Day 2, Whole30

October 14, 2015

Food With No Brakes…..

That’s what they call it in the Whole30 book. Weight Watchers calls them Trigger Foods. I call them all sorts of things that I won’t repeat here on the blog. I’ve learned that I have several trigger foods and it’s best if I just don’t keep any of them in my house.

I left my house just before 10:00 yesterday morning, and I forgot to take my packed meal to eat while working at the food truck. I ate pork at the food truck, which was “whole30 compliant”, along with a few cucumber slices. No problem. After working, I stopped in Whole Foods to search for a few items. As I passed by the “protein bar” isle, I remembered reading that the Larabar’s are Whole30 compliant. Well, some of them anyhow. I stopped and read labels, and found one that had all of the ingredients in it that I could eat, and none of the ingredients in it that I couldn’t eat. I bought it. It was Pumpkin. I love Pumpkin everything and I was overly excited.

Oh…really quick, while working at the Food Truck, there were other food trucks at the event, and we all like to share food with one another. One of the trucks brought us over this pizza and meatball sandwich, and while my co-workers munched on and sampled this, I didn’t even think about taking a bite, but I am wondering if it stirred up an appetite and had anything to do with what I am about to tell you…..


Practically before I had my car door closed in the parking lot of the Whole Foods, I was ripping into the Pumpkin Larabar to see if I liked it. I did! I liked it a lot! The problem is, it made me want a second one! I could have eaten three of four. This tasted like a candy bar to me.

You’re not supposed to snack on the Whole30, even if it is an approved food. The idea is to eat meals, not snacks. Although this particular bar is Whole30 compliant, but really only recommended for an emergency, (travel, long work day, etc.) and NOT recommended as a snack, I won’t be eating it again anytime soon. It was a total trigger food for me, and I just wanted more. I came home and ate more “approved food”.

So, on day 2, I learned that just because the program will allow a certain food, it may actually be a trigger food for me, or a Food With No Brakes, and I just can’t allow myself to have it. Knowing that about myself is a good thing.

The plan is really designed to eat three meals a day. If you are the kind of person that prefers four smaller meals a day, then that is fine too. The idea is to not snack.

While cooking dinner, I found myself snacking on the walnuts that were going into the recipe that I was making for dinner. I may discover that nuts are enough of a trigger food, that having them around isn’t such a great idea either. We’ll see how the next few days go.

Dinner was right out of the Whole30 book and was great, but not the best picture.


I ate only food that was allowed on the plan yesterday, but I feel like I ate too much food.

Okay, that’s a wrap up of day 2. I ate everything on plan, just maybe too much food.

The rest of the day was great!

I mowed after working, I cooked, I did laundry, the weather was gorgeous. and again, I ate some really yummy food!

Here are yesterday’s eats…..



Homemade Pork Sausage (the recipe is in the Whole30 book and super easy.) Veggie Egg White Omelet topped with Smashed Avocado and raspberries. (one piece of sausage would have been plenty!)




Pork and Cucumber Slices



Small Meal? (I’m not calling it a snack!)

This Larabar….



It was tiny, and too damned good.



Apple slices, Strawberries, Celery and Almond Butter




This was a recipe right out of the Whole30 book, and while this is a terrible picture, I thought it tasted really good. It’s a hash with Chicken Thighs (which I love), Shredded Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Spinach, Walnuts and Apple Juice. I also roasted cauliflower.



Exercise = mowed and yard work


This is What I Will Accomplish in 2015

I will choose one occasion per month for Social Drinking (um..this is a work in progress)

I will go no more than two days in a row without exercise. (I’ve done “two a day’s” to make up)

I will track every single day of the entire year. (I’ve only NOT tracked a few weekends this year.)

I will not be tracking my food while doing the Whole30.

I will run in a minimum of six 5K’s. Four down, two to go!



“love the life you live, live the life you love”