WHOLE 30 DAY 26 | The Beat Goes On – GM’Oh No!

It is the day after my birthday also known as whole30 day number 26! Woke up this morning feeling pretty excited. Pretty invigorated, knowing that there would be no pancakes and knowing that there will be no syrup. And being excited about that,  knowing that today I wouldn’t be eating something like a corn or rice or wheat,  which has been genetically modified or sustained or developed in order to make money, more so than it is to actually feed people and nourish them. While that may not be the original concept, maybe the original concept was in truth to be able to sustain a growing population with limited resources. However, we have no idea what the long more far-reaching impact our actions, our meddling with the “grand design”.  Of something that appears good today just like the sufi story of-of the old man and the horses running away and his son break in the leg.  There’s no way to know that just because something seems or appears good today it is truly good for us, for mankind that is in the long run, or for the duration.

 

I want to share with you does this image that has haunted me for quite a few years. I was taking a speech course at my local college a couple years back and the young lady gave a presentation on genetically modified foods.

 

While she spoke a lot about her… you know it, to be honest, I don’t remember the whole speech I just know with speech was about. What I do recall is the image that she shared. There were two pieces of corn… feed corn on the cob dried out… they were sitting there and only one of them had been eaten by the squirrels and the animals.  Which of course leaves us with the one that had not been touched.

Well, I don’t know what this means to you but ever since then, gives me a big burning question. Should I eat something that’s been genetically modified? Does it make sense? What does that animal know?  What does that creature know innately that I don’t? Have I lost touch with something that I once knew? Have I lost touch with something that I should inherently know? What… what have I lost touch with?

 

So when I wake up this morn and and I I think for second that I miss our genetically modified week I miss genetically modified rice I miss corn anything genetically modified, I miss refined this I miss refined that,  I think of that corn on the cob, and  it’s pretty easy to make the decision. When I reflect thusly at any rate.

 

While I can’t be certain that any of the food that I ate this morning was non-GMO or any of that I do know that there’s less likelihood of it being genetically modified as a whole as the wheat or the corn or are these “staple” crops.

 

None of this is really doom gloom, I’m just offering an opportunity to take a different perspective on how to approach food,  and what my approach is,  and how I get over the idea that I’m missing something.

 

We’ll start with breakfast : For breakfast this morning we went ahead and had leftover squash with parsnips from dinner last night couple slices of bacon sugar free of course and fried egg with some chili sauce on top of it and it’s that simple that was my breakfast and those were my thoughts as the morning began.

 

You know what’s awesome leftovers, leftovers are awesome!  Today I was able to make crab cakes that I had already made for myself for my birthday dinner so it’s like I had a birthday dinner twice! Except for let’s be honest I had one lunch and one dinner supposed to say I had crab cakes twice within the past 24 hours. I’m a lucky kind of guy!  this is literally like me just popping my head in a window to shout about what just happened cuz that’s just what I had for lunch just now.   

 

In addition to my amazing crab cakes, I was able to whip together yet another batch of date bars today’s date bars are like pina colada with the almond peanut butter topping almond butter topping.  if you check out the recipe that I shared to begin with on these date bars with the cashew butter or almond butter topping and if you actually made them yourselves you may have found Date bar portion to be a little thin.  I did, I found the date portion to be a little thin so I made these much thicker,  and what I found was that they were just seriously just like candy bars really really hit in The Sweet Spot sweet to Sweet area sweet sweet sweet sweet sweet…

 

As we come down the line here not really sure what’s for dinner but I do know that after today it’s only a few days left and again I think there’s going to be some parts of it that I missed quite a bit.  Just the whole process in of itself, the challenge that it is, the food that you have to make or get to make at all those things.  Maybe there are a couple things that I am excited for sure and that’s to make some homemade bread I really miss homemade bread… and maybe a piece of cheese here and there but just like last year I expected this will have a lingering effect on my intake dietary intake throughout the year…


WHOLE 30 DAY 25 | BIRTHDAY!

Day 25 of the new year and the whole 30… I wonder how people are able to blog day in and day out… not gonna lie… while the writing in of itself has been a bit of fun… perhaps the topic, as well as the process, has lost a bit of its novel appeal.  Not to worry!  These aren’t the things we fret upon on the passing of another day, or another birthday, or a whole new year!!!

I have to admit that Liam waking me up this morning and telling me to hurry up so that the family could give me my gifts was certainly a pleasure to wake up to.  Everyone wrote me notes about what they liked about me, and how can that not feel good?  Along with a new mug with recent pictures, always a crowd pleaser =) … being a father is a blast, being a husband is great as well… can it be tricky at times?  Sure, but that’s all part of the fun, how do we navigate best on a crowded dance floor?

We dance.

Ok, Whole 30… I think we have exhausted the following:

Self-mastery aspects

Develop new relationships with food – perhaps rekindle old relationships with foods works here too…

Team building – relationship building works here as well, as Meg decided at last minute to join for support, and we are able to cheer each other on through it.

Setting an example for the children is one that I don’t think has been overly explored.  There is that – it is fun for them to be sad for us when we are not eating things like cupcakes or ice cream.  Or when they are excited that there are only a few more days left before we can eat ice cream as a family.  Entertainment with the children as well. They asked what we were going to have for dinner.  When the response was crab cakes.  They immediately said, “You and mom have crabcakes, Finn & I will have a real cake.”  LOL

Not wanting to let them down, or deprive them of a little cake on my birthday, I told them I would grab some cupcakes at some point while out and about.  However, I was somehow distracted while at the grocery store and forgot to pick em up.  Luckily, I have access to the internet… and was able to find a recipe… crisis averted… Meg was able to supply the icing on the cake =) This leads me to the, what did you find to eat today? section.

Breakfast – we stuck with the sweet potato, fried egg & bacon whole 30 combo.

Morning snack, tahini & date bar bites.

Lunch… Larabars!  I had quite a bit to tend too and making lunch didn’t make it to the top of the list of things that needed to get done.

Dinner – butternut squash & parsnip layered up like ratatouille, topped with a little ghee, salt and pepper.  Served up with some pretty decent paleo crab cakes which called for egg whites and almond flour.  Great, except for to make it a little easier to bind it up, I went ahead and whipped the egg whites into more of a meringue, which worked out lovely… as for the cupcakes I made for the boys… I watched them eat them…

Until tomorrow!

 


Whole 30 Day 19

What is up Community it is indeed day 19!   So how are we feeling today?   today we have certainly an abundance of energy,  and I believe that I was also just simply very well rested.   we’re going to do this in bits and pieces today.   with this section being the morning piece.   outside of the energy,  breakfast was fairly simple,  a couple of scrambled eggs along with some fried potatoes which had a secret seasoning a ranch dusting.   In addition, we also had a little bit of salsa which to me is a game changer,  having that extra bit of flavoring really takes it to the next level and makes you feel like you’re eating food with the rest of the world as opposed to not.

I did take a moment to grab a snack and you may or may not have guessed it but it was a Larabar!  this was not a homemade one, however, I do have some dates now and will be able to make my own again.   this will allow me to dispose of the rather not so great fig nut bars that I made earlier in the week.   we live and we learn!

 

Check it out guys here’s what happens when you get the chunk it out!  I was able to do about 200 words in one session I don’t know maybe I’ll get done just going to get it done I think he needs to be said and be done with it!

 

okay so 4 Let’s see we have plenty of energy and ran out to get a swim in and let me tell you getting that swim in just fired me up really glad that I got that in!   got my butt home and I checked out what had leftover I had some sweet potatoes with apples onions and spices left over I went ahead and added some raisins to that reheated it and I went ahead and added tilapia to it I know you have seen me do it just about every day but I really have enjoyed having that little tilapia fillet for lunch!

 

While it seems to be plenty of extra my head was thinking pretzels or something crunchy and salty I thought for a moment to grab some carrots and salt maybe get that in there but you know what I’m going to go ahead and finish up a little bit!

 

That’s going to go ahead and my lunch session and hey look I’ll get back in here for the evening session and just so you know have it all done and posted for you today Whole 30 day 19… whooo feeling great!

 

Hey hey, we ended the day with some spaghetti… squash… spaghetti squash that is – with some marinara and homemade italian sausage…  simple, quick, easy…

 

Here is the link to the sausage recipe(it called for beef, I used pork, best to let it sit about a day in the fridge for all of the seasonings to truly sink in!)

 

https://www.tastesoflizzyt.com/homemade-italian-sausage-seasoning/

 

Enjoy!

meow!


WHOLE 30 DAY 18

All right Whole30 date 18 how is the tiger blood and it’s it’s great it’s great how can you not want to have toggle blood coursing through your body?  Well listen not literally, because that would be illegal, however it feels good… feels good. One of the things that they say that you’re supposed to feel is some extra sense of clarity some body composition supposed to, who knows?  We definitely feel different I can certainly sense the additional clarity the keener bits of senses probably just my body saying,  “Thanks for treating me well especially after the past eight or nine months of straight up abuse.”

 

Today was going to go ahead with the fact that I’m going to do it like in bits and pieces instead of trying to do my commitment to 500 Words a day or more all-in-one.  Chunk it,  break it out throughout the day. So I got a little bit of snow still on the ground so we are still snow tigers.  Also we ran out of potatoes and the house which was nearly detrimental to The Whole30 going into completion for Meg!  Luckily we were able to head out to the stores the roads were clear enough where I ran out to the store grab some potatoes and a few other sundry items for Meg and  I.  I  got some turkey Franks for the boys and dates and some nuts.

 

We are certainly keeping it rolling now we are down 18 days only got 12 days left this is certainly the downhill slope hopefully it’s not the downward spiral.  Today for breakfast is reheated up some sweet potatoes with apples and onions that we had for dinner last night tossed with the spices you have seen that a couple times on the blog maybe haven’t. The other spices are simply just a little bit of chili powder cumin and maybe a little extra paprika and some cayenne.   All set up with some egg just tossed it up with some plain egg and breakfast.   For lunch, we did it up with some brussel sprouts and some grapes. Today I took a little bit the homemade smoked pork loin and through some of that in there with to add some elments of smoky flavor.  

 

In addition to that, we also grab some Larabars from the grocery store to replace and replenish some that my boys ate up at our neighbor’s house and not going to lie here I had about think 3,  3 Larabars as I chuckle to myself…

 

The plan for this evening will be slightly more exotic I’ve already set up our Italian sausage sweet Italian sausage for some spaghetti squash or zoodles this evening along with some store-bought the sugar-free marinara sauce and we’re looking to have that for dinner.

 

Just keeping with it though the deal is I’m certainly feeling better I feel great to sleep it’s been fine, I’ve got a ton of energy. It can get a little frustrating or confusing as to when you’re deciding what to eat when to eat, especially when you’re so used to all the grab-bag snacks that you’ve had before.   Again what is cool is learning about all the other types of snacks and options that are available such as the Larabars making the date bars making the homemade sausage and that sort of thing.

 

It is most certainly all about the journey and the process versus the destination all in all. For what it’s worth I am I think I’m down 3 or 4 lb and Meg is down 11 pounds she’s combining her macro counting with The Whole30 and it is just tearing tearing off it’s amazing what’s happening with her and what she’s doing really proud of her and excited for when you’re what we’re doing!

 

As always if you have a whole 30 story I would love to hear about it or even if you got a cleanse ritual I’d love to hear about that. Just it’s always interesting to see what people are doing to keep themselves motivated clean and healthy


WHOLE 30 DAY 17 | SNOW TIGER

Rawr!  Well, that is what a tiger sounds like right?  Pretend like you know me, and maybe you do, this is exactly the sound I would make, as a tiger… don’t be scairt…

So we woke up to day 17 with full knowledge that the cubs (tiger kids, our tiger kids) would be home today… because there may be snow… may… come on man… I get it, no infrastructure etc, but let a snowflake fall!  Although, I hear all kinds of horror stories of people being stuck for hours after just a small snowfall… and the story of how one time it took the bus’s four hours or so to get children home… and I have to remind myself that it’s for their safety and whatnot… at any rate, the boys were home, and no one got out to the gym today… not cool if you have tiger blood…

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All I am saying is that I have a lot of energy and need to get some out, the 10-minute ab thing could have been done earlier in the day… and to be quite honest… I could have done it 2x or 3x and that could have done it… tell you what, when it comes to having patience with your children, tiger blood may gum up the works… if only momentarily!  Tomorrow I will have to do some type of Rocky work out… let’s find a picture that illustrates that…

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Where the f*ck am I gonna find a sled around here… someone who reads this remind me to do this tomorrow… I think the kids combined will weigh as much as Micky…

Now that we have had our fun… we talked a little bit about tiger blood and how you have more energy, you have stronger workouts, you get mallet finger, etc…

Here is what else they say about it:

For others, this Tiger Blood stage feels more like a real sense of self-efficacy. It doesn’t mean things are perfect (or even easy), but you’re proving to yourself that you can do this, things are getting better, and you’re seeing improvements (small or large) almost daily. Your energy is steadier, you’ve got a firmer handle on the cravings, and you’re experimenting with new, delicious foods.  You may notice that your ability to focus is keener, your body composition is changing, your moods are more stable, you’re stepping up your exercise, or you’re just plain happier these days.

A lot of this is true… definitely the sense of self-efficacy… so cool to take this challenge on… it is a challenge… every time I reach for a grape, I see cheese sticks… every time I go to reach for dehydrated apricots there is a bag of pretzels or cheddar popcorn… and don’t think I don’t see you out of the corner of my eyes honey roasted almonds… don’t… just don’t.

Energy steady? Check

New delicious foods? Check

Ability to focus keener? Check! (this is a big win)

Body composition… stable moods… hrmm.. perhaps

Stepping up exercise? Check!

Plain happier?  Sure why not =)

Ok, I am caught up – day 17 has come and is nearly gone…

Have you experienced a Whole 30?

Share your tale!

 


WHOLE 30 DAY 15 | 1 DAYS TILL TIGER BLOOD

Ummm, seriously…  I hit tiger blood today.  It was like my body was infused with racing fuel, rocket fuel, nothing can stop me fuel… which is as cool as it sounds, just feeling great and filled with energy.

 

As a father of two younguns and being of advanced age… lol advanced age… well I guess my age just keeps advancing.  However, I can be 100% honest when I tell you that I didn’t have this type of energy two years ago.  Maybe I wasn’t focused on it, is this all in my mind?  Even if so, glad it is showing up!

OK, what have we got that is remotely close enough to share outside of feeling like chasing a gazelle?

Foodwise, what did we consume?

Standard breakfast pancakes, sweet potato, egg & banana with some ginger sliced in and a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg along with raisins.  The nice part about doing the same breakfast day in and day out is that I know what I am having, so there is no need to get confused as to what I am having… there is some positive benefit there… shall we explore that to see how best to exploit that?

(Taken from a TIME article)

Meal planning and prep is a pain—, especially during the workweek. So it’s easy to fall into the habit of buying, making and eating the same foods day in and day out. Fortunately, that’s not necessarily bad news for your health.

For one thing, “More food variety universally leads to more food intake,” says Dr. Susan Roberts, director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at Tufts University.

My words:

Cool – there is one piece of a puzzle if you choose to use it.

Another part, which I am … was feeling to lazy to check, but needed the wording… reduction in mental fatigue… taken from random page done by Carrie Willard:

The idea of eating the same thing for breakfast every day is a great life hack why? Because it “saves cognitive strength” for more important things. How often do we as busy moms feel a little brain-fatigued?

My words:

I hear ya, Carrie, fathers feel this way too from time to time!  And truth be told, I am certainly finding that having the same food day in and day out has put a severe reduction in the brain load!

I have been having that same breakfast almost every day of this Whole 30, as well as tilapia with either brussel sprouts & fruit or my newest, go to is the sweet pots with cranberries & spices, really loving that!

Easy sweet pots:

Dice em up, put em in a microwave safe coverable dish, some coconut oil, chili powder, a dash of cumin, a dash of cayenne & sprinkle of nutmeg.  Cover it up and hit the veggie button if you have it… otherwise, take a look at this article on nuking microwaved potatoes.  When they are done add in some fresh cranberries and hit another minute… I am absolutely loving the tartness mixed in with the sweet and the spicy background all done in under 10 mins…

 


WHOLE 30 DAY 12 | 4 DAYS TILL TIGER BLOOD

Seems I may have decided to go to sleep last night rather than write up about how the Whole 30 was coming along.  I suppose that is where some part of the novelty wore off or is wearing off.  And or I was simply tired… since I haven’t committed the timeline on the Whole 30 to memory, why don’t you come along with me to check out what we should be feeling on day 12…

Days 12-15: Boundless energy! Now give me a damn Twinkie.

Ummm… to be fair, I did travel all week and my sleep schedule was kinda jacked…

The site says that you should be dreaming of Twinkies or some of your favorite cravings by now, even DREAMING of these foods… I am literally wracking my brains right now to think if I have been having these cravings, and to be quite honest, I don’t believe I have or perhaps I have had cravings but I am able to disregard the craving for a Snickers or Parmesan Cheese Crisps with suitable replacements… such as a handful of peanuts & raisins for one of these… and maybe a bit of smoked chicken breast or smoked pork…

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Furthermore from the site:

All joking aside, though, this phase gets really intense and for some people. This is the part of the program where our minds try to drive us back to the comfort of the foods we used to know.

They didn’t underline some people, but it makes sense, overall I am driven to more and more of these foods that are a part of this regime, the date bars have been interesting, I have also learned to make a few other types.  The apple bar, which I used the dried apples and dates.  The Apricot Coconut bar, also very delicious.  What I have essentially learned is that you can take most dehydrated fruits, add a little moisture if they need it, combine with nuts and whir in the blender, you have made a healthier tastier than usual treat that is Whole 30 compliant.

While we are here in the Whole 30 space, let’s understand that we are here to create healthy new habits, not so much exclude stuff we think we want.  This can be difficult if we were or are thinking of all of the things that you can’t have.  We can use a tactic believed to have originated from Ben Franklin – the T table.  Take your pros and cons and make a table, with pros on one side and cons on the other, like so:

[columns gutter=”20″][one_half]Snickers Con[/one_half][one_half]Snickers Pro[/one_half][/columns][columns gutter=”20″][one_half]Lots of sugar

Sugar is the Devil

Lots of Chemicals

My Body Doesn’t need any partially hydronated Soybean Oil

Corn Syrup also the Devil

Artificial Flavorings (can’t they name each one? )[/one_half]

 

 

[one_half]Tastes Great

Gives Energy Burst[/one_half][/columns]

Take a list, see which one tips the scales, get your brain to see that scale when you look at a Snickers and make a choice.  Know what your choice indicates and if you feel like the Snickers does indeed do you good, then choose the Snickers, otherwise choose something else, make another T chart if you need!  Make a game out of it =).


WHOLE 30 DAY 11 | 5 DAYS TILL TIGER BLOOD

I had a little chuckle to myself as I wondered what I was going to put as my headline after I had tiger blood…

Local Man Runs Miracle Mile – according to CoSchedule and their headline analyzer, this will not do… the short version is that the sentence structure is lacking, the character count is good, however, the word count is not… interesting…

Let’s mess around with a couple others to see if we can do better…

Amazing Diet Inspires Spirited Man To Win Local Race –

this one ranked a little higher, but they still didn’t like my sentence structure, however, not all is lost:

Your headline shows positive sentiment. Headlines that convey positive emotion tend to perform the best.

Ok, one more and then we can move along…

Here Is The Method That Gave Me Stunning Abs

I actually did several variations, but this was the winner.

Why am I writing about abs in the headline?  One reason is that this Whole 30 reboot gives you a lot additional ammo to move from an already slender/slim frame and with a little bit of extra core work, it gives you the potential to get some decent looking abs.

That’s the plan anyway, and I suppose if after tiger blood, I put some extra work in, I will have some interesting 30-day results!

Great to be home!  Great to be in full control of the food again!  Wandering through the Denver Airport looking for Whole 30 compliant food was a bit of a pain.  I ended up eating two eggs & some spuds from Wolfgang Pucks for an ungodly sum of money… considering what was on the plate… but it was food and it was compliant so in it went… I had some backups in the bag, which interestingly enough they had me pull out of the bag to go through the scanner… a bag of dried figs, a couple Larabars & a bag of pistachios.  I have become a bit of a pistachio junkie…

Once I got home it was eggs again though, not a whole lot of time to put stuff together, Meg had an appointment to keep, the boys wanted to play and eat as well, not worth the effort to make something ultra complex, this time though I had some sugar free bacon from Harris Teeter along with a perfect avocado.

Overall, I am still fairly high spirited and enjoying this journey.  Meg seems to be in similar shape, she just fell asleep, she has been running the house solo and Finn was sick while I was away, so that is always a little extra taxing to have a child who is sick, on top of doing it solo, I would be asleep too!  Actually, I should be asleep as well!

Until tomorrow!


WHOLE 30 DAY 10 | 6 DAYS TILL TIGER BLOOD

The word on the street is that today is one of the worst days of the Whole 30, that is, the 10th day.

Why?  Because the newness has worn off, the novelty has worn off, the whole idea of this is going to change your life and your overall relationship with food etc … meh… how bout a french fry?  How bout some creamy dip of whatever the f*ck I want, how bout that for a relationship… that’s what they say.

To be honest, I am excited by the challenge it presents, it gives you an opportunity to see just how much you find yourself relying on a quick fill up of say something like pretzels, or how a quick fix of a small bag of Doritos… and you find yourself wondering, is that really all I ever ate?

It gives you the opportunity to try out new foods, new ideas, expand the palette, see what is possible… what if you never knew the color chartreuse?  What if you don’t?  It gives you the opportunity to explore different and new possibilities, in my eyes, its like shining your light on the rest of the world or at least shining one pretty awesome star, or even better yet, finding a star and being able to name it after yourself… you truly get to explore a vast expanse that you have never noticed before…

Example:

What is this you say?  This is:

No-Bake Coconut Tahini Cashew Bars

Link here: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/blood-sugar-balancing-tahini-dessert

This is a dessert that I would have never sought out had I not been on the Whole 30 – and while I haven’t made it yet, it has to be amazing… just look at the picture!  It is another variation of a date & nut bar, which if you have been following you may have noticed I have done a few – it is one type of dessert, sweet treat you can make for yourself that I personally enjoy.  And to be honest, I have tried a number of other power bars out there protein bars, or healthy organic, etc bars out there, and I find these date nut bars to have a really nice balance of sweetness to them, they are not to dry, like some of the sawdust protein bars you can find, and typically they have a max of five ingredients or so in them.  For example, you could have a date bar made with dates, almonds, un-sweetened coconut shavings & lime zest.  Done, pina colada date bar.  No crap in it to make you feel bad about what you have just done and the bonus is that you kick a little sweetener craving to the curb.

However, these things are not generally discovered unless you are *forced* to seek them out, sometimes you need to impose these types of self-inflicted challenges so that you can indeed expand your horizons and see what is possible, play the what if game.

What if the world wasn’t run by sugar, palm oil, wheat and corn syrup, what then?  It is a fun exercise in of itself, with the added benefits of eventual tiger blood, and hey if it works for Exxon it works for me… running with the tiger.

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WHOLE 30 DAY 9 | 7 DAYS TILL TIGER BLOOD

Whaaat!?!?  Only one week left before the legendary Tiger Blood!

I want you to go ahead an picture your worst possible scenario for the Whole 30, like you love doughnuts and you are forced to spend the day in Dunkin Doughnuts, or maybe you love Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and for some reason you are touring the brewery (maybe you won it on Jan 3rd and the trip is today, this is sudden, unplanned etc)… but since you have COMMITTED to going through with the Whole 30, you may not have that fresh delicious Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, or whatever beer du jour is sitting there staring you in the face saying, “Drink me, no one needs to know”.

Why do I bring all of this up, well, my entire day has been like this.  First of all, I am travelling, and when I travel through the Raleigh Durham Airport, I tend to stop by Jason’s Deli for breakfast/lunch/dinner or the little BBQ place to grab some pulled pork and okra with tomatoes, so good.  I love both of these places, and the Rueben I usually grab from the deli, is 1000 calories alone… probably just fine that I wasn’t able to put that down the gullet.  I swing by Nature R Us (not the real name) and pick out a bunch of Lara Bars, some dried figs and I take a look at the menu hanging behind the counter… I see eggs and spinach… I think I am onto something here… as I begin thinking about some tasty breakfast food I ask the polite attendant as to whether or not there is any milk in the eggs.  She pauses thoughtfully, says, I dunno… let me call someone… she reaches out to who I don’t know… hangs up and says, yup, there is milk in the eggs… the eggs are off the table!  I grab a banana instead…

Midair there was some more breakfast food, but I wasn’t gonna even bother, one was an egg sandwich and the other was in some type of black mystery food box type thing…

As we land in Denver, one of the first signs that catches my eyes is an Einstein Bagel shop, man they used to be everywhere!  And they have great bagels!  Whatever happened to the bagel craze?  One of my favorites was an everything bagel toasted with cream cheese, tomatoes & onions, and alfalfa sprouts if they could be had.

Let me cut to the chase, I meet up with my coworker in downtown Denver at this place Hearth & Dram, where they have countless whiskeys up on the wall, along with all kinds of delightful brews of the carbonated variety… and the dinner menu is just something else!  They make all of their own cold cuts and other charcuterie that they serve up on a plate with local cheeses and some delectable flatbreads, spotted with sesame seeds… they have on the menu Chestnut Pasta, I don’t even know what the beep that is, only that it is something that tonight, I can’t have.  Somewhere on the menu is Roasted King Salmon, basted in brown butter…  you could baste my shoes in brown butter and there is a good chance that it won’t suck…

Now, the waiter was very good & attentive, but I needed to know a little bit more about what was in each item.  I knew that the charcuterie likely had some sugar, but as it is made in-house, we went ahead and inquired… there were trace amounts… the front of the house manager stepped in and gave me further details on all of the food items…  and as he tried to sway me, and I swayed, but I didn’t break… I knew that Meg was at home eating the same Whole 30 plan as myself, and to be honest I would have been irritated with myself (not 100% unforgiving) if I had given into things such as browned butter, wine sauce, potato pave…

In the end, I did have a great dish, the smoked hanger steak.. they smoke this thing for 24 hours, and then they pan sear it to give it a perfect crunch to its melt in your mouth interior… served up with charcoal roasted onions & grilled escarole…

What I didn’t have was caving in, and or guilt and some other nonsense…  it’s almost like a sick game of how much do you think you can take!?  Fun though, fun, glad to be doing it and sticking to it… 7 Days till Tiger Blood *ROAR*