Monday, September 18, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
I'm smack in the middle of hating this program. What makes it even more irritating? This is what is supposed to happen around Day 21 (I'm an early bloomer, apparently). According to the book:
Day 21 (Interlude)
You've solidly settled into week three of the program, but despite the benefits you're seeing, you went to bed last night dreading breakfast. You weren't much excited about it this morning, either. Come to think of it, you're so un-thrilled with any of your meal options right now that if Iron Chef Bobby Flay were to waltz into your kitchen and ask you what you wanted to eat, you'd probably just say, "Ugh."
It goes on to say, in essence, that the primary culprit right now is food boredom; and the advice is to "Rekindle your appetite and your enthusiasm for the program by making something new..."
Frankly, I just want to smack her!
Food ennui aside, what is supposed to be primarily going on during Days 16-27 is called Tiger Blood; and, I quote, "...someone flipped a switch a turned on the awesome." My energy is supposed to be "through the roof" with little cravings and I'm supposed to feel "unstoppable" Of course, there are all the usual disclaimers; everyone's different, blah blah blah. Don't worry if you're not there yet, etc. etc. etc.
I realize I could be experiencing emotional fall-out at this point in time from the recent experience with Hurricane Irma, and that The Whole30 Program has nothing to do with it. Somewhere in the back of my brain, I know I need to just push on past this stage as there is less than two weeks to go now. I really DO want to know if there has been something I've been eating that hasn't been doing me any favors. Mostly, I don't want to have gone through these 19 days for nothing. So, I'll soldier on.
Mark and I HAVE been eating some tasty dinners and breakfasts haven't been bad (but I am kinda-sorta getting burned out on eggs and have recently been craving apple cider cake donuts).
Mark smoked a port butt covered with a plan-approved Southern succor (basically all the spices and no sugar) and he made a vinegar based BBQ sauce to go with it. The result was just phenomenal.
We were able to make a favorite recipe of ours; pan-roasted Brussels sprouts with garlic and chorizo, and we've also had unstuffed cabbage soup, Cajun shrimp over "grits" (mashed cauliflower with garlic), and several other decent entrees. We have many things planned to get us through the next two weeks. I pity the person on this program who does not like cauliflower or sweet potatoes.
No dinner isn't the problem, nor is breakfast; it's the noon time meal that's given me trouble. I'm usually too full from breakfast to eat much more than some fruit and nuts; maybe a hard-boiled egg. Not to mention, I'm typically running around doing errands this time of day so I'm not at home to eat. Trying to eat guacamole and carrot sticks, or a wrap of turkey lunch meat and fruit, etc. etc., while driving is difficult. I tried one of the plan-approved Larabars; in a word, gross (although I've been assured these begin to taste better the farther south you get from your sugar-addiction and that some flavors are a lot tastier than others).
Thankfully I have STRONG will power so I'll get through this. I do know that when it's all over, I'll definitely be making adjustments to the program that better fit my lifestyle.
In the meantime, I'll keep hoping for that awesomeness.
Monday, September 11, 2017
As I posted on Facebook Saturday night, "We interrupt this Whole30 for wine". Yes, the anxiety and stress due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma drove us to drink wine over the weekend. Technically, this calls for a re-set and beginning again at Day 1. We say "pooh" to this, however; especially since we've kept all other restrictions faithfully and we will refrain from drinking again until Day 31 (which will now be extended by the number of days we drank). This will be our punishment!
So, the drinking aside, how are we feeling? Fairly decent, all things considered. And, I'm not just saying this because I don't want to give up wine forever but, adding the wine back in this weekend didn't seem to cause any issues for either one of us; rather, it certainly did a world of good by cutting the tension. Still, I'm good with giving it up again for another fifteen plus days.
In all honesty, I'm not sure which way is up right now. I'm discombobulated due to the craziness of this past week. However, right before it got totally nuts, Mark said to me he didn't see why we couldn't continue to eat this way for the most part from now on. He's probably right. I'm not really craving anything in particular from our "old way of eating", and in fact was overjoyed to have roasted potatoes the other night (it's probably been three years since we've made regular potatoes at home!)
I am, though, experiencing cravings for things I wasn't even eating before we began; namely, Baskin Robbins Jamoca Almond Fudge and Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream. Go figure!
Monday, September 4, 2017
Yeah, yeah; I've skipped blogging for several days. Sorry! Life has been quite busy with a variety of non-Whole30 activities going on. Plus, The Whole30 itself continues to keep me occupied with planning, shopping, prepping, cooking, and eating!
So, here we are in the morning of Day 8. An entire week has gone by since we began. I'm betting many of you are curious as to how we're doing, thinking, feeling; about all of this craziness. 1. Can we see any results yet? 2. Are we more energetic? 3. Have we spent our entire life savings on ghee? 4. Are we still eating eggs and avocado? 5. Have we slipped up and gone off-plan? 6. Is this really worth it?
Answers: 1. Mark says he can see a change in my body; I don't see it. I do, however, see his face thinning out.
2. Short answer is no. We have not yet hit the "tiger blood" phase whereby we are (supposedly) going to feel like, well, Tony the Tiger: GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREAT. Mark had a headache pretty much all week. I was extremely irritable and grouchy on Day 4. Neither one of us are sleeping well. Why? I'm not sure why but they suggest if you are waking up in the middle of the night you may need to eat a portion of protein about an hour before you go to bed. There is some scientific rational behind this; all I can think is, "MORE FOOD? UGH!" Seriously, eating a hard boiled egg or some salmon or tuna or whatever at 9:00 at night DOES NOT APPEAL. But, it's either this, or give up the coffee. Yes, apparently coffee consumed in the morning can still cause disruption in sleep patterns in some people at night. Why was this never an issue before The Whole30? Well, in all honesty, it was; it's just that since we usually had a few drinks in the evening, we fell asleep quickly and stayed asleep longer but eventually we'd both wake up and do the whole barely sleeping on the surface thing. I have to admit, if I'm going to be waking up in the middle of the night, I'd just assume have had my glass of wine. But, that'll be an issue for Day 31. Ok, that was a long, not short, answer for #2!
3. I cannot believe how expensive this ghee stuff is! I have a few friends who have told me it's cheaper at Indian places or Trader Joe's; unfortunately, we don't have either of these places close enough to make the drive worth it. We do have a Trader Joe's in Sarasota but that place is a total madhouse. I found some ghee on-line that wasn't too terribly expensive, all things considered. Mark says he can make it (all it is is clarified butter) but he really doesn't have the time and no one wants to trust me with this culinary feat. Other than the ghee, however, I'm pleased to report that we are actually spending less money at the grocery. I shop the perimeter of the store to get produce and meat and eggs. I only venture into the center of the store for approved canned goods, toiletries, or pet supplies. Obviously we are saving money on not purchasing beer or wine.
4. Yes. In fact, I am eating eggs, spinach, mushrooms, avocado (cooked in GHEE) this very moment. Never underestimate the power and versatility of eggs and avocado. In fact, you can even make avocado deviled eggs! No, I'm not really sick of them YET, but, ask me on Day 17.
5. No, with the only exception being we did have a tiny piece each of gluten-free cracker yesterday when we took communion at church. We debated; we seriously did. But in the end, Jesus trumps Whole30. At least we went for the gluten-free cracker and not the yummy King's Hawaiian bread option. Note: The program rules do allow for communion.
6. Honestly, I don't know yet how it'll pan out for us physically and if we'll discover that "something" has been bothering us/making us feel ill. Obviously if we do, then heck yes it will have been worth it. If we eventually start sleeping better, having more energy, start glowing; well, duh; yes, it will have been worth it. It's just too soon to say on that front. What HAS been worth it so far is we've been spending time together preparing meals and that's been fun. We're also in the "We're in this together!" mode; which is bonding. And, we both agree that, if a person drinks alcohol on a routine basis, it's a good idea to occasionally take a fast from it to ensure there are no "issues" there, if you know what I mean. Yes, we miss our evening cocktails, or a beer after a long day's work outside, or, a celebratory drink after a big event. I'm happy to report that neither one of us are climbing the walls or seeing purple dragons.
Most of the meals we've prepared (out of The Whole30 book) have been quite tasty. My favorites up to this point have been the Grilled Coconut-Curry Chicken with Cauliflower Rice and the Roasted Beet Salad with Grapefruit-Thyme Vinaigrette. Last night we had Chicken Primavera over Spaghetti Squash which was also quite good (although it took me almost all afternoon to prepare). We're about ready to tackle modifying some of our favorite pre-Whole30 recipes to make them plan compliant. Frankly, this may be easier (and less time consuming) than making brand new recipes every day.
No more pictures of food on htis blog, however; it's too time consuming (you'll have to follow me on Facebook to see these!)
So, overall, we're doing ok enough to keep on going. Frankly, neither one of us are quitters, anyway; so, there'd have to be some significant reason why we'd not continue. I can't think of any, so....stay tuned for more of my adventures with ghee.