Final weekend on our initial Whole30 program is complete. I found today especially challenging. Odd isn’t it. Whole30 Day28, two more days to go and I’m wanting popcorn!
Just one of those days!
During this past month work and life has provided enough opportunities for me to throw in the towel and revert back to stress eating. I resisted, more so that Shawn wouldn’t laugh or be at Day30 ahead of me.
But today was different. Whole30 Day28 found me sitting impatiently through 2 of my online courses. They were long, at times tedious or outright boring. Once we get into new material I think it will be better, but today was review. 5 hours of review – I’m mentally tired. All I could think of was, if I could have some pretzels, crackers or popcorn this class would be going faster. Odd how our brains work.
In preparing for life after our Whole30 challenge, I’ve been reading and researching how we should reintroduce foods. One suggestion is dairy, then grains and then legumes. We’re missing bread so mixing it up a bit and adding bread first. Pumpkin muffins – if they don’t contain sugar. Otherwise we have a backup bread recipe.
Whole30 Day28 and Shawn’s had significant improvement with inflammation in his joints. I’ve noticed that my ligaments that have ached since my injury last year aren’t near as painful. So, what has been causing our inflammation?
Hmm. to unravel the mystery I picked up It Starts With Food while at the library. There’s lots of items listed that impact inflammation in the body. Shawn’s at work so I haven’t mentioned many of his favorite items are on the list. It’ll be interesting to see starting Wednesday what our bodies react negatively to.
On a side note, for anyone starting here’s the Whole30 Meal plate which shows quickly how to portion meals. Not sure how I missed this when we started, it’s a great visual.
Whole30 Home Stretch Last Weekend
Here we are in the Whole30 Home Stretch Last Weekend! Counting down to day 30. Woot! Day 26 and 27 have been good days. Teri and I ate out today (day 27) We stopped at Saltgrass Steak House. She had the sirloin and I had the steak kabob with grilled veggies. The waitress was really helpful and took the bread away and made helpful menu suggestions when we told her about being on the Whole30 diet.
I went to the dojo to teach and then for the adult class. A great workout was had by all. Then we took a trip to shop for kitchen gadgets, tools, etc. It was a most fruitful expedition. We found a really nice spatula, a microwave popcorn maker and nice ramekins to make custard and crème brûlée.
Whole30 Home Stretch Last Weekend Chow List
This week it’s more chicken and meatloaf. No bread crumbs for the meatloaf, so I tried a bit of almond flour. Stay tuned.
More stir fry using the coconut aminos instead of soy sauce and sneaking a little fresh ginger into the mix. Teri doesn’t like the ginger. It’s a bit spicy for her. I need to find a way to get the flavor and health benefits in without the bite that the fresh ginger has. Any thoughts?
We are lining up a Paleo bread recipe for Wednesday. This way we get bread, but don’t have to jump straight back into gluten. Somehow a pumpkin muffin recipe showed up in email box. Hmmmm. Guess I’ll need to back those as well.
We will probably drop off the grid for Thanksgiving, but we will continue to report back periodically (ok probably randomly 🙂
Only three more days! We are feeling great and think we want to keep our improved eating habits. We will still eat some of the Whole30 banned items, just a lot less of them.
What? No junk food?
Our last weekend on officially on the Whole30 program. Rather funny how nervous we were that first weekend. Could we stay compliant? Would snacking get the better of us? Those and numerous other questions were just a result of worry and anxiety.
Weekends are just like any other day. Plan, prepare and follow the plan. We’ve even managed to successfully eat out a few times. We don’t eat out nearly as much as we used to, but we are definitely eating healthier.
Whole30 Day27 finds us eating typically 3 meals a day. Snacking has become infrequent and evening snacking is taboo. Not that we haven’t thought about it. Breakfast today entailed leftover to make room for this weeks recipes. I had chicken with a potato and Shawn had eggs with orange peppers, onion and sausage.
Whole30 Day 27 is our last weekend on program we stopped by a local kitchen store. A few cute porcelain ramekins, some spices, and a few gluten free mixes. At Whole Foods we picked up Coconut Aminos and a pumpkin gluten free muffin mix. This week’s recipes include chicken, meatloaf and Whole30 bacon. Yes, we splurged and picked up some Whole30 bacon at Whole Foods. The Butcher pointed it out to us and said they have trouble keeping it in stock.
Our next adventure is not food related, but instead financial. Now that we have a good start on eating healthy and eating well it’s time to focus on another area of our lives. Over lunch we drafted up a plan and started mapping out steps to make the plan a reality. Whole30 Day27 and we’re both feeling like we could tackle the world. Great feeling.
We can’t say enough about The Whole30 program. Granted, it was tough at the start but after that first week it’s been fine. Getting off our sugar addiction was actually easier then either of us had imagined.
No going back now…
Whole30 Day27 and just 3 more days to go. Thinking this is will be more of an ongoing lifestyle change. We need it to be!
Not that I’m counting, but 4 more days!
Go for It! from PeacefulMindPeacefullife
Today wraps up a hectic and exhausting week at work. I’m glad next week is a 3 day week. We still haven’t decided what we should plan for Thanksgiving. We know the 30 day challenge is over but don’t want to lose our momentum. The Holiday Recipe Exchange has numerous Whole30 compliant options.
Interesting that preparations for week one seemed difficult. In honesty, it hasn’t changed, but I think our mindset has changed. We no longer view food preparation as a chore that has to be done. Instead, we view it as an opportunity to try new cooking techniques, new recipes, new ingredients while spending time together.
Whole30 Day26 finds us spending more time together. Sharing our evening meal together enables us to catch up with each other. We get to pause and reflect on the day and what is coming up the rest of the week. Somehow the rat race doesn’t seem so hectic.
So, what’s in store for this weekend? Shawn’s on call for work, so that will throw a new wrinkle into our routine. Calls typically aren’t during daylight hours. Why is it that work issues tend to occur in the early hours of the morning. I know Shawn is so missing having cream in his coffee.
Instead of running around to several different stores we signed up for Amazon Prime earlier this week. Our first pantry order is scheduled to arrive tomorrow. You would think we were getting a new puppy – Shawn really is 12. It’s fun to see him excited over the simple things in life. We just ordered some staple items that we found cheaper on Amazon than some of the specialty stores we’ve been shopping at.
Still no “Tiger Blood” as mentioned in The Whole30 timeline, but I am feeling better. Not so tired as when we started and not nearly as hungry. Shockingly, I’m not craving my Pepsi although it was a good thing the M&M’s in the machine had peanuts. It was definitely a chocolate kind of day. But, I made it through.
Have a great weekend!