Thursday, October 31, 2013

Whole 30-II, Day 4

I've got some pictures to upload to catch up. I took a step backward yesterday. Not eating, but just not feeling well. I didn't want to eat, I didn't want to do anything, I was cold, and I just felt like ick.
Dinner on Tuesday was fine. Mushrooms, green beans, and steak. 
And breakfast was okay on Wednesday.
By lunch yesterday, though, I was feeling pretty gross. I had a really nice chicken sausage and more beans, but I couldn't eat it. Most of that was tossed.

I didn't eat dinner last night. Later on, I knew I needed something, so I warmed up a few kale/plantain patties and added a blop of apple butter on each one. I didn't eat more than that, though, because I didn't want to fill up a yucky feeling body. 

I think I'm on the mend today. I did walk yesterday and never felt quite right afterward. I'll do low energy stuff today. Today is rest day from planking in the challenge, so that's fine by me. I'll be cooking breakfast in a bit. My husband has to remain "no food after midnight" fasting for some medical tests, so I don't want to cook while he's still here. 
Back to today. Breakfast was simple and delicious - plantain/egg patties with kale warmed up, organic apple butter on top, asparagus, and pancetta (shared with the dog!). Filling and not so heavy that it's overwhelming. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Whole30-II, day 3.1

I'm doing a planking challenge. Today is day 4 of that and it's 30 seconds again. I have hard boiled a couple eggs this morning for tomorrow's lunch. Dinner is planned.
As delicious as this was, I simply can't give scrambled eggs a 5 when they don't have ketchup on them! I did sprinkle some Parma on them for a kick. 2 eggs goes a lonnnnng way when they're cooked thin. Pancetta and asparagus? Can't go wrong there. 

Brussel sprouts and a chicken tender left over from dinner last night. Oh my dog, this was so good.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Whole30 II, day 2.1

Ah, breakfast. Is there anything you can't do? I sauteed zucchini in ghee while I broke up a leftover sausage patty into the silicone tin liners, then tossed the zucchini in along with two whirled eggs to top it off. At the last minute, I added some shakes of Parma, a nutritional yeast vegan product, that tastes like Parmesan cheese. Pretty amazing, to tell the truth.  
What is Parma? I have no affiliation with Parma, but am leaving the link in case anyone wants to look into it. I happened on it and also bought the garlic one. I haven't tried that yet.  
Nice little snack. Cashew butter and celery. I have a whole lot of celery right now, so I want to make sure it gets eaten. 

About as good as it gets. Dinner from last night all over again. I got all the leftover onions this time and they were so derned good.  

Ooopsie. I forgot a picture of dinner. I put some Brussel sprouts in a pan with bacon grease (from compliant bacon!) and added a few chicken tenders. I browned all of that and then added a touch of water, covered the pan, and steamed cooked it until the sprouts were done. I have leftovers for lunch today, so will photograph that to make you drool.

Reflections: Monday is forensics class night. There are always cookies and I did have a few. Maybe I'll take snacks next week and make it fruit/veggies! Onward...keep it together.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Whole30 II Day 1.1 - Recipe - Bacon wrapped sweet potato bites

Had a luncheon yesterday that I personally failed miserably. Then I made it worse by having a doughnut afterward. So, in the spirit of keeping it real, we're doing day 1 over again. This Whole30 ends the day before Thanksgiving.

That's a pissed off turkey over there - he was hoping I'd end after Thanksgiving and give him a reprieve. No way, delicious poultry. No way.

I tried to re-create the wonderful breakfast of yesterday, but it didn't quite work. I added kale to the mix of banana and 2 eggs. Once in the pan, I sprinkled chopped pecans. It was okay, but not great. Yesterday's was much, much better.  

I have these in the oven as we speak. I'm hoping for the best.

Bacon wrapped sweet potato

Bacon cut in half and then sliced in half the long way so that you have a thin, 1/4 piece of bacon. 
Sweet potato cut into cubes, 1" or a bit bigger. I used 2 small Japanese sweet potatoes.

Wrap the bacon pieces around the sweet potato, using a toothpick (wooden!) to hold them together. Place on a baking sheet (I used one that would drain and get the heat under as well as over the bites). Bake at 350° for about 45 minutes or until bacon is crisp.

They're tasty. The Japanese sweet potato might not be the best choice as it got really soft. I'll try a regular SP next time. I'm done with the Japanese ones. They're not nearly as good as I thought they would be. 

Now this was a meal. Pork roast from Fresh Market, rutabaga, and organic applesauce. The pork had a nice layer of fat, and I seasoned it with garlic powder, caraway seeds, and pepper, along with a lot of onions in the pan. The rutabaga soaked up the pork flavor with the broth (water added to the pan). I cooked this for a couple hours and dinner was great. Oh yeah.

Reflections: Day 1.1 done. Good food, minor exercise, planking day 2, and all is well. I'm very comfortable with calling this day 1 again. I just didn't feel right about throwing such a wrench into the works, though I could cheat and just call it day 4 and move on. This planking challenge I'm doing with Lee from the paleo group is going to get the better of me for sure. It's only 30 days, though, right? 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Whole30 II - Day 3 & Banana Pancakes Recipe

Rarely do I rate a meal a 5, but this one is a 5 in many ways. It is complete, it is delicious, and well, it was easy to make. These are topped with a blop of organic, unsweetened apple butter. The apple butter is very concentrated in taste, so very little is needed. 
I made a plate of asparagus separately to round out the plate. 

Banana cakes/patties - W30 compliant

1 banana, riper the better
2 eggs
1 tsp+ apple pie spice

Melt enough ghee or coconut oil in a medium-high heated pan to cover the bottom. Blend the above in a food processor, blender, or Magic Bullet until smooth. Pour the batter either in 4 parts or in 1 large cake into the pan. When it starts to bubble on the top, it's time to turn. You can turn the individual cakes or cut the big one into 4 pieces with your flipper and turn them. Cook for a while on the flip side. I usually flip them again to check for doneness. You can serve them up and eat them as is or with a compliant topping of your choice. 

I blew it the rest of the day after going to a luncheon. Day 1.1 begins tomorrow. Then will follow days 2.1 and 3.1, and on with days 4-30.

Planking challenge - 30 days of progressive planking starting with 20 seconds and moving up to 270 seconds. Day 1 today!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Whole30 II - day 2

A green breakfast for day 2! Leftovers make for a great meal, don't they? This is last night's sausage crumbled in the bottom of the silicone muffin tin, a large spoonful of left over broccoli and cauliflower mash, and an egg/kale mix poured in. I baked at 350° for 20 minutes and voila. Love me some breakfast. 

The plan for day 2 is ready to rock and roll. Yay for following the right track. You're gonna hear me roar!

Compliant organic hot dogs, plantain/egg patties, leftover carrots and celery root, and some compliant horseradish mustard. It was okay. Not great. I had worked in the yard for 45 minutes blowing leaves, so I was really hungry. Shoe leather would have been good. I have had some dehydrated pear and apple. 

I'm not hungry today. I know that has nothing to do with Whole30. Who knows why it comes and goes like that. I am thinking about sweets at the 7-11, but have no intention to buy any. I have some celery here and am thinking that would be good later with either cashew butter or apple butter. I still have an English cucumber for snacking as well. I'm feeling good about day 2. I wonder if the Whole30 timeline will apply this time around? 

Almost forgot to take the picture! Hamburger, mushrooms, and broc/caul mash. Yum.

Reflections: It has been a great W30 day. I am indeed having big time sugary junk food urges, but have resisted and will not cave. I raked about a half hour or more after the leaf blowing earlier, so I feel like I got good exercise today. I also got some crafting done. Today is my 37th wedding anniversary and it feels good having come this far. It's amazing that we married the second time after a 4-year divorce. Like Richard likes to day, we could have both been too hard headed to give it a go, but we did, and here we are. Onward to day 3!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Whole30 II - Day 1

Yesterday, my doctor said to do it again, so here we go!

I tried something new with the kale. Rather than put it in the Magic Bullet with the eggs, I shredded it by hand and added it to the zucchini in the pan with the pancetta. The zucchini cooks down to almost a hash brown, but the kale ended up sort of chip-like. It was pretty good. I'll try it again for sure. Overall, a dandy breakfast. Abbey got some of the pancetta, as always. She loves it.  

Tried a new food today. Celery root. I do believe I've discovered another winner! I let it simmer while I went outside and walked (16 laps/33 minutes), and when I came in, I added some carrots after draining them both, sauteed the chicken in ghee and spices, sliced up a half apple and added cinnamon. Wow! Celery root will be in my refrigerator from now on. It was delicious. It had a hint of celery taste and with the carrot, it was great. I added carrot because I know I like celery, carrots, and onions together. Oh yeah, the chicken and apple were great too :)

Next to the last package of farm fresh sausage. I see a trip to the farmers market in my future, very, very soon. I also sauteed cabbage, onions, and a Japanese sweet potato in farm fresh bacon grease, added some garlic salt and Parma (nutritional yeast blend). It was soooooo good. Organic applesauce (unsweetened) rounded it out very nicely. 

Reflections: Day 1 of my second true Whole30 is over. I'm sated, I'm happy, and I'm proud. Moving on.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

No paleo today, new W30 starts tomorrow

This is my Facebook explanation of today. I'm pumped and stoked, and ready to go. My doctor was the first one to turn me onto W30 to begin with. He says go back, so I am going back. I have 40 pounds to lose and I couldn't be more optimistic than I am right now. The eclairs are gone as are the two pieces of cheese toast made under the broiler. Pizza for dinner. Mini Rolos for snacks. If I don't puke tonight, I never will. Okay, that's a little gross.

My Caveman cookies arrived today. I didn't even open the box. I marked it and tossed the box in the freezer. I shredded my goat gouda and put that in bags in the freezer. The asiago is in the freezer. Last task was to take a look a meals planned for the remainder of the week and adjust a few things.

(I xx'd out other people's names since I don't have their permission to use them. It's a wonderful supportive group on FB.)

  • Donna Gettings Apperson
    Taking a day off. Had a very good doctor's visit this morning. He took me off my blood pressure meds. Now I am down to one diabetes med, a thyroid med, and cholesterol. None of those will be discontinued that I can see. I was taking 7 medications before May, my Whole30 month. I have, though, gained 2 pounds in the past 3 months. We both agreed that I now know how to maintain, but that I have 40 pounds to go and to get serious about Whole30 again. I drove around a while and thought it over, and there's no denying it. I have to do a Whole30 without fail. I did it once, I can do it again. I'm not ready to maintain yet! Nice to know I can, though. So, today, I'm taking a day off of everything. I bought a couple diet Dr Peppers and I'm going to love the hell out of them. I had breakfast at Starbucks. And we're having pizza for dinner. Take that, obsessive food person that I am! Where I was working on a Whole Thanksgiving, I'm now renaming it what it is, a Whole30, beginning October 24, 2013. It will be ending just before Thanksgiving. He also told me to stop the cheese and yogurt for the next 30 days, so I'll shred the cheese I have and freeze it. 

    I know this is long, but I wanted to share with the few people in my life who get it. I took nothing negative from the doctor visit and only see positive things in the days to come.
    Like ·  · Unfollow Post · 12 hours ago near Williamsburg
    xxxxx and 11 others like this.

    xxxxx You have a very healthy attitude and outlook. Thanks so much for posting and sharing. Reading others' experiences and thought processes is encouraging to many of us!
    Good for you for continuing on to work toward your goal. And congrats on being able to enjoy your day off. These things are a big deal to people like us!
    12 hours ago via mobile · Like · 2

    xxxxx Awesome outlook and update. Good for you
    12 hours ago · Like · 1

    xxxxx Great job Donna Gettings Apperson !!! I"m always telling my friends of many of the peoples success's on here!!! I'm like this person is getting off this med, or lowered their blood pressure etc etc...I mean I didn't have any of those issues but it's an inspiration to see so many making themselves healthier!!! Keep up the good work!!
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    Donna Gettings Apperson I've been taking BP meds for a long, long time. I cut them in half in August and now it's gone. That's healthy eating, losing 85 pounds, and exercising regularly. I'm 58 and they like to keep you on cholesterol meds. I'm okay with that. No adverse effects for me. I even caved and got a flu shot. Again, no adverse effects for me thus far. I'm out and about enough that I'll be exposed to every damned thing after I start going back to the pool in November. I had planned meals through Friday. I just went through and tweaked them to bring them to W30 compliance. I wonder if Lisa will be fussing at me through this W30 too  Love her!
    12 hours ago · Like · 2

    xxxxx Yes. . Because I am joining you when I get back! ! Love that you are getting off all those meds!!! We CAN do this! !
    11 hours ago via mobile · Unlike · 2

    xxxxxr Inspiring! Going Whole 30 until Thanksgiving also!
    11 hours ago via mobile · Like

    xxxxx You are doing wonderful. Having fun in life, as I am doing on my vacation, feels good. Eating whatever, knowing when I get home, I know how to eat healthy again. So I am enjoying my pretzels, cake, Mexican food, and risotto.
    10 hours ago via mobile · Like

    xxxxx Wow Donna Gettings Apperson! No bp meds - that is just awesome. My husband is on them, and he has lost 5kg (11 ponds) so far just by cutting out grains. His dad died at 54 from a heart attack, and it would be nice to have him around longer than that. I think your second Whole 30 will rock!!!!xxx
    7 hours ago · Like · 1
    xxxxx Awesome!!! You can do it! I'm working on ditching 28 before my Bday! We can do it!!!
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Whole Thanksgiving Day 4 or Day 1, depending

Vow to self: No night eating today.

So, I made these this morning. Here's the recipe. And here's how they're supposed to look:
I used a blend of coconut flour and almond flour rather than all almond flour. I used eggs and not apple sauce. And, I used a muffin top pan rather than a muffin pan. Okay, that's the how. The taste was okay, but the texture was kind of weird. The raspberries themselves were really good. My overall impression is that they're not worth making again. I am not that much into baking anyway and if my baking doesn't turn out amazing, I'm not going to try it twice. I'm glad I made them, but I'm not sure that I'll make a second batch. There's a really good chance that I'm not a fan of paleo baked goods. They were very dense, which is not something I enjoy. I'm glad I made them, though! They made for a different breakfast. 

Lunch was simple - yogurt, pineapple, raspberry muffin thing, and some watermelon was had after I did some leaf blowing.

Dinner was way better than a simple lunch! Dover sole dredged in sweet potato flour, seasoned with salt and pepper, pan fried in ghee, with a side dish of broccoli and cauliflower mash (seasoned with ghee and coconut milk). Good food is good. 

Reflections: Take care not to repeat the errors of the past. Take care to repeat the successes of the present. Take care to reach the future with .....

Monday, October 21, 2013

Whole Thanksgiving, Day 3 (Egg muffin recipe)

Meals planned through Friday. Here's today's plan:

Monday - take out sole - done
sausage, zucchini, eggs, asiago, muffin tin - done
Pineapple, steak, green beans, mushrooms
Left over pot roast, strawberries

These muffins turned out better than usual! I used veggies from last night's pot roast, sausage that Richard picked up for me yesterday, about a tbsp of sharp cheddar spread out over the 6, and 2 eggs spread out over the 6 muffins. The organic ketchup is amazing and it was the perfect condiment for this morning. I have to give this a 5 thumbs up. It was *that* good.  

Egg muffins recipe - Paleo and Whole30:

Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350°
2 eggs - whipped
Salt and pepper
Sausage patty, or the same quantity of another protein you like
1/2-cup or more of vegetables, cooked or raw
1 tablespoon+ shredded cheese (optional, not W30 compliant)

Put silicone cups into a muffin tin. I use a 6-cup tin and bake in my toaster oven. Break up the sausage into the 6 muffin cups. Add a layer of vegetables to each cup. If you choose to use cheese, add shreds into each cup. I use the Magic Bullet to whirl the eggs with the salt and pepper, but you can do it however you like. Add the eggs a bit at a time to each cup. The cups will be about half full when you're done, depending on how many vegetables and sausage you use. Bake at 350° for approximately 20 minutes or until eggs set. Take them out of the oven, remove egg muffin from cup, and enjoy.

You can use more eggs, but I use 2 and opt for smaller muffins.

Yellow sweet pepper, hericots vert, and mushrooms sauteed in ghee, along with a small filet pan fried in the mix. I have to say this was pretty derned good!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Whole Thanksgiving day 2

Lunch was a wonderful Waldorf salad with organic mayo, celery, pecans, raisins, chicken, and a half Honey Crisp apple. Pretty derned amazing. Breakfast wasn't even close to paleo, so I won't tell you it was left over organic ginger snaps and coffee. Nope, you don't need to know that. There's a lovely pot roast on the stove. Meal planning for the week is underway. Research into what to do with the celery root is up next!