Whole30 Second Verse Same as the First

Whole30 Second Verse Same as the First

It’s either the weather that’s making me crazy or the abundance of fresh veggies this time of year, but we’re doing the Whole30 again.

This is almost two years to the date when we started the last one, and I loved it and I’m ready to give it another go because it just made me feel so damn good.

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We start on Monday June 29th. Don’t talk to me later next week but I should be just fine by July 4th.

After Whole30 – Reintroduction

I realized this past weekend that it’s been one month since our Whole30 ended.  Right from the beginning, Dallas and Melissa have said that this isn’t a Whole365. At some point reintroducing foods can help you understand how those foods effect you, and if you feel they are worth eating even with those consequences.

Overall I’ve not reintroduced a lot of things, and mainly that’s because I was feeling pretty good. I didn’t want to disturb the perfect balance of good tasty food and massive amounts of energy by having dairy, or grains.  But then there was my birthday and family events and it’s not always possible to eat 100% clean.

Reintroduction

I’ll be honest. I was scared at first. I spent the week after Whole30 eating Whole30. I didn’t want to give in on Day 31. It was my own challenge to see how far I could go.

A week and a half after Whole30 ended, we had family over for my birthday and there was cake. Glorious chocolate cake, with rich chocolate icing – it’s considered paleo, but has butter and sugar. Luxurious ingredients that I hadn’t consumed in 40+ days. And the next morning I woke up with a hangover that would have rivaled any hangover in my 20’s.

Was it worth it?

It was, with this exception.

Only rarely.

Special occasions, yes…but they’d have to be pretty special, like Christmas or a wedding, or my birthday next year.  Not at every birthday party we go to, because we go to a lot of them.

I also noticed that this food…sweet cakey substances with some sort of frosting, give me an emotional high. It’s not good.

Over the following few weeks, I’ve reintroduced, in small quantities the following:

  • Butter – a little on my sweet potato here or there.  It has the unfortunate side effect of making my psoriasis itch like crazy.  So is it worth it?  No.  I’ll stick with Ghee.
  • Cheese – indulged in a Philly Cheesesteak out at a restaurant and it was quite tasty. But also, see psoriasis and itching above. Not worth it.
  • Grains- once when consuming the above Philly Cheesesteak and I found I could only eat half the bread on the plate because it made me feel over-stuffed. And once with fajitas. Worth it? Still undecided.
  • Mayonnaise – Real Hellman’s Mayo. Worth it…in small quantities and really only on a burger.
  • Sour Cream – only once with above mentioned fajitas. Noted that I totally go overboard on it and will not keep any in the house. It’s just too good (it might also make my psoriasis act up but not 100% sure).
  • White Potato – french fries with the philly, some potato chips at a BBQ, and then a regular white potato at my inlaws house one night. Without butter or sour cream, what the hell is the point?  I like sweet potatoes so much better. The french fries were, okay. The potato chips? I wasn’t missing anything.
  • Refried Beans – I’ve had them a few times (fajita night mentioned above, and also our regular Tuesday taco night) with no ill side effects.  Worth it? Occasionally, but it’s certainly not “Paleo”.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Pie Donut – I’m listing this separate because it was just so spectacularly delicious and worth every bit of sluggishness…once. I’m good now. Thankfully they are only here for a short time 😉

I’m pretty happy with that list. It’s not over the top, and it wasn’t at all regular.  It was about living, and there are some scenarios, where eating Whole30, or clean or Paleo, or whatever you call it, isn’t possible…or you want that damn pumpkin pie donut. In the past I would have beat myself up over it and then I would have eaten more because fuck, I already cheated, so why not go all out?

Thankfully that mindset is subsiding and I can get right back on track because my body craves the good food. I feel so much more satisfied with meat and eggs and avocados and sweet potatoes and I’m pretty damn happy about that.

 

 

 

18 things Whole30 taught me

18 things Whole30 taught me

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I’m not joking when I say that the Whole30 changed my life. I’ve not felt nauseous or light headed in 30 days. I’ve not needed a Tums to “settle things down” in 30 days. I’ve not had that afternoon slump where all you can think about is taking a little nap.  I’ve started to enjoy cooking, learning new recipes, finding faster ways to get things done, and savoring every morsel I put into my body. I enjoy feeling satiated between meals and not needing to snack. My mind is clear, my skin is getting better, and I sleep like a rock.

The bigger picture…I’m happy.

Here are just a few things I learned from Whole30:

  1. Only I decide the amount of control food has over me.  Going in to the Whole30, I thought there was never ever any way that I could live without bread and cheese. I’m glad I was wrong.
  2. New foods are not going to kill me.  I found that I love avocados and sweet potatoes.
  3. Spices are your friend.  I can not remember the last time I ever used so many spices and in a variety of ways.  Chili powder on sweet potatoes…yes please!
  4. I can eat 15 eggs in one day and I’m not going to die.  Fuck that bullshit about eggs and cholesterol.  Enjoy the damn yolk.
  5. Holy crap, SUGAR IS IN EVERYTHING!  It’s sickening and sad.
  6. There are insects in your fruit juice and other stuff too. Maybe I’m late to learning this, but it’s good to read labels.
  7. The grocery store is not made for healthy choices.  Shop only the outer aisles and skip everything else in between.
  8. I actually have the willpower and determination to make a huge change in my life.
  9. Counting calories, fat grams, points or meticulously writing down everything I eat only reinforces guilt and is the opposite of healthy for me.  Having not done this for the past 30 days has been the most liberating thing about this entire experience.
  10. Giving my body healthy nutritious and delicious food equates to feeling good, having more energy, sleeping better and being happier.
  11. I’ve always known that I am a stress eater.  But I learned that when being satiated after each meal, I have no desire to mindlessly eat anything between meals, stressed or not.
  12. I’m worth the time it takes to prep foods, prepare meals, and go food shopping.
  13. The scale still  has too much power. I will break up with it.
  14. Everything we do is a choice.  I can choose to eat chocolate cake. I can choose to eat cauliflower. I’m a good person and sometimes I’ll make bad choices which will lead to certain consequences.
  15. Cauliflower is RIDICULOUS!  You can make rice, mash, roasted, puree, soup…we go through at least 3 cauliflowers a week.
  16. Fat is not my enemy. Healthy fats make you feel satiated and in turn, there’s no need to snack between meals. Who woulda?
  17. Taste buds change.  The fruit I used to think needed some sugar sprinkled on top, is plenty sweet all on it’s own.
  18. I have never, in 35+ years felt more in control of my life, my body, my mind.

The Numbers

I’m still working on not caring about the scale (see #13 above). Since I still do care, I weighed in this morning and have lost a total of 25 pounds.  In addition, I’ve lost a combined total of 21.5 inches (mainly in the waist and hips).

 

Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash over Spinach with Poached Eggs

Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash over Spinach with Poached Eggs

Breakfast Hash over Spinach with Poached Eggs

Going into Whole30, I was not a fan of sweet potatoes.  I just never liked them and boycotted trying them again until I just got to the point where I needed to try some new things, new flavors.  Now, I could eat them at every meal though I try to limit our intake to 2-3 meals a week.  They are just TOO good!

Over the past 28 days, I’ve made a lot of eggs but this is by far my favorite breakfast. It’s just the right balance of sweet and savory. You’ll want to make it every day.

Up until this point, I’d never poached an egg in my life and was very scared to even try.  But I followed Smitten Kitchen’s recipe and they turned out quite well. If you’ve never made them either, I suggest reading through her post before starting to make this recipe.

This recipe makes about 2-3 servings.

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • Leftover roast beef (or steak) – cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 green peppers finely chopped
  • 2 yellow onions finely chopped
  • 1 sweet potato – chopped into cubes
  • 6-8 cups of spinach
  • Eggs (however many you want – we did a total of 4)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Water
  • Vinegar

Directions

  1. Fill a pot of water with some vinegar and bring to a boil
  2. Drizzle olive oil in frying pan and heat up. Then add in sweet potatoes. Cook for about 5-8 minutes until sweet potatoes start to get soft.
  3. Add green peppers and onions.  Continue to cook until onions and sweet potatoes are caramelized.
  4. Add in beef, salt, pepper, and cook for a minute or two, then add 1/2 – 3/4 cups of water and cover on low heat while you poach your eggs.
  5. When water comes to a boil, start poaching your eggs.
  6. After your poached eggs are done, check to see how the hash looks, if there’s still a lot of water, turn up the heat and cook it off – that should only take a minute or two.
  7. Put approximately 3-4 cups of raw spinach on a plate (we just do handfuls) then pour your sweet potato hash veggie mix on top and finally add your poached eggs.
  8. Enjoy!

One week left of Whole30 – what next?

Next Wednesday will be our last day of Whole30. Around the end of week one, I started thinking about what getting to the end would mean.  What will we do? How will it work reintroducing foods?

So from Day 8 through Day 21, Sean and I would have at least one discussion a day regarding our plans after Whole30.  In the early talks I wasn’t sure where I stood.  I could see maybe trying cheese again, and perhaps a piece of cake.  Did I really want to go on never eating a piece of fucking chocolate cake again?  That would be ridiculous.

Then something happened and I don’t know exactly what it was.  I feel so great eating this way that the thought of not feeling this good is scary. The thought of having a piece of cheese and not enjoying it, or having that cake and feeling awful the next day…is just not appealing at all to me.

Maybe if I didn’t like what we’re eating now, that would be different. Maybe if I still felt shitty. But I don’t.

I’m getting tired of saying it but I feel better than I have in a really long time, and not a few weeks or months, but years. I also don’t feel like I’m missing out or depriving myself of a single thing.

What I do feel is this overwhelming sense of control and freedom that I never had around food. I do not spend one single moment of my time thinking about a calorie or fat gram or point value. I do not obsess about what I can fit into my daily calorie intake or what I’ll be able to eat at the next meal.  I do not exert one single ounce of energy on feeling badly or guilty about food choices.

This Whole30 thing, really did change my relationship with food. I’ve still got more work to do, but it totally feels doable now.

So what’s next for us? 

Continuing to eat whole foods – whatever you want to call it…Whole100, Whole365, Paleo. I have no desire to reintroduce grains or dairy. I might like to try peanut butter, but without bread, what’s the point?  And if on my birthday I want to eat a piece of chocolate cake, I will.  However, I would rather try to make a paleofied dessert instead and have that as a special treat.  And when I have to go and eat somewhere, I’ll make food choices that are inline with “whole food eating”.

My biggest thing is that I don’t want to go back to how it was at all. There was nothing that I ate that was worth feeling that bad.

Whole30 – Day 14: Party Time

Whole30 – Day 14: Party Time

Two weeks! We’ve made it through the half way point and my pantry has hamburger rolls and hot dog buns. My fridge has cheese (glorious cheese!) and macaroni and potato salad.  We’re having a BBQ and not everyone coming is doing Whole30 or Paleo or anything for that matter.  So…we’ve got stuff for them, but we’ve got more stuff for us!

I went into this day knowing that I would have non-compliant food RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY FACE…tormenting me with it’s cheesiness and mayo-ness. And I looked directly into the abyss of “The Foods of Hell” and laughed.

Breakfast

  • Sweet potato hash
  • 2 eggs
  • Spinach…lots of spinach

 

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 Lunch/Dinner

So a word here.  Because of the timing of everything we ate lunch later than usual and dinner earlier than usual.

  • Two burgers sliders on lettuce with onions, homemade mayo and homemade guacamole
  • Cucumber salad
  • Grilled Zucchini
  • Roasted spiced nuts
  • Fresh veggies with guacamole

Impressions:

Having a bunch of people over during our Whole30 went really well.  We choose appetizers that we could eat.  The first was spiced nuts that I made that morning.  Super easy to make and SO GOOD!  Everyone enjoyed them and it wasn’t something that seemed odd or out of place.  We skipped the traditional chips/pretzel and put out a tray of cut veggies with a veggie dip (store bought) and our homemade guac.  The veggie dip was barely touched. Everyone went for the homemade guac because it’s that damn good (thanks to my amazing hubby for whipping it up).

For the BBQ we had non-compliant salads which my mom made and brought – that included macaroni salad and potato salad.  I also made corn on the cob.  For us,  I made fresh cucumber salad (sliced cukes and diced red onion  in water/vinegar/olive oil with fresh parsley) and grilled zucchini.  As for the meat, we went with hamburgers and hot dogs (from the farm – no preservatives or anything added) which we did on lettuce while everyone else grabbed a bun.

For dessert I made a huge fruit salad and my mother-in-law brought raspberry bars for everyone.  I can’t say that their crumbly-goodness didn’t entice me a little, but the fruit was more than satisfying.

My overall takeaways:

  1. I didn’t miss the buns at all
  2. Having normal food that everyone can enjoy was pretty easy and didn’t make me feel left out or different
  3. Allow other people to bring non-compliant dishes
  4. We totally forgot to get cheese for the burgers because it’s so off our minds.  CHEESE!  Off my mind? How is that so?  We had to borrow some.
  5. Guacamole should be on everything
  6. I should have figured out a way to do both lunch and dinner. It’s a work in progress.
  7. Everything we couldn’t eat (the salads, the buns, the raspberry bars, etc.) went right back out the door with people who can enjoy them.

I call this day a huge success. We had some great food to enjoy while staying compliant and not feeling left out.  I didn’t really miss the cheese or the salads at all. I could have eaten a raspberry bar though…that is my danger zone. I just don’t manage desserts well. I knew that going in but I also thought bread and cheese were just as high as desserts and it’s clear to me they are not now.

All in all, I felt really good all day with a lot of energy to zoom around cleaning and cooking and just as much after to laugh and have fun.

Whole30 – Day 7 through 13

Whole30 – Day 7 through 13

Whew! Another week down and feeling fine.  This past week was really pretty great. Even though I had a crazy work schedule, I felt productive, clear-headed and determined to get shit done.

Day 7

Breakfast

This was the best breakfast we’ve had to date (recipe coming up shortly)

  • onions, peppers, chunked up sweet potato sauteed in olive oil
  • left over roast beef from the night before
  • spinach
  • two poached eggs

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Lunch

  • Leftover breakfast because I was just so full after only eating about half
  • Orange

Dinner

  • Leftover roast beef, green peppers and onions sauteed in olive oil
  • Homemade mayo with garlic and parsley
  • Green beans

Day 8

Breakfast

  • Apple Pie Scramble (or oatmeal as I think of it)

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Lunch

  • Apparently a big salad

Dinner

  • Roasted chicken – smeared some Ghee on the outside then seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic and paprika
  • Roasted cauliflower
  • Zucchini

Impressions:

I went to Whole Foods today and picked up some awesome dressings/marinades which I’m super excited to try out this week. I also found Ghee there and had to pick some up. I have plans to make my own but with a really crazy schedule in July, it’s just not happened yet.

I’m feeling really alert lately, very well rested and I’m getting to bed much earlier.

Food wise, I’ve never felt this satisfied on any “diet”. I’m hesitant to use the word diet, because it has so many bad connotations. Sean said that anything can be a diet, as that’s the food you consume, but in my head, diet has to do with weight loss and not necessarily long term changes.  Lifestyle is too “my-journey-esque” so I’ll pass on that for now. I don’t know what I’ll call this…but I know that I really like it and I feel great doing it.

Day 9

Breakfast

  • Two chicken sausages
  • 1 egg
  • Spinach, green peppers and onions in olive oil

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 Lunch

  • Big salad (lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, peppers, onions, celery)
  • Cracked Pepper Dressing
  • Leftover chicken
  • Beets pickled in orange juice
  • Watermelon

Dinner

  • Tacos! Ground beef, onions, pepper and taco seasoning
  • Homemade guacamole
  • Homemade mayo with some added lemon juice
  • Lettuce for “tacos”

Impressions:

New to me today is a food that I’ve now fallen in love with.  Avocados.  Sean has been telling me for months to try them and I did, plain…and I didn’t really care for them. Not so much a taste, more of a texture thing.  But then he made this amazing guacamole to put on our tacos and OMG!  This should be illegal it’s so good.  And the tacos overall, YUM!  I could eat these everyday. I won’t but I could.

I’m noticing I have a lot less time for tv watching. How odd?  I guess it’s the added time in the kitchen and doing other things that I wasn’t really doing before…like reading, finding new recipes, going to bed earlier, exercising. This isn’t bad, but my DVR is filling up.

I’ve been more productive and on track at work which has been killer. My afternoon slumps are gone and I just notice less fogginess/more clarity.

I’ve not had any major cravings at all. I didn’t know I could feel this good.

Day 10

Breakfast

  • The quick and easy 3 eggs over sauteed veg (red pepper, onions and spinach)

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 Lunch

  • Big salad (lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, peppers, onions, celery)
  • Leftover taco meat
  • Guacamole
  • Beets pickled in orange juice

Dinner

  • Ribs with dry rub
  • Cauliflower mash
  • Roasted sweet potato

Impressions:

I never was a huge fan of sweet potato. That’s all changed.  I love it and Sean insists that I add sugar to them because how can they be that sweet. I’m trying to not cook them at every meal, but certainly a few times a week won’t be too much.

I’m really excited about trying these new flavors and foods, and that overall, I’m loving them.

We’ve been talking about what we plan to do after the 30 days, since we’re coming up on two weeks in just a few days. The more I eat this way and the better I feel, the more I don’t really want to go back. I don’t want to feel bloated, or cranky/moody, or tired, or just sickly. And I don’t feel deprived at all.  I have no need to snack between any meals and I feel so satiated after eating, it’s like this is how it should have always been. I don’t know the answers though. We’ll see.

Day 11

Breakfast

  • Pumpkin Porridge (pumpkin, coconut milk, eggs)
  • Roasted pecans and coconut chips

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 Lunch

Dinner

Impressions:

TMI: I ovulated earlier this week so I’m waiting for the crank to set in.  Probably a really bad mindset, but hard to break. I’m trying.  I feel great today and still with what feels like unlimited energy.

We have a great schedule going – bed early, up early…getting everyone fed and walked before 8am. I really like this routine and feel so much better about myself.

No cravings to speak of but some weird dreams.  I dreamt that I made some “non-compliant” food and was trying to pass it off to Sean as “compliant” and he kept insisting there was no way that it could be.  Sleeping well though otherwise and not having to get up at all.

Day 12

Breakfast

  • The quick and easy 3 eggs over sauteed veg (red pepper, onions and spinach)

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 Lunch

  • Big salad (lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, peppers, onions, celery)
  • Balsamic Dressing
  • 2 hardboiled eggs
  • Berries

Dinner

  • Grilled ribeye
  • Grilled onions, red pepper
  • Grilled kale

Impressions:

I tried kale. I wanted to love kale. I did not. It was really chewy and I just didn’t care for the taste.  It’s one of those power veggies though so I’m not going to give up on it.  I will love you kale…I just need to figure out how the hell I’m going to do that.

The dressings that I got at Whole Foods on Monday are wonderful.  They are so full of flavor that they just explode on foods.  We’ll be stocking up on more of these for sure.

It’s Friday and we are having a BBQ on Sunday with my family.  This will be the first time we’ve had to have “non-compliant” food in the house…and not just in the house, but that I need to make. I’m a little nervous but also have prepared with some items that we can have that are delicious. We’ve got this.

Day 13

Breakfast

  • The quick and easy 3 eggs over sauteed veg (red pepper, onions and spinach)

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 Lunch

  • Spinach Salad with red onion
  • Avocado deviled eggs
  • Peach

Dinner

  • Italian sausage
  • Green pepper and onions sauteed in olive oil

Impressions:

Are you getting tired of eggs? I’m not. Eggs have such a bad rap (cholesterol) but they are really a great source of protein plus super quick to make. You can decide what the correct amount is for you.  Based on what I read, I’m comfortable with the amount I’m eating.

However, no matter what I ate today, I was ravenously hungry.  Like I could eat my shoe and I’d still be hungry. I was also a bit cranky but that could be because I didn’t exercise and instead just vegged out with the puppies catching up on some tv shows and reading. I just felt blah the whole day and couldn’t wait for it to end. Thanks PMS.

I know I’m not allowed to weigh myself but it’s SO HARD!  My clothes are noticeably looser and Sean said he’s noticed a change in my body, but since I have so much weight to lose, I find that difficult to see at all. I’m trying really hard to concentrate on how I feel, instead of how much weight I’ve lost.  Breaking these emotionally bad habits are hard. Some days it’s easier…today not so much.

 

One week down

One week down

Today marks one week since we started our #Whole30 adventure. The week went pretty fast and I have to admit that both Sean and I are pretty proud of our success so far.  Dare I say, it’s been pretty easy and we found some food that we really like.

I’m going into this week more prepared.  Prep, prep, prep is the name of the game.  Having the fridge in order is vital to success and also quick meals.  I just don’t have the time to spend an hour or more preparing each meal. At the very least, I’m getting much better at chopping!

Take a peak into our fridge/freezer…

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Love opening up this draw and seeing the colors

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Quick grabs of green leafies

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Chop and organize everything! I put a folded paper towel in the bottom of “wet” (berries) food containers

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Gotta have the mayo and dressings. Sean is a fan of salsa which he adds to eggs or steak. And almond butta of course!

Last week I cleaned out the entire fridge and moved anything that would “keep” to the fridge we have in the garage.  The rest I gave to my mom.  I did the same with the freezer.  Really the only thing we keep in there now (and it used to be PACKED) is meat and some frozen vegetables.

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Meat and more meat. And some Frosty Paws for the pups up top

Today we shop for a few things we need to replenish, like spinach and eggs…more cauliflower and just a little bit of fruit.  I know we went a little overboard last week because I wasn’t really sure, but now that we’ve been through a full week, I feel like I can gauge what we’ll need better. I’m also going to make a trip to Whole Foods to see what items they carry that I can’t get locally. Not so much fruit/veggies but things like bacon or pork chops and possibly some Whole30 approved dressings/marinades.

I’m still working my way through the book It Starts with Food. What an eye opener.

From the back of the book:

What if you could increase your energy, sleep better, improve your mood  and lose weight – permanently? 
What if you could break the unhealthy cycle of food cravings, indulgence and guilt – forever? 
What if you could naturally change your tastes, so the foods you love to eat are the same foods that make you healthier? 
And what if you could eliminate the symptoms of your medical condition – just by changing the food you put on your plate?

If you are thinking about doing Whole30 or maybe just have a really unhealthy relationship with food…I’d suggest reading this book.  As I’ve mentioned, my relationship with food has always been bad…I found comfort in food.  It’s been a constant source of happiness and guilt for most of my life. In one week so far, I feel so much more in control then I ever have. I thought I was in control before, but food was controlling me. I just didn’t really see it until now.

I’m excited to see what this coming week brings.  More energy!  I’m down for that. Less moody?  Okay by me (and I’m sure Sean won’t mind)!

We are both also trying to get on a better sleep schedule.  11pm – 6 or 7am would be ideal. The main issue has been having more energy which keeps us up later.  That’s really not an issue though is it? We just have to figure out what will work best for us.

Also wanting to add more exercise. I plan on starting Insanity today.  We did it last year and I loved it.  It’s fucking hard, but so good. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t do the exercises to the level they do in the video, but I find it motivating in a way that I don’t find out exercise programs.  There’s something about seeing these poor bastards, who are so fit already, dropping left and right to take a break because THEY can’t do it either…pushing hard, digging deeper. I modify the shit out of the routine, but every day I get stronger and can do more. I’ve found this type of setup works really well for me.

So with the added exercise, I’m hoping to burn more of that energy I’m creating by eating so clean and in turn, that means I should be tired when it’s bedtime. That’s a formula that makes sense, right? 🙂

Whole30 – Day 6 – It’s the weekend. Somebody hold me

Whole30 – Day 6 – It’s the weekend. Somebody hold me

I woke up a little nervous today since it’s the weekend and I have less to “occupy” my mind.  Plus we normally have “cheat” days on the weekend and/or eat out for lunch and dinner.

Breakfast

  • Sauteed peppers, onions, spinach with olive oil
  • 3 eggs sunny side up
  • Banana
  • Black coffee

 

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 Lunch

  • Taco meat (ground beef, onions, green peppers, taco seasoning)
  • Romaine for wraps
  • Sour Cream (Whole30 mayo with a few teaspoons of lemon – it gives it a nice zing that plays really well with the taco meat)

Dinner

  • Roast Beef
  • Sauteed onions in olive oil
  • Roasted cauiflower and brocolli
  • Bananas/Raspberries/Blueberries

Impressions:

I like waiting up bright eyed and bushy tailed. Also not starving, but definitely ready to eat. First there’s three dogs to take out, then there’s 3 cats who are about to lose their little minds because it’s BREAKFAST LADY, BRING THE FOOD NOW MEOW!  As I’m feeding them, the dogs are circling and pacing back and forth, drooling all over the floor and/or whining in agony from hunger pains…or so an outside person would thing. Coffee doesn’t come quickly enough. I wish there was a way to speed this entire price the fuck up. 30 minutes later and I can finally pour myself some coffee and start breakfast.

We were going to head out to the farmers market this morning, so it was our quick egg breakfast. A classic apparently.

At the market we picked up a cantaloupe, an assortment of peppers, cucumbers for pickling and local grass fed ribs and ham steak. I’ve never had ham steak but they were out of chops already so I needed something porky.

We stopped at a few other stores and then came home and relaxed by reading and watching some tv.

Oh let me tell you about LUNCH!  Oh that was good.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the ground beef, but then I decided on trying tacos in lettuce wraps. SO GOOD!  And it’s quick and easy to make. Perfect for weeknight dinners.  It will go into rotation. I could eat it every day.

For dinner I through a roast beef in the oven, at 450 degrees, and the cauliflower and broccoli and then sat down and read. I love easy cooking.  Plus roasted cauliflower is to die for.

We shall not discuss how late I went to bed. Yeah.

For a weekend day, I feel pretty damn good and dare I say it, proud of us! Not only are we eating good food, but we’ve added another thing to do together. We’re cooking together, shopping together, and just talking more. I know this would be so hard to do if we weren’t both on the same page about it, so I’m super grateful that we are. We’re in this together and excited to be. Plus Sean loves to give me fun facts like, Did you know that the red color in a lot of juices is created from INSECTS!  Yeah we had that conversation in the middle of Harris Teeter yesterday…me not believing him, googling the ingredients in a banana, strawberry juice and being horrified with the results. Your welcome.

Tomorrow will be Day 7. I can hardly believe it.

Whole30 Day 5 – Over the initial hump

Whole30 Day 5 – Over the initial hump

At least I think I’m over the initial hump.  Today I felt pretty good and didn’t have any craving.  Also no headache or crankiness.

Breakfast

  • Sauteed peppers, onions, spinach with olive oil
  • 3 eggs sunny side up
  • Orange
  • Black coffee

 

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 Lunch

  • Big Salad – spinach, romaine, red pepper, onion, cucumber
  • 1/2 grilled chicken breast
  • 1 hard boiled egg
  • OG-is Italian Dressing
  • 1/2 roasted red pepper

Dinner

  • 1/2 grilled chicken breast
  • Sauteed onions and peppers in olive oil
  • Red & Green cabbage slaw
  • Bananas/Raspberries/Blueberries

Impressions:

Another morning where I woke up feeling alert and energized. I totally wanted to weigh myself but I couldn’t because the scale is gone. I guess that’s a really good thing since I have little willpower to the scale. Well that’s not true…when I’m eating badly, I can ignore the scale quite fine. Interesting.

Went back to the old stand-by of eggs over veggies this morning. It’s quick, easy and delicious.  Plus it keeps me full until lunch. I’m noticing that I really feel good in-between meals…no lightheaded-ness, dizziness or crankiness. I feel more alert and productive.

Sean went golfing today, which left the house really quiet most of the day. In the early evening I went out to the store and picked up some more spinach and eggs.  We’re eating a LOT of spinach.

For dinner, I made andouille sausage that we got from our local farm, but it was too spicy for me.  It was perfect for Sean though.  He had that and I pulled out some leftover chicken.

I’m still going to bed way too late. But I sleep pretty soundly and without getting up in the middle of the night.  I notice in the morning too that I just feel rested. It’s nice.

This whole process has been really interesting.  I noticed that I feel so great not tracking every single calorie or worrying about eating too much. I’m getting clearer cues from my body on when I am full and when I need to eat. I wish I had tried this a long time ago.