Congrats to everybody who finished!
Orvell - Your comments were so insightful, that's EXACTLY what I've been thinking/feeling about not having carbs and alcohol to lean on during Whole30.
swick - Oh man I never thought of using the salt and pepper wing technique on thighs...totally doing that next week.
Yesterday was my Day 30, yay!
Today is post-W30 Day 1, and so far I've had a compliant breakfast and packed a compliant lunch. Planning to eat a bit of super fancy chocolate later though :) It's really a specific chocolate craving, I haven't struggled with sugar cravings since my first W30 I think.
We survived the long weekend in SoCal on the W30. It involved a lot of RxBars, Larabars, Chomps - not as many veggies, and definitely didn't fit the meal guide, but we completed our first Spartan Sprint! We ate at In-n-Out twice, but I was still a little sad to miss out on the amazing Asian food (we don't get quite the same selection in Ohio...) Even though LA is generally Paleo/Primal/Vegan/etc friendly, I still hit a low point the evening before our trip while I was researching restaurants. I looked at Mediterranean places, and called one to ask about ingredients -- turned out they cook ALL their meat in soybean oil. I truly hate being the picky person asking what's in everything, and requesting special modifications. Texas Roadhouse, where we did post-race lunch, was actually really easy - dry steak, dry sweet potato, dry steamed veggies - we brought our own ghee and added salt at the table. The In-n-Out staff was completely friendly and accommodating, but still took a couple tries to get our order right.
Over the last couple days I've been talking to fiance about how we want to handle diet/food going forward. He actually mentioned that he's been feeling really good (no GI issues during runs), and he's wary about adding things back in. For me this is the tough part, trying to find balance.
Fiance and I agreed to keep mostly eating this way for now. One issue is that his dearest wish is to have his favorite breakfast (bacon, eggs, potatoes) every day, but bacon has a pretty high $/protein ratio. Of course if I buy the bacon with sugar, and bulk potatoes/eggs it's cheaper (for some reason my potatoes always sprout really quickly though)... a significant contributor to the January grocery spend bump is fiance eating all meals from home instead of at his work cafeteria. He doesn't understand my frustration and anxiety as the person who does all the shopping/cooking, because I feel like IT'S ALL UP TO ME (health and $).
Superbowl Sunday also coming up, I'm planning to bring meatballs and maybe a veg tray - I'll eat non-compliant things as well, but don't want to go whole-hog. Tomorrow (Friday) I have two alcohol-involved events, but need to pace myself because my tolerance goes super-low after a month of skipping it.