Cravings and temptations were the themes of the day. We celebrated my niece’s and Dad’s birthdays today.
I arrived at my parents’ house around lunch time, and the only Whole30-acceptable food I could find was lettuce, tomato, and a can of tuna. Mom only had Best Foods “bad” mayo, and she didn’t have any avocado oil, so I whipped up some EVOO Whole30 mayo. EVOO is not ideal for mayo – it is very heavy and creates a green tinge, but it did the trick for me in a pinch.
I made tuna salad lettuce cups. I was only able to eat half of what is in the picture. One can of tuna with “heavy” mayo is extremely filling!
Making your own mayo is simple. If you’re interested, a Whole30-friendly Mayo Recipe is below. If not, scroll-on.
W30 Mayo Recipe
- Food processor with ability to add ingredients while operating; or
- Immersion blender and bowl; or
- Mixer with wire whisk attachment; or
- A hand whisk, mixing bowl, and a strong arm!
- 1 free-range, grass-fed, organic egg
- 1/4 cup avocado oil & 1 cup avocado oil divided (light olive oil will also work)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp white Pepper
- 1/2 tsp ground mustard
- Lemon juice
Instructions (Hubby always calls these “destructions,” which, for some reason, irritates the living shit out of me – he says he thinks it’s cute. I tell him it’s cute only if you’re three years old):
- Put 1/4 cup of oil, egg, and seasonings into mixer/bowl/processor. Mix until emulsified.
- VERY SLOWLY drizzle in remaining cup of oil.
- Once completely emulsified, gently stir in lemon juice to taste.
That’s it! Homemade mayo! Makes approximately one cup. Season it however you like. Just beware that too much lemon will cause it to separate, so you always add it, slowly and to taste, at the end.
Tradition in my family is that my mom will cook a meal of our request on birthdays. Her cooking is better than going to a restaurant, so it’s always a great smorgasbord of fantastic food. Tonight’s feast included BBQ chicken, wine, Marinated Tri-tip, wine, Shrimp Scampi, wine, Lasagna, Garlic Bread, wine, Green Beans, and Salad… annnnd more wine.
Did I mention wine? I miss you, wine.
I’m not sure if you noticed, but only one of those things (and my least favorite) is Whole30 compliant; salad…which, by the way, I kind of had for lunch; that tuna salad cup thing with the lettuce.
Thank goodness, Mom set aside a few raw shrimp and had a non-marinated steak for me. I made my own Balsamic Vinaigrette from scratch, for the salad, just to be sure I was not consuming hidden crap from all the other bottled dressings (have you read those labels? Scary!)
Red Meat Mayhem
I ate a bit more steak than I should have (6oz of meat instead of 4oz), and my tummy was not happy about it. Angry, in fact. Maybe that was just a little too much fat for the day. I’m thinking red meat should be consumed the least of all meats while on Whole30. It makes me very sad to even think that.
Desserts Backwards is Stressed
Time to blow out candles! I watched both my dad and niece blow out the candles together, with a high-five. By the time everyone was eating what looked to be a silky, delectable chocolate cake with layers of creamy chocolate mousse, I convinced myself that Dad and Niece had spit all over the cake in their synchronized extinguishing of the candles.
I came very close to making this the Whole 5.5 + Whole Maybe 24, if not for the mental image of raining spit.
Still, I was salivating like a rabid animal the entire time, trying to be social at the table; feeling crushing of my soul with every bite I saw and “mmmmmmmm” I heard.
Chocolate goes very well with some wines… and with milk, which is also Whole30-forbidden.
Dried mangos are totally a substitute for dessert, right? No. No, they’re not. Not even close.
I made it through the day and evening, feeling like I had endured a physical fight with my will power. It’s pretty bruised up, so I hope I can withstand tomorrow.
All My Boring Eats Today
All meals and snacks for the day totaled 1827 Calories (27 over Target):
- B: Eggs, Nick’s Sticks (Spicy Beef)
- L: Tuna Salad Wraps
- D: Steak, Salad, Shrimp
- S: Dried Mango, Mandarin
Day 6 is a wrap! Mmmmmmm…. wraps. Ugh.