So in my ever-ADD manner of dealing with All Things Diet, I'm now on a Whole30 kick, initiated by our beloved Norma. Theoretically we're doing the 30 days for the first 30 days in May, but I started a few days early because Choreboy and I are going to the beach for a couple days mid-month so I wanted to at least give myself a good stretch of time for the Whole30 eating plan, and then I, personally, will start a for-real Whole30 when we return.
Now this isn't to say I'm being slackerly with my implementation. I'm going full bore even knowing I'll be doing this for another 30 days once I return -- no grains, no legumes (including peanuts and soy), no sugars (real or artificial), no dairy (yes, this includes my beloved cheese), no booze (not even for cooking)... you get the picture. Instead I'm eating solid proteins of meat, fish, and eggs; good fats like my olive oil, coconut oil (it's not sweet -- who knew?), nut butters, and nuts; and fruit and vegetables.
I drink water. And coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. Although I'm dialing it back today, a step which has my coworkers recoiling in horror*.
Anyway, I'm not starving by any calculation. Breakfast yesterday (okay, and Monday and Sunday as well) was two eggs, a cup of blackberries, and about 12 stalks of asparagus. The whole thing kept me going until lunch. I would have a picture posted, but Blogger is being rude and won't upload the thing :P
Lunch is my chicken skillet (chicken thigh meat on top of a bed of sauteed tomatoes, onions, and spinach) topped with guacamole, plus a hardboiled egg, an apple, and a tablespoon of either almond or coconut butter**. Dinner has been chili topped with avocado and halves of these HUGE tomatoes.
No snacks (they're allowed, I'm just not needing them), and no starvation. Works for me.
All I can say is that I'm really glad I quit Diet Coke three weeks ago, or else by now I'd want to Kill All the Things. Surely going from 12 cups of coffee to 2 won't be an issue...
In exercise news, all is well on the physical front. I'm still doing upper body on MWF, lower on TThSa, and riding my recumbent exercise bike. Weirdly, since dropping dairy and everything else, my nose is less stuffy to the point where I can actually breathe with it consistently for the first time since I was expecting the Elder, and my knee actually isn't giving me as many fits as it was. This isn't to say it's in great shape -- it's not, a fact I found out at dance last night. But I was able to do my supported squats much lower and with more "umph" than usual, which was freaking awesome.
Maybe it's just luck. Maybe it's a simple correlation and there's no causation. I don't know -- I'm neither a doctor nor a scientist. And my allergies could either be fading with the season, or the allergy shots are starting to have an effect... anything is possible, honestly.
But the correlation is there on both the allergy and the joint fronts. And it's interesting.
That's it for now. I have an entire rant about the impossibility of finding beef broth without sugar in it (sweet beef, WTF?) but I'm not feeling ranty at the moment so that will have to wait. Cheerio!
*Hee! Some days it's the little things, yanno?
**Yes, there is such a thing! Yes, I was surprised too. No, it's not coconut oil. It is white, coconutty nut butter and it is GOOD. Ingredients: raw coconut. Made. Of. Awesome.
September 2nd, 2014 Creative Ideas
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