Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Whole30, day 3

Yesterday didn't exist. Did it? I had my doctor's appointment and we talked numbers, emotional responses to situations of recent times in mine and my family's life, and what to do next. What to do next is to continue the Whole30 and improved blood sugar control. On with today.

I didn't sleep much last night at all, so woke up more tired than I've been in years. Self-inflicted. A short nap after breakfast/before lunch will help. Getting to bed early tonight will help too. It will be a 10 p.m. night for sure.

Breakfast was fabulous. I shredded a zucchini and cooked it with the pancetta, after which I added 2 eggs to the vegetables and let them set. Throw in a side of avocado and strawberries and you get the fabulosity! My post breakfast blood sugar was 30 points lower than my fasting.

Lunch was kind of funny. I prepped turkey, lettuce, tomatoes, and salt and pepper for rolling up, and cut up a half apple and a couple strawberries. Not pictured are the few walnuts I threw on the fruit plate. Well, I dropped it. I dropped it all. So what did I do? I made it again. And then I ate it. My blood sugar 2 hours after lunch was even lower, 185 points lower than m fasting. 

Dinner's coming. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Call it what it is - Whole30, Day 2

Amazingly, my fasting blood sugar was 120 points lower today than yesterday. I had walnuts and apple slices for my snack last night and I know that my eating yesterday was on target. I'm dazzled and convinced enough to make it a go at 30 days.

Last night, I made a sweet potato/potato blend mash with coconut milk, salt, and pepper. I had about a half-cup of that left. This morning, I mixed it with 2 eggs, chives, and a little more pepper. After the bacon was done, I poured 3 patties into the pan and let them set on each side. In all my years of using leftover potatoes with eggs, this meal was the best. I think the sweet potato made a difference in taste and certainly, the chives the bar high for the taste. Ronnie had given me some bacon from Copper Penny Farms. I cooked that this morning and had a couple slices with my patties. Once again, I feel like I ate restaurant food. And so, day 2 begins. 

Lunch, lunch, who has a great lunch. Well, I do. Egg salad with shredded lettuce and artisan tomatoes, with a side of strawberries that actually tasted like strawberries. You never know when you buy them, but these were great. I got fancy tomatoes just for fun and honestly, they're no better than the regular Campari that I buy. Shredded lettuce is a great substitute for sandwich bread. I'm working a lot today, so that means sedentary for the most part. It'll be interesting to see how blood sugars look tomorrow with getting out and about, and with exercise class. 

Recipe for plantain "bread"

2 plantains (ripe)
3 eggs

Preheat oven to 350°. Peel and cut up the plantains. Add those and the eggs to a blender, food processor, or Magic Bullet type device that will blend the plantain and eggs until they are incorporate into a nice liquidy batter. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the batter onto the paper and spread it out. Bake for approximately 20 minutes. 
This is what the whole plantain/egg bake looks like done. Just a little brown around the edges. 
You can cut it up into smaller pieces and freeze them, warming them up later with a toaster oven or method of your choice.

This is not super flavorful, but it is very good. Some people add coconut oil or spices, but I like it straight up with the two ingredients. Keeps it simple. If you think of it as bread, it's not really Whole30 compliant. So keep that in mind when you're making anything that fits with Whole30 ingredients and not the concept of changing your relationship with food. 

Fun dinner. The fish was pretty simple. Rainbow trout seasoned and then baked in the toaster oven. The veggie mix is a spiraled half sweet potato cut up into smaller pieces, green onions, and left over asparagus. Believe it or not, it tasted pretty derned good. 

Another interesting experiment. I put a few strawberries and a tablespoon or less of coconut cream into the Magic Bullet to make the goop and then poured it on top of a few pieces of the plantain stuff I made earlier. I put that in the toaster oven on a low heat while we had dinner. It was okay, but not sure I'd make it again. The berries are better by themselves. 

Day 2 is almost in the bag. I will probably have a few walnuts or maybe I won't. It's an option if I'm interested. 

Day 3 will include a visit to Dr. H. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Whole 1, day 1 (Whole30, taking it a day at a time)

I'd like to say I'm going to do a full Whole30, but my tact is to take it one day at a time. I'm doing this for myself and for health. My life has been a tad out of control and it's time to grab onto the one thing that I can control without question. Today is day 1. I've cleaned out some of the noncompliant foods, including throwing away some candy I bought for my trip home from Glen Burnie yesterday. I will keep the hard candies for blood sugar issues, but won't eat them just for fun. They were bought for medicinal purposes anyway!

So let's get this WholeWhatever party started. Breakfast was served.

Asparagus that was cooked with the sugar free bacon, and two fried eggs. I think this is one of the first times I've ever eaten eggs without ketchup by choice! Eeep. That doesn't sound like much to most, but to me, it's a big deal. 

Lunch was pretty good. I'm trying to not have brown foods all the time, which you can do in the paleo world if you don't watch out. I need to get some tomatoes for some flare. In the meantime, I cut up a boneless chicken breast and put that in a pan with asparagus and mushrooms, and of course, ghee. I added some seasoning and plenty of pepper, and chowed down. 

I've been drinking coffee and then water today. I'm hoping that not drinking sodas won't be a problem. 

Filet of beef, mushrooms, and a sweet potato/white potato mash for dinner

Right now is my struggle time. I will be going to bed at 10, so I won't have to deal with this for long. I've had a few apple slices and a handful of walnuts, and my day is done as far as food is concerned.

My blood sugar went down all day long. Good foods do that. The potato blend at dinner is the only time it went up at all. That's normal. With the balanced snack of nuts and fruit tonight, the fasting in the morning should be amazing. 

All in all, day 1 of what will now be my Whole2 has gone very well. I do wish I didn't have nighttime eating thoughts, but I do and I need to work my way through them. For now, I have good foods (shopped for veggies and fruits), good attitude, and good support at home.