I’ve been back on the paleo train for 4 days and already feel better. For me, there’s always 4 days of cravings and general grouchiness whenever I cut the junk. I think 4 days is my official detox period. Then the magic happens…fewer (if any) cravings, less hungry, steady energy…that sort of thing.
We were trying to use up our freezer stash of meats and what we hand on hand veggie-wise. This week we enjoyed steaks with asparagus. Aside from my favorite pad thai, I also made an old standby, paleo meatloaf, based on this recipe from PaleoOMG. I used matchstick carrots and sundried tomatoes instead of roasted reds, and topped the whole thing with bacon before baking. Yum.
Lastly I threw a frozen turkey breast in the crockpot on low with some sliced onions, cumin, chili powder, and salsa. Fajita turkey.
I’ll be honest though, I did use ketchup on my meatloaf. And no, I didn’t make it from scratch. (Is that the Paleo police i hear?) I picked one without HFCS, and feel like its a good compromise for everyday living. And sometimes you just want ketchup.
And then it was Friday night….and a drive-in with friends, one beer, and popcorn with butter. On one hand I feel guilty that I threw my whole healthy week away. On the other hand, “live a little” comes to mind. Just call me “weekday paleo”.
Day 30 is D-O-N-E! And with that, my Whole 30 is complete. I’m proud of us. Not a single screw up along the way, lots of delicious and healthy meal memories, and a few new cooking techniques added to my repertoire. I’m still under the weather, which is not how I envisioned my final days. But I stuck with it regardless. Woot.
Here was today:
Meal 1: Toddlerbaby and I split a banana. I also had coffee with almond milk
Meal 2: bacon and scrambled eggs
Meal 3: pesto shrimp & squash fettuccine
Tomorrow we’ll pull out the scale again, take some “after” pics, and see where we go from here. 🏁
Jipped! That’s how I feel. Totally cheated. Day 28, I’m supposed to be feeling fan-freaking-tastic, flying high on Tiger Blood. Instead I’m a croaky, sniffly, sore throated cough machine with awful sinus pain. BOO.
I wonder if it could be an egg allergy, since everything else was eliminated? Or just the luck of seasonal allergies. Anyway….I wasn’t feeling much like eating, but here was today:
Meal 1: coffee with almond milk. Hot water with lemon. Repeat x 5.
Meal 2: leftover Thai beef stew over cauliflower rice.
Meal 3: Hubs made a juicy, tender rib eye steak topped with grilled onions, mushrooms, and chorizo. I wish I could have tasted it…
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
Guess what I did today?
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.