Fabulous Day Five
The term fabulous in my heading is quite misleading. Day five was another day spent exhausted and weak. I spent most of my day sitting on the couch in the basement, then moved upstairs to join my roommate on the couch in the living room. Part of me was confused. The book didn’t say that exhaustion was typical of day five! It didn’t say that I would slug through both my thirty minute workout and thirty minute yoga. It said that I would want to kill all things (which an update for you: I did not have that feeling once).
That’s just it. Every experience on this journey is subjective. Each person experiences different feelings both emotionally and physically, which relate back to your lifestyle prior to day one. I was on holidays, eating poorly and lazing about. I may be feeling exhausted out of sheer boredom and have no symptoms resultant of my dietary change. If your symptoms are not following this Whole30 calendar it does not mean that you are doing something incorrectly. Our bodies are each unique and respond to changes differently.
Lies Pinterest Told Me
Have you ever found a tutorial on Pinterest that you’ve been so excited for that you go out and buy all the materials listed. You then follow each step precisely as it is written, pursuing that picture perfect end result which attracted you to the tutorial in the first place. Sometimes the final product exceeds expectations, eliciting feelings of pride and joy. This is not always the case. The alternative is something I like to call Pinterest Fails. I fall victim to this scenario more often then I care to admit. Defined as being unsuccessful when completing Pinterest projects, I am sure that some of you reading this know exactly what I am talking about.
You are probably wondering what relevance this rant about Pinterest holds to my Whole30 journey. As you know, most of my Whole30 recipes thus far have been found off of Pinterest. Both of my n’oatmeals, fajita’s, pumpkin-custard bake and nut bars have been compliments of Pinterest. I don’t know if you remember, but the recipes that I altered did not turn out as well as I had hoped. I used almond milk instead of coconut milk in the pumpkin-custard bake and to be quite honest, I have no idea where I went wrong with my nut bars, but there is something not right about them at all.
So imagine my surprise (that’s sarcasm) when I somehow botched this Apple Pie Omelette recipe that was found on Pinterest. This recipe uses an egg, coconut milk and unsweetened apple sauce as the base, then incorporates sauteed apples for the filling. When looking at this recipe I realized that what it lacked was vegetables, something that is recommended on the Whole30 to be present in every meal. My solution? Grate up some zucchini to add to the base. At the time, it felt like a good idea. Perhaps even borderline brilliant. What I didn’t realize was that the zucchini added too much liquid to the base. The result?
A pretty big pile of mush. Flipping it was nearly impossible, not to mention spreading almond butter on top before adding my sauteed apples.
So it was a bit of a bust in terms of appearance, but taste wise it was quite enjoyable. I would like to make that recipe again, and this time I will be wringing out the zucchini of fluid, and perhaps use two eggs instead of one to make it more substantial. Who would have thought that you could make zucchini-apple omelettes? On this Whole30 journey, anything goes. Anything that is not dairy, grains, alcohol or legumes that is.
Things are Starting to get Repetitive
Presently, my fridge is brimming full with large quantities of the same items: chia pudding jars, spaghetti squash with meat sauce and chicken salads. As a registered nurse who is always on call, I prepared many items that I can grab to bring with me in the event of getting called in. So far in the five days of this Whole30, I have yet to receive a call, which is unfortunate as it is -20 outside with an extreme weather warning. I’ve been cooped up inside the house wanting to cook more meals for lack of something better to do, but also am trying to be conscientious of how much money I am spending on food for this month.
As a recent graduate, I am still paying off student loans, car insurance, gas and rent. This doesn’t leave much allowance for money towards food, especially expensive food such as grass-fed/ organic meat or certain nut butters. I furthermore cannot afford to be consuming meat at every meal of the day. Many articles online provide tips for doing the Whole30 on a budget. One of the best, underrated tips that an article by the Huffington post suggested was to keep it simple. Many meals in the cookbook provide creative spins on recipes, however list several ingredients that I certainly do not have. Simplicity is key.
In my experience, organic grass-fed meats are superior to anything store bought. My parents purchase chickens from our neighbour’s and meat from a local butcher, which is something that I took for granted while living at home. Being on my own I certainly cannot afford such luxuries. Yesterday I went into an organic grocery store with my friend Jess. A jar of salsa that was Whole30 complacent cost almost $5, which was not worth it for the small quantity. Other recipes call for ghee, a class of clarified butter, that costs $10.99 on amazon for 105g worth. When doing the Whole30, it is okay to say no to such staple products.
If you are not willing to spend the money on staple condiments or ingredients, there is the alternative to make your own. After a few unfortunate trials, my brother finally perfected homemade mayonnaise to pair with just about anything. I have never been one to use mayonnaise or ketchup often- unless on my burgers, which I rarely have- however the Whole30 cookbook has several recipes for making your own from scratch.
1 cup tomato paste
1/2 cup apple cider
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)