Sunday, April 26

Whole 30 Week 2

Well we've survived our first week of Whole 30 and surprisingly we managed through our 2nd week without any cheats…which amazes me. Again, I can't say enough for having a support system during this journey.

The second week brought new challenges: boredom. Breakfasts were starting to get a little boring, eggs and bacon every day sounds great until you're 15 days in and you're getting a little green at the thought of one more egg. So this week we got creative and branched out. I think the first week, you're so worried about eating something bad that you get caught up in eating the things you know are safe. Or, like we did- we got super adventurous and they didn't go according to plan so you wilt back to your safety net of grapes, salads, and grilled meats. 

Anyways, for week 2 we got a little more adventurous with our recipes and trying new things. Instead of cooking eggs and bacon every morning, on Sunday we did some prep and made these super simple and versatile meat and veggie egg muffins. Here is an example of a recipe we used. We made egg-spianch-sausage egg muffins and were able to put them in the fridge and reheat them in the morning. Our secret ingredient this week: apple pie spice by Penzy's. A definite life-saver. I've used more cinnamon and apple pie spice in the past few weeks than I have in my whole life!

Above: egg muffins, fresh mango and strawberries for breakfast

Some other good recipes from this week included a Summer Cucumber and Tomato Salad
and I made a variation of this Garlic Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles which was delicious, I did a little homemade pesto (without the cheese of course) and I think I could've ate 3 helpings.

La Croix water: I used to hate it. Now I'm obsessed 
Arugula with a homemade mustard/olive oil dressing and Moroccan Meatballs (I'll try to find the recipe because these were absolutely delicious)

Another fun adventure this week: homemade sugar-free applesauce. I also cut up some fresh strawberries and pureed them together to make homemade strawberry applesauce- I highly recommend.

Keep on, keepin' on folks. You can do it!

Sunday, April 19

Whole 30 Week 1

The Whole 30. And so it begins. 

Today was the end marker of my first week on the Whole 30 journey. Last week while driving back from Florida, my mom read the book "It Starts With Food" and wanted to try the Whole 30 challenge. So after a few months of travel and a holiday weekend, mom and I decided to start the whole 30 challenge. Interested in the Whole 30? Not sure what the hype is all about? Check it out here

The Whole 30 was "established by Dallas Hartwig and Melissa Hartwig (of Whole9) in April 2009, the Whole30® is our original nutritional program designed to change your life in 30 days. Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system" Basically it's a 30-day reset of your body that changes your relationship with food, resets your metabolism and helps restore order and harmony in your body.

So here is an overall recap of my first week on the Whole 30.

Day 1
Breakfast was great: eggs, bacon and fresh fruit. Nothing too crazy. Lunch on the other hand, I would've quit if I wasn't doing this whole thing with my mom. A stressful day at work had me craving things I couldn't have, chips, pretzels and lemonade tea. So instead I made a "tuna salad" boat made with avocado and a side of grapes. Eh. I survived. Dinner was a simple grilled chicken, green beans, sweet potato mash with ghee and cinnamon. Not too bad overall but again- a support system is 

Day 2
Breakfast is simple and easy, eggs, bacon and fruit. Lunch was a salad that was less than thrilling and left me starving by mid-afternoon. Dinner was a failure, I overcooked pork chops and failed at making cauliflower rice so I ended up going to bed just tired, grumpy and hungry. Day 2 wasn't shaping up to be much better either.

The rest of the week was a mix of emotions. Breakfasts were always easy although I'm getting a little sick of eggs and bacon; I felt great and could head to work energized and ready for the day. Lunch time made me annoyed because I wanted things I could't have (have I mentioned that sugar is in EVERYTHING?!). However dinner time was the hardest. Getting home from work and being purely exhausted, all I wanted to do was snack or munch. The carb flu also hit me hard at the end of the week; I felt tired, sluggish, kind of in a daze somedays, hungry and just ill in general. 

Things I learned on Week 1:
1. I love sugar…oh wait, I already knew that
2. I get exhausted during the afternoon…but I already knew that too
3. I workout in the morning before work so by 10am, I'm hungry again- I think I need to add a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack in, almost as a "post workout" snack
4. Cauliflower rice isn't as easy as it looks
5. When in doubt…just go to bed.