Thursday, 3 January 2013

Fail better

Today hasn't been the best. I still have what I'd call a 'head cold' all up in my sinuses, making my eyes water and causing lots of sneezing and sniffling. Combine that with the second night of disrupted sleep, and I ain't feeling so hot. But, I'm keeping positive, keeping my steps up (over 11,000 today) and loving the Whole 30.

Breakfast

No Jill again today. The thought of huffing and puffing with a headache was not a pretty one, so I enjoyed some extra time in bed.

After snuffling about like a little sad sack for a while, I put together my favourite breakfast. Now, I'd been reading up on the Whole 30 rules and it said cartons of almond milk ain't the best, so I got some coconut milk to add to my porridge today. I mixed it with a banana, ground almonds, desiccated coconut and fresh blueberries and had it with a pot of tea and some (naughty) almond milk.


Then, as I was drying my hair, a thought popped in to my head. This happens quite often. Maybe it's to do with heating the brain? Anyway, I thought... although the food in my porridge is Whole 30 approved, am I meant to make 'porridge' out of it?

Part of the point of the Whole 30 is to eat foods in their natural state, not 'Paleofy' them into pancakes and pizza etc. Read more here. I pondered this, and asked the question on their forum. My hunch was right. No Paleo porridge for me. Oh well!

Lunch

I plodded on to work, which was hard going. No snack, again, and didn't even miss it! In fact, I wasn't even hungry come 12pm and accompanied the boy to the shops rather than eat! I needed tissues and stuff to inhale to clear my nose. Yep, I was a joy to be around today! When we got back to the office I headed off for a couple of laps of the lake to get my steps up.

Doesn't this look like a box of jewels?


Or maybe more like a seabed... either way, it tickled me with it's yumminess. Leftovers from lastnight's dinner for lunch.

Dinner

When I got home I did some more research in to what I can and can't have. I know, I know, stable door, horse bolted and all that. Well, turns out my almond milk I just stocked up on has a nasty ingredient in it that is totally banned on Whole 30, and should be avoided generally - carrageenan. Meh. Then, with a sinking feeling, I checked the coconut milk I bought... contains sulphites. Banned. Gah!

Now, I'm a sane individual. I know having these things won't instantly kill me, but when I commit to something, I commit and if I'm gonna do it, I'm gonna do it right. So, out go the milks and on go a couple of days to the end of the Whole 30. It works out quite well actually as it means I'll end it on 2 February when I'm out to dinner with friends. So, Whole 30 proper started 12pm today! After these revelations, I headed out for a stroll to the seaside to take it all in and decided what to do. Walking is my thinking time...

Oh yeah, dinner! Pure medicine - chicken soup made with the veggie water from yesterday. I sauteed an onion, celery stick, chilli and carrot, all chopped, until soft. I added two minced garlic cloves and stirred for a minute. I added the stock (1 litre) and two diced chicken breasts, brought to the boil and simmered for 15 minutes. I then added sliced cavolo nero cabbage and simmered for another 10 minutes.


I'm actually feeling better already! (I tried to make this picture bigger, but it wouldn't work! Argh!) I also roasted up a load of veggies to make breakfast frittata for the next few days. I see it as a foodie adventure!

Question of the day: What do you think of the Whole 30? Do you think I'm crazy for doing it?

I'm loving the way it challenges what I believe about food and when/how I need it. I'm sure I'll learn alot.

 

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