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Whole 30: Day 2

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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!

-E

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2012 in General Paleo Discussion

 

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Whole 30: Day 1

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Well today was day one of my wife and I’s Whole 30. I’ve been mentally preparing for days without my Diet Dr. Pepper and couple of tablespoons of heavy cream in my coffee for a few weeks. As expected, it kind of sucked! I had a pretty nagging headache all day that I attribute to caffeine withdrawal. I know I can have black coffee or hot tea, but I really don’t like either all that much, and once I started to have the killer headache, I was determined to deal with it till it went away. This evening I feel tons better with the headache essentially gone.

It is amazing how easy it is to get food these days, even on Paleo, but not on the Whole 30. You really have to plan ahead or you end up not eating much. Today I ate a few eggs for and a dried fig for breakfast. At lunch I ate a few ounces of beef brisket and some blueberries. By dinner I was actually pretty hungry (which is a fairly odd feeling ever since I’ve gone Paleo). I made spaghetti squash and meat sauce Whole 30 style and it was amazing. I was hungry for real food, and it hit the spot.

I’ve drank more water today than I ever remember drinking in an entire day. I’ll be honest, it’s hard to adapt so far, but I’m determined to see this through. The drinking will be my issue, but I have my water bottle at the ready, and I’m drinking away!

We will see how tomorrow goes. But for now, one day down! This is all about food awareness and confidence in myself. I encourage everyone to do it…

-E

 
 

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