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Whole30 – Day 61

10 Dec

Whew!  I’ve just completed my second Whole30 in a row.  Granted I did have wine twice and about a 1/4 inch square piece of a smores poptart, but other than that I’ve been totally, 100% compliant, which is pretty impressive if you ask me.

I’m still loving the food and still not so much loving the cooking but I get it done week after week because I know that’s what needs to happen.  I did get a new kitchen gadget that I’m loving and that is helping me cook healthy and quick.  It’s called an Instant Pot, or InstaPot, and it’s a 7 in 1 device that acts as a crock pot, pressure cooker, and other features I haven’t used yet.  I love the pressure cooker setting!  I made the most tender amazing beef roast in it tonight and also an entire chicken.  It’s really good for making bone broth too, which is really good for helping to heal the gut.  I also made some chicken hash with shredded sweet potatoes, granny smith apples, and chicken thighs as well as some spaghetti squash chow mien.  Hopefully it’s all good because this is what I’m eating this week.

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Now for the bummer part of my post.  I’m really not making any progress 😦  I continue to eat real, whole, not processed foods because I know that is what my body needs but I’m still super tired and not seeing any changes to my body (outside or inside).  I’ve been on my current medications for a month now and really thought I’d start to see some improvements.  My weight has stayed roughly the same as where it was after my first 30 days (within a pound or two either lower or higher depending on the day) and my clothes fit the same.  I really feel like until I get on thyroid medications I’m not going to see the changes I’m looking to see.

I’m really trying not to be too down on myself because I know I’m doing everything I can.  I also know I didn’t make myself sick overnight so I can’t expect to be healed overnight either.  I just have a hard time being patient when I know there are other things that can be done and it’s not me holding back the progress.  Yep, I still have another month to go before I see my doctor again.  I even called the office today hoping to get a call back but I haven’t heard anything yet.  They decided to close their doors for two months so I’m just on stand-still and that really bothers me.

I haven’t been as good on the exercise front as I had meant to be.  I posted two weeks ago that I was going to start lifting and that hasn’t happened.  I know it’s an excuse of sorts but they day I had planned on going after work I ended up having to stay four extra hours and I’ve just been exhausted with some really long, really wet and windy, work days.  I have been doing yoga 3-4 times a week though and I really am enjoying that.  I feel like it doesn’t exhaust me as bad as a hard workout does and for now I think that’s what my body needs.

Here’s to another 30 days and hopefully some new improvements.  I think I’m going to go pour myself a glass of wine….because I can 🙂

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Whole30 – Day 22

1 Nov

Whew!  I survived the sweetest day of the year and didn’t eat a single piece of candy.  Just opening the bag to dump it into a bowl for the trick-or-treaters was torture.  I never realized candy could smell so strongly through the wrappers, but let me tell you it sure can.

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I came to a realization today as I began shopping and cooking my food today.  I actually really like eating whole food and I really don’t want to eat processed crap…except that candy, I really did want to eat that, lol.  But seriously, I feel like my taste buds have changed so much in the last 22 days and I’m really enjoying eating food that looks like what it’s supposed to look like and that doesn’t have ingredients I can’t pronounce.

I only had one day off this week so I tried to simplify my cooking as much as possible.  I ended up making three crock pot dishes.  Luckily I own two crock pots so that helped with time.  I was just happy to not spend all day on my feet in the kitchen, but it still did take quite a bit of time.

Top to bottom let to right I made: Paleo Leap’s Oven Roasted Garlic CabbageNom Nom Paleo’s Slow Cooker Roast Chicken and Gravy, roasted carrots parsnips and cauliflower, Pure and Simple Nourishment’s Texas Slow Cooker Beef Chili, roasted rutabaga and turnips, mashed sweet potatoes, and chicken curry.

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I had a panic moment earlier today.  I went to the bathroom and thought I was dying.  My pee was reddish-pink which is usually not a good sign.  I started drinking massive amounts of water because I was sure something was very wrong.  Then I thought about what I had eaten today and remembered I had eaten at least one whole red beet and another golden beet.  I googled it and found out that beets can actually dye your urine.  Totally crazy and thankfully I’m not dying after all!

I seriously can’t believe that I’m starting week four already.

Whole30 – Day 14

24 Oct

I’m running so far behind today but that’s okay since it’s my weekend!  I’ve been staying awake during the night (my normal work hours) and last night I spent more of the night asleep on the floor next to my dogs cuddled up by the fire than I did awake and productive.  And you know what?  That’s totally alright by me.  I did only get four hours of sleep the day before since I had things to get up and do so I was tired, but Whole30 stresses to take naps and rest as much as possible while your body adjusts.  I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not good at this.  I never have time for naps and I don’t always get enough sleep due to work schedules and other appointments I have to get in.  So I listened to my body and slept.

I managed to get my shopping done this morning for my weekly cooking session tonight.  I don’t know if I’m getting lazier as time goes on or if it’s that I’m getting smarter?  Maybe a bit of both.  I currently have a three ingredient kalua pig in my crockpot.  Hopefully it tastes great because it couldn’t be easier.  In case you’re interested in the recipe it’s at Nom Nom Paleo – Slow Cooker Kalua Pig  I can’t attest to it being delicious yet but I have faith in Nom Nom Paleo.

Breakfast

I’m finishing up my food for the week with a bit more leftovers than I had the week before.  Either I ate less or I made more.  Could be either one for sure.  Breakfast was crack slaw and two poached eggs and a sliced fuji apple with almond butter!  So yummy!

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Lunch

I guess I must have forgotten to take a picture of my lunch today and I don’t even remember what I had.  Weird.  I couldn’t even say for sure I actually ate lunch.  Maybe I was abducted?

Dinner

I do know what I had for dinner since it was minutes ago, lol.  I warmed up some of the spinach and tomato frittata and the green beans with mushrooms.  I also decided to try a fruit I had only had once before in my life, and HATED at the time.  But I like to give things a second chance.  I picked up some Fuju persimmons.  I didn’t know until I looked it up online but there are two type of persimmons, a sweet one and an astringent one.  I must have tried the astringent one the first time because it dried my mouth out like I had stuffed it full of cotton.  Luckily these Fuju persimmons are sweet even when they aren’t fully ripe, which mine are not yet.  So I sliced it up and gave it a try.  You know what?  It’s pretty damn good!  These are supposed to be bursting with vitamins and other healthy stuff so that’s a bonus too.  One blog I read said to sprinkle cinnamon on them and that fits into my Whole30 so I think I’ll give that a try next time.

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I learned the hard way today that Costco is not a good place to be when you are hungry.  They were giving away samples (full fun-size packs) of halloween candy today!  What the hell?  Of course that’s the day I go.  It looked so good too.  On top of that I actually bought halloween candy for the trick-or-treaters since I won’t have a chance to otherwise.  It’ll be my first year in years handing out candy and also my first year ever not eating any (not even one piece) of halloween candy.  I’m actually kinda sad about that one.

I picked up some other fun stuff on my shopping excursion too.  I purchased a Misto, or something like that.  You fill it with your choice of oil and it sprays the oil without added chemicals.  I also bought a different spiralizer so I can make zucchini noodles (zoodles) easier.  I already had a hand-held one but it was a pain in the ass to use.  I’m looking forward to using my new gadgets and making some new foods tonight!

Crock-Pot Turkey Corn Chowder

31 Jan

I thought I’d share one of my favorite, easy recipes, at least of the moment.  I’m making some now and it’s the second time this month, so you know it’s pretty good.  The fact that it doesn’t take much prep time, or ingredients helps too!  Plus, living alone, I can make this and bring it to work for dinner a couple of nights which saves me from stopping at the grocery store on the way to work!  It would be delicious  served in a sour-dough bread bowl…but then, what isn’t? Ingredients: 1 lb ground turkey (I like to use the spicy type) 3 cups frozen diced hash browns with onions and peppers (I never measure, just dump in the whole bag!) 2 medium carrots chopped 1 10 3/4 ounce can condensed cream of mushroom soup 1 15-16 1/2 ounce can creamed corn 2 1/2 cups water I usually cook the turkey and make sure it’s broken into small pieces, plus drain out the fat before adding it to the crock pot, but you don’t have to. Add everything into the slow cooker, give it a stir, set to low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-5 hours and forget about it.  Delicioius! Here’s a picture of what it looks like.  Keep in mind this just went in the crock-pot.  It’ll look much yummier after it cooks for 8 hours! DSCN0100 Update:  Here’s what it looks like after cooking for about 8 hours!