• Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About Eyechip

  • Rank

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Washington DC

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. Eyechip

    The Three Weaknesses I Worry About...

    Day Five....Uh oh, I got a cold. To make it worse I am now traveling as a last minute meeting came up in New York. But not giving in. Headed out now for my first full on dining Whole30...it's a steakhouse at least. Pretty sure the server will hate me in the end. Between sneezing and informing him of my "allergies" to just about everything they use it should be interesting! Maybe I can say, "See my sneezing? The last place didn't listen!
  2. Eyechip

    The Three Weaknesses I Worry About...

    Day Four....Hanging in! I am tired of tea and water though. So I found a new pleasure. Coffee at night! Have been rushed today as was so busy at work - so both lunch and dinner were compliant carryout. Chopts (again!) and Sashimi for dinner. Not a big fan of Coconut Amino as a substitute for Soy sauce but, I need to keep trying to get used to it. Today's meetings were all about business contingencies in case of a severe outbreak of Coronavirus in the U.S. All I could think of is, "I need to stock up on bacon and eggs!" I slept last night for 10 hours. Can't recall when I ever did that over the past years. I mean, the horror, I fell asleep at 9:30 catching up on the last Bill Maher. I am sure he'll understand though.
  3. Eyechip

    The Three Weaknesses I Worry About...

    Day Three... Holy freight train in my head! The Whole30 Timeline is no joke. Woke up feeling like I went to a bachelor party in Vegas. I actually opened my eyes to look around and see if I really WAS in Vegas and if there were strewn tequilla bottles lying around with strangers asleep on the sofa. Phew, I was ok. Glad I read the timeline and know what this is. I made breakfast and am out the door though. It's doable. I got this.
  4. Eyechip

    The Three Weaknesses I Worry About...

    Day Two Thoughts I survived last night without an evening cocktail. I can't even remember the last time I came home in the evening and did not sit down to a drink. Typing here now at 6:30PM on Day Two, normal cocktail time, and instead drinking a hot green tea. Last night It was, hmm, how do I say, "slightly uncomfortable." Not difficult. Nor tempting. Just a tad odd feeling. I had my dinner (it was meh...need to practice more!) and after went to see 1917 to distract myself. Came back at 10PM and was perfectly fine by then. So the "craving" was primarily time constrained to when I normally would have a drink...somewhere in the 6PM-9PM range. This tells me that for the "routine" drinker it is about habit, time, and place more than anything else. I was expecting a bit more of a physical pang - but it was not at all there. Tonight, sitting here now, it's even easier...the formed mental habit is dissipating already. I am sure there will be new challenges like when I start to travel again. But I feel surprisingly at peace and will keep reminding myself of the rewards my mind/body will thank me for later. And, made breakfast yet again! I am a kitchen machine now. Ok, not quite, but trying! Chipotle Whole30 bowl for lunch (Chopts Whole30 salad is much better imho). Went to the gym and worked out longer than usual as I did not have the lure of the evening cocktail waiting for me at home. You might say that's a NSV! Now to make my salmon, veggies, and sweet potato....tutorials at the ready!
  5. Eyechip

    The Three Weaknesses I Worry About...

    Great suggestion, beachbaby! I am so focused on the food that I forgot there are suggestions for "mocktails."
  6. Eyechip

    The Three Weaknesses I Worry About...

    Thanks, BabyBear and Sugarcube! About to head to bed and fully survived my first day. Good news is that I didn't burn the building down cooking! The food part was easy and I am not (at this point) missing anything. I do miss my evening martini though. I made it through by reminding myself that to be healthier one must be comfortable missing something. Eventually learning that you really don't miss it at all. Oh, and my lunch was the highlight after my breakfast adventure. I never ate at Chopt before and their Whole30 compliant salad was the bomb. I highly recommend!
  7. Eyechip

    The Three Weaknesses I Worry About...

    Day One! Yesterday I did my Whole Foods shopping and discovered the other parts of the store that do not involve prepared or frozen items. There's a whole different world of items out there! I did not even know what Coconut Aminos were until yesterday, or where to find them, but I did. I never imagined two hours in a grocery store and I must have looked clueless staring up at the shelves of Ghee. And It felt so odd not being in the express lane at checkout. I threw out all wine and liquor in the house last night. Bye Martini for a month! My new martini is La Croix water with lime. I will pour it into a martini glass and pretend. Already planning on a movie tonight to get out of my flat and somewhere that I can distract myself alone. My first NSV was this: I made breakfast! My local Starbucks called to make sure I was ok. Not really, but... I actually made scrambled eggs (yes, I watched tutorials) with avocado and sugar free bacon. It was surprisingly easy. I know, I know, you are thinking, "how can a grown man not know how to scramble eggs?" Well, I have never cooked in my life anything that did not involve a microwave. I am the consummate bachelor who never evolved in that regard. I once even warmed up one of those plastic bear containers of honey in the microwave thinking that you could (bad mistake). I can though navigate any menu in 14 different languages! I also dusted off my never used Keurig and made my own coffee so as to avoid Starbucks Almond Milk with sugar. I figure in the end I saved around $6 off my usual Starbucks spending. Breakfast went really well. I have lunch planned at the new Chopts that opened up nearby. And am going to figure out how to make a steak, veggies, and potato tonight. More tutorials! Next week my real test will happen as I get back in to travel mode. So this week is about learning to function at home as I prepare my strategy for airports and late night landings. My 36 Elements freeze dried dinners arrive today!
  8. Eyechip

    The Three Weaknesses I Worry About...

    @Amy Ok, you are longer! Phew. Thanks for this. Yes, you have given me some great ideas. The travel thing is still daunting but I think I have it down in planning to making it work. I am not as worried about it, really. I have lived off freeze dried bagged food for days on my other endeavors so I will be fine. Breakfast, yeah, I realized today that there are a few compliant microwave sausages so I am good to go on the days I can't feast on eggs etc. As far as my evening martini ritual it is a good suggestion and you picked up quickly on my habit of place and time. Thanks so much for such a helpful response.
  9. On Monday I will begin my first Whole 30. This week is all about shopping, reading, and building a strategy. I am imagining myself to be labeled by others here though as “the most likely to fail.” Why? Even though I am very active at 56 and have been for years (I whitewater kayak, Kiteboard, workout regularly, and try to eat relatively well) there is no doubt that my lifestyle is one that gives an extra bit of challenge to this “restart.” 1. First of all, I have to travel 250+ days a year. There is no escaping it. Both domestic and International. While I can probably navigate this well at restaurants, it’s the in-between awkward times that I am still trying to imagine. Overseas flights of 10 hours. Domestic flights with fast connections and landing in Dubuque at 10PM, etc etc. These will be the most difficult examples. I have ordered two dozen of the freeze-dried dinner packs and am hoping these will serve as a stop gap at awkward times. I would love any other suggestions/hacks for those that travel a great deal for work. 2. I don’t cook. At all. Ever. My current plan is when I am home to order take out at Zoe’s which is close by and has Whole30 options. Or eating out like when I travel….finding steaks etc. Or chipotle. Or sashimi at my local Japanese. My normal routine is Whole Foods prepared foods, but they are hardly compliant…even the basic chicken breasts. Breakfast is a real challenge. Starbucks is my go-to each day while at home (this is less a problem at hotels as I can just order eggs). So, I need some quick ideas for breakfast especially that do not involve anything more than a fast microwave heating and run. 3. Alcohol is very much a part of my evening routine. In that sense I will go ahead and say I probably have a dependency problem. First, I do not drink ever during the day. That’s not an issue and I hate how it makes me feel during the day. But I have a routine at night, every night, that is as my relaxant after a stressful day. Martini pre-dinner. Glass of wine or beer with dinner. Post dinner second martini. It’s clockwork for me and has been for years. While the process of removing alcohol is easy in concept (just don’t drink it) it’s the one thing I feel I am going to struggle with the most. Both out of sheer habit and from the perspective of mildly self-medicating to get me to relax at night. Let me finish by saying, no…I never drink to get drunk, or EVER binge drink. I am very disciplined in that sense. But it is a routine. Any others out there like me that were similar and succeeded? What did you do? How did you manage it? Sorry this is so long!