Welcome to My Journey

This is the story of a Kiwi girl in South Korea, trying to eat and live as healthy as possible despite various language, accessibility, and economic obstacles.

Despite the title of this blog, I’m not really lonely at all, but I do live alone. Amongst the great wealth of Paleo material on the internet, I have discovered a lack of recipes that cater for solitary homemakers, and even less for those in the deep, dark corners of the world where certain Western luxuries are impossible to find. I hope to rectify this in a small way.

I discovered the Paleo lifestyle recently (October 2013) and launched headfirst into it  Whole30-style. After struggling for years with fatigue, bloating, unshakeable excess weight, and an insatiable addiction to anything sweet, I had great expectations for the strictest lifestyle challenge I could find.

I eliminated almost everything from my diet except meat and vegetables and I didn’t allow myself any snacks. I was feeling absolutely wonderful up until about day 27. I had more energy than ever before, no cravings, I could watch people eat dessert and have no desire to even taste it, my tastebuds started appreciating all sorts of amazing flavours in real food, and I was beginning to believe I had abs in there somewhere after all!

Then day 27 hit, the bloating began and decided to stick around. After each meal I look 3 months pregnant and feel like a volatile hot air balloon. Without going into too much detail, it is very uncomfortable. After a bit of research I realized it could be one of two things. Either my gut and intestines are still healing themselves and they just need to go through their natural repair process while I keep eating clean, or it’s the dreaded FODMAPs.

FODMAPs are kinds of sugars found in a whole lot of foods that can cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome in certain people. They drag water into the small intestine and ferment super fast, giving off gas and making their unlucky consumer the least favourite party guest. I suspect that I may be one of these people.

That’s where I am as of December 2013.

As soon as I exhaust my avocado and onion stocks I will embark on an even greater elimination challenge. I will be adding a whole list of high FODMAP veggies to the Whole30 guidelines.

Wish me luck!

Read more about FODMAPs here.

Day 30

General Feeling: It has finally arrived! My last day. I didn’t do anything special to commemorate, mostly because I’ve still got some reintroduction to do. But I’m feeling pretty good about it all still.

Workout Confidence: No working out today either.

Food Edibility: I possibly should have been more adventurous today but I’m trying to make my meat go as far as it can.

Financial State: It’s always a concern, but I haven’t gone over budget on food this month which is great.

Meals:

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Breakfast: The banana omelette is back!

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Lunch: Spinach, celery, tomato scrambled eggs with mustard mayo.

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Dinner: Tuna salad (I also made more sweet potato fries – those things are addictive!)

Day 29

 

General Feeling: I thought I’d wake up today feeling better but unfortunately my nose is like a faucet. I can’t switch it off. I’ll get lots of rest and it’ll be fine soon though I’m hoping.

Workout Confidence: I decided to take a rest today. I wasn’t feeling all that hot.

Food Edibility: Not a bad day at all despite not feeling like eating much.

Financial State: The tooth cost me 350,000 won. Eeeek!

Meals:

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Breakfast: Savoury omelette with cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and spinach.

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Lunch: Shrimp salad

Dinner (not pictured): I cooked up some carrots and zucchini in the juices from my rosemary and lemon chicken. It was super tasty!

Day 28

General Feeling: I haven’t been feeling 100% the last few days. I think it’s the stress of moving which has meant lack of sleep, on top of pushing too hard with the workouts. So my co-teacher has given me the rest of the week off and I am relaxing at home today.

TMI WARNING: Possibly related is the fact that I’ve been pretty stuffed up in the digestive tract department the past couple of days. Maybe I’ve had too many almonds recently. Going to have to be careful of that.

Workout Confidence: I did a little bit of pilates and some dancing, but in all honesty I probably should’ve rested.

Food Edibility: Lunch was beyond delicious!

Financial State: Uh oh. Those fries were pretty crunchy and part of my tooth came out. Trip to the dentist is gonna get pricey!

Meals:

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Breakfast: Sauteed cherry tomatoes and spinach with scrambled eggs.

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Lunch: I think this was one of the best lunches of my life. An open burger with sweet potato fries. Too good!

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Dinner:  This looks like a mess  but it tasted pretty good. I added some veggies and an egg to the leftover tagine.

Day 27

General Feeling: I couldn’t get back to sleep after waking up at 3:44am. I don’t think it was food related, but because of the stress of things I have to buy and do before I go home.

But despite that, I wasn’t completely knocked off my feet. I didn’t even have coffee!

Workout Confidence: I didn’t push myself too hard today and it felt amazing. I think I’ve been going too hard and it’s unsustainable. I followed the same patter for my run as last time; 5min run/1min walk for 30mins and I upped the speed slightly so I did 3.9kms. Still progressing which feels great but because I didn’t do an hour of pilates first it was energizing rather than exhausting.

Food Edibility: Today has been an amazing day for food, even though I didn’t have much of an appetite. Variety is back in my life! Best day yet, I think.

Financial State: I made some sweet potato chips for lunch and one was a bit too crispy because when I bit into it part of my tooth fell out. That’s a possible root canal and at very least 400,000 won. Eeeek!

Meals:

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Breakfast: Ahh man I’d missed my sweet potato hash and fried eggs!

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Lunch: I made that Moroccan tagine again but followed my nose on the ingredients. I was super impressed.

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Dinner: Slow-cooked lemon and rosemary chicken breast with roast veggies.

Day 26

General Feeling: I wasn’t feeling too great this morning either. I’m not too bad, but I definitely overdid it last week. However, it was a great day, full of energy and love.

Workout Confidence: Rest day!

Food Edibility: It was a pretty good day today, not gonna lie.

Financial State: I’m a little concerned about having enough money at home, but food shouldn’t be too expensive the next couple of weeks. I have a freezer pretty full of meat and frozen meals so it’s just some veggies I need.

Meals:

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Breakfast: Lemon preserve veggies and scrambled eggs.

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Lunch: Shrimp salad. This one was particularly good. I seasoned the shrimp with garam masala.

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Dinner: Leftover ribs and pumpkin soup.

Day 25

General Feeling: I woke up with a bit of a tight throat and stuffy head today. I think I’ve been taking it too hard with the running and Blogilates. It’s rest day tomorrow though so I’m hoping to recover.

Workout Confidence: I don’t understand. Even though I felt pretty gross I did ok. Some of the cardio moves weren’t the best, but I feel pretty good about the strength ones. I think it might not be getting easier to actually do the stuff, but perhaps to push myself to keep going.

Food Edibility: Not too bad. I tried to keep it light so I could enjoy dinner which was meant to be an amazing buffet but we ended up going to a bar because it was full. It was a tad disappointing, I’m not going to lie.

Financial State: Dinner was more than I’d like to have paid for what I got, but it was certainly cheaper than plan A, so I’m not complaining!

Meals:

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Breakfast: Lemon preserve veggies and scrambled eggs.

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Lunch: Eggy salad with a sprinkle of curry powder.

Dinner (not pictured): Bunless burger and salad.

Day 24

General Feeling: I am feeling awesome today! I don’t even really know why. Tiger blood has kicked in!

However, I may be eating too many carbs (I’m looking at you, pumpkin soup) because I feel hungry for about 45mins after eating, and then I get really full for a couple hours. It made me want to throw up after my workout today.

Workout Confidence: Woohoo! It felt great today. I decided a new goal is to be able to run 5kms. I found an 8 week schedule. So today I ran 5 mins, walked 1 min for 30mins. I got 3.5kms.

Food Edibility: Pretty yum, I must say!

Financial State: Doing my best but I’m slightly concerned I won’t be able to buy all the things I want when I visit home.

Meals:

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Breakfast: Banana and berry omelette. This time I added some ginger but I couldn’t really taste it. The cardamom was certainly better.

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Lunch: You may tell me it looks gross but I mixed leftover mayo chicken into my pumpkin soup and it was pretty freaking good.

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Dinner: Seasoned steak (allspice is so amazing!) with preserved lemon veggies and salad.