The Whole30 Goes Back to Work

Good Morning! I hope everyone is having a great morning so far! I woke up this morning feeling pretty awesome and VERY excited that I took the time to pack my breakfast and lunch for today last night. Yesterday was my first day back at work in two weeks and I was pretty nervous about how I would do with my food plan. I told my coworkers and friends in the building right away what I was doing and answered questions, and explained why I would do something so crazy. Then, I made myself a cup of earl grey tea and got back to work.

My day itself went really well. I made two scrambled eggs with roasted potatoes and salsa for breakfast and packed a bunch of snacks to last all day. For lunch I had chili and was stuffed until about 6pm! After making dinner I did a little food prep that should help me throughout the rest of the week. I cooked up what remaining compliant bacon I have (only 3 pieces), made a head of cauliflower rice and made my breakfast for today (1/6/15). I was still a little sleepy last night and ended up falling asleep on the couch while watching “Ride Along” with Chris. I slept really well and woke up to my alarm this morning at 6:30am.

Things I have been enjoying: fresh veggies, cauliflower rice (NEVER thought I would say that), pineapple. Coconut curry shrimp! My dinner last night was awesome! I used this recipe but omitted anything not whole30 approved and subbed in shrimp.

Things I miss: milk & sugar in coffee, wine, peanut butter.

How I have been feeling: Still really good! I feel smaller. I don’t know how to explain it. I feel less puffy and bloated than I have in a long time. I can’t puff my stomach up like I used too (is that gross?) and just overall awesome. I don’t miss the things I used to crave as much. I really am just thoroughly enjoying how I am feeling.

DAY 5 WHOLE30 EATS -

Whole 30 Day 4: The Sleepies

Good Morning! When I first started the Whole30 I looked at the projected timeline and waited for the symptoms to hit. I waited and waited… I didn’t have “The Hangover” I didn’t have “Kill all the things” but I have been suffering from “I just want a nap” in a big way. And apparently a few days early. Yesterday I spent a lot of time in the kitchen and by the time I sat down on the couch I was more than ready for a nap. So, I did! I brought both of the pups upstairs with me and took a lovely afternoon siesta. I went to bed early and slept alright last night. We have been having some really windy weather in upstate NY and it woke me up a few times. I also woke up a bit early anxious about getting back to work after a two week break. Its a few hours later now and I am feeling good!

timeline Whole 30 Day 4: The Sleepies

 

I thought I would start asking myself the same questions everyday. I think this will be a really interesting way to look back on the Whole30 as the days go by.

Things I have been enjoying: Roasted potatoes, bacon, cashews & raisins and earl grey tea.

Things I miss: milk & sugar in coffee, cheese, toast.

How I have been feeling: Still really good! Now I have been a little sleepy, but according to the timeline that is normal.

Day 4 Whole30 Eats-

 

 

Whole30 Day 3

Good Morning! Here we are on day 4 of the Whole30 and I still feel great! I just woke up, and for the first time in 3 days I haven’t woken up starving. I’ll take that as a good sign! Yesterday (Day 3) was a great day!

I have been really lucky to start this on my school break, and am a bit nervous about work meals. I am planning on going grocery shopping today for the week and plan on doing a bunch of meal prep. Its not the prep that I am worried about- just the temptation to go out with other coworkers for lunch or the possibility that I didn’t pack enough to keep me full. I am planning on making sure that I have almonds, lara bars and fruit with me at all times so I avoid any of that.

I still have been feeling super energetic and clear headed. I managed to watch the entire LOTR Fellowship of the Ring last night without falling asleep! That is a pretty big deal for me! I also slept in until 9:30am which also hasn’t happened in forever.

The eats! Whole30 Day 3 Main Meals: Hover over photo for more information about the meal.

I snacked on a blueberry larabar and a trail mix I made of raisins, almonds and pumpkin seeds. I also had a cup of coffee with coconut milk.

Whole 30 Prep & Thoughts

whole30hau Whole 30 Prep & Thoughts

Good morning! Today is day 3 of the Whole30 for me and I am still feeling great. There are certainly times where all you want is a chocolate bar or that bottle of wine that Chris so rudely opened (NOT FAIR!). But everything else has been good. I have been sleeping really well and general anxiety has been non existent. I feel very clear headed and less puffy than I did after Christmas. My biggest issue so far has been making sure that I eat enough. When I am hungry in between meals, I usually eat an apple or banana and a handful of almonds. I haven’t had any of the detox headaches that people commonly feel when they do the Whole30, so I feel lucky! I really think this sudden clarity I feel is the strangest and most noticeable change. It feels like I was almost in a fog prior to January 1st? Or maybe I was just hungover. We will never know for sure.

I really think that reading up on the Whole30 and really understanding what the rules are has helped me a lot in these first few days. I shopped and planned meals ahead of time and understand that completing the Whole30 without planning ahead wouldn’t be possible. My first “oops” so far was not thawing the roasting chicken I planned on making for dinner fast enough. It came to be dinner time and Chris pulls out this totally solid bird. Oh well, I ended up making a huge salad with  a Trader Joes chili lime chicken burger on top. Those were just okay… I must overlooked that cilantro was an ingredient when checking for compliant ingredients. I really. really. hate. cilantro. 

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Starting 2015 with a BANG

Hello there! Long time no blog (if I had a dollar for everytime I have said that…). I hope that everyone has had a wonderful holiday season and New Years! I don’t know about you, but I was totally ready to see 2014 go away. It was a rough year for me personally and I am feeling better now that I have in a long time.  I’m starting 2015 by challenging myself to complete the Whole30. I am doing the Whole30 in order to hopefully see some change in the way I see food and break bad habits that I felt trapped in. I little bit of weight loss would be nice too. (if you are familiar with the whole30, skip the next paragraph).

The Whole30 is a 30 day nutrition plan that cuts dairy, wheat, and sugar from your diet. The goal is to eat a diet consisting of meat, seafood, an abundance of vegetables and fruits and healthy fats. That means no dairy, gluten, sugar or processed foods. You should be able to read absolutely every ingredient that you are putting into your body.

For me, the omission of processed foods isn’t the scary part, I don’t eat a ton of them. The cutting out of dairy and grains is the scary part! Coffee without milk or sugar? Omlets without cheese? No toast or peanut butter at all? Even though there were definitely moments when I wanted to back out of my plan, I knew that doing this was something that I really should do. So, I talked to my friend Danielle and she is doing the Whole30 with me in Canada. It is great to have a friend to get meal ideas from and talk you off the ledge when you have a spoon in one hand a jar of peanut butter in the other. I also made a hashtag (#aliciadoeswhole30) and plan on blogging the experience. I have found that instagram and pinterest are wonderful assets to have while planning the whole30 and during these first few days.

Ready to see my eats? Here are my meals from my first day (1/1/15) of the Whole30.

A few thoughts on the first day: I may kick myself later, but this doesn’t seem that bad! I am enjoying the foods that I am eating and feel full. I also had an unpictured banana and some almonds when I visiting my friend Sherry and her beautiful baby boy. Here we are on the morning on day 2 and I feel great. Energetic and clear headed.

Question: Have you ever done the Whole30? What were some of your favorite recipes?