Whole30 Week 3

Today marks day 27 of my Whole30. I’m almost there! If you missed my recaps of the first 2 weeks, you can check them out here and here. I can’t believe it’s almost done! I’m contemplating what I’m going to do once the official 30 days are up. I’m feeling so good on the Whole30 that I don’t want to go back to the way I had been eating previously, but I just don’t think I can be so strict 100% of the time. I’m thinking I’ll do the reintro that they suggest on the Whole30 website, and then once I figure out what foods work well with my system and those that don’t, I’m going to go back to a relaxed Whole30 and add in the foods that are ok for me on occasion. I’ve got a few other ideas I’ve been toying with though, so we’ll see how it goes. Only 3 more days!

Anyway, here’s my recap of week 3…

Day 15:

Day 15

Breakfast: Italian Beef from Slender Kitchen, frozen veggies with olive oil and Mrs. Dash, clementine, V8 Spicy Hot

Lunch: Chocolate chili from Mel Joulwan, salad, clementine, Cranberry Lime Seltzer

Dinner: 5 spice slow cooker pork ribs from Mel Joulwan, green beans with olive oil and Mrs. Dash

Snack: Banana applesauce pouch

Notes: My energy was pretty good today, but I did have a bit of some stomach upset in the afternoon. I didn’t want to eat dinner, but I made myself, and I felt a lot better after eating.

 

Day 16:

Day 16

Breakfast: Chocolate Chili, salad, apple

Lunch: 5 spice ribs, green beans with olive oil and Mrs. Dash, clementine

Dinner: Paleo chicken and dumpling soup (minus the dumplings) from A Healthy Life for Me, coconut water with pineapple

Snack: no snack

Notes: My sleep has been great lately. I fell asleep right away last night and didn’t wake up at all during the night. I have been having a lot of cravings lately, but they only last for a little bit. It’s usually when I see something that my mouth starts to water, and I really want it or something similar, but I haven’t had too many cravings where they just came up from nowhere.

 

Day 17:

Day 17

Breakfast: Coconut water with pineapple, chicken soup

Lunch: Italian Beef, Romaine salad, apple

Dinner: Banana Bread Larabar

Snack: no snack

Notes: I had a pretty busy night tonight, so I didn’t feel like cooking anything. I also wasn’t very hungry, so I just grabbed one of my Larabars out of my emergency stash for dinner.

 

Day 18:

Day 18

Breakfast: Italian beef, clementine, romaine salad, coconut water

Lunch: 5 spice ribs, green beans

Dinner: Eggs, roasted potatoes

Snack: no snack

Notes: This morning I woke up right away with my alarm. I did some foam rolling before my coworker got to work to join me for our morning workout, and it felt amazing! I mean it hurt like hell while I was doing it, but my muscles felt pretty loose for the first time in a couple weeks. As soon as I was done with our workout, they felt like they had seized back up, but for about a half hour, I felt good. 🙂

 

Day 19:

Day 19

Breakfast: Italian Beef, chopped broccoli, clementine, V8 spicy hot

Lunch: Chocolate chili

Dinner: Eggs, chicken apple sausage

Snack: no snack

Notes: I woke up pretty easily this morning. I felt good all day. I got in a good foam roller workout that felt amazing. It was painful at the time, but my muscles felt so much better after.

 

Day 20:

Breakfast: coconut water

Lunch: no lunch

Dinner: Steak, baked sweet potato with ghee, grapefruit Izze

Snack: no snack

Notes: Busy day again, so I really didn’t eat breakfast or lunch. We had a date night, so we grabbed some takeout (we were supposed to actually eat at the restaurant, but the wait would have been way too long, and we had to catch a movie.)

 

Day 21:

Breakfast: coconut water

Lunch: blood orange

Dinner: a slice of carne asada, plantain chips, nibbles of the food we were cooking

Snack: no snack

Notes: Another busy day, so I didn’t eat much. The meat we made for dinner didn’t smell right, so we tossed it, and I didn’t feel like making anything else.

 

Week 3 Recap:

Week 3 has been great. I’m not really feeling any of the negative effects of the first couple weeks. I can tell I’ve lost some weight, and I’m definitely feeling the tiger blood! I have so much energy during the day, I can get through my workouts without a problem and am even starting to look forward to getting them done in the morning to get my day going. I’ve had a few stomach issues here and there, but I think that I’ve really confirmed that eggs do not work for me. I know I’ve written about them being something I shouldn’t eat in the past, but I had been eating them on occasion without any ill effects. This week I had some, and I had the worst stomach cramps a couple hours after eating them. It makes me pretty sad, but I know that I can still eat them occasionally if I want to if I’m willing to deal with the consequences.

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today! Again, if you’re on a Whole30 journey, I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below! And if you’re interested in starting the program, you can read all about it on their website or get the book here!

 

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Whole30-Day 3

I’m going to start sounding like a broken record here pretty soon, but today was really rather uneventful. I’m on day 3 of my Whole30, and I still feel pretty good. I had a bit of a headache earlier this morning, but I think that was probably caused by other things. I did cut back on my fruit intake today, so maybe I’ll start feeling the withdrawals tomorrow. I hope not, but who knows? If I could continue going along with minimal negative side effects, that would be fantastic!

One thing I did start to notice today was the cravings are starting to kick in. I was craving everything from a chocolate bar to potato chips to cheese curds, you name it! If it was junk, I was probably craving it today. I made the mistake of walking down the candy aisle at the drugstore after work, but I put my blinders on and didn’t even pay attention. I could smell the chocolate though… It was rough!

I definitely planned ahead a lot better today than the first 2 days. I had leftovers for breakfast and lunch and crock pot chili for dinner. I didn’t take any pictures of breakfast or lunch since they are just repeats.

Breakfast: Leftover Ham, Apple & Sweet Potato Scramble and 8 oz Gingerade kombucha

Lunch: Leftover Mustard Chicken Thighs and Spaghetti Squash with Sauteed Asparagus and Garlic

Dinner: Chocolate Chili from The Clothes Make the Girl. I was definitely in the mood for some nice, hearty chili after the last couple cold, dreary days, and this recipe definitely hit the spot. I made the crock pot version so it would be ready to go when I got home.

Chocolate Chili

For someone who wanted to be a food photographer, I take some crappy pics. Lol

I was also going to do a quick tutorial for how to easily dice an onion with minimal tears, but I didn’t think of it until after the onions were already in the pot. I learned the trick a couple years ago, and it has changed my life. 😉 So next time I make a recipe with onions, I’ll be sure to include it. If you don’t already know it, it will be revolutionary.

On Saturday I’ll be doing a 5k mud run to benefit a local domestic abuse shelter. It’s called the Warrior Princess Mud Run, and I want to dress up in some sort of costume. I’m thinking of dressing as a princess, but I’d like to be one that’s not some wussy woman who needs to be saved by her prince (I’m looking at you, Snow White…). I’m kind of stumped on ideas though. Maybe I’ll just go generic and wear a skirt and a tiara and call it a day. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them!

Whole 30-Day 2 and FPU

Today was day 2 of my Whole30, and I really don’t have much to report. I planned ahead a lot better, so I actually had some pretty good food. Days 2-3, according to the “What to Expect” article on whole30.com, are called the “hangover days” because your body is adjusting to not receiving as much crap as it normally gets, and just like an alcohol hangover, you pretty much feel like crap. I’m not delusional enough to think that it won’t be coming, but so far, so good! I have been eating a bit too much fruit than is recommended though, so that might have something to do with it. I might not be having full withdrawals yet.

So what did I eat?

Breakfast: Leftover Ham, Apple & Sweet Potato Scramble from dinner last night and 8 oz. Mystic Mango kombucha

Ham, Apple, Sweet Potato Scramble

Doesn’t look pretty, but tastes amazing! 🙂

Lunch: 3 scrambled eggs and an apple-I had a banana too, but I ate it before taking a picture

Scrambled eggs, apple

Nothing special, but it kept me full all afternoon.

Dinner: spaghetti squash with asparagus and garlic sauteed in ghee, and Mustard Chicken Thighs from Fit and Awesome.

Spaghetti squash with asparagus

Mmmm… so tasty…

I had to do dinner in two parts because for some reason I was thinking my chicken would only take a few minutes to bake… yep… I mean, I did it on purpose… yeah that’s it! I decided to class it up a bit and served my dinner in two courses. 😉

Mustard Chicken Thighs

Hot and fresh from the oven!

The spaghetti squash/asparagus turned out really good! I’ve only had spaghetti squash a couple times prior to tonight, and it was always pretty blah, but tonight’s was really flavorful and tender. I know they’re in season right now, so I’m sure that has something to do with it. Just one more reason to try and eat seasonally! It paired really well with the asparagus and garlic sautee too. I barely had to season it at all-just a touch of pepper and salt, and it was good to go. The chicken was pretty good too. Though I think it would have been better with skin on chicken thighs instead of skinless. The recipe calls for skin on, but all I had was skinless. It wasn’t terrible, but I think the added flavor from the fat and the crunch of the skin would have just kicked it up a notch.


 

If you followed my old blog or know me in real life, you know I started the Financial Peace University (FPU) class last year and only made it through about half the classes before life got in the way, and I had to stop going. Well, I have been slipping again with my spending, so I decided I needed a refresher, and last night was the first class. It was all information I’ve heard before, but it was just the little nudge I needed to get me going and back on track again. I feel like I’ve got a renewed vigor, and I’m going to hit my debt hard to make it go away!

In the class, Dave Ramsey talks about how there are 2 different types of people when it comes to money-nerds and free spirits. Nerds are the number crunchers that actually like to make the budget and know where their money is going, and free spirits are the ones that are a lot more go with the flow and don’t really care about budgets or numbers. I’m definitely a nerd! I like to play around in Excel and create fancy budgets. I also spent a couple hours creating a huge spreadsheet with formulas subtracting my payments and adding the interest every month to figure out how long exactly my debt snowball will take assuming no changes in income or emergencies.

It was a bit disheartening at first to see how long it will take to become completely debt free, but I was pretty conservative with my estimates. I also wasn’t taking into account any extra money that I will likely be getting throughout the year in the way of bonuses or tax refunds because those aren’t guaranteed. Chances are pretty good that it won’t take me quite as long as I’ve calculated, but we’ll see. All I can do is to just keep plugging away! The only thing I’m a little worried about is being able to stick to my clean diet on a limited budget.

Whole 30-Day 1

As I mentioned before, either in my first post or on my about me page, I’m making a commitment to being healthier, and I personally believe that to make any real changes to health, you have to start by looking at your diet. You can exercise all you want, but at the end of the day, if you’re feeding your body junk, you will feel and look like junk.

When I first made the commitment to myself that I was going to eat better, I researched several different methods to figure out the best plan for me. I knew I wanted to eat “clean” and get away from all the processed foods, but just do a search for “clean eating,” and you’ll get approximately 2.5 million hits. I started looking at some of the results, and a lot of them are pretty contradictory-“no sugar, only use agave nectar,” “No! Don’t use agave nectar it’s terrible for you!” “Don’t eat any carbs because all carbs are sugar which isn’t ‘clean'” “Make sure to get plenty of good, whole grains like quinoa and barley…” It’s enough to make even the most savvy foodie’s head explode.

Then a Facebook friend posted an article about Whole30. I read it, and at first I was really skeptical. I thought it was another fad diet promising quick results by just restricting what you eat. Then I did some more research and realized it’s not about that at all.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Whole30 program, it’s basically a restricted eating plan that focuses on meat, vegetables and fruit, and good fats. No grains, no legumes, no dairy, no added sugar, no processed foods, etc.  It’s called Whole30 because you’re supposed to do it for 30 days. You can go longer if you choose, but that’s not the point. It’s very restrictive because you’re eliminating most groups of problematic foods. The idea is that you cut out all of those foods and your body basically resets itself and works as it’s intended to. Then after 30 days are up, you can slowly reintroduce some foods to see how your body reacts to them. (This isn’t a great description, so if you’d like more information, I highly recommend visiting whole30.com to learn more about it. They obviously do a much better job at describing the program and why it works.)

This made a lot of sense to me. I was actually eating a bagel when I was reading the article, and then later on I started to feel really bloated and congested and just overall not great. It was something that I wouldn’t really have noticed had I not just read the article, but I started to think about it. Was it the sugar? The grains? The dairy? I had no way of knowing because I had had all of those things, so because of that, the idea of doing an elimination diet seemed intriguing. I’d be able to see exactly how certain foods affect my body and know which foods were ok to reintroduce and which foods I should continue to avoid.

I first started reading and researching back at the beginning of August and had planned to start in the beginning of September. The only problem is that my baby sister was getting married in the middle of what would have been my 30 days. Obviously I wanted to be able to have fun at the bachelorette party, rehearsal, and, of course, the wedding, so I decided I would wait until the day after to start. Then the day after came, and I hadn’t done my planning or shopping, and money was a bit tight, so I gave myself one more week.

Today was the day I finally started! I planned out my meals for the week, but I didn’t do a very good job planning ahead for today. I normally go grocery shopping on Friday nights (because I’m really cool, obviously), but I didn’t have my meal plan done, and by the time work was over on Friday afternoon, the last thing I wanted to do was sit down for another hour or so coming up with my meal plan. I figured I would just do it on Saturday, completely ignoring the fact that I already had plans and probably wouldn’t have time to do it. Of course, that’s exactly what happened… I ended up making my meal plan yesterday while I was doing laundry at my parents’ house. Then I went to the grocery store, and by the time I got home, it was after 8, and I really didn’t feel like spending the next couple hours prepping food.

So today was pretty boring food wise. Breakfast was 2 eggs and a banana. I was really hungry around 10, so I had a package of dried fruit and nuts (Whole30 approved in small amounts) as a snack. For lunch I had some baked chicken and green beans from the cafeteria. I was feeling a little hungry again in the afternoon, but I didn’t really have anything else to snack on, so I just made myself some herbal tea. I was still kind of hungry after that, but I’m guessing part of it was just because I normally have some sort of snack around 2-3, so I was listening to the time cues and not necessarily hunger cues.

Dinner was the really exciting part of my day. 🙂 I had been planning this meal for several weeks, and I finally made it tonight! In reality I totally could have made a Whole30 approved meal even though I wasn’t technically Whole30 yet, but I wanted to save it, so I could have something tasty on my restricted plan. Anyway, I made the Ham, Apple, & Sweet Potato Scramble from Paleo Newbie, and it was SO GOOD! I never would have thought those flavors would go together so well, but let me tell you… it was like fall harvest in my mouth. The sweetness of the sweet potatoes and apple paired nicely with the salty ham and sauteed onions. There is just a hint of a kick added in with some cayenne pepper, too, which rounded out the flavors beautifully. I always like it when I make something really good for dinner because, as a single person, I’m usually stuck with a lot of leftovers. When I’m looking forward to my leftovers, you know it was a good meal!

So how do I feel after day 1? Honestly, no different yet. It’s only been one day, so there really hasn’t been any significant change. I do feel the day 1 “So what’s the big deal?” delusion they talk about, though. I had a good day of eating, even if it was somewhat boring, and I’m definitely feeling like it is doable; however, I know what’s coming. I went low carb before my sister’s wedding to try and drop a couple pounds quickly, and I very vividly remember my sugar detox period. It wasn’t pretty. Hopefully since I’m able to have some carbs with Whole30, it won’t be quite as difficult… hopefully…

If you’ve ever done Whole30 and have any tips or suggestions to get me through or would like to share any recipes with me, I’d love to hear them!