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Still going strong on day 6!

2nd Whole30 Grocery Shopping (the meat trip)

I’ve been busy with work and cooking(!) and have been neglecting to post. The Whole30 challenge continues successfully thus far. I can’t believe it has only been 6 days. I haven’t taken pics of everything we have been eating (I get home from work so hungry I don’t even think about it) but I’ll include some highlights I did photograph.

One new dish we tried was some calf liver we picked up. It was really inexpensive and I always read about it’s nutritional value. I was scared about it but I think I really did give it an honest try and….hell no, not for me. The man liked it and finished his plate so I am guessing I didn’t cook it too badly, it just made me think of feet. I rinsed it the night before and let it soak overnight in lemon juice, which was suggested on many sites and is said to help pull toxins from the liver so yeah, I was doing that and the fact that such an action was needed was kind of scary. We went with the classic liver and onions and the onions did nothing for me. I couldn’t even really eat the rest of my meal, I tried two bites (see, took a second bite, I really tried!) and it just totally destroyed my appetite.

I would say that maybe the only fault so far is the amount of fruit we eat..though I don’t think there is anything wrong with it, I am not sure exactly how much fruit is really allowed. Probably 1 serving a day on average but there are some days like the day we had half a cantaloupe each filled with strawberry/banana/coconut milk smoothie blend. And I’ve been having maybe 1 banana a day, though there was today when I had two and a half (banana with almond butter has been my go to snack when I need something real quick). The fruit is beginning to run low though and thanks to having to pay a copay at the doctor’s office today the money is gone, so the fruit consumption should decrease drastically in the next couple of days. The almond butter is gone too, sad to say. That stuff was good.

We have also had some injuries with some of the foods we have had. I have a blood blister on my thumb from trying to get into some blue crab claws we got for a $1.00 without any tools for the job, and a we both got stab wounds in our hands from trying to pry the coconut meat out of a coconut. It has been fun, I’m sure cavemen got injuring while preparing food and eating it, right? 🙂

The seafood meal was a memorable one, the claws, albeit a lot of effort for a little bit of sustenance, were damn good. We also had salmon steaks (2 for $1.00!) and my sad attempt at coconut shrimp (still tasty!). We had stuffed green peppers one night (first time), stuffed with a mixture of ground beef, onion, mushroom, and tomato and topped with some SF tomato paste mixed with some water for a sauce. We had a roast one night which I sadly let overcook, I didn’t take a picture of it I was so depressed about it.

And one of my favorite things we had were some spicy sweet potato chips with guacamole, I wasn’t sure at first how well they would go together, but we had two extremely ripe avocados that weren’t really good for anything but guacamole or maybe salad dressing, and I had been seeing sweet potato chips online. I smeared the sweet potato slices with coconut oil and seasoned them with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper and baked in the oven. I mixed the avocado with tomato, cilantro, and lime juice for the guac. I think sweet potato chips with guacamole is one of the tastiest things I have ever eaten. We will definitely be having that again!

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I have to get to sleep, work in the morning. Feeling pretty great so far, not too much of the transition period woes, maybe the off and on paleo dieting before this got my body ready for it. I’ve already had people tell me I look like I’ve lost weight and I can tell I look slimmer in my work uniform, so there is definitely some results going on in that department. Can’t wait to see the final (lower) number on the scale on the morning of the 31st!