Well it’s been a week since my last post! I’ve been crazy busy and while I haven’t cooked anything new, fun or exciting, I’ve been sticking with the plan. I have to say, I’ve never eaten so healthfully on a business trip before. I was in Atlanta for a couple of days and while it was tempting to break Whole30, it was never even a thought that I actually would. What saved me were Lara Bars. I was on a TV set all day for 2 days so those came in handy. Ordering room service was another tough one so I had to be boring and just get salad and fruit. But regardless, I’m hanging in there and still going strong. My one worry is that I haven’t been as adamant with waiters when ordering out (saying no butter at all, etc) but at least nothing has gotten into my diet deliberately on my end. And this all while I had a business trip, went to the MTV VMAs and was with friends who were day-drinking. (I stuck to seltzer.) Whatever happens at the end of the 30 days I have to at least be proud of that, right?
I made it to my second week! I have to admit it hasn’t been that tough. Day 5 (Friday) I had the same breakfast/lunch I’d been having all week. After work I had my trainer (It feels great to be back and sweating!), but by the end I was starving. I ran into Whole Foods and grabbed some roasted turkey breast with a side of carrots and steamed veggies. Now that I’m so cautious of labels it’s truly amazing how hard it to is to find real whole foods with little added ingredients. Makes you wonder about a ton of foods you’ve always eaten, even ones you thought were healthy.
Day 6 I made an omelet with tomato and avocado. That night was my first eating out experience and because it was with my parents who were in town, we tried to pick somewhere I’d have an easier time: Outback! I’m not one for chain restaurants but we were in Jers and I knew I could get a steak. I just made sure to ask them to not cook it in butter. I’ve become that girl. The one thing I need to watch is my raw cashew intake. It’s funny because the book warns that you can still have that addictive effect when it comes to nuts and that’s the one food that I find myself over-snacking on.
Day 7 I also had my first eating out breakfast experience. What’s funny is we picked a place with a ton of Vegan, GF options yet when I asked for an omelet with just avocado and tomato the waiter said I couldn’t make up my own item. I then said I couldn’t have anything on the menu and so he said it was fine. You just gotta be strong, peeps! So I had mine with a side of chicken apple sausage (their menu says they don’t use nitrates etc so I knew it was as safe as I could find).
After grocery shopping with a friend (and a nap and Scandal marathoning), it was time to cook some new recipes. First up was this chili from the Whole30 forum: http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/10240-my-super-easy-chili-recipe/
I actually haven’t tasted it yet, but I brought it in for lunch. I’ve never actually made beef chili (always have done turkey chili) and this was the first time I got the real chili-like consistency. I used organic grass-fed beef from Trader’s and a crushed tomato from WF that had nothing added in it:
I also attempted coconut shrimp! I used shrimp from TJ’s that I defrosted, dipped them in egg white and then shredded coconut (which I couldn’t find at TJ’s so got them at WF’s) and then fried them in coconut oil. They came out good, but could use more flavor next time. Maybe more spices? Not sure since I clearly can’t sweeten up the coconut.
I have to say the one major difference I’ve noticed so far is my skin. Whether or not it’s a coincidence, it hasn’t been this clear in a long time! It’s hard to tell from photos, but here’s an obnoxiously not attractive look at my face:
Day 2 was pretty similar food-wise to my first day on Whole 30. Had 3 hard-boiled eggs for breakfast along with some fruit salad, had half an avocado as a snack before a doctor’s appointment and had salad, the rest of the avocado and half of a sweet potato when I returned around 2. Unrelated to my diet, I had crazy pain Monday night into Tuesday in my neck which made it really hard to sleep. Since I have so many ridiculous ailments on any given day, I have a feeling it’ll be hard to know what’s related to what I’m eating, but I’ve had this pain before and so I know it’s not a side effect. On the other hand, I came home around 5:30 ready to cook dinner and immediately had a drop in blood sugar. I was sweaty and shaky so I housed some leftovers and layed on my bed until I felt better. Not sure if this is a sugar, carb detox effect or just a coincidence because I needed some food in me.
When I was feeling better I started to cook some dinner that I could have for the latter part of the week. I decided to make up a dish based on some things I had on hand, which probably was my first clue to stop right there. I had chicken breasts that I defrosted but note to self, yet again, I’m really not a fan of chicken when I cook it. Especially if I don’t fancy it up. Nonetheless I did it anyway and I’m pretty sure I won’t eat any of it this week. I used ghee (for the first time!) and browned the chicken and then put them to the side. Then in the same pan I sauteed onion, garlic and leeks I had bought frozen from Trader Joe’s. I then added yellow pepper and put the chicken back.
I also fell asleep at 8. Not sure if it’s because I couldn’t sleep the night before or because it’s how I’m supposed to feel according to this timeline: http://whole9life.com/2012/06/the-whole30-timeline/
Onto Day 3 and feeling good though. Have two events after work which makes me a bit nervous since I don’t know when I’m eating, but we shall see!