Whole30 Challenge – Week 3

If there’s one thing you CAN control in your life it’s YOU. You say what you want, do what you want and eat what you want. Every choice you make is your own and there’s always an outcome (good or bad). So when you find yourself complaining about something, whether it’s being in pain, feeling stressed, being overweight or not getting enough sleep, you are the only one who can fix and control it.

My advice? Take control of your life. Be serious and committed to your own happiness and you will find yourself smiling a lot more. And yes, happiness is a huge combination of how you feel about yourself, the relationships you’re in, your actions, attitudes and beliefs, your surroundings and your entire outlook on LIFE.

With that being said, I can’t believe my first Whole30 is almost over. I’m learning so much about myself and food. Learning, growing and challenging yourself really does prove the old saying that “you can do anything you set your mind to.” Imagine that, someone, somewhere was really right. Life is mind over matter. And if you want something bad enough you’ll go after it.

Conquering fear of change is a big factor in improving your life. If you’re afraid to do something and find yourself constantly saying, “I could never do that.” then you really need to push yourself harder. You have no idea what you’re actually capable of (mentally and physically) until you do it and succeed.

Okay, now we can talk about week 3!

The past 7 days have gone really well. I didn’t have any cravings for sweets and slept like a happy baby. I’ve been waking up without snoozing my alarm and feeling energized after breakfast and until lunch. I feel happier each day. I finally got “It Starts With Food” in the mail on Friday and I’m almost finished reading it. This book is wonderful and I highly recommend it.

 

This week I’ve been eating more eggs, veggies and fruit, tuna, baked sweet potatoes, the occasional Larabar and nuts. I finally found an approved sunflower seed butter so I ate that on an apple one day. I made chicken vindaloo on Monday.

I made several pumpkin blueberry smoothies.

I made a chicken veggie curry meal one night. It didn’t turn out the way I thought it would but it was still really tasty.

I also made pumpkin chili!

I made my meal plan the other night for the rest of my Whole30 and will be going to the grocery tomorrow. I will have links to all of my favorite recipes in my recipe index soon. (These things take time people 😉 ) Along with expanding on my Whole30 Tips and Paleo Favorites.

#Whole30Strong

H

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Whole30 Challenge – Week 2

Today marks day 14 of my Whole30 challenge. And I’m coming to a lot of realizations through this experience:

1.) I know how to cook now. I’m not a chef but I definitely don’t have to rely on my mom and boyfriend to cook for me every day anymore.

2.) Cooking yourself a healthy, satisfying meal, is beyond fulfilling.

3.) Meal planning on Sunday is a lifesaver!

4.) And, as much as I’m DYING to eat the candy corn on the kitchen counter, I haven’t touched it. And I am proud of myself for that.

This Whole30 isn’t just about learning how to cook for me. It’s about becoming whole and taking care of myself. While I was cooking dinner the other night I was thinking to myself how whole I actually feel. I can cook great meals that people will eat and enjoy. The funny thing is, I never really tried to cook. I like to bake, but that’s about as far as I’d go. I honestly was completely fine with my amazing-cook boyfriend making my meals for the rest of my life. I was okay with chopping and sauteing occasionally… BUT not anymore. I might just have to get myself a sous chef by the time I’m finished.

Having my family, boyfriend and friends be truly proud of me for cooking and trying new things has made me feel awesome. If you need to do some soul searching and really bring everything full circle, do a Whole30 challenge. They say the Whole30 will change your life, and in two weeks I can already see the change.

This week I’ve been eating some tasty food. For a few meals I ate homemade (bean-less, cheese-less & noodle-less) chili. It was really good without the yummy melty cheese. I made some hard boiled eggs and ate those all week along with tuna, veggies, berries and nuts.

Tuesday, my coworkers and I opened up the garage door by my desk and rolled outside to eat lunch in this beautiful weather we’re having. I love enjoying every unique feature of the agency that makes our work environment so cool.

I also made Asian meatballs with mashed cauliflower which turned out pretty dang good.

I’m sticking with spinach omelets pretty regularly because they are my FAV breakfast meal (besides pancakes 😉 which I most definitely can not eat right now!)

Solomon and I made bun-less burgers with tomato, avocado, lettuce and mustard Friday night.

Saturday morning I made a fabulous frittata. Which also resulted in my first kitchen wound. The frittata was so good we had it for breakfast and lunch. NOTE: Never pull a cast-iron skillet out of the oven with a small towel.

For dinner we had taco salads. And instead of buying those nasty taco seasoning packets which contain wheat, maltodextrin and lord knows what else, I flavored the beef with chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic salt, basil and some lime juice. It tastes even better than the packets.

Oh yeah, while Solomon and I were sitting outside eating our taco salads a beautiful butterfly landed on Solomon’s hand and hung out with us for a while. Of course, I got a picture so I had to share!

This morning I had carrot juice and my spinach omelet then headed out to go hiking at Clifty Falls. I absolutely love going there and have been dying to take Solomon. He was a first timer at the park but somehow ending up showing me 2 new trails. We had a blast running through the creek for miles and ended up burning around 1,600 calories each. We even took a short break on a rock in the creek to enjoy the setting.

BTW Larabars are Whole30 approved. (This makes me extremely happy!)

When we got home, we threw the chicken tandoori I had marinating for almost 24 hours on the grill, watched Breaking Bad and called it a night.

I am feeling amazing after two weeks of Whole30 and can not wait to share my final results with everyone!

#Whole30Strong

 

H

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Whole30 Challenge – Week 1

Hey all,

Today marks days 7 of my Whole30 challenge. It went by fast. But I suppose when you live a busy life it’s hard for it not to. That also means lots of meal planning. Something I’ve never really done before.

This week I felt a little sluggish at times, but not to the point where it affected my daily routine.

So far I’ve been eating:

  • Egg whites with spinach & homemade salsa.
  • Spinach salad with strawberries, oranges and almond slivers. (no dressing, so maybe it wasn’t a salad?)
  • More chicken curry with veggies (My Fav!)
  • A Jimmy Johns Unwich- lettuce wrap, turkey, avocado spread, tomatoes & cucumbers
  • Sweet Potato hash w/ an eggocado
  • Strawberries. blueberries, bananas, broccoli, red bell peppers & squash
  • Chili (meat, tomato paste, onions & spices)
  • Almonds
  • Buddy Fruit apple chips and blended fruit
  • Spaghetti squash (Which is Ah-mazing)
  • And lots & lots of water (at the very least, 64 oz. a day)

I already have each meal planned for the next 7 days and I’m ready to conquer another week of Whole30. Stay tuned for some new recipes and concoctions!

 

H

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I’m Doing The Whole30 Challenge

Almost two years ago I read the book Wheat Belly. It indefinitely changed my views on gluten, wheat and the food industry as a whole. I then went on to watch the movies Food Inc. and Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. I decided to completely eliminate all things processed for two weeks. I lost 8 lbs and my estimate body fat percentage was an impressive 16%. I felt amazing and really tried to stick with it. But… I was a college student, working full-time at an ICE CREAM shop and staying on track was hard. My Paleo obsession has fluctuated over the years but has never diminished. Which leads me to Whole30. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while but kept finding (really valid) excuses as to why I couldn’t.

If you don’t know, Whole30 is eating real food – meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds for 30 days. Here is a helpful shopping list via the program.

So what can’t I eat?

NO added sugar of any kind! (real or artificial) This means… No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc.

NO alcohol, in any form, not even for cooking.

NO grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa.

NO legumes (A.K.A. beans, Duh). This includes black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. (also, NO peanut butter!) *This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, lecithin).

NO dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee.

NO potatoes. (white, red, purple, Yukon gold and fingerling)

This one is the kicker 🙁 NO Paleo-ifying desserts or junk food choices. (I love paleo desserts)

So, today was day two. I’ve been eating egg whites, veggies, curry chicken, nuts, a banana and orange. I also made Sunshine Sauce, which is amazing! I want you all to know that I was at a conference all day today (that I was not Whole30 prepared for) and ate lettuce and an orange while everyone else indulged on pasta, bread sticks AND various cheesecakes!! This is also a “challenge” for me because I do not cook. But my mom said, “If you can read, you can cook.” I’ll be posting pictures of meals on Instagram and blogging about my experience frequently. Maybe I can inspire you to take on the Whole30 Challenge next 😉

 

H

Some of my favorite resources:

Nom Nom Paleo

The Clothes Make The Girl

& of course, the Whole9 website.

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