I am no longer keeping track of what day I am on this round. The goal is to just keep going until our camping trip July 4th weekend. I feel I am over the hump of crappy mornings, tired/restless nights, and crankiness. Here on out, it is every day is a new day for my healthy and happy life!
As I type, I am indulging in an amazingly rich and easy dinner: Brussel Sprouts roasted with prosciutto (you know I am an addict!) and chicken with ghee and a mix of herbs from my garden. Simple, clean, and tasty!!
Last night, I had dinner with a Whole 30 partner. She is on round 2 just like me 🙂 We went to a Greek Cafe where I had tender, flavorful, not “gamey tasting” lamb skewers and veggies. My gal pal went with beef and shrimp skewers and veggies. The staff was flexible with our dietary needs 🙂 This is the amazing gal who introduced me to this life changing plan. It was so nice to share stories of our struggles and triumphs. We shared recipes, our favorites treats, the hard times, the ‘tiger blood’ times, and I got her to order the crazy orange night glasses! Yes, I am wearing them right now 🙂 It was encouraging to talk freely about all the things we have learned along this journey. It was my first time out one-on-one with this strong, illuminating, beautiful inside and out, woman. I look forward to our next meeting.
Tomorrow is another foot injection – well, both feet this time. Looking forward to my 30 minute drug induced nap! That’s all for now folks! Cross your fingers my feet injections go smoothly and I don’t have a flare up post-op!!
I think my fave was the coconut curry. I mixed some mayo with curry and ginger to dunk it in 🙂
Earlier this week I made a fresh batch of beef bone broth. I used some to make the best pot roast I have ever made! My husband was amazed! The flavor was so much richer and cleaner.
Have a fantastic rest of the weekend 🙂
I am so happy and thankful I found a Paleo lifestyle. This does not mean I cannot or will not eat things like pizza, mac n cheese, wine, etc. I have been feeling and eating great! Friday, I thought, I will get a movie and a pizza. A treat for everything I have done for ME! I promised myself to eat 2 slices and throw the rest away to prevent temptation. I could not decide pizza from where, so I grabbed a grocery ‘fresh’ pizza. I couldn’t find a movie at Redbox (guessing I waited to late). I baked the pizza and settled in on the couch with 2 slices. I took a bite…it was ok, just ok. I finished both pieces and was left disappointed…feeling gross and very disappointed. The next day, I woke with a headache and my guts were torn up. I went to work and couldn’t eat all day. I was running to the restroom frequently. So much so, it was suggested to me I should head home.
I came home and sipped tea and felt much better. I found it odd that without eating all day I was not ‘starving’. Around 5p I got a craving for sushi that would not let up. So, I got dressed and took my self to dinner. I went to Otaku in Chandler – close to home and great quality food.
I was thrilled to learn it was restaurant week. I tried one of their special rolls, and some nigiri. Half-way through my meal my stomach started to churn. I ignored it and finished my food and headed home. Again, in the bathroom 😦 I fullly know sushi is not what you throw into a pissed-off gut, but when I want sushi – I get sushi.
I awoke this morning feeling fine again. I ate a banana and RXBar and took the dogs for an early walk at the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert. It was beautiful! Birds, bunnies, butterflies, flowers, and the singing of quails.
It felt so good to get back to nature and sunshine 🙂 I came home and was pretty hungry. I scanned the fridge and saw a sirloin I had thawed – so at 10am I grilled a steak. Minutes later, stomach issues. I stuck near the restroom and finished laundry, bathed dogs, etc. I decided to head to the pool for more sun and reading. I brought a bottle of iced coconut water – thinking it will help re-hydrate me. After about an hour I was nauseated and thought I was going to pass out walking home. WTH!?!
I am now showered and relaxing on the couch. I just ate some prosciutto wrapped peach slices and am feeling much better.
Could all this tummy turmoil really be from 2 slices of pizza?!?! I believe it is. I feel the combo of chemicals, cheese, and gluten just was too much at one time. I will be taking a probiotic this week to get everything back in place…and NO more pizza.
What a bummer 😦
LESSON LEARNED (the hard way)
TA-DA!! I did it 🙂 Not too bad I must say. Whole30 encourages reflection on what is a ‘self-experimentation’. This daily journal has made it easier to look back and remember how bad I felt, how far I’ve come, and how far I have yet to go. So many people asked today, “now what” “what do you do after your diet” “why did you do this” …the Whole30 daily email puts it best,
“We created our “Nutrition in 60 Seconds” pitch because we needed a way to describe the way we eat to folks in a short, concise manner. So when people ask us, “What is this Paleo thing?” or “What kind of crazy diet is this Whole30?”, we have a tight, practiced response that goes like this (from the preface of It Starts With Food):
“We eat real food—fresh, natural food, like meat, vegetables, and fruit. We choose foods that are nutrient-dense, with lots of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, over foods that have more calories but less nutrition … This is not a ‘diet’—we eat as much as we need to maintain strength, energy and a healthy body weight. We aim for well-balanced nutrition, so we eat both plants and animals … Eating like this allows us to maintain a healthy metabolism and keeps our immune system in balance.”
When a person becomes vegetarian, I don’t think they are asked these same questions from family and friends. One may question the motive to becoming a vegetarian, but I doubt people ask when it is over. People realize it is a lifestyle change, not a fad diet. That is what I am doing – a lifestyle overhaul. Nothing traumatic spurred this. Just like many state when making a change for the better, I had finally made up my mind and am sticking to this. This is for me, my husband, family and friends. Becoming a better person on the inside will come through the outside to all around me. There is no way to do this in 30 days, at least for me.
So tomorrow, I take the photos and measurements. I hold my head high and proud – I did it! I survived 30 days of real food. I will not celebrate with food (I did happen to pick up King crab legs, but only because they were on sale). I will do something for myself as a ‘pat on the back’, but I promise no more food rewards. Does this mean I have given up pizza, beer, my beloved martinis, hotdogs, etc? NO! When I really want one of those things, eventually, I will have them…or maybe I won’t.
There are no words to describe how great this has made me feel. You never can know until you do it and realize how shitty you really have been feeling for such a long time. Not only am I healthier, but I have confidence and pride because I stuck with something that started pretty rough. I could’ve quit. I could’ve said it wasn’t worth the hell. I am worth it and so I will continue my road to a healthier life.
Enough of that now 🙂
Today’s meal planning was not ideal. I had a great breakfast of over easy eggs, potatoes, and Aidell’s chicken and apple sausage. I was having blood work done in the afternoon, so I figured get a good and early breakfast in to tide me over until 3:30p. I left work early and headed to see my friend and her precious little boy, Theo. Oh, the faces that kid can make already! Below is Theo and G’mama E.
Then, I headed to the doctor. This was a new doctor / practice for me. I waited for an HOUR for the doctor, which was irritating on a VERY empty stomach. It was 4:30p and my last meal was 6:30a. Although I was hungry, still no hypoglycemia, nausea, illness like 30 days ago. After the exam the doctor tells me the blood gal left for the day. ARE YOU FRIGGIN’ KIDDING ME! I have to go to a lab after I fast AGAIN to get the labwork done. Great. I came home to feed the zoo, ate an RXBar and then went to the grocery store to get meat for jerky and food for chicken bone broth. Grocery shopping on while hungry; I know better than that! Let’s just say I got more than was on my list. I have a big pot of chicken bone broth going and my jerky is started. Tomorrow the house will smell amazing!!
I used to always carry a couple pieces of candy with me, in case I got that nauseated hunger – now I have an apple and a RXBar. Tomorrow I will post my photos and let you know the results so far. I think I will re-measure / photograph every 2 weeks to see the progress.
I cannot thank everyone enough for all the kind words, support, cheering, and love. I could not have done this alone. 🙂
Woke up feeling full of Tiger Blood! Only 4 hours of sleep and I felt great! I even had time to make a great breakfast – which would be important for my blood donation appointment later in the morning. I made over easy eggs and more prosciutto wrapped asparagus (I think I may be hooked on these). I ended up having to take the breakfast to go after hearing the traffic report. It was pretty easy to eat and drive, but I am not endorsing trying this at home 🙂 I made sure to drink plenty of water and some coconut water before my blood donation. I figured post-donation I would grab fruit and water in the ‘recovery area’. Guess what? No fruit. Powerade, water, cookies, crackers and Corn Nuts. Sh*t…I sipped my water and headed back to my desk. Instead of eating a bar or fruit, I got side tracked with all the emails I had to deal with. Next thing I know, I feel like crap, nauseated, stomach grumbling, tired…no bueno. About 3 hours post-donation I got my lunch ready; I had southwest chicken lettuce wraps. Looked and smelled amazing! I took one bite…then another…then my stomach said NO MORE. I felt like I was going to be sick at my desk. I threw away all that food because the smell and look of it was making me feel worse. The rest of the afternoon was spent in meetings and in the bathroom (TMI, I know!). I made a cup of ginger tea and ate an RXBar. I felt a little better. Not sure if it was the blood donation or a bug; I heard a few girls were out this week with the stomach flu.
My plan was to leave work around 3:30p, stop at the pharmacy for cat meds, come home to tend to the zoo, then head to the hospital to meet my new best baby friend, Theo. Well, I got out late, had hellacious traffic, a dog with pee on her and her kennel, oh and cat puke I stepped in. Seriously! Ok, now the 4 hours of sleep has kicked in. I am crabby, tired, needing a shower, and I cannot imagine anyone dealing with my crap attitude right now. “Get a grip Jen! Close your eyes and picture the beaches in Rocky Point, a coco-colada in your hand, and sand in your toes…” Sigh…
Dinner was actually the quickest things I could find – roasted brussel sprouts, baked potato with ghee and chives and a NY strip, very rare of course!
I still am astonished I am at the end of day 29! Funny, today I finally got my copy of “It Starts With Food”. Since I am not ‘quitting’ tomorrow, the book will still be of great use. I also bought a Paleo cook book for the crock pot. I do not have any celebratory plans for my big Day 30. I do have a doctor’s appointment for my biometric screening – curious what changes I will see.
I saw THIS on Yahoo! today and thought I would share. Food label reading can be very misleading.
Another interesting article I found mentions the amazing benefits of bone broth. You can fine that article here. I cannot wait to make more this weekend 🙂
What will happen with my blog after tomorrow?
I will continue to blog about food, the changes that I am sure are still to come with my mind and body, my pets, my husband, our travels and adventures. I won’t be a blogger focused on ONE area. I have a lot of aspects of my life I want to share. Those who know me know that when I find a thing, food, product, place I love I RAVE from the rooftops about it – so expect a lot of that 🙂 If I find or experience a gem I want the world to know!
I did learn yet another use for coconut oil tonight..eye make-up remover! It glides eye make-up right off, no need to rinse, no chemicals. I already use it to cook, overnight condition my hair, rub into my cuticles, and nightly lip balm just to name a few!
That’s all for tonight folks! See you tomorrow on the 30th day of my Whole30!! xoxo
What a day!! I will start with my food, then get into the days excitement…
I had planned on a lovely breakfast at home – maybe eggs, bacon, kale juice. Then, the monsoon from hell hit and I had to fly out the door if I was going to make it in to work. I grabbed 2 over easy eggs and potatoes at the work cafe – I do love the food their, it just irks me to spend money on stuff I have at home.
I had brought some miscellaneous lunch items I grabbed from the fridge as I rushed out this morning…nothing was really appetizing. I went to the cafe and looked around. I ordered a plain burger patty. I added my own left over spinach and bacon and mayo…voila! Delicious lunch!
Taking random things from the fridge and throwing together a great meal is a talent of mine, ask my husband 🙂 Later on, I was a little hungry and went for my FAVE flavor RXBar – coffee cacoa. SIDE NOTE: I had to laugh: one of the docs I work with comes up to me around 3p and says “So, I had breakfast, then an RXBar, then lunch…can I have another bar?” and laughs…I shrugged and said, sure! She might have a RXBar addiction!
I came home and gobbled down a hard-boiled egg and half an apple before I scooted off to the gym. I did the quickest work-out I have ever done…waiting for good news is very motivating 🙂
I stopped at the grocer on the way home; it was not my fave store, but it was on the way and I figured I could find the few things I wanted to grab. I was delightfully surprised to find everything so easily! I wanted to make bacon wrapped prosciutto and get Aidell’s sausage and sauerkraut for later in the week.
Boar’s Head was the only one of three prosciutto’s that are Whole30 approved and Aidell’s sausages – only the chicken apple flavor is approved. The Aidell website and package ingredients differed. Some folks have been saying the sundried tomato flavor is approved, but the label I read in the store had CHEESE as one of the top ingredients. We know dairy/cheese are a big NO NO on Whole30. The sauerkraut was interesting…same brand (Libby’s) the canned is ok, but the jarred is not. The jarred variety has a few other ingredients / preservatives. I love sauerkraut, I cannot believe I have waited 28 days to indulge!
I got home from the gym and store, threw together the asparagus and prosciutto – wrapped the asparagus in half a piece of prosciutto, drizzled with balsamic vinegar, fresh ground pepper and garlic powder to taste. Bake at 400 degrees until prosciutto is the texture you desire (I like mine crispy and the asparagus starting to brown).
I gobbled that all up. Then I sliced up a chicken breast, added green chilies, salsa and seasonings and baked – tomorrow’s lunch perhaps. I should have more for dinner, especially since I worked out, but I have been on the edge of my seat all day and night waiting for my best friend to have her baby. The labor started yesterday evening and over 24 hours later I just got the news they did a c-section (FINALLY) and mama and baby boy are doing great!! Now I am ‘on-call’ to pick-up my friend’s mom and/or bring food to everyone. I am so thrilled for my bestie and her family 🙂 I cannot wait to meet the little peanut!
Thank you all again for the support and love! I cannot believe I am only 2 days from completing the Whole30…it really flew by!
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