February 1, 2014

Whole 30: Days 11 and 12

I was so tired last night, I fell asleep before blogging. I passed out on the couch, my head on Matt's lap while we watched a show on Netflix. It had been a long day at work, and I was feeling lousy to begin with - a bit of a cold, plus cramps now too. I fought sleep because I knew I needed to go to the gym, but finally, sleep won, and I pushed my workout to today.

Yesterday's food was mostly more of the usual: scrambled eggs for breakfast with mushrooms and olives, leftover cashew chicken for lunch. For dinner, I made turkey burgers - we've been having burgers every Friday night, it feels like a treat. I usually make sweet potato fries but this time we had cucumber instead. I try and mix up what kind of burgers I make - beef, chicken, turkey - and also the spices/ingredients I add to them. We've done avocado filled for me, sweet potato filled for Matt, plain with some cumin and black pepper. This time, I made our own version of a recipe from an old Rachael Ray cookbook Matt had - a spanakopita burger.

I think the original was with lamb, and it definitely had feta. I used turkey, omitted the feta, and added dill - our favorite Greek restaurant in Chicago made the most delicious spanakopita I've ever had, and it had tons of dill. Such a delicious combination.

Today we woke up and headed to the grocery store in the morning - we usually go on Sundays, but we went early today to try and avoid people going shopping for Super Bowl parties. We got in and out fairly quickly, and once again, our bill was lower than the first few weeks of the Whole 30. Now we are better at planning quantities, I think. Just what we need, nothing more or less.

When we got home, I unpacked the groceries and Matt went to the gym. I decided to make chicken salad for lunch, so I whipped up some homemade mayo. Oh. My. Goodness. This time, it came out even better than last time. Like, I will never buy mayo again.

We don't use a ton of mayonnaise, so I never really bought it much anyway. But it just comes together so easily and it tastes infinitely better than anything store-bought. This time, when I mixed it up, I added garlic, basil, and parsley. I also used fresh squeezed juice from a Meyer lemon instead of vinegar, and let me tell you, it made all the difference. SO good.

I mixed a bit of it up with some chopped up chicken thighs, and put it over some mixed greens.

When Matt got back, we switched off on Noah Duty and I headed to the gym. I finished the first week of Couch to 5K, and it felt great. I wanted to keep working out a bit, so I hopped on the stationary bike. i planned on just doing 5 or 10 minutes, but I turned on the TV in the gym and there was a Harry Potter movie on HBO, so I ended up staying on the bike for half an hour!

For dinner, I made another recipe from one of the e-cookbooks I had downloaded, The Everything Paleolithic Diet Slow Cooker Cookbook (yes, it's an incredibly specific title). I did chicken and artichokes, except I also added some fresh spinach to the crockpot. It was another winner!

Even Matt liked it, and before he had been only so-so on artichokes. I think being on the Whole 30 helped that - our tastes are definitely changing. Things taste different, better. Flavors aren't hidden among grains or disguised by being covered in cheese or sugar.

I like that this doesn't feel like a challenge most of the time. I don't miss alcohol at all - we almost never drink. But I don't even miss grains, dairy, or sugar. I know this probably won't last forever, and someday I will feel tempted again, possibly soon. But for now, it feels good, and I'm trying to hold on to the feeling so I can recall it and be as strong as I can when I start to struggle.


Unknown said...

Thanks for the information about the home-made mayo. I never even thought of that! I like the sound of adding herbs and garlic, and the lemon!

Anonymous said...

I love garlic mayo. It tastes so much nicer then normal bought one.


Yum Yucky said...

Ooooweee. Chopped chicken thighs over greens is sounding really good to me. I'll have to put it on my lunch prep menu.