It is a sign that things are going smoothly when you have to check the calendar to see how far along you are in a timed challenge. Whole30 isn’t consuming my every waking thought and I’m not eagerly counting down the days until it’s over.
Okay, maybe a little bit, but I’m not planning a sugar-carb feast on July 31st to celebrate my completing the program. An Old Fashioned on the other hand… come on, just one! If my tolerance was shit before, it will sure as shit be shit now. Shiiiiiiiieet.
One surprising thing I have learned is that I am doing very well without grains or dairy. I specifically say grains, and not carbs, because I am getting plenty of carbs in my vegetables and fruits. I have eaten an avocado and sweet potato literally every single day since July 1st. Having those two things would wreak havoc on my normal bread-and-cheese laden diet, but the Whole30 formula is working, and I can feel it (and see it, because I cheated and stepped on the scale last week).
Remember when I went vegan-ish last year and was amazed at how easy I was able to give up cheese? That’s because I replaced it with vegan cheese. Even though it was not made with any animal products, it was a lab-created mock-cheese that was in no way natural, or good, for my body. You can’t cure your addiction to food vices by replacing them with technically compliant vices. You’re missing the point, which is to redesign your relationship with food completely. Sometimes I’ll assemble an awesome looking “big salad” and think that all it needs is a sprinkling of feta or goat cheese, but it ends up being perfectly delicious without.
Prior to Whole30, I ate a lot of cottage cheese and greek yogurt because it was easy protein, not necessarily because I liked the taste. Similar to my old smoking habit, I ate a lot of bread and dairy not because my body and stomach wanted it, but because it was a habit. My mind made it a habit to have a grainy carb, salty protein, and sweet fruit every morning for breakfast. I used to go outside to smoke every hour. Not because I was craving the nicotine, but because it was a habit.
As for my sugar dragon, sure, I occasionally see dancing glazed doughnuts after a hard workout, so I am still working on that. The big no-no is squashing my sugar dragon with actual sugar in the form of fruit, even though it is technically okay on Whole30.
Here are a couple of new meals I tried this week.
Grass-fed beef that I later realized were cut specifically for kebabs, but I had no skewers. I threw the cubed pieces on my grill pan all willy-nilly, then the bell peppers, added half an avocado, and called it a kebab salad. I could have added onions but I generally think onions are gross and was too lazy to slice one up.
Roasted kabocha squash, which didn’t turn out the way I dreamed. According to the recipe, they are supposed to be crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. What does that mean to you? Like french fries, right? I had all kinds of fails during the roasting process, including accidentally dropping the tray in the oven while trying to flip the slices over, then burning my knuckles…twice, which probably led to the mushiness. They tasted great though, and I had to stop myself from eating the whole bowl. I might mash up the leftovers tonight and pair with fish.