September 22, 2014

Whole 30: Day 22

I don't know what is different this time, but I am not struggling with the Whole 30 at all this time around. No boredom, no urge to break it. I think something that has been really helpful is trying to see the Whole 30 as a series of positive statements. "I can eat this," "I can make that," rather than focusing on the list of things I can't have. At this point, I am not craving my usual unhealthy favorites at all, because I try to make new recipes all the time and keep what we are eating delicious and exciting.

Also, I think after my experience the first time, I know a bit better what to expect, and I can plan my meals in a way that best satisfies my needs. Less snacking, more focusing on what hunger really is and if that is, in fact, what I am feeling (rather than boredom, stress, etc.).

Some things that have been on our plates this week:

Tomato olive chicken. A favorite of everyone's - even the baby, who picks out the olives and eats those first. It comes out amazingly well in the crockpot. I do a can of no salt added diced tomatoes, then six chicken thighs, then a half a cup of sliced kalamata olives (no liquid), then another can of no salt added diced tomatoes. Let it cook on low for 6 hours. It is SO delicious. The meat just falls apart.

Another big favorite in our house is shepherd's pie, made with mashed cauliflower. I usually do ground turkey and shredded carrots in the filling but we were out of carrots so I used a bag of frozen veggies - only problem is, it was peas and carrots, and I forgot that peas are technically legumes and so they are not allowed on the Whole 30. For the 10 peas I'm guessing were in my plate, I am going to just shrug it off and keep going. A spoonful of peanut butter would be breaking the Whole 30. This was an accident, and I'm moving on.

This was a spur-of-the-moment invention of mine. We had a spaghetti squash and I made homemade tomato sauce to make sure everything in it was compliant (tomatoes, onion, garlic, basic, oregano, black pepper - turned out really well!). I wanted to make meatballs too, but I usually add breadcrumbs to my meatballs to hold them together well. I looked in the pantry to see what we could add - sometimes I will put nuts (usually pecans) in the food processor until they are almost a powder and use that, but we were out of everything except whole almonds and cashews (not quite the flavor I was looking for). So I used a scoop of chia seeds. They were actually really good, and incredibly filling - I couldn't finish my plate.

For this week's lunches, I made Asian-inspired burgers with roasted broccoli and cauliflower. The burgers I made with ground pork, ground shrimp (I just threw cooked shrimp in the food processor and pulsed it for 10-15 seconds), sesame seeds, ginger, garlic, and green onion. I didn't get a picture - it didn't really come out looking beautiful, but oh my goodness, they're delicious. I've made it before as wonton filling, with a bit of soy sauce. No soy in the Whole 30 though, but it doesn't taste like anything is missing.

I also didn't get pictures of this week's breakfasts but I made egg muffins to which I added smoked paprika and cut up pieces of Applegate beef hot dogs. They're pretty expensive and definitely a "sometimes" food, but it's a pretty good once-in-a-while change from the usual.

I didn't make my weekly workout goal this week - I did 102% the first week, 110% the second week, but only about 77% this week. I had to stay late at work one day, so that was a missed workout, and then I missed yesterday's workout too - I woke up the other day with a few bug bites on my legs and arms so we spent the weekend deep cleaning every inch of our house, washing every sheet, blanket, pillow, and piece of laundry in hot, hot water. Not a lot of fun, but it had to be done.

I am headed to the gym now, and after, my husband and son will come pick me up. His brother (my brother-in-law) is coming to town for a few days to visit. I am glad to have a plan for compliant eating while he is here. Steak with mashed potatoes (sweet for me) and Brussels sprouts tonight, compliant tandoori chicken with asparagus tomorrow. The boys will go out for lunches if they want.

I am feeling incredibly well prepared, strong, and untempted. Just a little more than a week left!

September 16, 2014

Whole 30: Day 16

Another week down! I decided to mix up my meals for this week. Breakfasts are eggs baked in turkey cups - I found the recipe on Pinterest and managed to find Whole 30 compliant turkey at the grocery store. Forgot to take pictures, though - but I'm sure make more next week, they're pretty good.

For lunches, I baked chicken thighs that I sprinkled with black pepper and paprika. I also made mashed cauliflower and roasted Brussels sprouts.

SO good. I love Brussels sprouts so much.

One dinner I made the other night (and about a week earlier, because my husband requested it as often as possible) was coconut chicken with mango.

The first time I made it, I marinated the chicken in mango, then toasted compliant coconut flakes and coated them in it. This time, I changed it up a bit - I served the mango on the side, because in my marinade mix, the flavor was lost. I cut the chicken breasts in half the long way to make them thinner. Also, after I toasted the coconut, I put it in the food processor with raw almond slivers and chopped it up finely. Baked at 375ยบ for 25 minutes - super moist and delicious.

My workouts have been good - I tried a new machine at the gym called an Adaptive Motion Trainer, which is like a "combination of an elliptical machine, treadmill and a stepper." Holy moley, it is an intense workout! I am usually super sweaty when I am finished - which is never a full hour.

I am finding it easier to wake up with plenty of energy in the morning, and my clothes are getting loose - which is good and bad. I just bought all new work clothes! (I may do a post on this in a few days.) If I keep this up, I'll need to find someone around here who can take my dresses in...