After my foot was hurting so much yesterday, today after lunch I finally called a podiatrist to make an appointment. “How about 2:15 today?” they asked. So a split second later, I was closing up at the office, letting my teammates know I’d be remote the rest of the day, and heading off to let a doctor poke at my foot.

I’m not 100% sure about this guy, I thought he was a little weird. But I think severe plantar fasciitis is correct, I think that arthritis is correct, and his office is literally across the alley from my apartment, so we’re cool for now. He wants to get me new custom orthotics that are thinner than my current pair, which are about eight years old, and apparently my insurance will cover two pairs per year. Okay then!

He also prescribed a pain cream that came with two warnings:

  1. I’m to wear gloves with applying it.
  2. I should apply it to no more than two spots on my foot at any time. No more than two spots!!!

If you think this sounds like the plot of Gremlins, I won’t say you’re wrong.

While my afternoon revolved the quirky podiatrist, my morning was spent obsessively trying to figure out how I could take advantage of WOW Air’s new Chicago service to Iceland. They’re a bargain carrier on the Spirit model. Alas, if I want to take even just a carry-on bag, or choose a window seat for myself, the flight quickly gets more expensive than I really want to pay, especially when the money for accommodations and touristy things does not exist in my savings account. The Northern Lights will just have to wait.

So basically, my day really did not revolve around food. Between the crispy chicken salad and the pot roast, I’m drowning in leftovers, so there was no cooking. I still have not made prosciutto egg muffins. Maybe tomorrow. The only edible creations today were a cup of light roast coffee that I doctored with a couple spoonfuls of coconut milk and sprinkled with cinnamon and cocoa powder, and a banana-almond butter “pudding” with pomegranate seeds that I whipped up for a dessert after dinner.

Whole30 Menu: Day: 23


  • Hard boiled egg
  • Muscat grapes


  • Pot roast with vegetables and gravy (leftovers)
  • Mashed sweet potatoes (leftovers)
  • Snack tomatoes
  • Dried figs
  • Muscat grapes

No digestive issues with the leftovers here, so we can safely chalk Saturday’s discomfort up to other factors.


  • Light roast coffee with coconut milk, cinnamon, and cocoa powder
  • Banana & almond butter “pudding” with pomegranate seeds

This actually tasted like a dessert to me tonight. I mashed a banana, almond butter, a splash of coconut milk, and a sprinkle of poppy seeds, then topped with pomegranate seeds, which gave the mixture a very nice crunch factor.


  • Crispy chicken salad with pineapple pico de gallo and a creamy cilantro-avocado dressing (leftovers)

The dressing called for mayo, so I have a fresh batch of homemade mayonnaise in the fridge again, woo hoo! I’ll probably end up making some curried chicken salad later this week.

How do I feel?

Today I realized that other than a few sneezing fits that you can chalk up to Spring allergies, my sinuses have been completely clear since I began Whole30. This is actually a big deal, because I’ve had chronic sinus issues for years, and it’s year round, and usually worse during peak allergy seasons like, say, Spring, or when the air is super dry from the furnace running. My sinuses swell up and the swelling puts pressure on my back teeth so I can’t tell if it’s my sinuses or my teeth that hurt. It triggers TMJ pain which, if it gets bad enough, triggers migraines (much more rarely than it used to be).

I have no explanation for why it’s suddenly so much better, nothing that correlates with this turn of events except the abrupt change in diet. Being the scientist and the skeptic that I am, I want to make it clear that I cannot say that Whole30 has cured my sinus problems. This is speculative correlation, nothing more. Maybe I’ll get closer to the truth in the reintroduction phase next week.