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. 

That’s all for this blog post.  Just a reminder: I’m giving away a bottle of Thieves Cleaner to two people who grab a Premium Starter Kit this month! Learn more here: THIEVES CLEANER GIVEAWAY!

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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

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!

Whole 30 Round 2 Starts Tomorrow

Happy Memorial Day! Remember, we are the home of the free, because of the brave.  All fallen soldiers have my utmost respect and gratitude. 

Today was a relaxing Monday, spent with my fiancée, who just returned from the Indianapolis 500. My stomach has been so angry, so today, I heavily relied on Digize.  That oil makes my tummy so happy, and as someone with all sorts of tummy issues, this is greatly appreciated. It made my day so much more bearable, but made me recognize how badly I needed to get back on clean eating.   Andrew had practice and during that, I got my affairs in order for Whole 30! 

Here is my grocery store haul:

  
I made a Zesty Ginger Dressing from Wel Fed 2 (amaze balls).  It tastes just like the one I adore at sushi restaurants, and man, where has this been all my life! 

  
 Then I made Paleo Mayo from Well Fed 1/2.  

These are the sauces that will keep my food yummy all week.  Paleo Mayo is so versatile and so, so yummy.  

I also stir fried some sweet potatoes for breakfast tomorrow.

    I plan on also frying some eggs and having two Aidell’s Chicken Apple Sausage.  For lunch I will have the above salad, with hard boiled eggs.  For Dinner, I may try to make Melissa’s Chicken Hash from the Whole 30 cookbook!

I’m really excited to do a whole30 with my new workout regimen!  I’m ready to be a strong, beautiful, bride! Today’s workout was all shoulders and we finished with push-ups.  By the end, I was shaking so badly, and so sore!  So, naturally, Deep Relief was a necessity! That oil is all sorts of minty goodness and I love that it rolls on cold and gets warm. It works serious magic and gets so deep! Love my essential oil journey! Stay tuned for more Whole30 and oil adventures! 

Please comment, or leave me a message, or email me at kelsilee@gmail.com. 

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More of my Favorite Whole30 Things

Monday, Monday, Monday, usually, I despise you, but today, I love you.   I am so blessed to have a wonderful job.  My coworkers are like family, and I rarely leave work with a frown on my face.  Seriously.  So blessed.  I got off work, and watched an episode of Breaking Bad with my fiance and his roommate.  We are three episodes from finishing the show, and goodness gracious are we ready to know what’s going to happen.  We got tons of giggles out of our silly pup Kingsley too.  Then we worked out, and my shoulders are SORE!

    Post workout, my stomach was killing me, because I ate some yogurt this morning (not Whole30 compliant) and have been paying for it ever since.  I whipped out some Digize essential oil, rubbed it on my stomach, and luckily, my stomach is finally settling down.

I love my EOs,  since I like to use more healthy, natural products on my body.  If you’re curious about learning more, check out my post: What the Heck are Essential Oils!  I would love to get more people on my team, and more people to dive in and discover the gloriousness that these babies hold.

Yesterday, I wrote about how I prepare for a Whole30 using the Whole30 website, and the resources involved.  Today, I write to you about other amazing resources that I recommend.

Instagram: If you have an Instagram, follow me @youngwholeessential and follow @whole30 and @whole30recipes.  As I go through my whole30 Round 2 I hope to post daily with my meals!  I also recommend @stupideasypaleo and @paleoomg, although not everything they post is Whole30 compliant.  @whole30recipes is great.  The people over at Whole30 pick a guest blogger every week to blog recipes.  I usually follow the blogger of the week, and have slowly built my feed to be a lot of whole30 approved bloggers!

Blogs: Then of course there are numerous blogs that are so helpful!  Some of my favorites include:

  1. Nom Nom Paleo
  2. The Clothes Make the Girl – author of the Well Fed Cookbooks
  3. PaleoOMG
  4. StupidEasyPaleo – Great for those of us who lift, and need a diet that caters to athletic needs.

Cookbooks:  I love books.  I love them so much.  I love cookbooks for their beautiful photography.  Below are the cookbooks I HIGHLY recommend and which have tons of recipes that can get you through a Whole30.  The WellFeds and NomNomPaleo specifically point out compliant meals.  Check out other paleo cookbooks too, as they have compliant meals, you just need to check and double check the ingredients!  So, here’s my list:

  1. WellFed
  2. WellFed2
  3. Whole30 Cookbook
  4. NomNom Paleo
  5. Everyday Paleo
  6. The book I want but don’t have: The Performance Paleo Cookbook 

These are the resources I use to get through a Whole30.  As always, I would love to hear from you!  Email me at kelsileeEO@gmail.com or leave a comment!

Whole 30 – Round 2: How I Prepare

Year 2 of Law School is over, and the stress, and craziness of it meant I fell off the paleo bandwagon.  I think I’ve been living off carbs and cheese for two straight months, and I’m paying for it.  My stomach is angry, I’ve been sleeping kind of out of whacks, and I’ve been getting headaches.  A Whole 30 Round 2 is definitely in order.

I completed my first Whole 30 this past January.  For 30 days I cut out: grains, dairy, legumes, added sugar, preservatives, nasty chemicals, and alcohol.  After 30 days, you slowly reintroduce these foods one at a time to see how your body reacts.  I learned that dairy and me don’t mix very well, so I *should* do a better job of minimizing how much of this I eat.

The Whole 30 was hard, but oh, so worth it.  My stomach was happy, my digestive system overall was working properly, my skin was clear, I was sleeping well, and the list could go on for ages.  I was feeling that tiger blood that the Whole30 Program raves about.  I lost about six pounds, and could tell my clothes were fitting better.  Of course, the program is challenging if you don’t prepare.  My biggest struggle was going out with friends and not slipping.  If you slip, you have to start over in order to achieve the best results.  I learned that the more prepared I was, the easier it was to make healthy choices.  Below, I’ve compiled my favorite Whole30 things and resources, that help me prepare, and get me through 30 days of life changing.

First, the Whole 30 Website is pure gold! It has everything you could possibly need to know.  Specifically:

  • The Rules
    This lays out the program lickity split. Follow them, and trust me!
  • The Books:
    • It Starts With Food is the “bible” of the Whole 30.  It lays out the science behind why this program works, and explains what various foods will do to you.  It’s definitely worth the read if you want to know the why’s behind what you are doing.
    • The Whole30 Cookbook just came out, and is beautifully done!  It’s got so many great recipes.  I’ve already played around with the mayo variations.  (Paleo Mayo is life changing).   The beginning part of the Cookbook explains the Whole30 in layman’s terms, so if you want to skip the science, you can still learn everything you need to know about the program in this book.
  • Other Resources
    • TheWhole30 Daily is an email sent to you daily, filled with motivation, recipes, and a progress report.  You have to click whether or not you’ve completed another day.  It’s so helpful on those days when you seriously HATE ALL THE THINGS.  (This happens a lot at the beginning.  For me it was days 4-10 and I was not a happy camper).
    • The Downloads
      • This is the gold mine of Whole 30.  Shopping Lists, approved foods, cheat sheets for the crap they like to put in packaged foods, templates, the list could go on and on.  I recommend printing out as many of these as you feel necessary and stick them on your refrigerator.  It makes grocery list making and shopping so much easier.
    • The Whole30 Approved List
      • These products have the Whole30 Stamps of Approval.  I love RX Bars (Coffee Cacao is great, they also have a Whole30 pack) for when you’re in a hurry and need something quick and filling.
      • Epic Bars are yummy too.
      • I love Chomps.
      • La Croix is my saving grace during the Whole30.  Caffeinated water is so needed sometimes.
    • Whole30 Forum
      • This is a community of tried and true Whole30ers and newbies.  I like it because you can search for “Trader Joes Approved Products,” “CostCo Approved Products” to make your grocery store trips so much easier. There is so much information here and you should spend tons of time reading the thread for tips, and for motivation.

These resources are more than enough to get you started.  I’ll do another post soon about the cookbooks I love.

I’ll be starting my second round of Whole 30 on May 24.  As always, send me an email at kelsileeEO@gmail.com for questions, or leave a comment.