Monday, September 16, 2013
Today did not quite get off to the bang-up start intended for a first day of Paleo eating. Kids have this way of complicating everything! The younger sprog started vomiting just about bedtime last night, and it became clear quickly that he wouldn't be going to school today. Nor did I want to take a 30-min. each way trek across town while he was home and feeling bad. So I scrapped that idea, and am planning on tomorrow instead.
I did not, however, scrap the idea of starting with Paleo and as closely to a Whole30 plan as possible. A quick run to the local store got me stuff for today, and I'm willing to declare the day a success, if not exactly ideal from either a plan or eating standpoint.
Breakfast was an orange, and some cashews. I'm not generally very hungry in the morning, so this mainly serves to provide some buffer for morning meds. I am aiming for somewhat more in the mornings, but after being up late with the sprog, didn't feel like cooking at all.
Lunch was a smoothie (coconut milk, blueberries, strawberries, spinach) and an egg. I'm really happy with the eggs - they're not just free-range, locally sourced eggs, they're actually from a friend's flock. So tasty compared to store eggs, and really, really fresh. The coconut milk smoothie was tasty, if tart compared to what I'm used to, and this meal was very filling. I had this about 1pm, and easily lasted to dinner, even though dinner was quite late.
Dinner was unstuffed cabbage rolls. Unfortunately Rob doesn't like cabbage (or any brassiflora, really), so this won't do for any meal where he's home, but it's rapidly becoming a favorite when he's not. Fast, tasty, nutritious, and freezes well - what's not to like? And it uses ground beef, which is the only grass-fed meat available without making my cross-town trek. For the curious, I sauteed onions and mushrooms and garlic, added the beef and browned it. Then added a can of crushed tomatoes and a first round of seasonings and bring the whole thing to a bubble. Add a couple generous handfulls of shredded cabbage, stir in, cover and let simmer about 15 minutes. Correct seasoning, and voila - dinner! Tonight's seasonings were Italian Sausage Seasoning, Herbs de Provence, and sea salt (all courtesy of Penzey's Spices). Yum!
So at the end of the day I've had protein (egg, beef), fruits (orange, strawberries, blueberries), vegetables (spinach, onion, tomatoes, mushrooms, and cabbage), and healthy fats (cashews, coconut milk), nothing processed except the plain crushed tomato, which was canned, and no grains, sweeteners, dairy or legumes. Everything tasted fine, nothing was a particular pain to make, and I didn't even miss the dairy, which is what I'm most concerned about. I can live without grains, for all that I do love breads, and I'll barely notice not eating legumes (I don't like them anyway!), but no milk or cheese or yogurt? Eeek! I didn't really notice on day 1 at least, which bodes well. We'll see how I feel about it a week from now.
Crossing fingers that the sprog continues well, so I can make that grocery run tomorrow! So far he seems good.
Japanese of the Day: mo - word used to mean more, another, again and the like. Mo can be used in a couple of different ways, but nearly always conveys the concept of adding another one to whatever has already been discussed. For example: Miruku ga sukidesu. Osatou mo sukidesu. - I like milk. I also like sugar.
Mo can also be used in front of some counter words for a similar meaning. Hitori means 'one person' , so 'mo hitori' means 'one more person'. This can get complicated when you're talking about one more of a particular type of person, since all the parts are given seperately. 'Kaisha no hito ga mo hitori kimasu.' = 'one more colleague is coming.' Broken down part by part 'Company's person' (Kaisha no hito), 'one more person' (mo hitori), 'is coming' (kimasu). The 'ga' is the subject marker.