Elimination Diet - Day 2

9:15AM Breakfast:   I was hungry when I got home from work this morning but didn't feel like taking too much time to be creative so I had some of the chicken bone broth I made last night, adding the leftover veggie medley (carrots, green beans and zucchini) and one ounce of of the roasted chicken.  I had a glass of iced green tea with a squeeze of lime afterward.

12:00PM Lunch: I prepared the breakfast sausage recipe from my reference book using ground turkey, minced rosemary, thyme & oregano, sea salt and a drizzle each of extra-virgin olive oil and coconut oil.  (approx. 4 patties around 4oz each)  Next, I brought some water to a boil, added 3 handfuls of spinach, put the lid on the pot and turned off the heat.  I cooked one of the sausage patties over medium-high heat and about a quarter of a cup of the chicken bone broth to the cast iron skillet after flipping the patty.  When the patty was done cooking, I removed it from the pan, added the spinach to the reduced broth and added a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.  I also enjoyed a cup of warm mint tea with lunch.  The breakfast sausage was surprisingly good considering I don't care much for the taste of turkey.  The spinach was delicious!

Following lunch, my husband and I went on a 40 minute bike ride.  I had a glass of iced green tea with a squeeze of lemon juice afterward.

6:30PM Dinner:  I napped for an hour today and woke feeling excited to make dinner.  I started by cooking two medium chopped carrots in the water I had used to cook the spinach for lunch. I cooked the carrots until the water was almost completely evaporated and a fork went through the carrots with barely any resistance.  Next, the carrots went right into the small bowl of my food processor to be pureed, along with one teaspoon of extra-virgin coconut oil and a tiny sprinkling of cinnamon.  A version of this pureed carrot recipe is also in the book.  Next, I peeled and thinly sliced half a zucchini and cooked it in boiling water until it began to go limp, about three minutes.  (the book refers to this zucchini preparation however, I change it up a bit) I removed it from the boiling water and shocked it in an ice bath and, to balance the sweetness of the pureed carrots, strained it and added a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, a pinch of salt and a shake of olive oil.  While the cooked zucchini was marinating, I cut a small bunch of green beans and cooked them in the water I used to boil the zucchini and then prepared a small salmon steak for the broiler by rubbing it with a bit of olive oil and a very light sprinkling of salt.  I also prepared a small cast iron skillet, set on medium-high heat, with a bit of olive oil and seared two sea scallops before putting the salmon into the oven.  Next, I removed the blanched green beans and shocked them in an ice bath, removed the remaining water from the pan, added a teaspoon of ghee, the green beans and a bit of crab meat and heated for a minute or two. When the salmon was ready to be taken out of the oven, I plated everything and vuala!

I had a bit of green tea after dinner while my husband and I watched an episode of Outlander.

Overall, I feel pretty good.  My body temperature seems quite a bit hotter than usual but it's difficult to determine if that's due to a change in my diet, to the temperature or my menstrual cycle beginning.  I have also noticed that I started to have the slightest headache (not constant though) this afternoon and my arms and hands have felt a little tingly.