Whoops! It’s Day 2 already?

I was so tired after work yesterday that I forgot to update my blog! The Whole 30 is going well, so far. I have been snacking waaaay less between meals than usual, and I’m feeling pretty darned good. Had a bit of a headache today at work but I drank some black coffee and it went away!

My food hasn’t been super exciting, but I’ll log it just for the sake of staying on track. Hopefully I’ll cook something really fabulous this weekend that I can take pictures of.

Day 1:

Breakfast: Yams, ground turkey, spinach, salsa

Lunch: Cabbage, mushrooms, spinach, chicken breast

Dinner: Pork chops, cauli mash, sautéed fennel/onions/apples

Snacks: almonds, fresh raspberries, an apple

Day 2:

Breakfast: Eggs, spinach, yams, ground turkey, yams, zucchini (sensing a theme here…) with salsa

Lunch: leftover dinner

Dinner: Chicken thighs, roasted beets n carrots, greens of some kind

Snacks: an apple, TJ’s Apple+Strawberry bar

Have a good day, lovelies!

Here we go again!

Well, well. A year (plus some) has passed since we last attempted a Whole 30. Many, many changes have occurred in the last few months; mostly good ones, some more challenging. TL;DR- I graduated from school, am gainfully employed at a pediatrician’s office that I love, my kids are all still alive, in school, and thriving, and I finally got sober.

That last one prompted this Whole 30 more than anything else. When one quits drinking alcohol, one tends to replace that hole in their life with food. In my case, specifically, sugar. It’s gotten to the point where I feel like I’ve replaced one addiction with another. Which is no bueno. So another Whole 30 it is. This time my lovin’ man is doing it with me, and the kids will be doing it indirectly, at least in regards to the food I’m cooking them at home. I’m excited, nervous, and overwhelmed, which is normal, I think. Looking forward to sharing my experiences and some new recipes with you all!!

I know the day’s just beginning but I had to share this!

So, as I’ve mentioned before, I’ve got Oral Allergy Syndrome. Basically it’s a syndrome (duh) where one is allergic/sensitive to foods in their raw, uncooked state. The foods that one is allergic to generally have to do with pollen allergies- most commonly: Ragweed, Grass, and Birch trees. It sucks. There are so many things I can’t eat due to the fact that my face gets puffy and my mouth and throat and eyes itch like crazy!

BUT!

Today, I ate a Cantaloupe for the first time in 7 years! And my face didn’t puff up and my eyes, throat, and mouth are not itching! Now, I don’t know if it’s because of the Whole 30, but I’m pretty danged pleased, because I love melon- I just haven’t been able to eat it. I’m not going to be eating things that I’m severely allergic to like hazelnuts to test the Whole 30 theory, but I may try some things that have given me mild reactions in the past and see what happens.

Whatever DOES happen, I’m just stoked to be able to eat melon this summer!

Have a beautiful day, lovelies!

Day 9 and feelin’ fine!

I promised no more goofy post titles; I lied. Sorry ’bout that.

I woke up groggy today- I don’t know if it’s the diet or a new supplement I’m taking. Either way, after coffee and some food, I was rarin’ to go! I had a final in my Psych 101 class today- nailed it! And I cleaned my gross stove and got some dishes soaking… yeah, I’m a housekeeping demon.

I got a couple of packages today… I love mail! Especially when it’s not bills! Yay!!

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I’ve been wanting Practical Paleo for a long time, but $40 seemed like a lot of money to pay for a cookbook. I finally found it on Amazon for much less, woot!

Obviously, the Bible for anyone embarking on a Whole 30, It Starts With Food- I feel like I’m gonna take a nice long soak in the tub with that one.

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen is a graphic-novel style memoir/illustrated cookbook- I don’t know much about the author, but I saw a review of  it on a blog…somewhere, and fell in love with her drawings.

I’ve read A Brief History of the Dead before, but it’s been a long time, and I loved it the first time, so I thought it needed revisiting. I highly recommend it- it’s hauntingly beautiful, and it made me think a lot about life, death, love- you know, nothing heavy or anything.

I took the dog for another hike today- living in Portland is great because we have a ton of urban greenspaces. We did a 2.1 miler in Woods Memorial Park- a little (35-acre) park in SW Portland, near our house. It was really beautiful, nice and quiet, and hilly enough to be challenging to an out of shape, overweight lady and a tiny dog.

Day 9 wrap-up:

Breakfast: Coffee, 3 eggs, ground beef, greens, and a sauteed sweet potato, plus local strawberries

Lunch: I kind of messed up here as my walk was later than I anticipated, so I ate a “pre-workout” snack of pecans and strawberries, realized that we weren’t going to be hiking anytime soon, and ate some leftover roasted beets/carrots and some ham. Meh.

Dinner: Mashed parsnips, sweet potatoes, and carrots; Garlic/Herb Chicken Sausages; and sauteed baby greens, plus a little bit of frozen pineapple

Snacks: see Lunch

Feeling: Pretty dang good, actually! Once I got over my morning slump, I was ready to go. I’m not craving anything in a desperate way; I couldn’t stop thinking about cupcakes and cookies today but in more of a peripheral way than usual. I feel like I’m in a good space right now.

I hope you all have a great evening, lovelies- I’m hunkered down watching Mythbusters with the pup and the husband, trying to pretend that there are no dishes waiting to be washed in the kitchen.

I also realized that I skipped Day 8 in there somehow. Whoops. Today is Day 9, I promise.

Just in case you didn’t believe me…

I finally figured out how to get my iPhone photos onto the Chromebook- so here’s a picture of that pulled pork that I was talking up a few days ago. I think you’ll see that I wasn’t making up how awesome it was.

Just out of the oven...

Just out of the oven…

And after the "pulling". So, so delicious.

And after the “pulling”. So, so delicious.

Believe me when I tell you that, even without BBQ sauce, this pork was one of the best things I’ve eaten in my 39 years on this planet. I even had it with veggies and eggs for breakfast the next day. I put the recipe back up under “Related Articles” in case you didn’t want to scroll back through the other posts to look for it. Gawd, I need to make this again, probably this weekend. Have a great night, lovelies!

Days 5, 6, 7

First off, I gotta say- camping this weekend was wonderful! My bestie and a bunch of her teaching colleagues did a half-marathon at Timothy Lake on Saturday, and I drove up to meet them after the race. They had packed a metric buttload of delicious, totally non-Whole 30-compliant foods that, I am proud to say, I was able to resist. I stayed within the technical guidelines for food while I was up there, although I probably “grazed” way more than I was supposed to. I’m going to count it as a win though. And, meeting all those fantastic women and seeing how much fun they were having inspired me to begin a walking program so I can do the half-marathon with them next year! I started yesterday and I feel great. I’ve tried to do a running program a few times but soon realized that my various and sundry joint issues did not make for a comfortable run. It seems that I’m better suited for walking, and I’m totally ok with that!

Sunday I got home, took a nap, went shopping with the husband for supplements and meat, and spent the rest of the evening lazing about the house. It was glorious. Mad Men was on, and then Game of Thrones which- holy moley!!! I could NOT believe that episode. It completely blew me away, and now I”m eagerly awaiting the finale- I can’t imagine how they’re going to top that episode in terms of sheer awesomeness. (Notice how I kept it spoiler-free? You’re welcome.)

Yesterday after classes I came home and cooked up some sausages and sweet potatoes, with a few pea pods from our “garden”. But! Breakfast was awesome- Turkey, Butternut Squash and Kale Patties with eggs and fresh pineapple. Recipe below (adapted from  Multiply Delicious).

I’m not going to do a breakdown of my food today; I’ve been eating really well, if not a little repetitively. I feel great though! I’m starting to get that energy rush; this morning not so much as I was up really late with sinus allergies. But I’ve had a little coffee so I’m ready to tackle the world! Have a wonderful day, lovelies! I’m going to Tryon Creek State Park for a 2.7 mile walk with the pup today, so hopefully I can post some pics of that later.

Turkey, Butternut Squash, and Kale Patties- makes 6-8 patties, depending on size *NOTE: You must refrigerate the mixture for at least 4 hours before you fry it up into patties!*

8 oz. peeled  butternut squash or sweet potato, cut into very small cubes

2 scallions, chopped finely

3 cups kale, chopped finely (I used my food processor and it worked out great)

1.5# ground turkey

1 egg

1/4 cup almond flour

1/4 tsp. ground rosemary

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/4 tsp. garlic powder (NOT garlic salt) or 1 clove fresh garlic, minced

1 tsp. kosher salt

1 T. ghee, lard, coconut oil, etc. for sauteeing veggies

1. Heat fat in frying pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add squash/sweet potatoes and saute until slightly soft, about 3-5 minutes.

2. Add kale (and fresh garlic if you’re using it) and saute for 2-3 minutes. Set aside veggie mixture to cool.

3. Mix turkey, egg, almond flour and spices in large bowl. Add veggie mixture and mix until well combined. Refrigerate mixture for 4 hours minimum; overnight is better.

4. Heat fat in frying pan over medium-low heat. Form mixture into patties about 1/2″ thick and fry until both sides are browned. Eat immediately or allow to cool and then refrigerate for 3-4 days for later eating. Enjoy!

 

Day 4

It was a much less interesting day than I expected. I cooked something delicious but not very exciting. I went grocery shopping and then to a doctor’s appointment. I was pleased to hear that I’m pretty healthy but for a couple of vitamin deficiencies, low iron, and slightly high blood sugar. Oh yeah, and about 50 extra pounds. I’m really curious to see what happens to my bloodwork after the Whole 30. I also stopped by Tails and Trotters to get some un-sugared bacon and ham. Oh.My.God. The ham is amazing, lovelies! I highly recommend, if you’re in the Portland area, that you pick some up. I’ll let you know how the bacon is tomorrow after breakfast!

Oh, and my friend Courtney came and picked up 2 of my chickens, so we’re down to a manageable 3. They better start laying soon or…else?

Breakfast- My version of a Joe’s Omelette. Ground beef, proscuitto (which WordPress insists is a typo but isn’t), leeks, and about a bag of baby greens, scrambled with 3 eggs + hot sauce. 2 cups of coffee, handful of blueberries

Lunch- leftover roasted beets, parsnips, carrots, broccolette, and some damn delicious ham, plus an apple

Dinner- Pan-roasted cauliflower with caramelized leeks cooked in lard+ghee (I bought lard! I’m so excited!), and leftover pulled pork.

Snack- yep. I ate a snack. 3 dried apple rings and a handful of toasted pecans. I refuse to feel bad. I’m not watching the South Park Movie with my husband without a damn snack.

Feeling: It was really hard to get up this morning! After I got going I felt ok, a little light-headed and low blood sugar-y.  It was a strange kid-free Friday because we usually go out for dinner and a couple of drinks, and of course we can’t. I’m a little disoriented by this!

I haven’t even been tempted by the sugar in the house, including the ice cream and dark chocolate. It’s…weirdly awesome! I feel like I can do the next 26 days. And I didn’t want to kill anyone, except the whiny dog. 😦

Anywho, I’m going camping tomorrow so have a great weekend, lovelies!