Day 28

Tiger Blood skipped me. That can be the only reason I was up every hour last night with horrible allergies, sinus pain, you name it. Some people say their seasonal allergies practically disappeared while on the Whole30. I’m not one of those people. I do know, however, that these attacks aren’t triggered by food at all. I always wondered a little if dairy had anything to do with it. Now I can confidently say “nope” and just continue to wonder why I’m cursed.
Here were today’s eats:

Meal 1: leftover zucchini noodles from day 26. DELICIOUS breakfast! No sauce this time, and the egg and subtle zucchini flavor really worked well together. Mmm. Coffee with almond milk.
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Meal 2: bacon and eggs

Meal 3: leftover Thai Beef Stew from Day 8 served over cauliflower rice.
We tossed the whole frozen brick of stew in the crockpot on low for the afternoon. Reheated perfectly!

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Day 27

Finally, a lazy weekend at home. It seems like we’ve been out of town and driving here and there every weekend lately!
Hard to believe it is the final weekend of my Whole30. Some things I’ve been thinking about lately:
I think sugar really effects me. I am a sugar fiend usually. Love desserts, love my sweets. That didn’t completely go away but the cravings definitely diminished. A lot. I wonder what would have happened if I had limited my fruit even more. Though natural, fruit is awfully sweet. I’ve been wondering about the strategy followed on the 21 sugar detox, which allows one green apple and banana per day. Hmm. Maybe next time.
I sort of wish I took this opportunity to kick my morning coffee habit. Though I’ve cut down, it’s definitely still a habit. Again, maybe next time.

Here was today:
Meal 1: one egg scrambled with leftover chicken and broccoli. Pineapple chunks. Coffee with almond milk.
I’m suspicious of the pineapple I bought yesterday. I had AWFUL stomach pains a couple hours afterward that lasted for a couple of hours.
Meal 2: late lunch of an apple with almond butter, handful of cashews with raisins
Meal 3: “breaded” chicken w roasted asparagus: chicken breast coated with homemade mayo, almond flour, and spices.
Really tasty and easy. Shake-and-Bakeish. Doesn’t look nearly as moist and flavorful as it was!20130629-172626.jpg

Day 26

Today, someone asked me if my
Whole30 was as life changing as the website makes it seem. I replied “i don’t know if it was life changing” as that seems a little bit strong, but definitely has changed my views on food. For instance, earlier this week while at my local (small Pennsylvania town) grocery store, I was searching for fresh snow peas. They had them, loudly labeled ‘Product of Guatemala’, and dull and floppy looking. I went with frozen instead. Pre Whole30 I don’t know that I’d ever have (a.) been looking for fresh snow peas or (b.) concerned in the least about where they came from (and what must have been done to them to make them last from Guatemala to PA). So life changing in that way, yes.
Another example…eating well, eating cleanly, eating real food is a definite motivator to work out. This energy increase helps too, but it’s more than that. Almost as if feeling this good just from food makes me want to experience the full benefit of diet + exercise. Chasing the Tiger Blood! So yes, that’s a change as well.
In any case I’m definitely a fan.

Here was today:
Meal 1: Eggocado and pineapple chunks. Coffee with almond milk. I may have officially reached my limit with Eggocado. Just kind of over it.

Meal 2: having mayo in the house is fantastic! I made a quick chicken salad, served with a bacon weave “cracker”, and a little apple with almond butter. 20130628-192355.jpg
Meal 3: Using leftover ground beef from last night, I made some sundried tomato basil meatballs , served with zucchini noodles and a little sauce. Spaghetti and meatball craving satisfied!
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Day 25

Guess what I did today?
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I made MAYO! Actually, I made mayo twice because the first batch didn’t set up at all. But the second time around…mayo success! It takes a little patience but not a lot of time, and is mayo-licious. Bonus, you know exactly what’s in it. I, of course, had some struggles. For example, even on the lowest setting, my mayo was exploding out of the top while I integrated the olive oil. Until…I stuck a silicone funnel in the hole! Pure genius. It solved the splash problem and helped make sure I added the oil slooowly.
I also used “extra-light olive oil”, but I see the recipe called for “light TASTING olive oil”. I’m fairly certain this would have made a difference, though I was fairly happy with the taste and especially happy with the consistency of mine.
Here were today’s eats:

Meal 1: scrambled egg with fruit, coffee and almond milk

Meal 2: a leftover extravaganza: leftover pork fried rice from Day 24, half a chicken breast leftover from Day 22, and a quick deviled egg (to try my mayo). Yummy. But not photogenic.

Meal 3: burger patties, bacon, tomato slices, mayo. After yesterday’s cooking spectacular i was ready for a break. Quick and easy, and a vessel for mayo. Bonus.

Day 24

Day 24 and I was craving Chinese takeout. You know, saucy and sweet something with fried rice? And you know why I had that craving? Once again, my Well Fed cookbook. BBQ Pork Fried Rice. Seriously, I’m pretty much cooking my way through it. Once again, this recipe did not disappoint. SO good. SO much like fried rice, yet still, amazingly, Whole 30 approved.
I will admit, tonight’s dinner took me pretty much the whole day. If I wasn’t prepping, something was cooking, needed turning, needed uncovering, needed basting, needed cleaning…you get the idea. This is largely due to me ALSO deciding to make the Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork) recipe from Well Fed (p. 91 in fact). In the future I’ll cook it up a different day, and have it ready for my “rice”. I’m glad I made this pork though, because it was really, really good. Regular BBQ sauce is definitely not Whole30, so this recipe filled a much-needed BBQ void in my life.

Here was today:
Meal 1: Eggocado, pineapple, and coffee with almond milk

Meal 2: Bacon and eggs

Snack: raw cashews

Meal 3: BBQ pork fried rice

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Once again, this is a recipe that can use almost any veggie you have on hand. I could easily be changed up to use whatever protein you have too. Hello chicken fried rice with cabbage and carrots! I’m definitely adding a head of cauliflower to my list of weekly staples. Really versatile, once you know how!

Day 23

It is hard to believe it is already day 23. Aside from the temptations (i realize i am an ice cream fiend), it really has become almost easy. I think that’s because of:
1. Pre-planning food for the week, and shopping in advance so everything is on hand, and posting the weekly menu.
2. A willingness to spend more time in the kitchen. Prepping “real” food definitely takes more time than opening a package. It’s an investment.
3. A few paleo cookbooks on hand and paleo recipe websites at the ready for meal inspiration.
4. Moral support. Doing this with the Hubs made it easier.
5. This food blog, and posting pictures on Instagram and Facebook, made me feel more accountable. And who doesn’t like praise when you post beautiful dishes you’ve made!

I still have a week to go but am already thinking about what to do after this Whole30. Still giving that one some thought.

Here was today:

Meal 1: scrambled eggs with fruit, coffee with almond milk

Meal 2: Chipotle!
yes, again, but dont judge. we live a good 90 minutes from any Chipotle. we were visiting family today and found ourselves in a city with one, so definitely took advantage.

Meal 3: Once again we were caught out and about at, and then past, dinner time. Once again, we found Whole30-permitted dinner at the local Wegmans. We had another rotisserie chicken (have I mentioned its 5 bucks?!), along with veggies. Good stuff!

Dessert: 2 Medjool dates. Seriously like candy. A great treat after a fun day.

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Day 22

Started the day with breakfast and a workout DVD. It’s been hot, the house was hot, and I definitely got in a good sweat. It felt good. Grocery shopping followed. I’ve found a good habit to get into; as soon as you get home from the store, clean and cut up any fruits and veggies right away. Having them ready to munch makes it easier to make a “smart” snack choice when hungry.
After lunch, a nap (for Toddlerbaby) and some lazy reading (Mindy Kaling for me), it was time for meal prep and cooking dinner. I was excited for this one, another recipe from the Well Fed cookbook. Paleo chicken Pad Thai!
Yes, it was several steps, but nothing difficult. And the result was really really amazing. I’m looking forward to making it again, maybe adding new veggies too. I think some carrot matchsticks would be great.

Here was today:

Meal 1: scrambled eggs, fresh blueberries, coffee with almond milk

Meal 2: bacon and eggs, diced pineapple and watermelon

Snack: raw cashews with raisins

Meal 3: grilled chicken “pad thai”
*Toddlerbaby made yummy sounds while eating this. Win!

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