January 10, 2014

Whole 30: Day 5

Before I get into today, I had a lot of folks asking questions in the blog comments the past few days, so I wanted to get to those:

What is the Whole 30?
Their website does an excellent job of explaining it, much better than I could. Essentially, though, it's paleo eating - anything that a caveman would eat is okay. So, no grains, no dairy, no sugar, no unhealthy fats, no alcohol. There are some interesting infographics floating around online showing correlations between the transition from hunter-gatherers to farmers and food processors. Our diets went from protein based to refined carb and sugar based. I'm not a doctor and can't vouch for the data, but I *can* say that I know how I feel when I eat a lot of pasta, bread, and sweets, and I know how much better I feel when I avoid that stuff.

Is Matt doing it too?
Reluctantly, but yes. I don't know if I could do it without him. Having one meal to prepare, one good healthy meal, and no temptations anywhere ... it makes it easier.

Are you following the no-scale rule?
Yes, we are. We weighed ourselves beforehand, and won't weigh ourselves again 'til we're done with the thirty days. It's hard, but I am slowly learning to trust my body.

How much sage do you add to the turkey sausage patties?
I could never be a TV chef, or even a food blogger. I am terrible about measurements. I usually just throw in a spoonful of this and a few shakes of that. Multiple spoonfuls if it's garlic. If I had to guess, I would say it's a teaspoon per 1/4 pound of ground turkey. Sometimes I will chop up some green apple and add that, but usually it's just a bit of salt and pepper. We keep it pretty simple around here.

All about spaghetti squash: is it good? Is it super squashy tasting?
I find that with spaghetti squash, folks either love it or hate it. If you go into it expecting something that tastes like spaghetti, you'll be let down. If you appreciate it as a vegetable that kind of looks like spaghetti, you'll fall in love. We're in the latter group.

It doesn't have a strong squashy taste, not like butternut squash or pumpkin. When cooked perfectly, it's still a bit firm - it almost falls out of the shell but the individual strands still have a bite to them.

And we love it with any sauce, from pesto to tomato sauce.

Making baked egg muffins: does the sauce stain the silicone cups?
I didn't notice an off color or smell left in the cups, but that may just be that I'm married to an exceptional dish washer.

Breakfast this morning: more scrambled egg muffins. This time, with broccoli. I'm thinking this weekend, it'll be mushrooms since I have some leftover. They're a really quick and delicious breakfast!

Today was my first day back to work, and let me tell you, I am bracing myself for a heck of a semester. Because my name was changed in the system over Winter Break, I missed a department wide email that got sent out a few days ago. Not usually a big deal, except this one mentioned that my immediate boss resigned effective next week. So today, three days before classes start, I walked into a mess of schedule reorganizing, because now his courses need to be taught by someone else. The whole day was full of stuff like that, just majorly stressful.

One good thing, though, was that I noticed that I almost forgot to eat my lunch. Maybe it was the pile of work distracting me, but even when I ate, I was barely hungry but not starving. I only ate because I was heading into a very long meeting and knew my stomach would grumble in the meantime. I made a burger with avocado in the middle, and brought my leftover brussels sprouts.

The burger was good, I have no idea how long it has been since I've made anything with beef at home. We usually use turkey, mainly because we prefer the flavor.

After work, I got home and started cooking since we were having friends over for a game night. We usually eat dinner around 5 but we would be eating later, and I got a bit snacky. A few nuts, some avocado. I caught myself and had some water.

Dinner was spaghetti squash again, with another homemade sauce just like the one I made the other night. It was just as good, and our friends loved it too! They're doing a similar type of eating plan right now, so it was nice to cook for everyone and still be supported and on-plan.

I know I only had one day of work, but oof, I am ready for the weekend. Hopefully all my scheduling issues get resolved by the time I show up to teach on Monday!

1 comment:

Losing The Rolls said...

Way to go Mary! You are doing well on the Whole 30 plan. I need to make a meal plan this weekend and try to eat at home this week. Have a great weekend.