Whole30: A Daily Journey (Day 25-26)

Just joining me? Welcome! Check out what’s happened before, here: Whole30: The Beginning,     Day 1-3,     Day 4-7,     Day 8-10,     Day 11-12,   Day 13-16,   Day 17-18,  Day 19,   Day 20-21, Day 22, Day 23-24,

Day Twenty-Five: Saturday, April 1, 2017

Feeling slightly worse today. Slept better but still up by 3:30 a.m. with my hip cramping. Not sleeping so hot after that.

Enjoyed dinner and the movie last night. It occurred to me that eating out isn’t as fun anymore, not because it’s difficult to get food cooked the way it needs to be compliant, but that in ordering compliant food, I’m eating the same things I’m cooking at home. Last night, I had a grilled steak with salt and pepper only (can’t be sure their trademark seasoning doesn’t have sugar), a plain sweet potato, and a side of steamed veggies, plain. Basically, I could have cooked everything on my plate at home and had it taste the same way. So although the food was good, the experience was boring. Spending the evening with Shane wasn’t boring, I enjoyed having dinner with him and I enjoy that he enjoyed eating out. But the actual ‘eating out at a restaurant experience’ has definitely lost its entertainment value for me.

That’s a good thing. Why crave eating out if it’s boring? Once I’ve completed my 30 days, and reintroduced certain foods, I can experiment with the trademark seasonings. I highly doubt, if there is sugar in it, it’s a lot. So, I’ll give it a try and see how my body reacts. Don’t confuse this with me wanting to introduce sugar. I don’t plan to. As far as I’m concerned, I can’t have sugar. I’ve known for years that sugar is a main component of many of my problems. I didn’t need Whole30 to tell me that.  It has just been a great tool to help me cut it out of my diet altogether.

Speaking of reacting to foods, something has me torn up yesterday and this morning. Painful gas issues similar to pre-Whole30. I can’t think what I ate at home that would have done it to me, but it started after I ate lunch. Thinking maybe the cold spaghetti squash, but I don’t see how a cold, already cooked veggie would be an issue. Eating dinner only made it worse. I’m hoping it was the steamed broccoli and not some hidden non-compliant item in my very plain meal. I’m still experiencing some issues this morning. Clearly, something isn’t right.

I think that part of my post-Whole30 is going to be to document exactly what I ate when issues like this come up. Just because something is compliant doesn’t mean it’s going to be totally safe for me to eat. I have the FODMAP list my GI Doctor gave me to compare things to as well. I should have been doing this all along, but honestly, having one more thing added to this first 30 days may not have been the best idea. So this will be part of post-Whole30 and that’s ok.

As I’ve said many times, this doesn’t end just because my 30 days are up.

Actually, Shane and I chatted about that a bit at dinner last night and he seems to be accepting that this is a permanent change for me. I think he sees that I’m doing what I can to not make it any more difficult for him than it needs to be. He doesn’t like it because it interferes with a major area of our lives – enjoying an evening together eating out – but he loves me and can see that this is helping me not be in pain.

As for that, I demonstrated my lack of pain during out chat by referencing that I could now touch my knees with little pain, and discovered that I now have ZERO pain when I touch my knees. It’s amazing. Do you know what it’s like to suddenly have a pain you’ve been living with for years just….be gone? I’m still processing it.

So today, I’m feeling a bit under the weather. No fever, though. I have a lunch engagement through my major at college today (please, let it be somewhere I can actually eat) and barring unforeseen issues, I plan to get a good bit of walking in this afternoon. I do not want another night of pain. As a last resort, I have the muscle relaxers I was given for my back. I don’t care to take them, preferring exercise and stretching (and now eating right) to manage my pain but I’m just about at the end of my rope. This muscle that is cramping is a deep muscle layer which I’m not able to ‘reach’ it with massages and such and I can’t seem to get a good stretch that does much for long. It’s gotten to the point where it aches long after I’m up and moving around. Who knows, maybe the muscle relaxer for one night will help calm it down so it’s not so easily aggravated.  I think I may do the long walk and the medicine tonight.

Now if I only knew what was causing my throat and lungs to feel icky.

I felt better after my shower and have felt better all day.  I think this is allergies. I’m losing my voice, otherwise, I feel fine.

My lunch appointment cancelled so I walked down to Chipotle and grabbed lunch. It was excellent. Like excellent! And no side effects. I actually found something I can grab in a pinch, that is delicious and compliant.

chipotle

Walked a lot today. Not really hungry for dinner. Forced myself to eat leftover fish and cauliflower. I probably should have eaten more, but it is what it is.

I think I need to cut back to one Kombucha after breakfast. I think they are affecting my appetite.

Day Twenty-six: Sunday, April 2, 2017

Took a muscle relaxer last night. Slept really well. No back issues. Hip a little sore this morning, but nowhere near as bad as its been.

Had a salad at Jason’s deli after church. Again, same as I could have made at home. I guess it’s nice not to have to clean up the mess, but still.

Feeling kind of tired all day today. Allergy/cold thing slowly getting worse.

Chipotle for dinner. It’s the only eating out I’ve done that actually feels like eating out. But I’ve eaten out 3 times this weekend and it makes me feel nervous as to the effect that is going to have on me mentally.

Back to normal week starting tomorrow. Seriously need to start exercising. I know I’ve lost weight but truthfully, it’s probably not a lot and I need my pants to start fitting better. I can’t afford to buy a new wardrobe for the France trip in May.

Day 27-29

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