Easy Spring Rolls

These spring rolls are super easy. I couldn't get the shell crispy like regular spring rolls but it was so good! These coconut wraps used to be Whole30 but have recently been removed. Regardless, the ingredients are just coconut, so you can't go wrong.

Ingredients:
1-2 cups diced mixed veggies (finely diced, I purchased already diced minestrone soup mix veggies which were carrots, onion, celery, and sweet potato)
coconut aminos
3 Coconut Wraps
1/2 tablespoon olive oil or other oil

*This recipe made 6 small spring rolls. You can easily double this recipe or make more to use a whole package of coconut wraps.

1. Sautee veggies with a generous drizzle of coconut aminos and 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a small skillet. Once cooked, remove and set aside.
2. Line a baking sheet with tin foil.
3. Break each coconut wrap in half. Add several tablespoons of cooked veggies and roll up neatly. Place on baking sheet.
4. Repeat step 3 for all remaining wraps.
5. Gently wipe outsides of wraps with olive oil using a pastry brush.
6. Bake for 10-20 minutes or until outsides are golden brown.

Makes 1 serving.

Long Weekend

Over the long weekend of 2/14-2/16 my friend Faith came to visit. It is kind of a funny story how it worked out actually.

As of Monday a few days before the weekend, I was scheduled to be totally booked up with pet sitting from Thursday through Monday, so I really wasn't planning anything but relaxing when I wasn't pet sitting. But then on Monday one of my pet sitting clients cancelled, so even though I still had some pet sitting over the weekend, it wasn't nearly as much.

On Tuesday, Faith posted asking if any of her friends within a 5 hour drive radius from NJ/NYC area would consider hosting her over the weekend. After running it by Andrew, I let her know she was welcome at my house. Honestly, we didn't have anything planned besides pet sitting, but she was ok with that. So as of Wednesday we had the plans all set!

Friday evening Faith got stuck in traffic on her way to visit but arrived around 8 pm. That gave me time to relax a little after work and I got to enjoy reading that evening. It's so unusual for me not to have a bunch of stuff planned for several hours! When she arrived, we headed off with my roommate Lena to hang out with our friends Sara and Zach. Lena's husband Xavier was out for guys night at the casino in Baltimore and Andrew was home resting with a migraine. Sara and Zach are really nice and easy going so we had fun hanging out with them and another couple at their house- sampling their homemade moonshine, taking shots, playing Battle of the Sexes, etc. Faith got her first taste of rural Southern MD with the moonshine and their Duck Dynasty themed bathroom!

Saturday we (mostly me) slept in until around 10 or 11. We made Grain Free German Apple Pancakes which was perfect because Faith spend some time in Germany and speaks German! These were an experimental grain free version of a classic meal my Mom used to make for us growing up. My Mom makes them in pie plates. They were so good. Faith and I did some experimenting in the kitchen to make a dairy free "whipped cream" and tweaking the recipe to work for us.

That afternoon Andrew came over for a bit and we chatted and hung out. Andrew took Faith to hang out with him while I did my afternoon pet sitting, then we watched Guardians of the Galaxy and had a few drinks that night. The roads were getting bad Saturday night so we headed home after my evening pet sitting.

Sunday morning after my pet sitting visit, Faith and I had leftover German Apple Pancakes and eggs that she cooked and mango salsa for breakfast. Originally we were thinking we would go for a hike locally on Sunday but then the temperatures were 12 degrees with a weather warning so we thought maybe we would check out a local church. But with the approaching winter storm, Faith decided to head out mid-morning to make it home before the roads got bad in NJ. We had a nice (although short and pretty uneventful) visit. It was nice to relax with Faith and get to know her a little better.

Honestly, I can't really remember much of the rest of the weekend. We had Monday off due to President's Day and other than pet sitting, I think I napped and we hung out. Tuesday we got a snow day so we hung out at home. I can't remember doing much else.

Andrew's Appalachian Trail Thru Hike Update

Since I am getting a lot of questions lately about Andrew's thru hike, I figured I would post some of the most common ones here.

Yes, he is hiking alone with his dog Aramis (the hyper Doberman). There will be lots of other people thru-hiking the Appalachain Trail this year, many starting in March/April and going South to North like he is. He will certainly meet other people and maybe even hike with them for a while on the trail, but he is not planning to stick with anyone the whole way. He has met several other thru hikers who he may run into on his hike, but yes he is hiking alone.

No, I am not overly worried about him. I love him very much and I know that he is a capable adult with a lot of wilderness and medical training. Between his Search and Rescue team experience and training and his Wilderness First Responder training, plus his experiece backpacking for days or longer at a time, he is definitely the most capable adult I know that can handle pretty much whatever the woods throw at him. Sure, you can't predict exactly what will happen and there is the possibility that things could go wrong, but I have faith in him. We both have wrist ID bands with our emergency contact information on them, and Aramis has a collar with both of our phone numbers on a stainless steel plate on it.

Yes, I am going to miss him a lot. By this point we have been together for more than 3 years. Even though we don't live together (although we will be living together starting this weekend, for the next week until he leaves for the trail) it is going to be an adjustment. I am really excited for him to be able to take this opportunity and make it happen. I know it will be a life changing one and I am so glad that I will be able to support him with love from home while he hikes.

Yes, he will be carrying his tent and sleeping bag and water and food and cook set with him. Water runs along the trail so ideally he won't have to go more than a day without a fresh source of water. He has a water filter/pump that purifies the water so he will be able to fill up whenever he comes across fresh water. His stove is very small and bunson burner like. He also has a small pot which he can use to heat water or melt snow if needed. He'll be eating things like packaged tuna, jerky, instant mashed potatoes, hot cocoa, protein bars, nuts/trail mix, peanut butter, and such. Aramis will be eating things like tuna, jerky, instant potatoes, and some dog/cat food (whatever is available in the towns). He should be able to get new supplies about once a week or so when the trail crosses a road. Sometimes you can walk into town, there are hiker shuttles, and you can also hitch a ride. So he will be carrying about a week's worth of food at a time. He pack will weight somewhere around 30 pounds give or take. When he gets to town, he and Aramis will chow down on fast food burgers and fries (some of his favorite hiking food). During the winter, he and Aramis will be sleeping in his tent. When the weather gets warmer, he will likely swap it out for a hammock.

He will shower when he can in towns like if he stays at a hotel. When the weather gets warmer there might be more opportunities for outdoor showers. Meanwhile he has wet wipes.

I'll be visiting him about once a month during the hike. The interesting part is that since his mileage per day will vary, I won't know exactly where I will be visiting him until about a week before. If all goes according to plan, it will take him about 5-6 months to hike so he will be finishing some time in August or maybe September.

Hopefully I will be able to talk to him a few times a week between email, text and phone calls, but that all depends on how often he is able to charge his cell phone and when he has cell reception. It shouldn't be more than a week or two at most that I don't hear from him.

While he is gone he will be updating his trail journal here: http://trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=481693. Simply click the link "Last" above the post linked here to see his most recent post (in case you want to bookmark it).

And 2 weeks from today he will be on the trail!

Easy Brussels Sprouts with Prosciutto (W30, LF, 21DSD, AIP Friendly)

I always thought I didn't like brussels sprouts until I tried some cooked with bacon. Then I learned that I didn't like under cooked brussels sprouts, but I did like fully cooked brussels! The difference is they are not bitter when fully cooked!

Ingredients:
1 bag (about 2 pounds of brussels sprouts)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
about 6 pieces of prosciutto
Sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Lay prosicutto strips so that they are not touching on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minute or until crispy. Then remove from oven and set aside.
3. Rinse brussels and slice in half. This allowed them to fully cook in a shorter amount of time.
4. Add them to a medium sized oven safe dish (I used a large glass roast pan).
5. Add coconut oil on top of brussels. Sprinkle with sea salt.
6. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until they are beginning to get a golden on the outside.
7. Then crumble prosciutto and mix it all together.

Makes about 6 servings.

Grain Free German Apple Pancakes

Pancake Mixture:
4 eggs
1/2 cup Chebe All Purpose Break Mix (http://www.amazon.com/Chebe-Bread-All-Purpose-Gluten-7-5-Ounce/dp/B001ACNWY8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1424389540&sr=8-1&keywords=chebe+all+purpose+bread+mix)    (you may be able to substitute 1/2 cup tapioca flour + 1/2 teaspoon baking powder for this, although I haven't tried it yet)
1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar
1 pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoon unsalted butter/ghee/coconut oil, melted

Apple Mixture:
1/4 cup unsalted butter/ghee/coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar  sugar, divided
1 heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 large tart apple - cored and thinly sliced

1.In a large bowl, blend eggs, sugar and salt. Add the flour/bread mix a pinch at a time to prevent clumping (this is extremely important).
Add vanilla, melted butter and cinamon. Let batter stand for 30 minutes or overnight.
2.Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
3.Melt butter from apple mixture in a skillet. Add remaining apple mixture ingredients and cook on medium until it simmers.
4. Coat a pie pan with butter/ghee/coconut oil up the sides and bottom to prevent sticking. Remove apples from butter mixture with a slotted spoon and add to pie pan. Top with pancake mixture.
5.Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F
(190 degrees C) and bake for 10-20 minutes or until no longer liquid. Pancakes may be a bit gooey due to the nature of tapioca flour. Slide pancake onto serving platter and cut into wedges.
6. Drizzle with remaining butter/cinnamon mixture from the apples if desired.

Makes 1 pie pan full of pancake, which was 1 serving for me.

Social Weekend

This past weekend was the most social I had been in a while! It was really nice. It was also really tiring (the staying out late part, not the social part).

Friday night we went out for froyo with out good friend Matt. I originally met Matt through my young adult bible study/theological book club group. We usually take a week or two off between book studies and sometimes we will have a potluck at someone's house or just go out for a casual dinner together. Shortly after I joined the group a year ago we all went out for dinner on one of the breaks between studies and I invited Andrew along. He and Matt hit it off immediately with their love of outdoor activities including hiking. I always say they are like two peas in a pod, they really have a ton in common which was very cool! After they first met, we invited Matt to join us for a backpacking trip, then he and Andrew have been backpacking together 1-2 times per month on average since about a year ago. Andrew and I recently started a trend of going out for froyo after backpacking to recompensate for some of the calories we expended while hiking. We found out Matt had never tasted the joys of froyo and we had to take him! Unfortunately on our last trip with all of us together, we didn't pass by a froyo shop until after they were closed, and besides we were already so exhausted from a long weekend and long drive home late. So we finally got to introduce him to froyo Friday at YoKool. He tried several flavors and really enjoyed them, but one flavor in particular was too sweet for him (maybe the birthday cake flavor?). Andrew and I love froyo for an occasional treat and it was so good. While we ate they discussed their upcoming backpacking trip which would occur the next day.

That same night, a new lounge opened up in our area where one of our mutual friends works. It was a soft opening with live music, so we went to check it out and also to support Kelly. The atmosphere was pretty cool and we hung out for a little while. Kelly is a fellow Appalachian Trail thru hiker this year too, and also happens to live in Leonardtown, MD. What are the chances of that? So she and Andrew have gone on a few backpacking trips together to prepare for their thru hike.

Saturday I got up early with Andrew as he was leaving with them for their backpacking trip that weekend. I always like to make sure he has breakfast and spend a little time with him in the morning. I couldn't go this weekend as I had pet sitting on Saturday and a baby shower for a close friend on Sunday. I made home fries and scrambled eggs topped with salsa for breakfast (and a banana). After he left, I went back to bed. I was tired from going out Friday night! I went home mid morning, worked out, showered, ate, and napped again. I was planning to do meal prep but I was just too tired! I am going to keep an eye on how much I am eating because I think perhaps I haven't been eating enough. I went to pet sitting, came home, walked Jubi and Maximus, cleaned, ate dinner and showered. Around 7:15 Lena and I headed to pick up the other girls who were joining us for girls night. I was the only non-Navy wife, but everyone was really nice and we all had a great time together.

We went to Vera's which was my first time there. We ordered a bunch of appetizers and shared them, which was delicious. We had several rounds of shots and drinks. There was a live local band "No Green Jelly Beenz" which was pretty good. We danced, we talked, we laughed and we had a great time. We also got hit on by unattractive guys. At one point I went right up to the stage and danced with the lead singer to "Shut up and Dance" which is an awesome song. I was really glad I was invited and we will definitely plan to do this again!


We got home really late on Saturday night so I slept in as late as I could Sunday. I decided to count the almost 5 hours of dancing we did as another cardio workout! Sunday morning I walked the dogs, ate brunch, showered and participated in a group coaching call for the 6 month online Strong Inside Out Bootcamp I am doing. It is a great program and I am really enjoying getting in shape! I'm coming up on 2 months of participation and I only missed a workout when I was sick! Then I headed over to Katie's Mom's house to help decorate for the baby shower. I made a banner and had some streamers and balloons and paper products. I also made fruit salad. They had a really good turn out (about 30 people came) and we had a fun bib decorating craft as well as a game to guess how big Katie was around with ribbon! She got lots of nice presents and there was lots of tasty food including a bakery made cake (a good bakery, not just a regular grocery store bakery) which I couldn't pass up on. I managed to eat mostly healthy snacks at the shower (raw veggies, fruit salad, steamed shrimp, plus some chocolate fondue dipped strawberries) besides the delicious cake. It was really nice to see Katie and her family and friends and catch up with everyone. I recently found out that her husband is working at the same hangar on base where Andrew works!
Katie giving Mom a hug for the homemade baby quilt

Katie in her special chair for gifts

One of the decorations I made

Sunday evening I had originally wanted to go out to dinner and a movie, but that was just too much with everything else that happened over the weekend. Not to mention that Andrew hiked about 16 miles Saturday, drove 3 hours out and 3 hours home, then drove to Alexandria for a LARP event Sunday with our friend Lee from Camp Nerd Fitness. So we got take out Chinese food from the restaurat near Andrew's house and had a night in instead. I got steamed beef with veggies and instead of rice I asked for extra veggies. It came with sauce on it, but I ate it anyway. Next time I'll remember to ask for no sauce, emphasize steamed, and no corn. I don't mind corn but I try to eat it sparingly. We just watched some tv and I did my taxes (yay refund which is going straight to savings!).

Phew, it was a busy but fun weekend!



Homemade Creamy Italian Salad Dressing (W30, AIP, LF)


a cute picture of Jubi



Ingredients:
·         1-1/4 cup of light olive oil, divided
·         1 egg
·         1/2 teaspoon salt
·         1/2 lemon, juiced
·         4 tablespoons Italian Herb blend
·         Several tablespoons water

Instructions:
·         Place the egg, 1/4 cup of olive oil, and salt in a mixing bowl, blender, or food processor. Mix thoroughly.
·         While the food processor or blender is running (or while mixing in a bowl with a stick blender), slowly drizzle in the remaining cup of olive oil.
·         After you’ve added all the oil and the mixture has emulsified, add lemon juice to taste, stirring gently with a spoon to incorporate.
·         Then stir in Italian Herb blend.
·         Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dressing reaches desired consistency. (Makes about 1.5 cups of dressing, enough for several salads.)

Tips and tricks from www.whole30.com

Choose a light-tasting, light-colored oil; preferably one low in polyunsaturated fat.

First, make sure you use light olive oil, not extra-virgin. (The EVOO tastes way too heavy.) You can also use a high-oleic safflower or sunflower oil. The seeds used to make these oils have been bred to contain more healthy monounsaturated fats and less polyunsaturated fats, making their nutrition profile almost identical to olive oil. (Note, this is not the same as genetically modifying the seeds—these are not GMO products.) The flavor of all three of these oils is very mild, making it ideal for mayonnaise. You could use avocado oil, but we find the overall flavor too heavy, and don’t recommend it.

Bring it all to room temperature.

All of your ingredients need to be at room temperature. This is really important for the emulsification process. It’s usually not an issue for the oils or the spices—these are generally left in the pantry. Keep one lemon on the counter at all times, because warming up a lemon from the fridge takes a few hours. To quickly warm your egg, place in a cup of hot water for about three minutes—easy. (If planning ahead, you can also leave your egg out on the counter overnight. Yep, you can really do that.)

Listen to me right now: don’t bother busting out a 17-piece food processor just to make mayo. We swear by our stick blender for this recipe (among other things). They’re cordless, far easier to clean up than a blender or food processor, and relatively inexpensive. This Cuisinart is our favorite, at only $35.

Also, please don’t try to whisk mayo by hand. I know some recipes say you can do this. Scientific studies (in our house) have proven this is not humanly possible, and will probably give you a newly discovered inflammatory condition called Mayo Elbow. Don’t even bother. You’re welcome.

The slower you pour, the thicker the mayo.

To get started, you can dump the initial ingredients (the 1/4 cup of oil, egg, and salt) into a bowl or processor and just mix—you don’t have to be careful with the first part. When you get to the “slowly drizzle” part, though, take it seriously. Pour the remaining cup of oil in too fast and you’re left with a soupy, runny mess. The emulsion comes together best when you pour as thin a stream into the bowl as possible. I use a Pyrex spouted measuring cup to make pouring easier, but you can also use a tip from our friend Michelle at Nom Nom Paleo and buy an empty ketchup dispenser to slowly squirt a thin stream of oil into the bowl.

Pour. Slowly. So slowly you start to bore yourself. The slower you pour, the thicker your mayo. If you’re using a stick blender, use a stainless steel mixing bowl with a non-skid bottom so you can pour with one hand and mix with the other. (Or place your bowl on a silicone trivet so it stays put.) Stay away from copper or aluminum bowls here—the lemon juice can react with the metal and impart a metallic taste into your mayo.

Save the lemon juice for the very end.

Finally, add your lemon juice as the last step, after your mayo has thickened up. We have no scientific evidence to support this, but our theory is that the acid in the lemon juice can mess with the emulsification process. We had far more mayo fails when we added the lemon juice first—but since leaving it until the end, zero problems. We like our mayo really lemon-y, but the more juice you add, the thinner the mixture will become. You can always err on the lighter side and add just a tablespoon now, then add more if a recipe for tartar sauce or ranch dressing calls for it.

Potatoes Cooked in Beef Broth (W30, AIP, LF)

Potatoes are a cheap vegetable source of carbs. Now that I am more active, it is important to get enough carbs on exercise days!

Potatoes served with ground chicken cooked with Italian herbs and tossed in garlic mayo

Ingredients:
about 5 pounds of white potatoes (I used russet potatoes)
 enough beef broth to fill your crock pot
sea salt
any herb seasonings you like such as rosemary, garlic, onion, etc. (optional)

1. Rinse and dry potatoes. Peel if desired.
2. Dice into small cubes. Add potato cubes to crock pot until full.
3. Add beef broth and seasonings to crock pot until full.
4. Cook on low for about 8 hours or until potatoes are tender.

Makes about 10 servings. These are freezer ready. I served mine with some sauteed meat and herbs, such as pork.

Caving Class

Three years ago on Valentine's Day Andrew and I went out for a fancy dinner at The Tides restaurant. two years ago we played paintball together for the first time. This year we celebrated early by going to an Intro to Caving class.

We both had a blast during the class and would definitely like to get more into caving in the future. We went with Terrapin Adventures, an outdoor group that leads classes in practically everything outdoors. We went there for an outdoor adventure course including a high ropes course, giant swing, ziplining, and more. We met in Northern MD and followed our guides to Wind Cave in Pequea, PA. It was a bit of a hike in, maybe half a mile or so.

We donned our helmets and head lamps and got a caving safety talk before we entered. We had been warned to wear warm clothes and a waterproof layer. We explored the cave for about 30 minutes as a group of 8 plus 3 guides before we took a lunch break.

Since I am Whole30-ing I brought a salad with some meat and dressing, plus a banana for lunch, which worked out well.

The first part of the cave that we explored was fun and not too hard to navegate. There was some squatting and some climbing but for the most part you could walk through most of it. If you wanted to be adventurous, you could climb off to the side and explore. Many of the side channels ended in tiny areas that were impassible, but it was very cool climbing around. I was relieved that there was nothing too tight to fit through. There was a lot of ice in certain areas of the cave since the cave had a natural "sky light" which allowed water to enter. It was really fun getting around the ice.

After lunch, we entered the cave through a difference entrance. Well most of us did. In that entrance, you had to lay on your back and wedge your body under the rock, which barely has enough room to fit you, and slide in, then go down a 4 foot drop. As soon as I saw the entrance I said "Oh h*** no." So a few of us went back in through the main entrance with our guide and met up with the rest of the group who had slid in. We went into "the Cathedral area" where we noticed some mold like life and 2 hibernating bats which we were careful not to disturb. After we all got into that area, we shut off our headlights and it was pitch black. Very cool. Andrew and I had climbed up a ways within the cathedral room when we turned our headlamps off. The climb up into that room was very cool, it was probably 8-10 feet of climbing between rocks on two sides and maneuvering your body around them. I could definitely tell my workouts have paid off as I didn't have any trouble maneuvering or lifting my body or crawling/wriggling/whatever to maneuver through the cave.

Andrew and I really enjoyed exploring in there. Then the group split off into two- one set which went down to hell where you crawl on your belly in a very tight space for an extended amount of time (again, oh h*** no) or one where you got to explore other parts of the caverns. It wasn't anything like visiting touristy caverns like Luray, but this cave unfortunately was full of graffiti and trash.

Overall, we probably spent about 3 hours or so in the caves, which was really awesome. I kept telling Andrew that it was just like when some of our backpacking trips except safer because you couldn't fall off a cliff!

We didn't know the cave location until the meet up that morning in Northern MD, so since we were already in Lancaster, PA (literally almost along the same route I take to drive to my Grandpa's), we went 25 minutes out of our way to visit him. It also happened to be his 81st birthday! So it was really nice to see him and surprise him with a visit (we called first when we were headed there to make sure it was a good time).

On the trip home (a little over a 3 hour drive) we stopped for dinner at IHOP and got the Colorado omelet made with shelled eggs and it has green pepper, beef pot roast, pork sausage and bacon in it. It comes with salsa and hash browns and we both got a side of fruit.

Unfortunately we didn't anticipate a toll on the way home and had given our cash to the guides for a tip, so when we were heading home and saw the toll signs we had to exit and drive through downtown Baltimore, which added almost an hour onto our time. But fortunately we had booked our pet sitters for a lunch time and dinner time visit for the pets (since we had been gone since 7 am) and so we weren't worried about arriving home around 9 pm, even though Andrew was really feeling guilty about leaving them in their crates for that long. (Luckily we had taken them to the dog park the day before). But we were glad to spend more time together.
Me in the cave


Icecicles within the cave hanging from the natural skylight

Me at the main entrance of the cave

In "The Cathedral." Andrew and I climbed up!


The second entrance where I said "Oh hell no!"

Low FODMAP Whole30 Wrap Up

Starting 1/5/15, I've been doing a low FODMAP Whole30. :FODMAP stands for “fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols”—a collection of fermentable carbohydrates and sugar alcohols found in various foods, like grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits. FODMAPs are poorly absorbed, thereby “feeding” gut bacteria and causing a host of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)-related symptoms, including abdominal bloating and distension, excess gas, abdominal pain, nausea, changes in bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation, or a combination of both), and other gastro-intestinal symptoms.

I wondered if any of these FODMAPs could be contributing to the muscous I constantly experience. Sometimes it is minimal, sometimes it is a lot, but it is almost always present. Then again, it could be caused by any number of other factors, like environmental allergens such as pet dander, cleaning products, mold or anything else. Unfortunately, I did not notice any reduction in mucous during this Whole30.

Here's some of the pros of this Whole30:
1) I got more creative with my meals, as the more restrictions there are the more my creative juices flow. Two of my favorite creations were lemon basil turkey meatballs, and parsley carrot "rice." I also really enjoyed a variety of fresh berries.
2) I learned that when I eat sufficient fats in my diet, I don't get sweets cravings, which is totally awesome. How did it take me so long to realize?
3) I discovered the awesomeness that is homemade flavored mayo. This is a great way to get in fats and makes an awesome sauce or even salad "dressing" to toss meat in and serve with greens. I will be making different variations of flavored mayo after the Whole30 is over, too.
4) Although this is my 5th Whole30, this is the first one where I exercised regularly throughout. I just had to remember to incorporate an extra starch after my workouts, which was usually fruit since it is easy to eat and requires no preparation. In the future I will try to vary this with sweet potatoes or other starchy vegetables.
5) I learned that IHOP adds pancake batter to their omelets, so always ask for shelled eggs for the omelet.
6) I didn't hoard junk food to consume after the Whole30 and I set up a plan and accountability system to transition back into real life. I'm still going to eat mostly Whole30 like I normally do, but it will be nice to be able to go out to eat and not worry about exactly what is in a sauce that is served over meat and veggies. I will also enjoy an occasional treat (no more than 4 per week).

The cons:
1) I struggled with backpacking and getting enough/appropriate foods. I knew this would be tough but I didn't prepare enough. I still stayed on plan but after that point I was ready for this Whole30 to be over. I got so hungry/angry/tired/hurting that I was just plain old miserable for the majority of the day on the last day of backpacking.
2) I probably should/could have started my Whole30 again after accidentally ingesting pancake batter in an omelet after the above backpacking scenario, but I just kept going with my 30 days considering I didn't eat anything intentionally off plan.
3) Several times I was tempted by non-Whole30 food around me, but honestly it wasn't too hard to resist. I always say the hardest part of a Whole30 is mental and is preparation.
4) I really missed garlic and onion as well as some of my citrus fruits like mango. On several occasions I accidentally bought or ingested veggies that are not low FODMAP (but are Whole30) and had trouble remembering which veggies were ok.

Overall: I wouldn't do a low FODMAP Whole30 again, knowing that it didn't really affect me (unless I see any issues with food reintroductions post 30), however it is nice to get a perspective of people who have to eat this way because of health reasons. I would definitely do a regular old Whole30 again, which would be super easy compared to the low FODMAP, AIP, 21DSD and low histamine versions of W30 I have done already! I lost a few pounds (9) which was good, since I ate a bunch of junk in December. So I am back to a healthy weight/size for me and feeling great.

I didn't get any tiger blood this time, and that is ok. Other than that, I felt about the same on W30 as I do off. I will be curious to see how my exercising goes post 30 with the reintroduction of treats. Here are my post 30 pictures.

If you want to see progress, check out my post from back in October 2013 before and after my first every W30: http://pinkertonhannah.blogspot.com/2013/10/whole30-wrap-up-summary.html