Whole 30 – October 2012 Week Four

The last week of my ‘Whole 30‘ collapsed a little. Our friends went home on Tuesday and then we flew to the UK for a wedding two days later and spent about 4 days travelling and visiting friends and family. I was without internet for a few days (I know, shock horror!) and didn’t manage to post my meals. I’d say the only day I REALLY went off-piste would be on Monday night when I ate a homemade steak, horseradish and parsnip pie. It was REALLY good – but the small amount of pastry that was on it played havoc with my stomach. Was it worth it? Probably not – but it was a really good pie! I’ll try to make the filling sometime without the pie – because the flavours were great!

Week Four – October 22 – 31

Day 22

Food:

  • Break Fast: Fiesta Eggs! Bacon, baby tomatoes, baby peppers, tapenade scrambled eggs.
  • Dinner: Seriously – I have no idea what I ate for dinner here. Likely it was nibbles out on the terrace. And leftovers!

Movement:

  • Not much of anything….

Day 23

Food:

  • Break Fast: Up and out early to take friends to Barcelona airport then some shopping at ‘the mall’ to find some shoes and a dress for the wedding. Nothing like leaving it last minute. Managed to have lunch at some Cerveseria in the mall which started off well with chicken over a Ceasar salad. But the scrambled egg with chorizo that should have been the main seemed to also contain potatoes. Not ideal, so just ate half.
  • Dinner: More jazzed up leftovers and a butifarra sausage with roasted veg and pork inside. Tasty!

Movement:

  • Does walking ’round the mall count? I think it should… Uh….

Day 24

Food:

Movement:

  • Fasted gym workout of 10 minute cycle. 20 minute run then weights. And squats.

Day 25

Food:

  • Break Fast: After fasted gym workout – scrambled eggs with chorizo, tapenade, parsley and garlic.
  • Dinner: Flew to the UK this evening and ended up eating some chicken strips and salad at the bar in the Travelodge. Not too bad.

Movement:

  • Fasted gym workout of 10 minute cycle. 20 minute run then weights. And squats.

Day 26

Food:

  • Break Fast: While out shopping in UK. Chose your own 10 item breakfast – sausages, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes. How perfect!
  • Dinner: Ate at the wedding reception which was buffet style – burger, sausages, etc. Yay! Had quite a bit of cava and white wine though… oops! Yes, THAT was worth it.

Movement:

  • Established that wandering ’round shops isn’t exactly exercise is it? Well, I suppose it IS movement though! And there was some dancing involved… (at the wedding – not while shopping)

Day 27

Food:

  • Break Fast: Another English fry up at a cafe. Which is pretty spot on – sausage, bacon, egg, grilled tomatoes.
  • Dinner: Didn’t eat much for the rest of the day (the fry up was pretty filling!) but did have olives and jerky in the car. As well as the Best Sausage Roll on the planet from The Ginger Pig. Honestly – the pastry to meat ratio was excellent… as in – not too much pastry and a huge amount of meat! Then there was a double burger on a bed of salad from the burger joint Grubbs. The entire takeaway looked at me in horror when the guy called out “Double Malaysian Burger no bun” when my order was ready… Hey ho!

Movement:

  • Lots of walking

Day 28

Food:

  • Break Fast: Went to Portsmouth for lunch at a place called Abarbistro. It was recommended on PrimalBritain as a paleo-friendly restaurant and they weren’t wrong! So much to chose from. I ended up with pressed ham hock to start, then mahi mahi served on sweet potato and spinach with a chilli chutney on top. It was AWESOME.
  • Dinner: At our friends’ place, she cooked a brilliantly spicy roasted pumpkin and pepper soup. (Consequently, I’m making soup today…!)

Movement:

  • Just walking

Day 29

Food:

  • Break Fast: Visiting family, Steve’s mother cooked a lovely lunch of roast pork, green beans (from the garden!), cabbage, roasted parsnips and carrots. (She also cooked rice and potatoes but I didn’t have any of them..!) Excellent meal.
  • Dinner: And this is where I ate my steak, horseradish and parsnip pie. It was very good! From The Deli Downstairs in Victoria Park Village. Not that you should know that – as pie isn’t really approved on the list! But still….

Movement:

  • Just walking

Day 30

Food:

  • Break Fast: Another English breakfast. This time at a garden centre. All locally sourced meats and boy could you taste the difference. We wandered round the farm shop lamenting the fact that our suitcases were already over packed so we couldn’t buy anything else. Awww.
  • Dinner: Ate a ‘Nakd’ bar – Pecan Pie after we finally got home back to Spain.

Movement:

  • Just walking

Day 31 (In theory – my Whole30 was over yesterday, but due to slip ups – one more day won’t hurt)

Food:

  • Break Fast: After fasted gym workout I made chorizo, sauerkraut, parsley, garlic topped with poached egg for lunch. SO nice to be home again!
  • Dinner: Salad with bacon wrapped sweet potato. And feta. Cause my Whole30 is now officially over so I can hit some dairy again.

Movement:

  • Fasted gym workout of 10 minute cycle. 20 minute run then weights. And squats.

 

Summary

I got a bit slack in the end of my Whole30. There was some cheese involved. But in general it was easy to stick to and I have certainly felt the benefits in sleeping better and my skin (apparently) looks pretty vibrant. Disappointingly, I don’t think I’ve lost ANY weight whatsoever which is a little frustrating but there ya go.

This wasn’t so different from my normal eating, to be fair, except for cutting out the dairy. And I’ve also not baked any paleo treats this month either so no honey either. I enjoy clean eating though – and even though my Whole30 is over, I’ll stick to the primal/paleo eating. But will be able to be not-so-strict when it comes to preparing meals. So expect some new recipes and experiments!

At the very least, I can stop taking pictures of my food all the time and getting strange looks.

Wait – who am I kidding? Taking pictures of food is what the iPod Touch is for!

Author: torie

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