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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 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 18

28 Oct

Wow!  I can’t believe this 30 days is nearly 2/3rds of the way done already.  It feels both long and short all at the same time.

I’m not sure what the deal is but today I really wanted anything sweet.  I bought a bag (Costco size bag) of candy for the trick-or-treaters and it’s sitting in the same cabinet as my Starbuck’s Via coffee.  It literally hasn’t bothered me until today.  I thought this was supposed to get easier, not harder?  Not that it’s hard exactly, I just feel like I’m craving things more lately, like a glass of wine.  Damn that sounds good.  But here I am writing my blog, without chocolate in my hand, and drinking some herbal cinnamon apple tea.  Oh well, what are you going to do?

Breakfast

More of the same and I’m still not tired of it.  Two poached eggs on top of crack slaw and spinach.  Possibly the world’s most perfect breakfast!

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Lunch

Lunch was kalua pig and cauliflower rice with mayo mixed in after it was heated.  I finally remembered to slice up my fennel and I ate that raw and also had a still not ripe persimmon.  I seriously need to find out if there’s a way to make these ripen faster because I’m dying to try a really ripe one (they are supposed to be super sweet) but I think I’m going to eat them all before they even hit the ripe stage.  I sprinkled cinnamon on top and it’s good.  I like them either way, with or without cinnamon.  One of the blogs I read said that they thought these tasted like Christmas.  Hmmm, I’m sure not feeling that at all.  But I guess different people can have different idea of what Christmas tastes like.

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Dinner

I got really creative for dinner tonight.  Any by creative I mean I threw things in a blow and stirred it all together and hoped for the best.  Actually it was pretty good.  I’m going to call it “kitchen sink”, because if it would have fit I probably would have added it to the bowl too.  I added spaghetti squash, coach slaw, ranch dressing, and lots of Frank’s Red Hot sauce and mixed it up.  It was like buffalo chicken wings….but not chicken wings.

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I went for a long walk again after work today…in the rain.  I ended up soaked by the time I got home but it was still nice and relaxing to be outdoors.  I’m currently listening to the audiobook of Wild, by Cheryl Strayed.  It’s a factual account from a woman (Cheryl) who walked the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) by herself.  I’ve been dying to hike the PCT, or even parts of it, for about 15 years now.  I’m currently in no shape for it…but then again neither was Cheryl when she started out.  It’s something I’d still love to do, but I would certainly do more research than she did before setting off.  Personally I love to hike.  I never get to do it very often which is a total bummer.  I love being in nature and I think it would be a beyond amazing experience.  I guess I’ll have to put it on my bucket list.

Whole30 – Day 16

26 Oct

I was having one of those days today.  I just felt like I wasn’t seeing any major changes and was feeling pretty down and frustrated by it.  I mean, I can tell my stomach has gone down some but there’s still plenty of padding and a stubborn pooch I’ll probably have all my life because i remember even having it as a pretty skinny little kid.  I know my sleep has gotten better even though I wake up tired.  This is really pretty miraculous because I used to take a natural sleep aid (usually Natural Calm magnesium).  But, I just want amazing, miraculous, results you know?

But then after my mini-panic attack about how I was getting nowhere fast I realized I’ve been at this a whopping two weeks.  Even if I were placed on medications you don’t often start seeing results from that for weeks or maybe even months.  And, two weeks is really short when you consider I’ve managed to build these health problems through approximately the last 1,872 weeks.  So yeah, two weeks is barely the blink of an eye when you consider my entire life of unhealthy eating, unhealthy relationships with food, using food/alcohol as a reward, crazy diets with no fats and not nearly enough calories.  You get my point?  Even though Whole30 may never “cure” any of my issues completely I do think it’ll help in the long run but it surely won’t turn things completely around in two weeks.  And lets face it, there are no miracles but there is hard work and I’m sure as hell putting it in.

So yeah, I guess I need to learn a little patience….not my strong suit if you know me.  But here I am with 16 days under my slightly smaller belt!  I’m just going to keep trusting the process.

Breakfast

Breakfast is what it has become often for me lately because I like it so much.  I like it because it tastes good and because it leave me full through several hours at work and hunger is one less thing I need to worry about.  Crack slaw, spinach, and two poached eggs with an avocado.

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Lunch

I tried out my compliant store bought spaghetti sauce on top of some spaghetti squash “noodles” and had two closed fist serving size of almonds.  I was bummed with I could only find raw almonds that were compliant but I actually enjoyed them.  I guess this Whole30 thing must be changing my tastebuds up some.  I never hated them raw but I never really liked them before.

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Dinner

Oh my god!  Remember me mentioning the kalua pig and how easy it was to make?  Well, not only is it stupidly easy but it’s also so delicious!  I added 9 cloves of garlic instead of the recommended 5 and every bite was garlicy goodness.  I put some cauliflower rice and brussels sprouts in the bottom of my bowl, topped it with the kalua pig and then added some mayo on top and mixed it all together!  It was to die for!

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So remember I mentioned about putting in the hard work?  Well, I’m still not feeling the crazy energy they said will (maybe, probably, some day) happen but I’m not near as tired as when I first started.  Now it’s time to get physical, which I know is only going to promote all the results I’m looking for.  Today after work I took my two chihuahua puppies on about a three mile walk.  It’s not crazy exercise but I’m working my way up.  And, it’s sure as hell beats doing nothing at all, plus my pups really enjoyed it.

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I got my 10,000 Fitbit steps today!

Whole30 – Day 15

25 Oct

Woohoo!  I’m officially past the half way point.  I can’t believe I haven’t eaten added sugars in 15 days.  That’s pretty crazy when you figure the average American eats 30-60 teaspoons of sugar a day.  That’s 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sugar every single day which adds up to 150-170 pounds a year!  Wow.  I have no doubt I was in that category before starting this, that is if you include fake sugars in that total.

I’m not going to bore you today with meal pictures but I am going to share my weekly meal prep pictures.  Like I mentioned yesterday, I don’t know if it’s laziness or smartness but I took a lot less time preparing my meals this week.  I may end up paying for it by not having as flavorful of food that I have been but I just needed a little bit of a break.  It still took 4-5 hours to cook everything so it’s not like it wasn’t still effort.

Before we get into food I have to share my newest discovery with you.  I say it’s new to me but it certainly isn’t new. All those women decades ago sure knew what they were doing when they wore aprons to cook.  I bought myself an apron (mostly because I decided to cook beets and they will stain anything that even comes close to them).  But, it was awesome.  I didn’t get dirty or wet, and when I needed to dry my hands after washing them for the millionth time I had a towel right there.  So easy.  Look close, there’s an apron but no heels or cute skirt/dress.  Give me a break, it was 1am, lol.

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Okay, here it is!  Here’s what I’m going to be eating this week.  From left to right top to bottom: kalua pig, spaghetti sauce with ground beef (yes I found store bought that only had good and organic ingredients with no sugar added, it’s spendy but worth it), crack slaw (of course), zoodles (zucchini noodles), roasted garlic, spaghetti squash, both red and golden roasted beets (aren’t they gorgeous?), roasted brussels sprouts, and cauliflower rice.  I also made more mayo and ranch dressing but didn’t take photos since you already know what they look like.

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Oh, and do you know what this is?  It’s fennel!  It’s one of my favorite vegetables but I never remember to buy it.  I bought one just to eat raw.  It’s so good!  It tastes like black licorice so if you’re into that sort of thing you should really give this vegetable a shot.

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I must have halloween on my mind because when I was cutting the beets I noticed this….

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You can’t tell me that doesn’t look like a rat tail, haha.  No excuse not to eat the beets though.  They are really good roasted.  I still haven’t decided if they are worth the mess or not yet though.

This week is going to be real interesting for me.  I’ll be having approximately six consecutive meals away from home.  I just hope I can find food that I’ll be able to eat and that I won’t be starving the entire time.  Here’s to week three!

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!