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 Round 3

With 68 days to go until wedding date, and 2 days late, I have started my THIRD Whole30.  You know, the eating and life plan that sounds INSANE at first, but then when you do it, you can’t stop talking about how amazing you feel, how much better you look, and just HOW GREAT IT IS! 

 Here are the rules: Whole30 Program
I also created a blog post on my favorite Whole30 things a while back (it’s ugly and I’m sorry): RESOURCES

SO…January 3, Day 1….

I am following the 7 Day Meal Plan from the Whole30 Cookbook for the first 7 days, so today was a day of simple eating, grocery shopping, and meal prep.   I LOVE my Whole30 Cookbook!! 

 I made a protein salad, tomato sauce, and ranch dressing.  I’m actually going to live on the wild side and make my frittata in the morning, because that is just how I roll. 

 For breakfast I had a fried egg, some sauteed summer squash, and pomegranate seeds. It was wonderfully simple. 

 For lunch, I had Nick’s Sticks and an Orange.  Nick’s Sticks are an Iowa local treat. I  love the spicy flavors of the jerky and the simple ingredient list!

For dinner – it was a late, rushed one – I had two Aidell’s Chicken Apple Sausages, and another orange.  I like oranges.  I probably need more greens.  Oh well.  Day 2 is tomorrow.

One thing I’m super excited about?  

  The fact that I didn’t have any Thyme, and was able to use 1 drop of Thyme Essential Oil in my pasta sauce.   I did the same thing and added a drop of Dill to my Ranch Dressing!  Want to learn more about essential oils?  Go here: What the Heck are Essential Oils?

Let me know if you have questions and be sure to follow my adventures over at @youngwholeessential on Instagram! 

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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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!