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21 Mar, 2018

Whole 30: Day 21 update

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Recipes and Food

I am weary today, but I blame the pre-dawn wakeups I’ve had these last two days. First, I was up early yesterday to bring the youngest to take her G1. (Yes, really!) Surprisingly, there aren’t that many places in Ottawa to do a driver’s test. I wanted to beat the crowd so we motored out to Walkley Road and got there just after opening, at 7 a.m. Thankfully, there were only two people ahead of us and it didn’t take long to get ‘er done. Oh, you’d better watch out world, because the kiddo is about to take the car out for a spin… with her dad, of course. Egads.

It was Piper who woke me up this morning, the third child in our family. I’m not sure what was up but sometimes she comes upstairs to sleep in our room. SO, yes, I am a little tired today.

The thing that made the early wake-up a bit more bearable was the thought of the espresso I was about to enjoy. The espresso shot is growing on me and I didn’t think it would. I sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top. It’s a lovely smell and cuts a bit of the bitterness, thus making it ALMOST OK.

I made myself a good breakfast: fried egg, homemade pork sausage patty, sautéed asparagus and baby spinach, and strawberries. It filled a dinner plate! How could people believe that this is a diet of deprivation? My plate was overflowing with good food and my belly was full afterward too.

This was my lunch today:

Whole 30 day 21

It’s leftover roast pork (I accidentally bought a French-style roast pork – true story – and didn’t know how to cook it up but it was excellent!) with roasted spicy cauliflower and a Whole 30-compliant Caesar salad. It was delicious.

I am certainly enjoying the bounty of foods!

Two things are bugging me a little. (1) Moving forward, when this is over, I’d like to eat less meat, not more meat. I am a now a fan of eating bigger meals at breakfast, meals that include protein, but I’m not sure how I’ll swing it. It can’t be good to eat bacon every day and eggs get boring after awhile. (2) I’ve been eating a LOT more imported produce, which I’ve been enjoying but at the same time, I don’t love it. Usually we limit our purchases of imported fruit and veg (not including bananas and oranges, which we have regularly around here) but it’s gone out the window this month. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so many strawberries and raspberries in the middle of winter before. Sigh.

Would Whole 30 be easier in the summer? Yes and no. It’d be lovely to shop at the Farmers’ Market for seasonal produce to whip up at home, that’s for sure, but I think I’d REALLY miss having a beer on the back porch or an after-dinner trip for gelato. It’s almost easier to do a Whole 30 in the off-season. Does that make sense?

Anyway, I am hanging in – feeling ok, doing ok – and there haven’t been any food-related slips on my part. Only nine more days to go! I can’t believe we’ve made it this far.


2 Responses to "Whole 30: Day 21 update"

1 | Claudette

March 22nd, 2018 at 11:17 am


The protein at breakfast is a challenge for me too. My husband loves his meat at ever meal but it’s too much for me.

When I was on the Candida diet (which is similar to Whole30) I went here for breakfast inspirations:


Here is how I manage now when I get tired of eggs:

-greek yogurt with seeds and nuts, berries
– oats with berries (or raw oats sprinkled on greek yogurt)
-quinoa porridge (which isn’t my favorite but will do if I’m really tired of the other options)
-left-over turkey balls from a previous meal (probably dinner)
-salmon salad (canned from fresh)
-smoked salmon (a special treat)

2 | andrea tomkins

March 23rd, 2018 at 1:47 pm


Great suggestions! Thank you Claudette. There are some good lookin’ recipes there. At this point I’m not sure how I’ll deal with breakfasts after the Whole 30 is over. Maybe it’ll be a combination of my old fave: granola/AllBran/plain yogurt/berries with some protein. Maybe egg and veg too? That sounds like a lot of food, doesn’t it? Maybe I’ll break it up into two mini meals? Sigh. We’ll see!

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