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My 1st Experience

with the Whole30 Program and Paleo eating

Day 3 - September 9th, 2013

Today is day 3 and it's a Monday, so I'm back at work, meaning a little bit less in control of how my food is cooked and in the scenario where and when I typically want to munch on stuff while working on the computer. Let's see how it goes...

Meal 1

On meal 1, I had green eggs (but no ham ;). It was scrambled again, but today I mixed half avocado and a spoon of butternut squash into it.

For drinking, today was the day I finally made it to have my coffee black and plain, with no coconut milk or anything. Yay! Big accomplishment here!

Last, I had a pluot.

First meal of Day 3

Meal 2

For my second meal I brought some fish from home, which I cooked yesterday but ended up not having. But I didn't bring any sides, so I went for lunch with a friend at the cafeteria and made myself a big salad to go with the fish. It was really big, so I couldn't even finish it, and left some over in the plate. My little big salad today had: a bed of spinach, arugula and watercress, topped with carrots, beets, mushrooms, cauliflower, heirloom tomatoes and my fish. The only thing I forgot to add was some olive oil to dress it up, which made my meal leaner than I guess it should be? I did ended up dressing it with the liquid from the cooked fish and that had some oil, but probably not enough.

To drink, a glass of strawberry and basil infused water.

To finish up I struggled a bit between nothing (I was full already) and a nectarine. After all they do advise not to go to fruit to replace dessert... :(

So what you eat when you find yourself battling the sugar dragon? Anything but the sweet stuff. As Dallas likes to say, you can't battle the sugar dragon outright - the only way to slay it is to starve it. So conscientiously avoid the fruit, nut butters, Larabars or anything else that may prop your sugar cravings. If you are legitimately hungry, reach for protein and fat, as they are both satisfying and calorie-dense enough to see you through until your next meal. And instead of reaching for fruit after a meal, try a cup of herbal tea instead. Rooibus (pronounced "ROY-boos") blends, a Hartwig favorite, are naturally decaffeinated and rich in flavor, and may just help you break your after-dinner sweet-treat habit in a way that is satisfying and healthy.

To be honest, fruits are more often dessert to me than sweets, so I don't know if I take their advice or ignore it, considering it's based on trying to slay the sugar dragon, and I don't usually have really sweet stuff anyways... Right??? Well... They do mention having a fruit as an "after-dinner sweet treat", and maybe that's what it is to me??? Oh well. Guess I'll try to follow and see. But the nectarine looked at me all day long...

Second meal of Day 3

Meal 3

For the last meal of the day I tried to find a nice recipe that used eggplants, since I bought a bunch of them on Saturday. I found 2 that seems interesting, just needed to be adapted a bit to be Whole30-compliant:

Baked Stuffed Eggplant

Eggplant-Shallot Stew.

For today I choose to try the first one, Baked Stuffed Eggplant, because I had all the ingredients for that except parsley, which is something I must admit I'm not a huge fan, so I won't miss it. And it turned out delicious. I had it with steak, and even used part of the filling to top my husband's steak too (as he doesn't like eggplant, so I couldn't really share the whole thing with him).

To drink, I remembered I had a little tea infuser, that I decided to use as a cold water infuser and did some strawberry infused water.

And keeping true to my decision earlier today not to resort to fruit unless really not satisfied, I had nothing more.

Third meal of Day 3 Infusing water

About feelings and sensations, I'm doing ok. Working out made me really tired, especially my legs, but most likely more due to the fact that I was 'oof' from workouts for almost 2 weeks, coming back today and doing more than usual - 12 laps or 2 miles jogging before starting the class - than to the diet.

The cool thing about the workout was that most people there were doing the program too so we kept checking on each other, asking how things are going, etc. It's nice to have people to talk about it that won't look at you like you're crazy or float a piece of pizza at your face!

One of the topics discussed at workout today was the hang-over that some girls were saying they had on the first days. I was cool at the time and said I had none. Well, that was in the morning. Later in the day the thing probably hit me. I was tired already from workout and then on top of it I got extremely sleepy and could not go one minute without a big yawn. I just needed something. So I went for a cup of rooibus tea, which I just happened to have in the office. It was good and served to make me feel a bit better. But still no sweet anything. Good.

Let's see how tomorrow goes. If the hang-over continues or goes away.

* the quote above was taken from the book it starts with food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

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