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Whole30 – Day 8

18 Oct

Day 8 was another day off from work for me, but it was hardly a relaxing day.  I did my grocery shopping and got all of my meals (except breakfast eggs) cooked and ready for the week.  I’m hoping my meat selection is better this week but I still feel like I didn’t buy all that much meat, but more than the previous week.

I’ve learned that I really love roasted brussels sprouts.  Who would have guessed?  Those little things are darn delicious.  I remember my friend D telling me she thought they “tasted like candy” and I always thought she was a little crazy.  It’s okay, I might just be crazy too.  I wouldn’t call them candy but they are pretty good as far as vegetables go.

I thought about something the other day and they forgot to write about it.  This Whole30 way of eating really isn’t so strange.  Our grandparents must have eaten similar to this.  There wasn’t soda, energy drinks, chips, candy, and highly processed foods everywhere.  Not to mention when these things became available they were intended to be a treat, not something people ate every day, every meal, and snacks too.  Of course mass marketing is at least partially to blame and the fact that in most households all adults work rather than one staying home to take care of cooking and cleaning.

Week 2 Meals

From left to right, top to bottom, here’s what I’ve cooked for the week.  Spinach and tomato frittata, stuffed acorn squash (from the popular Facebook video post, find it here)  I omitted the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese to make it compliant.  Crack slaw, egg salad with home made mayo and celery, sautéed green beans and mushrooms, roasted brussels sprouts, cauliflower rice, and Thai chicken soup.

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Breakfast

For breakfast I finished off the last bit of crack slaw I had leftover from week 1 and added two freshly poached eggs on top.  I was at a loss for what to eat for my fat so I added some almond butter hoping it might make it a bit like pad thai.  It missed the mark but wasn’t horrible and I got the nutrition I needed so that’s a win in my book.

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Lunch

Lunch I had a bowl of the Thai chicken soup I made with a fresh squeeze of lime on top and a serving of green olives on the side!

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Dinner

For dinner I finished what I had left from the first week which was some balsamic sweet potatoes with brussels sprouts and cold thai salad.  I also topped some lettuce with the egg salad which was really good.

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I feel like my appetite is decreasing lately but it could just be the difference between being home and being at work.  I guess I’ll find out tomorrow when I head back.

I was happy today that my stomach issues are better again.  It’s confusing to me how one day I will be having the worst time and then it just disappears.  All part of the stomach healing and processing new/different foods I suppose.

I know weight loss is not supposed to be my goal, that feeling better is, but dammit I want to lose a pound or two.  I found this on the Whole30 web site and it has given me hope!

“In a survey of over 1,600 Whole30 participants, a full 96% lost weight and/or improved their body composition.  20% lost between 1-5 pounds; 37% lost 6-11 pounds; 21% lost 12-15 pounds and 11% lost more than 16 pounds in just 30 days!  7% reported no scale change, but an improvement in body composition (muscle gained and/or fat lost). And of the 4% who didn’t lose any weight, many weren’t trying – several were pregnant at the time of their Whole30 program, a few reported they were on a “mass gain” program, and some stated they “didn’t have any weight to lose.””

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Whole30 – Day 6

16 Oct

Let’s see….I’ve been awake for 20 hours as I’m writing this so if it makes no sense you’ll know why.  Just finished up my first work week on Whole30 and honestly I feel like it went pretty well.  Other than the super tiredness (for very obvious reasons today) I feel like me, no better or worse than usual.  Compared to how I’ve heard it could be going I think that’s a win for me.  I’ll tel you what though, I can’t wait to start feeling more energized.  Maybe even enough to get my butt back in the gym.  I’m not going to rush things though.  On top of all the other changes adding workouts right now does not feel like a good idea.

Breakfast

Breakfast was scrambled eggs mixed with spinach, spaghetti squash topped with clarified butter, and some green olives.  I’m really running out of food which makes me feel like I planned the quantity well, even if not so much the actual contents (too much sweet potatoes, not enough meat).

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Lunch

For lunch I ate my last stuffed bell pepper, the remains of the cold thai salad, and some unsweetened applesauce.  It might be a first for me but I actually didn’t eat all the applesauce.

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Snack

I didn’t get a picture of it but after I got off work today (my Friday) G and I drove two hours to get to the mall and I was STARVING.  Believe it or not I managed to find something to tie me over at Starbucks.  They had some fresh fruit (apples, grapes, and oranges) and a drink I can’t remember the name of but it was coconut water and pineapple juice.  Not the best since between the fruit and fruit juice that was quite a bit of natural sugar but it was far better than the Cinnabon cinnamon roll G ate.  Damn I wanted one so bad.

Dinner

Dinner was my first successful meal at a restaurant.  I hadn’t thought about it at all but we drove past a Chipotle and G thought that sounded good.  Since we don’t have one where we live I wasn’t familiar with the menu.  I got the salad with no dressing and added the chicken (can you say amazing), veggies (bell peppers and onions), medium green salsa, and avocado.  The staff was awesome they quickly and easily answered my questions when I asked what was in the salsa and avocado without looking or sounding annoyed and I found out there was nothing bad in either.  The scoop of avocado was so big and it tasted amazing.

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I have to pat myself on the back just a little.  The fact that I’ve been tempted many times this week (mostly by G) and have even been in situations where compliant food was not readily available I have still managed to succeed.  Although willpower is probably easiest this week I feel like once I actually start to feel some of the amazing side effects (better sleep, more energy, less aches and pains from reduced inflammation to name a few) then I feel like this will be a no-brainer life changer.  At least that’s what I’m hoping for.

Food shopping tomorrow and cooking tomorrow night.  Who’s ready for some new food?  I know I am and I’m sure you are too.  I’ve been getting a lot of requests for the Crack Slaw recipe so I’ll share that with you all tomorrow.  I’ve already said at least a million times how good it is.  I’ll say it again, it’s so good I’m making it again for next week.  I think that’ll be the only repeat though but my final list isn’t ready just yet.  Stay tuned!

Whole30 – Day 2

12 Oct

I slept like a rock.  I’m not so sure this had anything to do with Whole30 or if it was because I wore my earplugs to bed and was exhausted, but it could be.  They say sleep gets better throughout the program but I think day 1 is a bit early to be experiencing that.  I still didn’t feel rested when I woke up though.  I felt like I wanted to stay all nice and snuggled under my blankets.

I woke up with a horrible headache, which isn’t that unusual for me.  I felt like I hadn’t slept at all, which also isn’t unusual.  I did, however, feel like I had been in a much deeper sleep than normal so that’s a good thing!

Breakfast

Breakfast looked a whole lot like yesterday’s breakfast but I decided to wilt the spinach and warm the spaghetti squash in the same pan to save time and dirty pans.  I made two poached eggs which turned out perfect again!  Who knew I had hidden poached egg talent?  Certainly not me.  I added some olives to help meet my fat criteria.  They added a nice salty tang to the dish!

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Lunch

Lunch was a mess.  Not the food but the actual event.  Work was crazy busy and my lunch was delayed until about 5:00 AM (I normally eat at about 3:00 AM).  To make matters worse I had been hungry since 1:00 AM so I really wanted that food.  I don’t think I brought enough for my lunch either because I was not completely satisfied after eating but it did tie me over until I got home for dinner.  It didn’t help that G decided to eat one of those cellophane wrapped rolls of chocolate glazed donuts while drinking a chocolate milk.  Can you say mean?  I wasn’t wanting the milk but damn those donuts looked good.  Luckily my food tasted great so it wasn’t that tempting.  He didn’t offer to share either so there was that.

I had some of the left over filling from the stuffed peppers which consisted of ground beef and butternut squash, cold thai salad with sunshine sauce, and no sugar added applesauce.

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Dinner

By the time I got home for dinner I was starving.  I decided to eat my leftover chicken chowder from the previous day.  There wasn’t much left but it tied me over while I cooked my fried eggs.  This was my first attempt at frying eggs and let me say I do not have the same skills I do with poached eggs with the fried eggs.  They were still edible though and went nicely topped over some of the crack slaw.  The gooey yolk added a nice flavor.  I know this is only day two but I’m really loving the crack slaw.  I think I could make it every week and still eat it.  I guess we’ll see if that holds through another 28 days or not.  I also had a side salad with home made ranch dressing.  I’m really bummed that this is only the second salad I’ve eaten from a huge Costco bag and it’s going bad already.  I really have to learn to look at “sell by” dates more closely.

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Okay, recap time!  According to the Whole30 timeline, it’s common for days 2-3 to be “hangover” days.  I certainly woke up with a bad headache that did bother me a few times throughout the night but nothing major, just annoying.  It probably helped that I was super busy too.  I’ve been so hungry today.  Yesterday I was worried about my portion sizes and today I’m like “Screw it, where’s the food!”  My pants that were already pretty big on me feel bigger but that could totally be in my head too.  I’m so tempted to weigh myself to try to see what’s going on with my body but I won’t.  I know that is not really a true indicator.  My stomach issues have resolved themselves.  Even if it’s only temporary I’m thankful for this.

Alright, weirdest observation of the day….I actually craved chocolate.  I really never crave chocolate.  It was the kind of craving where you can actually almost taste it you want it so bad.  Weird thing is, it wasn’t when G was eating the donuts.  In fact it happened when there was no chocolate around.  I was at the doctor’s office checking in for some lab work and I’m talking to the receptionist who is taking forever and I just suddenly wanted chocolate SO BAD.  The good news is that it passed quickly.  Like I said, I was already really hungry at that point and I’m starting to understand that my body is and has been running off sugars.  I think my craving was my body trying to get me to eat what it is used to having for energy.  Either way I survived day 2…and so did everyone else!

My Whole30 Journey Starts Now!

10 Oct

Hello and welcome to my Whole30 journey where I’m going to start repairing my body by eating whole foods for (at least) the next 30 days.

Today was prep day which means tomorrow I officially start day 1.  I’m not much of a cook.  Don’t get me wrong, I can cook I just usually don’t.  I have a hard time cooking for myself.  It’s just not as enjoyable as cooking for someone else.  Since G is a very picky eater that means I have to find motivation to cook a wide variety of meats, vegetables, and fruits for me.

I don’t know if it’s my weird work hours or the job I have but I just cannot make myself cook on a daily basis.  That’s why I’ve decide to prep my food for the week on my weekend so I don’t have to cook much during the work week.  Everything but breakfast is ready to go and I plan on eating a lot of eggs and spinach for breakfast which should be pretty easy and quick to cook up.

So, here’s what I made tonight:

Crack Slaw: Ground beef, ground turkey, 1 package cole slaw, 1 package broccoli slaw (I could only find a kale broccoli mix), hot sauce, and lemon juice

This is the only recipe I made that wasn’t in the Whole30 book.  So good!

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I made my own mayo and ranch dressing from scratch.  They both taste way better than anything I’ve ever bought from the store.

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Cold Thai Salad made with Sunshine Sauce.  The sunshine sauce is supposed to use sunflower butter.  I didn’t bother to try and find any and used freshly ground almond butter instead.  I can’t compare to how it’s supposed to taste with the sunflowers but it’s amazing the way it is!

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Balsamic Sweet Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts – I thought I didn’t like brussels sprouts but these taste so good.

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Spaghetti Squash – one of my favorites.  I can eat it just like this.

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Stuffed Peppers – ground beef and butternut squash.

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Protein Salad – made with the fresh mayo and canned chicken breast.

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Chicken Chowder – This is the only thing I made that came out looking so much different than the photo in the book.  I think I used more broccoli than they called for but looks are only part of the equation.  It tastes really good.  I like broccoli anyway!

How it’s supposed to look:

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How mine looks:

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My kitchen was a disaster.  Before today I had liked my kitchen but I didn’t fully understand how awesome the huge granite countertops were.  So easy to clean up and room to stash the pots and pans until I was done and ready for clean-up.

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And now my fridge is bursting at the seams!  No, the Pepsi is not mine.

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All in all it took me 6 hours to cook 9 different dishes (including sauces).  That’s a lot of time but considering that saves me time during the week I think it’s well worth it.  I think with time I’ll get at least a little faster.

I’m nervous that I’ve cooked too much food but I really didn’t know how much to cook for the week.  It’s different not being able to just run out and get something if I’m hungry and don’t have anything at home.  I have to be prepared or I don’t think I will succeed.

I took my beginning weight, measurements, and photographs today and won’t check them again until after the 30 days is over.  I’ve seen some really great transformations online and I’m hoping to see drastic differences in myself too.  Beyond hoping to lose a few pounds and look leaner what I’m most hoping for is to feel different.  As I stated in my last post I’m doing this to hopefully heal my body with food rather than medicine.  I can’t wait to start feeling better!