When There is Pizza

We had our monthly HOG meeting tonight and the meal being served was pizza. I love pizza. At least I used to. The last time I had pizza, it just wasn’t as good as I remembered. So I really wasn’t heartbroken that I couldn’t eat it. I think that’s the great thing about eating paleo. You get all of the bad stuff out of your system and you don’t miss it. There was also salad so I took some leftover chicken and some homemade dressing and just had a chicken salad. It wasn’t bad.

Rewind to this morning and I had bacon and boiled eggs. Lunch was chicken, asparagus and sweet potato fries. Last night when we were spicing the chicken up to cook, I put some smoked paprika on one piece. I was curious whether it would be any good or not and it was actually very good. Next time we have chicken, it will be spiced up with that.

It’s been since Monday that I’ve had my Prilosec and I’m feeling it tonight. Probably the balsamic vinegar dressing. I’ve already had one tablespoon of coconut oil and I’ll get another one before bed. Tomorrow will definitely be a Prilosec day.

Waiting on feeling better for using the oils for my breathing issues. I guess it takes a while. Maybe one day before I die I’ll get to feel normal again and not exhausted. I can do anything!


Time to Add Almonds Back

It’s been a few days since I added coconut back so I think it’s time to add something else. I have decided it will be almonds. I considered spinach since that is a common ingredient in restaurant salads but almonds would allow so much more. There’s almond milk, almond butter, whole almonds as a snack and roasted almonds. Those are especially good on a salad.

We’re going to a Mexican restaurant Saturday night for a friend’s birthday and I’m kind of apprehensive about it. No margaritas. No chips and salsa. No cheese dip. I should be thinking ahead of what I could take to snack on. And I need to figure out what I will eat for my meal. No matter what it is, it will have garlic in it. I’ve about resigned myself to the fact that garlic will be one of the things I have to watch out for. It seems to give me the burps and makes me feel bloated.

Speaking of bloated, my stomach has been making some loud gurgling sounds tonight. Not sure why since I haven’t added anything new. Could be from supper I guess but that didn’t happen when I ate it the other night. I had another headache earlier but took some Excedrin and it pretty much went away. And I’ve been super irritable today. Maybe Friday will fix that.

For breakfast I had bacon and scrambled eggs. Lunch was leftover chicken and sauteed kale. We had our HOG meeting tonight so I took leftover kraut and chicken apple sausage with green beans. Everyone brought dishes for the meal tonight and everything on that table was either cheese or gluten. So I’m glad I took my own food. There was a fruit tray so I was able to eat some grapes!

Looking forward to the weekend!

Day 21 – 9 To Go

Another day, another headache. One day I think it’s stress and the next day I think it’s my sinuses. I woke up with this one today so I took Excedrin early. Later I took a sinus pill. A little later after that I took more Excedrin. It’s eased up but still there. I don’t know how people with chronic headaches deal with this every day. Anyway, this one is over my left eye. I looked that up and it said sinus infection. I’m blowing green so that makes sense. Gary has some Keflex so I’m thinking I may take it. I don’t have time to be sick and/or go to the doctor.

We had a very lazy day today. We literally laid around and watched TV and took a nap. It was a good day for it since it rained almost all day. Heavy storms at times. The bad thing about being lazy is that I probably didn’t eat enough. I also didn’t prep any food.

I’ve hit the single digits, which is what I’ve been looking forward to. But I keep getting confused with the number of days I have left. I started on a Monday and I keep thinking I should end on a Monday. But 30 days won’t be up until the 31st, which is on a Tuesday. So one more weekend left and then 2 days. I’m in the home stretch!!

I can do anything for 9 days!

Day 14 – 16 To Go

Tomorrow will be the halfway point of this journey I’m on. Just two more weeks left. I haven’t hated every second but I don’t love it either. The book says this is not hard. Fighting cancer is hard. And that is so true. But this isn’t a cake walk either. Finding variety and staying compliant isn’t easy. Staying off the scale isn’t easy. Eating out is pure misery! I’m just praying that I start seeing more of those non-scale victories.

The biggest NSV I would like to see is not feeling so tired all the time. If only people knew just how tired I am ALL the time! The last time I saw my pulmonologist, he ordered a pulsox for me. That was back in the fall. I got it in the mail and used it and he later called to say it was borderline and that he’d like to do it again. I finally got it on Friday but didn’t use it until last night. In the middle of the night, I woke up to go to the bathroom and I immediately looked at it. My O2 level was at 65. It should be between 95 and 100. I saw one of my nurse friends today and asked her about it and she said if I were in the hospital, I would have been put on a ventilator and that brain damage can occur at that level. I did wake up with a headache this morning so to say I’m alarmed is putting it mildly. I think it’s awfully strange that I was only borderline back in the fall, I weighed more and was eating a lot of foods that cause inflammation and pulmonary issues. I’m wondering if it’s so low because I’m still getting over my bronchitis that I got on December 17 (it always takes me longer to get well because of my asthma). I’ll be calling the doctor tomorrow to see if he wants me to try again later or what. I hope he doesn’t want me to go for another sleep study. I just need to let him know I will not wear a c-pap and to come up with plan B.

For breakfast I had bacon and sauteed apples and pecans. For lunch we ate out and I had a very bland steak and a sweet potato. I did not plan ahead or I could have had a regular potato with ghee and a salad with my own dressing. Actually, I did think of those things but then forgot. For supper, we had grilled boneless/skinless chicken thighs with sweet potato fries and asparagus. Yep, same as last night but this time, the fries weren’t burned and I wrapped bacon around my asparagus. It was sooo good. My stomach felt very “tight” and not quite like a brick but not normal. After reading up on my above situation I now wonder if potatoes could be one of my issues. I’m going to get through this and maybe try omitting potatoes and see what happens.

Looking forward to tomorrow!



Day 8 – 22 To Go

I had a pretty good day today. Very busy at work and that always makes the day go by faster but I had some employee issues to deal with and that is always so draining. After I got off work, I had to rush home so we could go to friends and watch Bama play. The game is still on and it’s anyone’s game at this point. This is THE only sport I watch. Actually Alabama football is the only sport I watch. (ROLL TIDE!)

Like going out to eat, I was kind of dreading going to a football party and not being able to munch on all the goodies and have a glass of wine but it was really ok. I took some leftover butternut squash soup and the leftover tostones with salsa and guacamole. The tostones weren’t that great because they were very hard and I can’t eat anything too hard because of my braces. Seems like it’s always something keeping me from enjoying food. I also ate some veggies off of the vegetable tray and they were ok but not being able to dip in ranch makes for a boring snack.

For breakfast I had my homemade ground chicken breakfast sausage and leftover sauteed apples. The sausage wasn’t fantastic but it wasn’t bad. I’ll make it with ground pork next time for sure. For lunch I had leftover steak, baked potato and salad. While eating my salad, the Tessamae Cracked Pepper dressing was in front of me so I started reading the label again. Not quite sure how I missed it when I bought the stuff but it has garlic in it. It’s ok really. I’ll just have to reintroduce it later than everything else. But now I know I have to make my own dressing. I used to mix lime juice with olive oil and Jane’s crazy mixed up salt. SO good! But Jane’s has garlic in it. I’ll use the recipe out of Whole30 to make a vinegrette and I’ll have to omit the garlic.

I need to figure out what I will have for breakfast. Meat is covered and I have fruit but not sure what else I can do. I have an avocado I need to eat too. It just feels like I need a vegetable. I’ll figure it out tomorrow. It’s bedtime.

Day 1 – 29 To Go

Day 1 down and other than a slight headache, I survived. It’s a good thing I was off work today because it seems like all I did was cook. I measured and weighed but forgot to take a picture. Hopefully I’ll remember tomorrow before work.

For breakfast I had roasted potatoes and onions with 1/2 of an avocado on top, 2 strips of Whole30 compliant bacon and some mixed fruit. Oh and a cup of coffee with only some homemade cashew milk. It was all good but I’m going to need to get more creative or I will get bored.

For lunch I made spaghetti with spaghetti squash. The sauce definitely needed garlic but it wasn’t bad. And the spaghetti squash was actually better than I expected. I have 2 more servings left so spaghetti for lunch tomorrow!

For supper I cooked a chicken in my Ronco Showtime Rotisserie and ate it with some sauteed kale. The chicken was delicious. I found a recipe where you mix ghee with paprika, salt and pepper and baste the chicken a couple of times. It was brown and crusty and so tender. I’ll be using the rotisserie more often.

I’m doing good so far using the food I bought but I may have overdone it with the snacks. I thought I could eat cucumbers and other cut veggies with some salsa or guac but I failed to see where snacks are actually discouraged. They say I should be satisfied eating 3 meals a day. I can have snacks but just not all the time. It’s odd to me that a lot of “diets” these days recommend grazing all day and this one tells you not to. I’ll have to figure something else out for the cut up veggies.

I still need to come up with a meal plan for the week! Hopefully tomorrow!