After my unsuccessful attempt at preparing ratatouille last week, I haven’t really been focused on meal prep as much as I should be. First, I traveled back home to Buffalo last weekend, and I struggle to maintain this strict elimination/detox diet when away from my kitchen for an entire day, let alone three. It’s not that I give in and eat the foods I’m supposed to avoid, but instead I find myself skipping meals and not hitting my targets for the day…
Secondly, this is one of the busiest times in the school year for student recruiting, and I’ve spent the last four days/nights on the phone with eighth grade families. At the end of the day, I have zero interest in doing anything other than steaming some broccoli and counting down to my next follow up appointment (42 days).
Third, I am experiencing brain fog (is there a better word?) like I never have before. I forget what I am saying mid-sentence, cannot remember what I ate throughout the day in order to record it on my food journals (hence why I’m five days behind), and even forgot about a meeting today at work. The nutritionist told me this was a normal side effect of the elevated candida levels, but still, it’s driving me insane.
Regardless, I still have to eat! I’ve instead been focused on easier, faster meals with the intention to sustain me throughout my long days of parent phone calls and recruiting events.
For example, I had to work from 7:30am – 8:30pm yesterday, so instead of relying on my shake for breakfast, I saved it for the afternoon and ate this “nut porridge” instead. It basically is a combination of four different “servings” of nuts and seeds ground into a fine powder. I then added boiling water, and it takes the consistency of oatmeal or cream of wheat. I added cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, a few strawberries and a little full-fat coconut milk to round out the dish. This is a very filling meal, but it contains a lot of fat for so early in the morning, and I usually get a stomachache right after eating it. Also, there are zero servings of protein (according to my diet) in the meal, making it difficult to hit my targets by the end of the day.
When I got home, Zack had “Tempeh Pasta Sauce over Spaghetti Squash” by Eating Bird Food ready! It was DELICIOUS. Like, went back for thirds delicious. This will be a staple of my diet for the rest of time. Even Zack loved it, and he doesn’t prefer spaghetti squash or tempeh…so good.
I also broke into my new unsweetened vanilla coconut milk yogurt (So Delicious brand, found it at Wegmans back home) after dinner and it was a refreshing change
compared to the monotony of my meals lately. I decided to pack a yogurt parfait for my mid-morning snack today: unsweetened vanilla coconut milk yogurt, hemp seeds, cashew butter, pomegranate powder, blueberries. Mix, eat. It was great, but unfortunately didn’t sustain me until lunch as I had hoped. Problem one, I cannot think of a way to add protein into this snack (maybe it’s the brain fog…). Problem two, the cashew butter was very thick and did not mix into the yogurt, leaving a relatively unappealing blob. Yum!
Finally, today was an egg day! As of my last nutrition appointment, I can only eat eggs once every four days. Going from eating eggs daily on this diet to occasionally has been pretty tough, but it honestly makes eggs taste better. Even better, Zack makes the best omelettes and promised to make an omelette every four days to make my egg experience EVEN BETTER. Ignore the fact that it was a little dark, this omelette was absolutely delicious: two eggs, peppers, onions, garlic, spinach, cashew cheese, oregano, and a side of salmon? I needed more protein today, don’t judge =)
I hope to get out of my meal prep funk soon: I am still enjoying Dr. Hyman’s new book “Eat Fat, Get Thin” and hope to try some of the recipes, as well as from his “10 Day Detox Diet Cookbook.” Maybe it will get better sometime this week, or in the next 42 days at least…
*PS: I’m not a food blogger or a photographer. Please forgive the sloppy photos!