Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30


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Day 7, Tuesday January 12, 2021

M1: l/o shepherd's pie

M2: green beans and carrots, fried egg with steak bites from the freezer

3pm snack: banana, walnuts

M3: oven roasted vegetables including white and sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, onions and broccoli in olive oil and PK greek dressing; pork tenderloin medallions

I woke with a mild headache this morning, a daily occurrence over the past few days.  The first day it happened I thought that I was dehydrated.  Then when it happened again I was worried that maybe I caught the virus, but when I woke today with the same mild headache I realized that it's probably just the carb flu.  It only affects me for about a half hour after I wake up, and I feel relieved knowing that if it's the carb flu it will soon pass.  

Husband brought home a hot chocolate for me and box of donuts, because he knows I like them. I haven't broadcast that I'm on Whole30, it's just easier this way to prepare family meals without them thinking I've put the family on a diet.  I don't want to expend any more energy trying to explain W30 to anyone who doesn't care to learn.  I simply told him that I don't feel like having any today.  'Nuff said.

I loved everything I ate today and all week, and I love eating this way, simple veggie-centric home cooked meals.

Week 1, done.

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20 hours ago, ShadowInTheKitchen said:

I haven't broadcast that I'm on Whole30, 

Agreed - it can become such a big THING if you tell people - they tend to get anxious. Oh no! It's the weird complicated diet thing!!! 

20 hours ago, ShadowInTheKitchen said:

I loved everything I ate today and all week, and I love eating this way, simple veggie-centric home cooked meals.

Week 1, done.

Yay!

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Day 8, Wednesday January 13, 2021

M1: 1/2 portion of shepherd's pie, l/o veggies from last night's supper

11:30am snack: banana, walnuts

M2: romaine salad with 2 cups chopped lettuce and 2 cups of chopped grapes, avocado and chicken, tossed in Primal Kitchen Green Goddess dressing.  

Snack: dates and pecans

M3: stamppot including turnips, carrots, white potatoes and sweet potatoes topped with browned bratwurst finished in the oven

No headache this morning.  My sleep is still not great, I had insomnia last night but only for 1/2 hour.  I look forward to the restful sleep that comes with being on Whole30.

So much variety in my vegetables! I love it.

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Day 8, Wednesday January 13, 2021

M1: 1/2 portion of shepherd's pie, l/o veggies from last night's supper

11:30am snack: banana, walnuts

M2: romaine salad with 2 cups chopped lettuce and 2 cups of chopped grapes, avocado and chicken, tossed in Primal Kitchen Green Goddess dressing.  

Snack: dates and pecans

M3: stamppot including turnips, carrots, white potatoes and sweet potatoes topped with browned bratwurst finished in the oven

No headache this morning.  My sleep is still not great, I had insomnia last night but only for 1/2 hour.  I look forward to the restful sleep that comes with being on Whole30.

So much variety in my vegetables! I love it.

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Day 9, Thursday January 14, 2021

M1: pineapple & strawberries cup; sweet potato roasted in olive oil; kale; Mexican spiced pork bites; 1 xlg egg pan fried in ghee

M2: salad w/ 2 c. chopped romaine; 2 c. green grapes, avocado, chicken and walnuts, lemon juice & PK GG dressing

Snack: cashews and dates

Snack: walnuts and raisins

M3: l/o stamppot refried in ghee; green beans, roast beef

NSV: I woke up this morning feeling totally refreshed.  Slept 11:30 - 7:30 straight through, 8 hours of solid sleep.  This is just the beginning of improved sleep quality - yay! ...YAAAAY!

I took stock of my kitchen freezer again this morning and am feeling pleased with the change-over of foods this week, even if it was just a few things out (some f & v) and a few things in (hamburger soup).  The assorted shredded cheeses have been taken to the basement freezer because there is no sense in having them handy for at least the next three weeks while I finish this W30.

Today is the first day of a four week Provincially mandated "Stay At Home" order in what is the latest attempt to curb the rising cases of coVid.  Only essential outings are allowed, and visitors are not allowed into our homes.  I'm feeling hopeful that I can stick to this W30 especially now without the distractions that this order removes.

I continue to feel drawn to snack between meals.  I believe it's due to boredom, although sometimes I genuinely feel a bit hungry.  However, I will not allow myself to feel shame about this.  My snacks are healthy and that's a big win for me.  Losing the desire to snack will happen soon enough.  For now I'm keeping my focus on eating well.  

A snow storm is expected overnight Saturday to Sunday.  I need more fresh vegetables.  I know we can survive for a long time with all the food that is in this house, but too much of it is just not compliant.  I continue to struggle with meal planning and with buying too much food.  My anxiety ramps up when I think we'll run out of stuff.  When I go to the grocery store(s) tomorrow or Saturday morning, I will try my best to keep to the list.  This really is a challenge for me and I'm noting it here to try to get an understanding of this problem I have.

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Day 10, Friday January 15, 2021

M1: l/o stamppot; l/o bratwurst; 1 xlg egg fried in ghee, 1/2 c. raspberries

M2: tomato vegetable soup with hamburger bits

Snack: walnuts and raisins

Snack: pineapple spear as I was preparing dinner

M3: pasta primavera modified from this recipe https://www.food.com/recipe/angel-hair-primavera-206621 using a spaghetti squash bed and topped with carrots, broccoli, sweet peppers, julienne sun dried tomatoes, chicken, garlic, lemon zest and dried basil

My stomach was upset immediately after I finished my breakfast.  Perhaps the raspberries were just too much?  I think I need to curb the size of my breakfasts and stop thinking that I need fruit or berries with M1.

DD18 picked up the groceries for me, just a few things to ensure we get through the weekend and only what was on the list.  The snow storm is starting tonight, a day earlier than I thought.  I'm ready.  

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Day 11, Saturday January 16, 2021

M1: roasted sweet pepper, roast beef strips, fried egg, olive oil

M2: romaine salad with avocado, green grapes, chicken, PK gg dressing

5pm snack: cashews and dates 

M3: mashed skin-on potatoes, carrots, green beans, gehaktballen

My energy was low today, same as yesterday and I had insomnia last night.  Hoping for better sleep and increased energy soon.  

I made it through most of the afternoon without having to snack.  I did grab a snack at 5pm as I was wondering what I was going to cook for dinner.  I think that if I'd had a plan, it would have been easier for me to power through to 6pm dinner without snacking.

NSV: M1 and M3 were a bit smaller than what I was eating up to this point.  I hope I'm settling in to a better pattern.

Day 11, done.

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Day 12, Sunday January 17, 2021

M1: l/o spaghetti squash; kale; onion; l/o south-west pork; egg; salsa

M2: l/o potatoes & onions fried in ghee, green beans, 1/4 bratwurst, walnuts and raisins

M3: veggie confetti cauli-rice with sauteed chicken strips

M1 was uninteresting except that I felt pleased to be using up healthy leftovers rather than throwing them out.  I took solace in knowing that my next meal was not far off and would taste better.  I'm wondering how I ever came to think that every meal must be a gastronomical feast fit for royalty.  

My stomach was feeling uneasy at lunch so I had a small lunch which happened to also not taste great.  Maybe I have a stomach bug but I hope its just my gut flora adapting to the elimination of short chain carbs and the huge increase in vegetables.  I'll have soup for supper if this continues through the day.

My energy level is still not great but I did spend a few hours this morning cleaning around and under the fridge and stove and it feels much better to me now.  This continues my kitchen cleaning streak this week.

NSV: I slept 8 hours without insomnia. Unfortunately I didn't wake up feeling very rested.  

NSV: I didn't snack between meals today, I didn't even feel drawn to snacking.

NSV: I haven't had any major food cravings since I began this Whole30.  

Pasta sauce for dinner tomorrow night is prepared and I made a 4-portion shepherd's pie for myself to eat over the next four days (nobody else in my house eats it willingly).  I also have a serving of soup thawing in the fridge so I can rest easily knowing tomorrow's meals are already prepared.  Dinner is the only meal that I cook for my husband and grown daughter, they sort their own breakfast and lunch.  This is the time in my W30's that I usually struggle with food boredom, so having a plan will help get me through this.  

 

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