Monthly Archives: January 2013

Day 31: Dairy Makes Me Sneeze?

I can’t lie, I’ve been cheating on the “don’t step on the scale” thing since I started my 30. It had been a few days, and it turns out I’m down 12 pounds and about 1 inch off of my waist and hips. I even managed to put a belt on today.

Today was also dairy reintroduction day. I ate borscht for breakfast, along with a cup of Chobani yogurt. I didn’t notice much except that I sneezed a few times. But since I’ve also got a cold, I didn’t think too much of it. I ate a snack before lunch of an apple and some cheese. Again, I felt kind of snotty/sneezy, but I had been feeling that way for a few days anyway. For lunch I ate a bison patty, cauli rice, and collard greens, and noticed that I was getting gassy.

I was supposed to eat some ice cream with my dinner. I found a wee container of mint chocolate chip Edy’s (5.8 oz). It’s super cold here, so I just left it in my car all day and figured it would be fine. It melted, and I did not care. I got home from work and sucked down that ice cream. Then I took a nap (I’m still sick!). I woke up a bit bloaty and snotty, but for the most part, dairy wasn’t a huge problem. I had some balsamic braised ribs from Practical Paleo for dinner, along with some roast carrots and apple ginger sauerkraut –one of my new favorite things!

I’m back on the plan for a few days while I see what else happens (breakouts, etc.) before I move to my next reintroduction: grains with gluten.


Day 30: It’s Oveeerr!

Well. Almost. Next up is food reintroduction, and I know you want to read all about my bloat. Since I’m sick, I’m not exactly going out with a bang, although I did manage to make a nice dinner. Before I get into what I ate on my official 30th day (35 for anybody keeping track), let’s review what I have not eaten for the past month:

  • No grains
  • No dairy
  • No soy
  • No added sugar or sweeteners
  • No booze
  • No sulfites, carrageenan or MSG (preservatives)
  • No white potatoes

In case you weren’t paying attention, what have I been eating?

  • Animal protein from sustainable, ethical (and almost entirely local) sources
  • Organic, non-GMO (and, when possible, local) veggies of all shapes and sizes – 2-3 cups per meal
  • Limited amounts of fruit – 1-2 pieces per day (see slaying the friggin’ sugar dragon. . . I’m trying to run on fat instead of sugar over here)
  • Good fats such as avocado, ghee, certain tree nuts, and pretty much anything that comes out of a coconut
  • Fermented foods such as kombucha and sauerkraut (also found a local source for that)

And aside from the fact that I have  cold, I feel great. Preparing my food each day really forced me to get a lot done in a day, and because I have sustained energy throughout the day, I have been able to do that. In fact, even though I was sickly last night, I sat down and did my taxes because I felt like a freaking lout sitting around.

What did I eat on day 30? A lot of bone broth and tea because I’m sick. Since I stayed home, I made some eggs with kale and ate them with some sauerkraut for breakfast. I also sucked down some bone broth and ate some toasty coconut. I wasn’t very hungry for lunch, but I had a small piece of roast chicken and some carrots and snap peas with mayo dip, plus more tea and bone broth.

For dinner, I made some bison patties, collard greens with spicy Thai chiles and shallots, cauliflower rice with curry powder, dried apricots, and toasted pecans, and mushrooms. I cooked everything in buttery delicious ghee. A mini feast!


The Last Supper

So that’s it. Tomorrow I’ll check out my weight and measurements and see what kind of progress I made on that front. Even though this past month has been crazy with cooking and cleaning, I really think the hard part comes next. I won’t be following any plan, and will have to fight to keep sugar from becoming part of my daily routine again. Once I’m eating a regular paleo diet, I can come back and do another Whole 30 whenever I need to clean up my act, but I hope I don’t have that much cleaning up to do. I’d like to keep my momentum and stay in “gettin’ shit done” mode. It’s the only way I’ll lose some weight. And really, 30 days isn’t long enough to tell if some of my inflammatory problems are going to clear up eating paleo, so I need to keep it up. This is the end of my 30, but the beginning of what my diet and lifestyle will look like in the future.





Days 28 and 29: Gettin’ Sickly

So I’m feeling pretty great. Sustained energy throughout the day, and getting all kinds of shit done. Then I wake up yesterday (Day 28) with a clogged left nostril. Aaand today I’m getting sick. I’ve got asthma, so getting sick is always an adventure. I’m not super wheezy yet, but it’s starting. Right now I’m sneezy/snotty and the inside of my face itches. Yesterday I ate leftovers, and I’m going on day four or so of borcht, so it’s a red poop week. Bonus.

Today started with leftovers as well, but I sprung for Chipotle for lunch. Once I got home from work, I started sucking down bone broth (thanks, Hallie Badger!) and ate some clementines. The broth sure did make my face feel better whilst I was drinking it. I baked a piece of salmon with some shallots, dill, and ghee for dinner. Then I plopped it on top of some baby kale with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.


Salmon on Baby Kale

I swear I read somewhere that coconut milk is good for you when your’e getting sick. So I cut up some apples and dates, sprinkled on some toasty coconut, and dumped coconut milk on top of it.


Apple and Coconut Milk Treat

If my reasoning was wrong, I don’t want to be right, because it was a damn fine treat. And now my sickface needs to get some sleep. Day 30 is tomorrow, and I’ll begin my food reintroduction on 1/31. Hopefully I’ll be done being sick before I get my food reintroduction bloat on.


Day 26 and 27: Beets, Borscht, and Busy

I did, like, a bunch of crap Saturday (day 26). I got up and did an hour of yoga, then went to CrossFit to tackle Friday’s WOD during open gym. I got home, ate, ran errands, cooked up a paleo feast, then went to a movie. 

Nobody cares about my breakfast or lunch, because dinner was glorious. Damn fine chicken, steak salad, beets sauteed in orange juice, and collard greens sauteed in coconut oil, bone broth, garlic, and crushed red pepper. Hallie Badger contributed cocoa toasted cauliflower and some nutty balls. It was all so colorful and tasty!


Paleo Feast!

Today (day 27) was just as busy as yesterday. Making out my food and grocery plan, getting groceries and running errands, cooking, dishes, cleaning, and laundry. I really did all of those things. That’s why I’m sitting in bed at 9.

I ate some leftover steak salad, sauerkraut, and cocoa toasted cauliflower for breakfast. After errands, I whipped up a big batch of borscht for lunch/dinner, and used up the rest of the cabbage by also making a half batch of halupki stir fry with ground turkey.


Borscht and Halupki Stir Fry

My borscht is so good! And I’ll be eating it for the rest of the week, so I’ll leave you with a photo.



Day 25: Skrumps

I am coming to you live from my new Lenovo Yoga! I feel so fancy. . . with some first-world guilt, of course. My Sony Vaio served me well, but after six years of abuse, I have moved on to this little orange beauty.

Today is actually my 30th day eating on the plan, but now is no time to celebrate. I have to get through the end of January, plus two weeks of food reintroductions, where I add one category of eliminated food (dairy, gluten-free grains, grains with gluten, and legumes) back in for a day, then eat on the plan for a couple more while I see what happens. SCIENCE.

Today I had leftover bison and sauerkraut for breakfast, along with some tea with coconut milk. I had some salmon and roast Brussels sprouts for lunch. For dinner, I made a Paleo Pot recipe: shrimp curry, with some cauliflower rice pilaf. It was very tasty, but I continue to suspect that I am having issues with bell peppers, as I was quite gassy about an hour after I ate. No gut cramps, though, that treat must just be for raw peppers. My guts seem to be much happier in general since I’ve worked in at least one serving of fermented food plus one kombucha per day. Let’s hear it for bacteria! Maybe I’ll get a parasite next.

Tomorrow is normally Paleo Brunch, but we’re making dinner instead so we can head out to see a roller derby movie with the Fort Wayne Derby Girls. Dinner will be well-deserved after I conquer hot yoga, then a CrossFit WOD during open gym. No rest for the hungry.

Day 24: Winning at Garlic Breath

If you’ve been paying attention, you’d know I started eating on the Whole 30 plan five days ahead of schedule, which means my actual 30th day is tomorrow! But since I’m going through the end of January, I’ll hold off on the celebrating. I still have to get through about two weeks of compliant eating to complete my food reintroduction, anyway.

Today for breakfast I had tuna salad with red bell pepper and snap peas and a side of gut cramp. Could my cramps be from my beloved raw bell peppers? Or was it the farty odor the pepper was giving off that was the problem. Either way, I stopped eating it. For lunch, I had a piece of baked salmon with ghee and herbs, and some leftover roast cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli.

After completing 30 minutes of yoga, an Olympic lifting class, and a CrossFit workout, I came home to a simmering pot of (local!) sausages and sauerkraut. I whipped up some mashed cauliflower and added what were apparently the two strongest cloves of garlic on planet earth and some ghee.


Jalapeno Brat, Apple Ginger Sauerkraut, and Mashed Cauliflower

I’ve brushed my teeth, but my mouth still tastes bad, so I’m really looking forward to my morning breath. Smell ya later!

Day 23: Gut Cramp City

I’ve taken a break from cooking for the past couple of days, and today I managed to enjoy my very first meal out since before Christmas. For breakfast I had some tuna salad on a bell pepper, some snap peas, and an apple. I got my ass up out of my office for lunch and went to, of all places, Chipotle. I got a salad with carnitas, pico salsa, guac, and lime. It tasted pretty good, and it was definitely nice not to have to cook or clean anything, but I am beginning to prefer my own cooking over restaurant food, and very quickly becoming a food snob.

Something is making my guts cramp up, and I haven’t figured out what it is yet, although I suspect nuts. Today it happened after I ate a banana Larabar before trying to get in an asthanga practice. Almost immediately, my guts, from my stomach down to my small intestines, started cramping up. This has happened three or four times now since I started eating on the Whole 30 plan. I laid down on the couch for 30 minutes, but the cramps lasted for about two hours. There was no way I was going spin myself upside down or practice twisting poses during Ultimate Gut Fury 2013, so I took the opportunity to do a little online shopping as I moaned.

I drank a ginger kombucha and started to feel better. Once UGF was over, I had a weird burst of energy, so I went ahead and whipped up a feast! Both dinner for tonight and lunch for the next to days. Dinner was bison patties with curtido (Salvadorian fermented cabbage salad) from Fermenti in Indianapolis and avocado, cocoa toasted cauliflower, roasted broccoli and Brussels sprouts with balsamic, and shitakes sauteed in ghee and shallots.


Holy Dinner, Batman!

I also baked a piece of salmon for my next two lunches, AND I did all the dishes. Productivity now! Actually, bed now. And tomorrow, no gut cramps, damnit.

Days 21 and 22: I Never Said It Would Be Easy. . . I Said It Would Be Not Easy

I’ve been eating on the plan for 27 days now, and honestly, I’m burnt out. Working full time, cooking, cleaning up, and working out have really taken a toll on me. I don’t feel that crazy Whole 30 energy at all. Maybe I’m not getting enough sleep. Maybe I’m not digesting my food well enough.  All I know is that I’m tired of cooking three meals a day every day, and I’m way too excited about the fact that I’m going to try eating at Chipotle tomorrow.

I’ve been eating leftovers and salads for the past two days. Yesterday I had hard boiled eggs with spicy mayo and sauerkraut for breakfast, roast chicken, Turkish chopped salad, and a sweet potato with coconut butter for lunch, and halupki stir fry for dinner. Today I had roast chicken and sweet potato with coconut butter for breakfast, a salad for lunch, and roast chicken, sauerkraut, and sweet potato for dinner. I’d love to mention the salad greens I’ve been eating lately, but I can’t seem to find any info on them on the innernets. It’s called zen mix and has baby spinach, kale, and chard, so you can use it for salad or toss it in a pan to saute (or slap them in some eggs!). They’re a little heartier than the mixed baby greens I had been eating, so they don’t get all soggy if I don’t eat them right away, and I like that they serve a dual purpose. Plus, all that dark leafy green stuff is good for me.

Speaking of good, I certainly wish I could say I felt awesomely good, but I don’t. I feel alright. My skin seems to be a little clearer, but nothing miraculous. I sleep pretty sound, but I’m still hitting the snooze button in the morning. My waistline is noticeably smaller, and although it’s cheating, I happen to know that I have lost some weight. Even if that wasn’t the case, I don’t feel that this experiment has been a waste. It’s really made me think about what I’m putting in my body, and I have a feeling that the reintroduction portion of this deal (t-minus 8 days!)  is going to make me think even harder. I wasn’t expecting a miracle. And although I’ve read plenty of information about people feeling like jet propelled angels high on Whole 30 goodness, I never read anywhere that this process would be easy. So I’m taking it one step at a time, and my next step is to be in bed by 9 PM. Winning!

Days 19 and 20: Stupid Larabars!

Yesterday (Day 19) was full of cooking, cleaning, and jeering for the Fort Wayne Derby Girls. It was sort of an off day as far as food, because I really only managed two complete meals. For breakfast, I cooked up some eggs with sausage and greens and ate it with some sauerkraut. Hallie Badger and I convened for late lunch/early dinner/linner of damn fine chicken, cocoa toasted cauliflower, and some mango and berries with whipped coconut cream.





At the derby bout, I successfully avoided drinking any cold, delicious beer. We packed some paleo snacks, and I had a Larabar and an apple to keep me through the evening. A kombucha was my beer replacement. Mmm. . . fermenty.

And now I need to make a confession about my very first cheat. I didn’t mean to. I was selling raffle tickets at the derby bout, and a friend of mine threw a piece of popcorn at me. It went right down my shirt. Without thinking, I did would I would normally do, and just picked it out and threw it in my mouth. I immediately told Hallie Badger, and she laughed at me and told me I had to start my 30 over. But I’m not starting over. Not for an accidental piece of popcorn. I’m just going to admit that it happened, and that I always eat food that gets thrown into my cleavage (it happens more often than is probably normal). I should also take a second to admit now that I like Larabars more than I should and I need to stay away from them. I’m feeling angst over both of those things. Especially because I went ahead and ate two Larabars today. They are bad news and should only be emergency food.

Sundays (Day 20) are for making a bunch of food. I ate some leftover damn fine chicken and sauerkraut for breakfast, And roasted up a chicken for lunch (while eating a freaking Larabar), cutting it all up for myself for the first time. I made some Turkish chopped salad from Well Fed and roasted a sweet potato with some coconut butter.


Roast Chicken and Turkish Chopped Salad


Sweet Potato with Coconut Butter

I made a big pot of grub for dinner. One of yetiman’s favorite things to eat are halupkis (cabbage rolls). They’re tasty, but time consuming, so I used this recipe for halupki stir fry. I used half beef and half bison for the meat. And I didn’t have any tomato sauce, so I added a can of tomato juice and a can of tomato paste. Close enough! Around 8 I decided it was Larabar time because I was feeling peckish, and it was coconut and I hadn’t officially eaten any fat with my dinner. Not exactly sound reasoning.


Halupki Stir Fry

I’ve got lots of good food stocked up for the week. Now, if I can just keep people from throwing popcorn in my cleavage and stay away from these Larabars that I got because they were on sale, I’ll be ready for a good week.

Day 18: Ready to Jeer

I didn’t have much time to cook today because I was running errands in preparation for a derby bout. Imma be a Jeerleader! So I needed some sparkly shoes and stuff.

Since I’m trying to incorporate more fermented food in my diet, I had some chicken sausage and sauerkraut for breakfast, along with an apple and a coconut Larabar. Interesting combo. I had leftover steak salad and coconut almond green beans and a kombucha for lunch. My guts made a bunch of gurgling noises, but I didn’t get the random afternoon cramping I’ve had lately. I had the last of the chocolate chili and spaghetti squash for dinner. Then I crammed a few spoons of coconut butter in my face.

So I’ve got some kind of tutu thing and I’m all geared up for the Fort Wayne Derby Girls’ first home bout of the season. Hallie Badger and I convene tomorrow for paleo brunch, and we’re packing paleo snax for the bout. It’s going to be really hard for me to avoid beer. . . I can’t lie, it sounds so cold and delicious, but I gotta keep my eye on the prize. And some beef jerky.