Day 11 This particular work week has been incredibly stressful, but this particular day has been especially difficult. Working and not being able to indulge in your "go-to" comfort foods when you are stressed makes for a very difficult day, especially for an emotional eater like myself. It feels like another Monday and all I am looking forward to is the upcoming weekend. It has just been a blah day - but not for my meal choices!!
Almond Butter. Oh yes, my friends, I have a new nut butter love. Almond Butter reminds me of a sugar-free peanut butter that is a lot smoother to spread. I paired it with an organic green apple and an organic banana, this is a filling breakfast. And, thankfully I had it since I was busting my butt at work all day.
I struggled a lot, especially this evening to keep it together mentally. I wanted to cave and eat a big ol' slice of chocolate cake. Especially during the holidays, my friends tend to post and talk a lot about food. Posting photos of treats and sweets they have made and it made me want to grab a bite of anything I loved but not had in over 11 days. 11 Days!! What?! I cannot quit after 11 days. But, I wanted to. A part of my brain was telling me to grab a sweet treat, just one wouldn't hurt. But, I quickly started to see that my body is not yet ready to quit Whole30. The struggle is real but this time it will be me conquering those cravings once and for all!!
Day 12 (Meals 34-36) TGIF. Since we had an abudance of groceries, I have wanted to think "outside the box" on meal selection. I know a lot of other Whole30 folks have gotten tired and stopped half way though since they were bored of the same meal repeats. I did not want that to be me.
Meal 34- Breakfast! Even though it is Friday, work was proving to be another super busy day. December seems to be a busy time of year for my company, so I wanted to make something super quick and easy that would be filling to make and take ZERO time to create. Insert my breakfast bowl. I cut up a banana into slices, added my almond butter and topped with organic Trader Joe's coconut flakes. It was really good. I think next time I may try to moisten the flakes for a less crunchy taste. As messy as it looks, it was delicious. I think I may try this on the weekend with warm bananas (skillet-style) to see if I like it better.
The Daily Kitchen & Bar. They have amazing food and they offer a ton from local farms, so it has always been high on my list. I had their organic roasted chicken with grilled asparagus and mashed potatoes (i swapped for mashed sweet potatoes). I am glad they can do this meal Paleo Optional since that omits the majority of things from the meal I cannot have during Whole30. Even the sauce is friendly to Whole30, using only lemon, dill and clarified butter. Thankfully, their roasting process includes using duck fat, so even my chicken was perfection. And, bonus, the organic chicken is from a farm not 20 minutes down the road. The mashed sweet potatoes were utter perfection- twice baked and used clarified butter in the puree to get that creamy texture. I ordered a second helping!