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Whole30 – Thanksgiving

28 Nov

I had a very quiet Thanksgiving this year, just G and I.  Normally I wouldn’t have bothered to cook an actual Thanksgiving dinner for just the two of us.  Neither of us are huge on holidays because usually at least one of us is working.  This year we actually both had the day off.  Even with the day off I really hadn’t planned on cooking turkey and all the trimmings until I came across the Whole30 compliant recipes on whole30recipes Instagram which were created by pretend_its_a_donut also on Instagram.

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I made a turkey breast rather than an entire turkey and I chose to cook it in my crock pot so that I could make gravy similar to Nom Nom Paleo’s Gravy and Chicken which I’ve posted in the past.  First I dry brined the turkey breast using salt and other herbs and let it set for two days.  Just before getting ready to put the turkey into the crock pot I smothered it with ghee (butter with the milk solids removed).  I placed the turkey breast down which helped keep the breast nice and juicy!

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The cranberry sauce was my favorite thing I made I think, although it was all good.  Usually I made the most delicious brandied cranberries for Thanksgiving.  While this recipe does not take the place of my brandied cranberries it was still really good.  This is coming from a  girl who refused to eat cranberry sauce as a kid.  It was nice and tart and turned out nice and thick too.  I’d make it again in a heartbeat!

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Bacon wrapped green beans!  These were so good.  It was a challenge to find compliant bacon (no nitrates or added sugars) but once I did this recipe was actually really easy.  G even smoked the bacon for me before I wrapped it on the green beans so it had a nice smokey flavor!

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Balsamic brussels and persimmons.  This was good but I found the balsamic to be a bit overpowering.  Luckily I like balsamic vinegar so it was still good for me.  It did cover the flavor of the persimmons though.

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I also made some basic mashed potatoes.  I usually add milk to make the potatoes creamy.  I thought by adding a ton of ghee that I could accomplish the same thing but that didn’t happen.  My mashed potatoes didn’t look too nice but they tasted fine, especially topped with my gravy which was AMAZING!

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The only thing missing was the pumpkin pie, which I could have found a substitute for I’m sure.  I’m used to not eating sweets by now though so I really didn’t miss it. I sure wasn’t hungry after dinner!

 

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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 17

27 Oct

I had something weird happen to me today.  No matter how much water I drank my mouth was so dry…like the desert dry.  I was going to the bathroom non-stop so I know my body was hydrated enough.  I tried looking it up online to see if I could figure out the problem and I came up with two possibilities, although I don’t know if either one is right.  One theory is that I’m in “ketosis”, which I only know means not enough carbs, or lack of carbs, something like that.  And, I eat vegetables all day long and they have carbs.  It’s true though, I haven’t been doing the sweet potatoes and maybe that’s part of the problem.  The second theory is that my electrolytes may be out of whack.  I could buy into either theory but I don’t know, maybe it’s both.  I plan on mentioning it to my doctor if it doesn’t go away soon though.

Breakfast

Breakfast was the same old same old.  I feel like I don’t even need to post a description anymore since you all know what it is.  But there is the off-chance that one of you is a new reader today and you have no idea what I’m talking about so I’ll still explain.  Crack slaw, spinach, and poached eggs!  My favorite breakfast ever!

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Lunch

Lunch was nice and easy today.  I ate a large serving of zoodles topped with spaghetti sauce and a side of brussels sprouts smothered, and I mean smothered in home made ranch dressing.  This version of my ranch came out so much better than the last time I made it.  I remembered to buy paprika the last time I went shopping and had omitted it the first time.  Who knew paprika would make such a big difference?  Not me.  It’s good either way but it does resemble store bought ranch more-so now.

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Dinner

Dinner was kalua pig, green beans, and egg salad.  I also ate an apple, which I did not take a picture of, in hopes that it would help the dry mouth thing if it really is lack of carbs.  In reading Whole30 they mention not to eat fruit with every meal but maybe I’m really not incorporating enough fruit.  Or maybe I’m just overthinking this whole thing.

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And, just because I was dying to know, I took some half way point progress photos.  I guess technically they are slightly over half way but close enough.  I now regret having taken my beginning photos in a two piece swim suit because now I have to take my follow-up photos in the same attire.  I hadn’t thought much about sharing these with the world, but I will for the sake of showing you that even though there is only a little progress, it’s still progress dammit!  So please be kind.  I know I’m not the best looking person you will ever see in a two piece but I’m also far from the worst looking too.

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I can really see a difference in my mid-section (front and back) and in my thighs.  I see a difference in my face too, it looks less puffy.  But, my eyes have darker circles under them and I just look so damn tired.  I felt really tired when I woke up today too.  Really I can’t believe there is this much change just with eating differently, no processed foods, no sugar, no alcohol, no beans/legumes, and no grains.  I have eaten way more fat than I have ever eaten in my life in the last 17 days and yet you can see my body is smaller.  I guess that whole sugar makes you fat not fat makes you fat thing really has some validity to it after all.

Whole30 – Day 13

23 Oct

Well thank god my non-superstition worked out because I woke up feeling much better today than day 12.  I still wasn’t in the mood for too much BS (but who ever really is), but I didn’t cry or even feel like it so I call it a win.

It’s finally my weekend and I’m heading to bed ASAP.  I have a get-together planned for what would normally be my mid-sleep.  Luckily I can come back home and sleep more.  Man I love weekends!

Breakfast

I decided to start my day off right with one of my absolute favorites so far.  Wilted spinach mixed into some crack slaw, topped with two poached eggs.  So good!  And a side of green olives, you know why!  I really am going to make some more sauces for next week for a little variety.  I’d love to hear how you all get your fats in at each meal.  If you have any tips or favorites let me know.

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Lunch

I had a stuffed acorn squash, green beans and mushrooms, and some raw celery and almond butter.  Very satisfying!

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Dinner

I was going to skip dinner.  I know, totally not in the rule book but I wanted to get to bed.  I noticed I was hungry when I walked in the door so I made the quickest thing I could find and I’m sure I’ll sleep better not having a rumbly, hungry stomach.  I had the spinach and tomato frittata, roasted brussels sprouts, and topped it with a dollop of mayo.  It may sound weird but I’m telling you what, homemade mayo tastes so different than store bought and it works really nice as a sauce especially on hot foods because it kinda melts into everything.  On top of that it works!

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I’m not even kidding when I say I think I’ve eaten more vegetables in the past 13 days than I have in my entire life.  I might be slightly exaggerating about the whole life thing but I bet it’s close.  I even like vegetables but I just never took the time to prepare them much in the past.  I mostly ate salads because they were easy.

I still find this process to be mostly easy as long as I’m doing the food prep on the weekends.  I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating, I would have failed at this long ago if I would have had to cook every meal at the time I was getting ready to eat it.  My schedule just does not allow for that.  I have to think that in this day and age there are more people in my situation than not, and if doing something like the Whole30 doesn’t seem attainable to you because of time then pre-cooking everything is a great option.  I haven’t found anything to taste less good for being stored in the refrigerator….except maybe the roasted brussels sprouts.  They lose their crunch but are still good reheated.

The truth of the matter is, just like that old saying,

If there’s a will there’s a way!

Make it work people!

Whole30 – Day 11

21 Oct

Today’s blog is going to be short and sweet.  I’m already two or three hours past the time I normally go to bed since I went and got my hair done today!  I’m loving the new blondness.

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Overall I’m feeling really great on Whole30.  I don’t have crazy energy going on, but I do feel better than I did and my sleep is better no doubt.  Speaking of which, my pillow is calling my name.

Breakfast

I mixed wilted spinach with some crack slaw and had two poached eggs.  I could seriously eat this for every breakfast, maybe forever.  I love it that much!  I topped it all with the last bit of ranch dressing I had left.  I’m making a mental note for next week to make more sauces I can use for fats.  I feel so redundant either eating olives or avocados…not that I really mind.

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Lunch

Lunch was a half of a stuffed acorn squash which has seasoned ground turkey in it, which still reminds me of stovetop stuffing (I like it) and a side of green beans with mushrooms.  I also had some raw celery with almond butter.

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Dinner

I reheated some of the spinach and tomato frittata I had made ahead of time.  This was nice since I was running short on time today.  I topped it off with an avocado and some Frank’s Red Hot Sauce!  Such a good combination.  I think adding some ground meat in this would be really delicious.

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Someone mentioned to me that they think that I’m more upbeat lately.  I’d have to agree.  While I’m still not feeling as amazing and energetic as I know I can, I am feeling better in general than I have for a long time.  Top that off with the fact that I have hope in actually getting help from my new doctor and I’m making really good choices for my body with all the good food I’m eating and I’m a pretty happy girl!

Good night all!

Whole30 – Day 9

19 Oct

I woke up actually feeling awake.  I’m sure that had something to do with the fact I actually got nine hours of sleep. I’ve noticed that when I’m asleep now I actually am totally out of it which hasn’t always been the case.  I forgot to put my phone on “do not disturb” mode today and got a phone call during the middle of my sleep.  I even got up to use the restroom and actually fell right back to sleep.  That never used to happen.  I would have been awake playing on my phone for the better part of an hour until I felt tired again and I may or may not have fallen back to sleep.  Today my head hit the pillow, even the second time, and I was out.  I think part of this is because I started wearing ear plugs and an eye mask (I sleep during the day) but also because of Whole30.

The book mentions having dreams about off-limits foods.  I guess my subconscious really wanted a soda today because I dreamed I had taken a sip, I could even feel the bubbles on my tongue.  In my dream I hadn’t thought about the soda right away then a short time later I was freaking out because I knew I had to start my 30 days over for one little sip of soda.  I woke up not even sure it was a dream at first, lol.

Breakfast

For breakfast I had a plate of spaghetti squash topped with three poached eggs (since it was my only source of protein for the meal) and about two tablespoons of home made mayo, topped with Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and salt and pepper.  I was a little concerned about the mayo but it blended nicely with the other flavors and I still met my fat quota.  I’ve always been a pretty low-fat eater so incorporating fats has been difficult for me.

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Lunch

I packed half a stuffed acorn squash and a sliced apple with almond butter for lunch.  I don’t think I’ve ever had acorn squash before today and I actually did like it.  My mom told me that when I was little, still eating baby food, squash was my favorite.  I guess some things never change.  The meat stuffing of the squash reminded me of Thanksgiving stuffing, I think because of the rosemary spice.  It was delicious!

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Dinner

Dinner was crack slaw topped with Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, sautéed green beans and mushrooms in balsamic vinegar, and a small avocado.  Just enough food and it was yummy!  I’ve also been drinking sparkling water from my SodaStream which makes drinking water so much easier.  I just love the little bubbles!  I don’t add anything but tap water and it’s awesome.

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I’ve switched mostly to using my smaller plates.  I’m not sure if it’s true but they say you eat less because it looks like more.  One thing is for sure I’m still getting full, or as the book says satisfied, but trying not to overdo it to the point of pain.  I think one or two meals (crack slaw) were to that point last week.  I just feel bad if I don’t eat what I dish up for myself, especially if it’s not enough that I would save it.  I guess that’s one of the things I have to overcome during this Whole30 (or how many ever days I decide to continue this, it’ll be at least 30).

A friend asked me if I missed anything food wise.  I guess the answer really is no.  Other than that one chocolate craving I’ve been good.  I’ll admit that watching someone eat Doritos with that fake cheese smelled so good, and seeing someone drink a beer and I don’t even like beer but it made me want a glass of wine.  But, if I’m not around other foods I really don’t even think of them.  We have a snack machine and soda machine at work that I used to regularly use but I haven’t been tempted to do that either.  I’ve not even been tempted by the frosting-less animal crackers sitting open on the table at work, which I used to eat just because they were there.

If I had to say I miss anything it’s that I miss not having to cook…seriously!  And there weren’t as many dishes to do before either.  Other than that I’m doing great!