So here we are on Day 8 of our Whole 30 (check out my last post that explains what this means) and even though it is tough at times, I think it’s paying off already. Here are things I’ve noticed so far:
*5 lbs down
*Waking up easier and not in total zombie mode until I get some coffee
*I’ve been noticing how many times I would have put something in my mouth at work and think twice about it now. It would probably add up very quickly.
*Definitely noticing what is known as the “low-carb flu” in the afternoon. Headaches, fatigue, and so on because our bodies are used to processing carbohydrates for energy instead of protein and fats. Here is a link from Mark Sisson on the topic: http://lewrockwell.com/sisson/sisson191.html and a more in depth scientific one here: http://www.gnolls.org/1984/the-science-behind-the-low-carb-flu-and-how-to-regain-your-metabolic-flexibility/ This is supposed to go away after a week or two once our bodies adjust to the dietary differences and according to Mark, we should have the energy of children after this passes. Let’s hope so.
*My skin seems to be behaving better with the random acne I get, but this could also be a hormone thing.
The other night we went out to dinner at Aladdin’s and stuck with our plan. It IS possible, however, difficult especially depending on what restaurant you choose. We ordered their homemade v-9 soup without pita and skipped on the potato chunks in it and split a big lamb salad with their house dressing (olive oil,lemon, and garlic) with no feta. The hardest part was walking past the dessert counter and looking at all the lovely cheesecakes and whatnot. Torture some would say. The other thing that has been difficult is when we are out and about and get really hungry and there is NOTHING to snack on. I would highly recommend keeping a bag of nuts or something on you at all times for these situations where you’re almost starving and won’t get around to a meal for a while. Matt has worse sugar cravings than I do and last night finally found something that curbs them: coconut water with pulp from Real Coconut brand. It’s by far the best coconut water I have had. The plastic and cardboard containers seem to taste like crap to me. We also found that canned coconut milk is excellent in coffee. I’ve been using a couple teaspoonfuls of the stuff by itself to curb my sugar cravings. So far this experience has taught us discipline and how to not indulge in our “oh it’ll be ok but just for tonight” attitudes. Two thumbs up.
Recipes for the Day:
Moroccan Spiced Chicken Thighs with Kale Rolls
Thighs are my favorite part of the chicken. Cheap, moist, and just enough meat for a meal.
4 Chicken thighs, skin-on, bone-in
pinch of each:
cinnamon, ginger, garlic powder, salt and pepper
Rub each thigh with olive oil and sprinkle both sides with spices. Heat skillet on med-high and add thighs, skin side down. Cook for 8 minutes and flip. Cook another 8 minutes and move skillet to 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or until meat thermometer reads 160 in the thickest part.
6 Lacinato Kale leaves, swiss chard leaves can also be used here.
1/4 cup each, chopped:
carrots, mushrooms, zucchini, onion (cook whatever kind of vegetables you’d like!)
fresh flat-leaf parsley
Saute vegetables in pan while boiling a pot of water to blanch kale. When water is boiling, drop leaves in for 5 minutes (less for swiss chard). Remove with tongs and put in an ice bath to preserve bright green color. Add parsley after the vegetables are tender. Lay out two leaves at a time, overlapping. Fill with vegetables, roll, and insert toothpick to secure.
Breakfast: Egg and Ham cups & Coconut Banana with Mixed Nuts and Cacao
5 eggs, beaten
12 slices ham (paleo style, if possible. This means no nitrates added, no preservatives, no sugar)
Mushrooms, onions, green pepper chopped. You can use whatever you’d like here once again. Make it spicy with jalapenos, etc.
Saute vegetables in pan for 5 minutes. Line muffin pan with ham, 2 pieces per one. Add vegetables to eggs and fill the ham cups. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until egg is set. Remove with a spoon (some of the egg might stick a little but that’s ok).
1 banana, mashed,
1 Tbl. canned coconut milk
1/8 cup mixed nuts
sprinkle of coconut flakes
sprinkle of cacao nibs (raw unprocessed cacao found at health food stores. It’s expensive but trust me, it goes a looooong way and helps with the chocolate cravings)
Mix banana and coconut milk and top with other stuff. We shared this between 3 people but was a great little breakfast dessert. Bananas are high on the glycemic index so you want to be careful of your consumption. Nuts should also be consumed in moderation.
On to week 2 of our Whole 30!