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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!

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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 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 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 6

16 Oct

Let’s see….I’ve been awake for 20 hours as I’m writing this so if it makes no sense you’ll know why.  Just finished up my first work week on Whole30 and honestly I feel like it went pretty well.  Other than the super tiredness (for very obvious reasons today) I feel like me, no better or worse than usual.  Compared to how I’ve heard it could be going I think that’s a win for me.  I’ll tel you what though, I can’t wait to start feeling more energized.  Maybe even enough to get my butt back in the gym.  I’m not going to rush things though.  On top of all the other changes adding workouts right now does not feel like a good idea.

Breakfast

Breakfast was scrambled eggs mixed with spinach, spaghetti squash topped with clarified butter, and some green olives.  I’m really running out of food which makes me feel like I planned the quantity well, even if not so much the actual contents (too much sweet potatoes, not enough meat).

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Lunch

For lunch I ate my last stuffed bell pepper, the remains of the cold thai salad, and some unsweetened applesauce.  It might be a first for me but I actually didn’t eat all the applesauce.

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Snack

I didn’t get a picture of it but after I got off work today (my Friday) G and I drove two hours to get to the mall and I was STARVING.  Believe it or not I managed to find something to tie me over at Starbucks.  They had some fresh fruit (apples, grapes, and oranges) and a drink I can’t remember the name of but it was coconut water and pineapple juice.  Not the best since between the fruit and fruit juice that was quite a bit of natural sugar but it was far better than the Cinnabon cinnamon roll G ate.  Damn I wanted one so bad.

Dinner

Dinner was my first successful meal at a restaurant.  I hadn’t thought about it at all but we drove past a Chipotle and G thought that sounded good.  Since we don’t have one where we live I wasn’t familiar with the menu.  I got the salad with no dressing and added the chicken (can you say amazing), veggies (bell peppers and onions), medium green salsa, and avocado.  The staff was awesome they quickly and easily answered my questions when I asked what was in the salsa and avocado without looking or sounding annoyed and I found out there was nothing bad in either.  The scoop of avocado was so big and it tasted amazing.

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I have to pat myself on the back just a little.  The fact that I’ve been tempted many times this week (mostly by G) and have even been in situations where compliant food was not readily available I have still managed to succeed.  Although willpower is probably easiest this week I feel like once I actually start to feel some of the amazing side effects (better sleep, more energy, less aches and pains from reduced inflammation to name a few) then I feel like this will be a no-brainer life changer.  At least that’s what I’m hoping for.

Food shopping tomorrow and cooking tomorrow night.  Who’s ready for some new food?  I know I am and I’m sure you are too.  I’ve been getting a lot of requests for the Crack Slaw recipe so I’ll share that with you all tomorrow.  I’ve already said at least a million times how good it is.  I’ll say it again, it’s so good I’m making it again for next week.  I think that’ll be the only repeat though but my final list isn’t ready just yet.  Stay tuned!

Whole30 – Day 3

13 Oct

Day three is done!  I don’t know if I’m having a delayed reaction or what but I’m really not feeling that bad.  I woke up today and didn’t have a headache but I was extremely tired.  The tired feeling remained throughout the day.  The book tells you numerous times that you’ll need extra sleep during this time and I’m finally starting to believe it.  Whatever medical issues I have been having previous to starting Whole30 has left me tired all the time but this is a new level of tired.  It’s like a drained tired.  I can’t wait for that to turn around though!

Breakfast

I wasn’t messing around today!  I didn’t want to be hungry at work all day so I made an extra poached egg for a total of three on top of my wilted spinach (noticing a trend yet?).  I also had part of an avocado, some sunshine sauce, and some of the balsamic sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts.  I was sad because I cut the avocado open and part of it was bad so I cut out the good stuff and just ate that.  The good news is that I made it just fine until lunch with no hunger pangs!

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Lunch

Lunch was a bowl of chicken chowder and some green olives.  Nothing too fancy but it was good and filling.  Easily made it until I was home to eat dinner and again wasn’t hungry.

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Dinner

I finally tried my ground beef and butternut squash stuffed peppers!  They’re good, but not my favorite thing so far.  Obviously variety is good and I’d make them again.  I also had some spaghetti squash topped with sunshine sauce.  I do not recommend this combination.  It wasn’t good at all, but I ate it.  Luckily I’m not a picky eater and I realize I’m eating for a purpose other than pleasure.  I will say this though, my experience so far has been mostly pleasurable.  Other than extra dishes and time spent cooking I’m really enjoying the food and enjoying real food.  And lastly I had a plum!

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Overview of the day: it was a good one!  I don’t feel terrible and I don’t feel amazing.  I didn’t have any crazy cravings.  I’m feeling like my stomach is just as big as it has been but for some reason my skinny jeans that are a size smaller than the ones I wore yesterday are feeling looser than they did.  Maybe they’ve just stretched out with wear or maybe this is actually starting to work!  Only another 27 days until we all find out.  Ooooh the suspense!

I’m already compiling a list of what I’m going to cook next week and I’m excited to try some new things.  I will say this, I should have cooked more meat than I did this week.  The chicken chowder doesn’t seem to have that much meat per serving, certainly doesn’t feel like one to two palm sized portions when I’m eating it, it’s mostly sweet potato.  I like sweet potato but I’d like to stick closer to the plan.  I also made the chicken salad which I can’t eat.  I looked at the can after I made it up and saw there’s corn starch in it.  Seriously?  Corn starch in chicken?  Why???  G won’t eat anything with mayo, not even real home made mayo so I guess I’ll have to throw it out.  What a shame.

WARNING: TMI TIME BELOW

I couldn’t leave you without some TMI today.  My stomach feels a bit bloated and gassy and I’ve eaten so much green that my poop is green.  And no, I didn’t cheat and have one of those black Burger King burgers.  Mine is the real deal, lol.