Soup for Snow Day

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Today is day 3 of Whole30 and I can already feel some improvements in my body, albeit they are slight. Two weeks ago, it was my last few days of my first Whole30 and I went for a run outside in the cold. I usually can’t run in the cold without my joints throbbing during and afterwards. I also usually can’t run a few miles suddenly without slowly building up my endurance because of my ankle. In 2010, I ran a half marathon and got tendinitis in my right ankle. I’ve been able to run on it since, but usually not without wearing an ankle brace and not without it swelling up afterwards.The last time I had run before this time was probably a month and a half ago, so this was a pretty remarkable improvement. Now, flash forward to a week later from that 3 mile run that I ran two weeks ago and that brings us to last week (still with me?), when I was revisiting the land of chocolate, potato chips, peanut butter, and bread. Did I feel like shit? Yes. Did I crave sugar every single second? Yes. Did I go for another run? NO! In fact I didn’t do any real exercise because my ankle flared up like an alien laid an egg in my foot (that is a very weird analogy I understand). Not only that, but it throbbed constantly, which is something it hasn’t done in years. It’s like the Whole30 had cleared up the inflammation in my ankle so much that when I introduced my body back to processed crap, my ankle was even more sensitive to its effects.

So, anyway–the point of my ankle antics is to say that on Day 3, I can already feel how much better my ankle feels and looks. I’ve even been able to get some cardio in on it and it has been just fine. In fact, my hubby and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary (of dating-date-versary?) so we went out and did something we have never done together–rollerskating! It was “Cheap Skate” (get it?!) on Monday nights, so that is what we did. I was worried about how my ankle would hold up, but thanks to not even 72 hours of Whole30 I didn’t have to cancel our surprise date!

In other exciting news, tomorrow is an official Snow Day! More like “Snow” Day though since it hasn’t even really snowed yet. Although I do believe we have received some “freezing rain.” That is pretty much equivalent to snow here in Southeastern NC though. I stopped by one of my favorite local hole-in-the-wall grocery stores on my way home from work to pick up some soup for tonight and tomorrow. Check out the Veggie Wagon if you’re ever in the neighborhood! They make some delicious soups all from scratch and I found two that were Whole30 compliant. Tonight I had “Creamy Cashew Tomato Soup”. The ingredients are simple and all pronounceable: “Fresh tomatoes, Vegetable Stock (water, onion, mushroom, carrot, celery, tomatoes, black pepper, garlic, spices), Onions, Cashew Cream (raw cashews, water), Olive Oil, Garlic, Sea Salt, Xanthum Gum.” Doesn’t “Cashew Cream” just sound like something you want bottled up waiting for you in your fridge?! I’m going to make it my goal to make some homemade cashew cream this year….I wrote it. So there it is. The other soup flavor is Butternut Squash. It’s going to be hard to choose which one is my favorite.

I noticed that because of all of the “snow” excitement, I really found myself looking for reasons to go to the store and buy some beer and pizza and celebrate. Now that I think of it, I really wouldn’t be celebrating anything though would I?–Congrats, you don’t have to go in to work tomorrow?! Congrats, it is going to precipitate tomorrow, which may or may not be snow?! It is so clear to see how I self-sabotage myself in hindsight! Instead, I splurged on the home-made soup ($5 a pint is definitely considered a “splurge”). For dinner tonight I threw the soup in a pot with some cooked chicken and kale and voila! I’m glad I opted for the latter.

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soupTune in tomorrow to see how productive I can be on a “Snow” Day.

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