Day 13: Whole30

 

Yesterday was an extremely full day and honestly being on Whole30 made it easier. I didn’t have to waste time trying to figure out what to eat or eat my emotions out after attending a funeral. I kept it simple and used up a lot of the leftovers in the fridge.  Here was yesterday’s meal plan:

Breakfast: I ordered nutpods and they arrived Friday so I couldn’t wait to try my first one on Saturday morning with coffee. I did black coffee and cinnamon and I could continue to do it but just wasn’t enjoying it as much. Hazelnut is pretty good but excited to try the other too! Breakfast was simple – egg scramble with sausage and mushrooms.

Lunch: I led a yoga & oils meet-up for Lole Royal Oak at Shanti Yoga and brought my lunch to the studio. Adding the lettuce helped keep these rollups intact and added a nice crunch. While I’ve eaten this meal a few times this week, even minor adjustments made it feel new and still satisfying.

Dinner: I worked the Red Wings game last night and instead of the normal media meal – which usually includes a slice of pizza, I brought spaghetti squash with crushed tomatoes, mushrooms, brussels sprouts and sausage. Unintentionally I poured the sauce into a heart shape – this hit the spot. Old habits are hard to break. Usually during the game, I might have a cup of popcorn so instead I brought blueberries – which tasted even better.

It’s been interesting having conversations around Whole30 and noticing what people are willing or not willing to give up even for 30 days. I know it’s all personal and what’s most important to you. Right now, this Whole30 is about getting clear on what works for me and what doesn’t — food, relationships, work — all of it. It’s about creating more awareness on my choices and the impact they have on all the areas of my life. ❤ If you’re doing Whole30, what’s your why?

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Day 12: Whole30

 

Two full work weeks completed! Today felt easier – not sure why but I’ll take it! I kind of put my food together last minute (even rushing to throw lunch together as I walked out the door this morning). Let’s get right to it – today’s meal plan:

Breakfast: Wanted something other than eggs and yet this one does have eggs in it – the Oatless Oatmeal. I put unsweetened coconut, blueberries and almond slices. I still need to work on the texture as I think I would want it a little thicker next time.

Lunch: I’ve posted this one a couple times this week. I made some minor adjustments, adding more Plainville turkey slices, baking the sweet potato in bigger thinner slices (I like that variation best) with some garlic powder and pink salt. Today I added apple slices – a good combo.

Dinner: I debated on going to the grocery store after yoga and decided to make what I had at home work. I had previously picked up the turkey burgers from Trader Joe’s and decided to heat those up with some peppers and onions. Threw some avocado on there. My acorn squash just has coconut oil and sprinkle of cinnamon. The brussels are just a light garlic powder and pink salt. Sometimes keeping it simple is the best choice.

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Day 11: Whole30

Definitely felt the full moon today. Or maybe that’s just what Day 11 feels like? I’m noticing my energy levels are low these days and my face is noticing the impact of whatever my body is getting rid of. Oh the joy. But my stomach seems happier so that’s progress. Here’s the meal plan from today:

Breakfast: I am still not loving the idea of eggs and yet I made them this morning. Thankfully this recipe doesn’t taste egg-y. It’s the Breakfast Bowl. If you haven’t made it, do yourself a favor and try this.

Snack: Celery with almond butter

Lunch: Same as yesterday but decided to layer up two slices of that Plainville Farms turkey to make up the wraps. They become sturdier and more filling. You can add what you want to it. I had spinach, avocado and sweet potato seasoned with garlic powder.

Snack: Apple Pie Larabar and plantains — too many plantains.

Dinner: I got home a bit later than anticipated so I tried a quick new recipe: Grain Free (Whole30) Oatmeal. I know the goal isn’t to make recipes of your favorites and make them compliant. I don’t even love oatmeal but wanted to expand what I was eating and this one was quick. Basically throw it all in a food processor and add the almond butter and splash of almond or coconut milk and BOOM you’re eating.

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Day 10: Whole30

Today marked the day I felt over eggs after breakfast. It wasn’t a bad breakfast, just felt like I’ve eaten eggs too many days in a row. I didn’t finish this plate and couldn’t feel like I could take another bite. The one thing I have noticed is that I am drinking more water. I also noticed that I was dragging big time today – part of that may be due to the Red Wings game going into OT last night and an early morning meeting. Either way, it’s day 10 and was able to mix it up today. Here was today’s meal plan:

 

Breakfast: I woke up early to roast sweet potato, mostly for lunch but figured why not add it to breakfast and throw some brussels in there. I threw in the last chile lime chicken patty, couple of eggs and some avocado. It was a good combination, I just was over the eggs.

Snack: Cashew Cookie Larabar

Lunch: Part 1 – Kettle Cooked Chicken Soup from Trader Joe’s. I like soup, I just don’t love it for a meal. I was hungry at 11am so I decided to break out the soup. About an hour later, I put together turkey (Plainville turkey from Costco is compliant), spinach, avocado and sweet potato. This actually surprised me on how good it was. I’ll be doing this one again.

Dinner: Wednesdays are my long day and when I get home from teaching yoga, I don’t feel like cooking so I was pretty grateful that I had some Twisted Tuna left over and had an excuse to eat those roasted plantains.

img_3849 To wind down tonight, I chose the Yogi DeTox tea. Not only is it Whole30 compliant, but I love these messages.

“There is nothing like you, there was nothing like you and there shall be nothing like you.”

Something good for the body and the mind ❤

 

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Day 9: Whole30

Made it through Day 9 and my goal for the last three days was to NOT go to the grocery store. It seems like I always need something. And it’s not just one store … Trader Joe’s, Costco, Kroger … you would think I was cooking for more than just me!

Part of the preparation for this month was to read It Starts with Food. I’m still reading it and it’s been really helpful to understand the program. Here’s a quick excerpt:

“It’s only thirty days.

It’s for the only body you will ever have in this lifetime.

After only thirty days, you’ll know how those foods you used to eat work in your body – how they affect your energy levels, sleep, mood and physical performance. You’ll know how your food choices were affecting your skin, your hair, your joints and your digestive tract. You’ll learn how your diet played into your disease, medical condition, or hard-to-define collection of symptoms. In just thirty days, you will see for yourself, firsthand, how these things we’ve been talking about – an unhealthy psychological response, hormonal disruption, gut permeability, systemic inflammation – have been affecting you. And then you’ll know whether these foods truly make you less healthy which will give you the power to decide what you are going to do about it.

It’s time to step up and do what’s right for you, and for your body, for the long-term.”

Here was my meal plan for today:

Breakfast: Returned to my favorite Whole30 Breakfast Bowl. It’s just good and doesn’t take long.

Lunch: Leftover cauliflower rice and veggies with chicken apple sausage and the Chicken Chile Lime burger. This one held up great from Sunday.

Snack: Roasted plantains

Dinner: Made up the final Chile Lime burger (didn’t get sick of this one with eating it the last three days) over zucchini noodles and the avocado sauce from the Zucchini Noodle Breakfast Bowl. 

 

 

 

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Day 8: Whole30

Today I felt the best I’ve felt yet on Whole30. Helped to get more movement in with a quick trip to the gym and yoga with my good friend Court tonight. I also noticed another why for really committing to Whole30. I wasn’t feeling great before taking on this challenge – physically or mentally. My body felt bogged down and my mind all over the place. With losing my brother in October, I think I was looking for something simple to give me structure to start feeling like me again. I do really well DOING, it’s in the BEING that I need to sit with. All this to say, it does start with food and it’s more than the food. It’s in the preparation, the presentation, the enjoyment and the impact. So here’s today’s meal plan:

Breakfast: Because it’s Monday and I prepped the night before by spiralizing the zucchini and baking sweet potato, all I had to do was mix in the avocado sauce and cook up the egg and ta-da, a delicious and beautiful breakfast: The Zucchini Noodle Breakfast Bowl.

Snack: Cashew Cookie Larabar & Apple Slices

Lunch: Made up a new recipe last night: Twisted Tuna Salad over a bed of spinach and some roasted plantains. Really good with the plantains – then again pretty much everything tastes good with plantains.

Snack: Celery with Almond Butter

Dinner: Leftovers from last night’s thrown together dish of the Chile Lime Chicken Burger with cauliflower rice and some veggies.

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Day 7: Whole30

One week in the books! Today felt a lot easier than yesterday. Even added some more movement back into my schedule with yoga in the morning, a little skate out on the lake and a quick trip to the gym.

Here’s today’s meal plan:

Breakfast: Since I went to yoga this morning, using leftovers was key to eating pretty quickly once I got back. The base was the Chicken, Apple, Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts Skillet and topped it with two eggs over easy and avocado.

Snack: apple slices and plantain chips

Lunch: I decided to keep it easy and used that Chicken, Apple, Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts Skillet and scrambled it with some eggs for a quick & easy lunch.

Dinner: Those Chile Lime Chicken Burgers from Trader Joe’s are delicious. I decided to cut up some of Aidells Chicken & Apple sausages  and mixed it with peppers and onions, broccoli and some cauliflower rice.  Avocado to top it all off. Pretty easy in terms of prep and kind of a throw it all in a pan (minus the burgers) and add some spices.

Going nonstop today wore me out so time for some rest & relaxation. Good luck on the start of your week!

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