Well, day two has almost come to a close. First I’ll recap my day from the food standpoint. This morning I had a little extra time off because today is my day off. I made some breakfast for the kids and whipped up some Avocado Toad in a Hole courtesy of Nom Nom Paleo’s Killer iPad app.
I had to take my little guy to the pediatrician today and we found out he had an ear infection 😦 For lunch I made some hamburger patties for the two of us and we scarfed them down. Over the weekend I picked up this nifty hamburger patty mold at Williams-Sonoma and it was awesome to use. Made perfect patties, and it has markings on it so you can easily make 1/4, 1/3, or 1/2 pound patties. I managed to get him down for a nap and had a little time to myself in the kitchen. I whipped up some bone broth in my pressure cooker to enjoy later in the week. I threw in some dried shitake mushrooms and oh man, they were amazing in the end product! Next I got a beef roast out of the Sous Vide Supreme that I had put in yesterday. Since we are on the Whole 30, it is essentially impossible to find roast beef or turkey that is compliant, so I just decided to make some! I finished off the roast beef in my cast iron skillet and stored it in the fridge for consumption along the week. Last I dropped a pack of frozen Sous Vide Carnitas I had made a week or so ago. It’s a 48 hour soak for these bad boys, so when I made them I cooked three individual batches and just froze two of them after cooling them down in an ice bath. I warmed them up in the bath tonight and crisped them up in the old skillet again (old girl got a work out today!) Roasted up some acorn squash and called it a meal. Quite a good day food wise!
As far as how I felt today, I had a much better day than yesterday. I must admit, I felt pretty terrible yesterday, and the only clear explanation is that my caffeine intake was dramatically lower than normal. My wife and I were both amazed by how the lack of caffeine made us feel, and we decidedly felt like junkies! We were both better today thank goodness, and I was back to feeling my usual energetic Paleo self.
The transition to the Whole 30 has been fairly easy for us since we came to it from a strict Paleo lifestyle. None-the-less, it is amazing the pull a few final strongholds can have on your psyche. I can’t decide whether I want to try to drink my coffee black (have never been able to stand it) or just let the coffee go for good over the process. I will not give up coffee long term. It has nothing to do with caffeine or energy (caffeine really stopped working in med school!), it’s just that I LOVE coffee! This will be the main thing I miss over this 30 days, but I’m excited to keep going. One more day down…off to drink some water before bed!
Laura West Kong, MPH (@time4pudding)
May 22, 2012 at 10:00 pm
Those avocados look amazing! So what exactly is the difference between paleo and whole 30?
I was like that about coffee once upon a time. As soon as I discovered it was a major migraine trigger for me I lost all cravings for it.
May 22, 2012 at 10:11 pm
Whole 30 is similar to Paleo, with the addition of no alcohol whatsoever, no sweeteners including natural ones, and no additives or preservatives in your food. You do this for 30 days to clear it all our of your system. I follow paleo all the time, but wanted to challenge myself to a Whole 30. It has gotten me off diet soda and I’m drinking coffee black. Over half way home!