Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Whole30 Week Two: Divorce Week

I survived week 2 to tell about it. Here's a quick guide to what I ate this week.

1 - Paleo Fiesta Bowl. By far the best thing I've cooked in my entire life. I totally winged it. Sauteed peppers and onions and four cloves of garlic. Browned meat, added 1/2 cup of Herdez salsa (paleo friendly) and chopped cilantro. Topped with fresh tomato and guacamole. Nom.

2 - Angus beef patty topped with peppers, mushrooms and onions. Sliced cucumber chips and chipotle aioli* (see note at the bottom about this.)

3 - Frozen grapes... as close to a "sweet treat" as I've gotten this week.

4 - Chicken salad made with Nom Nom Paleo's mayo recipe, grapes, and chicken sauteed in bacon grease. I ate these in endive "boats" which added a nice crunch and a ton of fiber.

5 - Sweet potato, steamed and topped with coconut oil and cinnamon. Steamed broccoli (originally frozen!) with sea salt.

6 - Snack at work of sliced cucumbers and red seedless grapes.

7 - I went with my friends to get frozen yogurt, but I chose a nice bowl of fresh fruit over the processed dairy and sweet stuff. They had mango slices!

On a personal note, Sweet Frog was part of almost every date night with my and my ex, so I chose to go there despite my diet restrictions with some of my best girlfriends in hopes of making new memories there without him. Ouch, it hurts. Everything about this week hurts. That's a post for later, though.

8 - Went to a tavern after roller derby scrimmage. Got portobello sirloin steak (asked for it to not be cooked in butter) and steamed veggies.

9 - Weekly prep. Sauteeing veggies and making bacon and chicken to be used in meals throughout the week. One pan, lots of bacon grease.

10 - Went to a Mexican restaurant for a meeting. I ordered fajitas with no cheese, no sour cream, no tortillas, no rice, and no beans, but instead I asked for extra guacamole salad. Satisfying, and I didn't feel left out. Guacamole is my new love language.

11 - Grilled chicken salad, no cheese, with oil and vinegar dressing (not vinaigrette, which generally has a ton of added sugar.)

12 - Hawaiian slow cooker chicken (chicken breasts, a jar of Herdez salsa, and a can of crushed pineapple in water... put in slow cooker for 6 hours) in endive "boats" with sliced kiwi.

Biggest accomplishment:  I'm getting divorced in two days. I am an emotional wreck and want to climb head first into a bathtub of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream and emotionally-eat my way out. I have not done this, despite the stress of this week. I literally feel like my chest is filled with concrete. This emotional collapse has caught my by surprise. I am just holding on with white knuckles until court on Friday and trying not to eat my feelings.

Biggest setback:  I haven't skated this week. I haven't been around my derby team, who keep me positive and focused. I haven't gotten my usual cardio. I've mainly just been crying on my couch while watching comedy movies. I'm feeling the effects of stillness... I'm sluggish and not sleeping, despite my deliciously healthy diet.

Biggest surprise:  I froze my leftover coffee in ice cube trays, and when I want frozen coffee, I just pop 6 or so of those into my blender with 1/2 can of coconut milk and a whole banana. Sweet. Creamy. Frozen. Tastes like a milkshake. Keeps me caffeinated (read: tolerable.)

*About the Chipotle Mayo:  I found this recipe, which I tried to make. It was very liquid-y and never thickened up, and it was soooo salty. Her spice combo is pretty good, though, so I ended up mixing the entire thing with a plain batch of Nom Nom Paleo's mayo recipe and it toned it down enough to be edible. This could definitely be a user error thing, so try it before you pass it up. That being said, next time I will make Nom Nom Paleo's mayo and then add in Living Loving Paleo's spice palette (minus the Cajun seasoning... I think this is what made it way too salty for my taste buds) at the end.