Sunday, July 15, 2012

Whole30 - Day 20 & 21

Well, hello there! Did you miss me yesterday? We got home from a friend's place late and I just totally crashed. So today I'll just cover both days. Don't worry, I stayed totally on track all weekend.

Yesterday I found myself wide awake and quite hungry by 6:30a.m. This is unheard of for me! But I decided not to fight it and got up. While Shaun and Riley snoozed away, I got up and heated up some leftover Joe's Special. I added avocado too, as you can see.

With breakfast, I enjoyed a coffee with coconut milk, and spent some time reading The Fire Starter Sessions. It was a really nice morning. 

That afternoon Shaun and I headed out for some shopping ... COUCH shopping. We hit a few stores in the Junction area. We didn't buy anything, but are a lot closer to knowing what we want. 

We headed home in the late afternoon so that we could walk and feed the dog, since we had to go back out in the evening. I ate some roasted chicken before we left because we were having dinner at a friend's place and I was pretty sure there wasn't going to be too much I could eat. 

I was right about that, but they did have an AWESOME kale salad that I dug into. It had apples and pumpkin seeds, and an oil and lemon juice dressing. It's also supposed to have parmesan, but they were nice enough to leave that off for me. 

Here's the recipe, if anyone's interested. 

And here's what we all thought of the salad: 

Haha, sorry, I'm a dork. :) 

So that was about it for Saturday. Sunday I got up much later, not till past 9. I decided it was high time I make it out for my second Couch To 5K run. I wanted to test out a different app though, so I decided to just redo Day 1. My legs definitely felt better but I still found it tough. It didn't help that it was about 90% humidity out. It felt like being in someone's mouth. Yuck. 

Once I got home and showered, I made up a plate of scrambled eggs, sardines, and avocado. Awesome fuel.

I was glad I went running when I did, because it POURED almost all afternoon. I stayed curled up on the couch reading Duma Key. The view from my couch: 

I don't know if you can really tell but it's POURING in that picture. 

Luckily it cleared up by dinner time. Shaun offered to grill me a steak. He had hot dogs. :) 

And this guy supervised. Or more accurately, waited for things to fall. 

To go with the steak (and hot dogs), I made a batch of sweet potato fries with coconut oil, cinnamon and salt. Baked at 400* for about 20 minutes. And a few green beans. (I couldn't finish all the steak here, as you can see it's pretty ginormous! I saved about 1/3 for tomorrow.) 

And finally, since it was still so damn hot and humid, I had a small bowl of banana soft serve. This was one frozen banana, a handful of frozen blueberries, a splash of coconut milk, and a pinch of cardamom. Tasty! 

Well, I think that's it for tonight. I can't believe it's been three weeks already. Hard to believe I have just over a week to go. 

The thing I actually miss most at this point is DAIRY. I'm realizing now how nice a bit of dairy is with a meal -- a bit of cheese, sour cream, a bowl of yogurt. I also really miss putting milk in my coffee. Coconut milk TASTES fine, but it's a huge pain in the butt. I mean, it's not like any coffee place keeps canned coconut milk handy. So I have to always be prepared with my own milk. Annoying. Doing this plan certainly makes me wayyyy more sympathetic to anyone with genuine allergies or intolerances. 


  1. So much of your food looks so good to me. And the friends' kale salad? Amazing! I might have to learn to make that for my buddies' vegan potlucks that I never know what to take to.

    I love reading when it's rainy out.

    1. Thank you! The salad would make an awesome potluck dish. The kale does really well if it gets some time to sit in the lemon juice. It softens it up. The other benefit is that it doesn't get too soggy the way a traditional green salad would. Win/win, really!

  2. I've never tried kale but that salad might convert me!

    1. It was really good! Chewier than a regular salad, but I felt healthy just sitting next to it! :)

  3. I agree with you on the dairy. The things I am still missing are cheese and yogurt.

    1. Yes! mmm, cheese. When I started this I would have listed dairy as the thing I'd miss least -- after sugar, flour, and alcohol. But no, all I want is a bowl of yogurt and some goat cheese in my salad.