Whole30: Round two!

After months and months of putting off doing another Whole30, I’m finally on the bandwagon again, bouncing along in a giddy daze. I’m ready to have my body feel amazing again! Bring it on!

So I guess this is part-journal-part-observations-part-everything-whole30. Kind of like last time.

Unlike last time, however, my diet wasn’t as bad as it was before starting. Thanks to the first Whole30, I found a few different sensitivities I had and limited them wherever I could. So I’m not coming in completely cold turkey… but since I hate wasting food, I have unopened quinoa and a small tub of oats on my counter that I won’t be eating. Anyone want them?

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Day 1 Food

Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled with EVOO, baby roma tomatoes and butternut squash.
Lunch: 2 uncured-all-beef hot dogs, organic ketchup, blueberries and cashews
Dinner: stir-fry with ground turkey, onions, red peppers, mushrooms, coconut oil and spices (paprika, garlic powder, S&P, dash of red chili powder). Coconut milk to help fight migraine.

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Observations:

EVOO is furthermore evicted from my eggs. That was a major fail for breakfast. As was uncooked butternut squash. And the tomatoes taste nasty alone. Not the best way to start the Whole30, but at least I learned things that won’t work. Bonus: I didn’t get hungry until after noon.

I’m not sure I have a healthy reaction to blueberries… they are so good that I feel like they are an explosion of berry goodness in my mouth (twss?).

Sitting and eating distraction free really does free up your mind and mouth to focus on flavors, on really enjoying your meal. Win.

And I don’t think I will ever get sick of my stir-fry that I made up during my last Whole30. Easy to mix things up with it. It can be sweet or savory or spicy. I’ll share my favorite combo when I end up making it.

Timeline
Day 1: So what’s the big deal?
Breakfast nearly threw me off for the day, but I persevered. Some residual soreness from some activity I did over the past couple of days, but feeling okay other than the migraine that sprung up after work and ailed me through the evening.

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To be honest, I’m aiming to have it go far beyond a Whole30–perhaps even a Whole60 or Whole90. That will be something I will have to decide and feel out as I go through this whole process of eating all the veggies, fruits, meats and healthy fats.

Here’s onto better things and day 2!

Day 22 – 24 of Whole30 ~ Getting there…

Oh, goodness. I can’t believe I have less than a week left of this.

I think that stomach thing from the other day has thrown me off. I haven’t quite been the same since. I’ve still been doing well on the food (nailed making the perfect tender chicken last night), feel like I’m eating eggs far too often (every morning), and getting different kinds of veggies to try making (brussel sprouts are next on my list). But my energy has been iffy, no thanks to a jacked up sleep schedule.

One good thing: that big batch of food I bought last week is still around! I still have a little chicken left, the steak, sweet potatoes, onions and part of a pepper still around. Maybe I went out to eat too much… haha. That could be it.

Interesting though, I don’t find myself missing a lot of foods. It’s more of a “Oh, that’s right in front of me at this very moment. It looks kind of good, but I don’t need it. I’m eating delicious foods that I know are good for me.”

Now I’m not going to go crazy when this is over, but there are a few things that are must-haves. Red Mango is one for my dairy re-introduction day, and cookies. Must have cookies.

My mom has promised me Neiman Marcus million dollar cookies when I finish. I know I shouldn’t “reward” myself with food, but if I’m indulging in a cookie when I’m done with the Whole30, I want a damn good cookie. Neiman Marcus fits the bill perfectly. Have you tried these cookies? They are seriously amazing.

Okay, enough about tantalizing foods…

The Whole30 email today dealt with going green when it comes to things we use to clean the house and put on our bodies. It’s definitely given me something to think about. It could be a fun project when I move into my own place in a little over a month. :)

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? 

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… ;)