I’m so ready for this be to over. It’s so weird. I feel amazing but at the same time I am so sick of feeling restricted and limiting foods. Some time between Week 1 and Week 2 I became terrified about what to do when this is over. Specifically, I wasn’t sure how to go about reintroducing foods and in what order. When I started this thing I knew I’d be finished just before Thanksgiving and I naively thought I’d be able to eat whatever I wanted on Thanksgiving Day. I didn’t realize that there was a process for reintroducing foods back into my diet (to see what, if anything, bothers me). I thought a lot about it and decided I really didn’t want to be restricted on Thanksgiving, so I have decided to start the reintroduction process during the last 10 days of my Whole 30. I realize that this isn’t how it’s supposed to be done but I don’t care. I want to follow the process of slowing introducing foods and be completely done with it before the holidays. Plus, it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t find some way to cheat! As I type this I have already tried a few foods. I ate peanut butter over the weekend and this morning I tried dairy (in the form of whole milk in my coffee). I didn’t have any reaction to the peanut butter. We will see about dairy.
Here are some of my meals from last week!
Granola with almond milk, banana and strawberries.
Scrambled eggs and Applegate chicken + apple sausages. For some reason I can’t handle scrambled eggs lately… but fried eggs still taste good to me! The sausages were so gross. I typically like Applegate sausage so not sure what happened but these tasted very funky and I had to throw them out.
Fried eggs and leftovers Brussels sprouts and potatoes.
This was a working lunch and I got carry-out from three different places (yes I am crazy). I was STARVING and wanted to eat everything. I got the kale salad from Three Carrots, a cup vegan cauliflower soup from Soupremacy and I felt like I needed protein so I got a steak taco and just ate the meat out of it. Such a random lunch but it was so good!
Another working lunch – this was leftovers of butternut squash soup and a green salad with pomegranate and pumpkin seeds and a smashed potato.
Leftovers of Brussels sprouts and an Aidell’s chicken sausage (sick to death of Aidell’s sausages!).
Mixed greens salad with pomegranate seeds, HB egg and potato salad I whipped up on the fly using boiled potatoes I had in the fridge + champagne vinegar + dijon mustard.
Leftover chili and sunshine!
This meal was bomb. I got a new cookbook called A New Way to Dinner by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs. Not only is the book beautiful, it’s full of meal plans based on weekend meal prep, which you know I already love to do. I made the crispy chicken thighs and garlicky greens from the book and also made my trusty smashed potatoes. Since it was election night I wanted to be festive, so I picked up some shrimp cocktail at the store (I made my own sauce using Tessamae’s ketchup and prepared horseradish).
I made paleo chili again. As Hazel would say, it’s yummy in my tummy! I had a little kale salad leftover from lunch and I served it up on the side.
Another night I made a sheet pan dinner of sausages and Brussels sprouts (roasted with olive oil and s+p on high heat for about 20 minutes). Done and done!
Here’s a sad story for you. We had euchre club on Friday night. Everyone was drinking beer and eating awesome food and I drank a Dasani and ate crudite. I made this yummy shepherd’s pie for dinner and ate a little before we went to euchre club.