Man, I was tired today. The fatigue was worse than usual. I got up 45 minutes earlier this morning because I had to be at work for an 8am meeting (I usually get in at 830am), and I also needed to fill the CrockPot for tonight’s dinner before I left. At least I had prepped most of the ingredients the night before (I had to pre-cook the turkey, bell peppers, onion, and garlic).
I still got 7.5 hours of sleep last night, which means 1) I needed even more rest; 2) my body was rebelling against waking up at 6am; 3) my underactive thyroid is worse than usual; or 4) I’m still getting used to the food changes on the Whole30. It could be a combination of all of those things.
I fought through the fatigue and did the things I needed to do anyway. I walked to the library after work to pick up a book that was on hold, then continued home to braise some cabbage. I also made another batch of cucumber salad (using the last of the cucumbers my dad gave me on Saturday), grilled some tilapia on the stovetop for work tomorrow, and washed the dishes I’d dirtied.
Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs, braised cabbage mixed with leftover taco-seasoned beef from last night’s dinner
Lunch: Salad with shredded chicken
There’s a cafeteria in the building where I work, so I decided to make my own salad from the salad bar. Although I usually purchase their grilled chicken along with the other ingredients, I’m not sure how they prepare it so I brought chicken from home just in case. My salad included lettuce, beets, hearts of palm, two more hard boiled eggs, and four cherries.
Snack: Zucchini and squash
Dinner: CrockPot Pumpkin Turkey Chili served with braised cabbage and cucumber salad
I wanted to find a Paleo version of my CrockPot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili, a recipe I’ve made numerous times and always enjoyed. This one looked good so I decided to give it a shot.
I followed the recipe exactly, although I did add a 7-oz can of green chiles. In place of the white beans, the Paleo recipe calls for two bell peppers, so I used one red and one yellow to add color.
Verdict? Paul complimented it twice. I thought it was good, too — definitely had a great flavor — but I’d prefer a chunkier consistency. The original recipe looks pretty chunky though, so maybe I just cut my veggies (and diced my ground turkey) too small!