Post Whole30: Healthy Lunch

Whole30 ruined my eating habits

I went to the canteen for lunch, rather excited because I could once again eat whatever the hell I wanted.

When I got there I saw at the hot food bar there was a chicken meal but it looked (and smelled) a bit greasy/rich and very carby (lots of potatoes and whatnot). None of the other hot dishes appealed either so I turned to the salad bar. Chilly crispy curly kale (or 3CK, for short) was available and looking tasty, so I grabbed some of that, plus red cabbage salad (forget what they called it), extra carrots (love carrots), cucumber and a piece of tomato. Then I topped it with some seeds.

I sickened myself as I dished my food. This was all *way too healthy*. I’ve been looking forward to some tasty, not-so-bad-but-not-so-healthy food and I squandered my the opportunity to have some. Why? Because Whole30 ruined me. I feel like my software got hacked and reprogrammed. They so no system is un-hackable. I agree. Biological or otherwise.
Screw you, Whole30. I hated every minute of our time together. Now I’m free and you still have a hold of me. I couldn’t even enjoy my milky, creamy mocha this morning. You suck.
(Awesome lunch though.)

Where to eat Paleo in London

I visited my canteen for lunch on Friday but due to this Whole30 program I’m on at the moment, there was nothing for me there. I decided to hit the street and see if I could find other options. This would have involved a lot of leg-work had it not been for my phone and internet access, but instead I only had to do a bit of thumb-work. A quick google led me to this webpage:

Where to Eat Paleo in the UK

There I found a number eateries that have paleo-friendly dishes. I ended up getting a bunless chicken burger (so, basically, a chicken salad) from Leon. Funny thing is, my wife already told me about that particular option last week. Of course, I only remembered when I found it on Inquisitive Foodie!

Paleo? Hell no.

My wife and I started the Whole30 last Tuesday. It wasn’t so bad to start off with, I only had to give up cheese (which I love), crackers (a regular snack), and pretty much everything they serve at the canteen at work besides fruit and raw vegetables. Awesome.

I’m obviously not loving it. So, why am I doing it? Because I’ve had a cough since last December (2013) and it is now September (2014). Yes, I’ve been to the doctor; I was given an inhaler in the interim to ease the coughing. Yes, I’ve had tests; I had a couple of respiratory tests to see if I’m asthmatic (one inconclusive and another negative), plus I’ve had a chest X-Ray and had my chest and back listened to for signs of infection. Nothing.

I figured it was worth restricting my diet to see if it had any effect on the cough. The Whole30 Program is pretty strict and restrictive so, there’s the why. Is it working? Well, no change yet. But there are still 19 days to go…