Sunday is prep day! More prosciutto egg muffin cups, since those have been pretty fabulous. I’ve discovered that melting the coconut oil works for greasing the tin better than just rubbing it on like shortening. In liquid form, it also works as a sort of wallpaper glue for the prosciutto. Look at me, developing a technique! In this batch, I included chopped asparagus and fresh minced garlic instead of mixing garlic powder into the beaten eggs.

For the most part, today was devoted to being lazy. I briefly popped over to the grocery store for odds and ends, but was in pajamas until 2pm, snuggling with the cats on the sofa. If you’re looking for productivity, I did run the dishwasher. Also, see the abovementioned egg cups.

I have an idea for a “pudding,” in which I mash a banana with almond butter and a splash of coconut milk, add some cinnamon, maybe a little cocoa powder, and top with pomegranate seeds. I’ll tell you all about it if I go through with it.

I expect tomorrow to be a day for leftovers. My fridge is pretty full right now, I need to clear some things out.

Whole30 Menu: Day 15

Breakfast:

  • Shakshuka over crispy hash browns (leftovers)

Lunch:

  • Sweet potato chili (leftovers)

Snacks:

  • Sea salt sweet potato chips
  • A handful of cashews
  • A handful of grapes

Dinner:

  • Massaged kale salad with pomegranate seeds, pistachios, and flank steak (recipe here)

The original recipe on So Let’s Hang Out calls for cherries. Alas, they are not in season, so I substituted pomegranate seeds. And then I forgot to add the avocado, but it was plenty tasty without it. I undercooked the flank steak a bit, but it’s just me eating it and I don’t mind that too much.

I bet it’s really amazing with cherries, though. Cherries are pretty much my all-time favorite fruit. They’re so great that I actually bought a cherry pitter, and it’s one of my favorite kitchen tools despite being good for only one thing. It sees a lot of action when cherries are in season.

The recipe also calls for Montreal Seasoning. Rather than buy a mix at the store, I found a recipe for a DIY McCormick’s knock off version. I filled one of my empty spice jars and slapped a label on it.

Next time, I’ll use kosher salt instead of sea salt, and I’ll use half as much.

How do I feel?

First, the weigh-in. This week, I lost .4 lb. That’s quite a switch from last week’s 4 pounds, but it’s not unexpected. The first week of any diet where you’re eating much healthier than before tends to get big numbers since you’re shedding a lot of retained water. The other factor here is that I’m heading into a part of my cycle where my body just retains more water anyway. I’ve sensed this over the last few days, with fewer trips to the bathroom at 3am despite not slowing my fluid intake.

One thing that I’ve consistently noticed but have failed to mention is that my teeth feel a lot cleaner. No sugar means no fuzz building up between brushings. My dentist is going to love it.

If you read It Starts With Food, the book will tell you that following Whole30 can basically cure everything. Heading into Whole30, I’ve had a whole litany of small aches and pains of the sort you start to collect in middle age. I’ve been battling some awful plantar fasciitis in my left foot for months. I knew from an MRI I had a couple years ago for an unrelated injury that I was developing osteoarthritis in my big toes. I wasn’t feeling it at the time, but in the last few months my right big toe has been classically arthritic.

After two weeks on Whole30, none of these issues are better. I didn’t expect them to be. While I don’t doubt that the placebo effect can be very powerful, I came into this experience as a skeptic. So far, I remain one.

That does not in any way diminish the benefits I did expect to find. Quitting fast food and soda has been an incredible change and it blows my mind that I don’t even really want them anymore. I don’t see myself going back to soda at all. I don’t see myself buying anything with added sugar, corn syrup, or any -ose or -dextrin additives anymore. I don’t see myself putting cheese on everything anymore. These would be positive changes for just about anyone, even if they aren’t the panacea the program creators imagine it to be.

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