Whole 30 Day 2...and a bit of chit-chat...and a tip

an orange--no, I'm not trying to starve myself...but I woke up and wasn't hungry, so I didn't see any sense in forcing something down.

three eggs, fried in a bit of olive oil, with 1/2 orange bell pepper, 1/4 sweet onion, several handfuls of baby spinach, and one chicken Italian sausage (W30 compliant)...ate it all with 1/2 an avocado on the side.

a modest handful of salted almonds and one pear--and it was all I could do not to grab every chip and cracker in the house and stuff them in my mouth.  I had a serious case of the munchies this afternoon!  I really thought the almonds, with their crunchiness, would satisfy the munching urge, but they didn't cut the mustard.  Surprisingly, the pear almost immediately calmed the inner beast.  Why?  I have absolutely no idea.  Was it the natural sugar in the pear?  If you're smart enough to know, by all means, tell me.  AND here's what's even more odd--I don't usually like pears.  But today?  It's all.I.wanted.

basically a repeat of lunch, except topped with Tapatio.
I was commenting to someone on IG today that I am a very "routine" eater.  I could eat the same thing for breakfast every day, seven days a week, and not get tired of it.  I know that's not what the W30 plan is about--they want you to try different foods, learn how to prepare/eat different foods, so that you don't get bored and revert to your old diet.
That said, I'm not about to return to my old diet.  I already enjoy the way I feel, having not had sugar/grains/dairy for two days.  But as this W30 "diary" goes on, you may see that there are days where I'll eat the same meal for breakfast and lunch...or for lunch and dinner.  It's just the way I eat.  No, I don't usually eat 1/2 a dozen eggs in a day's time, but I did today.  And that's that.

A helpful tip:
✎I shop with W30 guidelines in mind...and with the thought that we'll be eating this way for at least 30 days, and close to this way for long after.  Way back this summer, ALDI had a "special buy" of chicken Italian sausage that just so happened to be W30 compliant (if you're familiar at all with ALDI, you recognize that lingo--basically it means that they have a special item for a limited time/limited quantities).  So for several weeks, every time I went grocery shopping, I bought an extra package of those sausages and tossed them in the freezer.  Yes, I can get W30 compliant sausage at TJ's, but the ALDI ones were $2 cheaper.  Eating healthy often costs more (on your grocery bill), but there are ways to save a bit here and there.  Keep your eyes peeled for deals and take advantage of them while you can.

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