I was recovering from the flu today, so I stayed home from work and ate a weird schedule. I still had my three meals, though.
Breakfast: Pork, apple, and egg casserole. While it’s in the refrigerator, I will eat it!
Lunch: Paleo/Whole30 compliant Shepherd’s Pie. Sherry made this on Sunday, it was very delicious and filling!
Dinner: As I was feeling much better, and yesterday was my late father’s birthday, we went out for dinner tonight. Usually we do it on his birthday, but I was feeling far too sick to go out. We ate Mexican at a local favorite, Alicia’s. I had a Red Snapper with crab meat, crawfish, and artichoke sauce with some grilled vegetables. It was really filling, and definitely hit the spot. My dad would have liked this one. The only thing I didn’t get to do as I always do by tradition is have a Margarita. I’ll hoist a drink for my dad this weekend when I’m done with this Whole30.
It’s been four weeks! Of course, I’m still not feeling well, but I am excited for the end of this Whole30! Why? Because it’s made a big difference already in helping me reset my appetite, serving sizes, and it helped strengthen my discipline. All good things. Oh yeah: lost some weight, too!
Breakfast: Pork, apple, and egg casserole. YUMMY!
Lunch: Bacon-covered Chorizo Meat Loaf!!! I LOVE this stuff!!! It’s probably my favorite Whole30 meal, and I was very happy to see containers of it in the refrigerator when I went to pull out a lunch. This kept me completely satisfied, and was amazing!
Dinner: Left-over bacon-wrapped cod with asparagus. I had roughly three pieces of the cod and about 7 sprigs of asparagus. I followed that up with a bit of cantaloupe to calm my stomach. I feel much better now.
We are now day one into our fourth and final week! This is exciting!
Portion sizes are holding steady; I eat as much as it takes to fill me up. I’m not gaining any weight, and while I’m not necessarily seeing much movement on the scale, I do feel great and my clothing (and rings on my fingers) are all much looser. I know my body composition is changing again to leaner. Coupled with my running, this healthier eating is giving me many benefits I knew normally happen, but I didn’t expect to be so noticable for someone like me who has been Paleo for over two years. Wow.
Breakfast: This is where it gets weird. I had some medical tests scheduled for today, so I had to fast in the morning prior to a blood test. Therefore, I didn’t eat my normal breakfast, and I was only able to eat a bag of nuts after the blood test and before lunch. So, my breakfast was small and basically eaten just to stave off some hunger.
Lunch: 10 small-ish chicken wings with mild Buffalo sauce and roughly 6 pieces of carrot and 6 pieces of celery. No sauce for dipping; I just ate these straight. I didn’t get a photo because it would have been weird in the restaurant, but I think everyone can picture what this looked like.
Dinner: Sherry made sous-vide steak with some zucchini that she grilled in a pan with some coconut oil. It was delicious! I seared the steak after she cooked them to give them grill marks and they turned out beautiful!
OK. So I was bad again, and slept in really late. In doing so, I forfeited breakfast. I know it’s not the best thing to do, but I don’t want to get completely off-schedule with my eating for the day since I won’t be staying up late and I don’t want to eat a dinner too late in the day. So, I ate a bigger portion of lunch than usual, and had dinner a little earlier than normal. In the end, I think the calories will even out.
Breakfast: Skipped while sleeping. It was so nice and comfy and warm in my bed when I initially got up that I didn’t want to get out of bed. I fell back asleep and got a lot of rest. I feel great, but I am paying for it by skipping a meal.
Lunch: Some kind of great Mexican-inspired dish made by Sherry called Layered Taco Casserole which has plantains as the base layer and guacamole as the top layer. It tastes great, and it was very filling!
Dinner: We went to a local favorite called Nik’s Steak and Seafood. My dinner started with a dinner salad with oil and vinegar after which I had the 8 oz grilled snapper and six grilled shrimp served with brocolli and sweet potato. This is one of my favorite “Out for dinner” places as the prices are very reasonable and the food is EXCELLENT. The bad news: I forgot to take photos! I was so excited to get my dinner that I immediately dug in. Sorry!
OK. So, day 14 is weird. It’s not really following any rules. You see, I woke up very late, and decided to go right into lunch instead of eating a super-late breakfast and then eating a lunch four hours later and then dinner three hours after that with my wife. So, I ended up doing a bit of a fast and then eating one of the prepared lunches Sherry preps for us as my first meal of the day. As for my weight, it was right at my lowest again. This makes me very, very happy, indeed!
Breakfast: Skipped due to sleeping in
Lunch: I had the amazing Moroccan Lamb dish Sherry made last week. The side with it was mashed garlic cauliflower. I had a coffee with it, and I felt completely filled up afterward. This is a super-delicious recipe that you should all try! (Darn it! I forgot to take a picture of it before I ate it all!)
Dinner: About seven hours after my lunch, I had my final meal of the day which was the spaghetti squash with bolognese sauce. This time I did get a photo of my dinner. I could have re-plated it, but I typically don’t because it just makes another dish dirty.
Another night with not enough sleep, but once I was able to get myself out of bed, I felt pretty good. After my morning coffee, I felt pretty normal.
Breakfast: Two eggs sunny-side up and two slices of bacon with coffee. No fruit of vegetables by personal choice.
Lunch: Garden salad with oil and vinegar, 6 oz filet mignon, and Brussels sprouts. My friend Steve and I typically go out for lunch on Fridays for a steak, but since he’ll be out on Friday, we decided to make Thursday our “Out for lunch” day. I am fortunate that I can eat an amazing lunch on Whole30 and remain compliant.
Dinner: I found myself out for a meal for the second time in the same day due to attending a funeral. Afterward, some friends along with my wife and I decided to go out for dinner. We went to Lupe Tortilla which has a really nice steak/chicken/beef fajita plate that my wife and I had. As a bonus, they have spaghetti squash as a side, and we just told them to hold the rice, beans, and tortillas. The dinner was delicious, and we left satisfied.
Weight this morning is holding steady at my low, which makes me happy. Not a single snack yesterday, although I was wishing I could have had some sort of chocolate after dinner. Not because I was having a sweet craving, mind you. It’s just that I miss chocolate. I really love chocolate.
So far, so good. This is my fourth Whole30, so there were no big surprises so far. In fact, I have to say, it’s been the least eventful Whole30 I’ve done. I expected the following:
Some cravings in the beginning due to my bad eating over the holidays: check.
That things would get better within the first week in regards to how I felt and energy levels: check.
My weight would slowly, over time, decline with rises and falls: check (NOTE that I’m not supposed to be checking my weight on a standard Whole30. Call my Whole30 a Whole30PM (for PaleoMarine).
Things I’m looking forward to:
Eventual elimination of cravings.
Reduction in serving sizes and increased satisfaction from the reduced serving sizes.
Eventual moderate weight loss.
As a fourth-time traveler down the path of Whole30, this journey has been much nicer and less stressful than the first three. Sherry and I have gotten pretty good at Whole30, and we know what we can eat, what we have to avoid, and where to easily get the food we need. It also helps that most of our friends have done Whole30’s, so when we get together, they know that we’re on one, and they accommodate our dietary needs.
Bottom line: A strong, positive, and motivated mindset makes this easy. When you know what to expect, what’s coming, and how to get past things like cravings, initial low energy levels, or locating Whole30 compliant ingredients/foods, it takes away a lot of the stress people experience on a Whole30. I have the benefit of past experience, but I hope that my blog posts shed some light on the things I’ve experienced this time versus my past Whole30’s.