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My 1st Experience

with the Whole30 Program and Paleo eating

Day 4 - September 10th, 2013

Today is definitely the hang-over day for me. I'm feeling soooo freaking tired. Maybe the Whole30, maybe yesterday's workout, maybe PMS approaching, probably a combination of all 3... Not sure, all I know is that I'm dragging myself today.

Last Friday I could not come to workout with Miss V and we agreed that I'd do make up today. But when I woke up was feeling so much like not doing anything, and I was afraid she would come up with something crazy like suicides, that I decided to ping her first. The Day 3 email I got today (yep the emails are out of sync ever since I reset them, but no big deal) they tell us to listen to our bodies and avoid workout if we don't feel like it and maybe take a nap. But then, when I pinged her she told me today it would be an easy ball workout, so I thought I could make it.

OMG!!! It was sooo hard! It was indeed an easy workout, but easy when you're feeling well. When you're tired and fatigued, not that easy, really. Maybe I should have listed to the email...

Tired: You're probably more tired and lethargic today. This is your body adapting to its new fuel source - fat - and transitioning out of your old "sugar-burner" days. (We'll talk about this more on Day 6, when you've had some more time to adjust.) This is normal, and will resolve quickly, as long as you do your part to help. Sleep lots. Take naps. Take time off from the gym, or make it a "half-intensity" week. Don't lean too heavily on caffeine or sugar from fruit to see you through mid-afternoon slumps. Basically, be patient, accept this is a normal part of your transition, and don't expect any personal bests in the gym, or miraculous energy highs this week. Those things will come in due time, we assure you.

Although I'm happy I went. I do like the ball workout. Even when I perform badly on it... ;)

In the afternoon my energy got better, but overall I was still tired the whole day. Looking forward for this low-energy to end...

Regarding the meals, I did great again:

Meal 1

On meal 1, I changed the format of my eggs and had them fried on top of a pile or sweet potato hash (or should I say mash?). I was starting to get bored with the scrambled eggs, so I decided to try one of the recipes in the Nom Nom Paleo website:

Sweet Potato Hash (With Fried Eggs!)

The only little detail that was different is that my sweet potatoes were cooked already, so it turned out feeling more like a mash than like a hash, but still pretty good. And filing! Last time I had fried eggs on top of something I made 2 eggs and got hungry before my next meal (last Thursday, which was before I actually started on the program but when I was already trying to incorporate some of the rules and ideas). So today I decided to go for 3 (only one pictured so the we could see the h(m)ash). But sweet potatoes are much more filling than the cucumbers I had last week, so 3 ended up being a lot. I felt so full after that I even managed to have lunch a bit later than I accomplished so far in the program with the no-snack-if-you-can policy.

First meal of Day 4

Meal 2

For my second meal, I went to the cafeteria of my building and, instead of assembling my own salad, I ordered one from the grill. The grill on my cafeteria offers 5 different varieties of salads, all with some protein they grill right on stop for you. Today I choose the Greek chicken salad, that contains herb marinated grilled chicken, cucumbers, kalamata olives, red onions, green peppers, tomatoes and pepperoncini, all on top of a bed of lettuce. It would normally also include feta cheese and red wine vinaigrette, but I ordered without those and dressed it with olive oil. But then, while I was eating is I started to look at all of the ingredients there and neuroticising about their compliance with the program. Did the olives and the pepperoncini had any sulfites added? Did the grilled chicken had any oil? If so which one? Not sure at this point if it's better to keep being ignorant of those and keep going, or if I should ask the cafeteria manager for a list of brands or ingredients on those items. Maybe too much, huh? But if we're on this fully I guess we should know what we're eating, right? So I tried emailing the guy. Let's see if he replies and how.

To drink I had beet and lemon infused water. Beautiful red color! Didn't even looked like water!

Unfortunately, I did not remember to bring a camera with me. But since I'm a person who loves to take pictures of food, I do happen to have a picture of the very same salad I ate a few weeks ago. The difference being that at that time I ordered it complete, with the feta and vinaigrette.

Second meal of Day 4

Meal 3

On my last meal of the day I wanted some more comforting. No salads. I wanted something warm and creamy. But I was also sort of lazy, (hang-over day!) so it couldn't be anything too complicated. So I decided to go for a gororoba. I don't know the origin of the word and what it means exactly, if not what I'm going to say here, but gororoba is any food that you make by simply mixing up everything available and cooking them together. It usually does not look very appealing, band the taste depends of course on how it's made and with what. I must say, though, that my gororoba today did look a lot appealing! I made it by sautéing in olive oil, onion and garlic, a bit of eggplants, zucchini, sweet peppers, carrots, leeks, mushroom, mashed butternut squash and peaches. To finish it up I added some coconut milk and seasoned with turmeric, cayenne pepper, paprika and salt. It turned out very nice and I even have a little leftover to be creative with it tomorrow. Then I had it with some steak.

For drinking I infused my water today with peach and lemon zest.

Then, although I'm trying not to have desserts, I thought it would not be nice to throw the little piece of peach that was not part of the dish or the water, and ate the remaining of it.

Third meal of Day 4

In spite of the tiredness I've been feeling since yesterday afternoon, I'm still enjoying the experience. Up to Day 5!

* the quote above was taken from The Whole30® Daily Newsletter - day 3  by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

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