Friday, 28 February 2014

Whole 30 day 26

During yesterday's trip to Reading I fell over due to misjudging the height of a kerb I was stepping onto. I went crashing down, caught myself on my left hand and right knee. Painful! I also bashed or twisted (maybe both) my right elbow and jarred my back. I didn't really care yesterday given that I was busy freaking out slightly at the prospect of someone stitching something to my EYE but then it kept waking me up all night so today it's more of a problem than the eye (although... Stitching... Bleurgh)
My hand isn't bad, just a couple of shallow grazes that are very slightly bleeding through the plasters I slapped on them. My bashed knee though stiffens up if I sit too long and was painful if I tried to turn over to lie face down (apparently I do that quite often in my sleep... who knew?) And the elbow was so sore when I tried to towel off my hair post-shower this morning I had to switch hands and get my towel bloody (the first lot of plasters having come off in the shower). So I was planning to train today but given my knee, didn't. Again. Sometimes I think I'm so clumsy it's hardly safe to let me out of the house on my own... Or possibly let me loose in the house. Oh for a nice safe padded cell...
About the only thing I feel in control of at the moment is my eating. I know, who'd have thunk? Even there I'm talking about types of food more than quantities of course. The thing more than anything that I love about doing the whole 30 is that the unacceptable list, containing most of my favorite trigger / binge foods, combined with the whole 'if you cheat you fail - or, if you're not willing to fail, you have to start over' does dramatically reduce the days where I feel the food is controlling me (obviously it's not necessarily able to stand up to female rampaging hormones, but then what can?) Also, if I wasn't on an elimination diet with less than a week to go I strongly suspect I'd be hungover today as well as tired... And that's a source of 'comfort' I really don't want to turn to. Even though a double whisky would go down a treat...

Anyway, I apologize for all the misery that seems to be all I can spew out here at the moment. I'm fully aware that my problems are minor ones and I shouldn't be trying to make them into mountains. I'm also aware that I am having an operation, even if it doesn't involve losing a limb or major organ. But we're also waiting to hear from the bank we've asked for a mortgage and trying to find a good local moving firm; our solicitors keep asking for extra documentation we've never been asked for before; and to be honest all I spend my time doing (apart from chasing these things) is trying to escape from my actual life into tv. (Walking (or limping, as I was for 2 or 3 miles yesterday) actually gives me too much time to think... Not to mention the return of the disgusting weather again.) Pathetic, unproductive and unhealthy. But it's all I feel able to do at the moment. Someone come & kick me off the sofa please...

Food today:
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with mushrooms & 'riced' cauliflower
Lunch: chicken salad (baked chicken breast in spicy coconut mayo) in lettuce wraps
Dinner: chicken & mushroom stirfry with sunshine sauce
Snacks: strawberries; cashews

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Whole 30 day 25 appointment #2

Today started out much better... I've realized my hunger & depression the last day or two were mainly hormonal, (TTOM) making me feel substantially less insane and weak!

My reduced caffeine push is going well - third day in a row with only one cup each of caffeinated & decaf coffee. Tomorrow I may just go straight to the decaf unless I have a really bad night tonight.

I worked from home again today in preparation for my appointment. I do like working from home but after a day or so I start missing the noise and (superficial) company. Not to mention being irritated by the built in delay when asking questions / asking for help electronically instead of in person. It doesn't really help having sunshine outside either - home is supposed to be the place I can just go out if it's sunny! I did once again get the 4 miles walked of course, but the sun didn't last long enough to get the benefit.

My appointment happened today as it should have. Apart from the part where he confirmed I had a detached retina requiring a scleral buckle procedure - general anaesthetic, 2 weeks not driving (he said off work, but I checked it really meant not driving). It's surgery. Woo hoo. Within the next 2 months.

At least I know now...

Food today:
Breakfast: back to the eggs... Scrambled with leek, courgette & tomatoes
Lunch: mushroom & spinach soup and some salmon - mayo in half an avocado (made with remoulade - great combo with a little red onion as well)
Dinner: chocolate chili with coconut rice
Snacks: plantain chips with more salmon - mayo; cashews and comfort cashew butter.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014


Ok it's not a massive calamity, it's just really annoying... When I went to the hospital last week she referred me to a special retina clinic. When they made me my appointment, it was with the general eye clinic, the one that had already run out of ideas and had nothing more to offer me... Of course that was only realized after I'd arranged to work from home, dragged myself in to Reading, registered at reception and waited 15 minutes... For nothing.  Except the chance to book an appointment with the right clinic for tomorrow so I can repeat the whole process again - hopefully more productively.  I'm so glad I'm working for a company that knows I'm not just taking the Mickey with all this... I know this is a really tiny screw up in the scheme of things (Diane, I know you & James would have been delighted if that was the worst screw up you suffered at the hands of the NHS) but even so - Aarrgh!

The day wasn't going great even before this stupid screw up. I wasn't feeling at all bad this morning - positively human in fact - but then I couldn't stop eating all morning (only foods on my allowed list, but in decidedly un-allowed quantities). I was hungry, hungry, hungry...

And then depressed again because of the pigging out. My 4 miles walked (in the sun!) helped a bit, but my mood stayed distinctly shaky for the rest of the day just the same.

Food today:
Breakfast: green smoothie - half an avocado, half a banana, coconut milk, 4 large strawberries & 2 big handfuls of spinach. I just didn't want eggs :-)
Lunch: 'split pea' soup and some roast chicken
Dinner: chicken leg with roast vegetables & salsa verde
Snacks: almonds, toasted coconut, half an avocado with Himalayan pink salt and black pepper. That doesn't sound bad because of the deliberately hidden quantities...

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Whole 30 days 23

I think I slept better last night - I don't remember waking up really early or often - but you wouldn't know it from how I feel today. I'm still tired but not just ordinary yawning inappropriately tired, my whole body just feels drained and heavy as lead. Not to mention pains in my lower back, shoulders and hips. I feel about 96 years old and falling rapidly into decay. Even lifting a mug of tea is an effort. Maybe the horrible weather overnight that I've heard we had made my night more restless than I'm aware of.
I did only have one (small) cup of full caffeine coffee today (does that explain the first paragraph of this post perhaps?) followed by one small cup of decaff (I know that still has a little caffeine) and then switching to herbal teas - rooibos, ginger, lemon & ginger, and peppermint, all totally naturally caffeine free. Hopefully that should mean a good night's sleep tonight.
I also woke up absolutely starving this morning, at 5am (well, a little earlier) and didn't have breakfast till I got into the office around 7am. I hadn't eaten anything in that 2 hours but as soon as I finished my eggs (no, I didn't wait 20 minutes) I started on my snacks....

I guess you probably gathered from the gloomy tone that I'm feeling miserable and depressed today... Also I have a (probably caffeine withdrawal) headache. Argh

After work I had to call the bank we've asked for a mortgage - 25 minutes on the phone I'll never get back - and get a quote for a moving company. So needless to say no training or walking again. At least tomorrow's hospital appointment will force me to walk 4 miles.

Food today:
Breakfast: scrambled eggs with mushroom, leek & tomato
Lunch: 'split pea' soup and some melon
Dinner: salmon coated with Wasabi mayonnaise and baked, with salad & ginger dressing
Snacks: cashews, toasted coconut & tinned salmon in homemade mayo

Monday, 24 February 2014

Whole 30 days 20-22

Another pretty successful weekend - so long as I don't talk about exercise that is. Saturday I walked about 4 miles as the weather was so much nicer, then in the afternoon watched Star Trek Into Darkness; Sunday I only walked about 2 miles due to the strong wind - I went shopping in the morning, overdid the shopping & hurt my back carrying it home, planned another (un-laden) walk in the afternoon & allowed the wind to dissuade me.

I didn't eat or drink anything I shouldn't and I tried two new meals - Saturday was another well fed 2 recipe, crispy chicken livers, which I actually enjoyed (I am NOT a fan of livers but keep trying to find a way to accept them due to their nutritional value) and on Sunday I improvised a mutton stew which was very tasty though far too simple to qualify as a recipe / invention. I'm still enjoying experiments with whole 30 foods & recipes. Yesterday I made a new batch of mayonnaise & turned it into Wasabi mayo, spicy coconut mayo, and remoulade, all of which will be popping up in the next few days' food!

Last night I slept for all of 4 hours and today I'm shattered. It took heroic quantities of coffee to get me through the day and I decided that's getting too common these days - I need to cut back drastically as I'm feeling kind of dependent on it. Until the last mug, which was making me feel sick, persuaded me to stop... Starting tomorrow, only one cup of full-caffeine coffee a day...

After work I had to visit our new solicitor to prove I'm not a money laundering terrorist so showing a photo of and a bill. I can't believe there are would be terrorists all over the country thinking 'I would buy an overpriced house to hide this cash but how can I get around the need for a photo id???'
After that I didn't have time to train (plus still having some residual back pain) so I did housework & then mixed up a new salad dressing to try instead.

Food today:
Breakfast: scrambled eggs with mushroom, leek & tomato
Lunch: low-carb no pea 'split pea' soup
Dinner: chicken salad with a wonderful ginger dressing from well fed 2
Snacks: cashews & toasted coconut flakes

Friday, 21 February 2014

Whole 30 day 19

Well, I've already been informed of my next hospital appointment - its on the 26th of Feb,or to put it another way, 1 week after the last one rather than 2 months. Ah well, best to get it over with I suppose...

At the moment my life is revolving around house purchase stuff - mortgage applications, talking to estate agents (no-one wants to do that...), solicitors... M can't get a signal in his office so they all have to have my phone number and I get to liaise if I can't answer questions directly. It's masses and masses of fun and even though our offer was accepted only a couple of days ago I can already feel my blood pressure - and cortisol levels - rise with the stress. Someone tell me, why do I keep doing this to myself? If ever a person was a natural born sitting tenant it's me, yet I keep finding myself in the same position, and instead of getting better at it and feeling more relaxed because of all the past experience of it, I just start expecting problems before they can arise, it's madness and definitely not a survival mechanism. Any time I start building up stress I start suffering anxiety dreams when I manage to sleep, while losing the ability to get to sleep in the first place... Last night I did get to sleep, but it was a horribly restless night and I've been knackered all day today - just barely finding the energy to walk a couple of miles for some shopping at lunchtime, although I enjoyed it when I did.
No training after work due to mortgage application work...

Food today:
Breakfast: scrambled eggs with mushroom, leek & tomato
Lunch: golden cauliflower soup with a little tuna mayo salad
Dinner: ginger-lime white fish (halibut? It was in an unlabelled package in the freezer & I can't remember what I ordered) with roasted baby fennel
Snacks: cashews & toasted coconut flakes

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Whole 30 day 18

Not much to say today… except thanks for the support and sympathy while I was panicking, it really helped and I appreciate it very much…

Food today:

Breakfast: Poached eggs on a bed of cavolo nero sautéed in ghee with bacon, leek & crushed red chilli flakes

Lunch: Cauliflower soup (getting bored with it now) and some chicken mini breast fillets

Dinner: chicken stir fry

Snacks: macadamia nuts and toasted coconut; a hard boiled egg in home made mayo

Appointment / Whole 30 day 17

I would have posted this yesterday but after they put eye drops in my eyes to dilate the pupils I couldn’t see well enough to feel like writing – I had to increase the size of the font in my Kindle to such a degree that each page fitted about 20 words, and even then struggled to get it focused!

My appointment was of course a bit of an anticlimax. It took forever, included yet again having to do the field of vision test that picked up my blind spot originally (and did so again yesterday) along with an exam involving shining very bright lights into chemically dilated pupils – cruel & unusual punishment if you ask me. The result was the consultant I saw asking me if I’d ever injured my right eye. (squeamish people may want to skip ahead now)

When I was very little – must have been less than 5 since that’s when I first started wearing glasses) our family was involved in a very minor car accident that caused only one very minor injury – I had a sliver / splinter of car paint fly out and get stuck into my eye. Probably my right eye. Stuck. Like a little spear. Anyway, it was removed and more or less forgotten apart from anecdotes when the subject of idiot drivers came up (it was the other guy’s fault). That’s the only incident involving my eyes that I’m aware of, so I’m assuming that’s what caused the scar tissue the consultant saw in my eye. She said that the retina was also slightly wrinkled, which is probably due to the same cause though she couldn’t 100% rule out the possibility that my retina was detaching, because the fibrous scar tissue made it hard to see properly what was going on. So she referred me – again – to another specialist clinic in a couple of months and took scans so they can make sure there’s no sign of further deterioration, and said that assuming it’s stable they probably won’t want to touch it. So no calamity, and probably no treatment needed. Yay! And no more moaning about this other than to say that although I’m glad the optician was conscientious enough to check on it, I wish she had been a little less alarmist about it with all that ‘urgent referral’ stuff.

Food wise yesterday was a little hard. My appointment was in Reading and I took the day off work for it, so I was a bit at loose ends. I ate a normal breakfast and lunch, and between my appointment and a quick shopping trip I walked about 6 miles. I was starving by the time I got home, and if the cafes and restaurants at the hospital had had anything that I could convince myself was acceptable food I would probably have had a second lunch while I was there (some of that was more about comfort than hunger before the appointment obviously). Fortunately they didn’t seem to cater for GF let alone Whole 30 so there was nothing, and I resisted breaking the plan with great ease there – it was later it got hard. But not impossible thankfully!

On the way back to the station after my appointment I stopped at a butcher in Reading (a tiny little street called Smelly Alley, I assume because there’s a fishmonger there as well) and bought some pigs trotters for stock and some mutton leg – looking forward to doing something interesting with that!


Breakfast: scrambled eggs with vegetables

Lunch: a mug of cauliflower soup and some chicken mini breast fillets that had been briefly marinated in wasabi mayonnaise before being grilled

Dinner: hake baked in foil with coconut aminos, garlic, red chilli & spring onion, served with roast brussels sprouts and sweet potato slices

Snacks: toasted coconut, macadamia nuts

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Whole 30 day 16

I know I complained about being tired yesterday but compared to today that was nothing... I woke up at 1:30 am this morning and that was it for the night. I suspect it's a combination of worrying about my hospital appointment tomorrow and agonizing about whether to increase our offer for the house we viewed on Sunday, which was indeed rejected, as both subjects kept ricocheting around my brain through the rest of the night. Whatever the cause though, I'm not feeling great and not very happy today.
I was planning to try a new approach to training today to increase the likelihood of actually doing it - namely splitting my session in half, doing 20 minutes before work and 20 after work. Frankly this morning I was thisclose to working from home so I could stay in bed, except I figured that that would allow too much scope for more worrying and agonizing, so getting physical & sweaty was the last thing on my mind.
And about an hour before I left work, I was phoned by an estate agent to tell me...that our offer for the house we want has been accepted after all - without any increase!!! So after work instead of walking (as I'd planned) or training (as I wish I had the energy for) I spent my time on the phone getting solicitors' quotes for conveyancing. Worth it though!

Nearly time to find out what's going on with my eye....

Food today:
Breakfast: scrambled eggs with mushroom & tomato and a small smoked mackerel fillet (dipped in Wasabi mayonnaise - which complemented it beautifully)
Lunch: golden cauliflower soup with a little tuna mayo salad
Dinner: Prawn stir fry with Paleo hoisin sauce
Snacks: cashews & (lots of) toasted coconut flakes

Monday, 17 February 2014

Whole 30 weekend & day 15

Another fully compliant weekend is behind me with some more experimentation as well. Apart from Saturday's breakfast, when I had eggs baked in avocado, I didn't eat particularly interesting food, though I did make a big batch of chocolate chili from the well fed book that I ate today for dinner. On the other hand I once again wasn't even tempted to break the rules (though I ate quite a lot of toasted coconut) and I continued to enjoy my food (apart from a bag of cashews from Morrisons that tasted weirdly soapy)

On Friday night the high winds took down the garden fences both sides of our back garden. We didn't need to care of course, as it's a rental house our only responsibility was informing the letting agent so he could organize repairs. The weather stayed sufficiently horrible on Saturday - more wind than rain - that I wasn't tempted to walk further than the shops in the town centre, which was lucky because we had two house viewings that were awkwardly timed to not allow a long walk very easily anyway. On Sunday we had another viewing but I did manage to go out for an hour and discovered a new fairly appealing walk not far from home which was nice. We really liked the house we viewed and put in an offer that we're waiting to hear about (I'm not particularly hopeful as there's a lot of interest in this one).
I also watched The Life of Pi (loved it) and Hansel & Gretl: Witch Hunters, and enjoyed both though Life of Pi was way better obviously

Today I struggled to get up - shattered for some reason - and for the first time I did fancy something sweet - to drink, not to eat. Apart from some fruit at lunch I resisted but it was a bit sad to have to resist just when I've been feeling good about how easy it was feeling! I've also been hungry today, annoyingly, but I suppose the most likely reason is the tiredness I started the day with. I'm also unsure if I've been eating enough fat lately to compensate for the starchy carbs I'm not eating - usually my Greek yoghurt habit helps with that but not, of course, at the moment. That's obviously something I can experiment with. Of course being so damn tired I had a meeting at 3:30 (I generally finish work at 4) so that was just thrilling.

Food today:
Breakfast: scrambled eggs with mushroom & tomato
Lunch: golden cauliflower soup from well fed 2 with a little roast pork tenderloin and a small fruit salad to follow
Dinner: chocolate chili (also from well fed) over zucchini noodles - I admit as a  British person eating chili over any kind of noodles instead of rice (regardless of whether either or both are the 'real' thing or a veggie replacement) seems odd, but I've seen it on enough blogs to give it a shot anyway, and is it happens I liked it that way. Though rice is better. Topped with avocado and sliced olives
Snacks: cashews (not from Morrisons) & toasted coconut flakes

Friday, 14 February 2014

Whole 30 day 12

I know that I am very, very lucky not to have my house flooded or even have to find a different route to work due to floods locally, so it sounds ridiculous coming from me to say this, but I am so.  damned. sick of this weather. Enough already... A few days, weeks or even months of no more bloody rain would be wonderful. If the wind would just f*ck off too that would be even better... It's depressing. All the damn time. Maybe I should just go into hibernation for the next 6-8 weeks, I'm fairly sure I have enough fat to sustain me for that long. In the absence of hibernating I'm feeling cranky, depressed and generally fed up today. Plus hungry because of my idiocy in not bringing a snack. I even needed coffee after lunch, which I never do.... After work I was too hungry and tired to train so I didn't. Too depressed as well. Weirdo.

(No 'Valentiney' post here, if you expected one, we don't really bother as neither of us has a romantic bone in our body, or any happy memories of the day from growing up. Also he's better at that stuff than me and I don't like feeling inadequate.)

So it's Friday and that's all it is here. I'm glad it's almost the weekend but frustrated that long walks will not be on the itinerary once again. I have no particular plans except the intention of watching The Life of Pi at some point (in 3D) and some cooking, shopping & housework.

Food today:
Breakfast: scotch eggs with a tiny taste of sauerkraut - would have been more but I'm not sure sauerkraut that tastes 'fizzy' is a good idea
Lunch: silky courgette soup; strawberries
Dinner: rump steak rubbed with gremolata as a marinade/rub then served with more gremolata, sweet potato and salad
Snacks: forgot to bring any again...

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Whole 30 day 11

Today I had to take my car for it's service & MOT so I arranged to work from home (and the garage, since they have free WiFi for customers). I drove into Reading in rush hour traffic, which was lots and lots of fun, then spent a couple of hours working in the garage before driving home again - this took half the time it took to drive in. The car sailed through all the checks thankfully.

When I got back I restarted working but as I was home I could also enjoy myself a little... I'd hard boiled some eggs before I left and defrosted some pork mince so I could make some 'Scotch Eggs' and bake them in the oven. Slightly unfortunately I had enough mince for 3 eggs and I made 4 - so there were holes in the coating once the meat shrank in cooking - but they still turned out rather lovely (I flavoured the mince with fresh coriander & parsley left over from the salsa verde I made yesterday)

When I finished work I was quite looking forward to training again - up until I got on the climber and started. My legs felt so heavy and tired that I got back off and took a bath instead. Hopefully I'll feel more up to it tomorrow after resting - I have to bear in mind I haven't trained in a long time, and I should probably not go gung ho at it straight away.

Food today:
Breakfast: scrambled eggs with a little salsa verde
Lunch: silky courgette soup and a cold roast chicken leg
Dinner: chicken stir fry with hoisin sauce
Snacks: cashews, scotch egg

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Whole 30 day 10

I heard from the hospital this morning, I have an appointment in the Eye Department next Wednesday at 2:15 pm Thank goodness that doesn't leave too much longer for me to worry about it! (I'm trying to stay realistic about it but I'd be lying if I said it's not at the back of my mind most of the time)

My aches from yesterday's training session are fine today so I guess it was more tiredness than anything else. I trained again this evening - trying to build some momentum! - and it already seemed a little easier (easier, not easy!!!)

I've been really hungry all day today... Not interested in / craving noncompliant foods, just wanting more of the good stuff. I just went with it since it wasn't driving me to eat the doughnuts & flapjacks someone had brought in... That stuff didn't even tempt me, which was good to realise.

For dinner I was inspired by Diane's comment yesterday, and whipped up a quick Salsa Verde. Thanks for the suggestion, Diane, I really enjoyed it - so much flavour! I have more in the fridge and will be trying the lemon zest addition to make gremolata as well.

Food today:
Breakfast: baked frittata, cherry tomatoes & Wasabi mayonnaise
Lunch: silky courgette soup and a pack of prawns
Dinner: smoked mackerel fillet (lemon and parsley flavour) warmed in a frying pan with a little coconut oil & served with green beans & broccoli - and salsa verde (coriander & parsley based)
Snacks: cashews, almonds, toasted coconut

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Whole30 day 9

Rain again at lunchtime, I considered digging out the umbrella and going out anyway... Trouble is it's just not that enjoyable that way... So I didn't bother in the end, I had no shopping to get and I don't want to feel like walking is becoming a chore.
After work I trained (yay me! Finally!  40 minutes on the climber just as if it hasn't been 3 months since last time. I finished with legs that were protesting loudly and now my shoulders are aching too) and then we went out to view a house for sale after dinner (hence my somewhat perfunctory and uninspired dinner choice). The house had both potential and a funny smell, so we're having a think about it.
Today's dinner not withstanding I'm actually enjoying this whole30 a lot more than the last one. I knew I would if I didn't just collapse into plate after plate of boring meat & 2 veg, no gravy, sauce or dressing again, but I didn't expect to enjoy experimenting my way through the well fed books as much as I am. My dinner was enlivened by a sprinkling of the sunrise spice from book 2 today, and it did brighten the chicken up quite a lot.

Food today:
Breakfast: baked frittata & strawberries
Lunch: silky courgette soup & a little tuna mayo for protein
Dinner: chicken leg & grilled asparagus
Snacks: hazelnuts, toasted coconut

Monday, 10 February 2014

Whole 30 day 8

Today was sooo boring that I was reminded how often I complained about this place last time I was here - funny how easy it was to forget that when I was stuck up north and didn't want to be...

At lunchtime I headed out for a walk but it started pouring with rain, so that was cut very short. (umbrellas left in cars are not effective at keeping people dry)

After work I dropped the dreaded referral letter off at the surgery so that the GP can kick off the referral process to hopefully get me a quick appointment at the Eye Hospital. I might be dreaming there of course....

I planned to train for 40 minutes after work to get breathless & sweaty and try to work off residual stress from the weekend. Unfortunately I took longer than I expected at the surgery and was starving by the time I got home so I cooked an early dinner instead :-( then made soup for my next few days' lunches.

Food today:
Breakfast: a baked frittata I made yesterday - enough for 3 breakfasts - spinach, bacon, leek and red pepper. It would have been better with cheese, but it's ok
Lunch: half portion of last weeks pumpkin soup with a grilled chicken thigh fillet for protein
Dinner: home made pork burgers (the same mix as yesterday's breakfast sausage) - one topped with Wasabi mayonnaise and one with homemade hoisin, with tomato, cucumber & roasted sweet potato slices.
Snacks: pecans, toasted coconut

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Whole30 day 7

I picked up my referral letter today, sealed into an envelope with the words 'to be delivered to GP urgently' (urgently underlined). I think she wants me to be worried sick...
I spent today fairly quietly today, shopping, looking at houses (just walk / drive bys to check out the general area) and taking a long, relaxing bath. I would have liked a long walk, but the wind was too much for me (and had a nasty cold bite to it around my newly naked ears and neck) Ah well, it sort of helped me relax, and I still need that given that I'm worrying when I let myself. Also I've had a headache most of the time since my appointment yesterday, I don't know if it was triggered by stress after the appointment or the result of her taking an abnormal amount of time peering in there with that enormously bright light... either way it was enough to put me off doing too much, including training. The climber is now sorted out though so when I'm ready it's ready too...

Food today:
Breakfast: homemade pork 'sausages' - once again from a recipe in Well Fed 2 - with fried eggs.
Lunch: tuna mayo served on slices of red pepper & cucumber
Dinner: a whole30 compliant beef stew with veg
Snacks: dried figs, almonds

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Whole 30 day 6 - miserable

Today I went to a local oriental supermarket intending to buy some bay leaves (50g for only £1) and also ended up with something new & weird... Garcinia cambogia, a type of mangosteen, that I bought as a dried fruit to try. Watch this spot...

I then went for a somewhat overdue eye test at the local Boots Opticians. At that appointment I had 4 words you really don't want to hear in such a situation... 'urgent referral' and 'eye hospital'
Apparently there's something wrong with my right eye. I've a blind spot (picked up in a peripheral view test) and when staring into the eye with her laser bright light she saw something 'shimmery' in the macula area. I'm a hypochondriac so by the time I got home I was imagining blindness / loss of the eye or all manner of complications. I am not the happiest of bunnies today.
I walked home and told M, then called both my parents, and between the three of them they calmed me down; then I comfort ate 3 dried figs and now feel much better. Well a bit anyway.
Tomorrow I have to go back to pick up the referral letter and then I have to go see my GP...

Food today:
Breakfast: eggs scrambled with leek, spinach & tomatoes and topped with a dollop of homemade garlic mayonnaise
Lunch: breadless chicken salad sandwiches
Dinner: chicken & vegetables stir fried with courgette noodles and Paleo hoisin sauce (recipe in Well Fed 2) - a delicious sauce based on almond butter & coconut aminos.
Snacks: dried figs and a little almond butter

Friday, 7 February 2014

Whole 30 day 5

Today I made the mistake of not bringing enough snackage to work and was very very hungry by about 10:45. With 0 whole30 compliant options available in the office. Note to self - don't DO that!!!
I bit the bullet, and my tongue, and stuck to the plan, and suffered, and felt sorry for myself :-)
As I drove to work this morning it was pouring with rain again (lots of people working here had to detour around flooded roads to get to work) but by about 10 I could see sunlight, actual sunshine through the window - what a beautiful sight!!! So at lunchtime I dashed off to the supermarket, getting my 2 mile walk in while the good weather lasted. Unfortunately that meant not taking the time to eat first, which meant I committed the cardinal sin if shopping while hungry... Happily my off-list shopping that resulted only involved a punnet of strawberries, and I'm ok with that!
After work I headed to the kitchen again to mix up a jerk seasoning spice mix, plus garlic & wasabi mayonnaises from the basic recipe I made yesterday - all from the Well Fed books. My fridge is now well stocked for the next part of the whole 30 plan!

Food today:
Breakfast: eggs scrambled with orange pepper, gammon & leek; strawberries
Lunch: homemade pumpkin & carrot soup
Dinner: Gammon & mushroom cauliflower 'risotto' (homemade chicken feet stock, garlic & fresh parsley)
Snacks: Mangetout with red pepper tapenade, cashews bought at lunchtime

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Whole30 day 4

I've now been back at this job for 4 days.

And on whole30 4 days (quite happily so far thanks to mixing things up a bit more and eating more veg). And 3 of those 4 days people have brought cakes in. Arrrggghh.
Today is my boss' birthday. He keeps complaining about how old he is.
He's 40.
I hate him.

Oh well, I don't feel unusually old so I will try to rise above...

More rain & wind today so apart from a swift dash to the post office at lunchtime no walk, and as the climber is still out of action no training after work either. Instead I made dinner - Moroccan meatballs - and Paleo mayonnaise, and loaded the dishwasher, and watched TV. Aren't I living the dream? The excitement never starts...

Food today:
Breakfast: eggs scrambled with orange pepper, tomatoes & leek
Lunch: homemade pumpkin & carrot soup
Dinner: Moroccan meatballs from the first Well Fed book (except I cheated and repurposed a tomato-red pepper stew to use as the sauce instead of making one from scratch) with sautéed broccoli & leek.
Snacks: steamed sweet potato with red pepper tapenade, small amount cauliflower soup left over from yesterday's lunch

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Whole 30 day 3

Well, the weather turned back to crap last night and although I'm well aware that I'm not truly suffering anything more than frustration over losing sleep due to wind noise and walks due to rain, I'm not happy about it. This morning before it was even light I was picking up my recycling which had been blown out of the recycling bin onto my neighbor's garden. I couldn't really see what I was doing - but I could feel the soggy cardboard & paper (and the nettles it was lying on.)
Due to the weather keeping me indoors I settled for training after work - but the climbing machine was worrying wobbly, like it hadn't been assembled correctly after our move, so that didn't happen. Instead I spent the next hour or so in the kitchen, doing prep for dinner tomorrow and making up a spice mix from the Well Fed 2 book to jazz things up a little while I'm on this diet plan (its called sunrise spice and should be sweet spicy with cinnamon, allspice and ginger along with paprika, marjoram & granulated garlic.) I also christened a new health grill I got today and prepped for making some chicken stock in a new slow cooker - both of these gadgets replacing much loved ones I had to get rid of after killing them with overuse.

Food today:
Breakfast: eggs scrambled with boiled gammon
Lunch: homemade cauliflower soup and steamed sweet potato
Dinner: fresh tuna steak marinated in macadamia oil, balsamic vinegar & garlic with vegetables - broccoli, leek & green beans - and homemade whole30 pesto
Snacks: cashews

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Whole30 day 2 #2

Woke up this morning kind of fancying a latte... Of course milk is not allowed on whole30 so nothing doing... But it was quite easy to move on from that once I remembered what I was doing, and that was my only temptation to break it. Phew!
At lunchtime today I actually went for a walk! After 3 months of staying at my desk or sitting in the office canteen / cafe I could barely remember how to... I was really lucky with the weather as it was nice and bright but cool - not cold - and I fitted in 2 miles plus a little shopping at the Sainsburys I used to use regularly. It was lovely to stretch my legs (even though my feet are still feeling a little tender around the heel) and I found myself smiling slightly identically as I walked back. I'd like to walk along the canal but given how waterlogged Berkshire currently is - and how low the canal banks are relative to the normal height of the canal - I'll probably have to wait until we're hopefully drying out a bit after a couple if better weeks, should that manage to happen. (It's not starting tomorrow apparently, as we're due heavy rain all day and winds of up to 27 mph...)
Not all positive today though I'm trying not to let myself get down about it. I wore trousers to work today, a pair I've probably owned for ten years (I don't get rid of clothes because they're out fashion, just because they're falling apart) For ages I didn't wear them because they were significantly too big and rather obviously baggy, I kept meaning to get rid if them because obviously they would never fit me again... I was partially right, they don't really fit me... Because they're uncomfortably snug. I hope part of how they feel is the control top tights I stupidly wore under them, but if not it underlines how much I let things slide over the last year or 18 months. On the other hand, right now I'm soooo motivated to stick to the whole30...

Food today:
Breakfast: eggs scrambled with tomatoes, spinach & leek
Lunch: homemade cauliflower soup & strawberries
Dinner: chicken fried cauliflower rice
Snacks: cashews

Monday, 3 February 2014

Whole30 Day 1– again!

Well, I had a great, if busy  weekend and now I'm back to working 17.2 miles from my house - yay!
My brother, Steve, arrived on Friday about 2 hours later than I expected. Myself, my Mum & Dad are all constitutionally incapable of being late anywhere ever but that gene skipped my brother and he basically only ever starts getting ready to leave half an hour (minimum) after he said he would set off - sometimes half an hour after he said he'd arrive :-)
On Friday I was in the mood to cook, so while I was waiting for him I boiled a small gammon joint and made 2 chicken curries, and we ate the curry for dinner.
On Saturday of course we went into London. After a horrendously rainy Friday in was miraculously, gloriously sunny for most of the day, so where I had been planning for us to get around by tube we walked everywhere instead - probably 7 or 8 miles, though I wasn't measuring. Basically we walked from Waterloo to The Tower of London, did the Tower (sort of - I've now been 3 times & still haven't seen it all), had lunch at Bodeans BBQ across the road (love it...) and then walked up the Thames Path to the Borough Market before meandering back to Waterloo.

On Saturday we caught the train into Wokingham - I've been meaning to ever since we moved,but this oaths first weekend I've had the time & the inclination at the same time as the cooperation of the weather.


We really liked Wokingham and again walked all around the town before returning home for a gash lunch before going out again for a walk in a local park and some local woods. My brother is the only person I know who can sometimes out walk me,so I would estimate we got between 15 and 20 miles over the two days with many protests from my feet as they reminded me that I haven't been that energetic for weeks.... :-)
Yesterday evening we made the mistake of ordering a takeaway. As I was intending to start the whole30 today I was weak, while Steve & M were egging each other on so we massively over-ordered and although I didn't eat vast quantities and steered clear of the naan bread the richness of my main course, a delicious lamb dish called Lal maans, left me feeling uncomfortably stuffed. It wasn't all bad though, as I was really happy to start being strictly good today!
I did decide to rest my feet at lunchtime today so I didn't train or walk - hoping to start Wednesday after a couple of days getting into the swing of things a bit. I wasn’t even tempted to eat anything non Whole30 compliant – phew! I know it won’t last so its time to enjoy it while it lasts…

Food today:
Breakfast: eggs scrambled with a little gammon, spinach & leek
Lunch: a 'soup' of leftover Bolognese sauce with stock & extra passata, served over spinach
Dinner: chicken stir fry on cauliflower rice
Snacks: cashews, veg dipped in roasted pepper tapenade from a deli in Wokingham