Day 22: Vacation Hangover

Today was back to the grindstone, and very busy! Too bad my fridge is more empty than it has ever been since I moved into my apartment 3 years ago.  My meals definitely reflected this issue.

How I felt: Bloaty! Gassy! Ugh.  Too much fruit / dried fruit / nuts?

What I ate:

Breakfast: 2 hardboiled eggs and leftover campfire brussels sprouts

Lunch: shredded chicken + wholly guacamole, cucumber slices

Snacks: Trail mix, apple, dried apples, beef stick

Dinner: Whole Food salad bar salad… no protein 😦

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Day 21: Camping Day 4

Today wasn’t exactly a camping food day- we packed up our stuff early in the morning and drove down to Duluth to eat breakfast by 9:45.  We made a pit-stop at The Rustic Inn in Castle Danger, MN for some pie. Yes, pie.  I bought an entire french apple pie, but I didn’t eat a crumb.  It went in the freezer immediately upon return to Minneapolis.  The Rustic Inn is my favorite pie place in the world, and driving past it without enjoying pie was as blasphemous as camping without s’mores.  My solace for camping while on Whole 30 was that I could delay my pie consumption.  I am already looking forward to my sugar/flour pie day!

How I felt: Kind of bloaty and full. I think it was the voluminous food consumption over the past few days, especially fruit and nuts

What I ate:

Breakfast: 3 egg veggie omelette with fruit at this hippie haven in Duluth, MN.

Lunch / Snacks: Trail mix, dried mango, dried and fresh apples with almond butter

Dinner: Chicken kebabs over salad at Caspian Bistro in Minneapolis

Veggie Omelette

Veggie Omelette

Kebabs at Caspian Bistro

Kebabs at Caspian Bistro

Day 20: Camping Part 3

Today was a really fun day. The weather was perfect and the sun was shining! We hiked up to the Split Rock tourist center and saw the lighthouse up close with a tour and an enthralling 13 minute video. After that we “hiked” back to camp on the rocky beach but stopped for awhile by the shore to eat snacks and enjoy the sun and waves.

Food-wise, I have eaten the best meals on my Whole 30 during this trip. I was nervous going into it, but it turns out that when you camp you don’t have a lot to do with your time other than cook and relax.  I prepared and actually enjoyed my meals… a luxury I don’t necessarily have at home during the regular grind.

How I felt: Good! Vacation + Sun + Good Food = Awesome

What I ate:

Breakfast: scrambled eggs topped with leftover chili and guac, coconut milk coffee

Lunch / Snacks: dried apples and nut butter, beef stick, trail mix with dried cherries, fresh apple, pineapple

Dinner: Beef hot dogs with campfire roasted brussels and veggie packets. Roasted Bananas and apples with cinnamon and coconut oil (YUMMMMM!)

Eggs topped with Chili and Guac

Eggs topped with Chili and Guac

Dinner Part #1: Hot dog with sweet potatoes

Dinner Part #1: Hot dog with sweet potatoes

Dinner Part 2: Hot dog with Brussels Sprouts

Dinner Part 2: Hot dog with Brussels Sprouts

Day 19: Camping Part 2

It turns out that sleeping without a pillow whilst camping isn’t very comfortable. Despite the air mattress I slept on, I didn’t sleep well our first night.  This resulted in my first nap during Whole 30 since my “hit the wall” phase!  The nap worked well… after we went to town to buy some pillows.

How I felt: Fine… sore and tired. I took a nap in the middle of the day, which is more a reflection of not sleeping well the night before than anything diet related.

What I ate:

Breakfast: Egg scrambled with leftover campfire veggies, bacon!

Lunch: Shredded chicken warmed in Thai Pea-NOT Satay sauce atop spinach, sweet potatoes, pineapple spears

Snacks: Beef stick, dried apples with almond butter

Dinner: Sweet Potatoes topped with chili, veggie packet, roasted banana with cinnamon.

PeaNOT Satay Shredded Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Pineapple

PeaNOT Satay Shredded Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Pineapple

Veggie Egg Scramble with Coconut Milk Coffee

Veggie Egg Scramble with Coconut Milk Coffee

Day 18: Camping Part 1

With an abundance of paid-time-off left to burn this year at work, I headed “Up North” for a few days off the radar.  The northern 1/3rd of the Minnesota State borders Lake Superior on our east side, an area known to locals as “The North Shore.” Technically, it is the western shore of Lake Superior, but we tend to be a little ethnocentric around here.  It’s our North Shore.

Normally when I go “up north,” I prefer to stay in a cozy wooded private cabin by the lake, or at a resort like the Gunflint Lodge where they set up your canoe or kayak for you, pull it out of the water, and have wine and cheese appetizers waiting for you upon return.  This last minute vacay combined with a peak fall color weekend meant that the options were: (1) camping or (2) dingy motel rooms priced at Midtown NYC rates.  Camping it was!

I’m not much of a “camper.” I am arachnophobic. I didn’t grow up camping so I don’t know what to do- what to pack or wear or bring or not bring. I don’t even have a suitable suitcase, I used a travel roller bag.  Doing it Whole 30 style would be difficult too- what’s the point of camping without s’mores?

We camped at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, which was turned into a State Park and National Historic Landmark after Split Rock Lighthouse shut down in 1969.  The lighthouse is the “most photographed lighthouse in America,” whatever that means.  It’s a beautiful park with awesome / horrible camp sites.  All of the sites are remote, secluded, and “cart-in,” meaning they are up to half-a-mile away from the parking lot. About half of the sites are on cliffs that overlook the lake- you can hear the waves crash against the rocks when you sleep! Lucky for those people…. our site was incredibly beautiful and remote, but was about half-a-mile up a hill.  The cart-in process was not very fun, I am still sore.

How I felt: Good, nothing new to report

What I ate:

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs and fruit (I can’t remember what kind), iced coffee with coconut milk

Snacks/Lunch: Trail mix, dried apples with almond butter, grapes, carrots with “pea-not sauce,” dried mango, fresh apple, hardboiled egg

Dinner: Spicy Italian Chicken Sausages, Veggie Packets (Broccoli, beets, carrots, peppers), Baked Sweet Potato — all over the campfire!

Fire Roasted Sweet Potato

Fire Roasted Sweet Potato

Fire Roasted Veggies

Fire Roasted Veggies

Day 17: Breakfast for Dinner, Dinner for Breakfast

Today was a pretty regular day, but my evening was spent running around trying to prepare for 3 nights of camping on Minnesota’s “North Shore.”  I am not a camper, nor am I good at packing and organizing, so it was a frantic night.  This also meant that my fridge and pantry was both dwindling of normal food and stocked with food for the cooler.

How I feel:  Fine, in my “new normal” way.

What I ate:

Breakfast: leftover chicken sausage with 1/3 sweet potato, a yellow bell pepper

Lunch:  Shredded chicken with Cafeteria Salad, apple

Snacks: Hazelnut/Cashew/Pecan trail mix, banana

Dinner: Sweet Potato with scrambled eggs.

Chicken Sausage and Bell Pepper

Chicken Sausage and Bell Pepper

Day 16: Copasetic

Google defines “Copasetic” to be “in excellent order.” That’s how I feel! Excellently normal. I don’t have a whole lot to report about, so I’ll get right to it…

How I feel:  Good. I felt very awake, all day long.  No ebbs and flows.

What I ate:

Breakfast: veggie omelette from cafeteria, black coffee, apple

Lunch:  This incredible chili over a small sweet potato, leftover brussels sprouts, dried apples with almond butter

Snacks: I tried so hard not to snack!  But I ended up eating some trail mix around 4pm

Dinner: Whole foods salad (veggies, “Indian Spiced Apples,” HB egg, oil/vinegar) with homemade shredded chicken.

Cafeteria Veggie Omelette

Cafeteria Veggie Omelette

Chili topped sweet potato with roasted brussels

Chili topped sweet potato with roasted brussels

Whole Foods Salad with Apples and Chicken

Whole Foods Salad with Apples and Chicken