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Life 100 Days After My Whole30

Thursday, May 12, 2016. Whole30 plus 100 days of Clean Eating.  Mostly.

It’s pretty incredible, given my past with food, that I completed an entire Whole30, followed all the steps during the reintroduction phase, and stayed on the clean eating path for this long.  OK, the mostly clean eating path.

Let’s see what today brings…

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

5:45 AM.  Breakfast.  I finished the last of the ground beef hash and my veggie mix all scrambled together with one cup of egg whites.  I also ate half teaspoon of local bee pollen.

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Fully Compliant

I made a big travel mug of green tea this morning for the drive.

 

11:00 AM.  Lunch.  A big green salad with half an avocado and a diced up grilled pork chop on top.  Oil and vinegar dressing.

Lunch 5_12_16

Fully Compliant

4:30 PM.  Snack.  I had a double shot of espresso with some steamed almond milk to make a nice latte.  I also ate my sliced Red Delicious apple that was both red and delicious.  In that order.

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Fully Compliant

But wait.  There’s more:

 

 

4:35 PM.  Snack V.2.  Whilst returning said almond milk to the refrigerator, I discovered that Jane had made some Scotch Eggs!

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Fully Compliant

These Scotch Eggs were baked instead of fried, and no breadcrumb coating was used.  It was really hard to stop at just one.  Freakin’ delicious!  I’m sure these are what powered Braveheart when he was out doing all that Braveheart stuff back in the day.

 

6:30 PM.  Dinner.  Chicken Fajita salad.  Seasoned and grilled chicken (boneless skinless thighs), grilled red and yellow bell peppers, and white onion. Feast your eyes on this:

Dinner 5_12_16

Clean Eating

Clean eating because I had some (compliant) guacamole, organic grass fed sour cream, and a tortilla on the side.

 

That’s about it for today.

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 99 Days After My Whole30

Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Whole30 plus 99 days of Clean Eating.  Mostly.

Let’s see what today brings…  A lot of this is going to look really familiar.  Again.  Déjà vu.  Déjà vu can be a lot like Déjà moo – you know, when you’re at work and the boss comes up with something really stupid or you’re talking with that one ‘Drama’ friend and it’s like “Oh, no, this bullsh!t again…”  Yeah, that’s Déjà moo.  OK, where was I?  Oh, yeah…blog…

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

5:45 AM.  Breakfast.  Ground beef hash with white and yellow sweet potatoes mixed in; a cup of veggie mix: summer squash and zucchini, red and green peppers, and mushrooms, all scrambled together with one cup of egg whites.  And a half teaspoon of local bee pollen.

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Fully Compliant

 

I made a big travel mug of green tea this morning.  Imagine that.

11:00 AM.  Lunch.  A nice big green salad with half an avocado and a diced up grilled pork chop on top.  The pork chop was grilled with some mesquite seasoning, and it came out great.  Again.

Lunch 5_11

Fully Compliant

4:00 PM.  Snack.  I had a double shot of espresso with my apple slices.  Tasty as always.

 

Snack 5_11_16

Fully Compliant

I talked about this before, and I would like to repeat what I said before – we’re definitely not coffee snobs, and we’re willing to give most brands a try.  Within reason, of course.  I wrote about trying ground espresso “off the shelf”, and found that Illy was pretty good.  We also tried Megaglia D’Oro, and liked that as well.  So props to the Italian brands so far.  So now we’re going to check out Columbia for some Café Bustelo.  Not bad.  I like the strength and richness of the flavor.  Nothing too subtle going on here.  The Rick and Jane consensus is that all three of these espressos are good for stand alone double shots and café Americano’s.  With that being said, we do have our stash of single origin / fair trade / organic beans and a really nice Capresso conical burr grinder – – – I just started going coffee snob here, so I’ll stop about the coffee now.

 

6:00 PM.  Dinner.  Grilled pork chop, white potatoes cooked in the TFal ActiFry, and FRESH green beans.   Yummmm.

Dinner 5_11_16

Fully Compliant

I’ll shut up now.

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 93 Days After My Whole30

Thursday, May 5, 2016. Whole30 plus 92 days of Clean Eating.  Mostly.

Let’s see what today brings…

I really want to start the day with a mini-rant about Cinco de Mayo, tacos, and tequila, in as much as I want to rant about St. Patrick’s day, beer, and corned beef and cabbage.  Or Passover foods and Orthodox Easter meals from the past couple weeks.  But I won’t.  Get out there and enjoy food, drink, and life.  Learn about and experience new cultures!

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

5:45 AM.  Breakfast.  Ground beef hash with white and yellow sweet potatoes mixed in with one cup of the veggie mix: summer squash and zucchini, red and green peppers, and mushrooms, all scrambled together with one cup of egg whites .  I also had a half teaspoon of local bee pollen. Again.

BFast 5_5_16

Fully Compliant

I made a big travel mug of green tea this morning for the ride in and office time.

11:00 AM.  Lunch.  Another big ol’ green salad with half an avocado and a mesquite-seasoned grilled chicken breast.

Lunch 5_5_16

Fully Compliant

4:00 PM.  Snack.  I made a Caffè Americano in a Chemex-shaped cup because I’m kind of crazy like that.  I also had a sliced Red Delicious apple that was both red and delicious.

Snack 5_5_16

Fully Compliant

Whole30 / Clean Eating Observation:  So while I’m having my snack, Jane has made herself some toasted Ezekial 4:9 Cinnamon Raisin Bread with almond butter.  Now this bread is non-compliant SWYPO etc. on the program, but it is Clean Eating.  I’ve had bread twice in the last 123 days.  Today marks the 3rd time in 123 days that I’ve eaten bread.  OK, I’m not saying I was a bread addict just because I ate bread in some way, shape, or form with EVERY meal before I started the Whole30, but I will say that I was a bread addict carb junkie before my Whole30 because I have been known to eat double-decker stuffing sandwiches on occasion.  True story.  So Jane made a couple of slices of this heavenly deliciousness of Biblical proportions, and that brings me to Part 2 to this Observation:  I understand why this is called Ezekial 4:9 bread, but maybe they should have given this bread a second name and called it Psalm 78:24-25 bread.  Manna!!!  Am I right or what?

7:00 PM.  Dinner.  Fried chicken, mashed potatoes made with chicken stock and organic grass fed butter, and fresh green beans.  Fresh out of the can, that is.  Never gets old!

Dinner 5_5_16

Clean Eating

That’s about it for now.  Finally a Friday tomorrow. woo-hoo!

OK, one more picture of that Caffè Americano before I go:

Caffe Americano

It’s almost like a funny little Guinness!

OK.  Done.

9:30 PM.  Targeted bed time. Night, all.

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

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Life 92 Days After My Whole30

Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Whole30 plus 92 days of Clean Eating.  Mostly.

Let’s see what today brings…

I haven’t even woke up yet, and I’m already tired of the “May the Fourth Be With You” schtick.  I get it.  I got it.  year after year after year.  Jeez, listen to the grumpy me!

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

5:45 AM.  Breakfast.  Ground beef hash with white and yellow sweet potatoes mixed in with one cup of the veggie mix: summer squash and zucchini, red and green peppers, and mushrooms, all scrambled together with one cup of egg whites .  I also had a half teaspoon of local bee pollen.

Bfast 5_4_16

Fully Compliant

I made a travel mug of green tea this morning for the ride in and office time.

11:00 AM.  Lunch.  A big green salad with half an avocado and a grilled chicken breast and added spinach.  The chicken breast was grilled with the same mesquite seasoning Jane used yesterday.  Friggin’ tasty!

Lunch 5_4_16

Fully Compliant

2:00 PM. Snack.  A sliced Red Delicious apple and a double shot of espresso. I ended up at home a lot earlier this afternoon due to forgetting to bring some paperwork I needed with me in order to take care of some other business on my side of town run on sentence, and I wasn’t about to drive back to my office to get it.  Tomorrow’s another day, as they say.  Whoever ‘they’ are, ‘they’ say lots of things.  And you know what ‘they’ say…

Snack 5_4_16

Fully Compliant

7:00 PM.  Dinner.  Protein-style hamburgers and orange sweet potato fries cooked in the TFal ActiFry.  We’re getting some mileage out of that ActiFry thing lately.

Dinner 5_4_16

Fully Compliant

They’re not the prettiest fries, but they are very enjoyable.

That’s about it for now.

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 86 Days After My Whole30

Thursday, April 28, 2016. Whole30 plus 86 days of Clean Eating.  Mostly.

Let’s see what today brings…

3:55 AM.  Awake.  Before the alarm. Arrghhh!!!!  2 cups of black coffee.

5:45 AM.  Breakfast.  Ground beef hash with white and yellow sweet potatoes; one cup of scrambled egg whites with one cup of this weeks veggie mix: summer squash and zucchini, red and green peppers, and mushrooms.  I also had a half teaspoon of local bee pollen.

BFast 4_28_16

Fully Compliant

I’m going with the tried and true green tea this morning for the ride in and office time.

11:00 AM.  Lunch.  I had a delicious green salad with left over brisket on top.

Lunch 4_28_16

Fully Compliant

The rest of this afternoon will be spent running around town.  No more office time.  Carrots, celery, and apples will be joining me on my travels.

Whole30 Observation:  Or just an observation in general – My coffee groove has been busted again this afternoon, and the universe is out of order.  I may have to kill an espresso later on, probably after dinner.  I really like my afternoon coffee and I feel like I missed a key part of my day when I don’t have one.

6:00 PM.  Dinner.  Grilled pork chops, grilled zucchini spears, and white potatoes cubed up and cooked in the TFal ActiFry.  We’re still going strong with this gadget.  And, as they say in all of the home cooking gadget commercials – “Clean-up’s a breeze!!!” or “Clean-up’s a snap!!!” or something…  All of those potatoes cooked with only 1 tablespoon of oil or ghee, split between the 3 of us.  Not bad.

Dinner 4_28_16

Fully Compliant

 

Well, that’s about it for now…See you 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 83 Days After My Whole30

Monday, April 25, 2016. Whole30 plus 83 days of Clean Eating.  Mostly.

Let’s see what today brings…

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

5:45 AM.  Breakfast.  Ground beef hash with white and yellow sweet potatoes; one cup of scrambled egg whites with one cup of this weeks veggie mix: summer squash and zucchini, red and green peppers, and mushrooms.  I also had a half teaspoon of local bee pollen.

BFast 4_25_16

Fully Compliant

I’m sticking with the green tea for this week’s morning after coffee but before lunch beverage.  I love this stuff and still have, like, a pound of it left.

1:30 PM  Government bureaucrats made me late for lunch.  I had a killer green salad with half an avocado and an Aidells Chicken and Apple sausage on top. *in my best high-pitched voice* Awesome!!!

Lunch 4_25_16

Fully Compliant

 

Whole30 Observation:  Clean Eating Observation:  I thought I was going to be in trouble today with my gluten consumption from yesterday – waffles with breakfast, naan with dinner, as well as eating rice with dinner last night.  I made it from 6:00 AM to 1:30 PM without eating anything, and no sudden vicious hunger attack.  So yay.

4:30 PM.  Home.  Snack.  Sliced Red Delicious apple and a double shot of espresso.  I’m out of beef jerky.  I wonder how that happened?  Not bad, though.  The jerky lasted 3 weeks.

Snack 1 4_25_16

Fully Compliant

4:45 PM.  Snack V.2.  Caffé Americano.  Molto Buono.

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Pienamente Compatibile

I should have put something in the foreground or background or maybe a saucer for perspective.  That is a 16oz latte mug, btw…

6:30 PM.  Dinner.  Smothered pork chop, mashed potatoes made with ghee and chicken stock, and Italian cut green beans.  Still one of my favorites.

Dinner 4_25_16

Fully Compliant

 

That’s it for now.

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 79 Days After My Whole30

Thursday, April 21, 2016. Whole30 plus 79 days of Clean Eating.  Mostly.

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

5:45 AM.  Breakfast.  Encore!  Ground beef hash with sweet potatoes; veggie mix (summer squash, butternut squash, zucchini, red and green bell peppers, and mushrooms) scrambled with a cup of egg whites.   And a half teaspoon of bee pollen.

BFast 4_21_16

Fully Compliant

I made a little travel mug of green tea for the morning sipping session.  I was still a little mad about forgetting my big travel mug yesterday.  However, as of this afternoon, order has been restored in the universe.  My big travel mug is back in its place.

1:30 PM.  Lunch.  I really have to stop doing this.  Sometimes you get so busy and you can’t stop and have a proper lunch break.  Slave to the dollar, I guess. I had a great green salad with avocado and roasted chicken breast, threw down my carrots and celery, and chased it all with my apple slices.

Lunch 4_21_16

Fully Compliant

Fully compliant truck salad, served on the center console of my truck.  You know, in some places you have to pay more for a salad served like this.  Ambiance ain’t free, ya know.

4:00 PM.  Snack.  A double shot of espresso.  Followed with a double shot of espresso.

Espresso

Fully Compliant

OK, I have to write about this.  I’m not in any way, shape or form a coffee snob.  We have everything in our house from Starbuck’s Caffe Verona grind for the morning pot, to some pretty exotic single origin 96 rated top shelf stuff.  We really like our coffee.  Anyway, I keep seeing this Medaglia D’Oro espresso in the grocery store, and it’s really inexpensive.  So instead of thinking “How good can this coffee be at that price?”, I thought “Hey, if it’s really bad, I’ll put it in our vermicomposter.  The worms love coffee!”  So we bought some to try.  And yeah, this ‘bargain brand’ of espresso is actually quite good.  By good, I mean strong flavor and finish.

Word of advice to anybody doing this Whole30 thing:  Try different coffees and ways to prepare them.  See if any of your local coffee shops offer “cupping”.  Again, I’m not a coffee snob, but I do like a good cuppa Joe.  And, although I post and joke a lot about SWYPO lattes and cappuccinos, we still drink our morning brewed coffee black.  *climbs down from soapbox*

5:00 PM.  Dinner.  Diced medium white potato thrown into the T-Fal ActiFry, some leftover flank steak to make a hash dish, and 3 eggs over easy.

Dinner 4_21_16

Fully Compliant

I haven’t had breakfast for dinner for a long time.

We’ve used the ActiFry more times in the last 2 weeks than we have since we got it as a Christmas gift like 3 years ago.  Quite the White Elephant at the time.  The jury is still out…

Whole30 Observation:  On a totally random, but I digress note: We had asparagus with our dinner last night, which got me thinking about Why Your Pee Smells Funny After Eating Asparagus.  Thanks, Web M.D.!

I have to publish the blog early tonight.  We have a school function that we need to attend, so I need to get out the door.

10:00 PM.  Bed time if we’re lucky.

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

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