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My whole30 French style -- turning into whole 60


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Took early retirement in France, and after indulging too much in their wonderful bread, croissant and pastries, realized I am not my old self anymore. So here I am, wrapping up week 2, adapted my cooking to this whole30, and feel more than satisfied eating meals without the customary bread, pasta, rice or other grain. I am lucky enough to have a local farmers market open three times a week, and I was even more fortunate to find yams at one of their stands. I never even looked at the organic options here in France before, and I must say, you don't need to go far to find whatever you need to make these healthy lifestyle changes.

Day 12

Meal 1: scrambled eggs, sautéed kohlrabi (aka German turnip) in coconut oil , and some leftover guacamole

Meal 2: hare with veggie stew. Marinated it in brine overnight, and most certainly missed my cream sauce

Meal 3: salad plate with raw beets, cauliflower hummus, compliant smoked salmon, some green pepper, and an egg. Salad dressing was a vinaigrette with olive oil, mixed up with an up avocado.

Feeling better, having reduced the portions. No gagging when I ate my proteins today. But still can't fall asleep well, or get a full night of sleep.

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Day 13

Went to bed at 9.30 pm last night. Mind you it's daytime until about 10.30 this time of the year. It took me hours to fall asleep, and woke up at 9.30, refreshed.

Meal 1: eggs with sautéed spinach in coconut oil.

Meal 2: prepared an awsome bolognaise with ground turkey breast, onion, some green pepper and fresh diced tomatoes. Served them on my favorite FLAT NOODLES (used the veggie peeler to slice my peeled green squash), and sautéed them briefly in some neutral coconut oil.

Meal 3: salad platter consisting of stuffed tomato with tuna and capers (dressing was made of EVOO, vinegar, Dijon mustard, whisked until emulsified), fresh spinach tossed with some EVOO and vinegar + raw beets for color, and crushed cashew nuts for crunchiness.

Feeling good, and will try some meditation tonight to fall asleep faster!...

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Day 14

Made some cashew milk for my significant other, it actually was very simple. Put a handful of cashews in the blender, and turned it into flower. Added a cup of filtered water, blended some more, and strained it through an old linen handkerchief. Kept what was left on the hankie for a crispy toping for something...Yum!

Meal 1: Swiss chards, crished cashews (left over from milk), some bolo, and salmon. With that I had my plain organic fruit tea. Coconut oil was my choice of fat.

Meal 2: steak, with a few slices of yams, and green beens, sautéed in coconut oil.

Meal 3: salad platter consisting of tossed spinach in a vinaigrette with half an avocado, 2 eggs, some salmon, sauerkraut, cherry tomatoes, kohlrabi, and a peach. I noticed how much more raw stuff needs to be put on a plate to be satisfied.

Went to bed much earlier, was so tired after my stripping of wallpaper afternoon! It was a real workout, considering the room was hot (no a/c here). I concentrated in using my core muscles, so my back would not hurt like the day before. Worked like a charm. This morning I can feel my biceps from scraping, and thighs, because I did squats while removing the paper from the bottom part of the wall!

I also added more salt to my meals today, I read somewhere not enough salt could affect my sleep! So it was somewhat faster to fall asleep, bit not like pre whole30, when I just had to put my head on the pillow and I was gone!post-47350-0-44343000-1404371710_thumb.j

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Day 15 -- they say I am halfway there, what they don't know, I wanna keep it going...

Meal 1: eggs, leftover Swiss chards, and some yams.

Meal 2: sautéed green beens, yams, and a huge slice of leg of lamb, with a side salad.

Meal 3: calf liver, salad, and 1/4 of melon.

The choice of fat today was coconut and avocado oil for cooking, and EVOO for the salads.

Went to bed around 9:30 pm to do my meditation, and fell asleep pretty fast. Looks like more salt in my diet was the trick! I am thinking of extending this whole 30 since I feel I am a little slower to get thru this whole good sleeping routine.

Found whole30 approved smoked bacon and prosciutto!!!! Threw packages into the freezer, so significant other does not think it's his! We are having a houseguest coming, who expects the usual meals... We now have things in the house which are off limits in a clear plastic box, with a red cover on it. Red like stop sign red! I will not even touch this stuff.....post-47350-0-72133400-1404415998_thumb.j

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Day 16

I woke up at 6 full of energy, yelling happy 4th of July as if it were a birthday, and before I knew what I was doing, Taps-The Bugler's Cry was resonating out of my mouth, trumpet style. My significant other uttered "what's wrong with you?" I answered "it's called tiger blood honey, tiger blood!"

Rushed up to prepare my breakfast, I had this feeling in my tummy, could that be hunger? I guess... Got also started on my ratatouille, which I was planning on serving for meal 2.

Meal 1: 2 eggs, prosciutto, julienne sweet potato, and sautéed yellow pepper with onions. Had my first coffee since I got on whole30, with cashew milk. I did not want to use coffee before I experienced the tiger blood!

Meal 2: ratatouille, steak, tossed salad, and a nectarine.

Meal 3: more steak cut into strips, tomato salad, and two artichoke buttoms filled with avocado, and a nectarine.

Today was an absolute fantastic day! No joint pain, which usually comes with rainy weather. And I felt like i have not felt in 25 years. Wootwoot!

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Day 17

Having a house guest is challenging... Had to get baguettes, pâté, and all kinds of non whole30 compliant stuff into the house. But I made it, just looking at the bread made me a little sad, so I put my nose on it, inhaled the wonderful smell, and got on with my day!

It's raining cats and dogs, it's rather cool for the season, yet I feel great. This kind of weather used to plague me before, joint pains, back pain, I would also be able to tell when it was going to rain, based on my body aching a certain way.

Today was also my first day eating out. We picked a Portuguese restaurant, grilled meat, green beens, and salad were my choices. They only use olive oil, so except for a few corn kernels that landed in my salad, which I set aside, they did great.

Did not sleep thru the night. Bedtime was 9.30pm and woke up around 3, unable to fall back asleep until about 5. Woke up at 9.30.

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Day 18

The highlight of the day was my trip to the farmers' market, making my first batch of ghee, and a small jar of pesto. It was raining and cold.

Guest will be leaving on day 19. Despite of the many non whole30 compliant food around, I did great. I did not even feel tempted by any of their food. Interesting...

Meal 1: eggs, prosciutto, and sautéed spinach in avocado oil.

Meal 2: leftover ratatouille, skirt steak, tossed salad, and a slice of fresh pineapple. EVOO was my choice of fat.

Meal 3: half a steamed artichoke, steamed green beens with ghee, and sautéed turkey breast chunks with a side of salad with a slice of pineapple.

I feel great. I used to be plagued by joint aches with this kind of weather, but today, nothing.

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Day 19

Meal 1: fried eggs and sautéed green asparagus

Meal 2: skirt steak, sautéed spinach and cherry tomatoes. Finished with a slice of fresh pineapple.

Meal 3: stuffed cabbage with sautéed asparagus, and half a mango.

Had a so-so day. Had to get up at the crack of dawn to drive our guest to the airport, only to get stuck in Paris rush hour traffic combined with first day of vacation departures!

Note to self: eat more breakfast when you hit the road because you never know when you get to have your next meal! Should have taken boiled eggs with me...

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Day 20

Meal 1: scrambled eggs with ghee, sautéed snap peas, and sweet potatoes.

Meal 2: cauliflower rice, turkey breast curry with coconut milk and julienned sweet potatoes.

Meal 3: tossed salad, with asparagus, boiled egg, prosciutto, cucumbers, and radishes.

I got the portions down now. Will extend my whole30 by 10 days so I get to give more time to my guts to heal. Feeling great.

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Day 21

Meal 1: snowpeas, cherry tomatoes, and leftover turkey curry

Meal 2: pork roast, sweet potato mash, and a green salad. Half a mango

Meal 3: omelette with chanterelles, and a tossed salad. One peach

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Day 22

Meal 1: one boiled egg with home made mayo, smoked salmon, Parma ham and sautéed zucchini in coconut oil

Meal 2: sea bass with broccoli, two small peaches

Meal 3: veggie soup with chicken thigh, one egg, half a papaya

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Day 23

Meal 1: one fried egg, salmon, and sautéed snap peas in coconut oil

Meal 2: sweet potato mash, turkey breast cutlet with capers, and sautéed red and green peppers, with onions

Meal 3: salad platter consisting of rugula mix, cucumbers, celery, tomato, raw red beets, an egg with home made mayo, and two slices of Parma ham

Tiger blood woot woot!

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Day 24

Meal 1: eggs, some slices of yams, and sautéed snowpeas in coconut oil

Meal 2: salad, one avocado, veal cutlet, and sautéed cherry tomatoes, 1.5 small peaches

Meal 3: two chicken thighs, mushroom and tomato stew.

Today was temptation day, and I am so proud I did not give in to me ordering a beer, or eating some of those French fries that were looking at me when I accompanied the neighbor's kids to McDonalds this evening. I kept on repeating don't blow it, remember you are on day 24... Day 24, day 24...

Still feeling great. I see myself adjusting the portions to a little less, because I am learning to stop eating when I feel full. I thought that I had to finish my plate, filled to the rim with veggies, because it corresponded to the template. But more important was to be reminded that the whole30 is also about learning to stop eating when I am full, specially at night.

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Day 25

Meal 1: one egg, smoked salmon, and sautéed yellow pepper with onions

Meal 2: ground beef pattie, geen salad, home made mayo and cherry tomatoes

Meal 3: bolognaise, with zoodles

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Shopping and chopping day. Got some fresh mini white asparagus, and mini cucumbers. Looking forward trying something new.

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Day 26

Meal 1: bolognaise with steamed brocoli, olives and radishes

Meal 2: oxtail stew, carrots, white asparagus and green beens

Meal 3: same as meal 2

Not sure why, I am having a set back in terms of how I feel. Not able to sleep well either. I already know I will extend my whole30. My guts are not healed yet.

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Day 27

Meal 1: bolognaise with steamed brocoli, olives and radishes

Meal 2: oxtail stew, carrots, white asparagus and green beens

Meal 3: same as meal 2

Not sure why, I am having a set back in terms of how I feel. Not able to sleep well either. I already know I will extend my whole30. My guts are not healed yet.

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Day 28

Meal 1: eggs and broccoli

Meal 2: big salad, can of tuna, half avocado, and a peach

Meal 3: big salad, slice of leg of lamb, half an avocado, mini cucumber, and a handful strawberries

Did not sleep well again last night. Went into town and took nieghbor's kids to aquarium. Walked a lot... Exhausted and being positive that I will sleep like a baby.

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Day 29

Meal 1: eggs, broccoli, mini cucumbers with home-made pesto, nectarine

Meal 2: stuffed tomatoes with ground pork and veal, zucchini, sweet potatoes, 1/2 mango

Meal 3: stuffed cabbage, salad, strawberries

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Early bedtime. Woke up around 2:30 unable to fall back asleep

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Day 30 and going on

Meal 1: 2 eggs, avocado, sweet potato, mayo and salad

6.5 k power walk with dog half uphill

Meal 2: crackling chicken, tomato salad, peach

Meal 3: left over chicken, salad, egg, quarter Mellon

30 days ago I could not have done today's walk. Too much pain in my joints and back... Thank you whole 30 for that, and for the boost of energy.

Just started to take enzymes and magnesium, so hopefully all symptoms will vanish while I continue what I have been doing for 30 days...

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