Thursday, September 25, 2014

Whole30 #2, Day 3.2

Tomorrow, I get to leave off the point two from the day numbers. Whew.

Simple - eggs with spinach, tomatoes whirled and warmed, and some pancetta. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Whole30 #2, Day 2.2

My fasting blood sugar was 168! I cannot remember the last time it was below 200. That's amazing, fricking amazing. Let's keep this up, Donna!

Yesterday, I made zucchini fritters with a half apple and whole zucchini. I had one left, so warmed that up, cracked a couple eggs on top of it, and had that with a side of pancetta. Leftovers do make a tasty breakfast. 

Lunch was almond butter and banana. Not sure it set well with me. 

Late posting of dinner, a day late. Turkey, pancetta as seasoning (didn't eat it), and shredded potatoes browned in ghee.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Whole30 #2, Day 1.2 (Recipe - zucchini fritters with apples)

I can't call this day 5 because I fell off the strict wagon yesterday, so we'll call it 1.2. When I get to day 5 again, off comes the .2! Falling off the wagon led to higher blood sugars too. Surprise! Not. Not acceptable.
Husband is on his way to NJ with his brother for the day. I cooked bacon much earlier today for his sandwich and my breakfast. Therefore, I ate mine then! Later, I tossed fresh asparagus in the pan and saluted them fairly quickly, took them out, added the two eggs, and when they were done, put two whirled Campari tomatoes in the pan. And there you have it, breakfast! Very good stuff. 

I'm sticking the Whole30. Fucking up is not an option. The end.

A few folks have been posting zucchini fritters on the post W30 Facebook page. I absolutely copied them for lunch. Most of the ones shown on the FB page have some sort of flour in them. I did things a little differently.
Recipe:  I shredded 1 zucchini and 1/2 of an apple, added 2 eggs and some pumpkin pie spice. I mixed this completely and let the flavors meld in the refrigerator for about a half hour. I melted about a tablespoon of ghee on a flat pan and made 3 patties of the mixture on the pan. I browned one side quickly on a medium high heat and then turned them over, lowering the heat to a medium low. I wanted the zucchini and apple cooked through, and they were after a while. I turned the heat back up and browned the slow cooked side. That's it.

The ham was left over from last night. I wasn't able to finish it after having 2 of the fritters! Abbey enjoyed the leftovers (only the ham). I put the third fritter in the frig and will have it tonight or tomorrow. 

A nice combo. Left over Hungarian goulash broth in which I cooked the cubed potatoes and broccoli, and a side of beef filet. So tasty. I have a bit of the broth left. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it, but I'm not tossing it out.

My 2-hour blood sugar after dinner was low. I need to maybe have fruit with dinner or I need to be taking less medication. This low stuff is not cool. I had to add carbs mid-day and again after dinner to cover lows. Argh.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Whole30 #2, Day 4

Another day, another adventure. I tossed and turned all night, and am not at 100% this morning. I'm returning to my exercise class at the pool. I didn't do well with going to swim laps independently and miss the people. I've been walking a mile or so three times a week, but it's not the same. Every joint I have is a brewing ache and I want to nip this in the bud right now. I won't be one of those people who hurts all the time. It's not me. W30 should help with inflammation if that's the issue.

Simple. Mushrooms from last night, eggs, and bacon. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Whole 30 #2, Day 3

A few thoughts about what paleo "is." There are many definitions of paleo. Some consider it a lifestyle related closely to what our ancestors may have eaten, as in what was available to them. They were hunters and gatherers, walked barefoot, spent a considerable amount of their time outside, and we assume they slept well.

I am no expert, so will link you to those who are:

Robb Wolf, Dr. Loren Cordain, the Hartwigs at Whole30, and many others.

Now that we got that out of the way, on to my impressions. Whole30 is a great way to start eliminating the Standard American Diet from your life. It is a strict, very strict, way of eating that consists of proteins, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats. No dairy, legumes, grains, sugar in any form, or alcohol. It's a tough sell to someone used to bagels for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch. But it's a worthwhile effort. All of a sudden, you're reading every label in the store and finding that there's sugar in every damned thing. Processed foods are full of ingredients you can't pronounce and the preservatives out there are plentiful. Both are discouraged not only during a Whole30, but the following, I hope, paleo or primal (another day on that one) diet beyond Whole30.

During my Whole30 in May 2013, I trended toward organic products as well. I've stuck with that habit, visiting the farmers market, shopping for quality produce at local stores, and have been purchasing higher quality meats. Sugar-free bacon and sausage are either purchased at a farmers market or from Wellness Meats. During Whole30, I drink no diet sodas. Off Whole30, I have one once in a while. I am human, you know.

Paleo to me is just a word. It connotes the caveman philosophy, but it also defines what foods I should eat for overall health, weight loss and maintenance, and diabetes control. I have found nothing else that is as sustainable and realistic, and it takes me back to my days of organic eating for myself and my children. I'll leave the philosophical rationale to others. I'm not living in cave days. I doubt I'd want to.

I've addressed what I eat in many posts before this. I won't go over it again. But I do eat well. I eat as close to the earth as possible. I shop at several stores to meet my needs. I love watching my blood sugar react positively.

This is day 3 of my second Whole30. I've started many. I intend to see this one through.

Kind of a fun breakfast. Kind of a weird combo - spinach, eggs, banana, and pumpkin pie spice, whirled in the Magic Bullet and cooked on both sides in a ghee coated pan. A very different kind of omelette. The banana flavor overrode the spinach flavor, a la a smoothie. 

One of the reasons I keep cucumbers around is because sometimes, I just don't feel like cooking. The Applegate salami, when gone, won't be replenished. I've tried the Wellness Meats salami and it's just not very good, in my opinion. I'll hold off on buying this again till the Whole30 is over. And then there's my last golden delicious apple (half of one) with cinnamon. I have 2 honey crisp apples ready on the counter, but want to finish the last of the older apples first. And that's lunch!

Dinner is served - burger, lots of mushrooms, and a touch of mustard. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Whole30 #2, Day 2

FBS was down a bit today. Blood sugars all day yesterday were low and then lower.

I watched Fed Up this morning. It's must see viewing for anyone who is concerned about the health of themselves, their children, and people in general. The Hartwigs address much of what is presented in the documentary in It Starts with Food, but it's seen as extremist and limiting to people who don't really read and understand it. I did a rental from Amazon, but will probably buy it for people I love and care for. The interweaving of the food industry and the government is fascinating. There is convincing correlation between how the tobacco industry relented on their advertising and how the food industry should probably do the same. As an example, I was at Joann's buying fabric the other day and at the checkout, at a fabric store, was junk food galore - sweets specifically. Why is that in a fabric store and why is it at children's eye level? We all know why. Watch it if you have a chance. In fact, make time to watch it. 

Moving on. Breakfast today is a lot like yesterday except that I made an extra piece of pancetta for Abbey and used zucchini rather than asparagus. The key to the tomatoes going with the eggs, in my opinion, is the warming up process. This time, I whirled them and put them in the pan after I removed the eggs. That gives the tomatoes a nice warm temperature and changes the taste to a deeper flavor ever so slightly. Who needs ketchup? Campari tomatoes for the win. 

Here's the thing. I've been on a new med for diabetes for a couple months now. It's done a good job, but as I am doing the Whole30, I'm discovering that I may not need it in the long run. I was on it before and went off of it with my first Whole30 in May 2013. If the blood sugar remains low this week, I will halve the dose, as mentioned before, and see where it lands. Right now, I am having to add a snack mid morning and late afternoon to avoid a dangerous low. Interesting. And eye opening.

Parsley from the garden, small cubes of new potatoes, green beans, onions, and a small filet. I was hungry for lunch and this did the trick.

A quick observation, though. I tend to want something sweet after meals. I am looking forward to that going away. I'm saving fruits for snacks to avoid blood sugar lows, so fruit with a meal is not an option right now. I need to work this out. I don't like being controlled by desire rather than need. 

Same stew/soup as last night, but the carrots were more done and the flavors more blended. It was no less amazing than last night. I'm so glad I have a couple servings frozen for another day. Cooked celery is the bomb!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Whole30 #2, Day 1

Day 1, meal 1. We can call it breakfast. 
This is a lot like my normal breakfast with a couple exceptions - no ketchup and no cheese. I cooked the asparagus with the pancetta, took out the pancetta and drained excess grease, added two eggs to the asparagus, and cooked them through on both sides. Then I added a couple Campari tomatoes I had whirled in the Magic Bullet to the pan, warmed them through, and served. Who needs ketchup when there are such wonderful tomatoes around. The key was the warming. It brings out the deep tomato taste that I love with eggs.

I had a couple errands to run and one included the 7-11. I did not buy anything other than what I went in to get. That doesn't sound like much to most people, but it's big for me. It's a small victory. One of what will be many along the way.

I also weighed myself. I will stay off the scales for the 30 days, but I wanted to get a baseline. Eeep. That part is done. Now to move on and enjoy my 30 days of freedom from crap. Oh, and I dumped all the Diet Dr Pepper down the sink. I thought I would finish them before I started, but there were three left that are no longer with me. I was drinking one a day. I will miss it, but not much. I have bubbles in other forms - Perrier and sparkling water from Whole Foods. 

On another note, my blood sugar 2 hours after breakfast was 50 points lower than my fasting blood sugar. That's a very good thing. Part of my reason for doing a hard core second Whole30 is to work on diabetes control. I want to get off the last medication I started. It causes scary lows if I don't eat and I don't like that one little bit. 

I had a bit of orange mid-day to make sure my blood sugar did not dip. Later, lunch. 

Simple and delicious - cucumber with S&P, salami, and cantaloupe. Sated and craving nada. Just the way it should be. 

Blood sugar was 98 two hours after lunch. That's symptomatic for me, but my body will adjust. It is so used to being in the 200 range that it doesn't know how to act when a normal reading is achieved! So, I had a banana. I'm not into light headedness and shaking. 

I filled my crock pot this morning with amazing things - carrots, celery, mini potatoes, and a whole onion, all chopped and in uniform pieces; some ice cube tray poultry stock from the freezer, two small boxes of chicken stock; garlic; sage and poultry from the herb garden on the deck; and topped it with a chicken breast and three wings. And then....and then.... and then.... this happened!

To say the least, I had a great dinner. 

I now have two jars ready to go in the freezer and a bowl with about 2 cups of soup/stew in it for tomorrow. The freezer servings do not have chicken in them. I can add that or left over turkey when I warm it up.  I look forward to a cold day when I just need some soup to make everything better. 

Reflections: One time today, I wanted some Cheerios of all things. It was not as traumatic as I thought it would be when I dumped the Diet Dr Pepper down the sink. Such stupid things we become attached to. I am high on motivation at the moment and want to ride this crest all the way to bedtime. I will have some fruit before I turn in. With the proper eating, the blood sugar is going to be low. I will probably cut the lowering medication in half next week if this continues. I have that permission and will use it if need be. Day one down. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A couple of quotes to end the day:

The Hartwigs on the difficulty of a Whole30:

"It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You won’t get any coddling, and you won’t get any sympathy for your “struggles”. YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE not to complete the program as written. It’s only thirty days, and it’s for the most important health cause on earth – the only physical body you will ever have in this lifetime."

Lisa G from Post 30 Paleo on Facebook:

Lisa G I've had a couple slip ups but it's all good in the CAN do this. Get your head in the game..and. QUIT BUYING THE F'IN DIET SODA!!!. Love ya.

Lisa G You've got this's just food and it's just 30 days.

Yep. I got this shit.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Whole30 Prep and Thought Processing

Prepping for Friday. Thinking about what I have on hand and the best use of the good foods. My bacon and sausage are sugar free, so they're not a problem. I have dried fruits for times when I really am at wit's end, but that's not the best time to eat on W30 or any time. I picked up a couple cucumbers for slicing and having available. During my first W30, I ate cucumbers every day and remember that I really enjoyed that.

Here are some things I thought of right off the bat for cooking:

Chicken crock pot - celery, onions, carrots (handful of spinach?)
cabbage, onions, potatoes, carrots
cauliflower/rutabaga mash
spinach in freezer for eggs, etc.
Steak and mushrooms with green beans, use horseradish
Steak and mushrooms with the leftover goulash stock (already W30 compliant)
coconut milk and frozen fruits
Waldorf salad (chop some celery when doing the chicken crock)
tuna fish cakes using some of the leftover tuna
Pot of chili with beans for Richard and not for me. Maybe green beans. Maybe potatoes. Maybe nothing for me.
Frozen squash and potato mash.

I need to remember to check the freezer every morning. I have frozen fruits and vegetables galore. Cinnamon on warmed up fruit is really good and the coconut milk/cream is a nice addition.


Hard boiled eggs
Cut up cucumbers
Celery sticks with newer package of celery; cook the older celery.


Diet Dr Peppers






Stuff hanging around that doesn't fit the program and can't be frozen or fed to the dog.


W30 pages on Pinterest and web.

I need to process my thoughts like this. I have some mental health days ahead as Richard is out of town and other than responsibility to dog, work, and self, I'm free to be myself and choose wisely.

Monday, I may be going to Baltimore to hang with my nephew for a couple days as he begins his radiation therapy. I have take-with foods already in mind.

Whole30 starts now

Yep. I'm going to do a Whole30. I'm just sick of detours I've been taking.

It not only begins with food, it begins with my breakfast. I have all the right foods because I eat very close to paleo/Whole30 90% of the time.

So when do I start this thing? This is my worst time as Richard is out of town. Could I turn it around and make it my best time? I could sure try.

Can I make it 30 days without pumpernickel, cheese, and yogurt?

I did it once before and the results were nothing less than stunning.

I'd like to be done before October 25; that's our sort of anniversary. It's the one we celebrate.

Today is the 17th. The dog can finish up the cheese. I can freeze the pumpernickel. I can tuck the oatmeal away for another day. The yogurt can go in File 13.

September 19 is day 1. That makes today W30 -2.

I've been so sick of paleo-ish eating lately and I think it's a mental thing. I'm just being a dork. I need to rein it in and just do it. Even if I last a week (no!!!! go 30 days!!!!), I'm way better off than I am now. My body is screaming for control.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Tuesday's goals, Wednesday's goals

Post more than one meal (blog more than one time).

Exercise with new DVD.

Update: I did those thing! Yay, goals achieved.

Goals for Wednesday:

Exercise with that African dance DVD again. That was fun.

Do not stop after Citizens Police Academy to get a snack.

Post lunch on P30P.

Let's make it a day of pictures! (Recipe: Another breakfast casserole)

This casserole made me very happy. Here's the layering from the bottom up:
  • Thinly sliced fingerling or new potatoes - Just enough to make a thin layer on the bottom of the casserole dish. I used 4, but would use less next time.
  • Tomatoes, either fresh or canned and drained - I used a can of organic tomatoes chopped and drained them, but a large fresh one would work too
  • Browned/caramelized onions - I used a large onion and browned them last night
  • Sausage - I cooked mine last night and used 3 small crumbled patties in the casserole; I used hot sausage. 
  • Eggs (I whirled mine in the Magic Bullet) poured over top
  • Shredded cheese (Optional)
  • I used an 8" square casserole dish and baked at 350° for about 40 minutes. 

This could be made Whole30 friendly or you can branch out and make it a little more paleo/primal like mine. Today, though, this is my breakfast and not yours! 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Beginning the week with thoughts, invoking Mojo!

224 felt really good.

Thigh numbness has been gone until a few pounds were gained. Weight related.

Right large toe is goofy. Weight and diabetes related.

Vision is not as good as it was. Age and diabetes (?) related.

Ooomph is varying more than I care to admit. Weight and diabetes related.

Night eating continues. I'm a fucking food addict. Weight and diabetes suffer as a result.

I need to put on my warrior hat. The fight for my continued health and life continues. I can't see this as anything other than a battle against my shoulder devil who says I can do whatever I want whenever I want. The other shoulder holds a healthy angelic creature telling me, "You can do it!" She's right. I can and I will.

There's no need to look back. There is a need to live today as best I can and make health the first task to attend to. It's all about food and exercise.

A little self-talk never hurt.

For now, the warrior with major mojo is on board and will make it so.

Leftovers make the best breakfast. I had some broccoli/potato mash that I added to a couple eggs and browned in a pan It fell apart, but who cares? It was still delicious. I finished it with a sprinkle of sea salt and some sharp cheddar shreds. Pancetta rounded it off and once again, I feel like I've had restaurant food!