Okay, So, I grabbed the Whole30 book just before Thanksgiving. I actually sat down prior to the big Thanksgiving weekend and read the book. I was actually pleasantly surprised at a lot of the recipes it had. It really was a good investment and I did learn a lot more about why certain items are omitted. If you also want to know the scientific breakdown, that would be in the other book. I snagged my copy at Target! (BTW, if you are pregnant, they have a Whole30 designed for you as well called Healthy Mama, Happy Baby) *If you would like to read Why I started, go here. For Day 1, go here. For Days 2-4, go here. For Days 5-7, go here.
Whole30 Instagram to find some inspiration. And, it didn't disappoint. I also found they have a Whole30 Recipe Instagram as well which a great resource for recipes as well!
Meal 22-Breakfast. Right out the gate on a Monday morning I knew I had to make something filling and easy for on-the-go. I really liked how this is easy to pre-make the night before to take in a container to-go. I had 2 hardboiled eggs, 1 slice of turkey breast, about a tablespoon of Whole30 Guacamole (from their book) and 1/2 an apple with a cup of hot organic green tea. I was content and full up until lunch.
Kebabs. They are easy to make, Whole30 compliant and are a quick meal. Since we have to go grocery shopping again, it was the perfect opportunity to make this meal. The grocery store had pre-cut kebab veggie (purple onion, green peppers, red peppers, green zucchini, and yellow squash) on sale so that made this for an easy meal and we had a container of whole mushrooms so we skewered them and placed them in our Le Creuset Grill Pan, sprayed Avocado Oil spray and let them cook. Meanwhile, we prepped our sirloin from the butcher with salt, pepper, paprika and fresh herbs. Once the kebabs were done, we cooked the steak to medium-rare and we were good to go. The steak was so big, we split it to portion control. The purple onion was by far the best of the grilled veggies and the steak was perfect. I loved grilling food! Paired with a La Croix. While this was fulling, I still got hungry afterward- and wanted to snack. I resist the urge to do so but maybe I should have an evening snack post-dinner?
Meal 25- Breakfast. I was in a rush again to get going this morning and with zero motivation to get out of bed due to the rain we have had the past two days, it was a "hurry it up" kind of morning. I made one of my favorite Whole30 staples - sweet potato hash and egg - but this time I added turkey in my over-medium egg for a boost of protein. With a cup of tea I am ready to conquer the day. I will have to open my Pomegranate soon for a boost of sweetness in my La Croix or coffee. Overall, much more filling meal, especially with the larger portions. I wonder if this will help me curve my snacking.
copper river salmon I had grabbed from the store the other night on the way home. So, i mixed lemon juice, EVOO and dill to the top of the fish and sprinkled a bit of northwoods seasoning and began cooking it in my small skillet. While it was cooking, i chopped up the rest of a white onion from the fridge and grabbed the romaine for an easy bed of lettuce. Once the salmon was done, i set it aside to rest and started grilling the onion, adding turmeric for a boost of color and flavor (if you do not use this spice, you need to start as it has a ton of health benefits). Once they were done, I plated the salmon on top of my bed of romaine and placed the sauteed onion on the side. With the remaining dressing for the fish, i added Dijon mustard for an easy vinaigrette and dinner was completed with a La Croix.
Day 10 Today marks a high stress day. I see why so many people want to quit by day 10. While I am not feeling withdrawal symptoms any longer (headaches, irritability, etc.), I do find social situation to be tough. And, I can see why so many people get tired of having eggs or sweet potatoes. I need to make my next few grocery shopping trips more unique - as in trying produce I have not had before and attempting to find newer ways to experiment with things I can have. It has been a struggle when I have people say "oh well you can't have this or that" instead of "let's see what you can have". I find the negative outlook brings me down and makes me upset. I am trying to do something positive with my relationship with food, and I have negative comments all over. It can be stressful.
Whole30 ranch and a La Croix to drink. Adding the homemade guacamole made these have a big punch of flavor and made the wraps alone super filling. It also kept the meat from falling out of these, which makes them easier to eat and move. I like using these romaine hearts in place of taco shells so these are always a light lunch favorite of mine. Added a La Croix to drink and my lunch was complete.
Kroger, Aldi and Trader Joes. More to come on groceries and planning.