I went to the food store today to get more eggs (shocker!) and spinach. What the fuck is up with spinach? You can add 18 cups and once it’s cooked it only comes up to 1/2 cup…it doesn’t seem to matter how much you start with, you always just get a 1/2 cup at the end.
It’s sad to walk through the store and once you leave the produce and meat section, there is NOTHING else for you to see. Just keep moving along.
Green and Red cabbage slaw with a Whole30 mayo & vinegar dressing
Lemon chicken tenders
Sweet potato fries
Steamed green beans
I woke up feeling pretty good today. I weighed myself, which is against the rules. I just couldn’t help it. I was pleased and not really surprised that I had lost weight. I have a bit to lose and in the beginning it always comes off quickly.
Breakfast today was YUMMY! If you dig oatmeal, I’d try this recipe but lower the number of eggs. I made it with only 2 eggs and it was more oatmeal like than scrambled eggs. So good! It will be going into rotation.
I don’t think I have any real cravings yet. I thought I’d miss cheese and bread more. I am finding it hard to come up with ways to cook vegetables. I need to find more recipes.
At around 4pm I got a really bad headache and just wanted to stab stab stab everyone. It lasted a good while, even with Tylenol. But by around 7pm I was feeling good again.
Bed came pretty late again. I’m not sure if I just have more energy or it’s a coincidence at this point, but I’m usually still awake past midnight which is unusual for me.
Overall I’m feeling much better for the most part and still motivated to stay on track.
So Wednesday is my half day. I’m in the office for the morning and then leave around noon. That means, I need to pack a lunch and of course my go to lunch option is a sandwich. What else is there really?
3 eggs sunny side up
Sauteed onions, green peppers and about 3 cups of spinach
Salad in a jar – dressing, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, grilled chicken, onion, lettuce
Raspberries and banana
Hard boiled egg
Burger sliders on lettuce, with Whole30 mayo, caramelized onions and grilled red peppers
Zoodles (zucchini noodles made with this) sauteed with some olive oil and fresh parsley and basil
I really had a fear about packing a lunch, but the salad in a jar was perfect. You just put the salad dressing on the bottom, so everything else doesn’t get wet. Then I layered in sugar snap peas (which soaks up some of the dressing and softens them), cucumber, chicken, onions and a ton of lettuce. You can get a lot in a jar. Then when you are ready to eat, just shake it up and eat. I’m going to get a wide mouth jar so that eating out of it will be easier. But it’s still doable with a regular mason jar.
I was still waiting for the hangover, but so far so good. I felt really good yesterday and I find that the food I’m eating fills me up for a long time, which means I’m not looking to snack in between. I was so full from the salad and fruit, that I couldn’t eat the pistachios or the egg. When dinner came around, I wasn’t famished either. I was hungry, but not that overwhelming hunger where I just want to stuff whatever I can in my mouth as quickly as possible.
I exercised for the first time since starting Whole30. 3 hours in the pool was just what I needed…plus the fresh air and sun. It feels like the more good food I put in my body, the better I want to treat myself in other areas as well. I think this might be really important!
I went to bed pretty late and didn’t feel tired at all. I could have stayed up longer, but I forced myself to sleep. It was restful and I didn’t get up at all. I woke up this morning feeling really good and ready to take on my crazy schedule.
I ordered some coconut chips and they arrived yesterday. I’m looking forward to incorporating them in some meals soon. I’m feeling less anxious and more excited about trying new food.
I don’t think I’ve ever eaten such good food. Also really filling food. After breakfast, I wasn’t really hungry for lunch until close to 2pm. Normally I’m pretty famished by that time and reaching for a piece of cheese or bread. Instead, I made it to lunch and dinner without feeling light headed or really hungry.
As I mentioned in the beginning, I woke up feeling pretty good. But by around 4pm, I felt pretty shitty and took two tylenol. My head was achy, but not pounding thankfully. The Tylenol helped a little, but it didn’t really get rid of the dull pain. So at 6:00, I had to get out of the house and we went to the store to purchase some spices, and coconut oil and nuts…while totally looking at all the things we couldn’t have and being in complete amazement over how practically EVERYTHING has added sugar and soy. Pickles, roasted red peppers, those little spice packets that you just add water/vinegar/oil to for a “homemade” dressing, dijon mustard, SALSA!
So we picked up some canning/mason jars and I’m going to try to make my own pickles, and salsa (for Sean since I don’t eat tomatoes) and roasted red peppers as well as a few other things. At this point I’m rocketing between sadness and anger over what is in our everyday food, that people just mindlessly eat (ourselves included).
After dinner I was so full that I didn’t crave anything sweet. We are still eating pretty late, so I’d like to make a conscious effort to have dinner done by 8pm, which I realize is still pretty late for some people, but last night we ate closer to 10pm.
I slept well last night, only getting up once. No really weird dreams that I can recall. I also feel like I’m sweating less and, dare I say it, my psoriasis is less red. That could be all in my head though. Sean didn’t sleep well last night. I think his hangover is coming today. I’m glad that I’ll be out of the house for most of the day. 🙂
Yesterday was Day 1 of our adventure into Whole30. What is Whole30? It’s pretty simple…there are some foods that could be having a negative impact on your body. That could be low energy, aches/pains, issues losing weight, inflammation and so on. What are those foogs? Sugar, alcohol (not a big deal for us), grains (HUGE deal), legumes, and HOLY FUCK dairy.
My mom asked me, “so what can you eat”? A lot actually. Meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruits and healthy fats like coconut, avocado and olive oil.
Coming from a lifestyle where bread and cheese could be an entire dinner, this should be really interesting. I can not remember the last day I did not consume bread of some kind and yesterday doesn’t count.
Sean and I have both decided to try this. We figured it can’t hurt and one of the things I’m excited about is that the Whole30 can change your relationship with food. I have a very bad relationship with food — that goes back probably 30 years. I’m not sure 30 days will change it all that much, but if it changes it even slightly I think I’ll be better off.
Food/Diets are such touchy subjects for people. Some people think it’s all moderation, other say only vegan/vegetarian, others say who cares, eat what you want. Whatever works for you! I’m not going to say this will work for us, because I don’t know yet. But at the very least, I can’t see how it will hurt. I’m a firm believer in doing what makes you happy and that is different from anyone else. And that’s totally cool.
Anyway…so on to the food.
Mashed roasted butternut squash with coconut milk and cinnamon
handful of pecans
Black coffee (which I normally drink anyway so this was no big deal)
Grilled chicken breast
Cucumber/lettuce salad with homemade vinegar/oil dressing
Two handfuls of blueberry and raspberries
Handful of pistachios
Roasted chicken (thigh, leg and a little breast)
Sauteed onions, green peppers, broccoli and zucchini over cauliflower rice
Overall it wasn’t a terrible day though we had not prepped. Sean only went grocery shopping yesterday afternoon so nothing was cut up and ready to go which made things go a little slower than I liked. Our grass-fed free range chicken also took longer to cook, which has been the opposite of what I’ve experienced before with cooking chicken (or I need a new meat thermometer).
I found it interesting that around 3-4pm I didn’t feel sluggish and sleepy…though my mind couldn’t comprehend why I wasn’t feeling that way. A part of me wanted to go lay down and take a nap, but I wasn’t tired. It was really strange.
After dinner I was wanting something sweet. I usually eat 2-3 bittersweet chocolate chips after dinner, so I was missing that. Instead I reached for a peach which helped more than I thought it would.
I had some really wicked dreams last night and didn’t sleep well at all. I was also up 3 times to pee, which was weird for me. I don’t feel like I drank more water than usual, but I also wasn’t super conscious of the amount as I only drink black coffee in the morning and water the rest of the day. But the dreams were strange and vivid…most likely not really related to the food, but I wanted to note it.
My biggest worry is making meals that will be delicious as I’m a pretty picky eater. I don’t eat fish and I’ve always been very traditional/american with food. So I’ve not used a lot of spices or things like apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar. So it will be interesting to see what new foods we enjoy. I also purchased It Starts with Food which gives you a great template for building meals and Well Fed which is packed with some great tips (like running your kitchen like a restaurant kitchen. One word: PREP!) and some really great recipes.
Also, soy and sugar are in pretty much everything. Both Sean and I were completely amazed. We cleaned out the fridge to remove anything that we couldn’t have. Yeah we were pretty much left with nothing. I was going to do the same with the pantry, but I’d have to remove everything and basically put nothing in it except some coconut, olive oil, and nuts.
We shall see what Day 2 brings. The Whole30 timeline says Day 2 & 3 pretty much suck. But so far I feel alright. It’s only half over though.
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