Incidentally, I had to remove watermelon juice from my keyboard this morning. I was noming on it (the melon, of course, not the keyboard) yesterday – the day that shall forever live as The Day I Couldn’t Get Enough to Eat! (And that kind of breaks one of the Whole30 tenants, that we shouldn’t eat at our desk, but that issue will take a bit longer to get ahold of since I have a ton of work to do and on days when I can’t stop eating, I certainly can’t leave me desk. Excuses much?)
In other food-related news, a long time ago, I wrote on my abuse awareness site about reclaiming butter pecan ice cream (note: sensitive material). Well, now I can say I have reclaimed cayenne pepper! What was once used as a form of punishment and abuse is now a spice I love adding to my food. It’s mine now, not a weapon!
I’m really excited about reaching Day 15. I remember the thought of giving up sugar for Lent crossed my mind in early March, and I dismissed it because I thought there was no way I was ready for that. I am stronger than I think! Fifteen days without grains, dairy, and sugar — wowsa!
Another thing the Whole30 program discourages is juicing and smoothies. However, I like them and find that for me, they are a helpful addition. I also don’t make mine mainly of fruits. In fact, I’d say mine are 80% vegetables, usually the ones I’m not going to be able to eat tons of (or much of). Greens, kale, celery, and carrots make up the bulk of my juices, with an apple thrown in. And my smoothies are green as well, with a base of coconut milk, coconut water, water, a banana, and then a few pieces of other fruits, depending on what I have on hand. We’re not talking handfuls – just maybe 3 strawberries, a chunk of melon, whatever. And neither a juice or a smoothie ever take the place of a meal. It works for me, and that’s how I’m proceeding.
All in all, I’m more and more excited each day as I feel better, think more clearly, and feel more energetic. Fifteen days to go, and I can’t wait to see what’s next!
Dinner Tonight: slow cooked beef stew with fresh parsley, onions, green peppers, and carrots. Yes, yum!