Tag Archives: Whole30

monday, monday

17 Apr

Oh how I hate Mondays! Sunday night I made a new paleo approved egg bake with the following ingredients:

  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 C of pork breakfast sausage
  • 1/2 C chopped broccoli
  • 1 C of mushrooms (sauteed ahead of time)
  • 1/4 of an onion (sauteed with mushrooms above)

All cooked up

I snacked that day on some organic free trade freeze dried bananas and some baby carrots.  For lunch I had my leftover paleo mini burgers with guacamole and a side of broccoli.  They were delightful even reheated! That is definitely a recipe I will use again and may even make them for Britton!

Dinner was a disaster.  I had bought some fish rub for my various fish purchases and so I started by using the rub on my tilapia filet from Whole Foods.  The rub turned out to be extremely spicy and I am a wimp about stuff like that so it ended up being tossed…

Just after i had finished with the rub

Next I had some broccolette that I was going to saute in a pan with some olive oil and garlic.

What is brocollette? I have no clue but it was good.

So I cleaned those babies up and tossed them into the pan to cook. they were a good choice, not like the fish ended up being…

nom, nom, nom

I finished the meal off with a baked sweet potato that i turned into personal mashed, with a smidgen of coconut milk and a dash of cinnamon.  Other than the fish it was delish!

What a colorful plate of food!

After the fish turned out to be a bust I had leftover roast still so I heated that up for my protein.  Before I headed out the door to check out CrossFit Sioux City.  I met with the owner and set up a meeting for Tuesday to start learning the ropes.  Can’t wait to get started tonight!

day 2 of my challenge

11 Apr

So far the whole 30 challenge is not kicking my butt.  I did however get a headache I couldn’t shake yesterday. Subtle, but there nonetheless…  I started my morning off right with an egg bake I made Monday night. best.idea.ever. Should last the whole week if Britton doesn’t chow down too much.  I meant to take a photo but forgot (2 days in a row I’ve forgotten…) but it is filled with deliciousness:

  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of cooked breakfast sausage (I used mild pork sausage)
  • 1/2 cup of cooked chopped broccoli
  • 1/2 cup of baby portabella mushrooms
  • dash of cumin
  • salt and pepper

I mixed all ingredients in a large bowl, poured into a greased 8×8 glass pyrex and baked at 350 for 45 minutes. Delicious.  It was a nice morning too, Britton home so we could eat breakfast together. love that. doesn’t happen often either.

Lunch I had leftovers from Monday night, and it was great even reheated!  I was asked to have lunch with a candidate on campus so I was the odd ball out not having campus food. I am not going to lie, their pizza and quesadillas looked amazing.  The smell alone had me salivating!  But I resisted, ate my lunch, had a banana and broc for sides.  It was a glorious lunch with the candidate and a colleague.  I usually eat in my office while catching up on hulu tv (which I actually love to do).

Throughout the day I was searching on paleo and whole30 blogs for more recipes and I went a little crazy about it. I think I pinned 20 recipes for different delicious menu items for the next 28 days!  Even if I don’t make them all, it gets me to think about healthier options after my 30 days is up.

We took a chance on dinner last night so we could bring food over to some friends that just had a baby.  We got chick fil a… I know what you’re thinking, there’s no way that’s Whole30 approved! Well you’re right and wrong. I had a kids meal with grilled chicken nuggets, fruit and unsweet tea.  I brought along some sugar snap peas as my veggie side.

All in all, it was a good day. I am hopeful that the headaches won’t last too long…

Whole30 Day 1

10 Apr

Most friends and family know this already, I’m getting married in September! wahoo! right?! Well part of my wedding planning has been to get in shape. I’ve been working on getting in shape for the last 5 months… only have i really been working on it? Heck no! I love my sweets too much (britton can attest to that). So about 2 weeks ago, my good friend and colleague Meghan sent me the link to the Whole30 challenge (http://whole9life.com/category/whole-30/).  The principle behind the Whole30 is to spend 30 days eating a mostly Paleo diet. Eat meat, vegetables and some fruits… no processed foods, no sugar, no legumes, no dairy (except for eggs), no white potatoes (which is more a matter of how you eat them), and last but not least, no alcohol.  The alcohol part, not a big deal for me, i barely drink these days anyway.

I spent a few days reading up on Paleo diets and the Whole30.  Meghan and I both decided to start the diet on the Monday after Easter (easier for me because she is traveling this week and I am home with britton).  I wanted to get my 30 days in before my May trips.  I will continue to eat healthy and make smart food choices but don’t really want to worry about what I can and can’t eat and what I can and can’t drink while I am in Boston and New Orleans in May. This is not the kind of thing you can cheat.  They say you need to give your body 30 days to heal from the years of abuse.  So starting yesterday I am a whole30 participant. And here is how it went.

Day 1 was not difficult.  I started out the morning with 2 eggs scrambled with about 1/4 C of baby spinach, seasoned with salt and pepper.  Britton is in town so I made him some too, he is sort of doing this with me, when he is in town at least…  I packed some carrots into my bag hoping they may get me through the day as I hadn’t been able to prepare anything Whole30 approved for lunch.  This was my main stresser for the day.  Find lunch that fit the diet.  I thought about it and decided I should pock up a roasted chicken from HyVee.  So for lunch I had a leg and a thigh, sans the skin and fat with most of the carrots I packed for the day.  I was definitely doing well!

Before I could make dinner, I needed supplies.  I had britton start cooking while I went grocery shopping where I picked up more meat and veggies than I have ever seen in my cart at once!  I threw in some Whole30 approved fats (coconut oil cooking spray) and searched the supermarket for some good enough shrimp.  I had planned out my meals for the week before going to the store just to make sure I was getting everything I needed.  Once done, I headed home to finish our dinner (http://paleodietlifestyle.com/olive-garlic-lemon-chicken/).  Paired our chicken with some steamed broccoli and wah-la, I had my first Paleo day! Now only 29 more to go 🙂