It only took me 2 days to mess up the Whole30. I think I’m still good, but geez I keep forgetting things that aren’t allowed!!
I started yesterday morning with a breakfast of spinach, zucchini, one egg, berries, and almond butter.
Then I headed downtown for ophthalmology grand rounds. Every Monday morning, there is a Grand Rounds presentation for the ophtho department. Yesterday 2 different residents presented and one faculty consultant presented. Conveniently, the consultant I will be working with on research this month was the one presenting yesterday, so it was good to hear his talk!
After Grand Rounds I went to the clinic with my consultant. He is a glaucoma specialist and has several glaucoma-specific clinic days. Yesterday morning was a laser day, so almost all his patients were there to have laser treatment to their eyes to help with glaucoma. The exact procedure is called selective laser trabeculoplasty. It uses a laser to target the trabecular meshwork, or drainage system of the eye. This youtube video actually shows exactly what you see when you’re doing it:[youtube.com=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-umZOb24hKQ]
Pretty cool right?
After last clinic I came home to grab lunch. I just reheated left overs from dinner the day before: turkey burger (from Costco), broccoli, avocado, 1/2 sweet potato with ghee, and a plum.
I knew I needed to get some work done for research, so I left the house and went to Caribou. They don’t have Starbucks here in Rochester- isn’t that crazy!?!?
After a few hours of work I was hungry again, so I came home to make a snack. I cooked up some egg whites and topped them with salsa and avocado. I had a bowl of watermelon on the side and thought it was the perfect snack.
It was right after the watermelon that I had a thought, “Am I eating too much fruit?” I checked the Whole30 website to verify exactly how much fruit you could eat, and couldn’t come up with a straight answer. Most people say that 1-2 servings of fruit per day, eaten with meals is okay. Some people say that you should only have 3-4 servings per week!!
I LOVE fruit and eat it often, so I’m going to try to cut down to 1-2 servings per day for the rest of this week. After that I will try to cut back even more. That part makes me a little sad 🙁
In the afternoon I went back to meet with my consultant and make a plan for Tuesday and Wednesday. After our meeting I was done for the day, so I changed into gym clothes, grabbed the other half of a larabar that I had left over from the day before, and headed to the gym.
(More fruit… #Whole30fail)
I started with 40 minutes on the treadmill. I jogged for 20 min, walked on an incline for 10, and did 10 minutes of sprints. Then, I did a short leg workout. I did:
- Step ups holding dumbbells 10 x 3
- Dead lifts 10 x 3
- Squats with dumbbells on my shoulders 10 x 3
- Sumo squats holding one dumbbell 2 x 15
I came home sweaty and hungry for dinner!!
I used to buy tilapia from Costco all the time. It’s cheap, easy to cook, tastes really good, and has lots of protein with no fat or carbs! But, I keep reading about the terrible quality of farmed tilapia and how it’s not healthy at all, so the last time I was at Costco I looked around for a better choice.
Low and behold Hake- my new favorite fish!! I didn’t know ANYTHING about Hake before stumbling upon it at Costco, but according to my reading, it is a mild white fish, in the cod family. Hake has higher omega 3’s than other non-fatty fish. It is a sustainable fish and a good choice for the environment. Mercury levels are moderate and it’s safe to eat Hake more than 4 times per month.
I sautéed it on the stove with a little ghee, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and it was delicious!!! It has a more firm texture compared with tilapia, but is flaky and has a nice sweet flavor.
Dinner is when I had my Whole30 fail #2. I have this huge bag of frozen veggies in the freezer, and I thought they were Whole30 compliant but I was so so wrong. I knew edamame wasn’t okay, since soy isn’t allowed during the Whole30, but I completely forgot that corn and peas weren’t allowed. I thought that since green beans and snap peas were okay, regular peas were okay too. And I didn’t really consider corn a grain, so I thought corn was a go. After cooking them up with some mushrooms and spinach, I felt a tiny bit uneasy about the veggies and checked with website to make sure they were okay.
Once I realized they weren’t allowed, I was so bummed! I just ate around them, making sure not one piece of corn or pea made it onto my fork!
By the end of the day I was kind of sad thinking about how I couldn’t have as much fruit and my veggies weren’t compliant, but I made another discovery that made me feel better- Silk almond milk is allowed! I thought for sure it wasn’t, but I read on the forums that the Silk brand of almond milk is okay! Woo-hoo!!! You know I love almond milk 🙂
Today is going to be a better Whole30 day, I can just feel it!!
Have you tried Hake?
How much fruit do you usually eat?