Brandon Antoinette Posted February 18, 2014 Share Posted February 18, 2014 Hey everyone! I'm back for another exciting and challenged filled week of my Whole 30! I am pleased to report that despite several potential pitfalls, I have successfully navigated Days 8 and 9! There were two events over those days that I had identified as possibly hazardous. The first event was a visit from the parentals. My family mostly lives in rural North Georgia. They are far enough away that they can't drop in unannounced once a week (as much of my family is wont to do,) but close enough that with adequate planning they can come and visit several times a year, thus keeping them from complaining to me that I live too far away. (This is one of the many reasons I chose to live in Atlanta in the first place.) So my mom and dad came for a visit on Sunday. Now, my mom is usually fairly supportive of any attempt that I make to improve my dietary health. My dad generally scoffs at the suggestion of me trying to remove things like sugary snacks and cheeseburgers from my diet, saying that he thinks I'm skinny enough as it is. The way I navigated the whole situation was to offer to make dinner for them. I made a recipe adaptation that I had used successfully last week, â€œThe Best [Roast] Chicken You Will Ever Eatâ€ from Well Fed. I didn't tell them I was doing the Whole 30 until after dinner. They loved the chicken and the veggies I served with it, and my dad particularly was surprised to find out that the meal he had just ravenously consumed was in fact compliant with a dietary alteration that he would have considered extreme. My mom--always the worrier--has decided to research Paleo herself, and perhaps try out the diet--and definitely the chicken recipe. (She says she isn't sure that she could give up cheese.) Her main concern is that the amount of fat in the diet might exacerbate heart problems which run in our family, but she was very enthusiastic about the idea of me eating six servings of vegetables a day and cutting out sugar and sugar substitutes. (She has been after me for the past two years to give up my beloved Diet Doctor Pepper and, if I must, resume drinking the regular soda, as she is convinced the sugar substitute will cause me to develop cancer.) At any rate, stressful parent visit successfully navigated. The second event took place yesterday, my Day 9. I had an outpatient procedure scheduled, and I knew that afterwards I would not be feeling like preparing compliant food and would be heavily tempted by the lure of my favorite Chinese restaurant in Atlanta that will, as it happens, deliver some of my favorite foods hot and ready-to-eat right to my apartment door at just about any time of the day. With a little pre-planing and pre-cooking, however, I managed to escape the enticements offered by the best crab rangoons ever and sailed right through Day 9. Today, I'm experiencing some major brain fog issues. For example, it has taken me nearly an hour to finish this post (a task that I could usually bat out in fifteen minutes or less,) and in the previous paragraph I had to stop for a good two minutes, searching for the word â€œcompliant,â€ which I knew was just on the tip of my tongue but kept coming out as â€œreliant,â€ or â€œcomplacent,â€ or any number of variants on a completely incorrect word choice. Also, after a quick pre-post proof reading, I found two errors in subject-verb agreement that would cause any Grammar teacher worth his salt to scrawl the biggest red â€œFâ€ at the top of this post that you have ever seen. I'm hoping that the brain fog is just the residual effects of the anesthesia from yesterday, and that I'll be feeling much better by tomorrow. Until then, never fear. Jae and I still have a day's worth of leftovers. Maybe I'll take a nap. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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