BoCa Posted February 15, 2014 Share Posted February 15, 2014 This is Day 14. And, unfortunately, the last day for me. I knew it would be extra complicated to take on this challenge from India. Information is hard to come by, if we ask what's in something, we might get lied to, or they just won't know or understand the question, and I have to be out in the community, eating while there. We have no health food stores, no big US style supermarkets with selection (and clear information). We only have a small store on the American compound, about the size of a big gas station market, and the focus is on American junk food for those who miss it and want it, as well as American flour, pasta, cereals, and such. Mostly out of that store I can get olives, roasted red peppers, meat, and eggs. Vegetable shopping is a complicated affair and requires a lot of pre planning. Not worth explaining, but it adds time. And on top of that I'm here with my husband, our two kids, a dog, and a cat, and starting a new full time job this week after having been "at home" for about a year. So when I started, I had all the time in the world to take on the challenge, but now it's distinctly limited. So, I'm out. But I've learned valuable lessons. I will do this in America. I go home in the summer and I can do that then. In America there are different temptations. But at least I can source the full range of foods rather than the 40% of the basic list that I can get here. The final straw today was when I drove very far out of town, in horrible, horrible traffic, because my daughter was competing in a cross country meet. We had a great time at the meet, then she went back on the school bus and my husband and I went to a mall. Malls are generally safer, re food, and higher end. We aren't really mall rats, but you go to safe food, wherever that might be. We chose a South Indian restaurant. The menu was incredibly vague. I had no idea what I was ordering, but due to traffic and the longer than expected cross country meet, it had been a long time since I had eaten and I was starving. The bag of pistachios in the car wasn't doing it for me. So when the food finally came (verrrrrry slow to serve on top of it all), and I saw peas on the plate, I just ate them. Forget it. I needed food. They were completely mixed in and lots of them. No way I was picking out all of those peas. It should have been a good meal for the plan -- a coconut curry. But to be honest, it may have had soy sauce in it or fish sauce. I don't know. So, there it is. I call Uncle. But not forever. I'll be back. And meanwhile, I'll keep to some of the precepts of the Whole 30. I will continue for the 30 days to avoid all sugar, grains, dairy, rice, and potatoes. I can do that. But "avoiding sugar" is probably going to mean there's some sugar in the fish sauce, and "avoiding soy" isn't going to mean that I ask what's in stuff all the time to be sure it's not in there. I'll continue to have egg breakfasts rather than cereal. But, I must admit, that now that I'm off of the challenge, I am going to have a nice glass of wine tonight :-) So, hang in there all of you warriors for good health! Good luck and good food to you! It's a worthy challenge. And one I'll try again. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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