Days 31+: sugar is sweet, but not sweet as you

This is how I felt the morning of my first day post-whole30:
One day, Simba, all of this will be yours
 
I could eat anything I wanted.  Cupcakes, rice milk lattes, normal milk lattes, chocolate bars, pasta, burritos, blueberry pie.

And as much as I was excited to stop by the neighborhood cupcake place for a celebratory breakfast on my way to work, I felt weird for eating anything that was radically against the whole30.

It was kind of like breaking up with a guy after realizing things couldn’t really work out long-term, but despite this you still really respect him and are grateful for the perspectives on life you gained from the relationship.

Some things I’ve learned –

Jumping in – When you’re looking to try out something new (develop a new habit–whether it’s a diet like this, or reading more, or running, or anything), it’s a good idea to aim to do it every day for a fixed number of days rather than just decide you’re going to start doing it.  If you’re hesitant about making the change, you’ll be more likely to jump into it and actually do it each day knowing that you’re just doing it as a trial.  At the end of your set period of time, you can re-evaluate whether and to what degree you want to make this a part of your lifestyle.

This blog – Keeping a blog was great because it encouraged me to try out new recipes so I’d have different things to write about and photograph!  (I didn’t want to have to post a picture of fried eggs and broccoli every single day.)

Eating when you’re not hungry – One of the negative things about carbs is that you’re more likely to eat them when you’re not hungry.  I found that I was still susceptible to eating when I wasn’t hungry during the whole30–the things I would eat were Larabars and fruit (the highest-sugar foods I could have!).  On days 29 and 30 I cut fruit out of my diet completely, and found that I needed a lot less food overall.

Positivity – If you’re going to do the whole30, don’t think about all the stuff you can’t eat. Instead seek out interesting recipes that look good (don’t force yourself to eat steamed asparagus if you don’t like asparagus!) and focus on the awesome food that you can eat.  🙂
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Day 30: real paleo food

Imagethis set of vegetables left its previous career as a cairn to join the sauce effort
Last day of the whole30!  Tonight I made paleo spaghetti and meatballs for dinner.  I’m one quarter Italian, so this must be how my paleolithic ancestors actually ate!  I didn’t bother to look up a recipe for the meatballs, figuring I could just throw stuff in a bowl and my fantastic ethnic background would pull through for me.  It sort of worked out…they probably could have used another egg.  Or some actual breadcrumbs instead of coconut flour.
Imagethe meatballs, cooking happily
Italian heritage paleo meatballs
  • 3/4 lb ground beef (because that’s how much was in the package I had)
  • one egg
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour (because that was the measuring cup I happened to have out on the counter)
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning (the italian seasoning makes it authentic and italian right?)
  • salt and pepper
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I had the meatballs with steamed cauliflower and a tomatoless marinara sauce.  The meatballs aren’t exactly spherical but that’s okay, because I don’t spheres had been invented yet in the paleolithic age.

breakfast

  • scrambled eggs with pesto

lunch

  • salad
  • lamb burger

pre-crossfit

  • fried egg
  • sliced almonds and coconut butter

dinner

Day 29: we are all born superstars

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Tonight’s dinner was grilled chicken with pesto!  The piece of chicken I was trying to pound today was thicker than last time, so my hammer wasn’t working too well.  I solved this problem by putting a thin plastic cutting board on top of the chicken and pounding on that to distribute the force (thank you physics!).
 
The basil, walnuts and olive oil for the pesto looked gorgeous!  I was thinking of submitting the photo below to Dove for their Real Beauty Campaign.  (stunning organic basil and walnuts and olive oil…that fits the bill, right?)  Then I realized I was about to stick them through the food processor to make them the way I wanted them to be.  This kind of goes against the whole “you’re beautiful the way you are and don’t need to change” mantra the Real Beauty campaign promotes.
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I also made blasted broccoli but forgot to set a timer…turns out it still tastes fine even when it’s a little overdone!
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I had a ton of leftover pesto, which means two things:  (1) scrambled eggs with pesto for breakfast tomorrow!  and (2) I had an opportunity to use my awesome mini saran wrap from Japan!  (thanks mom!!)
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day 29
breakfast
  • fried egg and avocado
 midmorning
  • macadamia nuts and walnuts
lunch
  • salad with grilled salmon
dinner
  • chicken with pesto
  • blasted broccoli

Days 26, 27, and 28: yolk is the new pit

Why eat your egg with avocado when you could eat it IN avocado?!  My friend Kyle saw that I have egg + avocado for breakfast all the time and recommend I mix it up a little:
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Unfortuntely getting flipped was a little too much for mr. eggvocado:
ImageThis afternoon was BEAUTIFUL and I went to a barbeque on a friend’s rooftop.  Barbeques are actually pretty whole30able–I had a burger without the bun with guacamole and garlic aioli (my contribution to the event!) plus grilled asparagus and fruit (my other contribution).
Here’s the garlic aioli being blended:

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day 26
breakfast
  • larabar
  • scrambled eggs with vegetables
lunch
  • broccoli and carrots
  • fish and shrimp thing at the work cafeteria
dinner
  • salad with crab
day 27
breakfast
  • larabar
  • siced almonds with coconut butter
post-crossfit lunch
  • pork and apple cabbage omelet with braised greens
 dinner
  • bunch of things at a small plates restaurant!  apart from possible “hidden ingredients” (aaaah so scary!) these new american cuisine places are actually pretty doable on the whole30 🙂
day 28
breakfast
  • egg in avocado
 lunch
  • burger with guacamole and garlic aioli
  • fruit (kiwi, apple, grapes, pineapple)
  • grilled asparagus
 dinner (wasn’t that hungry)
  • fried egg
  • sliced almonds with coconut butter