How do I feel: Ambitious!
Oh dear God, what have I gotten myself into THIS time, you ask???
Good question…..later this week I’ll have a little video to help you understand what the heck I’m doing and why (I’m having mic issues and just want to get this post up and running).
Now then, here’s the thing: I’m not jumping off a cliff without a parachute. I’ve done ample research on both sides of the coin here to ensure I’m embarking on a safe and healthy journey that will teach me many things. This experiment, while only 30 days, will teach me more about what I’m capable of cooking within ingredient constraints, time constraints and also give me a true idea of my own food preferences, minus all the junk that gets added to everyday ingredients I’m used to using on the fly.
If you know me IRL (In Real Life), you know the following:
1. I love a good challenge
2. I am INSANELY competitive (but now mostly in a good way, and primarily just with myself)
3. I love projects that have a beginning, middle and end
4. I love seeing results, being able to measure empirical data, and analyzing how to move forward based on concrete evidence
5. I am hyper organized, sometimes to a fault
Basically…..I’m a control freak. Yes, I know this. And yes, many of the people very close to me help hold that mirror up on a regular basis.(thanks for that, guys, truly. Even when I’m not ready to hear it, I always need the constructive feedback loop!)
For the course of this experiment, I’m not going to put up any fake fronts about how I am or am not eating/feeling/looking – you’re going to get the real deal. I’m taking this back to the old school version of blogs, back when they were still “web-logs” (glorified online journals, if you will).
To that end, for accountability and transparency sake, we’re starting at Day 1 with the few bits of data the Whole30 program recommends you keep track of: pictures and measurements (and I’m doing a Day 1 & Day 30 weigh in, because I feel like it)
First up, pictures (and because I’m keepin’ it REAL, this is seriously first thing in the morning, no make up, right out of bed):
Next up, measurements (this is a little weird, I’ll admit, to be posting this stuff, but in the name of empirical data, here we go): 36″ 28″ 38″
And lastly, straight up height and weight: 5’9″ and 148lbs.
Let’s talk about the food portion of this, shall we?
I hope to still post other things this month, and pray they’ll be a bit more glamorous in terms of presentation. But the bulk of this experiment is not “glam,” it’s just me feeding myself. And the food may taste better than it looks – so please be kind! Here’s what I ate on Day 1:
- Black coffee from my Aeropress + homemade almond milk (which sounds annoying to make, but totally isn’t, see here how “stupid easy paleo” does it)
- 1 banana and 1 Satsuma
Lunch: (See below)
- 1 can of tuna with 1/2 a lime juiced, 1 avocado chopped, red pepper flakes
- spicy yam chips I made the other night (separate post coming about how I burned the first batch and set off my smoke alarm for the 3rd time in 2014….you know me, always causing trouble!)
Snacks: (see below, and trust me, I know this is not very interesting)
Handful of raw almonds
- 1/2 cup of homemade baba ganoush (again, I’m not going to reinvent the wheel, just use a great, simple recipe from someone else! Shout to out Paleo Leap!)
- 1/2 a fresh zucchini
Dinner: (see below)
- 1 small head of broccoli + 1/8tsp Paleo approved Ghee
- 10 mushrooms with onions and garlic sautéed in coconut oil (which I know a LOT about, in case anyone wants to skip the research)
- 1/2 chicken breast
Late night snack: 1 large Fuji apple, seltzer water with limes
I also drank 3 20 ounce bottles of water, 12 ounces of tea and started the day with chugging an entire bottle of water. So yeah, pretty hydrated.
Lesson for the day: You gotta start somewhere, and usually things don’t go to plan, so embrace being flexible and pay attention to what the world puts in front of me. Rather than trying to execute my own (impossibly specific) vision, focus on not silencing opportunities as they appear.