Whole30 – Reintroducing Foods

The first Phase of Whole30 came to an end for me and hubby on February 22, 2018. As much as we were looking forward to reintroducing “bad” foods (per the Phase 2 plan), we wound up waiting until February 26! Ironically, it was just too inconvenient and a little scary to STOP eating the Whole30 way. Hubby and I are only about half way to our goal sizes, so we contemplated staying in Phase 1. However, we were also both curious as to the effects of different “bad” foods, so we took the gastrointestinal leap. Our reintroduction of alcohol/sugar, grain, dairy, and gluten yielded the following results:

Alcohol

Alcohol made sense as the first choice; I have been obsessing over wine since Day 1, and, we have a friend who has an extensive wine collection and loves to share. He’s been very disappointed in us over the last month-and-a-half or so, because we haven’t been able to partake in his wine offerings (Saturday night binges for old people). I believe his exact words were, “When are you going to be off of that stupid hippie diet?” So, we chose him as our first non-Whole30 experience in Phase 2.

Me: Holy muthafuggin headache. I was in pain for two days after two glasses of red wine. I probably should have kept it to one glass, but my inner lush was in attendance. Our friend serves some very rare bottles, and my palate was in heaven. Wine was not loving me back. Excedrin joined the party.

Hubby: Alcohol puffed him up, but he peed it out within 24 hours. Other than that, no issues.

Grain

Grain was a challenge because the only grain we could find that we would both eat, which also doesn’t contain gluten, is rice. Hubby isn’t a quinoa kind of guy.

Me: I felt inflamed and lethargic; noticeable lack of energy and a definite decrease in cognition. In short, I felt like shit. It took me all three days to recover from inflammation and fogginess caused by grain. I definitely can’t have grain on a work night. I was zombiefied the next day, compared to when I was eating clean, and people noticed.

Hubby: No issues. He retained a little water, but, again, peed it all out within a day. Said he felt great. WTF.

Dairy

Hubby was dying for cheese, so he bought like 1000 lbs of it from Costco. Cheese is delicious, but I feel like I need it to be melted. On pizza. Or lasagna.

Me: No issues with cheese at all (finally!) Butter, however, turned my stomach into a wild gymnast, causing the opposite of the normal effects of cheese. I was throne-bound for the night. I’m a ghee girl from now on.

Hubby: Apparently, cheese goes well with prunes. It doesn’t, but that’s how he had to eat his last few servings. Cheese is like colon cork for hubby.

I still want pizza.

Gluten

We waited to have a fancy cheat-meal before we had gluten in the form of Bad Boy Blue Bread at Boca; a delicious light Italian sourdough with flax and other tasty seeds coating the crust. So worth it.

Me: I started with the Bad Boy Bread, and Potatoes Soufflé appetizer, followed by Hamachi Crudo with grapefruit, then I had a Tajarin with Bolognese, and finished my entree course with a Branzino in Bouillabaisse.

Hubby: Hubby also started with the Bad Boy Bread and Potato Soufflé, followed by Scallops and Brussels Sprouts, then a Potato Gnocchi, and finally a three-meat Burger.

We split a Creme Brûlée for dessert.

Honestly, I thought I’d be in pure hell the next day over all the sugar and (I’m sure) butter, but I felt fine! As a matter of fact, I was down one pound after the end of the next day, and I didn’t feel awful! I certainly felt better than I did after eating rice the week before!

However, the next day, my Rosacea suddenly came back with a vengeance, like it was dormant and starving for either refined sugar or gluten! It was unbelievable how red and splotchy my cheeks and nose became! I actually got Rosacea cysts in my nostrils; so painful! It had to be the refined sugar or the gluten! My two favorite things, of course! We had tried everything else prior to that cheat meal.

Hubby said he over-ate and drank too much, so he was feeling pretty bad, but he said he’d do it all over again in a heart beat; the food really was THAT good. We figured we had better make our cheat meal count!

The Verdict

We found some unfavorable interactions with foods; mostly grain, gluten and sugar. We also didn’t lose any weight during reintroducing foods, but we didn’t gain weight back either.

After our reintroduction experiences, and numerous conversations, hubby and I decided that we are going to continue Whole30-style eating, with modifications; he will incorporate butter and rice; we will both eat cheese; and we will both stay gluten-free and refined-sugar-free except for the occasional cheat meal. I’m not going to go crazy with honey and agave either… I eat way too much of that when it’s in front of me; definitely SWYPO.

This will be our lifestyle, going forward…unless we are on vacation in Europe… ain’t nobody saying “no” to a Parisian croissant in this household.

Week 4 – The End is Near

Twenty missing pounds are shouting, “It works!” Whole30 works. It works very well, in fact. It’s a grueling, pain-in-the-ass, temporary, brutal “diet,” but it works better than anything I’ve ever tried in the past. Twenty pounds in 27 days. Not bad at all.

Don’t get me wrong – Whole30 is MUCH tougher to stay true to than most other things in life. I still have about three more days of the strictest phase of Whole30, but I’ve lost more weight on this plan in just under four weeks than I have on any other past attempts at a diet. The most fascinating thing to me was that I was able to do this without deliberately increasing my daily activity level one iota; I say “deliberately” because I naturally had more energy, so I squeezed more into my day, which resulted in more walking, etc. My Apple Watch activity rings were closing on a normal day of activity by the end of Week 2, whereas prior to Week 1, it looked like I had forgotten to wear my watch.

Whole30 eating, by itself, has resulted in 41 lbs total weight loss between me and hubby in just 27 days. Incredible. I have lost 20 lbs by just eating clean. That is astounding to me. I would kill myself on the treadmill in the past, and struggle, praying my relationship with gravity would decrease. I’ve heard that what you eat accounts for 80% of weight loss success, but I’d put that number even higher.

Non-scale Victories

Some non-scale victories hubby and I saw this week are:

  • Shirts are fitting more loosely
  • Able to zip up boots over cankles and calfs
  • The thought of having to climb stairs doesn’t seem like a Herculean feat
  • My watch band is no longer a tourniquet
  • Patience for stupidity has increased
  • I’m calmer in tense situations at work
  • I’ve become more pragmatic and less sensitive
  • I’m happier and I smile more
  • I have more energy
  • I feel “smarter” most of the time
  • I have more confidence
  • I require less sleep
  • I make a lot of things we previously store-bought; roasted mixed nuts, dried fruit, sausage, soups
  • Some restaurants will accommodate Whole30! Firebirds is one of them!
  • No, I didn’t eat the scrumptious bread that my lunch companion ordered

Some Things Never Change

Things that didn’t change, even though I hoped they would:

  • My hangry inner child is alive and well, throwing tantrums for red velvet cake
  • Cravings are at an all-time high. I can see why, when my friend hit Day 31 of Whole30, she went gangbusters on her cravings. I asked her, “How is the reintroduction of non-Whole30 foods going?” Her reply: “Well, I’m sitting in bed with a bottle of wine and a bowl of mac and cheese, so…. I guess… good?”
  • Acne is still playing Rudolph on my face
  • Cramps are still awful and debilitating like an evil gnome stabbing me in the gut
  • The gas. Dear sweet baby Jesus- THE GAS! Poor hubby. I decided to put Cayenne pepper in our chili to help the evil gnome cramps, but cayenne (like everything else) gives me awful gas! This last week was particularly mask-worthy. Hubby was beside himself and feared for his life for lack of oxygen. I tried to explain how Cayenne helps with cramps and his response was, “Oh! So, instead of you suffering through your period, I will!” Yes. Yes, you will.
  • Libido hasn’t increased. Perhaps it’s the gas? Or the angry hubby?
  • Pre-made meat patties contain sugar. Ain’t that some shit?
  • We both miss(ed) bread so much! Even the “healthy” breads all have some kind of sugar in them!

Holy Whole30! I was searching for Whole30 Bread online and I found an article about a girl who couldn’t eat anything; everything had to be grain free, gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free! This poor girl’s life will be Whole30 forever! Anyhow, she really missed bread… a lot…. and there were very few options out there for her. So, she and her mom spent hours trying different ingredients to create a simple bread recipe, and they came up with something brilliant. We had to try it! Immediately! We rushed into the kitchen and assembled all ingredients, then devoured the results. Granted, hubby and I should have calculated the calories before each consuming an entire “loaf,” but we were surprised at how much this stuff tasted like a cross between dense bread and a biscuit! We decided (a little late and almost 1000 Calories later) that 1/4 a loaf is plenty for one serving and we plan to make it again for breakfast with our eggs and homemade sausage. The recipe and article can be found on A Spicy Perspective. If you’re on Whole30 and craving bread, this is the best answer!

Basically, you beat two eggs, then add 1/2 cup of almond flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 1/4 tsp Sea Salt. You can add lots of herbs if you want as well! Here’s the fun part: you put it in a straight-sided mug that has a few drops of olive oil in it to help the “bread” slip out, THEN, get this… you microwave it for three (3) minutes. Yes – MICROWAVE it! Fun, simple, and Whole30 compliant! Hubby and I both loved it! That bread hitting our mouths was like coming home. This brilliant girl named her creation, “Low Carb Magic Mug Bread.” You’ve GOT to try this stuff!

In a few short days, we start reintroducing foods. We are also discussing our go-forward plan. Stay tuned!

Week 3 – Getting used to Whole30

I started off Week 3 with the scale beaming a 15.6 lb total weight loss so far, which equates to just over 6%, and we are about 1/3 of the way through the HealthyWage challenge, where we sit in 6th Place as a team! THAT made me feel great! Especially since the boss’s team is currently in 45th Place.

Since my last post, I have been INSANELY busy! Working 10-14 hours per day and trying to eat well has been a serious challenge. Hubby and I have been pretty good about food prep, and my cabbage soup made 12 servings; thank goodness!

Cravings

We are both becoming used to this new, healthy way of eating, but we both still have major cravings! We are approximately 20 days into the Whole30 program; for him, his long lost love is bread, and for me, it’s wine. Together, we’re quite biblical!

I was lamenting to my boss last night that I miss having a glass of wine in the evenings… as Hubby and I watched him enjoy a glass of Carrera. I used to come home, start a fire, open a bottle with Hubby, and we would sit in our club chairs in front of the fire, chatting about our day, sipping in the relaxation. Now, we come home, grab a tall glass of water, and sit together bitching about this diet and all the foods we miss! Then we always say, “but it’s working!”

In addition to fighting cravings, it’s also tough to find anywhere to eat compliant foods! I keep choosing sashimi, and I have to go out to eat at least twice per week for business lunches. Not only is my staff getting tired of sushi, I probably have a tapeworm or some kind of fish-causing parasite by now.

Work is Going Well

Great news at work! My boss announced that I will have a Global Senior Leader position when the dust settles from the merger. All my hard work is paying off! However, last night he said that our Board presentations are going to take on a monthly cadence, going forward, which basically puts me perpetually in PowerPoint HELL. But, if he wants to pay me to make PowerPoint slides, who am I to complain?

Back to Whole30…

I’ve finally started to notice some non-scale effects of this way of eating! My body is so cold all of the time! I had to turn our thermostat up to 68°! It’s normally set at 64°. I also had to buy flannel sheets and put an extra blanket on the bed!

Hubby says that I have far fewer headaches, even though the stress of my job has increased. Major bonus there for our marriage.

My pants are finally looser and all my size 14s are now button-able without pliers and a vice grip. Size 16s are too big to wear without a belt. This tells me that, at least for me, there are about 15-17 lbs separating size 14 and size 16 at 5’8.

The Veggie Paradox

The biggest challenge so far (aside from no wine) is trying to find veggies that Hubby will eat. I am almost to the point where I’m just going to make him broccoli and make myself whatever I want.

We had a veggie convo last night….next to the fire…with our water… and I cycled through an entire alphabet of veggies with various preparations, trying to entice him to try them. The result? Here are some excerpts:

  • Me: “How about eggplant?”
  • Hubby: “Only breaded and fried.”
  • Me: “So, just broccoli?”
  • Hubby: “I like canned, French-cut green beans.”
  • Me: “We are not eating trailer park veggies. How about zucchini?”
  • Hubby looks at me like I broke his favorite power tool
  • Me: “Okay, no zucchini. Broccoli and cauliflower mash only. Really?”
  • Hubby: “I honestly wish I enjoyed vegetables, but ughck- most of them just taste like ass and yuck.”

Two flavors with which I am certainly not familiar, and I don’t want to know how/why he IS familiar.

So, the veggie battle continues…

Day 14 – Super Bowl Sunday. Tired! Sick?

It’s Super Bowl Sunday, but….Ever since the whole kneeling thing, I stopped watching football. Even the commercials kind of suck now, and that used to be part of the fun in watching the Super Bowl. I really don’t care who wins the Super Bowl this year. I bought squares in a pool at work, so I guess I’ll find out tomorrow if I won anything.

At 2:30am, my body decided to reject something I ate, and give me the gift of painful stomach cramps at the same time. Once again, a night of interrupted sleep. That’s now four nights in a row.

I went to bed after meal-prepping yesterday, just before midnight, and woke up at 7:45am (not including the intestinal assault). Waking up was difficult – my eyelids felt like they were taped shut. I eventually forced myself out of bed and got ready for the day, but I only lasted a few hours running errands before my stomach acted up again. Suddenly. This time, in Home Depot in front of a Sales Associate. Sorry, dude! Emergency!

So Tired

After that, I was so exhausted, I needed a nap like a tantrum-throwing pre-schooler, and I generally felt lethargic and grumpy. I ate some leftover broccoli and cauliflower mash, then went to bed at 5:00pm. It’s now just after 7pm and my stomach is at it again.

The shittiest (no pun intended) part about today is that I barely ate anything, I expelled everything, and still gained a pound!!! That’s so messed up!!! Is my body holding onto water? What’s happening? And why is my stomach so messed up? Is it the fish? They said “sashimi grade” yesterday! Hubby’s tummy is fine. Is my body reacting to ghee? Did I pick up some strange bug? Whatever it is, I’d gladly buy it a one-way ticket back to from where it came!

I’m not hungry for dinner, for obvious reasons…. so, I’m probably going to just try to go back to sleep. Today was a not-so-great day for my Whole30.

What Little I Did Eat

This bit of food I did eat amounted to 986 Calories, and I’m truly not hungry. My tummy has other things on its mind than receiving food…

  • B: Eggs w/ Spinach, Turkey Sausage, piece of orange
  • L: A bite of Meatball and Zoodles, Cauliflower Mash, Blasted Broccoli, Prunes
  • No din din – tummy boycott
  • S: Rx Bar

I’m going to assume it was the ghee and take that back out of my diet for awhile. I also haven’t had red meat, except for a bite of meatball today, but I’m still feeling inflammation. Maybe I’m also consuming too much salt?

Here’s a progress picture. Tummy is going down, but still out and proud! Haha! I have less fat around my neck and face, but still have a loooooong way to go. I’m still a good 25 lbs above my wedding weight, where I thought I was a fat bride.

Day 8 – Time Doesn’t Fly

Time doesn’t fly… and neither will I, apparently. Delta Airlines had a mechanical issue on my first plane today, for which I traveled 90 miles by car in the middle of the night, for a timely 4:30am airport check-in arrival. We were all seated and ready to take off; next thing you know, we are being asked to deplane and find another flight.

The next flight was seven hours later.

Travel Entropy

I have been sitting in the airport for two hours and I still have five hours to go. I am so tired and very hungry. I only brought enough snacks to get through lunch (when I should have been arriving home)… now, I won’t be home until almost midnight.

This will be a huuuuge challenge. The three hours of sleep I managed to get are all taunting me to lay down right here on the floor. My hunger demon is begging for pizza, and my brain is too mushy to immerse myself into work. The universe is really testing me today, as if it’s saying, “You thought being at your parents’ house was tough? Hold my beer!”

Mmmm… beer. I miss beer. And even though it’s only 8:30am, I’ve been up for six-and-a-half hours, so it actually doesn’t sound bad right now.

I guess I’ll peruse the airport to find some suitable grub, and maybe get in a few steps on my Apple Watch.

…..

Freshii to the Rescue

Freshii! You beautiful life-saver, you! In the middle of the grease pit food court is a little green gem with Whole30 options! Oh, bless you, Freshii! I was dreading having to live off snacks until midnight. Instead, your menu revealed a “Metaboost Salad” from which I only had to ask that they remove the cheese and edamame! And your chicken is boiled! No oil! And your dressing is compliant! Oh, how I love thee in Terminal A! Thank you thank you thank you!

Fast-forward a few hours (I slept for most of it. On the table. In the food court.), and my second plane was delayed by a little girl cracking her head open in the waiting area. We finally boarded 45 min later.

I get to my layover destination, where the same family with the little girl demands to see another medic before boarding the next leg (of course they’re on my flight); another 20 min delay. I guess one medic before the first flight wasn’t sufficient?

I finally get to my seat, upgraded to first class, and I’m sitting next to a jittery old man who appears to have Tourette’s or some other affliction, which is causing him to convulse, snort, and gargle his own snot every 30 seconds. Hellloooo noise-canceling headphones, thank you very much!

I’m 500 Calories under my target and haven’t had a warm meal all day, so I hope first class is serving something that’s at least partially Whole30-friendly. Otherwise, I’m going to drink tons of water and look forward to hubby making me some scrambled eggs and turkey sausage when I finally get home… around midnight.

Hubby said it’s snowing at home, so the 22 mile drive from the airport in the middle of the night should prove interesting.

I nearly lost my shit when the captain of my third airplane of the day got on the intercom and said, “Folks, we have an issue with the lavatory, so we are going to be a little delayed…”

All I could think was RUFKM?!?!

It was only a ten minute delay… thank goodness.

Delta had a chicken Niçoise salad! Hooray! They also served bread and cheesecake, which took way too much willpower to ignore…. but, I did. I gave the farewell wave to the cheesecake as I dismissed my tray.

My Food Today

All meals from 2am PT through 11:30pm ET totaled 1897 Calories

  • B: Rx Bar, Nick’s Sticks
  • L: Freshii Chicken Metaboboost Salad, Mixed Nuts
  • D: Chicken Niçoise Salad, Mixed Nuts
  • S: Dried Mango, Nick’s Sticks

Now, I’m finally home. Goodnight.

Day 7 – Ketosis

My mom politely offered me a sugar-filled mint (I had no idea that Altoids are basically sugar discs!), then some sugar-substitute-laden-cancer-causing gum as she explained my breath has a “funny smell.” My brother, a scientist, piped up and said, “She’s in Ketosis. That’s normal.”

Ketosis? Sounds like a type of disease. Fortunately, I knew it had to do with weight loss, and it was a good sign that fat burning was in full-effect, but I still had to look it up to see exactly what it was.

Unfortunately, mints and gum don’t jive with Whole30, so I just had to dragon-breath my way through conversations today.

According to WebMD:“Ketosis is a normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. When it doesn’t have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead. As part of this process, it makes ketones.If you’re healthy and eating a balanced diet, your body controls how much fat it burns, and you don’t normally make or use ketones. But when you cut way back on your calories or carbs, your body will switch to ketosis for energy.”

There is also an interesting article about the Top 10 signs you’re in Ketosis (bad breath is #2) at Healthline.com.

HealthyWage

I’m currently leading in individual weight loss percentage for the HealthyWage competition. We do still have 11 weeks to go, though… and my team keeps drinking beer!

I am not too keen on weight loss competitions, as it can lead to something unhealthy and damaging, but there was a lot of peer pressure at work to partake, and I figured there would be no better time to try Whole30.

Plus, my boss thinks his team will win this, and I have this pressing need to beat him *grin*

Scale-down Victories

When it comes to the scale, there is a conflict between HealthyWage and Whole30. HealthyWage encourages frequent weigh-ins on their shitty website in order to feed the competition. The Whole30 program emphasizes staying away from the scale for those 30 days, and paying attention to non-scale victories; they even have a Non-scale Victories Checklist you can download and print out!

You can check a box next to things like “fewer blemishes,” “less diarrhea,” “learned how to cook,” “less sleep apnea (apropos),” etc. I looked through the whole list and I couldn’t find “You have stank ass Ketone breath” – I think that should be considered a non-scale victory as well! According to WebMD, it can take seven (7) to 30 days to experience Ketosis, once you start a low-carb diet. I experienced it in about seven (7) days! Victory! “Friends/Family back up/offer mints when you’re speaking to them” would also suffice in the non-scale victory checklist.

I am participating in both; weighing myself when I feel “lighter,” and looking for non-scale victories.

Tomorrow is my last day of travel for awhile. I can’t wait to get back on a normal schedule that involves home-cooked food at regular hours.

Le Menu

1688 Calories today, and a semi-funky breakfast, since I stayed in a hotel and I don’t trust hotel buffet eggs from a carton:

  • B: Mixed Nuts, Mandarin, Nick’s Sticks
  • L: Tuna Salad Cups
  • D: Salmon and Blasted Broccoli
  • S: Eggs, Dried Mango

Day 6 – Piece of Cake

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

Tools:

  • 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!

Ingredients:

  • 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):

  1. Put 1/4 cup of oil, egg, and seasonings into mixer/bowl/processor. Mix until emulsified.
  2. VERY SLOWLY drizzle in remaining cup of oil.
  3. 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.

Birthday Dinner

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.

Pure Torture.

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.

Day 5 – Travel

Only five days on the Whole30 plan, and I’m faced with travel; 11 hours of it, mostly by plane. I went to the airport armed with an arsenal of snacks:

  • Nick’s Sticks (of course)
  • Snack bags of mixed nuts
  • Mandarins
  • Dried Mango; and
  • Rx Bars

I’m pretty sure TSA thought I was heading to California from Ohio to partake in their “special” laws.

The bag of dried mangos was gone before I even got on the second plane. I went to four different CBS News stores to find more, and they’re all out! Is there a mango shortage???

All was well until I was bumped up to first class on the second flight. Immediately, upon sitting down, they asked what I’d like to drink.

“Water.” *big sad face*

Next, are the meals. Airline food gets a bad wrap, but Delta food is actually REALLY good. My seat neighbor let me take a pic of her dessert before she ate it….Slowly… little bites…Red. Velvet. Cake.

THEN she described all of its delight in detail to the flight attendant, who romanced with her over other similar desserts while I felt my inner sweet tooth kick me in the gut. Of course, my seat neighbor weighs all of 90 lbs, so she couldn’t possibly finish a dessert barely bigger than a strawberry… so, it sat there… staring at me. As the flight attendant cleared her plate, she says to me, “We have a salmon and a red velvet cake left if you’ve changed your mind.” My seat mate said, “Oh no… she’s on a special diet.”

I forced a smile and reached for a packet of nuts and a mandarin. *sulk* My appetite was bordering on ravenous pig by the time we landed in Sacramento, and I was already at 1100 Calories for the day!

I told a friend I’d meet her at a restaurant for dinner. I mentioned I was doing Whole30, so she picked the place. Sushi again. I love sushi, but I love other foods too. Tonight’s sashimi was really fresh, so it really didn’t need sauce of any kind. Lemon was more than enough.

My friend had tempura – one of my favorite things.

I love food. I want to eat something besides sauceless sashimi when I go out. Why do so many options have to be so darned unhealthy?

The Day’s Eats

  • Only 1600 Calories today. Even though I came in under my target, I’m actually not hungry. B: Eggs w/ Spinach, Kale-Spinach-Apple smoothie
  • L: Nick’s Sticks; Spicy Turkey & Spicy Beef
  • D: Sashimi
  • S: Mixed Nuts, Mandarin

Day 4 – n<1800=Nope

I know better! Eat ALL my calories! My actual intake (n) was too far under my target (1800) at the end of Day 4 (in case you were trying to figure out today’s cryptic title), but I had dinner early, and arrived home late, so I chose not to eat anything else before bed. I went to bed hungry. The domino effect ensued; tummy demons growling, restless legs, pouting, cravings for cupcakes… and then I was wide awake and hungry at 5am! Dumb.

Setting the Bar

Overall, my energy is still up, and I breezed through a very active, long, and stressful work day. I also had an HOA meeting at a downtown bar at 8pm – talk about a danger zone! I LOOOOOOVE beer. I love bar food! You may as well tell me I can’t breathe if you deny me those things and then flaunt them.

I drank water. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be! Aside from wiping away a few tears and a little drool, I came away unscathed. I was sure to eat a healthy and satisfying dinner before I left, and that helped a lot! Two hours in a bar and all I consumed was water; I deserve a freakin’ ribbon.

Changes?

My boss gave me a coaching session yesterday about my tolerance to certain personalities. We are embarking on a whole new journey, expanding the company, and going global. If I’m to be leading a global organization, I need to behave like nothing jilts me. I’m a highly emotional, intolerant-of-malicious-ignorance, demanding, middle-aged woman, working with some very snakey, untrustworthy douchebags. Every once in awhile, my patience is exceeded by the aforementioned triggers. I’ve worked on this over the years, but it’s a lot like maintaining a fitness regimen; some days, you just say, “fuck it.”

I told him I was confident my attitude would get better and I’d have more balance in the near future as a result of this Whole30 and HealthyWage competition and lifestyle change. While that may be somewhat true, the whole truth includes that I can’t stand liars and back-stabbers, so I’ll just have to find an alternative to walking out of meetings, yelling, or flaming them on email. Ironically, suppressing those urges will likely be more stressful! Ha!

Tomorrow, I’m taking my first flight while on Whole30. Being away is going to be tough! I can only eat so much sushi and lettuce. Plus, I’ll be visiting my parents, and my mom makes dessert every day. From scratch. Ugh. I’ll just consider this weekend to be Whole30 bootcamp!

Today’s Eats

I only consumed 1572 Calories – I don’t recommend being more than 100 Calories under your target; it does more harm than good – like middle-of-the-night whimpering:

  • B: Eggs w/Spinach, Kale-Spinach-Apple Smoothie
  • L: Zoodles (zucchini noodles) w/ Whole30 Meatballs
  • D: Lettuce-wrapped Turkey Burger w/ Whole30 Mayo
  • S: Dried Mango, Nick’s Sticks: Spicy Beef & Spicy Turkey,

Day 3 – What’s This? Energy?

This morning, for the first time in months, maybe over a year, I woke up without an alarm… feeling RESTED! I wasn’t groggy or lethargic. I popped right out of bed like I NEVER do. Is this Whole30-related, or am I just so stressed and nervous about the big changes at work, that I’m in overdrive? I suppose we shall see over the next few weeks! However, last night, I got six hours of sleep (I normally require eight), and I woke up energized as hell! Yasss!!!

Choo Chooooo!

Unfortunately, I’m still snoring like a train, according to my poor hubby, who hasn’t been sleeping well at all. It’s my hope that losing weight will take the extra fat away from my neck and chest, and make the locomotive leave the station. However, this could be months away…*sigh.*

Hubby keeps bugging me about doing a sleep test and getting a CPAP, but I went that route once, recently, and the test was inconclusive. They wanted me to take more tests and I was already into it $1000 for the preliminary tests, so I decided it was all a scam and my snoring couldn’t be that bad; if it was, I’d have a prescription for a CPAP, right?

Hubby begs to differ and there’s no convincing him otherwise. I think he just wants me to look like a plastic elephant while I sleep, expelling human exhaust. (Why do they make the air come out like that? The inventor of CPAP was obviously not a cuddler or snuggler. CPAP is an unsexy, loud, spoon-blocker.) I would rather buy earplugs for him.

Nick’s Amazing Sticks

I received my Nick’s Sticks (Whole 30 compliant snacks) in the mail today. They’re all scrumptious, but my favorite is the spicy turkey! Between dried fruits (Whole Foods dried unsweetened mangos and stuff we dried in our dehydrator), Rx Bars, Nick’s Sticks, mixed nuts, and mandarins, I think I’m well-stocked for evading my hangry self.

The Green Monster (named by my staff) AKA “WTFisKale?”

I’ve also incorporated a Kale, Spinach, Apple smoothie into my morning for 94 Calories, which has helped stave off cravings until lunch time. It’s made of kale, spinach, 1/2 Granny Smith apple, 1/2 banana, tbsp lemon juice, coconut water, and ice. Very yummy! Blend it all in a magic bullet for 45 seconds, and voila!

Day 3 has me feeling MUCH better. Days 1 and 2 sucked ass.

Today’s Menu

Here is what I ate today, totaling 1764 Calories:

  • B: Kale-Spinach-Apple Smoothie, Eggs w/Spinach
  • L: Chicken Soup, Mandarin
  • D: Sashimi w/lemon (instead of soy sauce. Next time I’m bringing my own aminos with me. Lemon doesn’t cut it)
  • S: Rx Bar, Dried Mango, Spicy Turkey Stick