Whole30: Day 13 Recap

From August 1 through August 23, I’m documenting my Whole30, including the when, what, where, and how much of my sleep, activity, food, and mood. Read about why I’m doing the Whole30 right here. Not familiar with the Whole30? Learn all about it here and get extra help with the Whole30 Daily.

Whole30: Day 13

High point of the day: Gastronomista likes Well Fed!

Low point of the day: Cupcaking on my deadlifts and overhead press.

(When I was typing “Low point,” I accidentally typed “Love point.” Since that seems awesome, I thought I should say that my “Love point of the day” was when Dave put a note on his calender to make lunch for me tomorrow so I can have a long, uninterrupted writing day. That is thoughtfulness extraordinaire, and I appreciate it a billion percent.)

8.5 hours — 10:30 to 7:00

Strength training: It was pretty freakin’ lame; you can read all about it here.

Meditation: Jack Kornfield sitting practice before bed

I’ve found my appetite is less ravenous, and I feel better if I eat in a 11-hour window — usually between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. so I can stop eating about 2-3 hours before going to bed — and don’t snack between meals or before bed. Because I’m dealing with my thyroid experiment, I’m measuring and tracking my food right now. I aim for 40% fat, 30% protein, 30% carbs.

Breakfast, 9:30 a.m.
1 1/2 cups stupid-simple butternut squash soup (recipe testing!)
4 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast + 1 cup broccoli + 1 cup cauliflower + 1 teaspoon coconut oil + Ras el Hanout

Lunch, 3:00 p.m. — Central Market Cafe
hamburger, no bun + 1 strip bacon + roasted hatch chiles
side salad w/ lemon vinaigrette
1/2 cup blackberries

Dinner, 7:30 p.m.
Thai red curry: 4 ounces boneless, skinless chicken thighs + 1/4 cup coconut milk + red curry paste + 1 cup eggplant + 1 cup green beans served over 1 cup spaghetti squash
1 cup watermelon

The morning was stressful, the afternoon was somewhat peaceful. I felt like I spent most of the day trying to rally my resources for what’s going to be a long day of writing for Day 14.

Photo of the Day
This globe sits on a cabinet in our living room that holds the cookbooks I reference most often: Cook’s Illustrated volumes, Julia Child, and some weapon-like international cookbooks. Between the cookbooks and the globe, I have all I need to daydream about foreign lands… and to secretly plan when we’ll return to Prague.

Song of the Day
F**k You, Cee Lo Green
It’s a guilty pleasure song, for sure. You want to know the worst of it? I feel in love with it first when Gwyneth Paltrow sang it on Glee. So this video brings it all together in its pop-tastic, oh-crap-they’re-going-to-revoke-my-punk-rock-membership-card glory.

How was your Day 13?

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  • Meghan E. says:

    Your day 13 was my day 2. I’m a little late to the game this go around. Day 3 should be no sweat. Say a little prayer for me on day 4 and 5. 😉 Glad to hear your thyroid is starting to play nice again!! 🙂

  • Christina K. says:

    That video is 20 kinds of awful and awesome at the same time.

    Don’t fret over a bad strength day, they happen. Keep on keepin’ on.

  • Casey says:

    Mel, how do you have one strip of bacon? Do you just cook that one strip by itself, or do you cook a mess of bacon during your cookup and reheat?
    I would love to have bacon in small doses but I generally feel the pressure to cook the entire package in two days – and eat it all in those two days too!

    • Mel says:

      The bacon referenced above was in a restaurant, so that’s how I managed that 😉

      But yeah, at home, I usually only make 1 or 2 strips at a time. There’s no magic involved; I just do it that way.

  • Allison says:

    I just have to mention how much I LOVE the Whole 30 daily that you helped create. I have tried to complete a clean 30 numerous times. I love the information, support, smiles….and I will forgo any craving to be able to push the button at the end of my day and enjoy a new humorous video. LOVE IT!!! THANK-YOU.

    • Mel says:

      Oh, yay! I’m so glad you’re finding those emails helpful. Credit has to go to Melissa H. and her team for generating so much kickass content. But I’m glad to take credit for the funny videos because the reward content was one of my assignments 😉

  • Candice says:

    swapped almond milk for full fat coconut milk…getting whole 30’dified.

  • Jared says:

    I totally agree with you when it comes to eating in a ‘window’ of time. I do the same and it gives me the best results, I don’t feel as hungry when training and I can manage my weight much better