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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.””

Book Club

2 Mar

As if I don’t have enough to do with full-time work and school I’ve now decided to join a book club.  If you’re interested you can find the link to the book club on facebook here. The cool thing about this book club is that all the ones they pick to read are offered for free download on Kindle through amazon.com.  So, at least if I get too busy or don’t like the book they chose that month, I’m truly out nothing.  This is my first month so I don’t know what this club normally does, but this month they chose three books, a classic, a modern, and a book of Irish poems (for St. Patty’s day I assume).  You can choose to read as many of them as you want and you only post what you want to.  There don’t seem to be any prompt questions.  So far I like it!

The first book we’re reading, the one I chose anyway, is the modern one called Protector by Laurel Dewey.  I’ve made it through the first nine chapters just today and it’s actually really good!  I’ve found that there are actually a lot of really good books that are offered for free when they first come out so that it sparks an interest.  Once they get moved up onto the best sellers list they start charging for them because people will see that it’s on the list and that it has good reviews.  But, they aren’t free forever so you have to jump at the opportunity if you’re interested at all.  I currently have over 200 free books on my kindle waiting to be read.  Some of them will probably never get read and I’m ok with that.  If I pay for a book though I always make it a point to read it because I feel like I should.  The worst one I’ve ever paid for (on my kindle) was Confessions of a Shopaholic.  I feel like I got ripped off and it was only .99 cents!  Yeah, it was that bad, but I read the entire thing.

So, if you’re looking for one more thing to do in your life and you like to read I would recommend checking out this book club!