Days 12 & 13 – Over the bridge!

It’s funny, when I first moved to Gloucester, assuming it was a temporary location, I discovered there was a certain pride amongst people who didn’t go “over the bridge” (for those out-of-towners who’ve made your way to this ol’ blog, Gloucester is technically an island and the only way to get out of town is… well, you know.) Little did I know it was only a matter of time until I became one of them…

So today was a big day for us, in that we not only went out of town, but we went to Boston to look at wedding rings (and get my engagement ring fixed–I lost a stone, albeit a tiny one). Which means we walked around Boston in the freezing cold WITHOUT stopping for a nice warm drink at one of the many bars we passed. We also ate out for our first time since we started this shindig, first getting a black coffee at Starbucks (I know, really pushing the envelope) and then hitting up the salad bar at Whole Foods (yup, we are the fanciest).

This is my life now.

This is my life now.

Also, two awesome things we found today! CHOCOLATE TEA!! And BACON WITH NO SUGAR!!!! Today really has been a great day.

So as per usual, the food diary:

Friday (Day 12)

Meal 1: Sausage egg muffins. I think we’ll probably just keep eating these for breakfast forever.

Meal 2: Meatballs & zoodles. Should I start calling this veggetti and meatballs? That might have a better ring to it.

Meal 3: The rest of the sweet potato soup (we’re making this again tomorrow, so good) + leftover roast chicken. We were going to make lemon haddock filets but were just burnt out from it being you know, Friday.

Saturday (Day 13)

Meal 1: Applegate chicken apple sausage + 2 fried eggs + Trader Joe’s chipotle salsa + veggie juice.

Meal 2: I finally got it together to make Melissa Joulwan’s paleo Pad Thai. I am so happy with how this came out! I seriously thought it looked insane as I was putting it together, plus it pulls from like 4 recipes in the cookbook so I was a tad frazzled, but it came together like magic. Next time I just might make the batch of sunshine sauce a little bigger. Also, spaghetti squash is amazing. It literally turns into spaghetti strands at the touch of a fork. This might steal the pasta impersonator gold medal from veggetti, but we’ll keep them both in the arsenal for now.

Meal 3: Whole food salad bar — a bunch of greens, broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers, grilled chicken, hardboiled egg, “tomato basil dressing” aka salsa, compliant tuna nicoise, some weird mango/pepper concoction, and avocado kale salad. Yeah, I get overwhelmed at salad bars. It turned out OK.

How do I feel?  Well, right now I’m drinking a cup of chocolate tea, super warm and cozy on the couch with Will and our pup. I feel great about being successful navigating a day outside of the house and out of town, even if we did eat in the dining/phone-charging/kid’s play section of Whole Foods. I’m realizing how much Will and I thrive on going out and being around other people, even though normally I consider myself a homebody. From now on, we’re going to push ourselves a little bit more so that the Whole 30 =/= being hermits. How’s that for a February resolution?

Day 10 & 11 – Quitters never win

According to the Whole 30 timeline, days 10 & 11 are the hardest, when people are most likely to quit. In a way, I can see it, but for the most part I’m excited to hold out and see what the “real” results are. This is also the week you’re most likely to suffer from, ahem, gastric distress which (knock on wood), I haven’t. Even though I’m seriously craving a drink at the end of some days, and cake pretty much all the time, it’s nothing I can’t pretty easily suppress. I have seen two pretty tangible things so far: my skin has completely cleared up (!!) and I *think* I’m getting slimmer. Will is definitely thinning out–he’s fit into a couple shirts he couldn’t before 🙂  I know that one of the rules is not to weigh yourself, but I was pretty tempted to take measurements today. Of course I googled it first and found something that explicitly said NO MEASUREMENTS so I sucked it up and refrained. It’ll be more satisfying to wait and find out at the end… right??

We’ve pretty much settled into a food routine–We haven’t really made any new recipes this week, which is good from a time management perspective and bad from a blogging perspective. I did make up some sausage muffins on the fly which came out pretty well. So at least I’m doing ok on the improvising front!

Day 10 (Wednesday)

Meal 1: Prosciutto egg muffins + banana and blueberries. I’m really happy with these as a quick meal, but I need to find a way to make them a tad less greasy. I think the combination of fat in the prosciutto and coconut oil on the pan is just a tad overkill.

Meal 2: Tuna avocado over salad. I love this meal and it’s so fast!

This was Will's packed lunch. I really need to get him a lunchbox.

This was Will’s packed lunch. I really need to get him a lunchbox.

Meal 3: Steak + creamy market spice kale from Well Fed. This recipe is not online, so I’m really glad I bought the actual cookbook! I’ve never really eaten (or cooked) kale before, and this came out great. Kudos again to Melissa Joulwan. Will is in charge of cooking the steak and he always does a great job.

Day 11 (Thursday)

Meal 1: Sausage egg muffins + banana. I skipped the recipe I did last week and just modified Nom Nom Paleo’s prosciutto recipe above. I used muffin liners instead of the prosciutto, and made the filling with 8 eggs, 2 chicken sausage, 1/2 cup coconut milk, and sauteed onion, mushrooms and red pepper. Really happy with how these came out.

Meal 2: Chicken salad (leftover roast chicken + paleo mayo) and leftover roast veggies. Yum.

Meal 3: Leftover chocolate chili. I think this is even better a couple days old.

How do I feel? Pretty normal. Sooo glad my skin has completely cleared up. I’ve been feeling pretty cooped up due to the storm (I realized today that I haven’t left the house since Monday–scary). So I made a gym date with my gym buddy tonight and got some running in, which helped a lot. I have been pretty lax on working on recently, so now that I’ve got my diet and schedule under control, I’m going to try to step it up. The gym in town is 24 hours so I really have no excuse, especially with all my free time from not drinking! We’re also going to see The Last Five Years this Saturday so that’ll keep me from going stir crazy.

Day 9 – The Blizzard!

The title is dramatic, but there’s not terribly much to report here from under 2 feet of snow (that’s a total guess–I’m not trying to go outside.) Will also got a pass to work from home so we had a little bullpen action going on from the couch this morning. It was also a nice opportunity to make more bone broth from the chicken last night. This batch produced a lot more and looks way better than last week.

Yeah. Not going outside.

Yeah. Not going outside.

Meal 1: Prosciutto egg cups + 1/2 a banana + blueberries. I’m still not sick of these muffins amazingly. I’m due to make another batch tomorrow though.

Meal 2: Leftover chicken soup. We have so many leftovers this week, it’s flipping awesome.

Meal 3: Meatballs and zoodles + blueberries. This is a ten minute meal and I’m obsessed with it.

I guess the food diary part of this is getting a bit boring, but honestly, the food choices aren’t boring yet even though they’re getting repetitive. I’m just happy to settle into this as a sort of routine, even if it means the novelty is wearing out. And if I can make it through being snowed in without drinking that is a damn good sign!

We’ll take a break from our regularly schedule talking-about-how-Millie-is-feeling segment and try something new. How are you feeling, Will? “Overall, great. It feels like we’re eating too much, but I know we’re not (Ed. note: yeah, we’re not). And my face feels thinner (Ed. note: yeah, it is.)”

Whole 30 Day 8

It’s Monday which means back to the grind. Of course we have the “historic blizzard” to distract us from the workweek…

Meal 1: Prosciutto egg cups + home fries.

Meal 2: Sonoma chicken salad over salad. Absolutely delicious. Give me avocados and I’m a happy camper.

Meal 3: Roast chicken and veggies as recommended by Whole 30 (same thing I did last Monday). We liked this so much last time that we did an 8 pound chicken instead of 5 pounds. Of course I undercooked it and had to cook each slice after Will carved it, but it still came out good. Next time I’ll know!

How do I feel? Eh, a little tired, a little bored. I was feeling so good the past couple of days, working hard and feeling great about it, and now I just feel like… What do I get now? Cravings for wine and chocolate and cake are creeping in, and I’m not close to caving, but it’s weird to think about it. The first week I was so into the novelty of the program and making all the food that my mind didn’t stray much. Now I feel like I’ve been really good and I deserve something for it! Pretty textbook, I guess. I’m not happy to be back in a slump, feeling exhausted, but it’s all part of the process I suppose. Will has been feeling it too, and just knowing that we’re both going through it and committed to getting to the end, that’s enough to keep us on track.

Days 6 & 7 – THE WEEKEND

We made it through our first weekend on the Whole 30! Granted, we were hermits a bit, but still. Yesterday it snowed so we took that as an excuse to stay in and cook and clean (I had no idea how much cleaning would go along with making 3+ meals a day). Exciting Saturday stuff, huh? We got to experiment with some different recipes, without the stress of being hungry or rushed. Here’s the rundown:

Saturday (Day 6)

Meal 1: Smoked salmon omelette with green onion dressing + sauteed spinach and onions. Who knew you could make something creamy by grinding up cashews?? I’d still prefer cream cheese with my salmon, but it certainly offers a texture I probably won’t get anywhere else on the Whole 30.

Whole 30 version of smoked salmon and cream cheese

Whole 30 version of smoked salmon and cream cheese

Meal 2: Butternut squash soup from Melissa Joulwan. Lordy, this was delicious. We skipped the bacon because we still can’t find anything compliant, but it was still excellent. Will definitely make again.

Meal 3: Chocolate chili, also from Melissa Joulwan. This had been hyped up a lot on blogs, and it was certainly good, and out of the box for chili for sure. It did just make me long for Will’s go to chili recipe that’s bacony and beany and spicy and we love to eat on cold Sundays during football season. That might be something we don’t recreate.

Sunday (Day 7)

Meal 1: We made brunch/board game plans with my brother and future sister-in-law, so we had a light breakfast–1/2 an avocado and some smoked salmon.

Meal 2: Brian and Missy made us eggs with mushrooms, onions and spinach + Applegate chicken apple sausage (yummm) + home fries.

Meal 3: Leftover butternut squash soup (I’m really glad this is gone!) and buffalo wings from Black Girls Eat Clean. I am in love with these wings. Definitely making them for the Superbowl next weekend.

How do I feel? We successfully navigated our first social outing, even if it was a daytime board game brunch with family 🙂 Brian and Missy were super nice and accommodating (who doesn’t eat cheese on eggs?!) and they had a few beers later in the afternoon and I was only very slightly jealous. I’m feeling a lot more prepared for this week–most of my meal plan is leftovers or prepared food, so I’m hoping for no meltdowns this week.

Will and I have been talking a lot about continuing to eat like this, with caveats for special occasions (honeymoon in Italy? Um yes to cheese, pasta and wine.) We both feel so much better already, and it just hasn’t been that hard. I’m wondering if we’re going to encounter some bigger obstacles this week, physically and mentally, because other than days 2 and 3 feeling awful, I haven’t been struggling much (and Will hasn’t batted an eyelash). We will certainly see…

P.S. Taking a page out of Melissa Joulwan’s book (literally), we made our own Ras El Hanout spice mixture which I am now obsessed with. Definitely lots of spice experimentation to come. Yay!

One of these things is not like the other

One of these things is not like the other

Day 5 – Perfect blood sugars.

OKAY GUYS, here were my blood sugars today: 103, 100, 103, 78, 75, 104. So yeah. I shoot for 100, and I nailed it.

I think this is probably the reason why I’m feeling so great already. I have done a not-so-great job of taking care of my diabetes, which is definitely a point of shame for me. I lost a lot of control when I went to college for many reasons, and instead of getting back into the swing of things once I really got into adulthood, I just let it become a habit. But since I’m making such a drastic dietary change, I’ve been all over doing my blood sugar. (In all honesty, I have a google doc spreadsheet that calculates my average and I have a weird obsession with collecting data in google docs, so that’s my real motivation. Whatever works, right?) I’ve also read a bunch of the forums over at Whole 30 to prep myself for the options, and all of them just reiterate how complicated keeping your levels right are.

Anyway, back to the food–

Meal 1: A combo of sausage and prosciutto egg muffins + sauteed onions and spinach. These muffins have been my saving grace for breakfasts this week. Definitely making 2 batches for next week.

Meal 2: Tuna avocado salad + snap peas. When I made it, I immediately thought we would need more food, but it was actually completely filling and held us over til dinner no problem, not to mention DELICIOUS. Might make it again tomorrow honestly.

Meal 3: Will cooked because it’s Friday and he loves cooking! And I missed being able to lounge on the couch while he cooks. He made this butternut squash soup as an appetizer, then ribeyes and Melissa Joulwan’s diner-style home fries. The soup was good, but not quite as good as another recipe we’ve used that calls for bacon. If only we could find compliant bacon! Overall a great meal though.

Will was basically trying to eat this already as I was taking this pic.

Will was basically trying to eat this already as I was taking this pic.

I’m so excited for our first real Whole 30 weekend so we can actually do full prep! Plus it’s supposed to snow tomorrow, and being snowed in and making boatloads of food sounds pretty awesome. The only thing I’m really missing right now is alcohol–it hit 5 today, which is normally when I pour myself a glass of wine and start wrapping up my emails (the perks of working from home!), and I definitely had a pang for a glass. Luckily we have Diablo 3 to distract ourselves at night 😉

Day 4 – No more hangover!

I recovered from the carb flu!! I know it’s too early to be really feeling the effects of the diet change but I am just so so happy to not feel so foggy and exhausted. As soon as I woke up I knew I felt way better and had gotten a really restful sleep. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as my mom says. Whew.

Meal 1: Egg sausage cups + an avocado. Will had grapes instead of the avocado because yesterday’s avocado made him a little itchy. Damn allergies!

Meal 2: More meatballs and zoodles. I’m soooo glad I premade these 40 meatballs. They taste great and the whole meal came together in less than 10 minutes. The sauce I found is called Bove’s and it’s actually based in Burlington, VT, which is our spot! I think this will be our go to sauce from now on, Whole 30 and beyond.

Meal 3: In light of my Keep It Simple epiphany yesterday, I subbed out my planned meal with this super easy slow cooker creamy tomato chicken soup from Every Day Paleo.Will and I both really enjoyed it, definitely would recommend. I didn’t even have to defrost the chicken (although the fact that they were all frozen together took a little finagling).

We're gonna need a bigger boat... Errr, crock pot.

We’re gonna need a bigger boat… Errr, crock pot.

Speaking of a bigger crock pot, Will’s dad let us borrow (and probably keep) a much bigger crock pot and brand new blender! We basically almost burned out our old blender making mayo so this is great news 🙂

How do I feel? A million times better than I have for the past few days. I was really struggling for a bit, but all of a sudden things have clicked again for me. I know it’ll get bad again, but even if this is how I feel at the end of the 30 days, I’ll be happy. My only downside to report right now is that I need to pee ALL THE TIME (sorry TMI), but from what I’ve read that’s normal due to the detox. So hopefully that’ll go away.