Monday, September 23, 2013

Day 7 -- Week 1 Done

Feeling better today, still a little tired, but not like the last couple of days. So far, it really hasn't been too bad. And I'm definitely eating better tasting stuff than I ate on Medifast -- or for that matter on any diet I've ever tried. There are things that I think, oh, a little cheese would make this so much better -- but mostly I don't miss it. Sugar and grains are a little harder, I do like desserts, and those involve at least one or sometimes both of those. Cooking all the time is hard, but I can see where, if I could really spend a weekend cooking and then freezing stuff, I could get ahead of it and not have to do so much every week. Of course, I don't always have good luck freezing stuff, and don't want  to end up having to eat dried out, freezer burned food, so I don't know if that would be better in the long run or not. It is something to think about, though.

I did have the weirdest dream last night. I dreamt that I decided I MUST HAVE sweet tea (I don't normally sweeten my tea, so I don't know what that was about). Anyway, I very carefully measured out a small amount of sugar, like half a teaspoon or something, some amount that I had deemed to okay, and made my iced tea, and drank it, and then had a piece of cake (not even chocolate! it was like apple cinnamon or something, not at all what I'd choose if I were choosing to go off plan), and then just started freaking out because I'm not allowed to have that stuff for another 23 days, and I was convinced I'd just really messed up and ruined my whole30 plan and was going to have to start over. But I didn't seem bothered by any of this until after I very calmly drank the tea and ate the cake. It was just weird.

Enough about my subconscious already -- on to the food:

Breakfast -- egg casserole with ground beef, sweet potato, zucchini, yellow squash, sauteed leeks, garlic and mushrooms, raw snap peas, strawberries in coconut milk (coconut milk is still just not doing a lot for me. I want to like it, I love coconut, but it's just sort of there)
Lunch -- chicken breast cooked in a little ghee (a frozen one -- poor planning on my part, but amazingly given that it's been in the freezer for a while, it actually met all the requirements for Whole30, and it was pretty good), leftover roasted brussels sprouts, roasted fairy tale eggplant (they were so cute! but they were a little bitter cooked, I don't know if I did something wrong or what), and half an avocado.
Supper -- leftover roasted fairy tale eggplant, roasted sweet potato, and a chicken salad inspired by this one over at Your Healthista, which was originally inspired by the Whole Foods Sonoma Chicken Salad, although I didn't follow her recipe exactly, so mine has half an avocado, half an apple, a few grapes, and some chicken, and I just made the one serving of it (Side note: This looked like a ton of food, and I didn't think I was that hungry, but I ate every last bite, even the still bitter tasting eggplants -- which I still have another serving or two of to eat over the next couple of days)

So to sum up this week, it's been okay. I've been tired and was a little cranky for a few days when I gave up the coffee, but I'm hoping the tiredness will be over soon. The food is good, but it's a lot of work, and takes a lot of planning, so while I'm not obsessed with thoughts like, "When is my next meal?" or even, "I really wish I could have some cake now," I am spending a lot of time thinking about food, and preparing food, and cleaning up the mess from preparing food, and shopping for ingredients to prepare food, and looking up recipes for more food to prepare. If I had a social life, this could be a problem, but I don't really, so I guess it's okay.


  1. Woohoo Shannon!!! Congrats on a week down!!! Hope you will be filled with energy soon, it probably takes a while for all the old stuff to get out of our system and the healthy stuff to start really feeding our bodies! So hang in there, if your energy level increases and you start feeling good, think how worth it, all this is!!!! I am so proud of you!! You are an inspiration!!!!

  2. The food all looks so pretty on your plate! Made me hungry!

  3. "roasted fairy tale egg plant"....just love the name of that, even though I do dislike egg plant. but you are right, the meals look better than MF. :) You are doing great! And dreaming about sweet tea, LOL, I love it.