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Whole30ing – Day 7 (Sunday)

Monday, August 11, 2014

I subscribe to the Whole30 site’s daily Whole30 newsletter. It is sent out each day in the wee hours of the morning with thoughts and helpful hints for that particular day of the Whole30 day. Today’s Day 7 had a blurb on Cheating. An appropriate subject for the first weekend and especially for the weekend I have been having. They talked about tweaking the program and acknowledged that some do still put cream in their coffee or have a glass of wine. But they indicate that you are only cheating yourself. No one is around to slap your hand if you do tweak things. It is all up to you.

So it got me thinking again. How willing AM I to “cheat?” I had already decided that corn would make the list but what about other things the DH wanted to incorporate into meals? White Flour and wine used in making Chicken Piccatta? Nope...coat my chicken in almond flour and make the sauce with chicken broth please. Pasta? Nope..spiralize me up some summer squash, please. Glass of wine? Nope…glass of soda water with a squeeze of lemon, please. All viable replacements but at what point would something come up and I had to decide if I would allow myself to “cheat”?

I went to church today and we receive communion each Sunday. Communion consists of some kind of white bread and grape juice (no wine in the Methodist church…oh the horror LOL). As it was being blessed, I thought about the Whole30 email this morning and cheating. Hmmm….was having the little cube of bread dunk into the grape juice….cheating?? I almost laughed at what I was thinking sitting there in church. Thinking this would definitely join the corn on Jeannie’s Tweak List.

This coming weekend I will be on vacation for two weeks and I am starting it out by going to visit my mother in NH for a long weekend. I know that even though my mother will be accommodating, there will be instances where I will have to choose on whether or not I “cheat”. Not sure how I will handle this and it makes me a bit nervous. But I know I can do it and I just need to make sure my Tweak List is short and stays short.

All this being said… I did have a good day and even packed a lunch to eat in the car while I was driving to see my father after church which is lunchtime (he lives 40 minutes away and with traffic sometimes it is more). I usually skip lunch and when I get home start grabbing things to hold me over to dinner. Not this time.

I have made it through one week and with that first week I have struggled with outside sources trying to derail me. But I kept on track. Patting myself on the back. emoticon Good job girl and onto Day 8!!! emoticon

What I ate on Day 7:

2 eggs
3 pieces bacon
Honeydew melon, 1 wedge

3 oz sliced turkey breast
1 c. carrots

Filet mignon steak
Boiled white potatoes (gasp. Still cannot get used to the fact they put these on the approved list)

Chicken drumstick
¼ cup raw cashews
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    Great job! Thanks for the perspective on "cheating", and also for letting me know that there is a daily newsletter. Guess I missed that somehow.

    Are you eating enough? It seems like I'm eating about twice as much as you, but then I like feeling full so I'll often eat 3-4 "servings" of veggies.

    I have "It Starts With Food" on hold at the library. Can't wait to read it.

    Good job on getting through your challenges yesterday!

    - Nanette
    2545 days ago
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    It's an interesting topic for people doing the Whole 30 -- how far are you willing to go to achieve compliance? As usual, it ends up being an experiment of 1 because each person has to decide for him or herself what is really important to health and well being. Your day's menu looked very tasty and "whole."

    emoticon JOB!
    2545 days ago
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