Day 4 of Whole30

Day 4
My main man (MM) and I went to a potluck dinner.   Those attending posted ahead of time what their menu items would be and we stuck with what we brought and by passed the other items (the pumpkin ravioli looked amazing), although there were a couple of green salads we loaded up on.  We took a Whole30 dish of almond crusted chicken.   I served it over a bed of almond green beans.  I also tried coconut crusted chicken.  It was ok, but didn’t turn out as tasty.  We brought fruit for dessert and avoided the cherry dump cake.

Chapter 4: Your Brain on Food
Definitely a longer chapter than the ones previously.  Addresses the psychological effects of food on us.  Don’t believe it?  Then why do we call certain foods “comfort” foods?  The author explains how unhealthy foods have an unfair advantage in that they are designed to mess with our brains, built for us crave them, and are made so its hard to give them up.  Side note: based on what we’ve been told are “good” foods and “bad” foods over the years, you might be surprised as to what is considered a “good” food, what is considered a “bad” food, and what should be eaten in very limited quantities.  Goes a bit against the food pyramid we’d been taught to build our food choices around.

If anyone has issues with food, this is definitely the chapter to read.

Another easy run this morning.  A bit achy and a bit lethargic.  And kind of grumpy.  A friend recommended high quality fish oil supplements to help with the joint pain.  Not sure if I want to start them now or wait until my 30 days are up and see how the joints are doing without supplements.

Soap box time:  My MM and I stopped at Costco to pick up a few things.  We stayed away from the processed food section and the “buffet.”  However, we spotted a server with sliced turkey and, delighted to find something we could try, we took a sample.  It was good and since our son has been making sandwiches for school lunch, we picked up a pack.  I stole a peek at the ingredients and wouldn’t you know it, brown sugar is listed as the second ingredient!!!  Seriously.   Our society is crazy.  No wonder our weight continues to escalate, along with heart disease, cancer and diabetes.   Food manufacturers are pumping sugars into everything and making us crave it even more.   Needless to say, we promptly returned the sliced turkey to the display case.

4 down, 26 to go.


About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, a son-in-love, a daughter-in-love and two adorable granddaughters. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in New Braunfels, located at the Texas Hill Country.
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