Whole30: Grain Reintroduction

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Hey guys!

Back on May 1st, I did my gluten free grain reintroduction. Here was my experience!

Breakfast: W30 compliant.

Notes: Nothing to report here.

Lunch: Chipotle salad with white rice, steak, tomato, green chile, and red chile salsas.

Chipotle

Notes: The rice was pretty bland to me which I was surprised by since I remember loving their rice so much. It’s definitely just a filler that I can do without. The steak (which is made with rice bran oil) was ok, not as tasty as I remembered it though. None-the-less I was starving and I devoured it.

About an hour after eating, I felt bloated and heavy. After a couple more hours, this feeling began to go away. I felt normal otherwise.

Dinner: It was date night and we went to a Mexican restaurant downtown called Nada. I had the chips and salsa tasting trio (fire roasted tomato salsa, jalapeño verde salsa, and habañero-garlic creeper salsa), crispy pork belly tacos, and a chili mango margarita. Yes, I said margarita. It wasn’t part of the plan, but it sounded tasty and in that moment I decided it would be worth it.

Chips and Salsa

Chips and Salsa

My margarita!

My margarita!

Crispy Pork Belly Tacos

Crispy Pork Belly Tacos With Corn Tortillas

Mini Review & Notes: Ok first, let me talk about this place. I made a reservation the week before our date and it was a good thing I did. It was packed and people were being turned away left and right. It felt like an exclusive club. We were seated on their second level and the tables were pretty close together, which I didn’t mind as much as I thought I would. The lighting was nice and the atmosphere was pretty lively. The food was pretty good, I enjoyed the appetizer, margarita, and the tacos. Now here comes the bad part…our waiter wasn’t very good. 😦 In a nutshell, he wasn’t very attentive and was pretty slow. While we waited, the two tables next to us got their food and we were there before them. Even one of the couples next to us noticed. I understand that they were busy, but we felt flat out ignored. My boyfriend unfortunately didn’t like his entree. He ordered some enchiladas which appeared to be dry, as if they were cooked too long or sat under the heating lamp for too long. He didn’t even eat much of it and was beyond ready to go after that. These things really put a damper on our overall experience. Would I go there again? I don’t plan on it, but never say never.

After I was done eating, I noticed some minor heart burn symptoms and I had a minor stomach ache. I really think I overdid it by having so much grain in one day, the heaviest amount during dinner. My body was not having it.

Day 5: The alcohol definitely didn’t help with my sleep that night. I tossed and turned a bit and didn’t feel as rested. My stomach was still slightly bloated and I had a trip to the bathroom that further informed me that my digestive system wasn’t feeling all of that grain. I’ll spare you the details. I began to feel better as the day progressed.

Day 6: I was feeling normal again and I took advantage of that. Breakfast was W30 compliant but lunch, not so much. We didn’t have much food at the house so we decided to go grab some food. I got a steak salad from chipotle with salsa and…cheese and sour cream. I know, I know, I messed up. But it was so good. I mean, I was whatever about the cheese, but that creamy sour cream though?! Man, I didn’t even realize how much I missed it. YUM! So was it worth it? Yes. But I had heartburn symptoms once again. I know that cheese and possibly the sour cream was the main culprit.

Chipotle 2

Verdict: I can do without rice and probably other similar gluten free grains but I’m loving the corn products! Corn tortilla chips are a no breaks food for me and I have to be extremely careful with those but having them every now and again shouldn’t hurt too much, as long as I don’t go over board like I did on reintro day. I will work to only eat these things when it is deemed completely worth it. Otherwise, I’ll leave this food group alone.

Welp that’s all for now folks! Up next: Legumes.

Talk to you all soon!

Kristyn B.

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