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Whole30 – Days 18-20 – Still using Whole30-approved Products

It is hard to believe that almost 3 weeks have passed since we started the Whole30 program. Things are starting to become a little easier, and cravings are starting to disappear (except for chocolate).

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So what was new during the past few days? Here’s a recap:

Day 18

Fred cooked a pork butt in the crockpot for supper. He just sprinkled salt, pepper, and cayenne on it and let it cook on low for about 8 hours. Then he pulled it out and chopped/pulled it. Very close to NC-style barbeque, but without all the sauce. I think next time he should add a little vinegar to give it more of that flavor, but it was delicious all the same. I may have to try Whole30-approved Tessemae’s BBQ sauce soon.

We are finally starting to use the crockpot for more meals. It is easy to just place the ingredients in and then forget about it until supper time. Then it is just a matter of getting the vegetables to go with the meal ready. Fred also occasionally uses an Instant Pot (pressure cooker) if he has forgotten to make something sooner. And the boys have made hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot.

Day 19

Tuna salad was on the menu tonight. I had mine with some Whole30-approved mayo. Fred just poured a little oil on his. We had hard-boiled eggs in it as well as chopped pickles. All over a bed of lettuce. It turned out better than the normal tuna salad, I thought. I am not a big fan of fish, so this was a pleasant alternative.

I spent the evening in the ER tonight because of the low back pain. It was to the point I thought I would pass out. So off we went. Once we get there, fortunately, there weren’t too many people waiting. The ER doctor wasn’t very sympathetic. I think he thought I was just trying to get pain medicine. I HATE taking pain medicine or any medicine for that matter. He finally prescribed some morphine (injected into my abdomen) and that made me nauseous. So they had to prescribe something for nausea. And the morphine didn’t help the pain at all. So then they gave me a Percocet and sent me home. I finally have an appointment with a pain clinic in another few days. Hopefully, they will be able to find out what is going on and get me out of pain.

The doctor finally prescribed morphine (injected into my abdomen) and that made me nauseous. So they had to prescribe something for nausea (injected into my thigh). And the morphine didn’t help the pain at all. So then they gave me a Percocet and sent me home. I was able to finally go to sleep, and I have an appointment with a pain clinic in another few days. Hopefully, they will be able to find out what is going on and get me out of pain.

I really just wanted ginger ale and some chocolate. Do you get the impression I really miss my chocolate?

Day 20

Today I slept most of the day. That medication made me very sleepy and dizzy. I almost fell asleep during lunch and finally felt like getting up around 4:30 pm.

Yummy hamburgers on portabello mushrooms, grilled to perfection. Pan-browned potatoes, and green beans. A great meal that was quick and easy. In place of Whole30-approved ketchup, I used the Italian dressing over the potatoes.

Whole30-approved Snacks

Surprisingly, I have not wanted to snack in between meals. I seem to stay full longer, which has been nice. However, my husband has been snacking on nuts and seeds, but then he doesn’t have as big of a meal, so it seems to work out to about the same amount of food. Plus he is more active than I am.

Whole30 does have a few things they recommend for snacks:

Larabars
RXBars
Chomps Beef Jerky

Unfortunately, if you are allergic to nuts like I am, you won’t be able to have the bars. That kinda limits me to what I can have to snack on anyway, so it’s good that I haven’t been wanting to snack.

10 Days to Go

It’s hard to believe we are 2/3 of the way there on this Whole30 program. I never thought I could make it this far. I really hope that I will be able to stick with it. With all the health problems, I will probably stay on it a little longer before trying to reintroduce foods into my diet.

Stay healthy!

Kim.

 

P.S. Miss the beginning of our journey? Start here.

 

 

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