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How do I feel: Still waking up at 6:55am (oh, the irony) even with a cold (that I’m fairly certain I’ve done a good job of keeping at bay for the most part). I feel alright besides the scratchy throat and a bit of a stuffed up headachy thingy-mah-jig.

I looked at the timeline the Whole30 site gives to see if I match up with what they say people feel at this point:

[from their site]

Days 6-7:

I just want a nap… Okay, so its day 6 and you made it through the last phase without smiting anyone. The thing is, today you don’t feel like you could smite anyone if your life depended on it! It’s 10 am and all you can think about is crawling under your desk for a catnap. As the day drags on, the surface of your desk is morphing, from hard wooden surface to snuggly warm pillow, right before your eyes. You hit the gym, but only halfheartedly, unable to face the barbell with any kind of conviction. You crawl into bed at 8 p.m. only to drag yourself out eleven hours later feeling no more rested than you did the night before. So what’s the deal?! Isn’t eating like this supposed to increase energy levels? Yes…in the long run. Right now, your body is learning that it can’t rely on all those easy access energy sources it used to know and love. Gone are the days of cinnamon crunch muffins and Frappuccinos. Now your body is learning to efficiently burn fat and protein as its fuel sources, and that takes more effort – and some time. If you can hold out just a bit longer, you’ll definitely reap the benefits. (Besides, you could probably use a day off from the gym anyway, right?)

[See more at: http://whole30.com/2013/08/revised-timeline/#sthash.MVwGcUK8.dpuf%5D

I feel like I’m ahead of the curve in some respect. I have not felt like I want to take a nap all the time, even with the cold. I slept pretty decently last night and it’s the weekend so I don’t have to worry about falling asleep at my desk. However, I understand the comment about not feeling the gym. In fact, to be completely honest, I haven’t been to the gym all week. Not even once. CRINGEEEEEEEEEEE. That’s not like me AT ALL! I am usually running 2-3 days a week and doing some form of strength training another 2-3 days in the gym. So, I guess I am somewhat in line with this phase. However, I don’t feel that badly about taking a week off, and I know when I get in there in the next couple of days (after this cough subsides), I’ll pick up where I left off.

Today I’ll give you my food diary and also show you how I made the slow cooker version of Paleo Chicken Curry:

Food Diary:

Breakfast:

  • Coffee + homemade almond milk
  • 20 ounces water
  • Omelet of 2 eggs, grape tomatoes, Italian seasoning
  • 1 large banana
  • Sip of OJ

Lunch:

  • Pot of tea during working session with a friend, then it got late, had a handful of almonds and did an early dinner…..

Dinner:

  • More slow cooker chicken curry with veggies

Snacks:

  • olives
  • 1 Satsuma
  • almonds
  • a ton of water…..

Paleo Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

Paleo Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

Copyright 2014 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.

You can find the recipe I used by clicking the link above, and here are my prep notes below:

  • Veggies I used were baby bok choy, yams (large dice/chop), 1 large onion chopped really big, a ton of cauliflower florets (big as well so they didn’t breakdown)
  • I used only the chicken thighs (boneless, skinless) and I took each one, rolled it up like a jellyroll or burrito (like a spiral or a pinwheel) and then shoved them in the veggies vertically. I figured this would help them cook evenly and protect all the bits of fat which would add flavor, but then as they cook, the fat would drip down to combine with the sauce in the bottom portion of the slow cooker, and as slow cookers work, it’ll end up boiling up to season the rest of the dish! (so smart!)
  • That was super smart and worked like a charm.
  • I did the sauce exactly as they said but added a cup of water. Perfect for volume, but next time I will add double the coconut milk.
  • It made enough for like 4-6 servings and I didn’t need any rice or anything because all the veggies. The chicken turned out incredible.
  • Next time I will potentially steam some yams and puree them with coconut milk to add when the dish is done cooking, to give some body to the sauce, which I felt this recipe sorely lacked.
  • Also, I would add 2tsp of salt to the amount I cooked, because it was very under seasoned once done and I added the needed salt on the back end. Not my favorite method to correctly season a dish of this sort.

Lesson for the day: I now understand what the authors of the Whole30 program were talking about when it comes to “emergency food snacks.” I love having snacks on hand, and I’ve noticed with this challenge, when I feel hunger strike, it’s immediate and cannot be put off or ignored for another 30 minutes. While there are Paleo approved snacks I can purchase, and I can keep whole fruit nearby, I would really like to make a few things that are temperature stable (don’t require the fridge) that aren’t just apples. 🙂 So, that’s my next recipe to tackle – snack packs you can make easily, quickly, and that pack well.

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