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Day 8: the blahs

I am really bored with this diet.  Bored and annoyed.  It seems to require so much (too much) prep to eat anything and since I’m a person who likes to eat what I crave in that moment, it’s hard to plan ahead.

For breakfast I had cashew bread with coconut manna.  Not because I wanted it, but because I couldn’t think of anything else to prepare quickly that sounded good.

At least this time I had the patience to wait for my breakfast to toast (rather than eat the first slice plain while making the second).  Coconut butter doesn’t spread does it?  Is mine weird?  Should I add oil to make it more spreadable?  I thought it was weird and crumbly all through winter because of the temp in the pantry, but my oil is basically liquid at this point so I know the room is hot enough that it should be as soft and as melted as it’s going to get.

I finally did myself a solid and made a jar of balsamic dressing.  I tossed the greens in the dressing and then figured out what to add.

Since avo and bacon weren’t enough last time, I added salted roasted almonds this time.

And ate 1/2 pound of baby carrots as I was making it.

After I had chopped it all up, I realized I may have over-dressed the salad, so in searching for something more to soak up the dressing…

The shredded zucchini seemed like the best move and it totally made the salad special and different.

For an unplanned lunch on the fly, this was 100% the best thing I could have come up with. And fast too!  If it were a chopped challenge I think I would have won.  Or at least not been eliminated.

We were gone all afternoon but Kyle was going to be home that night (eating dinner with us), so I couldn’t slack like I had been when it was just me.  Luckily, he’s appreciative of anything homemade.

Ta-da!

I made the sauce for this during naps, but it was more lime-y than I was expecting, so I wasn’t as in love with it as I had been hoping.  It’s the thai “peanut” sauce from Against All Grain.  The sauce calls for a huge amount of coconut oil, but not very much almond butter and I think I may have preferred the reverse.

I ended up adding 1/2 cup almond butter to it because I wanted a more nut butter sauce.

Then I added it to a few cups of cabbage and broccoli slaw.  Plus shrimp (because I needed a new protein).

The shrimp was a great call and worked well with it, but the kids (well, P mainly) don’t love shrimp so much.  It’s especially interesting that P doesn’t really enjoy shrimp because when he was younger he couldn’t get enough of it.  Like, he would eat 50 shrimp in a row if I let him.  It was insane.  And now?  Nope. He must have overdone it.  I gave V some (she likes shrimp) but also gave the kids chopped up hard boiled eggs in their bowls.

And everyone but me got rice.  It was sad.

I had kombucha for dessert and was bummed about it at first, but after Kyle’s dessert was done, I realized I was fine with the ‘buch and my chocolate needs are psychological cravings, not real hunger.

On the late night, I got to baking because I felt inspired to create something delicious and exciting for breakfast that would help shift my mentality.  I feel like I’m missing out on all these yummy foods I want to eat, and that’s been harder than I anticipated.  I have strong willpower, but I wish I knew the payoff was worth it.  I had more GI activity today that leads me to believe what I’m doing is working, but it’s hard to say definitively.  In any event, my random baking experiment turned out stellar and I went to bed looking forward to the next day’s eats.

Day 6 and Day 7: Dessert and treat ideas

I always want chocolate, but it’s probably (definitely) not the best for me.

Gahhhh…I fell prey to my sweet tooth last night though and while I could rattle off a half dozen excuses, I’m just going to own it and focus on a more productive activity.

Brainstorming other options to turn to:

  • frozen grapes (love them, but always forget about them)
  • Danielle Walker’s real deal chocolate chip cookies (I’ve made them with stevia instead of the honey/palm sugar with success)
  • 21 Day Sugar Detox moo-less chocolate mousse (like avocado cacao pudding)
  • kombucha

Soooo, half of those are still desserts, but since quitting cold turkey has proven impossible, maybe I should have some backups on hand that still so sugar packed.  Although now that I’m writing this with a day of hindsight, I am clued in on more of the causes.

I started the day with Danielle Walker’s blender bread.

Once again I ate one smaller slice while the bigger slice fried in coconut oil on the stove.

This is hands down the best way to toast bread, especially this bread.  I only have a few more slices left, so I guess I better make another new loaf soon.  Did anyone get anything cool for Prime Day?  I was considering a sous vide or instant pot but I didn’t pull the trigger because I really just don’t need them.  I know, I’m like the only person in the world who isn’t doing the instant pot thing right now, but I cover most bases with my rice cooker and slow cooker…it’s hard to justify another appliance that overlaps so much with ones I already have.  Also, storage space.  I am already way out of room in the kitchen and because I hate cluttered counters I want everything to be put away.  The coffee machine in the only appliance that gets counter space…because hellooooo, priorities?!?!  If I have an appliance hidden away I’m less likely to use it, so it better be DANG useful to get brought out.  I just don’t feel like I can convince myself it’s a go.  So, alas, another Prime Day without a purchase.  I didn’t buy anything last year either.  But the year before I got Gwyneth’s cookbook for pretty cheap.  Danielle’s cookbook Celebrations is still on mega sale for 2.99 (apparently unrelated to prime day) so get on that before it’s gone.  That’s where this bread recipe is from after all…

Gorg.

Took my pills on sched.  Hating it but getting better at it.

I prepped a bunch of bacon the night before.  And I mean a BUNCH. Two baking sheets full.  I’m shocked P didn’t wake up to the smell (I have limited oven time given the temp lately).  The house still smelled amazing the next morning, which is probably why I had bacon on the brain.

Satisfied my craving with a big salad at lunch.  I was going to add my balsamic glaze/olive oil hack that I’ve been into lately, but I randomly looked at the ingredients in the TJ balsamic glaze and was surprised to find it had way more in it than I thought it would.  The FIRST ingredient is concentrated grape juice!!!  What the what!?!?  And it has modified corn starch in it.  Annoying.  So I poured red wine vinegar and olive oil on top of the lettuce and tossed it by hand to try and get the lettuce evenly coated in both (since I didn’t make the vinaigrette separately).  I guess I should prep some basic dressings.

I added sunflower seeds after this photo because it seemed lacking in some area, but I didn’t want to add more animal protein (cheese and dried fruit are a no go).  It was ok, but left me wanting.  I had a ton of carrots too, but still felt like I wasn’t satisfied.  Annoying.

I was busy the rest of the afternoon with kids activities, and then couldn’t figure out for the life of me what I wanted for dinner.  I wasn’t really hungry and nothing jumped out at me cravings wise.  I stared into the fridge for way too long before settling on the most random leftovers.

I had a cut of beef that needed to be used asap, and asparagus from over a week ago (?).  I added an egg for no real reason, but it worked.

It was ok, but was in no way enough to hold me over until the next day.

Which is when I turned to this.

And I went back for a second serving size that was arguably larger.  I didn’t take a photo because I was in denial.  Food-wise, the day didn’t go very well for me.  I felt ok, but did have some (minor minor) symptoms which was confusing* – moreover, I felt my psychological needs weren’t met.  Physiologically, I was fine.  I wasn’t hungry and I felt full at multiple points over the course of the day, but still never truly satiated.*

After a decent night’s sleep I woke up feeling great (GI wise).  Per usual, I got my workout on.  Kyle’s out of town still so I went on a long bike ride, pulling the kids in the chariot, and felt like my energy was ZAPPED. That’s when I began second guessing my diet and wondering if my carb intake may need to be higher given my activity level?  I just felt more lethargic than normal.*  Granted, I was towing an extra 50+ pounds behind me, so there’s that.

Then I got my period.  [Delayed TMI warning?]

*Which explains everything.  Like psychological cravings vs physiological needs.  And my ambivalence about food (this often happens during that time of my cycle).  And my low energy.  “Psychological cravings” in this case were just hormonal urges. Hormones also affect my gut, so now I’m going to have to take everything that I feel with a grain of salt.

Moving on.  I had a cup of decaf with cashew milk, followed by two slices of zucchini bread with almond butter.  I felt full and great and wasn’t really hungry until well after noon.  I took pills on schedule.  This diet is causing me to drink so much more water than I previously did, that’s for sure!

I finished off the odds and ends in the fridge for lunch – including tuna salad, smoked salmon, half and avo, carrots, and the entire bag of kale chips (SO GOOD).

I ran out of carrots or I would have had more.

Whenever Kyle goes out of town I’m torn on making food for myself vs just cleaning out the fridge and eating random portions for the sake of cleaning.  It gives me mixed feelings of joy and sadness.  I LIKE clearing space in the fridge and not wasting food, so that makes it nice, but I also don’t like eating things I don’t really really want (it’s my absolute least favorite thing to do. in life. period.).  Sigh.  If only I weren’t such a head case.  In the end, I usually go the cheap route and just eat what’s around rather than buy or make new stuff because it’s me and apparently I don’t value my own happiness (kidding, but it wouldn’t kill me to treat myself nicer more often).

The kids ate half their dinner at market, but it was so hot I was not in the mood to hang out there for very long.

I was again stumped on dinner ideas, so I reverted to the same dinner from two night’s ago because it was so good and why not?

I had leftover grilled chicken from the weekend so I quickly chopped that up and tossed in the rest of the stuff (swapping shredded zucchini for celery because I already had it on hand and wan’t food on my plate asap).  I also nixed the grapes and added cilantro.

With lettuce cups ready for the stuffing!

Delish!  I ate every last drop and was quite full by the end, which was the idea since I didn’t want to binge on chocolate or something else sweet at night because I didn’t eat enough at dinner.

I still had a rose kombucha, and it was perfect.

Day 5: things are happening

I started the day with a run and decaf, but it took me a while to get hungry.

I had banola and 1/2 this cashew milk from urban remedy for breakfast.  The mylk wasn’t sweet at all, so that was a bittersweet surprise.  I was hoping the lucuma would make it a little more special than just straight up nut milk, but I don’t know that I’d buy it again for the $$$$.

I was much better about taking my pills on an empty stomach today and waited over two hours before taking them.  And then I stuck to water for the next hour or so, too, to make sure it hit my gut the way it was intended to.

Finally I made this chilled blended coffee with the rest of the cashew milk and MCT oil.

For lunch I had grilled salmon, leftover cauli rice, and half and avocado, all covered in coconut aminos.  I forgot how different and unique coconut aminos are!  Not nearly as salty as tamari or Bragg’s aminos with a more sweet and tangy kind of taste.

It was a very filling bowl (that’s a big glass container btw).  As you can see, I heaped some baby carrots on top, too.  DUH.  Always everything orange.

In the back of my head I thought mayyyybe I won’t eat all that rice because it was kinda a huge portion, but then you KNOW I went and ate every last bite.

As soon as I finished I felt something going on in my gut.  [Consider this your warning that the next part may be TMI but I want to chronicle this so proceed at your own risk]

The rest of the afternoon was a bit of a waiting game because I knew things were happening.  It was kinda painful, to be honest, but if this is working then it will all be worth it.  I had on and off cramping, but my system was very obviously getting rid of things (in an abnormal way that leads me to believe it was herb related and not just IBS stuff).  This was the first day that my gastrointestinal system seemed to recognize the supplements I’ve been taking with action.  It sucked at the time, but now that I’m on the other side of it, it wasn’t too bad.  I’m going to keep things going with this protocol obviously.

I took the second round of pills amid all that fun.  Nothing but water and pills between lunch and dinner.

Needless to say, when dinner time finally arrived I was READY to eat.

I made the curry chicken lettuce cups from Danielle Walker’s first cookbook Against All Grain.  It’s definitely the one I continue to cook out of the most at the moment.  It’s only 9.99 for the ebook right now on amazon.

I made lettuce wraps for myself and Kyle and flatbread “taco” wraps for the kiddos.

For the lettuce wraps, I cut a cone out of the bottom of the head lettuce and then doubled the lettuce up for less leaking.

I. Love. This. Recipe.

Never gets old.  Never.  And the kids demolished it without even a peep of a complaint (which is RARE these days).

I gave Kyle a flatobread one and a lettuce wrap one, but stuck to lettuce myself.  I also nixed the red onions in the recipe and tried to give the grapes mostly to everyone else.

YUM.

I had two more lettuce cups and then once everyone else was satisfied I polished off the rest with a spoon. Cashews and mint and curry chicken, oooooo buddy, that’s the good stuff.

No dessert again (I cannot believe I am doing this!!!!) with kombucha instead.

Curious to see what tomorrow brings!

Day 4: pills pills pills

Well, I took my pills before bed last night and that turned out to be a bad call because they felt all lodged in my esophagus and I couldn’t lie down for a while, so I just sat in bed playing on my phone hoping the feeling would go away.  It never really did before I went to bed, and I woke up a few times throughout the night (which I never do) so who knows what that was about, but it wasn’t a restful sleep, for sure.  Note to self: remember pills today.

Look at that gorgeous cup!

I made another batch of almond milk for my coffee this week and this time used raw blanched slivered almonds. It’s impossible to find blanched whole almonds, so I figured slivered was the way to go.  I added salt, vanilla, and stevia.

Look how white!  Mmmmm…I immediately added some to my mug which is why it’s all frothy in the first pic. Heavenly.

Another zucchini bread morning.

Back to the nut butter topping, though.

Cashew butter, to be exact.

Which I ate leisurely before heading to church.

I felt a little bloated for almost an hour after eating this, but then it went away.  Not sure if that had to do with the fact that I took some pills before brekkie on an empty stomach.  Either way I felt fine later.

For lunch, I ate the rest of the tuna salad I made yesterday with another 1/2 avo added.  I guess I need to buy more tuna now?!  Seems an easy thing to keep stocked for quick meals.  Buying the Wild Planet ones are so expensive though, it’s almost the same price per ounce as fresh fish!  Ok not really, but it’s high quality, sustainable, and (most importantly) DELISH so I guess I will continue my loyalty.  It’s ever so slightly cheaper in bulk on amazon than it is on Thrive Market. I’ve been noticing Thrive Market hasn’t been as competitive lately with their prices, has anyone else noticed that?  Especially considering they charge you for an ice pack any time you order chocolate (what I used to always get) which basically negates the reduced price I was initially ordering from Thrive for.  Maybe WF has just met the competition by lowering their prices? I feel a little bad for Thrive now that amazon has acquired Whole Foods.  But not too too bad if soon I’ll be able to order anything I want from amazon!?!

I also had carrots and the rest of the lettuce and balsamic vinaigrette from two days ago.

I waited a couple of hours before taking my pills, spreading them out over 30 minutes so I wouldn’t feel like I had a lump in my throat.  Success!  Truth be told I have felt nada from the pills so far.  Still doing great with my dietary changes though.  My GI symptoms are super super minor if and when I have them.  It’s for sure helpful being diligent about avoiding fodmaps.  If nothing else, it’s comforting to know that I can get my gut back on track with this dietary approach.

We had a nice little afternoon (we’d promised him mini golf at the end of the school year) followed by a trip to WF on the way home.  It was our first time at the Arden WF (because it’s 30 minutes away) but that still makes it the closest to us.  That said, I don’t think we’ll be back.  It’s a meh WF.  Why that one got to stay open and the Davis location closed is not clear to me.  The hot bar selection was fairly uninspired but I got some ribs that looked good.  Back at home I made a salad for Kyle and I paired with my ribs.  They were really good.  Way better than I expected.  The salad had mixed greens, salted roasted pepitas, and a dressing made with olive oil, balsamic glaze, salt and pepper.  (Plus strawberries but I gave those to Kyle).

I skipped my chocolate dessert but enjoyed a kevitas master brew kombucha instead. I never thought I’d say this, but I may prefer them over GTs??  Maybe that’s going too far.  I like GTs diverse flavor options – there’s always one for the mood I’m in (trilogy, gingerberry, green, lemonade, gingerade, rose…I could go on and on) – but ever since I bought the cases of kevita from Costco, they have truly grown on me and turned into the ones I find myself reaching for the most.

PS Starting tonight and all day tomorrow is PRIME DAY!  What are you ordering on amazon for a good deal!?!  Inquiring minds want to shop…(vicariously through you)

Day 3: zucchini love and a new mayo

I made this coconut flour zucchini bread last week but used liquid stevia with coconut milk instead of maple syrup. 1/2 cup maple syrup is a lot of liquid which 1 tsp or so of stevia doesn’t come close to, so I just added plain unsweetened coconut milk until I reached the right volume.  I was hesitant to make too many changes with the recipe but I am curious about decreasing the eggs in some of these paleo-esque recipes and using chia or flax seeds for at least some portion of the eggs.  I’ll let you know if I tweak any more.

The recipe turned out great.  More and more I’m finding coconut flour recipes to be preferable to other nut flour ones.  Although I do love the cashew based blender bread by Danielle Walker.

It’s not as squat and dense as almond flour breads sometimes are, but obviously it’s not as fluffy and tall as wheat flour breads are. It’s quite good.

Here’s the first time I ate it – with heaps of cashew butter on two warmed slices.

Anyway, today’s breakfast was the same two slices but this time with ghee.  I should have toasted the bread because it wasn’t as good with ghee as it was with nut butter and I think that’s mostly because the ghee kinda got absorbed into the loaf and didn’t really enhance the flavor much.  The bread isn’t very sweet at all, so perhaps the nut butter also helped with that?

I microwaved it after this pic.  I felt great all morning though, so there’s that.  I had two cups of decaf with coconut milk and stevia.  I have to make another batch of almond creamer.

Wild Planet gets the highest rating for sustainability, so I bought it at WF in spite of it’s $$$$$$ price tag.

For lunch I made tuna salad with celery, Sir Kensington avocado oil mayo, salt and pepper.  Plus avocado on top.

It’s so funny how my cravings have shifted just in a few days.  I rarely feel like animal protein in the middle of the day, but fish has sounded so good lately.  This tuna salad was exceptional.  Hit the spot.

I bought this mayo specifically for this diet.  I’ve had both Sir Kensington’s and Primal Kitchen mayonnaise in the past, but not this exact flavor (most other SK flavors use sunflower oil).  I was hemming and hawing between them, but ultimately chose SK because it was on sale.  It has negligible amounts of sugar in it, whereas PK has none, but I decided that infinitesimal amount of sugar was fine.

I made cashew based Caesar dressing with soaked cashews, water, nutritional yeast, capers, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper.  Since I made it a few days ago in anticipation of this meal, the flavors had time to get all cozy with each other and the dressing was fabulous.

We had grilled chicken with the salad.  I bought a ton of chicken so that Kyle could grill it all at once and I’d have extras throughout the week all prepped.

He will be gone for a couple of days this week so now I feel a little more set up.  I still have more prep to do this weekend, but not too much since most of my breakfast fare remains.

Yum.

I had a ginger kombucha that evening.

I was busy with visitors all day and messed up my pills.  Oops.  At least I still managed to eat within the confines of my diet and feel happy and satisfied with my choices though.  Maybe I should set a reminder on my phone.  I thought I’d have no problem remembering but as it turns out, I get very easily distracted.

In any event I waited until bedtime to take the second round of pills because you’re supposed to take them “between meals” which to me means on an emptyish stomach.  Or at least one that hasn’t just finished a meal.