Whole 30 Days 6-12

Well I made it through the entire week back at work without cheating one time!  I packed and brought my lunch every day.  That is a feat for me.  My job entails a lot of driving from one school to the next so it is so easy to just go to a drive-thru and get something on the go.  That, in fact, is why I gained all this weight back in the first place.  If you have read my blog a little, you know that I have done Weight Watchers before and lost a little over 42 pounds in the year of 2013.  I kept most of that weight off for a year and in June of 2014 I did my first Whole 30 because i was starting to gain again .  I was also tired of my constant daily IBS symptoms that I’ve had off and on for over 20 years. I felt so much better at the end of that Whole 30 and I tried to stay pretty much Paleo over the next several months.  But as soon as I started this job, drive-thrus became so easy and convenient.  The pounds just piled on.  At the beginning of this Whole 30, I weighed in at a whopping 229.2 pounds!  That’s only 4.6 pounds shy of my all time high when I started Weight Watchers.  It was definitely time for a change.

So here is an overview of the last 7 days.  I’m not listing all of my meals, but here are a few highlights.

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Bunless Burgers and Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

The best part about all of this cooking is I am learning to flavor food with spices instead of sauces so the flavor of the food really comes through.  This was a very flavorful meal of talapia and new potatoes.

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This was my first attempt at making cauliflower rice.  I failed.  I think I blended them too much and ended up making something more like cauliflower mash.  It was very much like the texture of mashed potatoes and because I added a little ghee, sea salt, pepper and parsley, it tasted very similar to mashed potatoes too.  The pork chops are a favorite recipe from Rachel Ray’s book 365 No Repeats.  It’s not technically Whole 30 compliant because of the honey in it.  I made it with raw honey so I thought it would be ok to flub just a little on this one.

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Finally tonight’s dinner of pork medallions, sweet potato and steamed broccoli.  The recipe for the Pork Tenderloin came from a book I’ve had since we got married.  Normally it calls for soy sauce so I just substituted Coconut Aminos in place of that.

Not bad for the first full week.  I will share more later.  Have a great and healthy week!

Whole 30 Days 4 & 5 : Road Trip Style

I made it through the first few days of headaches and was well aware of the fact that I might be crabby Saturday and Sunday. Due to the nature of your body getting rid of toxins, generally, you want to “Kill All the Things” around this time. Add to that PMS and it’s time for a perfect storm. Oh, and did I mention that we took a little road trip on these exact days?  What was I thinking!!!!?

To my surprise, and maybe due to the extensive preparation, I was not the one who got cranky at all. Friday evening, after Dear Hubby and son got home from their road trip to Colorado, I set up in the kitchen to prep. We were only going to Columbus, a two hour drive, for a little over 24 hours but I wanted to be prepared. The thought of drive thrus and questionable salad ingredients was not appealing. 

I made up a batch of the Chicken Apple Sausage with Sweet Potato dish I made earlier in the week. I cut up a bunch of raw veggies, bagged up several different kinds of nuts and dried and fresh fruits, and put some salad ingredients in a couple of different containers. DH brought back a nice plug in cooler from his dad’s house so we had plenty of room for all that food. 

Saturday we woke up and I made a nice omelet with some oranges. 

  
During the drive, I snacked on some pistachios (which surprisingly the kids were all over!). Between water and fruit and nuts, we drove around various neighborhoods in Columbus. We were trying to find the perfect little area where we coul have good schools AND affordable rent for a house. 

By the time we checked into the hotel, I was starving and so were the kids. I made them some PB&J and absentmindedly started to lick the spoon (Oops!😜) but caught myself after tasting the too sweet jelly on my tongue. After discovering we had a little more money than we had originally thought, Dan and I ordered room service. I tried to get the most clean meal I could so chose steak, steamed veggies and potato. I have to admit, I had butter on my potato and I don’t feel guilty one bit. The steak did come with some sauce on it and I just did my best to scrape it off. Overall it was pretty darn delicious (as it should have been at a price of $28!!!). 

The next day, I warmed up my apple sausage dish in the microwave and ate that for breakfast before we checked out and started our hunt again. We did find a few cute little neighborhoods, but cute and affordable rent apparently don’t go together in Columbus.  So we headed home to get prepared for getting back to work and school. 

That evening I made spaghetti with Ragu and then made spaghetti squash for myself with a nice chunky tomato sauce (I’ll share the recipe later). 

After all of that driving around, the kids were stir crazy and my Fitbit said I was lazy. Since we were enjoying a nice sunny day, I took each kid for a one mile walk around the neighborhood. Doing that plus making dinner and general walking got me pretty close to my 10,000 steps for the day!

To end the day, we watched the season finale of The Walking Dead. I tried very hard to NOT cave into junk food that has become a staple of our Sunday night ritual. However, when your husband pops a bag of popcorn in the microwave . . . Ugh! Really?  He just HAD to tempt me! So I scrounged the cabinets for something Whole 30 friendly that I could make to satisfy my sweet/salty tooth. I came up with this lovely gem of a recipe that would put movie theater buttered popcorn to shame. Enjoy!😊

Movie Theater Butter Salty Trail Mix

  
Ingredients

1 Tbs ghee (clarified butter)

1/3 cup pecans

1/3 cup walnuts

1 Tbs ground flax seed

1-2 Tbs Unsweetened Coconut flakes

1/3 cups raisins

2 Tbs Unsweetened coconut milk

Sea salt to taste

Preparation

Melt the ghee in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the pecans and walnuts and sauté for about 4-5 minutes. Add the ground flax seed and coconut flakes and stir until mixed well. Add the raisins and sea salt then cook just until the raisins are soft. Be careful not to let the nuts and coconut burn. Transfer to a bowl and drizzle with the coconut milk. Makes 2 servings. 

While 30 Days 2 & 3

According to Whole30.com Days 2-3 are called “The Hangover” and for good reason. I was anticipating this and was not disappointed when dragging myself out of bed yesterday was like lifting a Mac truck hanging off a bridge. When I finally did get up, I barely had the energy to make breakfast. I began to feel a little better as I started moving around the house, but generally felt pretty fatigued all day long. 

The headaches were not as bad yesterday. I still downed about 3 doses of ibuprofen in a desperate attempt to stave them off. Toward the end of the day I was exhausted but had to push through with chores. 

Day 3 dawned bright and early at the 5:30 AM alarm but that turned into 6:30 and then 7:30 before I finally pried my butt out from under the covers. With my husband and son arriving from their boys’ trip, I may or may not have needed to erase all of the evidence of a lazy Girls’ Spring Break! (LOL, seriously it wasn’t that bad, but definitely not up to dear hubby’s level of cleanliness.)

So I didn’t take a lot of pictures for these two days because I just didn’t have my mind in it.  

Day 2 Meals

Breakfast: Sweet potato scramble, paleo bacon and avocado

  
Lunch: leftover breakfast because did I seriously think I could eat that much!?

Dinner: steak and roasted Brussels sprouts

Snacks: roasted pecans, walnuts and Brazil nuts in ghee, banana

Day 3 Meals

Breakfast: paleo bacon, fried eggs on spinach

Lunch: leftover taco meat, leftover Brussels sprouts, Apple and almond butter 

Dinner: Chile Chicken fingers, sautéed kale

Snacks: dried plantains, banana, dates

Whole 30 Day 1

Well I survived Day 1 without cheating at all.  I know, no big deal, everybody makes it through the first day right?  I was dreading the caffeine withdrawal headache but I was proactive this time.  Once I felt it starting around 10 AM I took a dose of ibuprofen and just continued to drown myself in water all day long.  By the end of the day, I had made it through without revisiting my food and kept the headaches at bay with 3 doses of ibuprofen by the time the day was over.

The thing that amazed me was the complete and utter exhaustion.  I wasn’t expecting that until today but I guess the no caffeine did me in.  After a walk with our friend down the road, Katie and I came home to relax before dinner.  I gave her the iPhone so she could watch YouTube while I did some work on the computer.  I passed out in the chair for at least half an hour!  I did not do my Beachbody workout like I promised myself I would, but at least my food was on track.

Here’s what I ate on Day 1:

Started off my day with hot lemon water instead of my standard coffee.  It’s not that you can’t have coffee on Whole 30, but I have serious suspicions that coffee may be one of my trigger foods so I’m cutting it out cold turkey.

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Breakfast: 2 slices of Paleo bacon, 2 fried eggs on a bed of spinach, strawberries and some Mango tea

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Lunch: One-Pan Paleo Chicken Apple Sausage & Sweet Potato Skillet from Sara @ Mom Endeavors.  I didn’t follow the recipe exactly this time but hers is my inspiration.

Dinner: Taco meat, romaine, avocados and onions.  I make my own taco seasoning from this recipe on Allrecipes.com.  I usually will adjust it based on how much meat I’m making.

Snacks: Katie and I took a trip to Wal-Mart yesterday to run some errands and ended up picking up some of the Nature’s Harvest Plantains, Cashews, and Brazil Nuts.

So except for the extreme exhaustion and the 50+ trips to the bathroom, it was a pretty good 1st day.  Only 29 more to go! 🙂

10 Reasons Why I’m Trying the Whole 30 Again

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  1. I am having constant daily headaches.
  2. My weight has ballooned out of control. I am nearly close to my all time high from when I started Weight Watchers back in 2012.
  3. My back hurts. Every. Morning. When I get up.
  4. I have no clothes to wear for work anymore.
  5. My skin is dull and pimply and flaky.
  6. Just getting up from a chair or the couch is an Olympic event.
  7. My plantar fasciatis is back with a vengeance.
  8. I’m constantly having IBS symptoms again.
  9. I’m tired all the time and just feel like doing nothing.
  10. I’m ready to feel better and live a healthier life.

So I went to the store today and purchased a few items to help me get back on track with the Whole 30 way of eating: avacados, Paleo bacon, mushrooms, etc.  I almost bought some olive oil mayo but thought about the fact that I have all the ingredients so I know I can make that myself.  The biggest thing is that I have to plan ahead and prep all of my food in advance.

I have debated whether or not to cut out caffeine like I did last time. Memories of revisiting all of my food from the first day due to the massive migraine caused by my complete and utter lack of the 6+ cups of coffee I tend to drink just make me cringe.  But the other memories of how amazing I felt at the end of the month also plague me.  Seeing as I am on Spring Break this week, I guess there is no better time than the present to go cold turkey again.  I will probably be regretting this decision in about 24 hours but I need to keep the end result in mind.  A healthier body is the only way I will get my energy and clarity back. Having brain fog is a deplorable way to live and try to accomplish all I want to do in my life. Here I go.  Follow me on my journey!