This WIAW showcases a transition during the second week of my elimination. I decided to stick it out for three weeks of no grains, dairy, or soy, to see if any of these might be the culprit of some health issues I’d been experiencing on and off. Like last week, it didn’t mean I wasn’t able to enjoy lots of delicious food, with a little creativity and planning ahead. I’m used to being extra careful, after all! However, one thing changed toward the middle of the second week. I started to be ravenous all the time. For no particular reason. In fact, last week I only ran three days, with lower mileage than the rest of the month. I’m not sure if the elimination did something to my metabolism, but this usually filling breakfast of a microwave pumpkin scone and a huge dollop (maybe 5-6 spoonfuls) of sunflower seed butter only stayed me for an hour on Friday!
I followed it up with an apple, a few more spoonfuls of sunflower butter, and some veggie chips. I then proceeded to eat my previously prepared lunch of some quinoa salad and chicken breast, along with baby carrots and hummus, by 11am.
Around 1pm, I went to meet my friend Kaitlin for a little lunch break walk, and she gave me some scrumptious-looking dark chocolate edamame that I plan on digging into come the weekend when my elimination is over (soy is the first thing to add back in).
The afternoon was filled with various little snacks, including a pear, a bag of Plentil chips, a Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar, and another apple and a squeeze packet of peanut butter. Some pictured here. One thing I’ve been doing more during this elimination is eating more packaged snack foods, which is the weirdest thing, since I thought it would be the opposite – but when I’m at work, I can’t necessarily scramble myself more eggs or eat a chicken breast when hunger strikes. Normally I reach for a yogurt, now it’s one of the other snacks, and that’s something I would rather not get in the habit of.
I wound up having breakfast for dinner at the Green Kitchen. A lox and onion omelet with a pile of home fries, and I was so hungry by the time I dug in that I actually cleaned my plate. I usually clean my plate every time I go out to eat, but home fries are the exception – I usually don’t finish them because they give you so much, and because after I ran my first half marathon without any fuel before or during, I went to a diner and ate a giant bowl of home fries and got sick, so I tend to be more careful now. All bets were off this week!
For dessert, some So Delicious coconut milk ice cream and more spoonfuls of sunflower seed butter. Honestly, I think about a third of my calories are coming from sunflower seed or peanut butter…
Favorite meal this week?
If you eliminated these food groups, what would you miss most?
Any tips on curbing hunger other than nut butter (or avocados, which I’m allergic to)?
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