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Whole30 Home Stretch Last Weekend

Whole30 Home Stretch Last Weekend Day 26-27

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.

Your thoughts?

Whole30 Countdown Continues

Whole30 Countdown Continues Day 24

Whole30 Countdown Continues

As we enter the last week, the Whole30 countdown continues. My thoughts are in this post, while you can find my lovely wife Teri’s thoughts over here. It’s Wednesday and I am ready to start adding bread back into our diet next week.

It’s been a long day so this will be brief. Had the usual eggs and sausage for breakfast followed by stir fry and applesauce for lunch. Dinner we picked up on the run at Texadelphia. Teri had the grilled chicken and I had a turkey and avocado salad with no dress. It was surprisingly good.

Traffic around Dallas reminds us almost daily of why we do not want to retire in the Metroplex. Even the toll express lanes were slow today. We finally made it back home and are headed for bed.

Another day awaits as the Whole30 Countdown Continues

I am looking forward each day as it dawns. Bringing us closer to a less restrictive diet. I really want to find out if it’s the sugar, dairy, gluten, grains, legumes or a combination that has been causing my joint inflammation. The complete process should take about a month as we slowly add things back into our diet.

As a good friend of mine used to say, “Film at 11.”

Until then, feel free to express your thoughts below.

Whole30 Last Week

Whole30 Last Week-Day 22-23

Whole30 Last Week

We made it to Whole30 Last Week! Only 7 more days! More of the same. Get up, walk, eat well, go to work, avoid the well-meaning coworker’s carb and sugar bombs, eat our pre-made lunch, go home, eat a Whole30 dinner, take care of the evening activities, hit the hay and do it all over again.

Whole30 Last Week Yucky Foods...Okay, maybe it just seems that boring to you, but I love all the recipe searching, shopping for new ingredients and trying them. My lovely wife, Teri, has eaten some things that she never would have eaten when we first met. I’m not sure she knew that there were vegetables that grow above the ground. She is mostly a meat and potatoes girl. I have definitely expanded her eating horizons. She’s not as picky as she thinks she is.

Interesting recipes ahead. Only time will tell if they are destined to be added to our permanent food list.

Whole30 Last Week What’s Next?

Starting next Wednesday, bread, soft, warm, fresh out of the oven bread, is back on the menu! We are so hoping that gluten is not one of the things causing inflammation. If it is, we are prepared with some low-gluten and gluten-free bread recipes. I may try them anyway, just to see how they taste.

After a week of bread, I plan to add dairy back into my diet. I do miss cream in my coffee. Next I suppose rice and other grains followed by legumes and lastly sugar. I plan to not use refined sugar, but instead go with honey where it makes sense and possibly Stevia or some other natural substitutes.

If anyone is interested in the recipes we used, let me know and I will gladly compile them into a PDF or least a series of food articles. Just let me know your thoughts, you’ve seen a few of mine. Have a great rest of your week.

Whole30 Keep Going Day 17-21 and Marriage

Whole30 Keep Going

Yes, I’m behind. Some of it’s due to work. A bit is due to cooking and this weekend I spent an amazing time with lovely bride at a FamilyLife Marriage conference. More on the conference later. I just need Whole30 Keep Going!

Whole30 Keeping GoingSo far it’s been a great journey. No crazy cravings, only one or two interesting dreams about food (of course the stuff we can’t eat.) The more we learn about the Whole30 diet, the more I think some of the foods are definitely contributing to my joint inflammation. My fingers especially have been so much better, even in the morning.

It’s really interesting that what can cause joint inflammation. Dairy, especially cheese, peanuts and gluten. So no more cheese and peanut butter sandwiches. No I really haven’t made one of those. I’m really looking forward to day 31 when we can add things back to our diet. Teri and I have already discussed it and we want to do the slow approach. This will allow us to add one or maybe two things into to our diet, every 5 days. The purpose is to find things that we are personally not able to process well. We both have eaten all the Whole30 “banned” items most of our lives.

Whole30 keep going to find out what it’s doing.

Interesting times lay ahead. Even if we are allergic to some of the items, we may still consume them, but with significant moderation. I wish my mom or my grandparents had known about things like this. There last years might have been less painful.

We stopped at the library and found a Whole30 cookbook as well as one of the older versions of the Whole30 plan. Time for more research. I believe that knowledge is power. So time to hit the books.

Shifting gears to marriage

Why a marriage conference you ask? Well, I look it like taking your car in for an oil change and a tune-up. Everything may be working fine, but there are some little tweaks that can make it even better. Your marriage is the same way. Albeit, it’s not as easy as an oil change. A good marriage or any relationship for that matter takes an intentional effort.

Teri and I found out that overall we are doing the things we need to be to have a great marriage. We also found a couple of areas that we can do even better. If you are married or just thinking about getting engaged, We highly recommend that you attend one of FamlyLife’s Marriage conferences. The conferences are Bible based, but you do not need to be religious to get some valuable advice and guidance.

My dad always said, if you don’t something or you need advice, ask someone that’s been there. Someone with the experience, perspective and wisdom to help you understand or learn. It’s a lot faster than trying to do it yourself.  What are your thoughts? I would love to hear them. Just drop a comment below.