I finished up my Whole30 reset yesterday so that means I got to start reintroducing some of the eliminated foods. I decided to start to with dairy because that’s what they recommend in the book “It starts with food”. The one food that I really missed was cheese. I wasn’t craving it or anything but there were quite a few meals that we ate and I would think to myself this would be so good with some cheese on it. For breakfast I fully intended to have some yogurt but I was so full from my bowl of Whole30 Hash that it had to wait for lunch.
That first bite was complete and utter bliss, but the after taste was a bit off. I’m not sure if it was the berries or what but it just didn’t taste right. The yogurt wasn’t sour or going bad, it just had a different after taste than I’m not used to. I managed to eat most of it though. I had really wanted to eat some skyr from a local farm that’s owned by one of my client’s family but the health food store was out when I went shopping. I also had some left over salad with orange brown buttered shrimp. This dish was fantastic and we will without a doubt be making it again. Matt has all sorts of plans to grill it next time.
I actually did some Pilates today! My brother bought me Mari Winsor’s DVD set for Christmas and I’m ashamed that it took me this long to use it. I had the VHS tapes years ago and I used them so much that it wore the tape out in spots and would get all those lines running through it. Did I just date myself? :p I remember it being so HARD! I was pleasantly surprised that I could do most of it. There are a few moves that I just couldn’t manage but I know that that will just motivate me to keep at it. It felt so good to work my entire body and to really focus on my core. I keep reading that core work is really beneficial to running and you know how much help I need with my running.
After my Pilates session I did a bunch of house cleaning and finished up removing some icky flooring in the dining room. I think we just need to sand down the hard wood and we can finally start using that room! I have been working on that dining room since the first week we bought the house almost 6 years ago. Why can’t DIY take a half hour like it does on HGTV?
I was pretty hungry about an hour before Zumba and I’ve been wanting to try to make my own energy bites ,so this afternoon I finally made it happen. These are so yummy, like a larabar but fresher. I found the recipe on Pinterest. Here’s the link to the recipe. They’re simple to make if you have a food processor. My one mistake was eating four of them in about 15 minutes plus munching on mangoes and pineapple that I was chopping up. About a half hour later I had a headache. I’m pretty sure it was sugar overload.
For dinner we had tacos in lettuce cups and I FINALLY got to eat some cheese! My taste buds were singing and I may have moaned in bliss. I was too excited to dive in to even bother taking a picture but I’m sure you guys know what a taco looks like. I freshly grated some raw cheddar cheese from Grafton Village, which is only about an hour away. It says it was aged for two years. I figured if I was going to eat some cheese I had better make any potential pain worth it and go with the best stuff I could find.
So far my stomach feels just fine. I’ll be eating Whole30 style for the next couple of days and I’m really hoping that I don’t have any inflammation or any other reactions to dairy because I really enjoy it. I probably won’t eat it as much as I did in the past and when I do it’s going to be high quality.
Did you guys try any new recipes or bring back an old staple?
I hope you’re all enjoying your Easter holiday. Matt and I are staying home and enjoying a smoked pork tenderloin. Matt is the master smoker in our home, of meats anyways. Since I was so lazy last week I am on my game for this week. I seriously felt so lost! I know, I’m ridiculous. My Whole30 ends on Tuesday which means I get to eat some cheese on Wednesday!!! I could also technically eat some ice cream but I’m going to avoid anything super sugary for as long as possible. For some reason I crave cake hardcore and it’s not even something that I like all that much, so even though I don’t have intense sugar cravings at night I think it’s best to not rock the boat. So I’m planning on eating some dairy on Wednesday and then eating Whole30 style until Saturday. Fingers crossed that I don’t have any side affects! Then on Saturday I’ll test out non-gluten grains. This is timed perfectly because we’re going to a Hibachi restaurant Saturday night for a friend’s b-day and I don’t know how I would avoid rice, or alcohol. I’m equally excited and terrified to try out the eliminated foods. It’ll be nice to ease up on the ingredients we can use but I really don’t want to be bloated and foggy headed and feel gross. I really do want to know what foods don’t agree with me so I can avoid them.
I’m pretty excited for the meals we have planned this week, mostly because they’re tried and true favorites. (TACOS!!!)
Monday~ Easter dinner leftovers
Tuesday~ Orange Brown Butter Shrimp over Salad
Wednesday~ Tacos in Lettuce Wraps with Cauliflower Coconut Lime Rice
Thursday~ Baked Garlic Mushroom Chicken Thighs with Green Beans coated in Coconut Oil and Slivered Almonds
Friday~ Italian Wedding Soup
Sunday~ Grilling Skewers (if the weather allows)
You can find all these recipes on my “Healthy Eats” board on Pinterest.
I was the biggest slacker when it came to exercise last week. I just didn’t feel like doing anything, so I didn’t. I think sometimes it’s good to take a little break and let your body chill. I ran 5 miles on Monday after work and shaved some time off of my pace. It was a great run! Then the weather turned colder and it snowed and my motivation died. I went to Zumba on Wednesday and I haven’t done anything since. So now I’m missing my weights! I want to do two strength workouts a week in addition to running 4 times and my weekly Zumba class. I think that should be a good balance.
Sunday~ 10 mile run
Monday~ 3 mile run and compound workout
Tuesday~ 5 mile run
Wednesday~ 3 mile run and Zumba
Thursday~ workout at PFit
Friday~ rest/ possibly do Pilates DVD
Matt just pulled a beer bread out of the oven so that’s my cue to go do my run. 😉 Wish me luck! What are your fitness plans? Do have any strength workouts that you’d like to share?
We’re gearing up for week 3 of the Whole30 and my LAST week of Body for Life! This is huge for me. I have a hard time following fitness plans all the way to the end, especially if they’re 3 months long. I’m really looking forward to being able to change of my routine and maybe even taking more of my workouts outside. I had my first outdoor run of the year and it was glorious! Slow, but glorious. Oh sun, how I have missed you. Thank-you for returning to my life. My nutrition has really clicked with the Whole30 eating plan. So far I’ve stuck to the rules 100% and I’m pretty confident that I can see this through to the end. I’m almost at the half-way point. I do have a bridal shower brunch to attend this week-end and I’m a little worried that I won’t be able to eat anything. I suppose that I can just eat a nice big breakfast at home and try to avoid eating at it at all.
Last week I made a huge pan of Apple Bumpkin Breakfast Bake that I’ve been working on for breakfasts all week. I topped it with coconut butter and it is absolutely delicious! I needed a break from eggs every morning but I think this week I’ll be bringing them back.
Monday~Baked Mustard Lime Chicken
Tuesday~ Spicy Shrimp and Butternut Squash “Rice” with Tomatoes
Wednesday~Prosciutto Wrapped Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken
Thursday~Chicken Nuggets and Sweet Potato Fries (made these last week and we’re in love!)
Friday~ Italian Wedding Soup
Saturday~Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs
If you’d like to make any of these dinners all the recipes can be found on my Healthy Eats board on Pinterest.
Sunday~ 5k run (OUTSIDE!!!)
Monday~ Upper Body
Tuesday~Lower Body, Abs and 3 mile run
Wednesday~ 5 mile run and Zumba
Thursday~ Upper Body
Friday~ Rest day
Saturday~ 9 mile run
So it’s shaping up to be a pretty fun week. Matt and I are ripping up some yucky linoleum flooring in the dining room today and using the grill for dinner. I’m so excited to see the hardwood underneath! What are you guys up to today? Any crazy house projects or long runs? I’ll keep you posted on the how the floors come out.
Hey guys! I’m almost done with my first week of Whole30 and I’m feeling great! My sugar cravings are gone! I’m not sure if that’s because I’m really not craving them or if it’s because I’ve been going to bed earlier but it’s working and I couldn’t be happier! It gives me a lot of encouragement to keep with this plan. I have started to get a little bored with eggs and avocado in the morning so I’m branching out this week with a yummy looking apple egg baked thing. I’ll let you know how that goes.
Sunday~ Chocolate Chili
Monday~ Baked Garlic Mushroom Chicken with Green Beans
Tuesday~ Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Wednesday~ Meatloaf Cake with Baked Sweet Potatoes
Thursday~ Chicken Fingers with BBQ Sauce and Sweet Potato Fries
Friday~ Crockpot Curry over Cauliflower Rice
Saturday~ Apple Dijon Burgers topped with Caramelized Onions and a Fried Egg
Breakfasts~ Apple Bumpkin Bake
I found all of these recipes through Whole30 recipe searching. If you want to try them out you can click on them on my “healthy eats” board on Pinterest.
Saturday~ 8 mile run (CANNOT believe that I did this!!!)
Sunday~ Rest day (really enjoying my lazy morning)
Monday~ 4 Mile run (hopefully outside if the weather co-operates)
Tuesday~Lower Body and Abs
Wednesday~ Upper Body, 3mile run and Zumba
Thursday~ Lower Body and Abs
I’ve found it’s really tough for me to run after a long day at work. I try to switch out to flats for the last few hours to try and preserve my legs but my calves and my feet are pretty tired after about a mile. I was really lucky this Saturday because after lunch I had appointments where I pretty much sat the entire time which NEVER happens. It was so beautiful out all day and I kept hoping that I would be able to run outside but as soon as I was leaving work it started to rain. Oh well, hopefully that was my last long run on the treadmill! I’ll be back later today or tomorrow with a post on my Whole30 eats.
What have you got planned for this week? Trying any new recipes or running new distances?
At work I have an alter-ego named Mindy. She came about as a joke one day and now whenever I’m impatient they call me Mindy. Basically whenever I’m in a bad mood I’m called Mindy. Sometimes though I’ll be called Mindy just because I’m standing up for myself. I don’t always do that, I usually just go with the flow. I don’t like to ruffle feathers but when I feel like I’m being taken advantage of that’s when something just clicks in me. I find my voice and people don’t really know what to do with that. Why am I telling you all this? Well I think that Mindy is just a stronger part of my personality and lately I’ve been feeling weak. So I’m relying on her to keep me on track.
I’m almost done with Body for Life, only 2 more weeks left, and I don’t have any significant changes to show for it. Sure I can lift heavier than I ever could and I’ve gotten into a great workout routine but my body is no where near where I would like it to be. And I know why. I’ve been sabotaging myself the whole time. I’ve been eating horribly. I have not followed the nutrition part at all. It’s not that it’s even hard, I just don’t agree with it. I can’t and don’t want to eat 5 to 6 times a day. I don’t necessarily like the foods on the plan or even think that they’re foods. So I’ve just been eating whatever I want to. And I feel awful. I’m tired all day and then I can’t go to sleep at night. I need my coffee first thing in the morning. Then about an hour after dinner I HAVE TO HAVE CHOCOLATE or some kind of dessert. It’s ridiculous. And I feel powerless to stop it.
So I’m channeling Mindy and doing my first ever Whole30. It’s 30 days of clean eating. Only veggies, fruit, protein, nuts and certain fats. Absolutely NO grains, sugar (other than fruit), dairy or beans/legumes. It sounds pretty insane for the girl that can’t so no to dessert to do a program like this I know. But this will reset my body and help rid it of cravings and give me more energy. Both of which I desperately need. I’m on my third day and things seem to be going really well so far. I’m committed and I’m really looking forward to see how much better I can feel.
I started on March 24. For breakfast I had 2 fried eggs in coconut oil with half an avocado and a cup of coffee with coconut cream. For lunch I had a giant green salad with roasted chicken. Matt made steak with mushrooms and onions and a baked sweet potato with cashew butter. I felt fine all day and didn’t even really notice that anything was different. I hit up the gym for an hour after work and by the time I was finished eating and cleaning up the kitchen I was ready for bed.
I did not sleep well that night. I tossed and turned all night long but I woke up before my alarm went off. Weird, that never ever happens. I wasn’t hungry but one of the guidelines in Whole30 is to eat within an hour of waking up. This is supposed to keep you from getting the afternoon slump. So after taking the monkey dog out and feeding her I whipped up 2 fried eggs and some leftover steak and smothered it in spicy guacamole, super delicious. I had class in the morning and ended up being at the salon much longer than I had anticipated. I did a pretty gorgeous color technique on my friend Ry.
I stayed and worked on my Aunt and then tweaked a co-worker’s hair. I had to do my grocery shopping before I could go home and eat lunch and I was kind of nervous that I would be starving and just buy nothing but Easter candy but I came prepared. I had a small bag of mixed nuts and a large water and I was good to go. Once I was home and all the groceries were put away I had another Hugh Jass salad with roasted chicken and a bowl of fruit. Then I was so so sleepy so I took a 20 minute nap and felt revived. I went to the gym and had a fabulous run. For dinner I made coconut chicken fingers with dijon mustard to dip in and roasted Brussels sprouts and parsnips. For the most part I feel great. I had a little bit of a headache but I took that as a reminder to drink more water. So yeah, two days in and going strong.
Have you done a round of Whole30 or an elimination diet? Any tips for staying strong throughout?