Tub on the Run


Surviving BBQs and balsamic vinegar: Whole30 Days 15 to 19

It’s all downhill from here!  Not that it has felt like too much of a struggle if I am honest.

Day 15

Half way baby!  In the midst of BBQ waftings and far too much cake, I have survived to the halfway point.  It hasn’t been a terribly newsworthy day with the exception that I realised I am allergic to fresh pineapple.

As the BBQ permeated the office, I felt quite smug as I tucked into my salad followed by a pot of fresh pineapple.  As I got towards the end of my pot, my mouth had gone all tingly and my tongue had started to swell.  It wasn’t really bad, but it was quite uncomfortable.  I’ve never really noticed it before when I’ve eaten pineapple.

Sad times.  I guess I’ll have to go back to my trusty mango instead.

Day 16

I am sooooooo bored of balsamic vinegar being on my salad.  I am also feel like breakfast is a bit lacking in creativity so I will be putting my thinking cap on for next week’s breakfast.

I’m still having some tummy troubles, which I suspect is just a clear out (nice!) and will settle back down soon.

Day 17

All is forgiven, balsamic vinegar!  I didn’t put any on my salad today, and wished I had.  You can’t please some people!  I had some good post today – Well Fed 2 but Melissa Joulwan arrived today.  I love leafing through a new recipe book looking for inspiration.  It is quite similar in parts to Nom Nom Paleo (or NNP is close to Well Fed 2, I think WF2 was first).  I have missed a bit of spice in our meals so I have a couple of recipes earmarked for the weekend’s cook up.

Day 18

I have had a really nice day, relaxing doing some cross stitch.  I had originally planned to do some work, but my brain just didn’t want to play.  It was great to pick up something that was quite mindless and just be quiet.

Cross Stitch

We had a cooked breakfast which was fab and saw us through to tea time without any thought for lunch.  Tea was the final cottage pie, which was the last meal of my mass cooking session two weeks ago.

Day 19

I’ve been a busy bee with some work this morning.  I could have killed for a cup of tea or even a black coffee (I take my coffee with two sugars).  I guess it’s just a habit thing.  I am missing tea every now and then.  This afternoon has been all about cooking.  I even managed not to make a huge mess in the kitchen like I normally do!

West African Stew Tub on the Run

The pork is in the slow cooker to make pulled pork.  Cincinnati chilli is currently on the hob simmering away.  Taj Mahal Chicken and West African Stew (all from Well Fed 2) are currently cooling down in their boxes, ready to go in the freezer, and I have meatballs from Nom Nom Paleo left to make.   As something new to try for breakfast, I have made little eggy muffins.

Breakfast Muffins

They have smoked bacon, diced onion, yellow pepper and salt and black pepper in them.  I wasn’t expecting the back ones to get quite so big.  I think I used about 5 eggs.

All in all, I’m still feeling good, not the “tiger blood” (cringe) stage, but consistently good.  My sleep is sound, though I rarely have a problem with my sleep, and when I do, I know what’s caused it.  I’m less bloated, and I feel like I am cracking this sugar thing.  I haven’t craved anything other than tea over the last few days.


Nearly half way through #Whole30 – Days 12 to 14

Hurtling towards the mid-point of the Whole 30 now!

Day 12

Apparently Day 11 is meant to be the worst day, and the day that most people fall off the Whole30 bandwagon according to the Whole 30’s website.  I have to admit, I didn’t find Day 11 as bad as today.  I just wanted sweet food.  Not just some sweet food, but buckets of it.  Instead, I attempted some yoga.  I really like the Ekhart Yoga series on YouTube, and found the full website.  It is a paid subscription, but there are quite a few free videos there, so I started with the beginner video of standing poses.

Unfortunately I can’t get the video embedded in the blog, but this is the link, and this is part of the video:

The yoga helped to distract from the sweet cravings, and I quite enjoyed the basics.  In addition to yoga and Whole 30, I have also spent a lot of the day reading up on a paleo diet.  It’s made for interesting reading.

Day 13

Matt is suffering a bit with cravings today, though I haven’t been too bad.  Our lunches haven’t been well planned and that has been a bit stressful.  I don’t like all salad leaves and our Tesco has only stocked the ones I don’t like.  Otherwise, it’s been quite a non-eventful day.

Day 14

Woo!  Nearly half way!  I continue to feel better.  Despite the ridiculous amount of cake that we currently have in the office, I feel good.  Ordinarily, at times like this, I would be rewarding myself each time I got out of my seat with a cake or doughnut (I know, I know, this is why I am the size I am!).  I would be okay until I had the first bite, but after that, it would just be sugary carnage.  But let me explain, that first bite would have been calling my name, crying out to me from the time I got to work to the time I indulged.  Right now, they’re not even speaking to me.

I am feeling a little restricted if I am not prepared for the day.  It is surprising how much stuff is added to food when you start reading the labels, including (very sadly) some Nakd bars.  I’ve found another one that isn’t Whole 30 friendly today.  Luckily, I stopped myself before I actually look a bite this time.

While I am feeling restricted in some areas, I am generally feeling very good, sleeping well, no energy slumps, and now I am just waiting for my skin to realise we’re on  a roll here and improve too.  I’m also really looking forward to meal planning the next two weeks.  This weekend coming will see me in the kitchen, creating 5 different evening meals for us to freeze and tap in to over the next couple of weeks.

The only other thing that has happened that has been a bit odd was that I had a dream about KFC.  In my dream, Matt and I had just gone a KFC binge and I just recall feeling so mad at myself for not completing the Whole 30.  That I couldn’t be good to myself for one whole month.  In all honesty, that feeling is so real that it is keeping me going and driving me to stay on the grain-wheat-dairy-sugar free streak.


#Whole30 Update – Days 9 to 11

Generally speaking, I have found the last few days challenging.  I’m trying very hard not to go down the comparison route, but I’m not feeling the “OMG THIS IS AMAZING” benefits of Whole 30 yet.  That’s not to say that I won’t (or might not), but I am grumbly.

Day 9

This is the day that we shall call “The Day of Unrelenting Cravings”.  I’m wondering if my unconscious has finally caught up and is now in a realm of self-sabotage.  Thankfully, my overriding thought is that I am nearly a third of the way there.  Of course, this thought itself is surrounded by wafty images of sweet things and carbs.  The thing is that while I want something sweet, I have twigged that I don’t actually need anything sweet.  However, my observation of evening TV at the moment is that there is a huge amount of food advertised.  I don’t think I have ever really noticed before.  From Kinder egg bar things to Maggi seasonings, there’s all manner of processed crap being thrown about on the screen.  Needless to say, this has not helped my mood particularly.

Day 10

This passed with no noteworthy points to be honest.  We had meatballs from Nom Nom Paleo and they were good.  I am glad that I have batch cooked so much, as the urge to give in to a takeaway has been strong these past couple of nights.

Day 11

Woo!  I’m over a third of the way in!  I have noticed a marked drop in my salad eating and a sharp rise in my nut consumption.  I’ve swapped Cadbury’s for cashews it seems.  I am also wondering whether my love for cashews is beginning to cause my tummy to be upset, as for the last couple of days things haven’t been right.  It’s time to up the veggies and drop the nuts again.  Matt and I went to a wedding reception this evening.  I will admit, I was dreading the food aspect of it all.  We made sure to have tea before we went out (cauliflower mash and pork and leek sausages), which definitely helped to stave off any “feed me” feelings.  Little did we know that it was a BBQ, which was made with proper meats (rather than processed rubbish).  I didn’t indulge though – while they looked and smelt amazing, I wasn’t actually hungry.

I’m really hoping that this mopey, miserable and cantankerous stage passes soon, as I am getting a bit bored of being grotty.  My skin is also still breaking out and crappy (though it could be normal hormonal stuff).  The food is still good and tasty though!  Silver linings and all that!


#Whole30 Days 5 to 8 – From ‘Kill all the things’ to ‘Eat all the things’

On reflection from my weekend post, I decided that updating this once a week would make it too big a post, so I think I am going to update in 3 or 4 days chunks.  The quick part is that I am really enjoying the food so far – it’s forced me to think a bit more creatively instead of something and pasta/rice.  Yes, there is life beyond pasta, who knew!

Day 5

I woke up tired.  I felt that, despite 7 hours of sound sleep, I hadn’t actually slept.  I decided to sleep in and got up at 9am feeling marginally more refreshed.  I oscillated between grumpy, tired and motivated quite regularly until about mid-morning, at which point, the motivation took over and I just got on with it.

Whole30 Cottage Pie Ingredients

I had a really good day actually.  I cooked up all of my supplies that I bought yesterday, and froze the meals for our evening dinners for work nights for the next two weeks.  It was great to have them stacked up and cooling on the side.  I had a real sense of achievement.  It sounds silly I know, but it was time well spent.  And feedback in the meat ball tests was very much a thumbs up affair!

Generally though, as the day progressed, I felt good, I felt productive.  The only other thing I am feeling is blocked up (so to speak).

Day 6

I slept terribly.  I may have slept for about 3 hours.  I doubt it is Whole 30 related, as there was a task this morning that I was dreading.  As a result, I was grumping like a teenager in a full blown adolescent strop for the first part of the morning.  One thing I have noticed though is that while my fuse is short, the recovery period afterwards isn’t quite so bad.  Ordinarily I would blow up and it would fester for a bit.  Not so at the moment.

I also feel like I have been starting to notice the difference between emotional “hungry” and proper food hungry.  I know this is a small drop in the ocean in tackling this particular problem, but it is a good place to start learning this.

I feel like I have a bit more energy, despite waking up in a zombified state, but I was getting tired around 9:30pm.

Today was my favourite meal so far – slow cooked pork with sweet potato wedges with a tomato, mushroom and onion sauce.  It was amazing!  The pork was in the slow cooker for about 18 hours (the slow cooker of which was kindly turned off by my dad as we forgot to turn it off in the morning).  The food is really tasty!  Thanks Nom Nom Paleo for the recipe!


Day 7

Urgh, I can’t shake this zombified state in the monring.  I’m not what you would call a morning person anyway, but it’s worse at the moment.

My food didn’t get off to the best start.  Matt kindly nipped to Tesco to get me a Nakd bar, and came back bearing a Nakd Coco Crunch bar.  I popped it in my handbag, ready to eat at work and thought nothing more of it.  Once at my desk, I opened the bar, and as I took the first bite, I happened to look at the ingredients list.  Soya crunchy bits.  Nooooo 😦 Soya isn’t allowed on the Whole30, so I turned in to “one of those people” and spit my bite back out and sadly put the (very tasty) bar in the bin.  On one hand, I’m impressed that I had the willpower to do it.  On the other, I mourned the loss of a tasty breakfast.

It was another salad for lunch (prawn this time), and another incredibly delicious meal from Nom Nom Paleo for tea.  I prepped “Fiona’s Green Chicken” last night, and popped it in the oven today.  It was so aromatic and tasted as good as it smelt.

A realised that a week has passed, and I have felt good and eaten well.  I haven’t experienced the sugar withdrawal symptoms as badly as I thought I would, and I don’t really feel like I’m on a diet.  It’s not like Slimming World where I have to be mindful of what I am eating and counting the “syns” in my food.  I’m eating good, clean (i.e. unprocessed) food that is pleasurable.  That said, I could have slipped up today.  I’d become a bit bored and passed some sweets, and ordinarily I would indulge, and for a short synapse firing period of time, it crossed my mind to just pick one up.  Then I remembered that I wasn’t hungry and didn’t need anything.

Day 8

Most of the day I have been fine, food wise.  I didn’t have lunch until 3pm, and I didn’t feel too bad for it.  However, this evening, I finished my tea and suddenly wanted ALL THE SWEET THINGS!  A handful of nuts helped, but it took probably about 15 minutes to subside.  Tea was Paleo Shepherd’s Pie (which as all good English people know, was actually cottage pie, as it was beef mince).

Paleo Cottage Pie

I am going to have to find something else other than sweet potatoes to have with my meals though, otherwise there is a strong risk of me turning orange!

I suppose my final observation is that my skin isn’t getting much better.  The spots are breaking out quite a bit (as I was advised they might do) and my dandruff has become a little worse.  It’s not all rainbows and unicorns 🙂


Whole 30 Days 1 to 4 round up

For the fear of bombarding the internet with rambly update posts about Whole 30, I have decided to write a little bit about my week each day and post it on the weekends.

Day 1

It wasn’t too bad at all, despite some exceptionally poor planning on my part.  I weighed in, measured myself, and then inflicted the same upon Matt.  Matt is loosely following this with me, but not to the letter.  I made it very clear to him that I am doing this for me, and if he wants to add some pasta/rice/bread/dairy/whatever in, then he is very welcome to.

The food today was dull (see: poor planning), but a quick trip to Tesco sorted us out for the next couple of days.  In myself, I don’t feel any different, but it has only been one day.  I’ve battled a headache for most of the day, but I think it is too early to be blaming it on a sugar withdrawal.

Today’s food was a Nakd bar for breakfast coupled with some nuts (I turfed out the Brazils though… blurgh!).  Lunch was an egg with some leaves and balsamic vinegar, and tea was chilli coated chicken with sweet potato and a side salad.

Day 2

Right now, I am thinking “what’s the fuss about?”.  Breakfast was a hard boiled egg and some cherry tomatoes, lunch was chicken salad, and tea was homemade burgers (possibly the best I have ever made) with sweet potato chips and a side salad.  I have had another headache today, but then the weather has changed quite a bit and I occasionally get pressure headaches.  I slept amazingly last night, but again, it could be because it was cooler.

One thing that I have found irritating today has been the response of someone at work.  They don’t approve of the Whole 30, despite never having heard about it before.  It is doomed.  Plus, don’t I know that it takes 66 days to form a new habit?  I had to bite my tongue if I am honest.  Ultimately, this is my choice, an informed choice at that, and I want to do something positive for my body.  If this helps, even just a little, I will have achieved what I wanted.

On a happier note, Nom Nom Paleo arrived in the post today, so I am about to sit down and work out what next week’s food is going to be.  Goodness knows I need the inspiration!

Nom Nom Paleo Tub on the Run

Day 3

Something delightful to report…  My dandruff that I thought was clearing nicely is back.  I am not the happiest bunny in the world.  I am also feeling tired today despite sleeping well last night.  Yes, it is Friday, but this hasn’t been a particularly difficult or stressful week, so I think it is more “blurgh” feeling.  I’m tres articulate, I know.  I am feeling a bit cranky and hungry.  Food has been uninspiring – egg, more salad, chicken kebabs with sweet potato.  Roll on tomorrow when I can get out shopping and get something interesting together!  I haven’t had a headache today though, so small mercies 🙂

Day 4

I woke up really tired and promptly decided I was going to go back to sleep again.  I slept soundly both times though.  When I dragged my carcass out of bed it’s probably a good thing that Matt had already escaped to the living room, as I felt grumpy.  Proper got out of the wrong side of the bed grumps.  According to the Whole 30 founders, it seems that days 4 and 5 are “kill all the things” kind of days.

I am pleased to say that the bad mood wore off relatively quickly, probably around the same time that I smelt breakfast cooking.  Matt had nipped to the butchers and got some of their sausages and bacon.  Bacon seems a bit of a controversial meat on the Whole 30, but I think our local butchers sell compliant bacon.  The sausages are 100% meat, no crap.  It was a great breakfast!

Matt went to see his mum today, so I was left to potter around to my heart’s content.  There were some chores that I never look forward to, like changing the cat litter.  Usually I procrastinate (oh look… Tank wants fussing, let’s amuse the cat), but this time, I just got on with it.  I can’t tell you how unusual that is for me, I normally have to nag myself into doing something.  I feel like it has just been a little bit easier to get on with the mundane today.

I took a few minutes to compose a shopping list and then headed out to our local whole food/natural shop.  I picked up most of my produce in one, but needed coconut flour from another.  My mind blows a little bit in these shops with all the weird and wonderful products that they sell.  In the second shop, I had a lovely neck and shoulder massage – gotta love a little bit of random!  I left feeling like I was walking on fluffy clouds, but quickly realised that, alas, the fluffy clouds were raining quite heavily outside.

A trip to the butcher and the greengrocers followed, and approximately 10kgs of weight was then hauled back up the three flights of stairs to our flat.  We’re all set for a cook off tomorrow!

I crashed a little bit at about 5pm and almost snoozed off, but I fed the cats instead, then cracked on with tea.

All in all, I don’t feel too bad, though I would like a hot chocolate, some chewing gum or Coke Zero/Diet Coke.  I’m not really craving anything except for those three things.



Whole 30 Day 1 Down

I have absolutely no intention of posting daily about this.  I think my recent attempt at Juneathon has proved that I am not really cut out for blogging each day.  However, in the interests of monitoring progress, I think it would be good to share where I am today.  I’ve taken my measurements and my weight and taken a couple of photos of my skin.  And here I am, in all my lycra clad, spotty glory!

Tub on the Run Whole 30 Day 1

My skin actually isn’t too bad at the moment, but I have a couple of bad spots along my jawline that are quite painful.  I also have some residual dandruff from a severe bout of stress a few weeks ago.

Day one didn’t really get off to the best start.  I was a bit unprepared, but managed to cobble something together quickly.  While it was adequate, it wasn’t exactly inspiring.  We stopped at Tesco this evening to pick up a couple of things to tide us over until the weekend when I can cook properly with a bit more thought and inspiration.

In terms of how I have felt, I’ve had a stinking headache most of the day.  I am unsure whether it is a withdrawal from sugar that is the problem, or whether it is tight shoulders that are radiating up my neck.  I’ve spent quite a large part of the week so far hunched over my desk.  It does seem a bit early to be suffering from any sugar withdrawal issues.

Tomorrow looks to be a better day for food.  I have prepared breakfast (kind of), lunch and dinner, and have the following day’s meals planned too.