While the past few days has been busy finalizing prep for our trip departure, it has been increasingly challenging to want to cook. Unfortunately, I was out of lunch and dinner left-overs and didn’t really feel like one of the emergency frozen meals I had so I didn’t have much of a choice. I ventured off to Whole Foods. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted other than wanting to broaden my horizons and cook some fish. Truthfully, I don’t know all the differences between the types other than salmon vs. a bazillion white fish. But, one of my goals is to eat more fish for their natural source of Omega-3s. I decided on halibut and had a few options in mind (either a simple bake or curry). It was getting past lunch time and I was hungry! Not good while surrounded by grocery store temptations. I was at the prepared foods health food bar and saw they had a raw pad thai. As I was studying the ingredients, everything seemed okay. I grabbed a container and did a final ingredient check and saw ‘tamari.’ Yikes, that was a close. Instead I thought about something I could create at home quickly. I already had salad supplies in my cart and plenty of tuna at home…add some Tessemae’s and voila, instant lunch!
With only two days left, I am a little nervous about what the results will show. Today I feel fluffy for some reason. I’m aware that the focus is not about weight, but I was hoping for some positive progress since my mood and sleep (often used as markers of improvements during the program) have not been the greatest due to my adrenal and hormonal imbalances. I’m on the right path, it can just take longer than 30 days, especially having two autoimmune conditions. I can say I have benefited from increased satiety with a decreased need for snacking and energy that keeps me moving all day, and this is a huge accomplishment. The key is to remember this come Day 31 on Sunday so I don’t feel discouraged and go into eat-all-the-cupcakes mode, especially as I head off to Hawaii. My plan: I will stick to avoiding my dietary intolerances and grains, focus on making healthy choices, but not stress over every little meal. It is a vacation after all and supposed to be a getaway from stress! Besides, there are big changes occurring when I return including the official start of marathon training and consideration of tackling the auto-immune paleo protocol. I can live with the occasional dark chocolate covered macadamia nut or coconut ice cream (one could hope) vacation indulgence. :)
Until then, two more days! I got this.
Breakfast: Hash, plantains, Bulletproof coffee with MCT
Lunch: Salad topped with tuna and Tessemae’s Zesty Ranch
Dinner: I’ve been craving Thai (one of my favorite cuisines) and one of the things I love about Thai dishes is how easy and quick you can throw together a meal. And you don’t have to be a master chef! Bonus is it’s a great way to use up some leftover veggies in the fridge and can use a variety of meats. Here’s a brief guide of what I did:
- Sautéed some yellow onion in coconut oil until transparent. (Cooking tip: If you don’t wait until the onions are transparent in ANY dish you cook, the strong raw onion flavor will be prominent and unable to be masked despite whatever you attempt. Be patient and let them caramelize!)
- Toss in some Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste.
- Stir in coconut milk, chicken broth, salt, Red Boat fish sauce, lime juice, kaffir lime leaves, and a stalk of lemongrass. I LOVE lemongrass.
- Place some fresh halibut filets in the broth. I also had a leftover zucchini so I threw that in the sauce as well. Cover and cook until flesh of fish is no longer translucent.
- Spoon atop some raw cauliflower I had riced earlier in the week. No need to cook because the broth will heat it up nicely!
- Try and keep kitties away.
Snacks: Chameleon ColdBrew with coconut milk, apple with sunflower seed butter (make sure there are no sneaky ingredients! Sunbutter Organics is just sunflower seeds.)
Morning boot camp: Chest, back, and triceps. There were three zones. Body weight, dumbbells, and barbells. It’s been getting warmer so my husband and I were able to walk to the gym this morning!
Hopeful and challenged. Health is my number one priority and I know this program is providing great benefits. I also listened to The Paleo View podcast and Sarah Ballantyne (author of The Paleo Approach book I am currently reading) discussed how she was recently diagnosed with adrenal fatigue and hormonal imbalances. In a way, I felt reassured knowing I am not in this struggle alone!
One of the quotes that has repeated in my mind from The Paleo Approach regarding diet and healing from an autoimmune condition is:
But I can’t say this strongly enough: being thin or built is not the goal—being healthy is.