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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!

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 5

15 Oct

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet.  I was exhausted, and I mean really exhausted all night long.  Partly because I only got seven hours of sleep (that may sound like a lot to some of you but I do much better with eight or nine and even then I’m tired) and partly because I think I might be slightly ahead of the timeline.  According to the timeline today was day two of “Kill all the things”.  I only slightly wanted to kill someone and it passed very quickly.  The tiredness by far overtook any other feeling I had.  Not even coffee helped.  Anyway, on top of the tiredness I had an appointment after work and didn’t get home until five hours after getting off work.  SO TIRED.  I’m aware I sound like a broken record.  That’s just the way it is today I guess.  My bed is calling me as I type.

Breakfast

I did something a little different for breakfast.  First I wilted the spinach, kept it in the pan and added some crack slaw brought that all up to temperature then made a hole and added two eggs and scrambled it all together.  It was really good and I made a ton.  At first I thought it’d be too much, and I’m sure I could have been okay with a slightly smaller portion but I ate it all and it was good!  Especially good since I didn’t eat lunch until 5:30 AM.IMG_8078 IMG_8079

Lunch

Lunch was another stuffed pepper, some balsamic sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts, and a green salad with ranch dressing.

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Dinner

I was so over the day by the time I got home that everything ended up in one bowl.  I heated some chicken chowder and mixed in some spaghetti squash, then topped it with an avocado.  Would have been better with some hot sauce but it wasn’t bad and I was starving so that made it even better because now I’m full and ready for bed.

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I’m not going to lie, as much as the pictures may be starting to resemble each other I’m also getting slightly tired of eating the same things over and over again.  I realize this will be the end of pretty much every week and I’m okay with it.  Again, I really should have made more protein than I did and next will I will for sure eat less sweet potatoes but I am totally still in this 100%.  Even though I’m tired of the same things I’m not a picky eater and I only kinda want something different for variety.  I could seriously eat the crack slaw every single meal but you all would get really bored with that no doubt.

Good night day five!  This girl is calling it a night….or um day I guess.

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.

Whole30 – Day 2

12 Oct

I slept like a rock.  I’m not so sure this had anything to do with Whole30 or if it was because I wore my earplugs to bed and was exhausted, but it could be.  They say sleep gets better throughout the program but I think day 1 is a bit early to be experiencing that.  I still didn’t feel rested when I woke up though.  I felt like I wanted to stay all nice and snuggled under my blankets.

I woke up with a horrible headache, which isn’t that unusual for me.  I felt like I hadn’t slept at all, which also isn’t unusual.  I did, however, feel like I had been in a much deeper sleep than normal so that’s a good thing!

Breakfast

Breakfast looked a whole lot like yesterday’s breakfast but I decided to wilt the spinach and warm the spaghetti squash in the same pan to save time and dirty pans.  I made two poached eggs which turned out perfect again!  Who knew I had hidden poached egg talent?  Certainly not me.  I added some olives to help meet my fat criteria.  They added a nice salty tang to the dish!

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Lunch

Lunch was a mess.  Not the food but the actual event.  Work was crazy busy and my lunch was delayed until about 5:00 AM (I normally eat at about 3:00 AM).  To make matters worse I had been hungry since 1:00 AM so I really wanted that food.  I don’t think I brought enough for my lunch either because I was not completely satisfied after eating but it did tie me over until I got home for dinner.  It didn’t help that G decided to eat one of those cellophane wrapped rolls of chocolate glazed donuts while drinking a chocolate milk.  Can you say mean?  I wasn’t wanting the milk but damn those donuts looked good.  Luckily my food tasted great so it wasn’t that tempting.  He didn’t offer to share either so there was that.

I had some of the left over filling from the stuffed peppers which consisted of ground beef and butternut squash, cold thai salad with sunshine sauce, and no sugar added applesauce.

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Dinner

By the time I got home for dinner I was starving.  I decided to eat my leftover chicken chowder from the previous day.  There wasn’t much left but it tied me over while I cooked my fried eggs.  This was my first attempt at frying eggs and let me say I do not have the same skills I do with poached eggs with the fried eggs.  They were still edible though and went nicely topped over some of the crack slaw.  The gooey yolk added a nice flavor.  I know this is only day two but I’m really loving the crack slaw.  I think I could make it every week and still eat it.  I guess we’ll see if that holds through another 28 days or not.  I also had a side salad with home made ranch dressing.  I’m really bummed that this is only the second salad I’ve eaten from a huge Costco bag and it’s going bad already.  I really have to learn to look at “sell by” dates more closely.

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Okay, recap time!  According to the Whole30 timeline, it’s common for days 2-3 to be “hangover” days.  I certainly woke up with a bad headache that did bother me a few times throughout the night but nothing major, just annoying.  It probably helped that I was super busy too.  I’ve been so hungry today.  Yesterday I was worried about my portion sizes and today I’m like “Screw it, where’s the food!”  My pants that were already pretty big on me feel bigger but that could totally be in my head too.  I’m so tempted to weigh myself to try to see what’s going on with my body but I won’t.  I know that is not really a true indicator.  My stomach issues have resolved themselves.  Even if it’s only temporary I’m thankful for this.

Alright, weirdest observation of the day….I actually craved chocolate.  I really never crave chocolate.  It was the kind of craving where you can actually almost taste it you want it so bad.  Weird thing is, it wasn’t when G was eating the donuts.  In fact it happened when there was no chocolate around.  I was at the doctor’s office checking in for some lab work and I’m talking to the receptionist who is taking forever and I just suddenly wanted chocolate SO BAD.  The good news is that it passed quickly.  Like I said, I was already really hungry at that point and I’m starting to understand that my body is and has been running off sugars.  I think my craving was my body trying to get me to eat what it is used to having for energy.  Either way I survived day 2…and so did everyone else!

Whole30 – Day 1

11 Oct

Day 1 is officially in the books as a success.  It feels good to have finally started when this is something I’ve known I was going to do for several weeks now but have had to wait for several different reasons (flu, blood draw, and other medical tests).  I don’t think I’ve ever eaten this many vegetables in one day ever…and I like vegetables I just don’t like preparing them.

I started my day out with a black coffee!  I drink my coffee black at home pretty regularly even before starting Whole30 so that’s not been a hurdle for me.  I love the Starbucks Via packets because they are quick and easy and also Whole30 compliant.

Breakfast

I did two things during my first meal that I have never done before.  I made poached eggs!  I always thought it’d be difficult but it’s not at all.  I think the secret is the apple cider vinegar in the water.  They came out perfect, done on the outside and still runny on the inside.  I also made wilted spinach.  It was so good.  I made about half a bag which cooks up so much smaller.  I used coconut oil and added salt, pepper, and garlic powder for seasoning.  I also heated up some of the spaghetti squash and sliced up a plum.

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Lunch

For lunch I heated up some of the Crack Slaw and the Balsamic Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts and added half an avocado to meet my fat goal.  It all reheated nicely.  I’m so thankful to have done the majority of my cooking ahead of time.  Even though today was a day off from work I just don’t love spending a ton of time in the kitchen.

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Dinner

I decided to have a bowl of Chicken Chowder and a side salad with the other half of my avocado from lunch topped with home made ranch dressing.  The chowder might look funny but it tastes delicious!

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I’m really surprised I didn’t even finish my entire dinner.  I only ate about half the soup, which means I did not get the recommended amount of protein for dinner.  I don’t know what it is but I can eat a lot and I find myself feeling much fuller than normal.  I know I have eaten way more food than I normally do and I’m not going to lie, that freaks me out.   In my mind more food = more pounds and that is the opposite of what I want.  That doesn’t mean I’m not going to eat as much as I’m supposed to, because Whole30 is not about being hungry all the time or being low calorie, but I do think I need to rethink my portion sizes.  I’m STUFFED.  Part of Whole30 is to learn to quit eating when you are satiated, not before or after.  I have a feeling that’s going to take at least 30 days to learn for me.  I’m trying really hard to eat at my dining room table and to only eat, no phone, iPad, laptop, or TV.  Easier said than done.

Okay now for the TMI portion of my post.  Please stop reading if you really don’t want to know, lol.

Really….I mean it…stop reading if TMI bothers you or if you’re not okay with me being completely honest with the process.

Alright, here it goes.  I’m not sure if it’s the increase in vegetables/fiber in my diet, or maybe the fats, but I’m experiencing diarrhea today.  I had the flu about two weeks ago and this is feeling like deja vu.  It started about three hours after breakfast and continued throughout the day.  I looked all over the Whole30 Forums and couldn’t find anyone complaining of diarrhea on day one.  Maybe I’m just such a perfectionist that my body decided to skip ahead?  Kidding!  I really don’t know what’s going on but I feel fine other than the frequent trips to the bathroom.  Really hoping it stops soon though.  The good news is that it subsided quite a bit after lunch.  Hopefully all the bad things are gone now, lol.

My Whole30 Journey Starts Now!

10 Oct

Hello and welcome to my Whole30 journey where I’m going to start repairing my body by eating whole foods for (at least) the next 30 days.

Today was prep day which means tomorrow I officially start day 1.  I’m not much of a cook.  Don’t get me wrong, I can cook I just usually don’t.  I have a hard time cooking for myself.  It’s just not as enjoyable as cooking for someone else.  Since G is a very picky eater that means I have to find motivation to cook a wide variety of meats, vegetables, and fruits for me.

I don’t know if it’s my weird work hours or the job I have but I just cannot make myself cook on a daily basis.  That’s why I’ve decide to prep my food for the week on my weekend so I don’t have to cook much during the work week.  Everything but breakfast is ready to go and I plan on eating a lot of eggs and spinach for breakfast which should be pretty easy and quick to cook up.

So, here’s what I made tonight:

Crack Slaw: Ground beef, ground turkey, 1 package cole slaw, 1 package broccoli slaw (I could only find a kale broccoli mix), hot sauce, and lemon juice

This is the only recipe I made that wasn’t in the Whole30 book.  So good!

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I made my own mayo and ranch dressing from scratch.  They both taste way better than anything I’ve ever bought from the store.

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Cold Thai Salad made with Sunshine Sauce.  The sunshine sauce is supposed to use sunflower butter.  I didn’t bother to try and find any and used freshly ground almond butter instead.  I can’t compare to how it’s supposed to taste with the sunflowers but it’s amazing the way it is!

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Balsamic Sweet Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts – I thought I didn’t like brussels sprouts but these taste so good.

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Spaghetti Squash – one of my favorites.  I can eat it just like this.

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Stuffed Peppers – ground beef and butternut squash.

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Protein Salad – made with the fresh mayo and canned chicken breast.

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Chicken Chowder – This is the only thing I made that came out looking so much different than the photo in the book.  I think I used more broccoli than they called for but looks are only part of the equation.  It tastes really good.  I like broccoli anyway!

How it’s supposed to look:

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How mine looks:

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My kitchen was a disaster.  Before today I had liked my kitchen but I didn’t fully understand how awesome the huge granite countertops were.  So easy to clean up and room to stash the pots and pans until I was done and ready for clean-up.

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And now my fridge is bursting at the seams!  No, the Pepsi is not mine.

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All in all it took me 6 hours to cook 9 different dishes (including sauces).  That’s a lot of time but considering that saves me time during the week I think it’s well worth it.  I think with time I’ll get at least a little faster.

I’m nervous that I’ve cooked too much food but I really didn’t know how much to cook for the week.  It’s different not being able to just run out and get something if I’m hungry and don’t have anything at home.  I have to be prepared or I don’t think I will succeed.

I took my beginning weight, measurements, and photographs today and won’t check them again until after the 30 days is over.  I’ve seen some really great transformations online and I’m hoping to see drastic differences in myself too.  Beyond hoping to lose a few pounds and look leaner what I’m most hoping for is to feel different.  As I stated in my last post I’m doing this to hopefully heal my body with food rather than medicine.  I can’t wait to start feeling better!