I was over on the Whole30 site, trying to see if many folks continue adhering to the program’s restrictions after the 30 days are up (consensus: NOT many, at least not in full). Anyway, I ended up reading this success story about an older lady who took up the Whole30 and had dramatic results: no more migraines or insulin shots and decreased arthritis pain. In her account, I read that “I now feel like going walking. My husband got me a cat stroller for Christmas so I can walk comfortably without having to take my cane.” Wait, cat stroller? What? I dismissed it and kept reading along, just happy for this lady. Then eventually, I got to the photo. OH! A stroller for a cat! This is fantastic, and far more entertaining for everyone than a mere cane.
Count your blessings, cat; few felines get a limo. Source.
I’ve tried to improve my cat’s life by taking him out on a leash, as he is quite cranky about being an indoor now (since last August, when we moved to a new apartment complex). But here’s what happens when we take him out on his leash:
Leash NOT really working out
Man, lack of sleep sure fuzzes me out—middle age has a way of exaggerating every small deficiency. We’ve a couple nights of thunderstorms that woke me up and worried my dog, and the ensuing fogginess has lasted for days. Also I’ve been staying up late reading a fascinating book titled What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite, a suggestion from the Whole Daily newsletter. Following is the rest of the list; you might find some good stuff for your own self to read.
At this point in your journey, you might find yourself hungry for more life-changing information—and not just about nutrition. We’ve talked about exercise, recovery, sleep, stress management… but what about those other factors? Today, we’re sharing some reads we think you might enjoy, all about fun and play, personal growth, and temperance.
*Drop Dead Healthy
, by A.J. Jacobs. The true (and truly hilarious) story of one person’s quest to become the healthiest man in the world. (You can also listen to his TED talk
on the subject.) [Personal Growth]
*The Happiness Project
, by Gretchen Rubin. Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project. [Fun and Play, Personal Growth, Temperance]
*You Are Not So Smart
, by David McRaney. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you’re as deluded as the rest of us. But that’s OK—delusions keep us sane. [Personal Growth, Temperance]
*Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
, by Joshua Foer. Moonwalking with Einstein recounts Joshua Foer’s yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top “mental athletes,” drawing on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist’s trade.[Personal Growth]
I ran across this thought-provoking post about the effect of power, with a subtopic of the allure of sugar to a child seeking power. I’m not sure how to describe this post—it’s kind of a comic strip, in that text is alternating with illustrations. Go check it out: “Menace” from hyperboleandahalf.com.
Did you know lack of leptin makes you hungry? Leptin is a hormone that your body produces while you sleep. So, when my dog woke me up at 2:30 this morning and I couldn’t get back to sleep for a couple hours, I went out into the world with a severe lack of leptin and a deep, personal, heartfelt desire for a muffin. I felt like I both needed and deserved a muffin, that it was my right as a human being, as a woman, and as an American. However, I was able to keep focus on my goal for this month: adhering to the Whole30 program despite the enormous injustice of muffin lackage. The day is not over yet, but I feel like I can make it one more day. And I’ll get to bed early tonight.
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From the Whole30 Daily (a daily support newsletter you can subscribe to for $15, and is actually worth it, for the intense coverage and comprehensive approach of W30 issues) comes this list of handy resources for Whole30 goodness:
. Ghee, a form of clarified butter, is a yummy Whole30-approved fat source. You canmake your own
, or order from Pure Indian Foods
: 100% grass-fed, pastured cows raised in a certified organic way. Also, it’s luscious, and comes in flavored varieties.
Stronger Faster Healthier Fish Oil
. We’ve tried lots of fish oil brands, but we useStronger Faster Healthier’s SO3 Oil
for three reasons: squeaky-clean ingredients, more EPA and DHA per teaspoon, and it comes in five delicious flavors (for fish oil). Need more info on omega-3 supplementation? Check out our Fish Oil FAQ.
Coconut Milk. Coconut milk is also a luscious source of high-quality fats, but many brands contain added ingredients that we really don’t like. Aroy-D Coconut Milk is preservative-free; the only ingredient is coconut milk, and it’s available in paper cartons, so no worries about BPA. We also like Thai Kitchen, Whole Foods 365, and Native Forest brands.
US Wellness Meats
. We have just one word: Bacon
. Well, it’s really nine words: sugar-free, Whole30 Approved, pork bacon from happy pigs.
. Asian food can be problematic for Whole30-ers, thanks to sweeteners and the double-whammy of soy and gluten in soy sauce. Say “hello” to coconut aminos
! They’re a 100% healthy replacement for soy sauce, so (riceless) sushi
, stir-fries, and even pad thai
are back on your plate.
. If you’re kicking caffeine as part of your Whole30, you might be craving a warm cup of something soothing. We love all of the caffeine-free options from Adagio Teas, but our favorites are the Rooibus blends
. With flavors ranging from vanilla to hazelnut to coconut, there’s something for everyone. Plus, the company has super-friendly customer service and a real connection with their tea growers.
. Variety is the spice of life, and spice is the variety in a Whole30. That’s why we love-love-love Spice Hound
. With Spice Hound’s high-quality individual spices and sugar-free, Whole30 Approved blends, you’ll be whipping up international meals in no time.
. Sometimes you just want a little something-something rolled up in a wrapper that won’t fall apart like lettuce. Say “hello” to Pure Wraps
. Available in original and curry flavors, they’re the Whole30 Approved alternative to traditional tortillas — and they taste great!
Primal Pacs and Gourmet Grassfed jerky
. Take a bite of Whole30 Approved grass-fed, grass-finished beef jerky. Primal Pacs
jerky and snack kits and Gourmet Grassfed
Original Bold flavor are what we carry in our pockets for snowboarding, mountain biking, and airplane adventures.
Red Boat Fish Sauce
. Fish Sauce adds that indefinable but unmistakable depth to Thai and other Asian cuisines. Sadly, most fish sauce includes added ingredients that make it unfriendly to Whole30 eaters. That’s why we love Red Boat Fish Sauce
: the only ingredients are wild black anchovies and sea salt.
Me: not pictured
Saturday was such a lovely, calming day, with lots of walking to and from errands and sitting on my patio enjoying the cool evening. Sunday I set out for an out-and-bike ride on Parmer Lane, which features some nice rollers (rolling hills) through ranch land. I’ve done the 25-mile ride there a few times, but this Sunday morning decided to go for 35, which took me to an unfamiliar section with some tremendous downhills. At one point I was going 35 mph, which was a hoot, although I did realize that I’d have to go back UP those hills on the way back. I was feeling so strong, I thought of going for 50 miles (farther than I’ve ever ridden) but decided to do the sensible thing and stick to 35. So I took a U-turn and found out why I felt so strong on the way out: a massive wind had been at my back and was now in my face. I had to laugh at myself, and was mighty relieved I hadn’t tried for 50, as I had no nutrition with me. Took me an hour to go out, and 90 minutes to get back, and I was righteously ravenous. One key to success at the Whole30 is to always be prepared, and bring your own food. I’d failed on the score this particular morning, so I pulled into the nearest coffeehouse (rather far from civilization at the time) and had a sugar-added carton of oatmeal. Yikes, added sugar is so overpoweringly sweet now.
Maybe it was Sunday’s sugar burst or just an inevitable development at this point, but today took a turn for the aggravated: I didn’t want to police my every bite of food, I just wanted to grab a bagel or snack on some crackers. So easy, so tasty, so very convenient. I didn’t take the required hours this weekend to do all the kitchen prep and cooking necessary to ensure that W30-compliant meals are ready to go. I’ve begun resenting the time entailed.
True fact: After buying a burger and fries for my daughter this evening, I reached over and grabbed a few fries and started to put them in my mouth. My ever-alert teen GRABBED my hand and pulled it away from my mouth, reclaiming the fries and hollering “NO, MAMA! You’ll only be disappointing yourself!” I cracked UP. Her enthusiasm for my adherence to the program bolstered my spirits and I made a green smoothie to snack on instead.
This morning’s haul, accumulated by hitting 6 BTW booths.
Today was Bike to Work Day in Austin. It’s the bicycle commuter’s holiday! All bets and diets are off! Do you know how many KIND bars you have to eat before you never want to see another one in your life? 4. The answer is 4.