I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween. Chris and I are normally very low-key when it comes to big holidays and I don’t really enjoy the fuss of dressing up and going out for them (I’m a total wet blanket, I know). However, living in a place with only one season, I do tend to lose track of the days months and celebrating holidays helps to punctuate the passing of time.
So, we used colored paper to hang cutouts on the walls.
And our cat, Dagâ, also helped.
We made some spooky snacks, like this mummy pizza:
As well as these severed fingers and monster faces:
We also dressed in elaborate mustache costumes.
Even though the weather is still warm and humid, our home definitely feels a little more autumnal with the decorations and festivities. We have been eating lots of pumpkins and warm curries and watching movies like Young Frankenstein and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Living in a new place encourages us to develop our own holiday traditions and it has been a really fun process.
Oh, I should also mention that we finished the Whole 30 program recently. It was a little anticlimactic since we sorta fell off towards the end when the Halloween treats were abundant.
Chris had joined the plan hoping to find new ways of incorporating unprocessed, local foods into our diet on a more regular basis. I joined hoping to learn if certain foods gave me troubles with digestion, energy levels, and my complexion. Our general impressions:
- Completing the plan was reasonably easy and cheap due to living in Saipan. Things like coconut, fresh produce, and fish are affordable and easy to find, though there wasn’t much variety and that definitely wore on me at times.
- We relied heavily on “throw together” meals. During the day, I would prep and cook most of our vegetables and meats. For each meal, we simply tossed things into a bowl and topped with some sort of seasoning or sauce. Ditto for lunches.
- The repetition was sometimes left me feeling uninspired and bummed. We eventually indulged in a big sack of dry roasted almonds to shake things up a little.
- Surprisingly, we really missed restaurants. Eating out has never been a huge part of our relationship, but it’s definitely one of the main forms of entertainment on island. I went out for coffee a few times, but abstaining from fun lunch dates did wear on us emotionally.
Regarding my specific concerns:
- I undoubtedly found that I had more trouble digesting wheat, especially when consumed in concentrated quantities, like bread. Negligible things like soy sauce seem okay.
- My energy levels remained impressively consistent, to which I credit the elimination of added sugars.
- My complexion is still far from perfect, but I do think that eliminating dairy kept my skin a little clearer, especially during that TOM.
Where are we going from here? Ideally, we would like to eat Whole 30 foods almost exclusively while at home, but allowing little splurges when we’re out, especially now that the holidays are coming up :)
What are your thoughts on the Whole 30 plan?