back on frittatas

After almost two weeks of breaking down my body with carbs, sugars, and many things I won’t mention, I started my third Whole30 yesterday.

I know that must sound very diet-righteous, and you already know I’m sick of the the diet police. Here’s why I refer to eating less healthy foods as breaking down my body:

In the last 2 weeks, I’ve felt my body deteriorate. Even though I’ve only gained about 2 pounds, there’s no more clear/glowing skin, I look and feel more bulky, I’m constipated and gassy (I’ve had a lot of dairy), I’m pretty much constantly bloated, I’m tired all the time – I wake up tired and I find it more difficult to fall asleep, I’m waking up much later, sugar cravings, mid-afternoon snack cravings, need caffeine for energy.

The good news is all is not lost. My knowledge on food, etc isn’t gone and I’m back on the struggle/journey. I’m trying to listen to my body again, and to eat just enough to get to the next meal. Sometimes this whole thing is so draining, honestly.

Still on the good news, today’s frittata was so delicious (beef, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, curry, thyme). I also worked out today and sorted out the drama with the trainer. I may not have written about that. Well it’s done anyway. AND I signed up at the gym at work. Eek!

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lay off the cashews

Day 20, June 20

Breakfast: Yesterday’s frittata

Lunch: Lots of cashews. I was running out of work to get my car fixed and didn’t have time for much else.

Dinner: Efo riro with boiled semi-ripe plantain

Impressions: I like the taste of the semi-ripe plantain. Firmer texture and just a little sweetness to it. I’ll need to put up a picture of the efo later. I don’t think I’ll be buying any cashews this weekend. I really need to lay off. Between yesterday and today, I had so many. In my mind I call it a “good fat”, but now it’s mostly a secret pleasure. I think I’m also done with frittatas.

blame it on the run

Day 19, June 19

Breakfast: Sausage and pepper frittata with spinach/kale/chard mix.

Lunch: Salad from cafeteria with lots of cashews. Too many cashews.

Dinner: Frittata from breakfast.

Impressions: I got up really early. Legs still hurt, so I decided to head to work early instead of going to the gym. It was still difficult to walk, but more from my calves and shin than from my feet. I stopped by the grocery store after work because I had nothing to eat at home. I had planned to make some efo riro but I needed some chicken gizzards. I ended up having another idea so I was there for a bit. When I got home, I realized that I didn’t have a key ingredient for the efo riro, so I put the meat on to cook, put a serving of the frittata in the oven, and cleaned my shrimp. I looked at the time (8:45), thought I had a few minutes to rest before everything was ready. Next thing I knew, I was waking up at it was 9:50. Meat was more than cooked, much-needed stock was all dried up, and it was starting to burn. Frittata was charred on top, but not inedible. I threw some shrimp into the pot with gizzards, hoping some of its juices will act as a “stock”, squaffed down the edible part of the frittata, then went back to bed. I still blame it on the run.

farm fresh and sugar free

Day 18, June 18

Breakfast: Veggie omelette and fruit bowl from cafeteria.

Lunch: Salad from cafeteria with grapes and bananas.

Dinner: Curry chicken and steamed cabbage from Whole Foods, plus cashews.

Impressions: Since I didn’t get any sleep last night, I was all sorts of tired all day. Thank goodness for iced tea. In addition to my feet, my calves and shins hurt, and walking was laborious, but I got through the day. From the farmers’ market at work, I got some fresh eggs, and after work I went to Whole Foods to see if I could find some sugar-free pork, and I did! It was the only one they had in the store, and it was some sort of chorizo sausage. Yay! I also got dinner from their hot bar. The lady who was serving the food was kind enough to read me the ingredients on their curry, so I knew it was sugar free and flour free.

My observations about farm fresh eggs vs store bought organic: a) the farm fresh eggs were all different shapes, colors and sizes (much like real people and real chickens); b) the farm fresh eggs were tougher to crack; and c) the farm fresh eggs had bigger, healthier looking yolks. With my newly acquired eggs and sausage, I made another frittata. The sausage made it taste like pizza. It was really good.

I massaged my feet again with the lacrosse ball. The swelling in the left foot had gone down, but the foot was still quite tense. The right foot was only marginally better, but I was able to sleep.

this stuff is crack!

Day 15, June 15

Congratulate me on sticking it out for 15 days. Halfway done! I’m reaching around and patting myself on the back.

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Breakfast: Frittata with beef, peppers, onions, mixed greens. How sumptuous does that look?

Lunch: Late lunch – snack plate of cauliflower fried rice.

Dinner: Large plate of cauliflower fried rice (guilt free!).

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Impressions: I was so worried about how my “fried rice” would turn out, but I, hater of cauliflower, made this deliciousness. I used my regular fried rice recipe, save for the Maggi (MSG) and Lion curry (rice flour), which aren’t Whole30 compliant. Without those ingredients, I was super nervous about how my meal would turn out, but This. Stuff. Is. Crack. I can’t walk by it without dipping a large tablespoon into the bowl and stuffing it in my mouth. For the shrimp, I used my go-to, totally compliant shrimp marinade. It’s really for a shrimp scampi, but I use it for everything. I believe in it about as much as I believe in true love. Veggies in it are cauliflower (duh!), green beans, carrots, green pepper and red pepper. The mixed veggies from the freezer aisle aren’t my thing, so everything is hand chopped.

But this isn’t a blog about food!!!!! I woke up quite sore, especially in my neck and lower back. I suppose it’s all that deadlifting. Otherwise, I went to bed late and stood for most of the day in the kitchen preparing my labour of love meals, so I’m exhausted. This part of the program is kinda boring. I’m in a groove with eating the right things, although the temptation is great; I feel good; I mostly have nothing to report. I told the guy at the gym I’d be in at 6am tomorrow. What was I thinking?! Monday isn’t the day for all that tomfoolery.

so this is my first blog…

…and it’s about me and the struggle joy learning experience of my first Whole30. I’m a neophyte to blogging so forgive my naiveté and general tenderfoot behavior.

First, the Whole30 is basically a diet to help you find what foods cause you trouble. For 30 days, you eliminate carbs, sugar, legumes, dairy and alcohol and you eat a lot of proteins, vegetables, healthy fats, and some fruit. After the 30 days you reintroduce the food groups, one at a time, into your diet, to determine how your body reacts. You can more read about it here.

Me, I’m mostly doing it to lose weight and cut out sugar. I’m female, 5’5″, 27, 210 pounds. My BMI, I think, is like 34. I’ve gained 20 lbs in the last year (left grad school and started a desk job), and I’d like to lose that, as a start. 20 pounds! Craziness.

Anyway that’s just information to get us started, since you don’t know me and I don’t know you 😉

Today is Day 8. I’ve begun my second week! The first week was crazy. I got my period on Day 1! Talk about a downer. My mood wasn’t more terrible than usual, but being hormonal and changing my diet in the same week caused me to be tired the entire week. Last Saturday, I did my groceries for the week.. For the sake of organization, I’ll use headings to highlight my meals.

Days 1 – 3

Breakfast (days 1 – 3): This delicious spinach beef frittata.

Breakfast (days 4and 5): I made some sort of a pottage with sweet potatoes, sardines, tomatoes and spinach, seasoned with garlic, ginger and salt. It was ok, but the recipe isn’t really worth it. I’ll only make it again if I’m starving and need to eat something without thinking very much.

Lunch: I relied on having the strength to make a salad for 4 days straight from the salad bar at work :/ I had to get pretty creative with the limited options, but it worked out! I also had some coconut meat for “dessert”.

Dinner: My own made-up recipe! I’m calling it Coconut Garlic Creamy Chicken Delight. I’ll put up a link up to a deconstructed recipe later. Paired it with different made up salads, the best of which were spinach/avocado/tomato and arugula/avocado/tomato/pecan, both with lemon/olive oil/balsamic dressing. (You’ll soon learn how much I love avocado!)

Impressions: I discovered along the way (on day 2 or so) that my go-to seasoned salt has sugar in it, so I have to cut it out for the rest of this journey.  At the end of Day 2, I started getting the headaches, and that lasted until the early part of day 4. This is normal according to the Whole30 Timeline. It literally felt like a hangover. I was immensely tired all week, and, especially in the afternoon, my head and eyes felt hazy. I snacked the first couple days, but after reading a couple support blogs and forums, I tested the theory of eating a heavier breakfast to avoid getting hungry later (hence the sweet potatoes). This seemed to work ok. I still get hungry around 4:30/5pm, but now I know that’s genuine hunger and not it-feels-like-it’s-time-to-eat “hunger”. I try to hold out until I get home around 7, or I have a few cashews and almonds.

Friday aka Day 6, June 6

Breakfast: 3 eggs fried in coconut oil, and Monkey Salad by Good Cheap Eats.

Snack: Coconut meat

Lunch: I got out early so I had lunch at home (leftover chicken and salad).

Dinner: Another created-by-me recipe! Stuffed peppers with lamb, eggplant, roasted grapes, and zucchini. I should probably post this recipe later too. I had 1 stuffed pepper and didn’t feel satisfied, so I ate a small chicken salad while I was out.

Impressions: My stuffed peppers were amazing! The textures didn’t come together exactly as I would have liked, but I tried out new things (eggplant, roasted grapes), and the flavors were amazing. If nothing else, I have good instincts for spices. toot toot! In other news, though, going out was hard. A friend and I went to a sports bar to watch the Mexico vs Portugal pre World Cup friendly. I ate my lame salad while I watched him eat delicious-looking wings. I drank a club soda with lemon and lime 😦

Day 7, June 7

Brunch: Stuffed pepper on a bed of arugula and 1 avocado

Dinner: Stuffed pepper on a bed of arugula, 1/2 avocado and a some pecans

Snack: 1 Anjou pear

Impressions: This was my first day working out since the start of this program. It was hard because I hadn’t worked out in 2 weeks, plus I don’t think I had as much energy to keep going as I’d usually have had. I took a nap, and when I woke up I had so much energy. I did some stuff around the house, and then planned my meals for the week, then went grocery shopping at about 8pm. I was happy to find a small bottle of clarified butter (aka ghee) (the only permitted dairy product) at Trader Joe’s. This means I don’t have to cook everything in coconut oil anymore, even though I didn’t mind it much. But I’m napptural. My coconut oil is precious! I also found some sugar free prosciutto. For all the Whole30/Paleo hype I read about Applegate Organics products, the bacon and things contained sugar, so I couldn’t buy them. I still had some energy when I got home around 10, so I swept my apartment, cleaned out the refrigerator a bit, and put my groceries away. I was ravenous after this, so I ate the pear.

This has been a long post. I’ll conclude by saying on Friday night, I dreamt of sweet rolls. They looked just like this.