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#Whole30: Day 31

Victory! We made it! Here's the last Whole 30 dinner I cooked, some hamburger patties on the grill. No Worchestershire, no cheese, no buns.

But today, the world's food avenues are open for me to explore again!

According to official church doctrine, the re-introduction period after you finish the Whole 30 as important as the fast itself. You're supposed to carefully bring food back into your diet, one carefully chosen category at a time, over a span of a few weeks. That way you get the most data about how different foods interact with your body chemistry.

Or you can do what I did: greet the morning of Day 31 with a sausage egg and cheese McMuffin, some deep-fried French toast sticks, and a cup of coffee with enough cream in it to qualify it as a dessert.
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Congrats. It was a wild ride. You took that one for the team I guess. :-) 
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Some songs are like diamonds. It's not so much that they were created as they were dug up out of some primordial acoustic substrate and discovered whole and perfect. This song was mined by a tiny band you've likely never heard of, but once you hear it, you'll never forget it.

I love that the drum break down is like four quarter notes. It's so incredibly basic that only an abject beginner or a Zen master who's completely transcended virtuosity would lay it down, but it goes so well with the rest of the song.

This track sounds like your friends doing a surprisingly good cover of a classic everyone on Earth knows.
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#Whole30: Days 22-27

I know you've all been waiting with bated breath for this update. The wife and I are in the home stretch now and we're basically in "grind it out". We pretty much ran out of enthusiasm for trying new recipes and coming up with complex Whole 30 approved meals. Our experience has been the effort isn't often worth (especially given that we have two kids and not a lot of free time).

We did make a couple of nice dinners over the past two days. My wife found a good marinara sauce and made what was supposed to be veal meatballs with zucchini "noodles". Big surprise the noodles were nothing like noodles, but the veal and sauce was swell.

I grilled a pork tenderloin the other night, which is one of my favorite things to cook anyway and is coincidentally allowed.

This Thursday is the last day of the diet and I can't wait until it's over. I took Friday off work specifically so we can eat out. There may be some cookies and milk happening at midnight Thursday night.

Of course, the way you're supposed to do this is to slowly reintroduce stuff back into your diet so you can see which things make you feel worse. Since I generally feel worse on this diet than I did before, I don't have any unanswered dietary questions. I just want some cheese and bread back!
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I still say it was worth it, nerd. :)
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#Whole30: Day 22

I think the biggest challenge I've been facing the past few days is just fatigue. Maybe it's not related to Whole 30, but every day takes all of my willpower to crawl out of bed in the morning. By the time I get home from work, I'm ready to crash again.

I guess adherents would say that this is because I'm not using sugar as a crutch to prop up my energy level, but... uh... if that's the case I think I'm perfectly fine with using sugar to prop up my energy level.

I'm eating tons of fruit these days (I have a bowl of fresh fruit for breakfast and usually more throughout the day) and I'm still just exhausted all the time.

I would have expected this early on as my body acclimated, but by now I think any acclimation has probably already happened.
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#Whole30: Day 21

I suppose the smart thing to do at this point would be to try hard to find new and interesting recipes that still fit the diet.

Instead, I'm pretty much grinding it out. I treat food like fuel and hunger as some physical need to be satisfied with a minimum of effort. Cooking, especially under these constraints, is a lot of effort, and it's hard to get excited about that effort when the result isn't very good.

Don't get me wrong, I love lots of things that are coincidentally kosher in Whole 30. I love vegetables cooked all sorts of ways, and love pretty much every way you can cook an egg.

But I've exhausted a lot of those, so what remains is trying to simulate tastes/mouthfeel that aren't Whole 30 approved while following the rules. Weird stuff like using "coconut aminos" instead of soy sauce. The result is... off.

Also, reading Food Lab articles on seriouseats.com is not the best idea. I would punch a baby if it meant I could eat a cheeseburger right now.
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#Whole30: Day 30

It's only eleven, so we aren't done yet, but assuming we don't lose control between now and midnight, we will have pulled this off!

I'm starting to think seriously about reintroduction now, especially dairy. I keep stumbling onto horror stories of people who seem to have become lactose intolerant or dairy allergic after doing a dairy-free diet like this. A friend at work did a ketogenic diet and, despite weeks of trying afterwards, still can't easily eat dairy.

I can't tell you how much this freaks me the fuck out. Dairy is seriously one of my greatest joys in life. Do you remember MySpace? Do you remember laboriously filling out your profile so people could see how awesome you were? In the "favorite TV shows" section, I listed my favorite cheeses instead. I'M NOT KIDDING.

So my number one priority for tomorrow (and the rest of my life) is making sure I get my body back to the previously dairy-positive state it has been in up until this point.
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You know I do love a good Wensleydale!
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Some technical information about the changes we did for Dart 1.3, to improve server-side performance:

* The HTTP stack, which is written in Dart, was reworked to take advantage of the Dart VM's generational garbage collector[1]. For example, short-lived objects are very cheap to collect, so we now allocate new buffers frequently, instead of reusing buffers.

* On Linux and Mac, we reduced the number of required system calls for asynchronous I/O, which significantly reduced I/O latency. This was accomplished by moving from a combined pull and push based I/O event model, to an entirely push based solution where the OS is responsible for emitting all I/O events.

* We profiled profiled some server-side applications and identified missing optimization opportunities in the Dart VM's optimizing compiler. The VM team also tuned the compiler (for example, inlining strategies and closure calls) for more efficient asynchronous Dart code.

* Again, by profiling some samples, we identified some elements in dart:core and dart:async, that was sub-optimal. (e.g Uri-parsing and toLowerCase).

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garbage_collection_(computer_science)#Generational_GC_.28ephemeral_GC.29
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#Whole30: Day 29

Holy crap, it looks like we may actually pull this thing off!

We're starting to restock our larder with non-Whole 30 food, and stopping replenishing Whole 30 alternatives (that we don't otherwise want). For example, we ran out of coconut milk, which we've been using in place of cream in our coffee. So this morning and tomorrow I'll be having it black.

Assuming our digestive systems don't revolt and leave us hurting when we reintroduce stuff on Friday, we'll probably have friends over for dinner this weekend. Being able to cook for people is one of the biggest joys in my life, and this month has seriously cramped it. Now that the weather's warming up, I can't wait to get back to grilling for friends.
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#Whole30: Day 28

I have consumed my third-to-last cup of coffee with coconut milk. Last night, my wife picked up a couple of bombers of beer (a saison and one of Goose Island's Belgian styles). All of our conversations quickly descend to discussions of what our first post-diet food will be.

Cookies and milk at midnight? McDonald's breakfast the next morning? Chugging a beer the night before? Grilled mac and cheese sandwiches for dinner? A baguette of sourdough with perfectly room-temperature European butter? ALL OF THE EASTER CANDY?

It is critical to note that these are not considered mutually exclusive options.
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I'm not post just yet. :)

My wife and I proved to ourselves we have more self-discipline than we give ourselves credit for.

Even a negative result has value, so now I can say that a whole 30 (and possibly by extension other low-carb diets) don't do anything for me.

Reaffirmed my deep and abiding love for cheese, bread, and beer.
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A day late, but it's new music Thursday!

It's April which means that summer is still a full two months away here in Seattle. But that just means I've got two months to get my summer soundtrack in order. Fortunately, RAC has made it easy. I'll be listening to his new album Strangers on a loop. Probably some St. Lucia and Ghost Beach too, but really... RAC RAC RAC RAC.

"Hollywood" and a few other tracks on the album were released previously so I've already worn down the grooves on those records (metaphorically speaking). To mix it up, here's a delightfully bouncy remix by Felix Da Housecat.
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