Hiya friends. I can't believe it, but today marks 4 weeks since ankle surgery. I am not in any pain and haven't been for some time, but doing things like standing for more than 5 minutes gets tiring on one leg. I feel like such a wuss! On top of it, I've got some kind of super funk – a sinus infection or summer cold. What little energy I had has been zapped by this. If it's still around tomorrow evening, I've got a doctor appointment set up for Thursday.
Related to energy: A few of you have asked how I'm feeling since starting Whole30 and medicine/supplements for my Hashimotos. I had finished 15 days of Whole30 until I was on 8 pain pills a day and my stomach couldn't handle much. I got back on when my stomach settled down, and am just wrapping up Day 15 again. I've consistently been on my thyroid medication for about 5 weeks now. Supplements have been tough and I need to do better with them. Overall, the food is super easy at this point and I have a very low appetite. The hardest part has been the elimination of dairy – coffee creamer, cheese, and yogurt. But by no means is it a struggle to avoid them. I know it's especially easy for me since I can't leave the house or drive, but honestly I haven't been jonesing for sugar or carbs. The first week is always the worst, but as soon as I hit day 7, it became surprisingly easy.
I have to give a major shout out to the hubs who has not complained once about having to run around to get my “special food” – organic meats, local veggies, etc. I sent him to the Farmers Market this past weekend and he called me from several stands making sure he was getting what I needed. He's gone back to the store to return conventional ground beef without fuss when I asked if it was organic. He's also become really good at cooking some of my Whole30 basics like roasted chicken legs, roasted brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes.
Some people have wondered what I eat on Whole30. I'm a creature of habit for sure, and since I can't stand around and whip up dishes whenever I want to, I have been eating easy, but tasty things.
- Roasted chicken legs: Seasoned with sea salt, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper and put in my rotisserie
- Organic ribeye: yummy steak
- Brussels Sprouts: roasted – cut in half, toss in minced cloves of garlic, toss in extra virgin olive oil and sea salt, bake on a cookie sheet at 450 for 18 minutes
- Sweet potatoes: Baked and topped with a little ghee (clarified butter) and cinnamon
- Strawberries: if I'm having a sweet craving
- Unsweetened applesauce: again, if I'm having a sweet craving
- Kale: sautéed with onions and a little balsamic vinegar
- Broccoli: steamed
- Tuna and guacamole: my default protein when I can't find anything handy to eat. It sounds gross, but is quite tasty. If I want a different flavor, I add kalamata olives
- Asian Paleo Meatballs from Nom Nom Paleo: These are insanely delicious. Make a big batch in advance and eat them for several days
- Chocolate Chili: From The Clothes Make The Girl / Well Fed cookbook. I wrote about this phenomenon of using cocoa powder in savory and sweet paleo dishes over on Spry Living
- Slow Cooker Kaluah Pig from Nom Nom Paleo: I just made this overnight – it takes 16 hours! I am eating it for dinner tonight. Based on the taste I nabbed while I transferred it from the slow cooker to a storage dish, it's extremely delicious! I thought it would just turn into a pile of mushy pork, but it's super flavorful
- Cucumber Dill Salad: just made this last night. Chop cucumbers (I tried to remove most of the seeds as they get mushy, but got lazy after a while), red onion, cherry tomatoes, and lots of fresh dill. Toss in a dash of apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and sea salt. Let sit in refrigerator at least an hour before serving.
Since I'm in a little bit of a funk from being on my bum for so long (2 more weeks to go) and not seeing many people, I am not sure how much better i actually feel so far. I think things will turn around when I'm back on both feet. I was hoping my psoriasis would start clearing up, but it's not. It's always been horrible on my scalp and on patches of my stomach and legs. It's an autoimmune-related condition as well, so fingers crossed staying on this regimen will help.