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Whole30 2.0 – Week 1 Prep

Hello beautiful people,

I know it seems like I just did the Whole30 but I feel like it’s time to get back at it. Sort of a way to help jump start this fancy new year. I’m thrilled to be doing Whole30 again because it really helps keep my mind focused on the right foods and my habits around food. Not to mention, Solomon has decided to do this one with me!

To help you all continue to follow my health food journey I will be posting my weekly grocery list, weekly recipes, how I’m feeling and results after the 30 days. I will also share beyond this Whole30. In February, I will be doing the 21 day sugar detox. Mostly because it’s similar to the Whole30, only not as strict  AND because Solomon got me the 21DSD book for Christmas and the recipes inside are too irresistible to ignore. I’m thinking by the time you all follow me through my second Whole30 you just might want to do the 21DSD with me?

Until then, here is my plan!

Week 1 Grocery List

Produce

  • Jalapeños
  • Bok Choy
  • Zucchini
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Celery
  • Orange (to zest)
  • Apples
  • Cauliflower
  • Red bell pepper
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Green onions
  • Fresh ginger

Canned/Shelf Life Items

  • Garlic powder
  • Fresh garlic
  • Sea salt
  • Tessemae’s Wing Sauce
  • Coconut Oil (unrefined)
  • Beef Broth
  • Chicken Broth
  • Tomato paste
  • Tomato sauce
  • White sesame seeds
  • Red chili flakes
  • Coconut aminos
  • Bay leaves
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Wild Planet canned tuna
  • Curry paste
  • Parsley
  • Coconut flakes
  • Arrowroot powder
  • Curry powder
  • Chili powder
  • Ground all spice
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Coconut Milk
  • Crushed/diced tomatos
  • Santa Cruz Apple Sauce

MEAT

  • Ground beef (2)
  • Chicken breasts (6 lbs)
  • Pork Ribs (2 lbs)
  • Beef stew meat (2 lbs)

& 3 dozen eggs

(I might have forgotten some items on the list because I try to keep the essentials stocked in the pantry.)

Week 1 Meal Options

Breakfast- Eggs, however you like em’. I cook mine in coconut oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper, cayenne and a ton of spinach. We will also have buffalo chicken egg muffins.

Lunch- Left over dinners, Wild Planet tuna, Veggies (raw)

Dinner-

That’s it for week 1! I cooked the buffalo chicken egg muffins, spaghetti meat sauce, spaghetti squash, mulligatawny stew and cinnamon beef stew today (Sunday). The other meals will be made the day of.

Follow me on Instagram for tasty pictures of all of these meals and check back next week for a week 1 recap!

Keep Calm & Whole30 on my friends

 

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Whole30 Tips & Tricks

I’m assuming you’re here because you’ve decided to take on the Whole30 Challenge. Or at least do some research before diving in head first. (Which I highly recommend!)

Tips:

First, read everything on Whole9 for rules, regulations and motivation to really get started.

Now…

Get in the right mindset. And stay there. You’re doing this for a reason, right?

Plan an entire weeks meals once a week. Meal planning will save you from feeling completely lost when a craving attacks.

Rid your kitchen of all temptation! Yes, get rid of ALL non-Whole30 foods. NOW.

Go to the grocery and get everything you need once a week. Don’t drive yourself crazy with 7 trips a week. It’s painful and discouraging.

Who cares about the nutrition label. READ THE INGREDIENTS! Don’t try to justify something because you can “kinda” pronounce it.

Stick to your meal plan NO MATTER WHAT.

Make large portions so you have enough for multiple meals.

Stay away from restaurants if this is your first whole30. They use a lot of sneaky ingredients that you can no longer eat.

Work through cravings. They’ll be gone within 5 minutes.

Stay hydrated… with water.

Chew your food and really enjoy it. After all you spend time making it.

Gather a huge variety of recipes before you start. Pick a few every week and the 30 days will fly by.

Stay positive!

And remember, you are what you eat.

Whole30 Emergency Snacks

*Always check the ingredients!!

I’m going to go ahead and tell you to stock up on these essential snacks. They will be your savior over the next 30 days.

Larabars: Apple Pie, Banana Bread, Cocount cream pie, Carrot Cake, Cherry Pie, Pecan Pie

 

Steve’s Paleo goods

SAnta Cruz Organic Apple Sauce

Gourmet Grass Fed

Paleo Pacs

Hard boiled eggs

Nuts Nuts Nuts

Washed and ready to grab chopped veggies

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Whole30 – Recap & Results

It’s official. I completed my first Whole30 Challenge.

There’s no easy or short way to describe my experience over the last 30 days. I started to become interested in health and food awareness about two years ago. I read the book Wheat Belly which helped me realize that food is being genetically modified, dwarfed and altered in too many ways to count. Once I had this bit of knowledge, I kept digging deeper to learn more. I found it intriguing to go to the grocery and spend endless time reading ingredient labels of my “favorite foods”. It built confidence in my mind knowing what to consume and what to stay away from, but it also created a brick wall of anxiety towards eating processed foods (which is NOT a bad thing). I still didn’t have all of the information I needed and I didn’t know it until now.

I continued to make conscious decisions about the food I ate and mostly ordered “healthy food” at restaurants. I never really considered what is in the food or what it was cooked in.

For example: You can order the chicken from Qdoba on your burrito or even go “healthier” with a burrito bowl (like I used to multiple times a week) but have you ever thought about what is actually in that chicken. If you’re thinking, it’s just chicken, it’s healthy, stop ruining Qdoba for me, Hailey! then you have no idea what is added to your favorite dishes and should start doing some heavy research right NOW. Whether you want to admit it or not, once you learn something, you can’t unlearn it. Check out this allergen information Qdoba provides on their website and tell me you want to go order a chicken burrito right now…

  • CHICKEN

Marinated Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs Containing Up To 11.55% Solution Of Water, Adobo Seasoning For Chicken (See Adobo Seasoning For Chicken), Soybean Oil, Sodium Phosphates. Contains Milk.

  • ADOBO SEASONING

Adobo Seasoning for Chicken Chili Pepper, Salt, Corn Syrup Solids, Sugar, Dehydrated Garlic, Dehydrated Onion, Whey, Spice, Grill Flavor (From Vegetable Oil) And Smoke Flavor, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Less Than 2% Calcium Silicate Added To Prevent Caking. Contains Milk.

  • THREE CHEESE QUESO

Water, Cream (Cream, Milk), Monterey Jack Cheese ([Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes], Water, Milk Fat, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Sodium Hexametaphosphate), American Cheese ([Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes], Water, Milk Fat, Sodium Phosphate, Salt), Roasted Poblano Peppers, Roasted Tomatoes (Tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Citric Acid, Calcium Chloride), Seasoning (Modified Cornstarch, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Artificial Colors [Titanium Dioxide, Extractives Of Paprika], Xanthan Gum, Onion Powder, Spices, Lactose, Paprika, Methyl Cellulose Gum, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Potato Flour, Cocoa Powder, Silicon Dioxide), Jalapeño Peppers, Pasteurized Processed Swiss And American Cheese (Cultured Milk And Skim Milk, Cream, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Sorbic Acid, Enzymes), Cheddar Concentrate (Cheddar, Granular, Semisoft And Blue Cheese [Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes], Water, Sodium Phosphate, Vinegar, Salt), Corn Syrup Solids, Modified Cornstarch, Garlic (Garlic, Water). Contains Milk.

Seriously? WTF is all of that crap in that amazing queso that’s so addicting!!!?? Since I started working at LEAP in February, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve devoured all three of those items plus cheese, sour cream, corn salsa, rice and tortilla chips. It makes me sick just thinking about it. Knowledge is power. Especially knowledge about yourself. NOT what you think to be true. BUT what is really true. By completing the Whole30, I know how processed food effects my body and brain. There is no black and white way that will lead you to this discovery except by doing a Whole30. Appreciating your body, loving it and knowing how to take proper care of it will improve your overall life ten-fold. I firmly stand by the saying “You are what you eat.”

So, I know you’re dying to know, “What much weight did you lose?” “What did you eat?” “Was it hard?” “Isn’t it expensive buying healthy food?” and much more.

1.) I lost 8 lbs over the past 30 days. I am a petite person already and did not work out during my Whole30. I really wanted to focus on the food. Where it comes from. How certain food makes me feel. And most importantly, teach myself how to cook. I AM WOMAN and I can do anything  I do want you to know that I feel much better overall. I’m sleeping better, I’m happier and I feel incredible.

2.) I ate whole food. Meaning, my food came from the earth and animals. Nothing added, nothing subtracted. Just marvelous combinations resulting in delicious meals to nourish my body.

3.) It was hard. But hey, since when is anything worth having easy to get? Life isn’t supposed to be easy. Clearly, it’s next to impossible to get whole, real food served to your anywhere. You have to do it yourself. You have to step WAYYY out of your comfort zone, take the plunge and stay strong. Throughout the 30 days, I kept telling myself I was Whole30 Strong. I have a sweet tooth the size of my head (Solomon likes to remind me daily of how big my head is, figuratively speaking  ) and I like things like Oreos and hot fries and WINE. Every day when my co-workers would go out to lunch I sat at my desk and ate my Whole30 meals. I was okay with it. I knew I was doing something for myself that would only continue to flourish with time and practice. Eating healthy, to me, is comparable to being an athlete. I think of it this way because I am not athletic AT ALL. I’m actually pretty pathetic when it comes to anything sports related. But anyway, an athlete is someone who is really passionate about what they do. They work day in and day out to improve their skills. With time and a lot of practice they begin to live and breath their sport. Healthy living is becoming my sport. No, I’m not perfect. Yes, I ate a few “bad foods” at work today and afterwards I felt like shit. Literally. Foggy head, bloated belly, etc. Totally not worth it. I’d rather be the weird tree-huggin’ weirdo than feel like that every day. Which leads me to the fourth question…

4.) “Isn’t it expensive eating healthy?” Well, let me put it into perspective for you…

1 bag of potato chips = $4.50

Oreos = $3.00

Average fast-food lunch = $10-15

By eliminating the expenses of processed food, you now have money for the healthy food. Fresh produce, clean meat and so on. I hate to break it to you, but on this issue, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. Pick a side and stick with it. Groceries are expensive regardless of your choices. Just make sure you’re making choices that actually benefit your body and don’t just pass through providing no nutritional value.

IF THE INGREDIENT/PRODUCT IS SOMETHING OTHER THAN A REAL FOOD THAT EXISTS, IN THIS NATURAL WORLD, YOU PROBABLY SHOULDN’T BE PUTTING IT IN YOUR BODY.

Doing something like this takes a lot of commitment, will-power and self-control. The beauty of it? After you finish you can’t push the rewind button and erase what you know. That first bite of processed food that goes into your body will immediately remind you of how contaminated “normal” food is.

In the end, it’s about getting over the excuses, admitting you truly don’t know much about the food you consume, educating yourself through every resource you can find, challenging yourself to build a stronger you and making your life the best that it can be. You are the only person who has complete control over you. You are responsible for yourself. And if you have kids and feed a family, you are the one who is nourishing or literally poisoning them with each meal you whip up. As Mary Catherine Gallager would say from the movie Superstar, “Take that and stick it in your back pocket!”

If you have any questions, concerns or just want to talk about making some changes don’t hesitate to connect with me. Remember, there are no stupid questions. This process is about learning. There is no longer a need to feel intimidated by the unknown. Take control and get back what’s yours! (Your body, your health and your mind) And don’t forget, I’m still learning too. I don’t know everything and don’t have all of the answers. I truly feel that there is power in numbers and together anything is possible.

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Whole30 Challenge – Week 3

If there’s one thing you CAN control in your life it’s YOU. You say what you want, do what you want and eat what you want. Every choice you make is your own and there’s always an outcome (good or bad). So when you find yourself complaining about something, whether it’s being in pain, feeling stressed, being overweight or not getting enough sleep, you are the only one who can fix and control it.

My advice? Take control of your life. Be serious and committed to your own happiness and you will find yourself smiling a lot more. And yes, happiness is a huge combination of how you feel about yourself, the relationships you’re in, your actions, attitudes and beliefs, your surroundings and your entire outlook on LIFE.

With that being said, I can’t believe my first Whole30 is almost over. I’m learning so much about myself and food. Learning, growing and challenging yourself really does prove the old saying that “you can do anything you set your mind to.” Imagine that, someone, somewhere was really right. Life is mind over matter. And if you want something bad enough you’ll go after it.

Conquering fear of change is a big factor in improving your life. If you’re afraid to do something and find yourself constantly saying, “I could never do that.” then you really need to push yourself harder. You have no idea what you’re actually capable of (mentally and physically) until you do it and succeed.

Okay, now we can talk about week 3!

The past 7 days have gone really well. I didn’t have any cravings for sweets and slept like a happy baby. I’ve been waking up without snoozing my alarm and feeling energized after breakfast and until lunch. I feel happier each day. I finally got “It Starts With Food” in the mail on Friday and I’m almost finished reading it. This book is wonderful and I highly recommend it.

 

This week I’ve been eating more eggs, veggies and fruit, tuna, baked sweet potatoes, the occasional Larabar and nuts. I finally found an approved sunflower seed butter so I ate that on an apple one day. I made chicken vindaloo on Monday.

I made several pumpkin blueberry smoothies.

I made a chicken veggie curry meal one night. It didn’t turn out the way I thought it would but it was still really tasty.

I also made pumpkin chili!

I made my meal plan the other night for the rest of my Whole30 and will be going to the grocery tomorrow. I will have links to all of my favorite recipes in my recipe index soon. (These things take time people  ) Along with expanding on my Whole30 Tips and Paleo Favorites.

#Whole30Strong

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