Saturday, April 05, 2014

Whole 30: Day 27 Check In

EEE! Today, I am wearing a pair of jeans that I haven't been able to button up for over a year. Well over a year. EEEK!
And it was grocery shopping day and we bought Whole 30 compliant groceries. And a food processor to make my life a whole lot easier. I figure that it will pay for itself in a week or two if we count up my hours saved.
When we finish our 30, we are going to take a few days and reintroduce dairy and a bit of wheat, according to the schedule, and see how we feel. It is my birthday next Saturday and I am going to have Black Forrest cake. We also let the children each pick a grocery item and my eldest chose lasagna fixings. So I think we will have lasagna on my birthday as well. I should feel really wonderful. Or not.
But other than that we will be still eating mostly Whole 30 compliant. I think I will be doing a complete 30 days again. I don't think that I am ready to navigate my food without the Whole 30 safety net. I also think that I ate too much fruit this time and didn't give myself the proper chance to slay the sugar dragon.
Easter should be interesting! We will be travelling, and there is the whole Easter candy thing. I do love me some Mini Eggs!

Friday, April 04, 2014

Whole 30: Day 26 Check in

Well, I have not made any photo worthy meals today. And I am not 'feeling it' today. To be honest, I am beyond exhausted. In the last week I have slept very little. Last night I was in bed for 11 hours! Weirdly, I feel the worst today that I have all month. Between pms, lack of sleep, an extremely sore neck, foggy brain and a tummy that is not sure if it is getting the kids' tummy flu or not, I feel crappy.
The last thing I wanted to do this morning was to get up and have to cook breakfast. Give me a flippin' bowl of cereal already! I don't even really like cereal. But I made a quick omelette, but I ate it with a banana, bell pepper, water and a cup of tea.
I had more fruit and eggs for lunch. I know I am not supposed to eat a bunch of fruit. I feel like I cheated today. It is grocery day and my choices were limited, but I could have chosen some broccoli like I did yesterday. 
When my husband got home from work, I had a good cry. "I hate this. I though I would feel better by now, but I feel like crap. I am sick of feeling tired and having a sore head. And I am sick and tired of cooking all freaking day!" (after 20 some days of no migraines, I am on day 4 of this one.)
Anyhoo. Tomorrow is a new day. I ate some cashews while waiting for the kids' dinner (pizza) to cook. Between that and getting out with the family for a bit, I am feeling better. About everything. Plus, Brent helps with the cooking and groceries on the weekend. So YAY!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Whole 30 Day 24

Well, we are almost at the finish line and I am pretty sure that, come day 30, we will not be stopping completely.
I am conflicted. I know I am not ready to stop yet, my body needs more time to heal and my psychological connections to food are not healed yet either. I am still craving sugar most days. Especially when I am not getting enough sleep. I am, however, happy to report that I am no longer starving between meals and in the evenings. By 4:30, I am pretty hungry, so we are eating earlier that usual and occasionally I will have a handful of almonds and a cup of tea to give myself some extra time.
My conflict comes because it is my birthday next weekend. And the whole time I have been following the Whole 30, I have been looking forward to Black Forrest birthday cake! I think I will have my cake and then go back on for another month.
Today I had an amazing lunch. Brent made meatballs for dinner last night, and I knew that I wanted a souvlaki inspired wrap. Since pitas are verboten on the Whole 30, I bought some butter lettuce. The gorgeous round leaves are perfect for making a wrap. Last night I made some Whole 30 and paleo compliant tzatziki. My husband tasted it and declared me a culinary genius. I don't know about that, but it is pretty tasty.
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Paleo Tzatziki
1 can of coconut milk (not carton)(or cup of greek yogurt if not eating paleo or Whole 30)
2 cloves of garlic
fresh dill
half a lemon
1 cup of shredded cucumber

1. Take only the cream from the coconut milk. Refrigerate overnight and it should separate.
2. Add the juice from half a lemon
3. Crush and chop the garlic, add to the cream
4. Add fresh dill to taste. (or about a tsp of dried)
5. Salt and pepper to tast
6. Stir in cucumber.
7. Refrigerate for at least a few hours, it is best eaten cold. If using yogurt, it tends to separate a bit, just stir it up again. You can squeeze some of the liquid out of the cucumber to reduce the separation. If using coconut cream, the dip will thicken in the fridge. You can stir in a bit more lemon juice before serving to make it deliciously creamy.
This should keep for a couple of days in the fridge.
MightyMorphinMama whole 30 paleo tzatziki

I even had this tzatziki for breakfast, on top of these salmon patties. Excuse the children's plate!
MightyMorphinMama whole 30 paleo tzatziki salmon patties