How it went down
Seven more days! I learnt more about what I can and can’t control (see ‘Fruitageddon’) and I had some success with a new meal using pork chops from my local butchers.
- Meal 1: 2 soft boiled eggs, mixed roasted root veggies (carrot, swede, onion, leek)with tomato and chilli sauce, spinach & kale. Small handful of blueberries
- Meal 2:150g prawns, lots of chopped salad. 1 apple, 1 pear
- Snacks: Sauerkraut, 1 cherry tomato, 1 small handful blueberries, a few macadamias and almonds
- Meal 3:Cod & Prawn Tikka Massala with Tumeric Cauliflower Rice
- Snacks (cinema): 1.5 cups watermelon
Day Nine (aka. “Fruitageddon”)
- Meal 1: 2 fried eggs, mixed roasted root veggies (carrot, swede, onion, leek), spinach & kale + 2 macadamia nuts and a small handful of blueberries.
- Meal 2: 1 tin tuna, sauerkraut, celery sticks, lots of chopped salad. About 2-3 cups of all kinds of fruit
- Meal 3: Chicken fajitas (homemade spice mix) with homemade guacamole, roasted cabbage and a tomato
Why Fruitageddon? I hear you ponder with amusement. Because I ate so much fruit that people were starting to laugh, my stomach hurt and I was eating even when not hungry. Usually when we have all day meetings at work the lunch fair is some rather horrid pizza – but this time it was some quite nice looking finger foods, which I could eat none of on the Whole 30. However there was practically a mecca of fresh fruits in the centre… and boy did I indulge. Pineapple, Watermelon, Honeydew Melon, Kiwi, Strawberries, Blueberries… you name it. I just kept going back for more!
Day Ten (aka. “Fruitageddon Fallout”)
- Meal 1: 2 soft boiled eggs, about 125g butternut squash chopped and grilled for dipping
- Snacks: Mindlessly ate a pear while discussing work. Bad. I realised half way through I wasn’t even really enjoying it – it was too sweet!
- Meal 2: Cauliflower Kedgeree – really liked this and it was really filling! Cauliflower rice + some cooked fish fillet & 1 egg and a bunch of spices with added a diced tomato, peppers and spring onion. Lush!
- Meal 3: Dined out at Harvester! Staff were actually pretty helpful.
- Main: Salsa Chicken and Pepper Stack
- Side: Jacket Potato, no butter
- Sauce: Salsa
- 2 bowls of compliant-salad
- Main: Salsa Chicken and Pepper Stack
Today was Fallout day because I felt horrid all day – pretty sure all those natural sugars, fibres and acids from the delicious fruit was wreaking havoc on my stomach and its pet ulcer.
- Meal 1: 2 poached eggs, asparagus, about 30g diced butternut squash, sauerkraut and a sliced tomato
- Meal 2: Dined out at Weatherspoons! Manager really helpful actually,
- Salmon Salad (no dressing)
- Meal 3: Marinated Pork Chops and Grilled Apple Slices with broccoli and a little baked microwaved sweet potato.
- Snacks: A few nuts and grapes between M2 and M3, a slice of watermelon after M3
- Meal 1: 2 soft boiled eggs with 1 broccoli stalk, sliced and grilled for dipping
- Snacks: 1 snack pack of carrots from Boots
- Meal 2: Homemade Thai Coconut Chicken & Seafood soup (and there’s a portion left for tomorrow!). Followed with a couple of slices of watermelon and a pear
- Snacks: A few grapes and cherry tomatoes
- Meal 3: Roast Beef with Spring Greens, mangetout, roast potatoes & roast veggies
Day Thirteen: ‘adiós fruit!’
- Meal 1: 2 egg omelette with spinach & diced tomato, cooked in coconut oil, served with sauerkraut, avocado, 4 asparagus spears and some crispy potato skins
- Meal 2: Leftover Thai Coconut Chicken & Seafood soup
- Snack: Some celery leaf ends with a little marmite
- Meal 3: 2 sardines, panfried in coconut oil (the actual fish, not the tinned kind) with sweet potato wedges & grilled courgette
Today marks the day I withdraw all fruit from my diet. After Fruitageddon I realised that it really can be a ‘No Brakes’ food for me – I have a similar thing with Dominoes and Papa Johns pizzas. No Brakes is a ‘Whole 30’ term that refers to food we can’t control ourselves with. I ignore all my stomach/hunger cues and just gobble away, never feeling full until it’s too late.
- Meal 1: 2 fried eggs with mixed veg and some leftover ‘veg gravy’, sauerkraut, avocado, wilted spinach, 2 leftover roast potatoes and some crispy potato skins
- Meal 2: Leftover roast beef with a chopped salad & asian style dressing + carrot, celery & yellow pepper crudités
- Snack: A cherry tomato and some carrot
- Meal 3: 2 crispy chicken thighs with an aubergine/tomato mix and baked broccoli
Thoughts and Learnings
So yeah, me and fruit have an intimate relationship and it’s time to break it off. There’s only room for one love in my life, and I don’t want to share him with fruit. I’m a few days in to my cold turkey on all things fruit and so far, I don’t like it. I miss my comforting friend – juicy pears, crisp apples and plump blueberries… refreshing watermelon, soft banana bites and the delicious bite of an orange – Sorry, I was getting carried away there!
I’ve had a couple of wobbly days – one evening I was seriously craving a Quest Bar, like, seriously. I was sat on the sofa, arms crossed and face screwed up like a five year old in a tantrum, convinced that a Questie would make me feel better. I had a few nuts instead (because I was actually hungry) and a cup of caffeine-free tea and put myself to bed with Pretty Little Liars on Netflix.
My stomach ulcer isn’t helping matters either. I’m not sure if I’ll make it to the end of the 30 days at the moment – as I write this (day 16) I’m having another wobble. More doctors appointments and more blood tests for my fatigue and I would just like to not have to carefully prepare a meal. I’d quite just like to eat a big baked potato crammed with butter, cheese and some baked beans.
Alas, I won’t be having that. The challenge continues!