Week 1 Whole 30 Roundup

 I’m officially 7 days down in the Whole30 and beginning Day 8!  In an IG post I did yesterday, I stated that Days 4-6 are the hardest/worst.  That is then followed by Days 13-17.

The Whole30 is definitely  not for everybody, but at the same time it is for everybody.  For 30 days you cut out all the crap, and for brevity’s sake only eat protein, fruits, and veggies (a little nuts, healthy fats, and seasonings galore).  After 30 days, you are supposed to slowly reintroduce the other foods you cut out, to see what your body is sensitive to.  Of course, that is not always the case.  The first Whole30 I did, I binge ate pizza and probably sushi the second I finished day 30 (oh goodness, those still sound fantastic!).  The second whole30, I think I did a better job, but I know I reintroduced alcohol pronto, because wine + law school are necessities.   What I have discovered from Whole30 is that dairy products irritate my gut, as does alcohol (hahah).

I highly recommend following some sort of meal plan the first week of Whole30 so that meal planning does not get overwhelming or complicated.  I followed the Whole30 Cookbook’s 7 day meal plan with some alterations, and I really liked it!  It is even going to last me a few more days, since all the serving portions in that cookbook are for 2, but I bought enough for 4-6 for some meals.   Some of the meals were more basic than I would have liked.  That basic aspect is great for the first whole30 you do.  Seriously…keep it simple.  For someone who eats paleo much more frequently and has done the whole30 a few times around, basic can be boring.

 I also recommend bagging up some easy snacks to take with you.  Snacks I love are:

  • Nick’s Sticks (Iowa based turkey and beef jerky!)
  • Epic Bars
  • RX Bars (OMG OMG OMG I LOVE THESE!)
  • Dried Fruit
  • Hardboiled Eggs
  • Fruit
  • Veggies
  • Trader Joe’s Plantain Chips.  (with guac, with salsa, by itself).

 The first week of whole30 can be brutal from the hours of 3-5pm.  I felt like I was starving, which is completely dramatic, since it was just my body asking me to give it the sugar, starches, and crap I had been putting into it.  Snacks can help save you from that.

 The first week is also where your body can’t believe you would subject it to such torture as to eat healthy! Days 1-3 are always easy for me.  I’m super pumped to be meal planning and to eat whole, good things.  Days 4, well it all hits the fan.  This whole30 I had sugar cravings like you wouldn’t believe. That was the first time this had happened to me.  I wanted Chewy Sprees, cupcakes, AND CHOCOLATE OMG.   I still had my usual cravings of a warm French Loaf with melted butter.  But the sugar craving was something I had never really had.

Day 4 was just dealing with this adaptation of my body.  Craving all the things, but still feeling pretty good.

Day 5 I became an angry elf.  I was short-tempered, and just wanted to nap at all hours of the day.   My energy levels were terrible.  I went to the gym with my fiance, and ran a mile on the treadmill and was pooped.  So, then I stalked him around the gym like a wet puppy, which was clearly annoying to him.  Oops.  I think I tried to give him puppy dog eyes to get him to take me home.  (The gym is a block from where we live, but it’s Iowa winter and it’s cold, and snowy, and cold….).  Anyways this is how I feel I looked like:

 Day 6 was rough.  I was also short tempered.   I came home from work and only wanted to Netflix and Chill.

Day 7 I felt fabulous!  My energy levels were normal, I wasn’t moody or short-tempered.  We went to pick out the tuxes for the groom and groomsmen for the wedding, then to try on wedding bands.  It was such a fun day, and my fiance rewarded me with Chipotle!  Hello compliant salad!!

I had a lot of REALLY good meals this week.  I also failed at making Paleo Mayo TWICE.  Which is terribly sad, because whole30 mayo is the best and it sucks when it goes to waste.  I had one batch become halfway redeemable, but it’s still not the perfection it should be.   There will be a blog post about this soon.

 Some of my favorite meals this week were:

  • Brined Pork Chops with an Apple Sage Sauce from Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook (this cookbook is AWESOME!  But not everything is whole30 compliant). 
  • Perfect Baked Salmon from the Whole30 Cookbook 
  • Tomato and Kale Frittata adapted from the Whole30 Cookbook 
  • Rosemary and Olive Oil Roasted Potato Fries. 

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Whole 30 Day 2

I’ve found in my few whole 30s that the first 3 days are “easy.”  Not easy, as in I have no cravings, but easy in that I’m excited to try new foods and to meal prep.   Meals are a treat, and not yet a chore.

I’m really liking the 7 Day Meal Plan from the Whole 30 Cookbook.  I’ve made some changes to fit my style (er…I forgot to buy Basil at the store, so won’t be making Pesto, but will make some vinaigrette instead). Also, vinaigrette is a hard word to spell.   One downside to the cookbook is that it doesn’t include a shopping list for the meal plan.  Not a big deal since you can search the whole30 forums for one.  Another downside, is that this meal plan is expensive.  It’s more than I’m accustomed to spending for groceries *BUT* worth it in the fact that I will stick to it and eat my leftovers.  The groceries will also likely stretch for more like 8-10 days since I sometimes doubled things or bought more than the 2 servings required for the recipe.

All I know, if my last 2-3 Whole 30s are any sign, Day 4-7 I will kill for hot, buttery, bread.  Just thinking about it now is making me salivate!
Here’s a recap of my meals today:
M1: Southwestern Scramble

  M2: Perfect Protein Salad (Basically, lettuce, paleo mayo w/ ranch seasoning, canned, organic chicken (TJ’s!), and any veggies you so desire).

M3: Spaghetti Squash with Tomato Sauce and Perfect Ground Beef – I made Italian Sausage.   Truth be told, I’m not the biggest fan of Spaghetti Squash, but I do really like the recipe from the Whole30 Cookbook.  Also – Ghee fixes everything.

  

Anyways – I’m feeling good.  My long term goals are to lose weight and feel fabulous by March 12, the day I get married.  I don’t consider myself overweight or fat by any means.  I just want to lose 5-10 pounds and build more muscle!

I’ve recently committed to the ONEChallenge.  This means I’m committing to 1,000 miles this year, walking or running.  Treadmill miles I’m at about 6.  994 miles to go!  It’s from an oily group I’m in.  My workouts are usually consistently inconsistent.  I am *usually* pretty good about working out 4 days a week, but lately it seems like I’m lucky if I get 2 in.  I was doing a Bigger, Faster, Stronger Program with my fiance, and got my squats up to 145, which I was really excited about.  I’m also halfway to a real, unassisted pull-up!  BFS got to be a bit much on my joints since it is lifting 4 days a week, and maxing out.  So, we’re currently reformulating my workout to involve half an hour of cardio (3 miles!) and half an hour of weightlifting! Woohoo! 1917386_1662067887399202_3647732446880777974_n

Bulletproof Coffee

My life has been changed forever.  Seriously, this Bulletproof Coffee craze is lifechanging and oh so good!

Bulletproof coffee is this new paleo trend, and whole 30 compliant coffee twist that I knew I had to try.  Ghee and Coffee? HELLOO

  I ran out of Ghee about 5 days into my Whole30.  I needed more, and had heard marvelous things about Tin Star Food’s Brown Butter, so I ordered some.  What I didn’t know is that it would take about two weeks to get to me, since they hand craft each batch.  Totally fine with me, but I’ve been on a ghee hiatus and now I’m a little too excited to have this product in my hands.  Ghee is uncultured butter (clarified).  It’s whole30 compliant, and once you go to ghee, you will never want to go back.  Seriously. SO GOOD.  Brown Butter has almost a caramel taste to it.  It’s the best.

  Bulletproof coffee is geared around getting a healthy dose of fat for the morning. After one cup, I am sold.  It’s creamy, coffee, and whole30!

Recipe:

  • 8 oz black coffee
  • 2 T ghee
  • 1 T Coconut Oil

Blend in a blender, food processor, or with an immersion blender.  Place a towel over your blender or you will explode some coffee everywhere.  Just, you know, a tip from a friend.  Serve and enjoy!

   

 And here’s a quick picture of my naughty pup, who likes to lick food out of the sink.  😐 

 

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Whole 30 Day 2

Howdy folks!  Today was absolutely beautiful.  82 degrees, sunny, and beautiful blue skies, it was almost a pity I had to work today rather than be outside.  But then my co-worker’s shared the Dingo Ate My Baby story.  Google it.  There’s a Seinfeld episode on it too.  Seriously though, I love my job. 

Tonight, we worked out (leg day) and then Andrew and I walked our pup.   The Gentle Leader is amazing for dogs who pull, but Kingsley hates it! So he tries to snuggle with us in an attempt to convince us he doesn’t need it.  Haha.
 Also, I just completed Whole30 Day 2!  Today was easier, and I had food prepped.  I’m definitely in the “this is easy phase!”  Days 4 and 5 are going to get me.  Andrew and I have our engagement party with the family on Saturday, and I’m trying on dresses, so hopefully I will stick to Whole30!  I’m thinking I’ll probably order a steak and grilled vegetables or a salad and bring my own dressing.

Today’s Whole 30 Meals included two meals of Breakfast Sausage Browns! 

 Recipe:

Ingredients

  1. 1 Sweet Potato
  2. 1/2 onion (variety of your choice)
  3. Any other veggies you may have
  4. 2 Aidell Chicken Sausage Apple Links
  5. 2 Tsp. Chili Powder
  6. 1/2 tsp cumin
  7. 1/2 tsp paprika (I do a couple Tsps because I love them)
  8. Salt and Pepper to Taste
  9. Dash of Cayenne Pepper
  10. 2 T Coconut Oil

Dice the sweet potatoes and place in a pan with 2 T of coconut oil, and all the spices.  Cover with lid, stirring every few minutes.  Meanwhile, dice your onion, and slice your chicken sausage into a thickness of your choice.  I did about 1/2 inch slices.  Once potatoes begin to crisp (7-10 minutes), add onions, and chicken sausage, stirring frequently.  Once onions begin to be translucent, it is done. Enjoy!!

Makes about 2 servings.  I split them up for breakfast and dinner.

Also, on an oil note, my Essential Rewards shipped, and I qualified for all of the promotions.  (HINT: There may be a giveaway of Grapefruit oil in the upcoming weeks!) I ordered so much oily goodness, and cannot wait to get them in!

As always please comment or shoot me an email at kelsileeEO@gmail.com!