WHOLE30 UPDATE

DAYS 4-8 OF WHOLE30

The more I’ve gotten into Whole30 it’s slowly getting easier. Today, September 7th I am eight days into this challenge and now my problem is a simple one. I AM BORED OF EATING THE SAME THINGS. This is a huge problem. It’s an easy thing to correct but at the same time it’s been very hard for me.

I’ve been spicing up my meats and my veggies – but at the end of the day I’m still eating meat and vegetables. And after awhile that becomes monotonous. Perhaps that comes from my poor cooking skills or from my lack of time or caring about cooking my food. Cooking has never been one of my strong suits or something that I enjoy. So trying to new things and experimenting sounds awful to me. And it isn’t like I don’t enjoy trying new things – I just really hate cooking.

So really that has been the hardest challenge has been that; the cravings aren’t really as terrible as I thought they would be. Even the exercise hasn’t been that hard to keep a consistent schedule. 

One of the rules of Whole30 you can’t weight yourself or measure your waist. So it’s kind of hard to measure your progress but at least for me, I feel better. When you stop eating all the pasta and diary; you feel lighter and better. Less sluggish and more active. That in itself is progress for me. And the whole goal of this challenge for me is once it’s done to keep on with the healthy eating. And I think this a great stepping stone. But it’s definitely not easy to keep with the strict diet. But hey! It’s only thirty days. In the span of your life thirty days is not that long of a time.

 

This is a lot of the meals I've been making mostly because they're easy. That doesn't mean they aren't delicious.

This is a lot of the meals I’ve been making mostly because they’re easy. That doesn’t mean they aren’t delicious.

 

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DAY TWO & THREE WHOLE30 CHALLENGE

FOOD PREP

Food prep is probably one of the most understated things when it comes to dieting. It’s definitely easier to eat healthy if you are able to prep you food at the beginning of the week. Most people, will do their shopping and then prep food on Sundays – so whether that be cooking off some chicken breasts or prepackaging your portions of fruits and veggies out. I found this site very helpful for getting a better look at food prep click HERE to check it out.

For me this week food prep looked like, cutting fruit up, cutting and packing meat (chicken, turkey, beef and steak) into little zip-lock baggies so I could just pull one or two out of the freezer and make myself some dinner. It also involved precooking potatoes and then freezing them. What we did is, we diced up a bunch of potatoes and blanched them so I could pull them out and cook up a portion whenever I wanted. With the Whole30 diet I haven’t found myself cooking or prepping much beyond that for two reasons.

One, I’m a horrible cook and am currently learning how to do the simplest of things – which usually just ends with a giant mess in the kitchen! And two, I currently work as a bartender and that leaves me working weird hours. So when I get home I don’t usually feel like looking myself a meal at 2:30 in the morning, so I’ll have fruit and veggies or nothing. I’m always pretty good about eating before work and taking snacks (bananas, veggies) which helps the hunger after work.

For the Whole30 challenge day two and three have been going pretty well. I must say though, the cravings are kicking in. I work at the bar and all the food smells amazing and it’s pretty hard to resist temptation. I’ve been told that after the first week the cravings start to die down. And any time I want something sweet I go for the watermelon – my all time favorite fruit.

FOOD ON 1.9.16

Breakfast: scrambled eggs with leftover beef from dinner the night before and peppers

Lunch/dinner was quick and simple yesterday a slice of turkey breast with American Fries (one of the few things I can cook so get use to seeing them!).

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FOOD ON 2.9.16

For breakfast I kept it simple and had a pepper omelette. I used peppers because they needed to be cooked off today and coffee black. The omelette was a complete accident, I was going to make an egg pancake because the last time I tried to make an omelette there was more egg on my floor than in my pan but as I went to turn it very carefully; it ended up folding over on itself – a beautiful accident!

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Dinner: tonight I had assistance in the kitchen (and by assistance I mean he cooked the whole thing) and my boyfriend made seasoned pork tenderloin with sautéed asparagus and of course, American Fries with grilled peppers – it was amazing! Even better because I didn’t have to help make it tonight.

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EXERCISE

Just as eating is important it’d be useless without a workout program. And while mine isn’t always the same the “program” for me is spinning class twice a week with a TRX class and then additional running outside of that.

On 31.8.16 I took a spin class, 45 minutes and it kicked my butt – it’s been too long since I’ve been on a bike.

On 1.9.16 I went walking with a friend for thirty minutes.

And 2.9.16 I was suppose to go running but over slept – which happens in life sometimes that just means I’m going to make up for that tomorrow.

DAY ONE WHOLE30 CHALLENGE

This will change your life. It’s one of the first things on the Whole30 website. And I have to say I’m not sure if I’m convinced about that. All of that speculation aside I am still going to do the Whole30 challenge and find out for myself just how life changing this will be.

WHAT IS WHOLE30

For those of who you are unfamiliar (as I was up until a few short weeks ago) it is a diet  – or a lifestyle change – that cuts out certain food groups that have negative impacts on your health. They have you stop eating, sugar, grains (of any kind including gluten free), dairy and legumes (a plant that comes from seeds or pods; meaning mostly beans and peas) and worst of all NO BOOZE of any kind for 30 days. They challenge you to 30 days of cutting all these things out and seeing the affects it will have on your health. By doing this challenge the chances that your tastes will change, your eating habits, craving and even all together your relationship with food.  I do believe that the goal of this challenge is that you ultimately change your eating habits completely to live a healthier lifestyle.

A QUICK RUNDOWN OF THE RULES

At this point it’s much easier to tell you what you can eat since the list of food you aren’t allowed to eat is appearing endless. Approved foods consist of; meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables and fruits. The whole purpose is to eat food that is unprocessed, no added sugar and while these initial rules seem quite harsh – it is only for 30 days. If anyone is interested in getting a much more detailed outline of what you can and can’t here you can click HERE to go to their website.

I have never been one to stick to any sort of dieting fab. I’m good for a few weeks and then something comes up and I fizzle out. Working out has never been a problem for me, it’s fun and going every day or multiple times a week is enjoyable. If given the choice between an apple or candy – I’d chose candy every time. My sweet tooth is unreal and that is the root of the problem. If we have candy in the house you best believe it’s not staying there long.

Needless to say when my sister first mentioned it to me I was hesitant. But she kept on saying, ‘it’s only 30 days.’ And she was right! We’ll see if I’m still saying that once I get half way through this challenge.

The first official day of the challenge was today, August 31st. But I like to think it really started yesterday, the 30th. And here’s why, FOOD PREP! it will be your new best friend. We went to the store and packed our cart with meats, vegetables and fruits, carefully avoiding the entire middle of the store. We followed that old saying stick to the outside of the store. I’m not a planner or a cooker – so my grocery lists usually are empty and I just sort of wing it while I’m at the store. This is not a method that works with whole30. You need a plan and probably a budget because eating healthy is expensive – probably why most people don’t do it.

Well we didn’t really have a plan, I found a recipe for this parchment paper chicken dish found on a blog called nomnompaleo – and then our list started. I think I’m quite lucky since I’m dating and live with a professional chef. So really once we got to the store he just started putting stuff in my cart. We ended up getting, chicken, salmon, beef – and very veggie under the sun.

Since I can’t cook we did something very similar to the parchment packet dinners – but we use tinfoil. All you do is pick your protein, chop up some veggies, maybe even some slices of lemon or orange, add your seasoning and spices top it off with a little extra virgin olive oil and BAM! you’ve just got dinner. We also made a separate packet for potatoes since that’s one of the few things you can eat. And I must say they’re actually pretty tasty!

Breakfast is easy, have an omelet or if you’re like me and can’t flip your omelets without egg all over your floor have scrambled eggs with meat and veggies!

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Top: potato wedges with E.V.O.O. parsley and pepper Bottom Left: chicken on a bed of yellow and red peppers, orange slices, seasoning, pepper, garlic and parsley Bottom Right: beef, yellow and red peppers, onions, seasoning, parsley, seasoning, pepper and garlic

This picture is the dinner we made yesterday. And I have to say they’re easy and delicious so even if you aren’t a chef you can make a wonderful meal! Dinner tonight is flank steak, with chopped up peppers, seasoning, garlic, and orange slices with American Fries (or more commonly known as chopped up potatoes seasoned and cooked in a little bit of E.V.O.O.) with a side of watermelon (my favorite fruit!).

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Tonight’s dinner: Flank steak with chopped up peppers, seasoned with pepper, seasoning and garlic with orange slices and some American fries.