Whole60, day 25

Note, this is not me…

Day 25: Friday Sept 27

Today is Kiwanis Peanut Day, so I took the day off, as I had to bail to head out to the suburbs about 2 pm in order to hit the streets at 3:30 pm.

I started the day off with my typical coffee w/coconut milk and poached eggs.  I’m finding that my usual 3 eggs is actually starting to be a little too much, so going forward, maybe I’ll just do two eggs.  It’s nice to actually be able to notice this stuff now!  I’ve also bought some gelatin, based on some reading on the Peat articles and swung by Caribou Coffee for a second cup of coffee that I could gelatin-up.  The gelatin isn’t really noticeable in the coffee, so I’ll probably continue with it, since there are a lot of health benefits to the stuff.

Peanut Day requires a little bit of planning: normally, I’ll snack on peanuts and we’ll go back to count money at someone’s house and order pizza. Yeah, that’s not going to work on the Whole30.   So, instead I packed up some guacamole and leftover mexican/collard greens dinner from the other night.

Turns out my hip was hurting enough that I just wanted to go home [I definitely made my step goal for the day!]. I also needed to get home to the dog as well, since he had pretty much refused to do his business before I left at 2 pm.  So, no way to heat up, or really eat, the leftovers.  I punted and swung by Jimmy John’s and picked up an unwich with extra meat and extra guac along with some mustard.  Good enough until I got home.

Then, I got it in my head, for whatever reason, to make coconut butter.   I’d bought a case of Let’s Do Organic unsweetened coconut flakes and hadn’t done anything with them, and my Blend-Tec was getting dusty.   So, I asked Chef Google how to make it, and found Nom Nom Paleo’s Homemade Coconut Butter recipe.

My first attempt was kind of a fail.  The Blend-Tec heated things up and I was getting a paste, not really a liquid.  I added another pouch of coconut flakes, and still – mostly pasty, not smooth and liquidy.   After doing a little research in the comments of the above post, as well as the comments at Mark’s Daily Apple, I realized I may need to add a bit more liquid to the recipe to get it to blend properly.  I added 2 more TBS coconut oil (melted) and whoomp, there it was!  In retrospect, this may have been a little too much, but the result tasted just fine.  I added a bit of cinnamon and it tastes a bit like rumchata butter! Yum.

Here’s what I used for my batch:

  • 2 x 7 ounce package of Let’s Do Organic Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • Shake of cinnamon (maybe 1/2 tsp?)
  • Pinch of Kosher salt

I tossed it all in my blend-tec, hit the “sauces/dips” button, and then blitzed it a second time at level 8 for 45 seconds, and then did that one more time:

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Whole60, Day 24

Day 24: Thursday, Sept 26

Surprise, still exhausted around 3 pm.  I was so tired, I bailed on dinner with Paul, and also totally forgot about a 7:30 pm meeting I had. Whoops.  Instead, I made some ground beef mashup with collard greens, carrots, and sweet potato, some acorn squash candy, and washed Nashville and The Bridge.

I didn’t have time to do the salt cleanse, as I didn’t have a 2 hour window that I wouldn’t need to be near the restroom.  However, I did end up putting a bit too much MCT oil in my coffee, so I ended up with basically the same effect.  Yee haw.

In other W30 news, I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of poached eggs and coffee for breakfast:

Whole60, Day 23

Day 23: Wednesday Sept 25

This being tired, especially around 3 pm is really frustrating.  I’m not sure why this is happening on this Whole30 when it wasn’t present after the first week on the last one.  I’ve also felt like my brain is not functioning as well as it usually does: I’m losing my train of thought occasionally at work and am not as able to multitask.   I admit, I do take pride in my intelligence and speed on picking things up, so this is doubly frustrating.

I think there’s also the fact that I’m sad/anxious/internally whiny about the fact that it is September, and that Scooter’s Frozen Custard, and Black Dog Gelato will close soon and I will miss out on this taste of summer.   So, I will admit that this does factor into this, a bit.

But, the other thing on my mind is something I read about is Ray Peat and his ideas that dairy is actually good, and that sugar is not evil.  I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around that last one I’ll admit.  But, I mean, the man even recommends Ice Cream!

I mentioned the tiredness to Lori, and she mentioned that perhaps I am detoxing, which is why I’m so ridiculously tired all the time.  She suggested an enema, but that is not happening – but I may do a Salt Water Flush instead.  Maybe it’ll flush out my urge to eat cashews like candy – like I managed to do today, sigh.

Whole 60, Day 22

Day 22: Tuesday Sept 24

i dropped off my car this morning, and will be without it until tomorrow evening.  Luckily I live in the city, so this shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

I ended up down a google rabbit hole in the afternoon, though.  While looking for an image for yesterday’s post,  I saw this menu board, which niggled at me.  I started looking at other menu planners, and since I just hung a weekly whiteboard, i think a magnetic system would be really interesting.

I also stumbled across this 30 meals binder idea.  I think if I combine this with the magnetic recipe idea, this is going to be a winner.  The only thing I will need to modify is the “use up what’s in the CSA box” menu.  Often times, I do go look for a new recipe as the goodies that come in my CSA box are generally items that I’ve never cooked with before.  Creating a category for “CSA” will allow me to continue to try new recipes and yet make weekly planning a lot easier, hopefully.

Whole60 report:  I am still feeling ridiculously exhausted through this, and that’s much different from the last time that I did the Whole30.  Previously, I was tired for about 7-10 days and then that cleared.   I’m really thinking of stopping at the end of the 30 days, and doing a serious introduction protocol to see how I react to things like dairy and grain.  Of course this could just be my extinction burst talking.  Also, it would help if I got to bed on time, as well.

I am also having a difficult time not snacking, and also not eating 862 cashews at a sitting.  I was starving at 4:30 pm but also feeling way too lazy to make dinner, so I ended up eating 583 cashews and taking a nap.  I would have run to Chipotle for a quick dinner but … no car.  Ugh.  So, instead, I pulled out my spiral slicer and made some comfort noodles.

I also spent the evening getting through most of my weekly cookup: I made mayo and clarified butter, then roasted some acorn squash and tomatoes / onions for soup.   I also put my swimming goggles on and chopped up several onions for later.  And then I even did all the dishes.  BOOM.  Just call me Martha:

Whole60, Day 21

Day 21: Monday, Sept 23

Man, my house smelled delicious when I woke up! If there’s an incentive to make your own stock, that’s definitely one of them.

Unfortunately, my day was back to back meetings from 7:30 am to about 2:30 pm.  Add onto that the fact that I didn’t get to sleep until late (my own fault), and this made for a very cranky Heather who pretty much hated people.  I told this to my friend Paul, who said, “That happens to you pretty often”.   Well, dang, the man does have a point, and is probably something I need to work on at some point in the near future.

Also, frustratingly, I dove somewhat head first into the cashews today as well.  I’m sure that this was because I was exhausted and old habits say “eat food to wake you up”.  Sigh.  At least it isn’t gluten or sugar, but still!  Something has got to change here, and I’m not quite sure how to tackle this.  Perhaps I need to make a commitment to do something else: write, walk, drink water. I think most importantly, I need to be conscious of the choices I’m making.

I have to turn my car in to get some dents fixed Tuesday morning, and will be without a car until Wednesday night, so I’m going to take the opportunity of being home in the evening to get my weekly cook up on.  On Sunday I’d planned my recipes for the week and also planned out the WCU:

Simple Roasted Tomato Soup
D.I.Y. Ghee | Award-Winning Paleo Recipes | Nom Nom Paleo
Two-Minute Mayonnaise | Serious Eats : Recipes
Sweet & Sour Split Roast Chicken – Recipe Distiller
Spinach Mushroom & cherry tomato fry up
PaleOMG  4 Ingredient Acorn Squash Candy

Weekly Cookup List:

    1. Melt butter for ghee
    2. Make mayo
    3. Slice 2 yellow onions
    4. Dice 2 yellow onions
    5. Nuke & slice acorn squash
    6. Fire up grill
    7. Roast tomatoes& onions and acorn squash [save handful of cherry tomatoes for fry up]
    8. Make sweet & sour sauce [p110 primal cravings]
    9. Brown ground beef
    10. Grill chicken [foreman grill?]
    11. Slice cherry tomatoes in half
    12. Shred collard greens

Whole60, Day 20

Day 20: Sunday, Sept 22

Sunday was somewhat lazy.  I got up around 9, had a late breakfast of poached eggs and avocado [I still had some to use up, even after the fat guacamole devils], and caught up on The Bridge before jumping in the shower and heading off to our monthly Book Club and Brunch.  This month we were reading Orange is the New Black, as several of us had binge-watched the TV show and wanted to see how the book compares.  I liked it; it wasn’t as outlandish as the TV show, but I think you did get to see Piper grow, and it was interesting to think about how I, a soft white girl, would survive in prison.

I think my favorite part of the discussion was Shana saying “Well, I wouldn’t have to work, I’d get a lot of time to read, and I could train puppies all day!”  I think I’m going to pass on that option and the lack of personal freedoms, however.

I ended up having water and an omelette [hold the dairy] with shrooms and spinach. Yum.  Kind of amazing how you have to remember to ask for these things in restaurants:  they put dairy / butter in a lot of things you wouldn’t think they might!

When I got home, I tackled the to-do list: hung up the whiteboards I’d gotten for my fridge with command strips.  Whose brilliant idea was it, anyway, to make non-magnetic refrigerators?  I then went through the contents of my fridge, freezer and pantry, listing them on the 8″x17″ board, and my general weekly appointments on the weekly one.  I feel so much more organized!

Then, it was weekly meal planning time.  I decided to skip my weekly CSA box, as I was still behind on going through the food from the last two week’s boxes.  That’s the curse of living by myself: I have to skip every third box or so, because I just can’t eat that much that fast!

And then finally, I finished carving the chicken I’d roasted on Friday, so I took the bones and the veggie ends/pieces I’d saved from the last couple days and put that all into the crock pot  with water, salt, pepper and vinegar and set it on low before I headed off to bed.  I use this recipe, but instead of the stove, put it all in the slow cooker (which I think is safer) and let it go for up to 24 hours before straining and saving.

Mmm: 2013-09-22 19.43.03

Whole60, Day 19

Day 19: Saturday Sept 21

On tap for Saturday was an end of summer indoor pool party.  Normally this is the type of occasion that triggers all of my desires to socially eat and/or drink.  I tend to feel what I call “internal peer pressure”: I see everyone else eating “fun foods” or alcohol, and I think that people are all looking at me wondering why I’m not enjoying the cake or mai tais, as well.  While I know it’s really not true, it’s still a pattern I need to break.

I searched Chef Google for something to ring, since it was a pot luck, and someone had already offer to bring potato salad, so fauxtato salad was out.  I found a recipe for fat guacamole devils on Mark’s Daily Apple, and since I had a bunch of avocados I needed to use up, I was sold.   I have a incapability of making pretty hardboiled eggs, I bought the store bought kind, and that made things super easy.  I learned a trick from The Pioneer Woman about cutting things in half, so used two plastic lids and put the eggs between them.  I then used a knife to cut them in half:2013-09-21 16.18.52

The other trick to making deviled eggs simple is using  a ziploc bag.  Take the yolks, put them in the ziploc bag, toss all the other ingredients in and smush them all together.   I ended up carting the egg shells and filling separately, and then snipped the corner and filled the eggs.  Sadly, I didn’t take a picture of the finished product, but they were all eating lickety split, so I wasn’t the only one who thought they were delicious.

As for the party, I actually didn’t have a hard time passing up the desserts, even though I had a couple of food pushers around.  It helped that I brought my 100% tart cherry juice (spiked with lime) and some seltzer water.   Mocktails ahoy!

I must have felt some sort of deprivation, though, because when I got hungry I ended up eating a few handfuls of cashews I didn’t need.  But, in the scheme of things, that’s better than a bunch of sugar and gluten.  Whole30 on!