Welcome to our crazy Whole30 Challenge. Where The Stud Muffin, and I get back to eating healthful, Real, and nutrient dense foods, plus eliminate all inflammation causing food groups for 30 days to see just exactly which foods are hindering us on our quest for optimal health and wellness! We’re going from 80/20 to 100% folks. And it’s about to get real up in here!!
Grumpy Cat sums up how I felt on Day #8 (and Day #9 for that matter)
I was melancholy, cranky, grumpy, bloated, somewhat tired, and was ready for a plate of cheesy hash brown casserole, followed by anything that had dairy and sugar and then finished off and washed down with a dozen cupcakes and a tall glass of raw milk.
Purgatory is defined as
1. (in Roman Catholic doctrine) a place or state of suffering inhabited by the souls of sinners who are expiating their sins before going to heaven.
Adjective 1. having the quality of cleansing or purifying.
“infernal punishments are purgatory and medicinal”
I would go so far as to say it’s a place or state of suffering inhabited by all of the cakes, cookies, brownies, pies, dessert bars, cheese-filled, diary-filled, grain-filled, bean loving, milk drinking, booze guzzling remnants of foods from your most recent past. So instead of being inhabited by sinners, it’s filled with cakes and pies and cookies, and cheese, and pasta, and rice, and beans and wine and granola, and Snickers Bars looking for belly’s to make happy. Sorta like the island of misfit toys. #dramaticmuch
It is most definitely a cleansing and a purifying. It’s cleansing your body of the results of bad food choices, rebooting it so it can function properly and it’s most certainly cleansing to the mind as well as the body.
Today seemed to just drag on for me. I wasn’t hungry, didn’t like any one or any thing. Even my favorite hobbies didn’t do anything for me. I wanted to just nap the entire day away, but wasn’t tired enough to nap. All in all, Day #8 was just plain “grumpy cat”!
A blogging friend of mine shared a picture recently, on Facebook, of a pizza she had made for dinner. It was a beautiful looking pizza. My first though was: “That doesn’t even appeal to me”. My second thought was “Oh MY-LANTA woman!?! What’s wrong with you??!!” “PIZZA!!”… Nothing against my friend’s glorious homemade pizza, I have no doubt it tasted amazing. I love a good pizza. Melted cheese is my middle name. But something is starting to shift within me. A cleansing is taking place and pizza didn’t appeal to me at all. For me that’s a win.
I may have felt differently standing in front of that pizza, and inhaling the wonderful smells of melted cheese, and nummy meaty toppings, but for now, looking at a picture and not being tempted is a win. It’s progress. And I’ll take it.
Whole30 is teaching me to enjoy each day, moment by moment. I’m not as focused on food as I was before, which is sort of an oxymoron because I spend more time preparing food and giving thought to every component of each meal than I did before.
I should make one thing abundantly clear. I have no intentions of giving up pizza. Well, I should state that I have no intentions unless my body tells me it really doesn’t like grains, or dairy. And I’ll know that once I start the reintroduction phase after my 30 Days is complete. I believe we should enjoy tasty pizza. But instead of buying the cheapest frozen one or ordering from a pizza joint, maybe we could make our own. Or, find a local restaurant that knows how to make a pizza from real, clean ingredients. Preferably local, organic and GMO-Free. Be more intentional about what you put in your mouth and also in choosing where that “what” comes from. Whole30 is teaching me that.
I know, I know, you’re like “But Real Food Girl, weren’t you doing that before?” The answer is, yes. To an extent. I was doing it much more often when we lived in Minnesota. Then we relocated to South Carolina and I threw in the towel. For me, it was easy to eat clean and Real up in MN because those quality foods were VERY convenient to locate and purchase. Local Co-Op markets and other health food stores did all the work for me. I just had to drive there, put stuff in a cart, pay for it and go home. Here in SC, I have to find farms, call them, see if I can go there to get stuff, if not, I have to plan short road trips to farmer’s markets and coordinate all that with pay day’s and menus and stuff. Which is totally not a big deal, but for me it was. I longed for the ease of just going to the market to get all the Real, Non-GMO, local food that I wanted/needed.
I want to enjoy some sweet treats, some grain based treats and some dairy based treats once I’m done with Whole30. I plan on enjoying life to the fullest. I’m just going to be more wise about it.
What did we eat?
Breakfast: So, we’re boring. Period. We had more spinach, caramelized onion, baby red potato and sweet potato hash. Cooked in copious amounts of bacon fat. I added some pan fried, diced pork chop, bacon and sausage to it. Topped it with eggs.
Lunch: A small salad with diced chicken, toasted pecans, thinly sliced granny smith apple, and half an avocado. Dressing was a compliant balsamic.
Dinner: Bun-less burgers with caramelized onions, bacon, sliced heirloom tomatoes, lettuce, guacamole, homefries, and Whole30 compliant ketchup and homemade mayo. Our burger was similar to my insanely delicious Caramelized Onion Burgers with Gruyere, but without the bun and of course, the cheese.
I’m seriously tired of potatoes. TSM could eat them 3 meals a day AND for a snack, but folks, I’m SO over potatoes. And I’m Irish. 😉
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