Day 20 – 21 of #Whole30 – What the preggers?!

You know how last time I talked about how eating well generally makes you feel good?

Well, I don’t know what was in my dinner last night, but somehow I ended up with a distended stomach. I seriously got home, looked in the mirror, and thought I looked like I could be near the end of the first trimester of pregnancy. It was terrifying! I didn’t feel ill or anything; no bloating feelings, nothing. This morning I woke up and my belly was back to normal–even flatter than usual since I got in my Pole workout this week (yay!). Strange? You bet your bottom.

My friend and I went out to dinner last night to one of my favorite restaurants in Salt Lake City–The Copper Onion. The food is local, fresh and it’s all delicious. I eyeballed their Cast Iron Mary’s Chicken, which came with sweet potatoes, olives and kale. Our server informed us that the chicken is organic, free range, no antibiotics, and basically everything that makes it a gold star food when it comes to the Whole30. I requested that they cook it without butter and wine, and they happily obliged (though the guy who brought us the food made a little joke saying “extra butter and extra wine”… I wanted to slap him because that’s so not funny right now). And it was divine! The chicken was absolutely perfect, even the bones didn’t bother me. And the sweet potatoes tasted really nice (wish they gave me more of those!). Any restaurant that can get me to eat olives is definitely a good one. The mushroom side we ordered was good too, but there was nothing in it that could have triggered the stomach to bloat that bad.

Now I don’t know what caused the whole pregger stomach and what I should avoid to have that not happen again. Weird right? What did I do wrong? :S

Other than that little mishap, things are great! I’m feeling good, though my sleep is lacking since I haven’t been getting to bed until midnight. Early night for me tonight for sure. I’m also sore from my workouts that I was able to get in on Sunday and Monday. I haven’t been able to workout as much as I would like since rehearsal and work take up so much time, so it was nice. Now I just hurt, haha. It’s a good ouch, but it still hurts!

What’s the strangest reaction you’ve ever had to food? Do you know what caused it? 

Day 16 of the #Whole30 – Focus!

Focus on the door, Otis, focus on the door!

I feel like no one ever gets my Bill Engvall reference whenever I say that. But then again, I’m not entirely sure what he’s supposed to be referencing there…

Anyways! I just realized that in the past week, when I really focus on something, I am like Edward Scissorhands chopping up those bushes into animals. I get stuff done fast! Well, it’s not like I don’t usually get stuff done, but now I just whiz right through my tasks. I’m finishing books faster, my work projects quicker, picking up choreography at play practice super fast. So when the time comes when I have nothing to focus on, I actually feel my brain fly the coop until the next thing comes along. It’s weird… Positive side effect of the Whole30? No idea. And I’m not sure how I feel about it. Good thing on the productivity side though.

  • Breakfast: 2 egg omelet with pico de gallo, coffee with almond milk
  • Lunch: spinach, shredded carrots, canned pre-cooked chicken, strawberry balsamic (soooo good!)
  • Snack: almonds
  • Dinner: Zupas nuts about berries salad, no dressing, with a small bit of chicken… Such a rip off, btw

How I feel:
Over all, very well! Feeling good for the most part. My sinus infection is practically gone; I just have the phlegmy cough left to fight off and my voice is workable so I can be ready for my Les Mis audition tomorrow! So excited. Skin is dry since I’ve been walking outside more the past couple days though. It’s too stinking cold and dry. Looking forward to cooking a meal for two tomorrow! :)

Nighty night!

Day 11 & 12 – Oh, the cooking…

My friends saved the day for me on Saturday.

Even though we were celebrating one of their birthdays, they were completely supportive of my new eating habits. And they taught me some valuable cooking tips that I didn’t know (stuff I clearly don’t remember from Home-Ec)! For example:

  • Add spices WHILE the meat cooks… not after.
  • You CAN microwave a sweet potato if you puncture it before you cook it (lifesaver!).

The only part that sucked of the whole night was when they were eating her birthday cheesecake and I sat there wishing I could have a slice. But it was weird–I wanted some but I didn’t feel like I needed it, so I almost felt… indifferent but wistful? Eh, I don’t know. I settled for almond milk with cinnamon in it. Have you tried that? Super yum.

So today I cooked an amazing lamb-stuffed mushroom dinner that was soooo delicious that I’m already wanting to make it again even though I don’t have enough mushrooms left to do the whole thing (requires 12)

Day 11 Meals…

  • Breakfast: 2 egg scramble with pico de gallo
  • Snack/Lunch: Lara Cashew Cookie bar, almond butter and a whole30-fied dirty chai (I know… but I had rehearsal and practically no time to eat and nothing to pack for lunch)
  • Dinner: ground beef with garlic salt, sweet potato with coconut oil/cinnamon

Day 12 Meals…

  • Breakfast/Lunch (got up at 11:30): 3 egg omelet with pico de gallo
  • Snack: Almond butter
  • Dinner: Lamb-stuffed mushrooms (12), followed with a Lara Bar and almond milk for dessert

How I feel:
Aside from trying to fight off my sinus infection, I’m feeling pretty good! I’m even noticing my pants fitting loser. My dentist office receptionist even asked if I’d lost weight since I was last there in August. However, I do wish I could have just one cookie. And that my dreams would stop making me feel like a crazy person (last night, pizza–a favorite–was involved and I ate TWO huge slices). What I wouldn’t give to have a slice of pizza or cookie… but I can’t. I won’t. I am finishing this 30 day challenge! Is it bad that I’m promising myself a cookie when I get done with this? ;)

So on the terms of cooking, what is your favorite pointer than someone has shared with you? :)

Day 4 of Whole30 – Let me sit down…

Ever feel like you just want to… sit down?

That’s pretty much how I’ve felt all day. Not even two minutes standing while waiting for rehearsal to start and I’m telling the girl I’m talking to that I need to sit down. Here I was expecting that I would want to kill ALL the things today… not so much. If anything, I’d like to kill the zits that have popped up on my face in the past couple days (normal initial side effect of the detox of the Whole30). Find me a floor or a comfy chair (or, even better, my bed) though, and I’m a happy camper.

Found a Starbucks after rehearsal so I’d be okay to go birthday shopping for one of my best friends. Again, I catered my usual choice to something Whole30 compliant. I have a fairly new love for Dirty Chai lattes, so this is an adjustment. What I did is get brewed Tazo Chai tea with a shot of espresso… and it’s actually not bad! Much better than black coffee. The spices make it yummy though still somewhat bitter. A good balance is all it’s about!

Meal rundown…

  • Breakfast: 1/3 avocado with S&P, 3-egg omelet and a Pink Lady apple
  • Snack: Modified dirty chai tea & almonds
  • Lunch: spinach, sautéed mushrooms & shredded carrots, ground turkey — experiment gone wrong, won’t do that again
  • Dinner: Blue Lemon Steak Griller, sans gravy and sweet potato fry substitute for regular potatoes

How I feel:
I got a lot of sleep last night–about 10 hours. Despite that, I still wanted nothing more than to go back to bed most of the day. Brain has been quite fuzzy; at one point, I almost felt buzzed even though I haven’t had a sip of alcohol. Quite strange. I also felt really snacky after noontime hit. Even after a pretty substantial dinner, I feel like I could eat more to be satisfied. Unless it gets bad though, then I’ll do something about it other than downing water.

And I’m going for Zumba tomorrow. Girl needs to feel good and Zumba seems like just the ticket.

Here’s my motivational share for the day from Health Advocation! It’s a great list for making healthy goals and how to stick with them. More of the process part of making resolutions and goals. Here’s a preview:

Health Advocation: A New Year

I agree wholeheartedly with everything except the weekly weigh-in. I “broke up” with the scale once I moved out onto my own, but I do remember the days I loved my weekly weigh-in when I was doing WeightWatchers. I just don’t like being tied to a number on the scale. Personally, I think it’s better to focus on being healthy overall and your “happy weight” will come. Everything else on this list is gold though. Go. Read. :)

Have a good weekend!