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Life 58 Days After My Whole30

Thursday, March 31, 2016. Whole30 plus 58 days of Clean Eating.  Mostly.

Let’s see what today brings:

4:14 AM.  Wide awake.  I decided this morning to do a mini-crunch so I could see the clock that’s across the bedroom.  That’s what it read – 4:14.  I then swing my feet to the floor and disarm the bomb on my nightstand that’s ready to go off (my alarm).  2 cups of black coffee.

5:45 AM.  Breakfast.  I tried something new this morning.  (Whaaaat?) True!!!  Jane made this ground pork breakfast loaf (I know it sounds kinda funny) from a recipe she found on Pinterest, and it was really good!  Nice little kick to it from the spices.  And of course, I scrambled up some egg whites plus some this weeks veggie mix of summer squash, butternut squash, zucchini, red and green bell peppers, and mushrooms, and life was good.  I also threw a half teaspoon of local bee pollen down my neck.  Don’t worry.  No bees were harmed.

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Fully Compliant

The breakfast loaf has pretty much the same texture as meat loaf, but it’s more ‘firm’ and easier to slice after it’s been in the fridge.  So cut it into slices and give it a couple of minutes both sides on the griddle or in the frying pan, and you’re set!

I also made up a huge mug of white tea for the drive in and office time this morning.

Whole30 Observation:  Pinterest has the absolute best collection of Whole30 recipes.  But I do have to throw in a little caveat emptor here:  Make sure you check the ingredients!!!

11:00 AM.  Lunch.  I’m having a nice green salad with oil and vinegar dressing, topped with a grilled chicken breast.  Today it looks like a tomato party is taking place in my bowl.

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Fully Compliant

4:00 PM.  Snack.  If you guessed a sliced red apple and a cappuccino made with almond milk, you would be correct:

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Fully Compliant.

The poor apple on the left trying to figure out what happened to her friend…

6:00 PM.  Dinner.  Chicken shish kebabs and beef shish kebabs, white rice, yes I said WHITE RICE and chimichurri.  Did I say delicious?  The weather was nice enough to grill outside tonight, so add that to the flavor factor.

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Whole30 Compliant? No.  Paleo?  Not Sure.  Clean Eating?  Maybe. Paleo 80/20?  Yessss!

Whole30, Paleo and Clean Eating Observation:  OK, we all know that this monster we have created known as the internet is almost completely useless.  Why not use your powers for good instead of evil, Internet?  So here’s the latest and greatest find on White Rice.  I got nothing.  We’re all over the place – White Rice is definitely not Whole30 Compliant.  The Paleo crowd seems to have lots of pro’s-and-con’s.  Is you is, or is you ain’t Paleo?  What about Clean Eating?  Sure, why not?  Then I stumbled across this little gem:  Paleo 80/20. So now I’m all like Anna in ‘Frozen’: Wait! What?  You mean to tell me I’m still ON PLAN if I eat Paleo 80% of the time and cave to the crave 20% of the time?  Sign me up!  Can I make this retroactive for the last 57 days and just change the name of my little blog?  So yeah, I feel good about it because I can put a label on it and throw it in that pigeon hole and I’m not cheating.  But I also know what’s going to happen tomorrow with the carb load and glycemic load.  Wait for it…wait for it…

9:30 PM.  Targeted bed time.

And so goes Step Four: Life After Your Whole30.  Today was a good day.

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Life 57 Days After My Whole30

Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Whole30 plus 57 days of Clean Eating.  Mostly.

Let’s see what today brings:  I hope it is better than yesterday.  As my aunt used to say:  “Egads!”

4:15 AM.  Alarm.  2 cups of black coffee.  No coffee pot disaster to report this morning.  Cool.

5:45 AM.  Breakfast.  Some more of this weeks veggie mix of summer squash, butternut squash, zucchini, red and green bell peppers, and mushrooms scrambled with a half cup of egg whites plus the little bit left over in the carton.  On the side I had some white and yellow sweet potatoes plus butternut and summer squash mixed with ground beef hash, and a half teaspoon of local bee pollen.

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Fully Compliant

And you know the rest of my morning jam – I made up a huge mug of white tea for the drive in and office time this morning.

11:00 AM.  Lunch.  I’m having a nice green salad with oil and vinegar dressing, topped with a grilled chicken breast.  This one was like a cucumber fiesta taking place in my bowl.

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Fully Compliant

4:00 PM.  Snack.  A double shot of espresso with steamed almond milk to make a latte, and a sliced Red Delicious apple.

 

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Fully Compliant

6:30 PM.  Dinner.  Zoodles Bolognese.  “What’s this guy talking about?” You may ask…  You’ve probably seen this before, but we take our zucchini and run it through the Dash Go Rapid Peeler, and get zucchini noodles, or “zoodles”.  I’m kind of slow on the take-up sometimes.  Bolognese is just a fancy name for meat sauce.  But you already knew that.  And it was delicious.  But you already knew that.

 

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Fully Compliant

Whole30 Observation:  Do I miss having some freshly grated Parmesan cheese sprinkled (meaning piled) on top?  Yep!  Would I have killed for a crusty loaf of garlic bread on the side?  Right again!  Could I have had all that and a nice glass bottle of red wine with this, too?  Absolutely!  I could have gotten all molto buono up in here, but I didn’t.  It’s all about choices, and I chose not to go that route.  I’m not saying it will never happen again, and in the same breath I’m not saying it won’t happen in a couple of days, but it didn’t happen tonight.  I think my new food dude attitude is to look at stuff like that as a treat, and not as an everyday meal.  Let’s see how that works out.

9:30 PM.  Targeted bed time.

And so goes Step Four: Life After Your Whole30.  Today was a good day.

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Life 56 Days After My Whole30

Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Whole30 plus 56 days of Clean Eating.  Mostly.

Let’s see what today brings:  I will call today “My Second Monday This Week” because…

4:10 AM.  Awake.  Sort of.  You know those times when you wake up and you really don’t want to look at the clock, but then you really do want to look at the clock, so you know how much more sleep you’re going to get?  Then you start thinking – “I’m pretty comfortable, I don’t need to pee, *sneaks a peek with one eye* it’s still dark outside, I’m just going to relax and go back to sleep!”

4:15 AM.  Alarm.  Grrr.  2 cups of black coffee.  AFTER I had to make coffee twice due to the coffee pot having a malfunction.  You know the one:  the filter collapses in on the grounds, the coffee brews, water rises on the grounds, the grounds and water go over the top (or in this case, the side ) of the filter instead of the brewed coffee passing through the filter, the pot gets filled with coffee grounds mud, etc..  Or is it just me?  Get it right the second time, I guess.

5:45 AM.  Breakfast.  This weeks veggie mix of summer squash, butternut squash, zucchini, red and green bell peppers, and mushrooms scrambled with a half cup of egg whites. On the side I had some white and yellow sweet potatoes plus butternut and summer squash mixed with ground beef hash, and a half teaspoon of local bee pollen.

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Fully Compliant

You know the drill – I made up a huge mug of white tea for the drive in and office time this morning.

11:00 AM.  Lunch.  I’m having a nice green salad with oil and vinegar dressing, a side of tuna mixed down with homemade avocado oil mayo, and a little bag of plantain chips.  Same as yesterday. Don’t care.  I like it.

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Fully Compliant

So yeah, my day started with the whole waking up before the alarm nonsense, then the coffee pot malarkey.  What else is going to try to adversely affect my mood today?  Wait for it…wait for it…

4:00 PM.  Dentist!  Yay!  I’m getting my temporary crown replaced with a permanent crown.  Seriously, who says ‘Yay!’ when they’re going to the dentist?  As people in my general vicinity are prone to say – “What the hell is wrong with you?!?!”

Gold Crown

Tooth in a Box.

So, can this day get any better, or what?!?!  Oh yes it can!  So, leaving the dentist office, I start my truck and it’s running like total crap and the Service Engine light is holding it’s own private rave up there on the dash.  I think it was strobing to Steve Aoki or something.  Great.  Off to the shop to have my code read.  Code Red, that’s funny.  Where was I?  OK, so a new ignition coil later (and some other parts thrown in for good measure), I’m back home getting my grub on.

6:00 PM.  Dinner.  Wings, ranch dressing and carrots and celery sticks.

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These are so good.  Frank’s Red Hot and ghee make the best compliant wing sauce.  And this is one dish where nobody will notice any difference between “real” and “compliant”.  And no SWYPO tag with this.  And I actually prefer the wings made this way.  And are there any English teachers reading this?

Whole30 Observation:  Basic Ranch Recipe from the Whole30 book is winner.  Jane starts with the mayo made from avocado oil.  And it’s good!!!

I’m cracking myself up here, starting sentences with “And.”

Whole30 Tip:  Or should I say #whole30hack?  If I’m satisfied with the way certain products perform or taste or whatever, I’ll try to mention the product by name and provide a link.  This time Jane wants to give you all a tip on using Pompeian Coconut Oil non-stick cooking spray – Don’t use this spray until AFTER you visit their website and make sure you’re not baking anything within the “Smoke Zone”.  Guess what temperature zone the wings were cooked in?  Other than that, we like the product.

9:30 PM.  Targeted bed time.

And so goes Step Four: Life After Your Whole30.  Today was a good day.  See what I mean by today being my second Monday?

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Life 55 Days After My Whole30

Monday, March 28, 2016. Whole30 plus 55 days of Clean Eating.  Mostly.

Let’s see what today brings:

4:15 AM.  Alarm.  Awake.  Monday.  2 cups of black coffee.

5:45 AM.  Breakfast.  I threw everything together in one pan – the veggie mix of summer squash, butternut squash, zucchini, red and green bell peppers, and mushrooms along with the sweet potato, butternut squash and ground beef hash – and scrambled in a half cup of egg whites.  I also ate a half teaspoon of local bee pollen.

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Fully Compliant

I made up a huge mug of white tea for the drive in and office time this morning.  This is that Prince of Peace Organic White Tea that I’ve been having.  Shameless promotion of the product, but it’s good stuff.  Call me a heathen – I brew it strong, even though it’s supposed to be a ‘mild, delicate flavor’.  This shall be my tea for the week.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to run out of the tea this week.

10:30 AM.  I’m eating my carrots and celery, and then breaking into my lunch.  I’m blaming the sugar I had yesterday in the form of wonderful Easter chocolate as the cause of my sudden and inescapable hunger.  I had a nice green salad with oil and vinegar dressing, a side of tuna mixed down with homemade avocado oil mayo, and a little bag of plantain chips.

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Fully Compliant

4:00 PM.  Snack time.  A sliced up Red Delicious apple and a latte made with a double shot of espresso and some steamed almond milk.

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Fully Compliant.  SWYPO

6:30 PM.  Dinner.  Tandoori chicken served over curry cauliflower rice.  Freakin’ delicious!

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Fully Compliant

Whole30 Observation:  Again with the sugar from the night before affecting my appetite the following day.  I was keeping the lunch cooler within striking distance at all times.

9:30 PM.  Targeted bed time.

And so goes Step Four: Life After Your Whole30.  Today was a good day.

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Liebster Award Nomination!!!

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So wow!  I’m kind of new to blogging, and I never knew there was such a thing.  First things first – a big THANKS to Happy Healthy Tash for thinking that I’m worthy of a mention or consideration!  I promise I won’t cry…

OK, here’s the deal – In true plagiaristic fashion, I totally copied and pasted this info from Tash‘s page.  The rules for the Liebster award are below:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Copy and paste the Liebster Award badge to your post.
  3. Nominate 10 new bloggers.
  4. Answer the 10 questions the person who nominated you asked you.
  5. Create 10 new questions to ask the bloggers you nominate.
  6. Notify the bloggers you have nominated by leaving them a comment on their blog.

1 and 2 are done, now to nominate 10 new bloggers.  Like I said before, I’m new and few – new to blogging and I have but a few people who are following me.  I shall start with…

Dori

Food By Camilla

Cooking Without Limits

Natalie Harris

Facing The Sun

Orchid Child 25

Bitter Me Lovely

You Thyme

In The Vanguard

and that’s the short list.  All good, solid people!

Here’s the Q&A:

  1. Do you have any pets and if so, what are they?

I have 2 Golden Retrievers and 3 cats.  One cat found us when she was very pregnant and we kept her and her 2 kittens.  That was 10 years this month.

2.  If you had a super power, what would it be?

Speed and maneuverability.  I have no patience when it comes to getting from Point A to Point B.

3.  What has been the happiest time of your life so far?

When my son was born.

4.  What is your favourite song?

This will change hourly.  Let’s see…  What’s Up? by 4 Non Blondes, Neon Moon by Brooks and Dunn, Three Little Birds by Bob Marley, where do I stop?!?!?

5.  What 3 words describe you best?

Kind, caring, reliable.

6.  What is your favourite food?

I love Mexican food!

7.  What has been the biggest struggle for you?

To finally quit smoking, I hope for good this time.  And now trying to drop some weight.  *sigh*.

8.  What is the one thing you want most in this world?

For me, it’s to be debt free.  For the world, peace would be nice for a change.

9.  Where is your next holiday going to be?

I will be going to Carlsbad, California, where I am from originally, in August.

10.  Where is your happy place?

Drink in my hand, toes in the sand!

Here are my 10 questions to the people I nominate:

  1.  Team Edward or Team Jacob?  Just kidding.  That probably would have been funny 8 years ago, and it’s also kind of sad that I know that.  OK, If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why?
  2. What’s your favorite food?
  3. Back to movies – what’s your favorite film?
  4. Do you have any pets, and how many?  Part 2 to this question:  If you have any cats, are they house cats or ‘come and go’ cats?
  5. What’s your favorite song?  Be honest.  I was.
  6. Where would you go on your dream vacation?
  7. Have you ever met a celebrity?  Not just in passing, but maybe exchanged a few words?  Do tell…
  8. What’s your “Guilty Pleasure”?
  9. What music do you love?  Hate?
  10. Which would you prefer on a hot summer day – chocolate, vanilla or strawberry ice cream?

I think that’s it.  Thanks again for the nomination!

NOTE:  I’m having one heck of a time trying to comment on peoples blogs to let them know what’s going on here.  I don’t know who or what is to blame for my crisis, but I need to get this finished and published.  WordPress isn’t cooperating, my internet isn’t cooperating, the laptop has locked-up 3 times.  So now I shall offer up some apologies.  Sorry for the whiny tone.

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Life 54 Days After My Whole30

Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016. Whole30 plus 54 days of Clean Eating.  Mostly.

Let’s see what today brings:

6:45 AM.  Awake.  Nice to sleep in.  Happy Easter to you.  Celebrate or enjoy the day!  2 or 3 or 4 cups of black coffee.

The most important contents of Jane’s Easter Basket:

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Important Contents

As an English expatriate, Jane takes her chocolate very seriouslyWe are so fortunate that there’s an international supermarket close to my office that sells the real-deal Cadbury’s chocolate, and not the sorry excuse for chocolate that Hershey’s makes “Under License” and tries to pass-off as Cadbury’s.  Big  Mistake, Hershey’s!

Here’s Vanity Fair’s (US) description and BBC’s (UK) description of the “Chocopocalypse” from last year when Hershey’s was up to their nonsense.  Things Just Got REAL!!!  Don’t mess with the English babes (birds) when it comes to their Chocky!

So here’s a shout-out to England and the entire U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Canada and all of the other lucky nations that get the REAL Cadbury’s.  Lucky you!  And by the way, Mars and Nestlé imports taste better than the ones made here, too.

Here’s my loot:

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The Easter Bunny and Sugar Dragon were working hand in hand (paw in claw?) last night.

11:30 AM.  Brunch.  Eggs, bacon and hash brown potato cakes:

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5:30 PM.  Dinner.  Brisket, mashed potatoes and fresh green beans:

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Whole30 Observation:  We certainly don’t eat like we did today every day.  I’ll be doing my best to get back on track tomorrow.

9:30 PM.  Targeted bed time.

And so goes Step Four: Life After Your Whole30.  Today was a good day.

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Life 53 Days After My Whole30

Saturday, March 26, 2016. Whole30 plus 53 days of Clean Eating.  Mostly.

7:00 AM.  Awake.  Nice to sleep in.  2 cups of black coffee.

9:30 AM.  Breakfast.  I used a mandolin to thinly slice a medium potato and cooked it in some olive oil and ghee, I also made 2 – 3 oz. (appx. 85g) ground beef patties (90/10), and 3 eggs over easy.  I’m not waiting for that whole gluten/sugar/carb over indulgence from yesterday effect to kick in.

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Fully Compliant

2:20 PM.  Lunch.  I took the veggie mix of summer squash, butternut squash, zucchini, red and green bell peppers, and mushrooms, threw in 2 Aidells Chicken & Apple sausages and scrambled in half of a cup of egg whites.

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Fully Compliant

Whole30 Observation:    I talked about this yesterday, and it’s 100% true today:  The time between “I think I’m hungry” to “I’m STARVING!” is about 1 nanosecond, due to the gluten/sugar/carbs consumed yesterday.  Now breakfast this morning was no problem from the time I woke up until I ate breakfast.  But the stretch between breakfast and lunch is always a killer when I’ve eaten ‘not so good food’ the day/night before.  But hey, I knew what to expect, right?

So of course, dumb me decides to have more donuts this afternoon.  I knew I/we were going to blow it this weekend with Easter and everything, so what the heck, right?  So here’s another Whole30 Observation:  Heartburn.  I have had heartburn ONCE in the past 83 (or even more) days.  Make that twice.  My little deep fried balls of dough covered with sugar and chocolate are making the heartburn/indigestion kick pretty hard the past few hours.  Rolaids to the rescue!  Ah, the good old days…

8:30 PM.  Dinner (I guess).  A couple of chicken thighs and some roasted potatoes.

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Fully Compliant.

Fully Compliant.  Like that matters at this point of the day.  Oh well.  We’ll get through Sunday and back on track Monday, right?

10:30 PM.  Targeted bed time.

And so goes Step Four: Life After Your Whole30.  Today was a good day.  Mostly.

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