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How do I feel: woke up early again, but had a scratchy throat……skeptical.

Since I had a scratchy throat, I decided to force myself back to sleep for a bit hoping I could avoid a potential cold coming on. Friends and coworkers have been under the weather lately, so I know something is going around. This of course makes me nervous because I don’t know what happens if you get sick on Paleo. How do you deal with the ingredients in over-the-counter medicine?

To be completely honest and transparent, I weighed the options:

  • Front loading with vitamin C, organic Echinacea and herbal tea that may have been processed but will keep me from getting sick
  • Wait it out and see, just keep drinking water and eating citrus and good foods

I decided to go with option 1. I picked up a bottle of 50mg Zinc supplements, after carefully reading the ingredients and looking a couple of them up online. I only needed to take 1 pill, so I figured it was worth it. I also took a dissolvable vitamin C tab in a bottle of water. It had a little sucrose in it, so I was feeling a little badly about consuming it only 4 days into the Whole30, but I will not let myself get sick and being an extremist gets you no where!

Food diary:


  • 20 ounces of water (I stand in front of the sink and gulp the whole thing down, and don’t do anything else till I’m done. I just know I won’t come back to it, so I’m making this a new habit.)
  • Black coffee + homemade almond milk (this was the last of my first batch. It was good till the last drop, as long as I whisk it before I pour it since it separates a bit overnight. As a reminder, the recipe I linked to earlier this week takes a total of 5 minutes of labor, uses 1 cup raw almonds and yields 2 cups of milk. Also, I find I use more almond milk than I would half and half, but the cost ends up being pretty much identical to my Trader Joe’s organic half and half)
  • 1 Satsuma
  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs with left over yam chips


  • 1/2 a yam as baked fries (leftover from last night)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 chicken breast with red pepper, grilled on Panini grill
  • 1/2 cup baba ganoush
  • tea (10 ounces)
  • water (20 ounces with dissolvable vitamin C)
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Copyright 2014 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.


  • handful of raw almonds

Dinner: I went home from work early because I really didn’t feel good after I took the zinc (which I later learned does make you nauseous. SUPER!) and my throat was getting more sore and I was fading. I had planned to eat this Paleo chicken curry slow cooker dish but it wasn’t ready in time, so I was saved by the convenience of where I live.

Tom Douglas Home Remedy Vegan Sweet Potato Curry Soup and local tea

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Good old Tom Douglas had a vegan, gluten free sweet potato curry soup as the soup of the day at Home Remedy. I called ahead and they had a bowl ready for me when I arrived. I also grabbed some local peppermint tea and drank multiple cups along with my soup. In my fog, I forgot to ask if there were any beans or grains of any kind in it, but as I ate it, there didn’t seem to be any of those things present, and it was just what I needed.

Lesson of the day: Don’t beat yourself up, do your best and keep moving. I don’t regret the vitamin C one bit, and if by chance there was a bean/legume/quinoa in the soup, I’ll live. It’s more important to stay healthy (by that I mean “not get sick”) than sacrifice what you know will help for the sake of “sticking to a plan.” As in all areas of life, moderation is key, even when you’re eliminating many things out of your daily food regimen.

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