Whole 30 | Week 2 Recap

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Week 2 on Whole30 went really well.  I've been cooking a ton, which means I'm also cleaning the kitchen a ton! I'm also eating a lot of eggs, but I don't mind. So far, I'm really enjoying putting my meal plans together for the week.  The family has really enjoyed eating new meals for dinner.  Whole30 has challenged me to try new recipes and get out of making the same kind of meals each week.  I'll admit I've had a few days where I went off plan, nothing major, just like not making a juice for breakfast and having eggs instead.  Like I said, cleaning is such a pain and that juicer takes like 10 minutes to clean out! 

On week 1 I made a large pork shoulder in the slow cooker, carnitas style and had enough to freeze.  So, when the hubs got sick with a cold, I took it out and made a yummy carnitas soup for him that totally hit the spot, was easy to make, and was Whole30 compliant! BOOM! 

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My favorite meal this week was a bacon wrapped pork tenderloin by Paleo Running Momma. I made it with a side of roasted cauliflower + broccoli.  So delicious! 

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I finally made it to one of my favorite classes at the gym this week, Sandbag Xpress.  Such a great full-body workout! I also ran 3 days! Super happy I got 4 days of workouts in for the week.  Halfway through and I seem to have a bit more energy and I'm still feeling pretty good! I'm ready to finish the last 2 weeks strong and reset! 

Whole 30 | Week 1 Recap

Well, here we are week 1 of Whole 30 is in the books! Jason and I are doing the plan and we're modifying it some for the kids.  This isn't my first time trying to do Whole 30, both other times I ended up cheating or quitting for some reason or another. This time around, though I feel really good about it and I'm optimistic that I'll finish strong!  If you aren't familiar with the program, you can read more HERE but it's basically a plan to get you back to eating real whole foods, nothing processed and you eliminate certain foods, such as sugar, grains, legumes, and dairy. 

The week prior to starting the program I knew it was going to be a busy weekend and I figured, I'd eat ALL the foods not allowed on Whole 30, so come time to weigh in on Monday I had a few extra pounds to lose on top of the ones I already needed to lose!!! OOPSY, maybe not the best plan! But, all that overindulging really had me feeling bloated and yucky, so I felt great all week eating according to the program.  I made my meal plan for the week based on recipes I found on Pinterest and Instagram (love the feature on IG where you can save a post! It's great for recipes!) 

I won't share my entire meal plan(shoot me an email if you want it and I'll send it to you!)  for the week but 2 of our favorite recipes are:

1. Fish Taco Bowls from 40aprons.com  - it's been a family favorite for a while now, so I knew I had to include it in our first week.  The kids have them with corn tortillas instead of the cauliflower rice. This is not a difficult recipe at all, but there are a lot of components and it's time consuming.  I've skipped the mango salsa and cauliflower rice before and just ate the fish over the red cabbage and I have no complaints! Still bomb. 

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2.  Egg Muffins - I make these on a weekly basis and we all love them! They go in the fridge and are perfect for grab and go!  The kids will even take them to school for lunches sometimes! They're super versatile too so you can get creative with what goes in them! The recipe doesn't call for spinach but I felt like adding a little bit of green to them this week! 

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By the weekend I will admit, I was craving something crunchy! Anything would do: crackers, tortilla chips, potato chips! I also missed eating popcorn during movie night with the kiddos, but I survived and when I got on the scale this morning for my weekly weigh-in, I was happy with the results.  I know the plan says not to weigh yourself for the full 30 days but I just had to know if it was working! Sorry to any Whole 30 purists out there! I also ran 3 times last week, but didn't get my gym class in so I need to make sure I hit those goals this week too! I have to remind myself that in order to achieve my goals, I need to remain consistent and I have to make sacrifices. Here's to a successful week 2!! 

What are you working hard for this month? Any Whole 30 peeps out there with some advice or recipes to try out? Please share in the comments!! XO 

 

Food Friday | Starting Whole 30

I am on day 5 of Whole 30 and let me tell ya, it's not been easy!  But, first what is Whole 30?  I'm describing it as Paleo on crack! It's very strict, ie. no dairy, no legumes, no grains, no sugar, no alcohol.  YIKES!! Yeah, I've been leading a paleo lifestyle for about 2 years now, but I've never been 100%!  I've allowed for cheat meals, I've allowed for paleo treats, such as brownies made with dates and pancakes made with coconut flour and bananas.  These treats and cheat meals have kept me sane.  They've kept me moving forward on my weight loss journey.  

Recently though, my cheat meals have turned into cheat days, heck cheat weekends, who am I kidding! And those paleo treats are now, well, just treats minus the paleo! You see where this is going, right?  I needed a paleo intervention and that's where Whole30 came in.  The hubs & I started reading the book It Starts with Food and just decided to do it, cold turkey.  No cheats.  It's just 30 days, right?  If you want to read up on all the science behind it, I recommend you get the book and check out their website

I've been feeling hungry and maybe a little hangry (hungry + angry) this past few days so I think my food intake has been kinda low. I'll be adding more veggies to my plate this coming week and hoping it helps.  I'm also going to add a mini meal in between lunch & dinner and not just a snack and see if this helps too.   I don't want to bore you guys with daily food photos (I post enough on Instagram!) But, here's a snippet of what I've been eating this week.  Most photos are with my Iphone but 2 are with my "real" camera.  I had a moment when I went all food photographer and thought I'd get all fancy but I didn't make it past lunch.  I just want to eat my food..remember I get hangry!

Tarragon Cream Pork with sauteed green beens.  Recipe from  It Starts with Food

Tarragon Cream Pork with sauteed green beens.  Recipe from It Starts with Food

Simple Grilled Steak with grilled brussels sprouts and salad

Simple Grilled Steak with grilled brussels sprouts and salad

I discovered homemade mayo! Ok, I didn't discover it, but boy is it amazing!  Lots of recipes online.  Here's the one I used from  The Health Foodie ! I've read that the slower you pour the oil, the thicker it turns out, so I'll pour slower next time.  Because there will be a next time.  I will never buy store mayo again! I'm excited to make ranch dressing, tartar sauce, and other jazzed up versions of this!!! 

I discovered homemade mayo! Ok, I didn't discover it, but boy is it amazing!  Lots of recipes online.  Here's the one I used from The Health Foodie! I've read that the slower you pour the oil, the thicker it turns out, so I'll pour slower next time.  Because there will be a next time.  I will never buy store mayo again! I'm excited to make ranch dressing, tartar sauce, and other jazzed up versions of this!!! 

So, have any of you tried Whole30 program? I'd love to hear your thoughts, suggestions, results, recipes! Anything to keep me going these next 25 days!!! xo