good roasted.  I still haven’t decided if they are worth the mess or not yet though.

This week is going to be real interesting for me.  I’ll be having approximately six consecutive meals away from home.  I just hope I can find food that I’ll be able to eat and that I won’t be starving the entire time.  Here’s to week three!

Whole30 – Day 12

22 Oct

Day 12 hit me like a ton of bricks.  I thought I had this Whole30 down.  Thought people who were just ready to throw in the towel and quit didn’t have enough will-power…until day 12.

I woke up this morning (or evening since that’s my morning) just feeling horrible.  Not physically horrible but so easily irritated.  Then I got upset, and then all I wanted to do was cry.  I am not a cryer.  I don’t cry often, I hate crying.  And, I don’t often get the urge to just cry for no reason.  And cry I did.  But I managed to pull myself together, get my butt to work, and have a successful night.  I felt slightly off all night though and I hate that.

I did a little Whole30 forum reading and found out this is pretty common.  I even found some people who had the exact same descriptions of how they were feeling on both days 11 and 12 so I guess I’m not that abnormal.  I also read that eating more sweet potatoes (or other starchy foods) when you feel like this can help your body cope with the changes it’s going through.  I know I mentioned before a lot of my issues are hormone related…so maybe my body is actually producing hormones now?  I don’t know, that’s only a theory.  A lot of people said it’s part of the detox from sugars, and that’s probably it exactly.  Here I thought I could make it through this unscathed.

The good news is that I didn’t cheat.  I didn’t even have the urge to cheat, I just couldn’t understand why I was feeling the way I did.  Lame.

Breakfast

Breakfast was spinach mixed with what I had leftover of the stuffing of the acorn squash which consisted of ground turkey, celery, onion, and diced apples.   I scrambled this all together with three eggs and had some olives to go with it.  So delicious, even though I was still teary-eyed when I ate it.

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Lunch

For lunch I decided to mix a bunch of stuff together.  I added some cauliflower rice, crack slaw, and roasted brussels sprouts into my lunch container.  Once I heated it all up I added in some mayo then mixed it all together.  It makes a nice creamy sauce, really good!

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Dinner

I forgot I had a leftover sweet potato (or is it a yam?) from last week so I “baked” that in the microwave hoping that the extra starchy foods will help improve my mood.  I did cut down from a lot of sweet potatoes last week to zero this week, completely unintentionally.  I also had a bowl of thai chicken soup with cauliflower rice added and topped with a squeeze of fresh lime and an avocado.  This soup is amazing!

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I guess my positive spin on the day is that I didn’t kill anyone, I’m still alive, and I didn’t eat any non-compliant foods!  Life and Whole30 go on!

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I’m ready for a better day 13!  Because I’m not superstitious 😉

Whole30 – Day 10

20 Oct

Fat!  I’d like to take a minute or two to talk about that nasty three letter word no one wants to be, hear, say, or eat.  Our society is so wrong when it comes to fat.  I think that’s partly to blame for doctor’s misconceptions of what fat does to a body, and I’d say mostly to blame for the big mass marketing done by companies who want to make more money off of “no-fat” and “low-fat” foods.

Did you know that a woman needs AT LEAST 50g of fat a day to keep up normal hormone function?  I’m not talking about just sexy time hormones, I’m talking all hormones.  Everything in your body; metabolism, body temperature regulation, sleep, etc. are all regulated by hormones.  Guess what?  If you don’t have the proper fat for your body to make these hormones to control your entire body function it just doesn’t, it stops.  Eating low-fat and no-fat is only detrimental to your health, especially because what these companies replace the fat with is more sugar….just what we need.

I’ve been struggling with a lot of hormone issues which I really still don’t have a diagnosis for yet, but I’m working on it.  I can’t help but feel that I totally fucked myself up by buying the hype that fat was bad.  I can’t tell you how many years I went eating very little fat.  And you know what….I was still fat!  Even when I was skinny-fat, I was still fat.

Through the Whole30 process they teach you to eat a certain amount of fat at each meal.  With the no sugar added to your meals your body starts to function off of fat for energy rather than sugars (just the way nature intended) and by eating more fat you will actually burn off more fat.  Crazy huh?  Anyway, I’m starting to believe it.  I woke up and looked in the mirror and saw that my belly pooch is getting smaller!  It’s still a pooch but change takes time.  I’m actually starting to feel this more energy thing too.  I slept great and woke up only slightly not wanting to get out of bed.  Hey, it’s progress!

Breakfast

I decided to wilt my spinach in a little extra coconut oil today so that I wouldn’t have to add other fats to breakfast but that backfired on me when I saw the oily mess on the bottom of my plate when I got done eating, so I ate a few olives.  The rest of my breakfast was three poached eggs and a tomato I grew in my back yard!

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Lunch

For lunch I had a bed of cauliflower rice topped with part of the leftover stuffing from the acorn squash and some brussels sprouts.  I brought some mayo to add to the top, since you know FATS!  This turned out really good.  I mixed it all together after heating it up.

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Dinner

I think this meal was my favorite so far.  I added a scoop of cauliflower rice to the bottom of the bowl of Thai chicken soup and topped it with avocado.  Delicious!

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For some reason the Whole30 timeline lists days 10-11 as being the worst days and the days you’re most likely to quit.  I find that strange because I’m not tempted to quit at all.  Not even when G ate two corndogs (one of my favorites) right in front of me at work tonight.

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Whole30 – Day 8

18 Oct

Day 8 was another day off from work for me, but it was hardly a relaxing day.  I did my grocery shopping and got all of my meals (except breakfast eggs) cooked and ready for the week.  I’m hoping my meat selection is better this week but I still feel like I didn’t buy all that much meat, but more than the previous week.

I’ve learned that I really love roasted brussels sprouts.  Who would have guessed?  Those little things are darn delicious.  I remember my friend D telling me she thought they “tasted like candy” and I always thought she was a little crazy.  It’s okay, I might just be crazy too.  I wouldn’t call them candy but they are pretty good as far as vegetables go.

I thought about something the other day and they forgot to write about it.  This Whole30 way of eating really isn’t so strange.  Our grandparents must have eaten similar to this.  There wasn’t soda, energy drinks, chips, candy, and highly processed foods everywhere.  Not to mention when these things became available they were intended to be a treat, not something people ate every day, every meal, and snacks too.  Of course mass marketing is at least partially to blame and the fact that in most households all adults work rather than one staying home to take care of cooking and cleaning.

Week 2 Meals

From left to right, top to bottom, here’s what I’ve cooked for the week.  Spinach and tomato frittata, stuffed acorn squash (from the popular Facebook video post, find it here)  I omitted the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese to make it compliant.  Crack slaw, egg salad with home made mayo and celery, sautéed green beans and mushrooms, roasted brussels sprouts, cauliflower rice, and Thai chicken soup.

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Breakfast

For breakfast I finished off the last bit of crack slaw I had leftover from week 1 and added two freshly poached eggs on top.  I was at a loss for what to eat for my fat so I added some almond butter hoping it might make it a bit like pad thai.  It missed the mark but wasn’t horrible and I got the nutrition I needed so that’s a win in my book.

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Lunch

Lunch I had a bowl of the Thai chicken soup I made with a fresh squeeze of lime on top and a serving of green olives on the side!

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Dinner

For dinner I finished what I had left from the first week which was some balsamic sweet potatoes with brussels sprouts and cold thai salad.  I also topped some lettuce with the egg salad which was really good.

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I feel like my appetite is decreasing lately but it could just be the difference between being home and being at work.  I guess I’ll find out tomorrow when I head back.

I was happy today that my stomach issues are better again.  It’s confusing to me how one day I will be having the worst time and then it just disappears.  All part of the stomach healing and processing new/different foods I suppose.

I know weight loss is not supposed to be my goal, that feeling better is, but dammit I want to lose a pound or two.  I found this on the Whole30 web site and it has given me hope!

“In a survey of over 1,600 Whole30 participants, a full 96% lost weight and/or improved their body composition.  20% lost between 1-5 pounds; 37% lost 6-11 pounds; 21% lost 12-15 pounds and 11% lost more than 16 pounds in just 30 days!  7% reported no scale change, but an improvement in body composition (muscle gained and/or fat lost). And of the 4% who didn’t lose any weight, many weren’t trying – several were pregnant at the time of their Whole30 program, a few reported they were on a “mass gain” program, and some stated they “didn’t have any weight to lose.””