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Whole30 – Day 27

6 Nov

What a day!  Thankfully I’m writing you from my weekend which is going to look a lot like lazy other than the cooking I’ll be doing tomorrow night (which I haven’t even planned yet).  One thing I know for sure I’ll be making this upcoming week (yep, week5!!!) is going to be some crack slaw.  I can’t believe I’ve gone a week without it.  I really do miss it.  It feels like such a staple to me.  It makes me so happy to hear back from the many people I know who have made this dish who love it as much as I do.

I have no idea if what I’m experiencing is Whole30 related or if it’s just a random coincidence, but my jaw has been killing me for the past few weeks.  I haven’t mentioned it because it all started with one side or the other popping, usually once a day or so.  It would be pretty painful when it popped, and so loud that my ear would ring for a short while, but then it would feel better.  Well that changed a few days ago.  The right side of my jaw is so sore, and it’s not popping anymore.  I scheduled a visit with my dentist to try to find out what’s going on with it.  Originally I thought maybe my inflammation was going down so things were resettling, but even if that is the case it hurts like hell.  Hopefully Monday brings me good news and less pain.

Breakfast

Wilted spinach, avocado, and poached eggs!  I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so many eggs in one month.  Eggs are one of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat so I don’t feel bad about it.

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Lunch

Nom Nom Paleo’s chicken and gravy with some mashed sweet potatoes and the roasted veggies I don’t like.  I managed to choke down some of the vegetables while they were smothered in sweet potatoes and gravy.  I know they are good for me but dang they are not good.  I’ll be changing things up drastically in this department for next week.

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Dinner

So part of my exciting day after work included getting a new phone!  New phones are great but they always seem to be a pain to set up.  Luckily, once I figured out how to do it (thank you Google) the iCloud backup made it pretty easy.  Why am I talking about this for the dinner section?  It’s because my phone was in the one of many updates when I ate dinner so you don’t get a picture today.  I had the chicken curry and green olives!  Still one of my favorite combos.

I still really can’t believe my first 30 day journey has almost come to an end.  I realized something today, that I probably already knew.  I am an emotional eater.  I got really upset and frustrated today, over something mostly stupid but still annoying, and I was driving around during this time.  I saw Dairy Queen and I wanted a Blizzard so bad.  Believe me, Blizzards have been one of my go-to foods in the past when I’m upset or wanting comfort or just something sugary and delicious.  Crazy how our society has utilized food to comfort, soothe, and take the place of healthy stress relievers.  Luckily I can realize this now, it’s not a real craving but a mental trigger.  When we feel stressed out is not the time to pump your body full or crap because that only stresses out our bodies more on a different level.  But I guess it’s taken me 27 days to learn this, and it’s going to take even longer before I completely lose these triggered cravings (obviously).  I wonder if they would ever completely go away?  What are you food triggers?  If you are aware of what makes you want to eat foods that are not good for you then you can have a mental plan on how to redirect your focus to a healthy one.  Just a little “food for thought”!

Whole30 – Day 25

4 Nov

That finish line is looking so close!  Really it’s not the end of anything, except maybe blogging every single day about food, lol.

After all the information overload from yesterday I think I’m actually doing okay today.  I just keep thinking about how it is that I can make myself healthier and better.  I know this new way of eating is worth it for my health long-term so I truly have no desire to cheat or go back to eating the way I was before Whole30.  I did have a dream about bread though!  Damn subconscious will get you every time.

Breakfast

No more crack slaw until I make some more so I had to settle for spinach, poached eggs, and an avocado.

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Lunch

Curry chicken with green olives!  Seriously so good.  I thought I didn’t like curry very much but I think it’s growing on me.

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Dinner

I had an appointment after work and didn’t get home until around 11 AM, when I usually eat dinner by about 8 AM.  I was STARVING!  Chicken, sweet potatoes, and gravy!  I was in heaven!  This gravy is really so good that I wouldn’t miss regular gravy and I don’t think anyone else would notice either if they weren’t told.

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I heard something interesting on a podcast I’ve been listening to lately called The Nourished Podcast by Shawn Mynar and Meg Doll.  They mentioned how important it is to add salt into your diet when you’re eating clean/Whole30/cooking from scratch, because you’re no longer eating processed foods with tons of added salt for preservatives.  And apparently not enough salt can cause low blood pressure.  I don’t think I have low blood pressure but this is something to think about for sure.  While processed foods have way too much salt our bodies still need salt and other minerals to function properly.  I swear, sometimes it seems that there is just so much to know and keep track of.  I guess all we can do is keep learning.

Speaking of learning.  I’ve been thinking lately about going back to school for some type of nutrition degree.  I’m not sure exactly what this degree would be called because I haven’t researched it much, but I do know that this is the sort of thing that really interests me, and I love helping people.  I’ve been private messaged and texted by several people during this little journey of mine and I’m not even kidding when I say that it makes me so happy to have some type of positive impact on a person in terms of them learning more about their bodies and healthy eating/living.  I think this may have become my new passion, who knew!

Whole30 – Day 23

2 Nov

It’s day 23 already!  I actually feel like I missed a day yesterday but between all the switching back and forth from graveyard to day shift and back to graveyard there was a lot of sleeping done yesterday and not a whole lot of eating….so yeah, day 23 is what I’m calling it.

Speaking of a lot of sleep.  I wasn’t kidding.  I slept 12 glorious hours…and I still woke up tired and dragged ass all night long.  How is that even possible?  I have no idea but I’m finally going to get my blood work results tomorrow morning after work.  I’m excited, anxious, and a bit nervous.  I’m hoping the news isn’t too terrible and that I’ll hopefully be started on some medication to help me feel better than I do right now.  But, I don’t always get what I expect when I go to the doctor so I’ll wait until after my appointment to count my chickens.

Breakfast

Breakfast was my favorite again.  Crack slaw, spinach, poached eggs, and avocado.  It doesn’t get much better than this!

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Lunch

I tried my beef chili for the first time.  It was really good.  The spices are just right.  Even G ate some and didn’t die from the lack of preservatives and sugars so I call it a win.  He did suggest I add green beans next time so I might give that a go.  I also had some roasted vegetables.  This has to be my biggest flop yet.  I’m not sure what went wrong but they really are not good.  I guess I’ll eat them because I don’t have a choice, unless I decide to cook something else.  I’ll see if I can push through.  Even the ranch didn’t save them but I was able to choke it all down.  The sweet potatoes are pictured but I ended up not bringing them to work because it just looked like too much food, and it was, even without the potatoes.

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Dinner

I ate some of the chicken curry.  You can call me crazy but I really like the green olives added to it.  They add a nice salty tangy bite to the dish.  I also had a persimmon and a glass of bone broth.  Bone broth is not my favorite thing to drink but they say the health benefits, especially for those having gut problems, is huge.  So I’m giving it a go and hoping it’ll help repair my system even faster than I assume it has been up to this point.

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I’m not going to lie, I’m looking forward to my technical Whole30 being over because finding time to write my blog every day is pretty time consuming, especially when you consider I’m actually cooking my meals on a daily basis.  Both very new things for me but I’m making it work so far.  I have decided to do a fun giveaway which will be announced on my day 31, progress update post so stay tuned for that!

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 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 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.””

Whole30 – Day 4

14 Oct

I can’t believe it’s day four already.  I realize there is still a long way to go but I’m so proud to have made it this far.  For anyone out there thinking of giving this a try (and I encourage that) I honestly think the thing that has saved me from screwing up the most was doing my cooking, or at least the majority of it, on my weekend and being prepared.  There hasn’t been a time yet that I’ve not had the food I needed to be successful and felt that I had to eat something immediately that would throw me off.  Even though it took 6 or 6 1/2 hours with cleanup it’s been totally worth it.

I woke up today after not really sleeping good feeling okay.  I don’t really seem to have any headache but I have some other weird body aches and pains that started yesterday.  For some reason my right shoulder is aching, the tendonitis in my right wrist is acting up bad, and my right foot big toe is painful in the joint when I walk.  I’m not sure what brought any of this on as I haven’t done anything physical that would be making me hurt, especially the tendonitis.  I haven’t had that act up this bad in a long time.  Maybe my body is working on repairing itself and that’s painful?  I don’t know.  I have always heard that the body heals through inflammation, and as long as it’s not prolonged then maybe it’s a good thing.  Wishful thinking probably but I’m hoping so.

Breakfast

I decided to stray from the poached eggs today and went fried.  Living on the edge I know.  They did come out better than the last time I attempted fried eggs but I broke one of the yolks trying to get it out of the pan.  I don’t care though, it still tasted delicious.  What is it about fried eggs that makes them stick so bad?  It doesn’t matter how much cooking fat I have in the pan, they stick like crazy.  I ate the eggs on top of some crack slaw (still my favorite thing since I quit eating sliced bread) and some avocado on the side.  It was a great breakfast and kept me satisfied until I ate my lunch.

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Lunch

Lunch consisted of a ground beef and butternut quash stuffed orange bell pepper and some spaghetti squash.  I brought ranch dressing for my fat and ate it on both lunch things and it was so good.  The spaghetti squash reminded me of an alfredo.  Obviously it didn’t taste the same but it had a nice creamy texture and it just added a really nice tangy flavor to my stuffed pepper.

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Snack

Snacks aren’t technically allowed on the Whole30, but they aren’t such a detrimental cheat that you have to restart the plan.  I couldn’t come straight home from work and I felt like I was going to be so hungry I’d eat whatever was in front of me if I didn’t get something in my stomach.  I went to Safeway and looked and looked for something to get that would be easy, require no utensils or microwave, and wouldn’t be too much of a cheat snack.  I ended up getting a Safeway Organics Kombucha in the flavor Pomegranate Hibiscus Lime.  I’ve only had Kombucha once or twice before and it was probably the added sugars type.  I thought I liked it at least okay before but this was rough.  I really didn’t like it but I drank half anyway.  I know it’s essentially vinegar, or close to it, but this was very sour.  I also found some olives at the olive bar.  I got a few garlic and a few hot pepper flavor.  It was so hard walking past those chips and cookies but I did it.

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Dinner

Dinner was nice and easy today since I got home late.  The only prep that needed to be done was to throw the chicken chowder and the remaining stuffing from the bell peppers into the microwave.  I’ve been trying to do a lot better and reheat a lot of things on the stove because I’ve heard the microwave kills a lot of the good stuff in our food but I was just too impatient to wait.

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Overall today was a really great day.  My joints are still hurting and I still don’t know why and I was unusually tired today but I had a really great night at work so that got me through.  Days 4-5 are supposed to be “Kill all the things” days and I honestly didn’t feel that at all.  I’m semi-worried that if I’m not feeling the things the timeline says I should be feeling that maybe it’s not working but I think maybe due to my illnesses I’m just used to feeling like crap so this is really no big deal.  I obviously don’t need a special eating plan to be a bitch!

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