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Another day one

It never ceases to amaze me when someone randomly drops into a conversation the fact that they read this blog. I’ve mentioned it before, my first reaction is to think why?. My second reaction is probably blush and be utterly embarrassed and self-conscious, but that’s another story…

I remember the many times people have mentioned that they look out for my posts on Facebook because they found them funny. Seriously? I’m funny? I haven’t written many of those posts in a while, but then again, I have the feeling I haven’t posted that much on Facebook anyway. If I look back at my timeline, it seems I’ve been pretty active during the past month, posting a few times a day, and either every day or every couple of days. Weird, I don’t have the feeling to have been much online. I know I’ve started sharing my Instagram photos and posting a lot about the changes I’ve been doing in the past 30 days or so… I haven’t been sharing many of my random stories. I think. Social media is probably so ingrained in my normal life that it might be I don’t even notice any more.

Today is my first day of the reintroduction process for the Whole30 Whole37 and I kicked it off by adding peanut butter to my breakfast. They only suggest peanut butter in their guidelines, and you can choose the ingredients you actually miss in your diet, and skip those you don’t. I didn’t particularly miss peanut butter, but it’s something I might enjoy eating here and there (I love it in my banana smoothies!). I had a protein salad (boiled egg and spinach) from Sainsbury’s with a sliced banana and a spoonful of peanut butter.

Whole30 says that when you spend the whole month looking forward to eating something, once you try it after the challenge, you are sometimes disappointed that the experience wasn’t as great as you had expected. I hadn’t been looking forward to eating peanut butter, but when I licked the spoon this morning, it tasted amazing. After, however, during breakfast, I didn’t manage to finish the spoonful because it felt way too thick and rich in my mouth, so at least we know I don’t have a peanut butter addiction. As to how it’s affecting my body, so far, so good.

For lunch I cooked a rack of ribs at home, which I brought in a lunch box, along some roasted potatoes. The plan is to add baked beans to the mix, and see what happens. Ideally, I need to make a careful assessment about how these new ingredients are affecting me, it can be anything from an upset stomach, to a headache, to a rash; and it can be in any degree of severity. The way they reason why you might feel awful when reintroducing food into your system is because the defence mechanisms your body had in place all your life when having to deal with these ingredients have been relaxed during this month and so when these foods enter your system and attack it, your body is not prepared for it any more. Hopefully, there won’t be any major disruption during these 10 days or so, but I’ll have to keep an eye on it.

Funnily enough, I’m not missing things like alcohol or crisps… And saying that I don’t miss crisps is huge! Sure, I could feel a craving popping up from time to time, but if I really think what eating that crisp is going to mean for my body, so far I’m happy controlling that craving. The thing I can’t wait to eat is pizza. For that, I still have to test gluten and dairy, so it’s still a long way to go and, let’s be honest, gluten and/or dairy are probably the main culprits for my previous state. Still, I think having a pizza (or rather, half) on payday each month could be worth it. Maybe a wholemeal, gluten-free one? We’ll see!

Since I’m going to have another long weekend, I’ll be working (or trying to) on the backlog of photographs I have. This is getting ridiculous. Also, what’s the point in enjoying photography if I then never look at the photographs again? A new photo app has been released, Mesh, that displays photos in a beautiful way, and I can’t wait to start using it. So far, I’ve never been in love with the way photos were displayed in the gallery function of WordPress, and just dumping them in a post sometimes doesn’t work (depends on the post and the type of photograph), so I’m really looking forward to playing around this new app.

The next few weeks are looking chaotic, but I’m on fire. I’m finally starting to feel that Tiger Blood the Whole30 was talking about, so I’m really looking forward to being busy.

I’m also in a good place at the moment. I’m feeling happy and chilled, despite stressful stuff going on. I think doing this health plan, and doing the KonMari method is helping me sort out my mind (even if I’m going painfully slow with my de-cluttering!). I am now thinking about joining a 30 Days of Yoga Challenge, but I think I need to zen my home a bit more first.

Can’t stop. Won’t stop. Right?