Day 17 – 19 of the Whole30 – Sticking with it!

This weekend, there seems to have been a shift in my experience with the Whole30. Things have been a roller coaster, for sure. First couple of days were good, then a week was awful because of exhaustion, and this last week was going great (until Friday, that is).

Now… I feel like I could eat this well for a lot longer than 30 days, and that I want to. I’m feeling good, eating delicious foods that I know are good for me, my energy and focus is getting better, my body feels awesome (not to mention, trimmer)… things are just good all around!

The only place I’m running into trouble is when I go out with friends. Last night, I went to see a concert with one of my great friends and one of his other friends. They wanted to go get a treat after the show. And of course, they all wanted ice cream. And for reasons beyond me, I just happened to be hungry. It sucked because my friend was my ride, and I couldn’t just leave. I couldn’t eat anything at the diner. All of it, and I mean all of it, was not fit for my Whole30 experience. So I guzzled water, the odd man out.

So when I can re-introduce foods I’m curious to see how each different food group makes me feel. I’ll need to document that well, so I know what affects me adversely.

No meal rundown today… but I’m making turkey again tonight with red bell peppers, onions and magical-ness. ;)

Have you noticed how different foods make you feel? Do you not eat certain things because of it? 

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Day 13 of Whole30 – Sicky Sinner

Forgive me, Lord, for I have sinned.

I’ve been sucking on Halls cough drops (damn sinus infection). They have stuff in them that I’m technically not supposed to be ingesting during the Whole30… but if you had my cough, you would totally understand. Halls are the only ones that work. One or two and I’m good for a few hours. With other brands, like Ricola, they are like candy, don’t work and aren’t on the Whole30 either. So pardon me for wanting something that actually works on my throat.

Not only that, but the vegetable soup that I found that I thought was Whole30 compliant really wasn’t. I realized that when I poured it for lunch and saw potatoes in there. Granted, the can said organic potatoes (and my eyes somehow missed that part), but still… not supposed to eat potatoes. But I brought nothing else for lunch, so what did I eat? The soup.

Sigh… curse being sick. Of all the times for me to fall ill, it just happens to be during a time when I can’t eat real chicken noodle soup. Figures.

I met a friend for dinner and he said that he’s reading It Starts With Food right now! That’s the book behind the Whole30, the science, the plan and everything. He says he’d like to try it soon. It would be cool to have another friend doing something like this. :)

Meal rundown…

  • Breakfast: 2 hardboiled eggs & an apple
  • Lunch: Vegetarian soup
  • Snack: almonds, strawberries and pineapple
  • Dinner: CPK chicken salad (avocado, slivered almonds, beets, hard-boiled eggs, dried cranberries, etc)

How I feel:
Body feels good, again, aside of the sinus infection. Strong drugs are kicking it out, but the coughing stage seriously sucks. This time the coughs hurt worse than they sound… and that’s saying something. That means they hurt like a beast. My tastebuds are certainly perking up at different flavors, and I feel like I’ve tasted some amazing things through this already.

Still waiting for that cookie though… ;)

Day 3 of the Whole30 – Eating Out!

One of the perks of the Whole30 is getting to eat wholesome and delicious foods…

Black coffee is certainly not the latter. ICK. Times like a thousand. How on earth can people tolerate it? Anyone who can must not have properly functioning tastebuds…

Again, it was hard to wake up this morning so I used my trusty Verismo to brew up a cup of Guatemala Antigua goodness only to find that it wasn’t good. At all. I got three sips in before I just bagged the whole thing. What can I say? I like my lattes and I can’t have them! I think I’ll just stick to my decaf green tea. Let’s just say I’m greatly awaiting the day where I have boundless energy!

Meal rundown…

  • Breakfast: sips of horrible coffee & 3-egg scramble made with EVOO — the flavor is so much better, btw
  • Lunch: Leftover Morning Mix on top of spinach with 1/3 of an avocado dashed with S&P. 100% Tropicana Orange Juice that I found in the office fridge.
  • Dinner: First eating out venture — guacamole, dinner salad sans cheese, and a 12 oz. New York Strip steak cooked without butter

How I’m feeling:
Fuzzy brain, on-and-off minor small headaches sporadically throughout the day, and tired. I was hoping to work out tonight since it’s my first free night all week, but that may not happen. So I can lay in bed and finish one of my writing projects. Doesn’t sound too bad, but I’m craving a workout. Zumba Sunday! I’ll hold out for that.

I’m just glad I was able to eat out without any problems. The server was super accommodating and very kind. So a little tip: don’t be afraid to ask for what you want at a restaurant even if it is super specific and not quite what’s on the menu. Ask for substitutions. It’s easy and usually servers will be cool with it. After all, they want you to be happy and to leave a generous tip. ;)

So speak up!

And a little bonus thing I found out from my dinner: I can tolerate olives. That’s an adjustment from my usual hate towards them.