Whole 30 Observations Day 28

Day 28.  January 31, 2016.  “Day 28: 28 is as good as 30…right?”

6:30 AM.  I can’t believe I slept this late!  Woke up with a slight headache.  I’m blaming the weather change which leads to mild sinus issues with me.  Two cups of black coffee.

8:00 AM.  Breakfast.  I’m going with a bacon and potato scramble:

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After breakfast, I started working on my mini frittatas that I will be having with my breakfast Monday through Thursday.  Friday will probably be an ‘over-easy’ day.  Frittatas are green pepper, red pepper, Ortega (Anaheim) peppers, and some of that bacon I was talking about.  I use 6 real eggs plus 1 1/2 cups of Egg Beaters all natural:

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Jane is working on the hash for next week’s breakfasts.  Ground beef, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, red peppers and green peppers.  This smells (and tastes) so good:

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1:00 PM.  Lunch.  Just got back from doing some running around, and it’s raining.  T-shirt weather yesterday.  Winter in Las Vegas, I guess.  Albondigas is in order.  So glad I made a lot of this.  The broth is thickening more due to the potatoes beginning to fall apart:

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Day 28: 28 is as good as 30…right?” So here’s a Whole30 Observation – Really?  You’d go this far just to cut the last corner?  Come on!  We’re one week past Day 21, the Interlude, and seriously, tomorrow and the next day ain’t nothin’!  Put on your (old) big-girl britches and suck it up, buttercup!  Two days.  Sheesh!

5:30 PM.  Dinner.  Smothered pork chops, mashed potatoes made with chicken stock, and green beans.  The gravy is chicken stock thickened with arrowroot.  This dinner is always a hit!  Feast your eyes:

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9:00 PM.  Designated bed time.  Early start to a full week that includes another appointment with the Tax Man on Monday, Jury Duty on Thursday, and a Doctor’s appointment on Friday.

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Whole 30 Observations Day 27

Day 27.  January 30, 2016.  “Tiger Blood” post 12

4:00 AM.  Awake.  Hellz No!  Back to sleep…

6:30 AM.  Slept In.   Wide awake.  Let’s get this party started.  Here’s a Whole30 Observation:  I’m a lot less creaky and stiff or sore when I get up in the morning, so that’s nice.  2 cups of black coffee.

8:00 AM.  Breakfast.  Potatoes, pork belly and eggs.

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I like pepper.  No salt required.  Trust me.  Here’s what I did with the spuds:  I did a rough peel and slice, then cooked them in the microwave for 12 minutes (individual results may vary).  When the pork belly was finished cooking, I put it on a paper towel to drain, and drained the fat from the pan into a small bowl.  While the pan (old school cast iron skillet) still had a slight coating of oil, I threw in the potatoes and just lightly browned them on both sides.  The eggs were cooked in a non-stick pan with just a tiny bit of ghee.

11:00 AM.  Just got back from BIG grocery shopping.  When did cauliflower get so expensive?  It was incredible, looking in our cart.  We had a 6-pack of Coke for our son, and that was the only non-compliant food item in the cart.  He’s been a real trooper through this whole thing, just rolling with the punches when it comes to family dining.  Not finicky at all.  He does get to have his own goodies, though. He is a teenager after all!

12:00 Noon.  Lunch.  A couple of Aidells Chicken & Apple sausages with some celery and carrots.  Aidells sausages are another one of those products that everybody will enjoy, ‘dieting’ or not.  A really good product!  I just sliced these on the bias and warmed them in a non-stick pan without any oil.  The natural sugars in the apple cause quick caramelization, so you really have to pay attention.  Listen to me sounding all Food Network with the ‘bias’ and ‘caramelization’. Take a look:

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4:30 PM.  Back home.  Ended up stopping in to Whole Foods to get our last item.  Bacon.  That’s my protein-added meat of choice to my mini-frittatas next week.  Grabbed up some Wellshire sugar free paleo bacon.  We tried this stuff before (week 1) and it was actually pretty tasty!

5:30 PM.  Getting some dinner.  Leftover albondigas hits the spot.  Glad I made a lot of this yesterday.  It’s also another one of those things that’s better the next day.  Grab a spoon…

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8:00 PM.  Bed.  No Kidding.  Sat down and was  doing some reading and realized that I had read the same paragraph four times with zero comprehension.

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Whole 30 Observations Day 26

Day 26.  January 29, 2016.  “Tiger Blood” post 11

4:00 AM.  Wide awake.  Not groggy.  No alarm.

Got out of bed and went to give our dogs a good morning pat, and found that our 13 year old Rottweiler had passed away peacefully during the night.  Rest In Peace, Sasha.  You’re a good girl and you will truly be missed.

Despite the sadness, I’m thinking “Tiger Blood” again. 2 cups of black coffee.

5:45 AM.  Breakfast of ground beef hash with 3 eggs incorporated into the hash.  A giant mug of organic Jasmine green tea for the running around this morning.  Breakfast looked a little something like this:

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11:00 AM.  Back at the office and eating my lunch.  There’s a party happening on my desk!  I have my green salad with avocado, side of tuna with home made mayonnaise, and my carrots, celery and apples decided to show up for the group photo.  I talked about the tuna on Day 24, but I’ll say it again because I thought it was such a good find:  We got the tuna from Costco.  I still can’t find a link to the actual product, but if you’re in the store, it’s Kirkland Chunk Light Skipjack Tuna In Water.  Again, here’s ‘props’ given to Costco from Greenpeace: http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/costco-announces-sustainable-skipjack-tuna-brand/

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1:00 PM.  Back home.  Finished my work day near the house, so what the heck.  I decided on a double shot of espresso for my afternoon sip.  Good stuff…  I’m putting albondigas together for dinner tonight, and I’ll be making enough to have plenty o’ leftovers for the weekend.


3:00 PM.  Heading over to my Mom’s house so we can give her a ride to the airport.  Now we have 5 things working against us:  1.  Las Vegas  2.  Friday Afternoon/Early Evening  3.  Rush Hour  4.  Airport  5.  Time Management (or lack thereof on dear Mother’s part).  Shout-out to me mates in Australia and New Zealand – she’s heading your way!!!  But I digress.  Amped-up on my double shot!  Yesssss!

5:30 PM.  Back home after the airport run.  Put the finishing touches on the albondigas and ate a hearty bowl full of this piping hot heaven in a bowl.  Step Two: Re-Introduction discussion taking place tonight – Me: Rice or Crackers to go with the soup would be nice.  Jane:  Beer.  Her mind is pretty much made up.  I make my meatballs half chicken and half ground beef:

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Both of us decided to have a Caffe Americano after dinner:

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Left is a 4oz espresso cup, Right is a 16oz coffee cup


9:00 PM.  That’s what time I’m going to try to be in bed.  Friday Night in Vegas, baby, I’m out of control!!!  Seriously, we have a busy day planned for tomorrow.

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Whole30 Observations Day 25

Day 25.  January 28, 2016.  “Tiger Blood” post 10

4:00 AM.  Wide awake.  Not groggy.  Must be the “Tiger Blood” kicking in.  We’ll see by tonight…  2 cups of black coffee.

5:45 AM.  Breakfast of 3 mini frittatas with prosciutto, covered in Pico de Gallo (off to the side), ground beef hash, and half an avocado.  Onward and upward,  Whole30!

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Another go-cup of organic Jasmine green tea for the drive to work.  This is my travel mug that I fill with tea every morning, and my Little Playmate cooler lunch box that I haul my bountiful harvest of deliciousness around in.  Just thought you might want to see this.  I shoulda called this blog “But I Digress…”

11:00 AM.  Time to dig into the cooler for some lunch.  A nice green salad with chicken and avocado, oil and vinegar dressing.  You’ve seen it before, and you’ll be seeing it again!  It’s such a good meal, and just changing up the protein keeps it interesting.  Dig in:

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3:00 PM.  Back home a little early today.  Heading into the kitchen to make a decision – coffee or espresso?  Decided to make another caffé Americano for my after work chill session today.  It may be an acquired taste, but coffee drinkers should give it a try sometime if you haven’t already.


5:30 PM.  Dinner.  Went with the leftovers from last night- carnitas, Mexican cauliflower rice and plantain tostadas, with the addition of Cholula hot sauce, which is really tasty and not really that hot, and I also had some carbonated Jasmine Silver Needle white tea.  And Pico de Gallo.  Can’t forget that!  Feast your eyes on this:

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9:00 PM.  That’s my targeted bed time.  Friday tomorrow.  Sweet!

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Whole30 Observations Day 24

Day 24.  January 27, 2016.  “Tiger Blood” post 9

4:15 AM.  Awakened by the smooth jams of the alarm clock.  That, is, of course, if you’re into B flat quarter notes at 50 bpm.  2 cups of black coffee.

5:45 AM.  Breakfast of 3 mini frittatas with prosciutto, covered in salsa fresca, ground beef hash, and 1/2 an avocado.  The  Whole30 mission continues!  Another go-cup of green tea for the drive to work.

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Frittatas Are Under The Pile of Pico de Gallo

11:00 AM.  Time for some lunch.  Had a nice green salad with 1/2 an avocado, and a side of tuna.  Jane put the tuna together with some home made avocado mayo and it was delicious!  We got the tuna from Costco, but unfortunately I can’t find a link to Kirkland Chunk Light Skipjack Tuna In Water.  Maybe it’s an in-store and not an online thing.  I did stumble across a nice (sort of) “pat on the back” given to Costco from Greenpeace, so I found that kind of encouraging.  Follow this link: http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/costco-announces-sustainable-skipjack-tuna-brand/


Salad and Tuna

4:00 PM.  I happily crunched my way through my apples on the drive home.  I was almost as happy about the apples as I was because there wasn’t any traffic or accidents on the freeway!  Got back to the house and made a caffé Americano for myself:

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I ground (grinded?) Starbucks espresso roast whole beans for this, and it was pretty darn good.  So my caffé Americano is a double shot of espresso plus 12 oz. of 175 +/- degree F (80C) water.  I got a great kettle for Christmas – It’s a KitchenAid electric kettle that you can specify and hold temperatures, so it’s not just boil or off.  Thing works like a champ!

6:00 PM.  Dinner.  Carnitas, plantain tostadas, and Mexican-style cauliflower rice.  Gotta throw some Pico de Gallo in for good measure.  This was yet another really good meal.  Jane can cook!  Olé!!!


“Tiger Blood” – I will admit that again, I haven’t been ‘hitting the wall’ or doing the crash and burn every day at 2:00 PM, or wanting to ‘just shut my eyes for a minute’ when I get home.  I’ll also say that I have been getting a good night’s sleep every night, as well as falling asleep faster.  Speaking of which—

9:00 PM.   Bed is on the agenda.  Hasta Mañana.

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Whole30 Observations Day 23

Day 23.  January 26, 2016.  “Tiger Blood” post 8

4:10 AM.  Awake before the alarm by 5 minutes.  2 cups of black coffee.  Looks like one week to go on our Whole30 adventure…  Last night there was much discussion (again) about re-introduction – which food and when.  It’s funny, the more days that go by, the less concerned I am about which food is going to get reintroduced first.  The ‘Thought of the Day’ for today is probably dairy.  My birthday is next month, and I would like to have a baked potato with butter and sour cream with my dinner.  Jane says beer.  That’s her answer and she’s sticking to it.  Like I said, that’s todays thought.  Things will definitely change by day 31 when Jane and I are sitting there going “decisions, decisions…” and she’s cracking a cold one thinking of her next move.

5:45 AM.  Breakfast.  3 mini frittatas with baked prosciutto and topped with pico de gallo, ground beef hash and half an avocado.  Made myself a travel mug full of green tea for the drive to work.


California Frittatas and California Hash

11:00 AM.  Lunch.  Green salad with chicken and avocado.  Chicken and avocado go so well together.  Turkey and avocado go well together, too.  Anybody notice this, or is this just a western states thing, that whenever you have a salad or burger or whatever, and they add avocado to it, they always call it a California Salad or a California Burger?  So yeah, I really enjoyed my California Chicken Salad for lunch, and I really enjoyed my California Frittatas and my California Hash this morning for breakfast.

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California Chicken Salad

Double Shot

4:00 PM.  Ate my apples, as well as my celery and carrots, while I was running around this afternoon and on my drive home.  Pulled a double shot of espresso to sip on after I got back to the house.  Good stuff.  Also tried some Trader Joe’s coconut cream when I got home. Might try some more later whipped up on some pineapple.  It’s good for you, right?  It’s Whole30 compliant, right? nom nom nom

5:30 PM.  Dinner.  Throwing down some “zoodled” spaghetti with meat sauce tonight.  Jane made this same dish a few days back, and it’s earned itself an encore performance.  It’s funny how we’ve been sneaking zucchini in all over the place – zoodle noodles, Thai salad, Thai chicken meatballs, albondigas, etc..  Check out the delicious spaghetti:


California Zoodle Spaghetti

See what I did there?

9:00 PM.  I’ll be heading to bed.


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Whole30 Observations Day 22

Day 22.  January 25, 2016.  “Tiger Blood” post 7

4:00 AM.  Awake before the alarm.  Again.  2 cups of black coffee.  My Whole30 adventure continues…

5:45 AM.  Breakfast of Champions.  3 mini frittatas which included baked prosciutto for this week, ground beef hash and 1/2 an avocado.  There’s some pico de gallo that was supposed to be on top of the eggs, but it kind of went everywhere.  Come on.  It’s early.  Of course I made a travel mug full of green tea for the drive to work.


11:00 AM.  Lunch.  Green salad with avocado and chicken.  Absolutely delicious!  Back to the part about the chicken – Jane pressure cooked a whole chicken on Saturday.  The stock is being saved for albondigas, I’ll have the dark meat on my salads, and Jane will have the breasts with 2 of her lunches.IMG_1407[1]

4:00 PM.  Tore through my apples on the drive home, but didn’t touch my carrots and celery today.   Back home.  Time to pull a double shot of espresso.  I haven’t been trying to imitate a latte or cappuccino or flat white or what have you for the past week or so.  Almond milk in coffee is OK, coconut milk – not so much.  Black coffee is just fine and so is espresso!

6:00 PM.  Time for dinner.  I’m going with the leftover Thai chicken meatballs and sauce over a bed of cauliflower rice, and a side of the Thai zucchini zoodle salad.  Like I said yesterday, this is some really good stuff!!!  Check it out:


You could put this Thai sauce on an old shoe and you would eat that shoe.  It’s that good!

9:00.  Bed.  Another early start tomorrow.

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