Recap of today: Good day today! For breakfast, I scrambled eggs with fresh cilantro and Rotel tomatoes with some blueberries on the side. It was a tasty Tex-Mex treat. Lunch was leftovers from yesterday’s lunch & dinner – beef stew and baked sweet potato wedges. Dinner was pecan-crusted pork tenderloin on baby arugula (pg. 252), cauliflower rice (pg. 272), and baked asparagus and brussel sprouts.
What was a success today? Two successes!
- The food was all great! I definitely don’t feel deprived. I was hungry between breakfast and lunch, but I ate a handful of cashews. I wasn’t too sure about the tenderloin, but it tasted really good. I substituted the walnuts for pecans, and the drizzled balsamic vinaigrette over the top made it tasty with the baby arugula. The cauliflower rice wasn’t my favorite. It was a lot of prep work (I only have a small food processor so I had to pulse a bunch of batches). I had to add more chicken broth than the recipe called for. To me, the smell of it wasn’t appetizing, although I like baked cauliflower. But, the good news – my husband liked it! His mother was Japanese American, so he is used to eating rice. I had him switched over to brown rice before I started, but he said this was a great substitute since he can’t have his rice with Whole30.
- He’s joining me! We keep talking about what I’m doing and why I’m doing it, and he wants to feel better, too. He’s having a hard time giving up the sugar-free gum. He started chewing it when he quit smoking 3 or 4 years ago. Today he said he had a piece. But he’s aware that he shouldn’t be chewing it, so that’s a start, right?
What was a challenge today? I’m fortunate that I cook a lot of whole foods already and have a stocked kitchen. As I make recipes, there’s a lot of ingredients to mix together and a lot of steps. I can see how someone who isn’t confident in the kitchen could feel overwhelmed. Additionally, I can see how stocking up on all the ingredients for the recipes could be very expensive. I’m lucky to have almost all the spices called for, but still, when I made my grocery list, I had a lot to get.
How am I feeling physically today? I feel really good. I noticed the week the kids were home for the holidays, I had made an assortment of cookies for them. We were also eating more rolls/bread. Every day I was taking ibuprofen because I felt achy and just kinda bleh. I haven’t had that feeling at all. I think it was all the extra sugar and carbs I was eating that I wasn’t used to eating that made me feel bad. I learned something yesterday. After dinner, since we’re staying up later, we had a snack of a banana and a few almonds. About an hour later, I started getting that bladder pain and urgency. I wasn’t sure if it was the tomatoes in the stew or the banana. Today, I had stew leftovers for lunch, and it didn’t bother me a bit. So, it was the banana. My bladder just doesn’t do well with fruits, which is sad because I do like them.
How am I feeling mentally today? I’m excited that my husband likes the food and this program seems very doable. However, when I start back to work next week, I’ll need to be much more organized and do more prep work the day before, especially if I’m working out after work/before dinner. I think starting a routine will be important.
Anything else interesting today? My yoga CD came in! I purchased Tamal Dodge’s Hatha & Flow Yoga for Beginners. I hope to start that in the mornings before work. I haven’t been going to Zumba while on break, and I know that will make me feel even better when I start back to work next week. Nothing like moving to music to make you happy!