Day 29 & 30 – WE DID IT!!

Yup, that’s right. It’s the end of day 30. We made it through 30 days of no grains, dairy, added sweeteners, legumes and alcohol with no slip-ups, mistakes, or cheats. Fuck yes. Now it’s not really the end yet because we committed to going til Friday (Whole 32 just doesn’t quite have the same ring to it though). But all the good vibes and accomplished feelings are still sparking inside me–I must have said to Will a million times today that WE DID IT!

Day 29 (Monday)

Meal 1 – Will had the last of the prosciutto egg muffins + grapes. I made myself fried eggs with leftover roast veggies since I had the holiday off (yay!)

Meal 2 – Will had leftover chicken and veggies. I made a super random salad with chicken sausage, granny smith apples, broiled onions and baby spinach a la Mom vs Chaos. One thing I’ve definitely learned through this whole experience is that making your own salad dressings is super easy and tastes awesome. I ‚̧ olive oil.

Meal 3 – Spaghetti (from spaghetti squash) & meatballs. We were lazy and these meatballs are just so easy and delicious. Last night was also notable because it was the last time that we’ll have to watch the Bachelor without wine, thank god. There was also 5 hours of airtime this week, so that’s a real storm we weathered together.

Day 30 (!!) (Tuesday)

Meal 1 – I made another batch of prosciutto egg muffins of course.

Meal 2 – Leftover pork with apples and onions. I had completely forgotten this was in our fridge – win!

Meal 3 – Butternut squash soup with a fried egg on top. Somehow this goes together amazingly well. I probably don’t need more eggs in my life considering we eat them for breakfast every day, but it’s just such an easy source of protein.

How am I feeling? Great! I feel super accomplished. This has definitely been a roller coaster, but I’ve learned a lot about food and how it affects me, and that is something that’s worth working hard to figure out. My blood sugars have improved drastically and I’ve just generally gotten into better habits with checking my blood sugar all the time, which is a big step for me. I haven’t felt deprived when it comes to food–I actually think we eat way more delicious foods than we ever have in the past, simply because we pay so much attention to what we’re eating, and we so rarely go with the “quick and easy” option (although prep definitely makes our meals quicker and easier during the week, which is so necessary.) I’m not really worried about continuing to eat the right foods when we’re at home, at least until the wedding. We are both OK with making exceptions for dinners that are worth it–like going to my parents house or out to limoncello or other social things. We’re going to make a concerted effort not to fall back into our drinking habits too much either. We both really enjoy quality wine and whiskey, and of course the effects of liquor. But we’ve talked a lot about our guidelines for drinking moving forward, because for both of us it feels like a slippery slope. I’m not saying that our drinking habits really have a noticeable negative effect on our lives, but it does make eating choices harder, sleep less healing, and adds all those excess calories that we just don’t need. So we’re better off using this as a jumping off point for better habits moving forward, instead of this whole a few glasses of wine every day thing.

What am I looking forward to? I talked enough about booze already so… chocolate! I already bought a bar of unsweetened Godiva chocolate that is technically compliant, but I didn’t want to indulge during the 30 days so I held off. I might have some tomorrow of the desire strikes. Otherwise, on Friday I think we’re going to try some cheese. Our plan is to go down to Halibut Point (I can’t believe we haven’t been there for a month) after dinner and have some celebratory champagne and maybe oysters? There’s not much there on the menu that I’ve been craving, so the cheese part will probably wait until Saturday. Also, to not be totally self-focused, I just asked Will what he was looking forward to eating and he said, “whiskey, cheese… and I know you want chocolate.” He knows me so well.

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Day 24-28 – That time when I forgot to blog

Well, I didn’t forget per se. Pretty much every night I’d say “Will, I have to blog, I haven’t done it in x days” and finally I got to 5 days tonight and it’s official–I’m the worst Whole 30 blogger. Oh well! The whole thing has become routine at this point, so I don’t think about tracking every meal and feeling the way I used to. So that’s actually a pretty good thing. And since I figured out the correlation between starchy veggies and my mood, I’ve been significantly happier. I’m totally skipping over Wednesday and Thursday because that was forever ago and we basically just ate leftovers and pad thai and eggs as usual.

Day 26 (Friday)

Meal 1 – Prosciutto egg cups + a banana.

Meal 2This amazing salad with baby spinach, smoked salmon, avocado, grapes, and chia seed dressing.

Meal 3 -Porterhouse steaks + diner-style home fries from Melissa Joulwan. The home fries came out way better than last time, super crispy and spicy on the outside and soft and delicious on the inside.

Day 27 (Saturday)

Meal 1 – Sweet potato hash with bacon, chicken sausage, mushrooms and fried eggs thanks to PaleOMG. This meal is the best.

Meal 2 Amy’s split pea soup + prosciutto. I liked the soup, but Will was not a fan. It was nice to have on hand though.

Meal 3 – Pork tenderloin with apples and onions. Will makes a great Valentine’s day meal ūüôā We also watched the Terminator movies because we are so romantic.

Yummm

Yummm

Day 28 (Sunday)

Meal 1 – Eggs scrambled with peppers + chicken apple sausage. We legit each ate a pepper this morning since we had to get rid of them.

Meal 2 – Butternut squash soup + tuna salad. I’ve been really slacking on lunches lately.

Meal 3 – Roast chicken and veggies. On a SUNDAY. I know. The Bachelor was on tonight (and tomorrow!) so it seemed appropriate.

How am I feeling? So good! Eating this way is getting way easier, to the point where I don’t feel the need to compulsively plan every meal and can come up with things on the fly. We’re planning to continue eating like this with a few exceptions (like cheese and eating out). Otherwise, why not keep rolling with what works? Only 5 more days to go (!!!) since we decided to go through Friday. Friday night we’re planning to go to Halibut point, have a glass of champagne and some oysters (maybe even with cocktail sauce!) I am definitely looking forward to having more of a social life, although it might not happen if we keep getting more snow. I also bought a unsweetened chocolate bar since that’s what I really really want to eat, but I think I’m just gonna stick it out til Friday to keep in the spirit of the food not having a psychological hold on me. But DAMN I can’t wait to have chocolate.

Days 22 & 23 – Moar carbs

So I figured something out today about my recent mood craziness. I seem to be a lot happier and more even keel on the days that I’m eating more carb-dense veggies, like sweet potatoes and butternut squash. Yesterday I had some starchy veggies at every meal and I felt great! So I went back through the log and yup, all the days that I was grouchy and irritable–no carbs. The perks of keeping a food diary! Of course, that makes it a bit tougher with my blood sugars, but it’s by no means any harder than what I was dealing with pre-Whole 30. And not being snippy is worth a few sweet potatoes (for me¬†and¬†Will).

Day 22 (Monday)

Meal 1 РProsciutto egg muffins + leftover roasted veggies. Yay sweet potatoes!

Meal 2¬†– I noticed we had some butternut squash and breakfast sausage that needed to be used up in our fridge, so I legit googled “butternut squash sausage paleo” and found this lovely pseudo-stuffing recipe. I’m really happy with how this came out and it was pretty easy!

Stuffing you can make any time of year

Stuffing you can make any time of year

Meal 3¬† – Well it’s Monday, so we had a roasted chicken and veggies. This is such a good meal I can’t get over it. Plus it leaves us with some nice leftovers.

Day 23 (Tuesday)

Meal 1¬†– Fried eggs + leftover “stuffing.” I was lazy last night and didn’t make our egg cups. I haven’t made them tonight yet either…

Meal 2¬†– Leftover roast chicken and veggies.¬†We really didn’t do much food prep for this week, so not too many options.

Meal 3¬†– Meatballs + spaghetti squash + Bove’s tomato sauce. I made another batch of these meatballs from Holistically Engineered because the last batch were great and lasted us for 2 whole weeks. This time I smartened up and froze them in portioned out bags of 8 meatballs each, instead of in huge tupperwares. We have 5 portions left so that should last us a good chunk of time.

If I was being good tonight I’d make the prosciutto egg cups and butternut squash soup to use up the rest of the squash, but I’m guessing I’ll probably make a cup of tea and crochet instead. Isn’t my life so exciting?!

Days 19, 20 & 21 – Actually being social

I really thought I would blog about this every day when I started this thing. How naive, huh? But I’ve been neglectful because I’ve actually been out doing stuff which is a good thing!

Day 19 (Friday) 

Meal 1 –¬†Eggs + bacon + sauteed spinach and onions. We’re almost done with the 3 packs of bacon we got at Whole Foods last week. Clearly we are not the moderation types.

Meal 2 – Butternut squash soup + leftover haddock. Will had his with a fried egg which looked delicious, but I wanted to kill some of the leftovers in the fridge. We’ve never had so many leftovers before in my life.

Fried eggs with everything please.

Fried eggs with everything please.

Meal 3¬†– I made paleo pad thai again. I think this batch was better than my last, and it was easier for me to make everything concurrently. I made a double batch of the sunshine sauce, since last time there wasn’t really enough to quote everything. I might’ve gone a bit overboard–next time I’ll make a double batch but save a quarter of it for something else.

Day 20 (Saturday)

Meal 1 РWill and I got up around 6:30 on Saturday since I had a gig with Sweet Caroline that I needed to leave early for and Will was kind enough to give me a ride to my carpool. Luckily we made more egg cups the night before so we had a quick breakfast on our way out the door.

Meal 2 – Berna and her parents, our lovely hosts for the weekend, were super accommodating about my food restrictions–2 of the girls are gluten free anyway, so we don’t do pizza or sandwiches for group meals most of the time anyway. We wound up doing a salad bar at their house so I had a greens + spinach, tomato, avocado, cucumber + O&V. I also brought my own tuna with no soy and jalapeno stuffed olives, just to be sure I hit my protein and fat quota. They also had grilled chicken from the grocery store, and of course there was some weirdo soy ingredient in it. It’s one of those things where I know it can’t be a big deal, and if I wasn’t doing the program I would have no problem with it, but seriously–why the fuck do people put soy in our chicken?! It just seems so sinister.

Meal 3¬†– At the gig they got pizza and lasagna, so I had a couple pieces of lettuce from the pizzeria salad haha. It is sort of comical how ridiculously restricted I am. Being gluten free is pretty common now, so they very nicely got a gluten free pizza. And that should be all the precaution that any host¬†should really have to take! No one expects someone who can’t eat¬†gluten… or any grains… or dairy… or sugar. Anyway, we were planning on going out to eat after, so it was no big deal. It just makes me feel a little prickly to have to be so high maintenance. Even having diabetes has never felt so controlling of my life (although to be fair, it probably should be). So off we went to Bobby Q’s which has the most amazing barbecue, seriously. If you are ever in the area, go. I didn’t wind up getting anything BBQ because there’s pretty much sugar in everything, but that’s fine, I’ll be back for sure. I got a burger + onions + mushrooms + guacamole, with grilled veggies on the side.¬†My first time really eating out–total success.

I resisted the pork nachos. Also the tequila shots, not pictured.

I resisted the nachos. Also the tequila shots, not pictured.

Day 21 (Sunday)

Meal 1¬†– Scrambled eggs with tomato and avocado + rosemary roasted potatoes + fruit salad. Berna’s dad was awesome and made this all for us. There’s really nothing like having supportive friends for throughout this whole experiment–I can’t imagine doing this if people were trying to get me to cheat or drink all the time, which seems to be pretty common from the forums I’ve read. All my friends ask a lot of questions and it’s nice that everyone is interested, and keeps me engaged about why things are off the plan, and why I’m doing this to begin with.

Meal 2 – Leftover pork chops. I got home from CT at like 3 and was pretty hungry. No way I was going to the grocery store (to prepare for another snowstorm!) on an empty stomach.

Meal 3 – Wings from Black Girls Eat Clean + baked sweet potato fries. Snow means comfort food.

How am I feeling?¬†A bit like my emotions are on the fritz. Some moments I’m totally high and energetic on the whole experience. The next I’m crying during a music video, or snapping because we can’t find something at the grocery store. I just feel way more irritable and like I’m on a roller coaster. I would do some analysis, but I’m sort of burnt out on trying to figure out why. Aside from making enormous changes in our entire diet and social lifestyle, our stress level is just higher in general–our wedding is in three months, so we’re way in the midst of planning that plus our two week honeymoon, AND I’m going a little stir crazy from the combination of working from home and being snowed in from the 8 blizzards we’ve had in the past few weeks. It’s just¬†a weird confluence of things. I’m optimistic that things will take an upswing–it is a 30-day program after all. At the very least I’m learning a lot.

Days 17 & 18 – Good food!

The past few days we’ve done a good job of breaking out of our normal food routine and not messing anything up.¬†Creating a new meal of really good food that keeps you full and is super satisfying is really a nice reminder of why we are doing this ūüôā

Day 17 (Wednesday)

Meal 1: Prosciutto egg cups + 1/2 an apple + sunbutter. I am so on board with sunbutter now. My palate has changed for sure.

Meal 2: Chicken salad from the leftover roast chicken and homemade mayo + sauteed spinach, onions and mushrooms. Not exactly cohesive but delicious nonetheless.

Meal 3:¬†I had some time to kill before my a cappella rehearsal so I was planning on going to Chipotle and ordering the “paleo hack” but I was still so full from lunch at 6 that I held out. I wound up having my first Larabar on my way home to tide me over to dinner. Wow, that was not what I was expecting. I had the cherry pie flavor, and I really expect it to be majority nuts plus fruit, but it was like a big ball of sweet date. Too sweet honestly. There I go again with my palette changing…

Meal 4: Leftover paleo pad thai. Love.

Day 18 (Thursday):

Meal 1:¬†Oh my, I cannot get over how good this sweet potato hash skillet was this morning. It wasn’t even on our meal plan, I just googled it at 7AM and went for it. Sooo delicious. Shredded sweet potato, bacon, chicken sausage, mushrooms, and eggs. I want to eat this every day.

Heaven on a plate.

Heaven on a plate.

Meal 2:¬†Baked chicken thighs a la Well Fed¬†+ guacamole. This was also my first attempt at guacamole (I know I know, it’s super easy) and it came out great. I kept it simple: avocados, jalapeno, lime juice, garlic and onion powder, and S&P.

Meal 3: Pork chops and apples + baked sweet potato fries. Will is a really good cook and I love it when he cooks for me. Does get me hankering for wine though!

How am I feeling?¬†Good! Physically I’m feeling really great, if a little cooped up from the snow. I’m probably due for a bit more exercise than I’ve been getting, but I don’t have my car and it’s not really walking weather, so I’ve been dependent on a friend to be my gym buddy AND ride. I did get one zit, but honestly for 18 days I can’t complain. My palate is definitely changing for the better as well–every meal I have is just so tasty. Either we’re getting better at cooking or I’m getting more appreciative.

I think mentally we’re getting over the hump too. The hard part really hasn’t been the food; it’s been the alcohol and socializing parts of our routine. But now that we’re two weeks away from being done, it feels like we’re making progress. We’ve talked a lot about setting guidelines for ourselves from an eating AND drinking perspective post-Whole 30 because neither of us want to get back to where we were. But that occasional glass of wine will definitely make me a lot more pleasant happy camper, and I’m OK with that ūüôā Two weeks to go!!

Days 15 & 16

At the end of the first week, Will and I were both feeling great and were already starting to notice a difference in how our clothes were fitting. That said, it’s unlikely that just the 30 days of the challenge were going to get us all the way to the point we wanted to be at for our wedding. I know, I know, we’re both happy with each other and we shouldn’t necessarily cram for one day, but it’s something we both really want to do for ourselves (and for the millions of photos that will be taken). SO, seeing the difference that this way of eating was making, and how relatively “easy” it had been so far, we decided to plan on extending our Whole 30 for a couple extra days to take us through to the weekend. Since drinking should be special, we shouldn’t waste our celebratory champagne on a Wednesday, now should we??

Welllll I’m starting to feel a little bit less gung ho about the decision now that we’re in the thick of things. Hitting day 14 and having it not actually be halfway through felt kind of tough. Will is going through a little bit of the sads that I was feeling on days like 4 and 9, and that kind of sucks too. It’s hard to know how much of the emotional roller coaster is the food, and how much is the control that our habits and wants have over what we do. Like, I know that not constantly putting bread into my body has to have some major consequences in the way that my body has to harvest energy, and it probably doesn’t like that. But also, the long list of NOs for what we can consume has robbed us of other things–going out to eat & socialize with our typical crew; feeling “normal” in social situations; being able to use a glass of wine to wind down instead of actually having to make the effort of mentally unpacking your anxiety at the end of a tough day; the convenience of saying, fuck it, let’s get a chicken parm sub from D’estino’s for lunch. Add on the extra layer of guilt in realizing that those stupid things that should just be a convenience actually have such a HUGE HOLD on my habits and emotions, and yeah. It’s just been a little tough. A worthwhile examination, but tough.

That said, we ARE halfway through now, and since we said we would do the extra days, we will.

Day 15 (Monday)

Meal 1: Prosciutto egg cups (as per usual) + grapes.

Meal 2: Meatballs + butternut squash soup.

Meal 3: Roast chicken with veggies. This is def our go to Monday dinner and provides us with a nice set of leftovers for the week.

Each week I’ve been making bone broth with the leftover carcass from the chicken. Last night I was just feeling absent minded I guess, and didn’t turn the broth down to a low enough simmer before going to bed. Woke up to a nice mess of burned bones and veggies stuck to the bottom of the pan. Learned my lesson on that one!

Day 16 (Tuesday)

Meal 1: Prosciutto egg cups (surprise!) + 1/2 apple and sunbutter. The sunbutter tasted astonishingly good on a granny smith. Gonna do this again tomorrow.

Meal 2: Leftover lemon pepper haddock + salad with O&V&lemon + olives.

Meal 3: I had a mini-meal of leftover chicken breast and veggies as a snack before our Elks meeting at 7:30.

Meal 4:¬†Burger with bacon and avocado + veggie juice. We’ve been going with veggie juice (I guess a compliant version of V8?) whenever we’re too lazy to actually cook veggies, which I know is not really the same thing. Whatevs. I took a picture of the burger (which was delicious!) but it doesn’t look 1/1000th as good as it tasted, so I’ll leave it¬†to your imagination.

Day 14 – PATRIOTS!!!

So yeah, we just won the Superbowl. No big deal.

I was a little nervous going into the game (other than for the actual game) due to the social aspect of it.¬†We were originally planning to have Will’s brother and nephew up to watch the game, but their family wound up getting sick at the end of the week and (very nicely) decided not to expose us to it. As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been feeling a little pathetic about how little we’ve seen people recently, and staying at home alone for the Superbowl would’ve been the lonely icing on the hermit cake.

Sooo we wound up going to our friends’ house who actually originally introduced us to the Whole 30 and it was really fun! We drank a lot of seltzer water,¬†brought veggies and compliant dip, and our lovely hostess made us compliant wings as well. The game certainly made us tense, but somehow we made it through without a whiskey. And WE WON!! So again, I’m very happily on the couch with my chocolate tea.

Meal 1: Fried eggs + leftover roast veggies + BACON. Yes, our first Whole 30 bacon. This stuff is made in Vermont and is pretty delicious. It does taste different from our standard bacon, fattier and a little thicker and chewier, but I actually really like it. Thank you Whole Foods!!

BACON!!

BACON!!

Meal 2:¬†Lemon pepper haddock + salad. I figured we should eat a big lunch since I wasn’t sure what the deal was with the food at the party.

Meal 3: I got a little hungry before we even left for the Superbowl party, so I had a little bit of leftover paleo Pad Thai.

Meal 4:¬†Buffalo wings + veggies and “ranch” dip. This is the snackiest I’ve been since we started the Whole 30, but it felt right for the Superbowl.

How do I feel?¬†Like I made it through one of the more challenging days I’ll have not drinking alcohol within this 30 days, which is a great feeling. Next weekend I have an overnight a cappella gig with the girls in CT, which will be a tough one too. It will be fun anyway, but being away from home for that long is bound to present me with some tough food choices, plus we’re almost definitely going to go out for a bar. But it’s all part of the journey right?

It’s also interesting how quickly I’ve gotten used to having 3 big(ger) meals to satiate me. Once I started the intermittent snacking on veggies and wings, I pretty much just kept going all game. I don’t think I ate too excessively, but I definitely ate more than I would have if I have a predefined amount in front of me. Since I was just grazing, I never seemed to get that “full” message from my stomach. It definitely shed light on the no snacking recommendation for the program, and I’m glad we got that experiment, because it affirms the changes that have already started with my eating habits.