Whole30, Day 8

January 15, 2013 at 10:23 am

Today Chewie and I walked Mack to school as usual.

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There were a few unique blocked sidewalk issues this morning.

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Why do they have to go in the middle of the sidewalk? In the following photo, there were three large piles of grass and pulled weeds blocking the sidewalk.

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Somebody (me) kicked the piles back into the grass. All three piles. According to the Whole30 Timeline I should be in this phase: Days 8-15: Boundless energy! Now give me a damn Twinkie. But maybe I’m still kind of in the “Kill all the Things” phase. It felt really good to kick those piles off the sidewalk.

Once home, I made an awesome Whole30 breakfast.

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That’s prosciutto. It’s really hard (impossible for me so far) to find ham without any sugar added. But prosciutto is awesome. It’s Applewood Farms so it is organic and all good. It’s also really hard to find non-factory farmed pork. Just yesterday on the Whole9 blog they published a post about how bad the conventional pork farming industry is (http://whole9life.com/2013/01/the-conscientious-omnivore-pork/). Yuck. I’m going to try my best to find the highest quality pork I can, but it is not widely available. The pork ribs that I bought to make Carnitas and the ground pork that I got to make sausage were both from Whole Foods and, while not perfect, it was the best I could do. I think I’ll be eating less pork for the rest of my Whole30.

I wanted to go swim this morning (it’s been a while), but then I realized that I had to be home for an air conditioning technician to show up for an inspection and to install a new filter. So instead of swimming I decided to squeeze in a short run before the appointment!

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I was really encouraged that I didn’t experience any hip pain while walk/running The Glow Run 5K or the day after, so I wanted to test out the hip with a short run. I did 1 minute walk/4 minute run intervals for the whole thing with a total of two miles in 28 minutes. The “running” intervals were not fast by any means. My cardio fitness levels (well, all my fitness levels) are in the tank right now. But I had no pain in my hip the entire time so I was really happy about that. It felt great to be running again, even if just a little. I hope it will be back in my life regularly one day.

After I showered I was stuck at home waiting for the A/C guy so I decided to get some food prepped for the week since I hadn’t done any food prep over the weekend.

Peeling the round end of a big butternut squash is not easy. I’m considering it an upper body workout.

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All my I ♥ Beef stuff from Fitbloggin’ seems really appropriate during my Whole30.

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Excuse my drowned rat appearance. I had just gotten out of the shower and was still red-faced from my run.

I roasted some butternut squash, beets, and a sweet potato.

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Working with coconut oil is still a learning experience. I melted a little in the microwave to brush on the pan and it immediately hardened up because the aluminum tray was cold. I ended up popping the empty pan into the pre-heated oven for a minute so that I could brush the oil all over it. Also, the beets had been in the fridge so after I brushed them with coconut oil it hardened right back up.

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Now I have some roasted veggies to use during the week.

I also boiled some eggs. In case you don’t know what boiled eggs look like:

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I also made some turkey meatballs to have for our dinner.

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I used this recipe for Turkey Meatballs with Quick and Spicy Tomato Sauce from the Food Network as a starting point, but I made substitutions to ensure it was Whole30 compliant and to use what I had on hand. For example, I just left out the parmesan cheese and instead of bread crumbs I used one tablespoon of coconut flour to act as a binder.

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I also made a spicy marinara based loosely on that recipe but didn’t take any photos of the sauce in process.

The A/C guy was here while the meatballs were baking and he commented on how good they smelled. We both said that we were hungry. After he finished chastising me for not changing our A/C filter often enough and left, I made lunch.

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(awesome salad with leftover baked salmon and freshly roasted beets)

After lunch it was time to pick up Mack and then the afternoon was spent chauffeuring the boys from Cal’s school to karate. I also ran by Target and Publix but I have slacked on taking photos of those fascinating errands.

Dinner was fabulous. The boys had whole wheat spaghetti with their turkey meatballs and spicy, smoky marinara (I used chipotle chili powder), but I made zucchini noodles (“zoodles”) for myself.

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There are six meatballs there buried in the sauce. The little green chunks are broccoli stalks. The boys had broccoli florets and I did my job as the family garbage disposal and ate the stalks, which I actually like. Just peel the tough outside layer and steam. The “zoodles” are created by destroying a zucchini with a julienne peeler and steaming for a couple of minutes in the microwave. Topped with kalamata olives this was really a delicious dinner.

After dinner we all went on the family evening walk.

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Chad and I have finally started whittling away at the entire season of Boardwalk Empire that is piled up on our Tivo. We also watched the season premiere of Girls last night. I was so glad to see Girls and Homeland win so many Golden Globes. Love those shows.