2014 New Year, New Whole 30 – Day 21

Whole30 2014For the next 30+ days, I will be eating meat, vegetables, healthy fats, fruits and nuts. I will not be eating processed food, sugar, dairy, grains or legumes, and I won’t be consuming any alcohol.

This is not my first Whole30, but this time I want to focus on a couple of specific elements: 1) fewer nuts as snacks and 2) fewer snacks in general. I would like to find the right mix of meals and pre-/post-workout fuel to keep me steady throughout the day.

If you’re doing a Whole30 or other challenge, if you are living/exploring the Paleo lifestyle, or if you are simply looking for some tasty recipes to add to your repertoire, be sure to leave a comment to let me know you’re out there! I am so glad you stopped by!

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This week’s focus: Daily yoga or meditation. I need to find my calm center again and I have let my regular practice slide. I’ve decided that if I don’t have enough time for yoga, I do have 5 minutes to sit calmly and breath.

6:15 Black coffee

8:00 Sunrise kale, 2 eggs

11:30 Mexican beef salad

1:00 Tuna cup and pineapple

3:00 Almonds and raisins

6:30 Fajitas with salsa and guac (none of the other stuff)

Food I am so happy with my dinner choice. There could have been chips and salsa, there could have been cheese and tortillas, but there weren’t. And honestly, it was not even difficult. I knew I wanted food that satisfied me without sending me face-first sliding into carb and sugar cravings. I still found myself pretty hungry during the earlier part of the day, but overall I feel like I am cruising towards something good. It feels entirely sustainable.

Mood A little stress, a little anxiety. Just working through things. I still feel like these are all normal emotions and I definitely prefer that to the feeling of being driven by a sugar craving or hormonal surge.

Sleep 8 1/2 hours. Finally. It was a little disjointed – I fell asleep while my son was showering and then was up a while after that, woke up in the middle of the night a couple times, etc. – but I was able to fall back to sleep and feel rested today.

Activity Sprints Squats Sit-ups. Done!

Focus Day 1 of my new focus did not go perfectly. The entire day went by and only while I was lying in bed about to fall asleep did I manage to pause my thoughts. I learned, though, that if the whole day gets away from me, I can still tune in to my breath and center for mere minutes before I fall asleep, and it helps.

2014 New Year, New Whole30 – Day 20

Whole30 2014For the next 30+ days, I will be eating meat, vegetables, healthy fats, fruits and nuts. I will not be eating processed food, sugar, dairy, grains or legumes, and I won’t be consuming any alcohol.

This is not my first Whole30, but this time I want to focus on a couple of specific elements: 1) fewer nuts as snacks and 2) fewer snacks in general. I would like to find the right mix of meals and pre-/post-workout fuel to keep me steady throughout the day.

If you’re doing a Whole30 or other challenge, if you are living/exploring the Paleo lifestyle, or if you are simply looking for some tasty recipes to add to your repertoire, be sure to leave a comment to let me know you’re out there! I am so glad you stopped by!

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This week’s focus: Post-workout nutrition.

4:00 Black coffee

6:30 Kale, 3 eggs, salsa, 1/4 avocado, 1 tuna cup, pineapple

12:00 Chicken Apple Basil salad

3:00 Bell pepper strips and 2 tuna cups

6:00 Mexican beef on cauliflower mash, Paleo calabacitas

Food Obviously quite hungry this morning. It could be my body replenishing from the low-food days this week or it could be that I didn’t sleep again and it knows we need some fuel to make it through. Either way, I was truly hungry and let that be my guide. And then I continued to be hungry all day – which might be the workout, the returned appetite, or the lack of sleep. Anyone’s guess at this point. I am just staying in tune and making healthy choices until it steadies again.

Mood Good! A little tired mid-day due to lack of sleep but I feel remarkably clear-headed and happy.

Sleep Well…so much for consistent sleep. 5 hours. This is the first Whole30 that I have done that has not produced deep, regular, restorative sleep. I know it is because my brain has been overly concerned with change – both the good and the bad – and that it will settle down. At least I hope it will! Perhaps the fact that I haven’t been consistent with my yoga is also impacting this. It might be time to restructure my days to make time for calm.

Activity Chest and back today in a rather disjointed workout, but my upper body feels completely done! I’ll be needing some cardio and legs this weekend!

Focus I brought my snack with me but got distracted running errands and didn’t get to it. Ended up just eating lunch as soon as I could – not too bad, but not great either.

Chicken Apple Basil Salad

Chicken Apple Basil SaladSalad. Some people think of it as diet food or rabbit food or boring or sad. I am not one of those people. I happen to love all kinds of salads and if I am ever in a situation where I am not getting enough veggies or haven’t had salad in a while, like on vacation for example, I start to really crave it. My son laughs at me because I have been known to have salad for breakfast on more than one occasion. I don’t know what it is exactly. I do like the freshness of it, it feels good to get a lot of veggies going in at once, but maybe it’s more about the variety. It is one of those marvelous things that you can do just about anything with. No matter what flavor profile you’re looking for, you can probably turn it into a salad. It’s totally customizable as well – no basil? Try parsley. Don’t like nuts? Skip ’em. Leftover beef instead of chicken? Yum!

If you are already a salad lover, then I hope you enjoy this one. If you aren’t, maybe you’ll come over to the green side!

Chicken Apple Basil Salad

8 oz. cooked chicken

1 large apple, chopped (I used an Ambrosia apple, which is fairly sweet)

1/4 c. fresh basil, slivered about 2 Tbsp.

1/8 of a red onion, thinly sliced

a few crunchy lettuce leaves, slivered

1 Tbsp. toasted almond slices

2 Tbsp. Paleo mayonnaise (I use this recipe with the immersion blender)

1 Tbsp. lime juice

salt and pepper

Directions

1) Stir together mayo and lime juice, add a pinch of salt.

2) Place all other ingredients in a large bowl and toss with dressing. Add pepper and additional salt to taste. That’s it!!

Serves 1-2

2014 New Year, New Whole30 – Day 19

Whole30 2014For the next 30+ days, I will be eating meat, vegetables, healthy fats, fruits and nuts. I will not be eating processed food, sugar, dairy, grains or legumes, and I won’t be consuming any alcohol.

This is not my first Whole30, but this time I want to focus on a couple of specific elements: 1) fewer nuts as snacks and 2) fewer snacks in general. I would like to find the right mix of meals and pre-/post-workout fuel to keep me steady throughout the day.

If you’re doing a Whole30 or other challenge, if you are living/exploring the Paleo lifestyle, or if you are simply looking for some tasty recipes to add to your repertoire, be sure to leave a comment to let me know you’re out there! I am so glad you stopped by!

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This week’s focus: Post-workout nutrition.

5:00 Black coffee

6:30 Kale, 3 eggs, cucumber-tomato-avocado salad

10:00 Tuna cup

11:30 Grilled chicken salad with lots of veggies

2:30 Post-workout Tuna cup

6:30 Five-spice pork ribs, Sesame Brussels sprouts, 1/2 banana, 1 orange

Food My hunger is coming back and I’m sure it has some making up to do! I’m trying to keep things steady and not go crazy.

Mood I am excited and happy about my new adventure. Still a bit overwhelmed with the number of things on my to-do list lately, but I’m checking them off one at a time.

Sleep 7 hours. I have some making up to do here as well but that felt great!

Activity CrossFit style workout for 25mins – dripping with sweat at the end. Then a few biceps and triceps just for fun.

Focus Tuna cup post-workout. I think I’m back in the habit of refueling and I’ve found something that really works for me. There will be a recipe for these coming soon because they are great pre- and post-workout as well as for a snack.

2014 New Year, New Whole30 – Day 18

Whole30 2014For the next 30+ days, I will be eating meat, vegetables, healthy fats, fruits and nuts. I will not be eating processed food, sugar, dairy, grains or legumes, and I won’t be consuming any alcohol.

This is not my first Whole30, but this time I want to focus on a couple of specific elements: 1) fewer nuts as snacks and 2) fewer snacks in general. I would like to find the right mix of meals and pre-/post-workout fuel to keep me steady throughout the day.

If you’re doing a Whole30 or other challenge, if you are living/exploring the Paleo lifestyle, or if you are simply looking for some tasty recipes to add to your repertoire, be sure to leave a comment to let me know you’re out there! I am so glad you stopped by!

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This week’s focus: Post-workout nutrition.

5:00 Black coffee

6:30 Kale, 3 eggs, salsa

10:00 Pre-workout 1 Tuna cups

2:30 Salad and 2 tuna cups

7:30 Beef stew, tomato/cucumber salad

Food These are the good days of the Whole30. Food is important for its energy, its nutrients, and its deliciousness. It is not so important for the mood.

Mood I changed jobs and while the entire process was stressful, I feel excited for the future now so maybe I’ll sleep!

Sleep 3 1/2. Yup! That’s it. But I’ve had energy all day. There’s something to be said for adrenaline.

Activity I was checking out some new equipment at the gym and I didn’t have time to do a full workout, but I can feel a few things got some use!

Focus I made tuna cups. Thai green curry ones and they’re tasty! Worked like a charm pre-workout too.

2014 New Year, New Whole30 – Day 17

Whole30 2014For the next 30+ days, I will be eating meat, vegetables, healthy fats, fruits and nuts. I will not be eating processed food, sugar, dairy, grains or legumes, and I won’t be consuming any alcohol.

This is not my first Whole30, but this time I want to focus on a couple of specific elements: 1) fewer nuts as snacks and 2) fewer snacks in general. I would like to find the right mix of meals and pre-/post-workout fuel to keep me steady throughout the day.

If you’re doing a Whole30 or other challenge, if you are living/exploring the Paleo lifestyle, or if you are simply looking for some tasty recipes to add to your repertoire, be sure to leave a comment to let me know you’re out there! I am so glad you stopped by!

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This week’s focus: Post-workout nutrition.

5:00 Black coffee

6:30 Kale, 3 eggs, 1/4 avocado

11:00 Pre-workout Chicken stew and cauliflower mash (small serving)

1:00 Post-workout Beef roll-up

Food I officially changed jobs today and, as sometimes it goes, the process was not perfectly smooth. My eating reflects that. I simply didn’t today, which is VERY unlike me. I have always wondered how people can be “too stressed to eat.” Really??? Seems crazy. But then it happened. I don’t know what it means, I just know I’m really looking forward to breakfast!

Mood My mood was governed by the change in my life. Some excitement, some trepidation. We’ll see what happens as things evolve!

Sleep 6.5 hours – I read a bit past my normal bedtime but I woke up just before the alarm and feel alert.

Activity Legs and back today. I felt pretty strong throughout but had a rather distracted workout. I feel like I need some hard cardio soon.

Focus Yes! I packed my roll-ups and they really seem to work great. Unfortunately, I’m out of the beef so I am going to hard boil some eggs for the next few days.

2014 New Year, New Whole30 – Day 16

Whole30 2014For the next 30+ days, I will be eating meat, vegetables, healthy fats, fruits and nuts. I will not be eating processed food, sugar, dairy, grains or legumes, and I won’t be consuming any alcohol.

This is not my first Whole30, but this time I want to focus on a couple of specific elements: 1) fewer nuts as snacks and 2) fewer snacks in general. I would like to find the right mix of meals and pre-/post-workout fuel to keep me steady throughout the day.

If you’re doing a Whole30 or other challenge, if you are living/exploring the Paleo lifestyle, or if you are simply looking for some tasty recipes to add to your repertoire, be sure to leave a comment to let me know you’re out there! I am so glad you stopped by!

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This week’s focus: Post-workout nutrition.

5:00 Black coffee

6:30 Roasted eggplant, 2 Lebanese spiced eggs, kale

9:00 Post-workout Beef wraps

12:30 Cucumber, olive, tomato salad with steak, 1/3 of a purple sweet potato with ghee

4:00 A few bites while preparing dinner

8:00 Spicy Chicken and Butternut Squash on Turnip Mash

Food I felt really satisfied all day long. I had some long stretches – the 4pm bites were really just tasting things as I cooked – and almost considered skipping dinner when I got home because I wasn’t particularly hungry. Instead, I put away half of what I’d originally served myself, ate some healthy food, and felt good.

Mood Good mood today – not super light and cheery yet, it’s been a rough few weeks – but feeling pretty good.

Sleep Nearly 8 hours! I went to bed at a reasonable time and slept soundly. I hit snooze a couple times, which I don’t always do, but it just felt great and I didn’t have to get up urgently. I feel like I am finally recovering from a rough week.

Activity CrossFit workout + a few other things just for fun.

Focus Beef roll-ups worked great afterwards again. They are quick and easy.

2014 New Year, New Whole 30 – Day 15

Whole30 2014For the next 30+ days, I will be eating meat, vegetables, healthy fats, fruits and nuts. I will not be eating processed food, sugar, dairy, grains or legumes, and I won’t be consuming any alcohol.

This is not my first Whole30, but this time I want to focus on a couple of specific elements: 1) fewer nuts as snacks and 2) fewer snacks in general. I would like to find the right mix of meals and pre-/post-workout fuel to keep me steady throughout the day.

If you’re doing a Whole30 or other challenge, if you are living/exploring the Paleo lifestyle, or if you are simply looking for some tasty recipes to add to your repertoire, be sure to leave a comment to let me know you’re out there! I am so glad you stopped by!

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This week’s focus: Post-workout nutrition.

5:00 Black coffee

7:30 Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower rice, 2 eggs

11:00 Post-workout 2 Tuna cups

12:30 Coleslaw, meatloaf, handful of nuts

2:00 Apple with coconut butter, 1/4 c. purple sweet potato

6:00 Roasted broccoli, Coleslaw with meatloaf

8:00 Handful of almonds and raisins

Food I have been quite hungry all day today. I think my early meals weren’t quite big enough, particularly the amount of protein, and they didn’t stick around for very long. And then it was another busy day so I was scrounging through the kitchen. Then I was snacky…. I need to make something fun!

Mood Mood is okay. Better than the past few days and at least it doesn’t feel like too many ups or downs.

Sleep 9 hours! Yes – I was tired and I totally crashed and then slept until my body woke up. Thank goodness!

Activity Chest and arms today. Good stuff! And yoga – finally.

Focus I was planning to change my focus each week, but post-workout nutrition is important and I haven’t worked out all the kinks yet. Most people can grab a bar or a shake, which is convenient, but finding the right fuel is a bit tricky. Today I had my tuna cups and that seems to be working well so now I need to make more.

Easy Meat Sauce

Spaghetti SauceWhen I think meat sauce, I imagine something simmering on the stove all day. However, when I think about my typical day, I think, “What can I get on the table in a hurry.” This meat sauce comes together in about an hour and because it marries two flavorful meats, it tastes like it’s been going all day. I simmered my sauce for about 40 minutes because that was the time until dinner, but you could even get away with simmering for 25 minutes or so, just long enough to bring everything together and intensify the flavors. Make a big batch like I did and you’ll be rewarded with leftovers that taste even better!

You can use this sauce to top zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash. You could even eat it straight up like my husband kept doing. Several times he tried to sacrifice himself by skipping the spaghetti squash and just going in with a spoon. Nothing wrong with that!

Easy Meat Sauce

1 Tbsp. lard or F.O.C.

1 lb. ground pork

1 lb. ground beef

1/2 a large onion, about 1 c. chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

28 oz. crushed tomatoes

15 oz. tomato sauce

1/2 c. water

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper or more to taste (I like a lot of pepper in this)

1/4 c. fresh basil, slivered

Directions

1) Melt lard in a large pot over medium-high heat. Sauté onion and garlic until translucent, about 5-7 minutes.

2) Add both meats and cook until brown, about 10 minutes.

3) Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir to combine and cover partially with a lid. Simmer over medium-low heat for about 40 minutes.

4) Add slivered basil, taste to adjust seasonings, and serve any way you like.

Makes 6-8 servings

2014 New Year, New Whole30 – Day 14

Whole30 2014For the next 30+ days, I will be eating meat, vegetables, healthy fats, fruits and nuts. I will not be eating processed food, sugar, dairy, grains or legumes, and I won’t be consuming any alcohol.

This is not my first Whole30, but this time I want to focus on a couple of specific elements: 1) fewer nuts as snacks and 2) fewer snacks in general. I would like to find the right mix of meals and pre-/post-workout fuel to keep me steady throughout the day.

If you’re doing a Whole30 or other challenge, if you are living/exploring the Paleo lifestyle, or if you are simply looking for some tasty recipes to add to your repertoire, be sure to leave a comment to let me know you’re out there! I am so glad you stopped by!

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This week’s focus: Post-workout nutrition.

5:00 Black coffee

8:45 Roasted eggplant and radicchio, 2 eggs

10:30 Post-workout Spicy Tuna cup

2:00 Salad and meatloaf

4:00 Curried sweet potato soup, apple

6:30 Banh-mi meatballs and Cilantro-Lime Coconut Cauliflower Rice

Food I felt really balanced around food today. Maybe the cravings have moved on?

Mood Much better today. I might be tired but at least my mood is heading back up.

Sleep 5 1/2 hours. My husband sneezed at 3:30 and then…we were up. Oh well – there’s always tonight!

Activity Crossfit workout – fun, hard. I was a little distracted but at least I moved. A workout is always a good idea!

Focus Post-workout snack: Done!