Sunday, July 30, 2017

Whole 30~ Day 6

Happy Sunday! It's been "unseasonably" hot here according to the weather people, and when they say that in Georgia in July, you know you're in trouble. Though today is much cooler, less humid, with a gentle breeze. It's beautiful, we even sat out on the front porch for a spell, which made a nice change from the artificially cooled air inside.

It's Day 6 of my Whole 30 and I'm feeling pretty good. The tiger blood hasn't kicked in yet, but the detox period, or "hangover" as they call it is over. It only lasted a day or so, it wasn't bad. I think because I had cleaned up my diet from a sugary junk standpoint quite a bit since joining Weight Watchers. Here's a neat infographic on what to expect on a Whole 30. 

I'm not tired, though. I fell asleep much later than usual and was up before it was even light out feeling energetic. I have noted decreased overall pain, and this makes me SO HAPPY. The best part is, I feel like my cravings are subsiding. Those sugar free Frankenfoods really mess with my palate!  I thought it would be tough sticking with my 30 daily and 42 weekly SmartPoints but I've been spot on most days and haven't needed to dip into my weeklies by much. 

What have I been eating? Pretty basic stuff, Cashewgurt with blueberries, leftover proteins from dinner, raw veggies and fruit, eggs, avocado, tuna stuffed into bell peppers (red and orange, never green.) I'm making a beautiful chicken curry tonight from Well Fed 2, and last week I made the most delicious fish dish sole meuniere, served with garlicky sauteed fresh spinach. It enjoyed every morsel.

Rob and I took Tally and hit the farmer's market yesterday and picked up a few things, then did a bulk shop at Costco. Oooof, it's scary in there on Saturday, but we got there at opening so it wasn't too bad. I'm making Italian marinated flank steak with fresh tomatoes and basil tomorrow,  spaghetti squash with meatballs and sauce on Tuesday. I have a few other nice dinners planned, I'll share them in another post. 

If you're considering doing a Whole 30, let me know, I'd love to hear about your experience. The Whole 30 website is a wealth of information and there are endless ideas on Pinterest. 

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

New Goodie~Forager Cashewgurt

Day 2 of my Whole 30 and it's going well. Here's I did a little video of a haul from Trader Joe's and Whole Foods with some Paleo/Whole 30 staples. Turn up the sound to hear my nasally voice.

My sister turned me on to Forager Cashewgurt, and I was able to find it at Whole Foods. Non-dairy yogurt can be tough to find, especially one with clean ingredients. The coconut stuff from So Delicious is pretty tasty but it's loaded with sugar and I was unable to find one without sugar. 

The cashewgurt fit the bill. Silly name, delicious taste. It's very tangy and you can really taste that mellow, sweet natural flavor of the cashew nut. It's creamy but it's not as thick as Greek style. But it definitely fit the bill because I like the convenience of yogurt and fruit as a snack or light breakfast, especially for work days. I also like that it's made without carrageenan, which is a no-no on Whole 30. Try it and let me know what you think!

I also found Forager Cashew milk at Sprouts Market yesterday, but I haven't opened it yet. I will let you know how it is when I try it.

I bought a beautiful T-bone steak to make tonight, I'll have mine with asparagus, and maybe a small sweet potato depending on my hunger level. One thing about Whole 30, you think you'll be hungry all the time, but you won't. Grains and sweeteners stimulate my appetite, so much so, that it's always a pleasant surprise to not be snacky between meals on this way of eating. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Whole 30

How has it been a whole month since I have posted? Time really gets away from me these days. We're in the dog days of summer here in GA. It's been hot, humid, and alternating between blazing sun and pouring rain. Thank goodness we get monthly mosquito treatments or it wouldn't be safe to leave the house. My knees are doing well, to my delight, and I don't want to jinx anything but my Achilles' may be feeling a bit better and I'm hoping to get back on the rower regularly again.

I've been carrying one well with WW. I hit my four month milestone with the program a couple of weeks ago. The meetings have been proven an invaluable source of support for me and I've made so many wonderful new friends. BUT...

Recently, I feel like I've started slipping into the bad habit of relying too much on sugar free, fat free Frankenfoods, and frankenly (snort) I don't like the way it makes me feel. So, I'm going to embark on a Whole 30, while following the framework of my Weight Watchers tracking. If you're a longtime reader of my blog, you know that I've done this a time or two before. It really strips back to basics the old eating habits and completely resets the palate. There isn't a whole lot of room to hide when you're partaking of protein, good fats, vegetables, and fruits only. I'm also hoping to kick out any remaining inflammation and hopefully wean myself off the meds.

I have plenty of Paleo cookbooks to keep it interesting and delicious at supper so Rob won't feel like I'm trying to starve him. My favorites are the Well Fed series by Melissa Joulwan.* I cook from them all the time because Melissa's flavor profiles are amazing. Her Bahn Mi meatballs are out of bounds delicious! Other resources I have on hand are Practical Paleo, by Diane Sanfillipo, Against all Grain, by Danielle Walker, and Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam. All of these are solid, and the authors have blogs with tons of recipes and information available for free, but I have a thing for cookbooks and can't resist them. 

I'm not going to do a daily chronicle here, but I will be checking in periodically with how I've been feeling, what I've been eating, and how I'm making it work with WW. I'm starting on Tuesday. If you have any questions, as always, comment below and I will do my best to answer them.

Happy Sunday, and have a wonderful week!

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