Days 5 – 8: baby stuff

I realize now that I will be unable to post every day. I want to, because I’m fairly certain all two of you are just waiting with baited breath for my next post, but it ain’t gonna happen. It’s time-consuming. I work full-time in an office and then I come home to my second job.

Why is this post called “baby stuff?” Because we are gonna talk sleep and poop. I won’t talk a lot about either of them, but at least want to acknowledge the changes in both…for the better! I am feelin’ pretty good, I must say. I have been sleeping beautifully—like a baby!  I remember this from last time. By the end of my 30 days, I was referring to my sleep as “delicious.” Last night was the true test: I watched a stressful Seahawks playoff game (about which I am still pissed), then watched Argo. Yikes! I did not need to do any cardio after both of those events. Sunday nights are usually my worst. I cannot turn my brain off, and often just take half an Ambien to ensure sleep. I did not take an Ambien, and slept so well! Even when I got up to pee at 4:30 a.m., I was able to go right back to sleep.

My energy is good. Typically on a weekend I can sleep a solid 12 hours or more! This was my weekend: We got up at 6:00 a.m. Saturday, after seven hours of sleep, to ski, skied all day, came home and made dinner (instead of ordering take-out), and then stayed up watching two episodes of Sons of Anarchy and went to bed at 11:00 p.m. Guess what time I woke up. G’head. Guess.

I woke up naturally, well-rested before 8:30 a.m. On a Sunday. Unheard of.

Let’s talk shit. I have chronic bowel issues. There I said it. I have had gut issues since high school, maybe earlier, but I distinctly remember issues in high school. I had to stop running because of these issues. Sometimes walking for a long distance is too much. I am convinced that my gut’s inability to properly process is the reason I got kidney stones last April. Anyway…pooping is not my favorite thing.

Without going into too much detail, let’s just say that things in that department are firming up and are sometimes even satisfying. There. I said it again, and I don’t want to share any more.

Now, it was brought to my attention today that not everyone’s gut is happy about these dietary changes. I am not a nutritionist or a doctor, but I have been studying this way of eating for a long time. Sometimes when a diet takes a complete 180° turn, your gut protests. All I can say is, “Stick with it!” I would be surprised if these issues do not remedy themselves in the next week or so.

And this is why I do it: good sleep, good energy, good poop.

It has been spectacular here in Seattle. The weather is super cold, but super clear, which is energizing in its own way.

Let’s talk food. Some of this will be from memory only.

Day 5

First, I need to clarify some of this day. My lunch was awful. So bad. My fun co-workers and I went out to lunch to play Cards Against Humanity. If you are unfamiliar with this game, it is like Apples to Apples, but for crass adults. It is not a game for the mild or sensitive. We played this game at a local dive, Marco Polo. Surely they would have a salad I could eat. Not so much. Seriously. I could not believe it. So, I ordered the Wild Salmon Burger sans tartar sauce and bun, sub salad for the fries. {sigh} The salad came with croutons and shredded cheese, which I painstakingly picked off. I asked for balsamic vinegar and olive oil. They brought me balsamic vinaigrette, which I am pretty sure was loaded with sugar. I had maybe two teaspoons. The “burger” was previously frozen and nasty. It was completely unsatisfying, so I went back to the office and ate an entire avocado. Only then did I feel good.

Breakfast:     Wild Planet Foods Wild Albacore Tuna, homemade mayo, sweet potato and ghee

Lunch:            Salmon burger and salad, one avocado

Dinner:           Everyday Paleo’s Italian Rib Eye with Sun Dried Tomato Topping and Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook Zucchini Salad

Day 5: DinnerItalian Rib Eye Steak with Sun-dried Tomato and Artichoke Heart Relish

Day 5: Dinner
Italian Rib Eye Steak with Sun-dried Tomato and Artichoke Heart Relish

Snack:            Coconut Amino Roasted Almonds

I made the almond “recipe” up.

Coconut Amino Roasted Almonds

a bunch of raw almonds (at least two cups)

1 Tbs EVOO

1 Tbs Coconut Aminos

sea salt

What to do:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Spread the almonds out on the baking sheet.

Sprinkle with olive oil and coconut aminos. Use your hands (best tools invented) to mix/toss everything together until all of the almonds are coated.

Sprinkle with sea salt.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Try not to eat every last one of them in one sitting.

Day 6

Crystalline day at Steven’s Pass. I am so glad I took advantage to the gorgeous weather to go skiing instead of staying home and sitting on my ass watching a double-feature in a dark theater. This was one of my best day’s of skiing in a long time.

Breakfast:      Scrambled eggs and bacon

Lunch:             Leftover steak Caesar Salad

Dinner:            Combination of Heather Cristo Cooks’ Salmon Burger and Everyday Paleo Salmon Cakes with Ginger-Sriracha Aioli and sliced avocado with Chinese Cucumber Salad

Day 6: DinnerSalmon Cakes with Ginger Aioli and Chinese Cucumber Salad

Day 6: Dinner
Salmon Cakes with Ginger Aioli and Chinese Cucumber Salad

I used both recipes to make the salmon burgers and they turned out great. I used a fresh filet (well, frozen from The Enginerd’s summer fishing) with no almond meal, lots of herbs including Italian parsley and dill and fresh ginger and green onions. To the homemade aioli I added fresh ginger and Sriracha. Yum!

To the cucumbers, which I started before the salmon, I used balsamic vinegar instead of sugar and red vinegar and subbed coconut aminos for the soy sauce. I skipped the salting part, and it was fine.

Everything was very, very good.

Day 7

Breakfast:      Frittata made with Sugar-free Pork Breakfast Sausage from U.S. Wellness Meats and sauteed mushrooms and yellow peppers

Lunch:             Nuts and bacon-wrapped dates

Dinner:            Turkey breast with green beans

Frittata cooking

Frittata cooking

Remember those mushrooms and yellow peppers I fried up last week. Well, here they are! I didn’t quite catch a photo of the finished product before someone took a bite.

Day 7: Breakfast

Day 7: Breakfast
Frittata with Crumbled Sausage, Mushrooms and Yellow Peppers

Lunch wasn’t really lunch. Lunch was a snack, and probably not Whole30 approved, but it was damned tasty. Too bad I do not have a photo of the finished product. I ate them too quickly.

Day 7: LunchBacon-Wrapped Dates

Day 7: Lunch
Bacon-Wrapped Dates

I don’t have a photo of dinner. We had dinner over at my in-laws, which is actually a very nice Sunday night family tradition. My MIL did everything she could to accommodate my diet, including using ghee instead of butter for the turkey breast and green beans.

Day 8

Today! Hooray! I finally made it to today.

Breakfast:       Frittata (leftover)

Lunch:              Ropa Vieja (leftover)

Dinner:            Eat Like a Dinosaur’s Curried Mussels, Not Muscles

Mona picked this evening’s dinner, and did most of it herself.

Mona Making Mussels, not Muscles

Mona Making Mussels, not Muscles

We decided to sub Penzey’s Rogan Josh Seasoning for the curry powder. I had Mona do a blind sniff test between the two, and this is the one she picked.

It was really good.

Day 8: DinnerCurried Mussels, Not Muscles

Day 8: Dinner
Curried Mussels, Not Muscles

Let’s see if I can keep up, because this took a really long time. I’m off to sleep now.