All right, my first week of Whole 30 is done! Can I get a "woo hoo"?!
Thus far, it hasn't been too too bad, although today is when I felt probably the worst I have the whole time; I'd read about the "hangover" that sets in and thought it sounded inplausible, but sure enough today, by the time lunchtime rolled around, I had a low-grade headache and had that foggy feeling like I'd polished off a bottle of wine the night before. Along with the "hangover," a bunch of other bad feelings began to set in, mostly a range from anger to "I want to murder everyone." It's nice to know that my desire to strangle two grown men shout-talking at each other across the aisle of MUNI wasn't due to too much booze the night before, but rather a self-imposed hiatus from carbs and other forms of happiness.
Anyhoo. Other than this afternoon, it hasn't been too bad. Let's recap!
Breakfast: I decided I'd give chia pudding another try, and put some in the fridge over night. I had done a bunch of research and learned that blending the mixture before trying to eat it would help with the texture and consistency. Also adding some fruit. So I blended my chia-and-almond milk mixture with a banana and a few blueberries and it helped tremendously. I also topped it with unsweetened coconut flakes, chopped pecans and more blueberries. It was actually edible, and actually pretty good! However, it also took a lot of time and dirtied my immersion blender, so by the time I was done, I was like, "I could have just made eggs." Lesson learned. I think I'll keep trying chia pudding mixtures for the next three weeks here and there but I can't see incorporating this into my life on the reg.
Lunch: I didn't bring lunch and headed to the salad bar at Whole Foods where I filled up a container with mixed greens, kale, romaine and arugula, cucumber, tomato, artichoke hearts, olives, sunflower seeds, cashews, chicken, grilled zucchini, beets, and possibly a few other veggies I can't remember now. Topped with olive oil and balsamic. Yum!
Snack #1: banana and almond milk, herbal tea
Snack #2: I had thankfully packed some of my egg casserole just in case I couldn't find enough to get full at Whole Foods and was glad I had it as I ended up spontaneously going to a movie straight after work. I was very glad to have something to tide me over until I could get home and eat dinner.
Dinner: a bowl of my squash, sweet potato, carrot & ginger soup, an Applegate Organics chicken sausage, and some sautéed spinach
Breakfast: two eggs scrambled in 1/2 tsp ghee, 2 strips (compliant) bacon, Monday's remaining fried potatoes and sautéed spinach, plus some salsa
Lunch: a variation on this red coconut curry, made with 1/2 an eggplant, 1/2 a red bell pepper, broccoli, red onion, carrot, 1/2 lb of shrimp, curry paste and 1/2 can of coconut milk. I was going to make cauliflower rice but I'm pretty sure the cauliflower I got at Trader Joe's was spoiled so I tossed it and ate my curry out of a bowl instead.
Snack: I don't think you're supposed to have juice on Whole 30, but I was out running errands, super thirsty, and Pressed Juicery was have a sale. So I bought Greens 3, drank about half, and enjoyed every minute of it. (If this is not allowed on Whole 30, I don't want to know. I was literally drinking kale.) I also had a piece of sliced turkey meat with some mustard when I got home.
Dinner: I roasted a chicken using my dumbed-down approach to Ina Garten's "Engagement Chicken," stuffing a chicken with onion and lemon, and sprinkling the exterior with salt, pepper and dried thyme. I also roasted some brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes.
Breakfast: two eggs scrambled in ghee, 1/2 sweet potato mashed with 1/2 tsp ghee, sautéed spinach, bacon
Lunch: red coconut curry
Snack: I got super cranky pants while I was out shopping with my friend, and as soon as I got home and cried a bit, wondered if I was actually hungry (this has not happened in a while!). I had half of an RXBar, plus a banana with a tiny bit of almond butter, the rest of my Greens 2 juice and a cup of herbal tea.
Dinner: leftover roast chicken, brussels sprouts and a salad of mixed greens, tomato, avocado, radishes and cucumber tossed in Primal Kitchen Caesar dressing. I know you are supposed to break your sweet tooth but I feel like I always crave something sweet after dinner to 'finish' the meal and had 5 raisins. Is this cheating? It's better than Oreos, right?
• Honestly, other than breakfast, eating this way is really not that bad, just a lot of work. I realize why I turn so often to bread and cheese to fill up — it's so easy! Much easier to throw together a grilled cheese than make a whole curry for lunch, you know? However, doing this has made me aware that while I enjoy cooking, over the past few years I've really fallen into some lazy habits that aren't maybe as healthy as they could be. I think part of that is due to being very, very diligent about cooking my own meals so much, especially when I was living in New York and Boston and paying off my student loans (and not making a lot of money). I've spent many Sundays at the stove getting lunch for the week ready, and at some point over the past two years, the desire to do that has really waned. I'm actually glad to have a reason to get me back in the kitchen and inspired to learn some new ways of cooking, just to mix things up.
• Food photography is hard and not something I want to spend a lot of time when all I want to do is eat. I don't have a lot of good spots in my kitchen to shoot stuff, and also, um, I'm hungry. However, I like that blogging about this is giving me an added layer of accountability, so I will continue to take crappy iPhone photographs and you will continue to endure them ... until I motivate to do otherwise! Mwahahaa.
• I haven't been working out much, like at all, with the exception of spin class yesterday. I gave myself last week "off" because I wasn't sure how much cooking I would need to do, and was so tired and foggy today that the run I had planned never happened. My goal for next week is to get in some workouts, including a run!
• I really don't miss or crave any specific food. Today when I was thinking about how I felt kind of lethargic and irritable, it wasn't like, "give me a slice of chocolate cake or give me death!", it was more like I just feel off but can't pinpoint what exact food would make me feel better. I'm guessing it's sugar withdrawal.
• I will come clean and admit that the chicken stock I used in the squash-and-sweet potato soup totally had both organic soybean oil and cane syrup in it. Hello, I spent an hour researching brands and didn't realize until after I poured it in my soup that it contained those ingredients ... doh. I'm sure the Gestapo at Whole30 would say I have to start over (that and the soy lecithin in my tea ... and the sugar in the almond butter packet ... ahhhh). But I am seeing each of these as learning experiences to make sure I keep buying the right ingredients as I keep going. Perfection is hard, Whole30, and it is not the same as swinging by McDonald's and chow down a burger, you know!?
• Only today did I start to get kind of fatigued with the food and the work involved. I think by the end of the month I will be very ready to chow down on a burger ... and wash it down with a big glass of champagne!
If you have any Whole30 suggestions, recipes, or advice about how to get through the next three weeks, holler in the comments!