I’ve hit the point in the Whole30 plan where 2 things are happening: 1) I am bored out of my mind having so few protein options (so much so that I actually felt a bit jealous of meat eaters for a minute last night), and 2) I’m about ready to cut a b… for an ice cold, fountain poured diet coke.
The diet coke might have an explanation. Long story short, last night I had about 3 gulps of a drink that had artificial sweetener in it…. from my probiotic/greens powder. I was a few sips in when I thought to myself, “This tastes WAY too sweet to be natural…” Sure enough, I checked the ingredient list and it had maltodextrin, a starch-based food additive/sweetener with an astronomical glycemic index. I poured the rest of the drink down the drain, but the degree to which I’ve been craving a diet coke today is probably the fallout of those few sips. Ce la vie. As stated in my modifications post, I am not following the rule that even accidental slip-ups require a start-over. I will check labels on EVERYTHING from now on, and move forward.
Other than that, I’m feeling fine. I need to sit down tomorrow and plan out some new food options, though, because the boredom is going to lead to catastrophe next week if I try to repeat this week’s meals.
I am STILL getting 100% sleep quality every night! How is that even possible?! I don’t think I have ever in my life gone 9 days with even 90%+ sleep quality (at least not in the last thousand-ish days that my app has tracked). I definitely want to pay attention once I start reintroducing foods to see if it’s a caffeine quantity/timing issue or something else.
Let’s get into the eats, shall we?
Breakfast was not exciting: paleo muffin (I’ve got to make more of these, because they totally hit the spot in the morning and I’ve only got 3 left), banana with almond butter, and plain greek yogurt with unsweetened raisins. Chai tea on the side.
I didn’t bring a lunch to work (again), so next up was dinner. I did get to the store to grab some more zucchini to make zucchini noodles. They only had 2 green zucs so I got 2 yellow squash, too, and figured they’d be the same. I didn’t really like this version as much as the zucchini-only version, so I think I will stick to green zucchini for noodle purposes. I threw some pesto on there, and had 2 scrambled eggs and strawberries on the side.
I did eat a Larabar in between work and dinner (the fruit-and-nut-only ones). Definitely check the ingredients, as some of the newer flavors are not so simple on the ingredient lists.
I’m sure you’ve caught on to my breakfast variations by now. I don’t really need a lot of variety with breakfast. I like a handful of things and I can enjoy them repeatedly. The deciding factor on the protein is whether or not I have time to make eggs or made extras the night before. This meal had one paleo muffin, 2 scrambled eggs (with heavy cream = heaven), and a banana with almond butter. Black chai tea on the side.
I actually had lunch! (Working from home on Fridays = yay, food!) This was leftover from the sweet potato and leek frittata from the other night, with strawberries.
I cooked a couple of things for dinner that were supposed to last me a few days, but unfortunately, they didn’t turn out great. The first was a paleo flatbread. I have no idea how long the open bag of tapioca flour in my pantry has been in there, but I’m pretty sure that’s why the flatbread was a dud. It’s edible, but nothing to write home about. The second was even more disappointing: a crock pot full of what was supposed to be a cauliflower bolognese sauce. It’s just… blah. I really don’t like cauliflower. I don’t know why I keep trying.
So, this meal was organic spring mix with half an avocado and that amazing Tessemae’s dressing (doggone it! I forgot to grab another bottle when I was at Walmart tonight!), zucchini noodles with pesto, cauliflower bolognese, and paleo flatbread. I didn’t finish it all, not because I wasn’t hungry, but because it was just… meh.
Breakfast started with a fresh batch of eggs of the gods, a paleo muffin, strawberries, and black chai tea.
No lunch today, for no reason other than I wasn’t hungry for lunch. This was a sad, sad dinner. I knew I had nothing but blah leftovers, and I wasn’t in the mood to run to the grocery store, so I just put together what I had: unstellar paleo flatbread with a scoop of blah cauliflower bolognese, and a sweet potato that I hoped wouldn’t kill me because I had just thrown out the rest of the bag because they had scary looking black patches on them. I had cooked them last night (the steam-in-bag ones), just purchased from Walmart, and I had an inkling when I grabbed the bag in the store that they weren’t the freshest things in the world, but did the old, “Awww they’re fine!” and brought them home and cooked them. This is the only one that looked like I could eat around the bad spot, so I did. If I die of spotted potato poisoning tonight, you know why.
That beverage on the side is a smoothie made of homemade almond milk (I don’t strain it, so it’s nice and frothy and contains the whole nuts), a ripe banana, some frozen pineapple, and plain greek yogurt. I needed a protein somehow and didn’t feel like cooking more eggs. I thought I had whey protein powder but… yep, it’s got sweetener in it. So no protein powder in this one.
I’m definitely a little bit cranky about my dinner options.
That’s it for now! Tomorrow, I will browse the cookbooks again and come up with a plan for next week.