Whole 30 Reflections

Hi Friends!

I’m officially 4 days post-whole 30 and am in the reintroduction phase of the program. The idea of the reintroduction phase is to slowly introduce foods back into your diet and see how you feel… It’s actually REALLY hard to reintroduce slowly when so many good foods contain a combo of grains and dairy… haha.

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I really liked whole30, despite the fact that many people label it as a “fad diet.”  Do I think it’s something that I could do forever? No. But, I definitely felt good during the 30 days. Here are some of my thoughts:

Pros:

  • I didn’t have any digestive/IBS symptoms for the entire 30 days.
  • I tried lots of new recipes and really enjoyed cooking colorful, wholesome meals.
  • I didn’t lose any weight (which was actually surprising!), but my clothes fit a lot better and I lost 2 inches in my upper waist and 2 inches around my belly button (which is the area where I really need to lose the most fat!)
  • My skin cleared up a lot and several people told me that my skin was glowing!
  • I didn’t have the urge to binge eat the entire time.
  • It helped me identify what foods are not making me feel good (You just get so used to feeling icky that you don’t even realize you’re bloated and sick until you’re not anymore).
  • I had way more energy!
  • I didn’t really miss sugar at all! All of my cravings were more salty/savoury cravings, but never once did I want candy or a cookie or anything like that. It also just made me aware of just how much sugar is in everything and I plan to take that sugar awareness forward after whole30.
  • I LOVE whole30 mayo. I never realized how easy it is to make your own mayo and honestly it’s so good! It tastes much fresher and has a way better texture than regular mayo. This is one of the things I will probably continue to make myself instead of buying.

Cons:

  • It is very restrictive!! I definitely was not on board with the “you make one mistake and you start over” philosophy. Early on, I realized that the coconut I was eating likely had sulphites in it… I just stopped eating it and didn’t feel like I needed to start over. On day 28, I had a very unsatisfying pulled pork sandwich on a bun… but I wasn’t about to start over.
  • Eliminating ALL food additives/preservatives is super challenging! I stayed away from the big three listed in the whole30 book, but I didn’t worry about other additives. Especially considering a lot of them aren’t even harmful.
  • It’s really hard to eat out on this plan – I felt like I had to say no to events/plans involving a lot of food just because I didn’t want to be “that person” who couldn’t eat anything without a bunch of substitutions and restrictions. I hate doing that at restaurants.
  • It’s pretty expensive. In the 30 days, we spent about an extra $150 on groceries.
  • I got REALLY sick of eggs… and side note… many people have a sensitivity to eggs, which this plan obviously doesn’t address.
  • It’s hard to get enough carbs to maintain an active lifestyle. Throughout whole30, I was still working out 5-6 days per week at a moderately high to high intensity. Even adding in dates, extra fruit (I honestly didn’t eat that much fruit before!), bananas, and (which I didn’t even eat prior to whole30), potatoes (which I also didn’t eat prior to whole30), it was hard to get in a lot of carbs to support my workouts. I feel like it definitely is kind of a low-carb plan and if I hadn’t been actively trying to increase my carb intake it would have been much lower.
  • It was super high in fat for me. There’s nothing wrong with this, and a lot of people benefit from a ketogenic diet, but according to my food diary, I was eating up to 50% of my calories from fat. If I had been more strict about following the plan and limiting my fats to a couple TBSP or a thumb-sized amount, I feel like I might have lost more weight… but that wasn’t the ultimate goal for me here AND I didn’t want to stress about exact portion size on top of stressing about what I could and couldn’t eat.
  • The plan made me realize that I might have a sensitivity to nightshade vegetables/fruits, but I don’t really want to cut them out because they are my favourite!😦

Overall, I had a good whole30 experience, despite the fact that I recognize there are some concerns/underlying issues with this program that many people have addressed. In fact, my friend Jen, who is a dietician, wrote a very timely article on whole30 last week and she has a lot of valid points! I definitely recommend you read her review  as well as other positive and negative reviews of whole30 before you decide to try it!

Post whole30, I am really working on a balance of carbs, protein and fat in my diet instead of a diet heavy on one of those macronutrients because I feel that a balance is a) most sustainable and intuitive for me b) supports my training while still allowing me to lose weight. Now that I’m in the reintroduction phase, here are some things I have tried to reintroduce and my body’s response to them:

Legumes: So far, I’ve only had peanut butter (I’m not a big legume eater) and I felt totally fine afterwards.

Non-gluten grains: I’ve had gluten-free steel cut oats, popcorn and basmati rice and felt fine on all of them! (I seriously missed popcorn!)

Gluten/wheat: I’ve had a 100 calorie sandwich thin and a couple whole-wheat tortillas so far and I noticed bloating and discomfort within an hour of eating them. Not enough that I feel that I should *never* eat grains, but I think they are going to have to be an occasional thing and I plan to mostly cut them out from my everyday meals.

Sugar: I haven’t had a lot of sugar but have started cooking with spice blends that contain some sugar in their ingredients again. Sometimes flavouring food just requires a little sweetness, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that!  I also went back to having sugar-free syrup in my iced coffee with no ill-effects. The little sugar I have had included a white peach bellini… mostly what I’ve noticed after having anything really sugary is that I immediately want to sleep.

Pre-workout and Whey Powder: I feel totally fine after taking my beloved pre-workout, and whey powder in my post-workout shakes hasn’t given me any problems. The one thing I’ve noticed though is that both taste WAY too sweet and “artificial.” I still like the benefits preworkout gives me, but I’ve had to really dilute it with water to even get it down and I’ve only been using half a scoop of whey powder instead of a full scoop.

Alcohol: Other than the bellini mentioned above, I haven’t had any alcohol… even my beloved wine. I just haven’t really craved/ wanted it and am perfectly happy to have a calorie-free sparkling water instead.

Dairy: I knew this one was going to suck and it does! Dairy (I tried yogurt, sour cream and cheese at different times) immediately caused an IBS flare up, bloating, discomfort and gas…. so as much as I hate to give up my beloved yogurt and cheese, I think it’s important that I cut it out. I typically ignored these symptoms prior to whole30, but now I can’t stand feeling so gross after. I could eat like seven lactaid pills before every meal…. but it’s not really worth it on a regular basis. I wouldn’t go as far as to say I’m totally lactose intolerant, but there’s definitely a sensitivity there!

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So yes! That’s where I am as post-whole30. Trying to find a balance of macronutrients in my diet, eat whole foods, allow myself small treats occasionally and mostly just be intuitive and listen to my body. I definitely realized how GOOD it feels to eat like I did on whole30, but I think there needs to be wiggle room in everyday life too and I’m trying hard to find that balance and allow myself a treat meal if I hit my workouts and nutrition goals for the week.

Would I recommend whole30 to others? Yes, I do think it really helped me get back on track with eating a more wholesome diet, BUT do your own research. If you are struggling with food sensitivities and a cycle of eating junk, it might be worth a try for you (just be informed and weigh the pros/cons)…after all, you get to eat really good food on this plan, it’s worked for a lot of people AND it’s only 30 days!🙂

All the Things

Hi Friends! I was crazy busy last week and I had no time to blog. I feel like I have a bunch of things to say but they don’t all go together… so I’m just going to get them all out in point form because that’s how I normally row anyway.

Food 

  • I’m on day 29 of whole30 today! Holy crap the last 30 days have flown by! However, *technically* I failed on Saturday because I didn’t plan to bring food to the Calgary Comic Expo and had beef on the bun…which sadly wasn’t even very good. According to whole30, this is a fail and I need to start over. According to me, this is life and I’m not going to be upset about it. Haha. Plus, I was SO sick for the rest of the day… so I think we know how true gluten/wheat reintroduction will go. I still intend to finish strong tomorrow though and then slowly phase in some of the foods I’ve been missing.
  • For me, this represents more of a lifestyle change! I plan to continue a LOT of the whole30 principles even after Tuesday, but just slightly less restrictive and allowing for a higher carbohydrate refeed meal once per week.
  • I still LOVE everything I am eating.
  • I WILL do a whole post on whole30 reflections, my thoughts on the program and what I plan to do for reintroduction.. maybe later this week.🙂

Fitness

  • After what I can only describe as a month of angst and agonizing, I’ve decided to sign up at a new Crossfit gym in the city. Mark has been going there pretty regularly and I’ve attended about half a dozen classes now and I just LOVE it. I love working out in a group again, I love the atmosphere there, and I love the new challenge. It takes me out of my comfort zone and I am learning so many new things which I think in the end will make me a better coach! I still love my current gym as well though, (and I am still working there), so I kept my membership there also AND I still have punch passes to our local spin cycle gym, which I like to do once a week.
  • My current plan is: Crossfit on MTWF, Solo Workout or Off on Th, Spin Cycle or Stair Sprints on Saturday and OFF on Sunday.  I’m really working on listening to my body more though and not going balls-to-the-wall crazy in every workout so I have been taking extra rest days as I feel I need them (especially because some days at work are a LOT of box carrying/stair running and it can be exhausting). I’m getting much better at this and know that it will help be prevent burn-out or injury and still reach my goals in the long run.
  • Speaking of Crossfit! Ever since I had a brutal wipe out on a box about 2 years ago that left me a permanent dent in my shin bone and a scar, I’ve been super afraid of box jumps onto a wooden box (I don’t mind doing them up onto a reebok step), but one of our workouts last week had thirty of them and I got every single one on a 20″ box! Huge progress for me!

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  • My phone was being a piece of garbage and Mark got a new phone so he gave me his previous phone to replace mine. It’s awesome and I love it, BUT, it is like the one Android phone that currently doesn’t sync with my Polar m400 fitness tracker. SUCH a bummer. I can still sync is by plugging it into my computer, but the mobile syncing over bluetooth was so convenient! I tweeted Polar and they said they are aware of the issue but don’t have a timeline for a fix, so that sucks!

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  • I’m really nervous to step on the scale after whole30 is done. People keep commenting that I look like I’ve lost weight but I’m not sure if I see it. I’m also not sure if I want to know what the scale says! I might wait a week or two and just keep doing my nutrition thing…

Fun

  • Mark and I are going to Hawaii in August and I’m SO excited! We haven’t had a vacation together since he moved back from Toronto over a year ago, so it’s long overdue. We are going to Kauai (we went a couple years ago and loved it) and my only wish is that August wasn’t so far away.

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  • We went to the Calgary Entertainment Expo this weekend and had a blast! This was my second time (I had to miss last year for work) and it is just a giant nerdfest and I love it! We only went for the Saturday this year, which I actually feel was a mistake, because we felt like we couldn’t wait in line for some of the autographs we wanted (some of the autograph lines were 2-3 hours long) because we only had one day there. That’s okay though! Autographs are super overpriced anyway, but it is seriously awesome to say hi and have a 15 second chat with some of your favourite celebrities too.
  • We met John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Arrow) and got his autograph and also went to his panel. I had actually completely forgotten how flamboyantly gay he is and his panel was hilarious but also super NSFW. He is a salty salty man!

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  • We wanted to meet Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Tucker & Dale vs Evil, Con Man) but we showed up for his line 40 minutes early and I kid you not, it was already OUTSIDE…. so we skipped him. However, his panel was amazing and I found out about his crowd funded comedy called Con Man about a washed up former sci-fi actor who is sort of bitter about going to comic cons and it is hilarious!
  • One of the major things I was excited about this year was meeting four of The Walking Dead cast and getting a photo op, but then three of them cancelled. However, Tom Payne (he plays “Jesus” and he might just replace Daryl Dixon in my heart for the most attractive male in the apocalypse) was there.

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  • There was NO ONE in this line at one point, so I met him, got his autograph and got a picture with him. He was super friendly and down to earth and we had a good short chat (his accent is lovely…). I thought it was awesome that he was willing to take photos with his fans, especially because he was also doing photo ops and most celebs won’t do a fan photo for free. Sidenote: He smelled amazing. I’m not creepy….

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  • Other than our few autographs and a couple panels we attended, we just walked around the expo a lot looking at all the awesome cosplays, checking out the merchandise booths and looking through all the amazing artwork that was at the artist booths. I was hoping to find something new for our nerd gallery wall but nothing really jumped out at me. I did, however, pick up four new Funkos… because I definitely need more of those…
  • *SKIP THIS BULLET and LINK IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THIS WEEK’S GAME OF THRONES*
    ……….. Kit Harrington is a big fat liar and I love him for it. You SHOULD be sorry, Kit! As a book reader, I’ve been waiting about 3+ years to find out if Jon Snow was dead or not, so I’m interested to see what happens next!
  • Also, Ramsey Bolton has solidified himself as possibly the most evil person on television! I did NOT see that scene coming and I actually gasped out loud!
  • In other TV news, Outlander was AWESOME this week although that one scene with poor little Mary was SO brutal, I could barely watch! I am re-listening to the Outlander audio books but I am still on book one and I honestly barely remember 3/4 of what happens in France.

 

I think that’s enough rambling from me for one day! I’ll be back later this week with my reflections on whole30! xoxo

 

What I Ate Wednesday: Whole30 Week 3

Hi friends! I’m trucking along on day 17 of whole30 and it’s become pretty easy! Most cravings are gone or only last a short while and I’m feeling great. So far I haven’t had any really big lows or highs on whole30… it’s just been a very moderate journey… which is fine by me! Haha. Less than two weeks left to go so I have to start thinking more about reintroduction soon.

We didn’t really come up with a meal plan this week. We just bought groceries for the typical things we’ve been eating and kind of wing it for dinner. One thing I’ve been loving lately is whole30 compliant “puddings.” Here’s a couple super simple recipes I’ve been using! Some of the add-ins I suggest are NOT whole30 compliant, so if you are doing whole30 be careful to check!

Overnight Chia Seed Pudding 

1 cup of unsweetened almond or coconut or cashew milk 

1/4 cup of whole raw chia seeds 

1/2 tsp cinnamon 

1 tsp pure vanilla extract 

Mix it all together and put it in the fridge overnight. The chia seeds will get all jello-y and it will turn into a thick pudding-like texture! I’ve just been topping it with some sliced fruit in the morning, but check out all the variations you could do so many variations with protein powder, cocoa powder, fresh fruit, spices, shredded coconut, or nut butters! Also, if you’re not doing whole30 you can add a bit of sweetener to it. I haven’t tried it yet, but you can apparently also blend it for a smoother texture.. I kind of like the slimy seed texture! 

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Banana Pudding

1 whole banana 

1 tbsp natural unsweetened almond butter 

2 tbsp unsweetened nut milk

Optional add ins: fruit, cinnamon, dark cocoa powder, dried fruit, protein powders, nuts/seeds, chocolate chips, shredded coconut. 

Combine ingredients and either mash with a fork or blend for a smoother texture. Add fruit or add-ins and stir. 

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Maybe my palette is adjusting, but this pudding tastes super sweet to me and I love it! It’s a nice guilt-free, compliant, treat once in a while.🙂

Here’s some other things I’ve been eating lately (hover over each picture for a description).

I am loving this weather and am barbecuing as much as possible, so homemade burgers, grilled steak, grilled chicken and kebabs are in the regular rotation too… I keep forgetting to take pictures of my food though.

I feel like I’ve gotten into a groove with whole30 and love eating this way! It really doesn’t take much longer to prepare everything than it would have before I started whole30 and everything tastes delicious.

What’s your favourite healthy BBQ meal?? 

What are you eating lately??

 

 

 

What I Ate Wednesday: Whole 30 Week 2 Edition

Hi Friends!

I’m on day 10 of Whole30 (woo hoo! 33.333% done!) and still going strong. I survived a party this weekend, our anniversary (when we would typically go out for a nice dinner!), National Grilled Cheese Day (bad day to be on social media.. Grilled cheese is like one of my top 5 favourite foods) and a blood donation appointment (Hello, Oreos!) so I feel like I am on a roll.

Despite occasional cravings…(weirdly, I REALLY miss rice and oatmeal… and I still think about sandwiches a lot and I am TOTALLY having those weird whole30 dreams people always talk about. The other night I had a dream that I ate like 8 sugar cookies (I don’t even like sugar cookies very much) and felt SO guilty…. I was so relieved to wake up and find out it was only a dream). Overall, I generally feel pretty good with lots of energy and I never feel hungry! Here’s some things I’ve been eating lately. Sorry again for the bad image quality!

BREAKFASTS – I typically eat the same thing or some version of the same thing every day for breakfast. I made a frittata on Sunday with eggs, egg whites, sausage (Spolumbos are compliant!), mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes. It is SO good… so I’ve been having a slice of that all week. I always have coffee (usually iced with unsweetened Silk Coconut/Almond Blend). If I’m feeling particularly hungry or know I will have a late lunch, I have a mashed banana with shredded unsweetened coconut, almond butter and fruit.

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Frittata, Mashed Banana Bowl & Iced Coffee
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Frittata, Raspberries & my big old jug of water. ;) 

LUNCHES – The first week I started out meal planning for lunch but soon realized that it’s much easier to just cook extras at dinner the night before and have leftovers. Also, I am finding sometimes that I am not hungry at all for lunch so they tend to be very small.  I am also really enjoying making up lettuce wraps of leftover meats and veggies… it is sort of a substitute for the wraps that I often had for lunch pre-whole30. (Click the picture to see the captions).

DINNERS – We are still loosely following a meal plan for dinners which I find has REALLY helped with grocery shopping… we don’t buy extra stuff and don’t end up with protein sitting in our freezer for months.

On the weekend, I tried my hand at whole30 sugar free barbecue sauce. It wasn’t too labour intensive and I won’t pretend it tastes like normal barbecue sauce, but it’s pretty decent! I used Civilized Caveman’s recipe for Beasty BBQ Sauce. 

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BBQ Sauce Ingredients

Sunday night was Mark’s and my 6 year anniversary and I wanted to make a nice dinner, so I used the bbq sauce to cook a whole BBQ chicken on the grill and it turned out really good!

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BBQ Chicken, Baked potato & Salad with Whole30 Ranch

On Monday I used the same BBQ sauce to make slow cooker pulled pork. I threw everything in the crockpot before I went to work in the morning and it turned out awesome. It also made a TON of pork, so I’ve been eating it for lunch all week.

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Slow Cooker BBQ pulled pork, baby potatoes and mixed veggies (Normandy Blend from Costco)

Another dinner highlight lately was some chicken kebabs I made last night. It all started because I attempted to make whole30 mayo (which I’ve done like 6 times now) and it didn’t emulsify or blend together AT ALL. I am pretty sure the egg I used had been sitting out on the counter (to get to room temperature) too long and it screwed up the whole thing. I was pretty mad because that mayo uses 1.25 cups of olive oil, which is not cheap. After throwing a mini tantrum in my kitchen, I decided to put some hot sauce and spices in in and use it as a chicken marinade for chicken kebabs.

I chopped and marinated a couple chicken breasts and a couple chicken thighs for about 2 hours. I also tossed a bunch of veggies (zucchini, red onion, tomato, mushroom, bell pepper) in olive oil, salt and pepper and garlic. Then I stuck them all on the sticks and grilled them. They turned out super yummy and I will definitely be making these again!

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Chicken and Veggie Kebabs with Baked Potatoes

PRE/POST-WORKOUT – I’ve been finding that I really don’t need a post workout (before whole30 I would typically have a protein shake… which I am missing!) since I work out in late afternoon and eat within an hour or two of working out anyway. For pre-workout, I am loving banana bowls (the same kind I make for breakfast) or just an apple and a small handful of roasted almonds.  I find that these combos are enough to do the trick and give me energy for strenuous workouts… I definitely can’t wait to add my pre-workout back in though…. I miss that afternoon pick-me-up!

 

So there you have it! That’s what I’ve been eating lately. I’m feeling good and really don’t feel deprived or like I am missing anything most days! I thought the sugar cravings would be way worse, but I really don’t miss sugar at all (other than wanting to add a bit of honey or sweetener to recipes sometimes) I know there are foods that I will add back in ASAP after whole30 is done, but other foods, like dairy, peanut butter and other legumes I am not missing at all right now!

10 days down, 20 days to go! :) 

 

Thinking Out Loud #9

As usual, it’s Thursday so I’m linking up with  Amanda over at Running with Spoons to share all those random thoughts that have been bouncing around in my head. Here’s the first post on how it works if you want all the details.🙂thinking-out-loudOne) I, like many others, was SO ragey about The Walking Dead finale.

*MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD*

I’m a big fan of the Walking Dead comics so I have been anticipating/dreading Negan and the events of Rick’s first meeting with him for an entire season. I just felt like the last few moments of the episode was SO poorly thought out and the cliffhanger was so dissatisfying. The writers spent the entire season building up to these events and then just left it at the worst spot! That’s NOT how you do a cliffhanger….fans are already going to watch your show… you don’t need some cheap gimmick to make them come back next season!!

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They should have shown who “met Lucille” and THEN faded to black. By the time the next season rolls around fans a) aren’t really going to care who it was anymore and b) will probably already know who it was because of spoilers and issues with the character who is obviously not there for filming in the next season. Anyways. Rant complete. I’m not going to say I’m not going to watch… because we all know I will… but I was not impressed!

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Sidenote: I hate spoilers as much as the next person, BUT social media is for sharing your reactions to things – including what you are watching on TV. I tweeted about the episode afterwards (without any major spoilers) and a bunch of people were upset that I said anything. My view at this point is that if you don’t want spoilers for your favourite show you should stay off social media until you watch it. I do this for ALL my shows. Unless someone directly texts/messages you a spoiler… you really have nobody to blame but yourself!

Two) I think I finally hit the Whole30 sugar craving/food hangover phase today. I don’t actually feel terrible, just a little bit low energy… but ALL I CAN THINK ABOUT IS BREAD. Seriously…. I woke up craving a bagel smothered in cream cheese and then I saw an ad on Facebook for garlic toast and I have been thinking about it ALL day. Obviously I’m pushing through, eating my whole30 approved foods and not giving it… but holy hell… I just want some bread. We all knew this day was coming but it’s definitely hard to resist the carb cravings!

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Three) The Star Wars Rogue One “teaser” trailer came out today and I am PUMPED. I feel like I am allowed to get excited about this one… I was anxious about The Force Awakens, but now that we know Disney knocked that one out of the park, I am just going to nerd out over all things Rogue One until December.  Just watch the video though, the comments section of youtube on this video is a complete sexist trash-hole.

Four) I basically had the whole week off and it’s been both a blessing and a curse. My job depends on client needs and sometimes there are weeks where we just don’t have clients who need help moving/packing/downsizing/selling their things. It’s the nature of the job, and I LOVE my job so I deal with it, but I’m the kind of person who likes to be working so I’ve been antsy and anxious and a little depressed all week. I’ve had too much time to think and stress! We have work lined up for next week though so there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

On the bright side, I feel like I am finally caught up on sleep for the first time in like six months AND our house has never been cleaner and more organized. I also started looking into some volunteer opportunities too keep be busy!

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Five) I am going to a Harry Potter party this weekend. My friends just randomly decided to throw a Harry Potter themed party… costumes mandatory, no muggles allowed! I hit up Value Village last week to find a sweet costume and now I am SO excited to dress up and geek out on Saturday! I even got a wand for the occasion, so naturally I have been going around the house Accio-ing and Lumos-ing things all week.

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Six) I have been rewatching Outlander in preparation for the start of Season 2 this weekend (ahhh)! I forgot how much I love everything about this show… even though the latter half of the season is SO dark and has one of the most graphic rape scenes I’ve ever seen on TV… It was just as graphic in the books though, so I don’t know what I expected. That said, I definitely fast forwarded through most of it on my second playthrough.

I’d much rather just appreciate Jamie than think about the dark scenes…

 

I think that’s it for me today! I’m off to grill up some steaks for dinner and then it is so gloriously nice out that I might just go for a walk! If this is what April looks like, summer will be fantastic!

What I Ate Wednesday: Whole30 Edition

Hi Friends!

I’m on day 3 of my first round of whole30 and so far I’m feeling great! I know that the dreaded “food hangover” phase is coming at some point, but so far I am feeling very full and satisfied and haven’t had any real cravings or anything. Here’s a glimpse of what I have been eating for the last few days! Sorry in advance for the picture quality, a food photographer, I am not.

Monday, Day 1

Breakfast: Remember that burnt frittata? I tried that for breakfast on Monday, smothered with salsa and avocado and some fruit on the side. It wasn’t good. I hate the taste of burnt egg. Mark liked it though, apparently, because he’s been eating it every morning this week. Anyways, I choked a slice down… at least the avocado and fruit were delicious!

Lunch: A big old salad with grilled chicken thighs, veggies, strawberries and a vinegarette (made with apple cider vinegar and olive oil). I also had a handful of “bear naked” trail mix.

Dinner: Broiled salmon (I spread some ghee on it and sprinkled it with dill, Mrs. Dash lemon pepper and lemon juice and then broiled it in the oven), roasted potatoes cooked in the Actifry, mushrooms and cauliflower rice. It ended up being a very bland looking dinner, but it tasted delicious.

Evening snack: A few roasted almonds and a lemon-lime club soda. So far, the black cherry club soda from Dasani is my favourite… the lemon-lime one is kind of blah.

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Tuesday, Day 2

I woke up expecting a food hangover, but was pleasantly surprised to feel fine, although not really hungry.

Breakfast: I wasn’t hungry so I had plain scrambled eggs + egg whites, a handful of blueberries and a iced coffee with coconut/almond milk.

Lunch: I used the leftover salmon and cauliflower rice to make a stir fry. I poured the frozen stir fry veggies into the pan only to realize that they had frozen corn in them, so I ended up picking the few pieces of baby corn out by hand.

Pre-workout: I didn’t work out on Monday (I was having a bad day and just didn’t feel like it) so this was my first time working out with none of my beloved preworkout. Instead, I had a banana with almond butter and unsweetened coconut and a cup of iced coffee. It seemed to serve me pretty well for my workout, although I still missed my pre-workout kick!

Dinner: Our plan was to have steaks, but the barbecue was out of propane so I whipped up Stupid Easy Paleo Pan-Friend Lemon Chicken using basil infused olive oil, roasted some sweet potatoes with garlic olive oil and garlic powder and a really yummy, simple spinach salad. What made it so yummy was the dressing! I made it by combining whole30 basic mayonnaise with minced garlic that I roasted in the oven, lemon juice, parsley, salt & pepper and a couple tbsp of olive juice to thin it out. It was SO yummy and seriously tasted like greek dressing with feta. This was definitely my favourite Whole30 dinner so far!

Evening Snack: I finished off the day with a small handful of roasted almonds and raisins and a soda water.

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Wednesday, Day 3 

Breakfast: I again woke up not hungry, so I had a couple fried eggs (with paprika and red pepper flakes) on top of some spinach and a sliced banana mixed with almond butter and shredded coconut.

Lunch: I still wasn’t very hungry to I made up a small egg and potato salad with 2 hard boiled eggs, five leftover baby potatoes, chopped pickles, onions, basic mayo, mustard and salt & pepper. I also had some blueberries and strawberries.

Preworkout: Half a cocoa coconut larabar and coffee (not pictured)

Dinner: I threw slow cooked beanless chilli in the crock pot this morning. It has ground turkey, ground sirloin, peppers, onions and big chunks of sweet potato in it as well as spices, canned diced tomatoes and canned crushed tomatoes. I’m excited to have it for supper after the gym, because it smells delicious!

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That’s it so far! Day 3 of Whole30 and that’s what we have been eating! Everything has been delicious (minus the burnt frittata) and I’m finding it really easy to eat this way!

Preparing for Whole30 – A collection of my random thoughts

Preparing to start whole30 on Monday has been a little bit of work. I used to meal plan and food prep every Sunday but I have become very very lazy. I managed to get a meal plan done and whip up a grocery list and a food prep schedule.

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I had the day off on Friday so I decided to hit up save-on foods to see if I could find the more obscure things on my grocery list and pick up a few things that I knew I couldn’t find at Costco.

I was actually pretty successful! I found coconut aminos (labelled Coconut Sauce) in the “natural foods” section and I randomly spotted ghee as i was walking down the “indian foods” aisle (I thought I was going to have to clarify my own butter and I am not convinced I wouldn’t somehow screw that up). I also managed to find some compliant trail mix (that was on sale!) and a few other goodies.

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From L – R : Coconut milk, tomato sauce, red onions, spaghetti squash, hot sauce, coconut aminos, sunbutter, compliant larabars, baby potatoes, trail mix, date pieces, plain almonds, green onions, whole chicken, giant sweet potatoes, unsweetened almond/coconut milk & raisins.

On Sunday morning, I headed over to Costco to finish off my grocery list. We still had quite a bit of meat in our freezer (chicken breasts, ground turkey, ground sirloin) so I only needed a few meats, lots of eggs, almond butter and lots of produce and fruit. I also found out that Kirkland low sodium bacon is technically compliant (hardcore 30ers don’t like it because it has nitrites)! I hate wasting produce and that seems to ALWAYS happen to us, so I stuck to my grocery list of stuff I knew I would need for our meals this week. Side note: beef is SO expensive right now. Of course when I got to the check-out I found out our membership was expired so I had to drop extra dough on that which sucked! Oh well…

All in all for two of us groceries cost around $250, but I know that lots of these items were one-time more pricey purchases that will last us well beyond this week and likely throughout the next 30 days.

Once I got home and got all the groceries put away I started my food prep. Nothing too crazy. I made a frittata with bacon, onions, mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes and then proceeded to burn the sh*t out of it when I forgot it under the broiler. #fail 🙇 I think it will still be edible if I peel the top burnt egg layer off, but we’ll see. I might be re-making that tomorrow… 😬😬

I also cut up lettuce for salads, diced onions, hard boiled eggs, baked a big sweet potato & mashed it, grated sweet potato for hashbrowns, made “sunshine sauce” from the Whole30 book, and tried my hand at making mayo! I gotta say, the mayo turned out surprisingly good! I left it plain for now but plan on turning some into ranch dressing and some into tartar sauce. The only bummer is that it used a TON of oil, which is not cheap.

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The only thing I have left to do tonight is make up salads for lunch tomorrow but we are having grilled chicken thighs for supper anyway so it will be easy to just pop some extra chicken on the grill.

So that’s it! Foods are prepped, meals are planned and tomorrow we officially start our first whole30! I’m excited but anxious!

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Random thoughts I had while preparing this weekend:

·”Holy crap! Why do ALL these spice blends have sugar in them??”  I did discover, however, that Mrs. Dash spice blends are one of the few that typically don’t contain sugar. Score!

· “Noooooo… I can’t have preworkout for the next 30 days… oh my god….. that’s going to suck!” (Here’s hoping that “tiger blood” and some black coffee kick in soon.)

·”I feel like I should know what more of these things on these ingredients lists are….”

·I also realized that I won’t be able to get my beloved sugar free caramel iced coffee anymore so I have been slowly reducing the pumps of sugar free syrup from my usual 4 pumps down to no pumps. Today I tried a venti iced coffee unsweetened and it wasn’t bad at all. I don’t know if starbucks’ new coconut milk contains carageenan or sulphites (probably does…) but I can add my own coconut milk at home. Thank god I can still have black iced coffee because it’s basically my lifeblood.