DAY 22 THOUGHTS:
Day 22 was the day on which there were chicken nuggets. This is not insignificant, and I can’t wait to share the recipe with you soon! I’m getting excited for the weekend because the weekend means cooking up lots of good eats. And as my 30-day program is getting nearer to its end, I’m being extra selective about what I’m cooking up to share with you. I still have so many things to make on my Whole30 Wish List that I’m not sure exactly how I’ll choose what will come next. I’ve got my eyes on roast chicken, but, then again, it’s been about one hundred years since I’ve had meatloaf. And meatloaf is a wonderful (albeit frightfully-named) American classic. On the other hand, there are these salmon cakes I’ve been thinking about for quite some time now. Decisions, decisions.
Directly after the program, my plan is to do a modified (and temporary) reintroduction of off-program foodstuffs. I want to see how my body reacts to certain foods (like cheese and oatmeal). However, as I’ve mentioned in some previous recaps, my ultimate long-term plan for post Whole30 is to take on a sort of Paleo approach to eating and cooking. I’m really happy with this sort of “Paleo Primer” that Whole30 has afforded me, and I think they’re could be some real value to sticking to a modified version of it for the long term. I’ve been declaratively off sugars and sweeteners of any kind for about 7 months now (read more about this in my “I quit sugar” posts, here and here), but if there’s one thing I’ve really learned from my Whole30 it’s that I’ve grown leaps and bounds from the sugar-obsessed York Peppermint Patty hoarder I was as recently as this winter. And so I think I’m ready to test the waters a bit. This means that I’m considering adding sweeteners like honey and maple syrup for the occasional recipe here or there, but that my plan is still to stick to a way of eating that is, by and large, sweet free. I’m not a big fan of the whole “Everything in moderation” mantra, but I like the idea of being free to eat things if and when I occasionally want them — so long as they contribute to my health and happiness and do not enslave me with their torrential tastiness. We’ll see how things go.
DAY 22 EATS:
Pre-run: A hard-boiled egg.
First meal: Sweet potato and kale hash with poached eggs and sliced almonds; on the side, a few wild blueberries with almonds and cacao nibs.
Second meal: Apple-Glazed Pork Roast with Garlic and Sage (recipe to come), cauliflower mash + ghee, steamed okra + beet hummus.
Snack: Fresh bell pepper and a few scoops of coconut butter.
Third meal: Paleo Chicken Nuggets and BBQ Sauce (recipe to come); fresh kale, steamed broccoli, and a nectarine on the side.