Day 3 – aka I Think I Have the Flu and Want to Punch People In the Face While Eating Dark Chocolate!

Last night, I noticed increased swelling in my abdomen, which I am attributing to my body adjusting to all the new changes while still recovering from surgery. 

It was hard to get up this morning – felt very exhausted and cranky.  Why did I decide to do this again?  Oh yeah, to get healthy!  I can tell the detox is here and in full swing.  I feel achy, especially the joints in my hands.  Not sure if this is part of the detox or from all the chopping, cooking, and dishes.  🙂  It’s probably a combination of both.  From what I have read, this is normal and will pass after the first week; and so we push on! 

Breakfast – Curried Veggie Hash (Recipe from “Everyday Paleo” by Sarah Fragaso)  Here is a link for the recipe:  http://www.glutenfreewhisperer.com/2013/06/19/curried-veggie-hash/

Here is a link to her cookbook if anyone is interested: http://www.amazon.com/Everyday-Paleo-Sarah-Fragoso/dp/098256581X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1382976917&sr=8-2&keywords=Everyday+Paleo

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This was very good.  I think tomorrow I might add a little diced apple just for variation.  I shredded 2 sweet potatoes and 2 zucchinis in the food processor and have a ton leftover still, so let’s just say I may be eating this for a little while, but it tastes so good I don’t mind! 

Lunch – Left over Pumpkin Soup.  Thank goodness for leftovers!!!! 

Dinner – Left over Apple Pork Chops and Hash (or more like grab whatever you can find, throw it in the skillet with some coconut oil, and call that good because I don’t have the energy for anything else right now)

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This picture is upside down, I am leaving it.  It is a testament to how well my brain is functioning right now. 

I was starving around 5 pm, but wanted to wait the recommended 4-6 hours between each meal.  So I chugged a ton of water and watched some Long Island Medium episodes to distract me.  When 6 pm rolled around, I was hit with this flu feeling.  Body aches, fatigue, and a serious craving for some dark chocolate (Aunt Flo is coming soon).  I didn’t plan this out well – PMS plus a flu-ish detox day does not make for a pleasant mix right now.  I was SO tired that I literally could not heat up my left over pork chops.  Yes, you read that right.  I ate them cold rather than waiting the 30 seconds to one minute it would take to heat them up.  WOW!  I ate my cold pork chops (which tasted great because I was ravenous) and afterwards felt like I had just enough strength to get my veggies ready.

I had it all planned out that tonight I would make steamed broccoli with lemon.  Well, my insides feel like they want to be on my outside, so that sure didn’t happen.  Desperate times call for desperate measures, and I just grabbed the items that I already had prepped and decided to make a side out of that.  So, I threw diced green apple, onion, and shredded sweet potato into my cast iron skillet with some coconut oil and just cooked that up.  I sprinkled some cinnamon on top and called it good.  The broccoli will have to wait for another day.  I just didn’t have the energy to wash it, cut it, and steam it. 

I signed up for a daily newsletter from The Whole30 to help motivate me during this time.  The title for today was “Day 3: One of the Toughest Days.”  Amen to that!  It also mentions that it is not uncommon for folks to catch a bug or cold because your immune system is working hard right now to help you heal, and it may be too distracted or overwhelmed to be able to fight off a bacterial or viral invader.  It recommends to eat ginger and apples, sweet potatoes, butternut squash or pumpkin, and bone broth.  Wow, I have eaten all that today without even planning for this.  Thank you guardian angels.  And now, I am going to take a hot bath and go to bed.  So ready for this day to be over, and hopefully tomorrow will be better.  It is amazing to me how much food does play into our brain chemistry and how well we function.  I am getting that message loud and clear right now.

Laura’s tip of the day: make sure you have food on hand and ready to go before Day #3.  It is a beast! 

This. Too. Shall. Pass.  I’m going to bed. 

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