Trick AND Treat

Day 21: Today I received a loving package of food out of the kindness of my mother’s heart. Among items in this package were paleo kitchen staples like coconut cream and almond flour. However, a non-staple item that my mom decided to send me was a box of a dozen cookies. I KNOW RIGHT?! how rude. Not only did she send them while on Whole30, but they’re not even paleo! That means I can’t make an “excuse” to have them post Whole30. Doesn’t she know that cookies are my weakness? Of course she knows, I take after her.

So Halloween was full of treats, obviously, but also full of tricks… and temptation.

Alas, here is how the cookie crumbled, or rather how it didn’t.
Breakfast:
Green Eggs and Ham Frittata!!! ( I doubled this recipe for a later date)
-1 1/2 eggs
-1 cup spinach
-2 Tbs chopped onion
-1/2 clove garlic
-4 oz ground pork
*Cook in the skillet with onion and garlic. Meanwhile, blend spinach and eggs in a blender. Pour over pork mixture. Cover with a lid to steam. I got a lot of peculiar responses to the picture of this. I think I nailed it as far as getting it as close to the Dr. Seuss inspired recipe name as I could.
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Lunch:
Leftover Coffee Rubbed Steak with added mixed greens
*I made double of my coffee rubbed steak last night but realized I had some mixed greens I needed to get rid of so I threw it on top… Quite literally.

Dinner:
Shrimp Bahn Mi with Plantain Bun ( I doubled this recipe!)
-1 plantain
-2 tbs flax
-5 oz shrimp
-1 Carrot
-1/2 cucumber
-1 clove garlic
-1/2 lime
-1 tsp cilantro
-1 tsp white vinegar
-1 TBS coconut oil
*This recipe was actually done in two parts. I had the luxury of staying home today so I made my plantain buns during the time I had my lunch. To do so, Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel plantain and make flax “egg”.(2 tbs flax with 6 tbs water) Let flax egg mixture sit for 10 minutes to form a gel. Place plantain in blender or food processor. Add in flax egg and baking powder. Add in coconut oil, or place oil in pan. Either way, the bread will come out. Bake bread for 15-20 minutes.
The second part was the shrimp and it goes like this… Thinly slice cucumber and two teaspoons of carrot. Put into bowl with salt and white vinegar. Meanwhile, cook shrimp in a skillet with coconut oil and minced garlic. Once cooked through, remove from heat and squeeze lime juice. Make your sandwich with the plantain bread while layering with shrimp, cilantro,and pickled veggies.
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This definitely tasted nothing like the gold that is the true Bahn Mi from Vietnam, but it’ll do for now… I guess.
Macros:
Carbohydrates: 29%
Fat: 49%
Protein: 22%
Calories:1896

Workouts:
REST DAY!
Tomorrow starts a 21 Day Healthy Habits Challenge at my CrossFit. I know, crazy, right? I’m doing Whole30 and then basically extending it ten days longer for the Healthy Habits Challenge. As part of the challenge, we get various bonus challenges. Today, the bonus challenge was to do as many burpees in 3 minutes….

yeah… that bad. I’ve done and AMRAP of burpees before. I’ve even done a 5-4-3-2-1  AMRAP of squats, lunges, burpees, sit-ups, push-upse… But today was not my day. Afte all of the chest work I did yesterday this performance was laughable. LOL at my struggles.

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Excuses Excuses

Day 18-20: So this post is going to be a hodgepodge of food, restaurants, and workouts. I spent the weekend exploring the city some more with Anthony. This means that I slacked on tracking my food, slacked on taking pictures, slacked on blogging. Part of the reason I couldn’t take pictures is becasue my phone ran out of memory. Part of the reason I coudn’t blog is because by the end of the day I was kapoot. But oh well, I kept to Whole30 and I’m sharing what I captured.

In a city bound with temptation, this was a true test to our self-control. Being on Whole30 means that you have to choose your food wisely and ALWAYS ask questions like “what seasoning do you use in your spice rub?” or “is your almond milk sweetened?” More often than not, people are accommodating. New York is full of fad diets and food “allergies” so restaurants have grown to address these trends. Lucky for us Whole30ers, that means there are a growing amount of options available for us!!!

Along with exploring food, comes exploring CrossFits! New York is overflowing with different gyms, but that doesn’t necessarily mean all gyms are created equal. That’s kind of the fun in finding “your” gym. Every gym has different coaches, which means different programming. They also have different clientele, which means a different environment. All this avoiding even the abre necessetaties like equipment and facilities. Anthony and I were able to check out CrossFit Hells Kitchen after wandering around The High Line.

I really enjoyed being able to share the struggles of Whole30 with someone else, but also the passions of being paleo and maintaining fitness. I think the way to view Whole30 is not as “a whole lotta nothin” but a whole new way to see food.

Today I heard a mother tell her kid that a wall of candy on display in a bakery was “poison”. The kis responded “oh yuck!” I wanted to give them both a bear hug because that is some good training. Obviously it’s nice to enjoy the finer things in moderation, but this is just proof that you don’t come out of the womb craving chicken nuggets.

Here is some of the food I enjoyed over the weeekend. Sorry for excluding the macros. Sorry for not including the recipes. Let your eyes feast. Hover over for food and name of restaurant.

 

Workouts:

Friday
Snatch, Power Cleans, Back Squats
10 min emom
30 seconds on 30 seconds off
double-unders
toes-2-bar

Saturday
21-15-9 Thrusters ending at 115
5 rounds
3 burpee pull-ups
6 HSPU
9 heavy russian kettlebell swings

Sunday
5×5 bench press (ended at 105)
5×5 deadlifts (ended at 195)
Group Wod
5 rounds (until Anthony broke the rower)
Person 1: Row 250m sprint
Person 2: Push-ups while person 1 rows
Person 3: Rest

A book

Day 17: I woke up this morning and read https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FStephanieLynnHoldmeyer%2Fposts%2F10154655151054459%3A0&width=500“>this little, yet powerful, message on Facebook.  I’m not sure if the link will work because it’s from Facebook, but the message is to never judge a book by its cover, specifically in a gym. I am often guilty of this. I see people squatting about an inch of depth and scratch my head. I see people only sticking to the same workout routine every single day. The message is that not everybody has the same background or experience in fitness, or diet, or nutrition, or health… period. Just be happy that they are trying. That is a lot more than many people can say.

I suggest you read this post, let it sink in. Just in case the link didn’t work, here is the screen shot.
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Breakfast:
Cocoa Chia Puddin Yeehawww
-4 tbs chia seeds
-1 cup unsweetened almond milk
-1 TBS cocoa
-1/2 Banana
-1 scoop egg white protein
-1 tbs cashew butter
-1 tbs unsweetened coconut flakes
-1 tsp cocoa nibs
*mix all ingredients except last two together and let sit. Top with coconut and nibs and feast. nom nom nom.

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Lunch:
Leftover Marbled Hash with Two eggs

Dinner:
Zoodles with Chard and Sausage
-1 zuchinni
-2 cups swiss chard
-1 chicken sausage
-1 tsp coconut oil
*Melt coconut oil in pan, brown chicken sausage, add kale to saute. Spiralize your zucchini (and do not cut yourself like I did). Top and boom.

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Today was kind of a rush to make food but I wanted to make sure I had all of my meals covered. I made all three of these meals in 20 minutes. This is why they’re not as pretty, but they get the job done as evident below.

Macros:
Carbohydrates: 25%
Fat: 55%
Protein: 20%
Calories: 1743

REST DAYYYY

MelatonIN or OUT?

Day 16: I’ve made it half way! 16 days into Whole30 and I’m going strong. Much of the day today was spent in a coffee shop, buried into books, and weeping away dry tears. It’s mid-term time and today was my first mid-term. Alas, much like all other tests in my life, I was overstressed for no reason. Because of this unwarranted stress I’ve placed upon myself, my sleeping patterns have been off. I don’t get to bed at the hour I would like, which means I wake up later than I like. This brings me to the point of today/tonight’s post, melatonin. What’s it all about and should it be allowed on Whole30?

First of all, melatonin is great… if it works for you. Some people report melatonin doing nothing for them at all. Some people who report melatonin working say that all other sleep aids don’t work for them. Which leads to the first point, we are all made differently. My body will react completely differently to another person’s body in the presence of different foods, much less melatonin. However, melatonin is a hormone that naturally occurs in someone’s body so what’s the big deal if you take it?

For the same reasons I suggest limiting caffeine, I suggest limiting melatonin. Sometimes your sleep irregularity can be traced to your diet. Too much caffeine, caffeine too late, or a dense meal before bed can all throw you out of whack. However, sometimes the only thing preventing you from going to sleep is your mind. I’ve noticed this more this week as I was stressed about mid-terms. My mind races, much like it is now at midnight, and I can’t seem to turn it off. Normally, I would let it ride out. When my mind wanders, I use old school methods of unwinding akin to counting sheep like planning a large event in my head down to the detail. Most of the time it will help me. But in cases like the last few nights, I can’t just wait and let hours pass by. I have to be up soon and if you haven’t gathered it now here it is, SLEEP IS SO IMPORTANT! 7-8 hours people. No less.

So in sum:
1. Try not to use melatonin so long as it doesn’t interfere with getting 7-8 hours.
2. Eliminate caffeine from your day
3. Assuming you’re already on Whole30 or Paleo, cut back on fruit or carbohydrate intake before bed.
5. Don’t eat a large meal before bed.
6. UNPLUG. Put away all of your electronics and turn off all lights
7. Have fan running for white noise
8. Read or journal if you need to get your thoughts out or distracted, but do so in a low yellow light.
9.Remind yourself that tomorrow is a new day.
10. Finally, if all else fails. Take melatonin. It’s okay.

Breakfast:
Roasted Asparagus
-1 bunch asparagus
-1 egg
-1 tbs ghee
-1/2 tbs oil
-1 kiwi ( not pictured)
-1 glass almond milk (not pictured)
*Preheat oven to 400. Chop ends of asparagus. Place on baking sheet with olive oil or coconut oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast. Meanwhile, boil pot of water. Once boiled, crack egg into water. Let simmer for a minute. Remove asparagus, top with egg, melt ghee on top.
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Lunch:
Tuna Salad with Spinach
-1 can tuna
-1/2 avocado
-1 tsp tahini
-1 tbs stone ground mustard
-1 tbs flax seed
-2 cups spinach
*mix all ingredient except tuna and flax together. Place overtop bed of spinach. Top with flax seed.
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Snack:
Vegetable Broth with Chicken and Plantain Chips
*This was the product of stress eating/not having enough calories for breakfast or dinner. I was stressed about the mid-term, but also didn’t prepare enough for the day. Luckily, I was able to make a pit stop at a bone broth shop near campus.
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Dinner:
Rainbow Hash with Fried Egg
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*Courtesy of HelloFresh This recipe would have been AMAZING with some bacon. I also didn’t use any salt in it, so maybe that’s where my craving for bacon was coming from. But then again, do I need to give bacon an excuse? I think not.

Macros:
Carbohydrates:26%
Fat: 50%
Protein: 24%
Calories: 2.050

Workout:
1×3 snatch at 60%
1×3 snatch at 70%
3×3 snatch at 80%
200 meter row
1 round
20 pull-ups
30 push-ups
40 sit-ups
50 squats
400 meter row
2 rounds
5 incline push-ups
10 pistols
15 pull-ups
600 meter row
3 rounds
5 pull-ups
10 push-ups
15 squats
1 mile run

It’s My Birthday and I’ll Cheat if I Want To…

Day 15: Yes, it is actually my birthday. And yes, I actually cheated. I should preface with this by saying that when we first decided to do Whole30 it was agreed that we were allowed one cheat day per week so long as it was paleo. Well, that has yet to happen so I think today was a fair day to allow it to happen. I could have gone all out and made paleo pancakes/waffles for breakfast, had a smoothie for lunch, and chicken and waffles for dinner because why the hell not?!!! But alas, I stuck to my gun and tried to stay as true to Whole30 within my own power.

Breakfast kinda turned out to be a disaster aesthetically but it tasted great and as long as my taste buds are happy and my tummy is full, I’d say that’s a great start to a busy day. At work, they all know about my diet which is why they asked what dessert I wanted from them. In hindsight, if I knew I’d be getting a second dessert at home, I would have opted for roasted chicken or grilled salmon and called it a day. Although, I don’t think that’s necessarily a fair trade on their end which is why I decided to get their raw vegan mousse. It’s made simply with avocado, cocoa, coffee extract, and topped with coconut whipped cream (coconut cream and maple syrup). Sounded like a winner to me and my golly, it was. I waited until the end of my shift to enjoy it,  savor it, taste it, close my eyes and maybe even moan a little… sorry. What that waiting meant was that my hunger pains were setting in… hard. I managed to scarf down a boiled egg that I brought with my from home between that time, but nothing more. So lunch consisted of an egg, avocado mousse, and an RX bar before the gym… I know horrible and I DO NOT condone this behavior.

Dinner made up for it as I had my leftovers from last night’s dinner. Have I mentioned how much I love garlic? All in all, I tried not to beat myself up about cheating today. Everything was still Paleo and I remembered to tell my brain that what I was eating was real food in disguise. I pictured what eating half of an avocado, cocoa, and coffee separately and whole would be like. Honestly, I would probably try it. But the point is, I was practicing mindful eating to be sure that tomorrow when the cravings hit, I’ll know that whole food is better food,  better food is real food, and real food is great food.

Blowing my candles out on the day, cheers!

Breakfast:
Southwestern Egg Burrito
-2 eggs
-1/4 cup egg whites
-1 cup swiss chard
-1/2 cup onions
-1/2 cup mixed peppers
-1 chicken sausage
-1 tbs coconut oil
-1/2 avocado
-1/2 lemon or lime
-1 tsp hot sauce
-1 clove garlic
*melt coconut oil in skillet and brown the sausage. Add onions, peppers, and chard. Sautee and set aside. whisk eggs and egg white and pour in same skillet. Cover with lid. dump ingredients back on one side of the pan (so you can fold the egg) and fold like a burrito. Mix remaining ingredients in blender and add water to desired runnyness. WARNING the hot sauce will turn the avo sauce brown.
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Lunch:
-1 hard boiled egg
-1 rx bar
-1 RAW VEGAN MOUSE WHAT WUTTTTT
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Dinner:
leftovers from last night

Snacks:
-1 serving cinnamon plantain chips
-1/4 cup nuts
-1 delectable almond butter muffin baked with love by my sweet roommate.
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Macros:
Carbohydrates: 19%
Fat: 63%
Protein: 18%
Calories: 2,150

Workout:
Strength
5×3 back squat at 75%
3×10 unbroken HPC at 45%
3 rds
12 deadlifts (65#)
9 HPC (65#)
6 S2OH (65#)
rest two minutes
2 rds
12 deadlifts (95#)
9 HPC (95#)
6 S2OH (95#)
rest two minutes
1 rd
12 deadlifts (105#)
9 HPC (105#)
6 S2OH (105#)
THEN
3 rds
3 weighted sled push
30 overhead kettlebell squat (15 each arm @ 30kg)

Nectar of the Gods

Day 14: I heard someone call coffee that today and while I totally agreed, I was reminded why I abstain from it for as long as my body will allow me. Coffee is great. The aroma, the taste, the temperature. I often sit in coffee shops just to smell beans roasting or coffee brewing. Studies have shown that the scent alone gives you a buzz. Which is why I sometimes choose decaf coffee over its diesel-fueled big brother. But there is much to be wary about calling coffee the “nectar of the gods”. Why do we as a society depend on the bountiful amounts of energy it provides us? Short answer, we need it as a crutch.

What that crutch is supporting could either be the lack of sleep, inadequate diet, or an addiction. I get that Whole30 allows coffee, but I’ve always wondered how people would fare if it didn’t. After all, coffee is acidic and Whole30 does not limit the amount of coffee you can have. So how healthy are you really being if you’re getting 5 hours of sleep and drinking 3 cups of coffee to support you throughout the day? Or what if you’re eating a boat load of fruit, or not properly timing your meals and you need a shot of espresso mid day? I’m not knocking coffee at all, I’ve obviously had it a lot. But if you are using it as a crutch and having more than one a day, I suggest doing Whole360 and kicking your coffee consumption down a notch. Just be careful, the caffeine hangover is right around the corner.

Breakfast:
Zucchini Oats
-1/2 banana
-3/4 cup egg whites
-¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
-½  zucchini, grated
-1½ tbsp ground flaxseed
-½ tsp cinnamon
*mix banana and zucchini together in bowl. Pour egg whites, and almond milk together into saucepan and continuously stir on low. do not walk away. Once it starts to firm, add flax seed and cinnamon. Mix until desired consistency. Stir in zucchini and banana. Top with desired toppings. I did raspberries, coconut, and cashew butter.
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Lunch:
Green Thai Curry
This was all I could manage to eat while working. It is vegan, dairy free, gluten free, and WHOLE 30 APPROVED. The exact quantities have been estimated for the purposes of my fitness pal meal tracking, but I’m determined to make it on my own. No picture because I ate it out of a to-go container in the middle of a shift. yay.

Dinner:
Chicken Paillard with sweet potato fries and salad (doubled this recipe for another day)
-1 chicken breast
-1/2 lemon
-2 stems parsley
-1 clove garlic
-1 TBS olive oil
-1 TBS coconut oil
-2 TBS cumin
-1/2 potato
-1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
-1 cup argula
*preheat oven to 400. Cute potato into wedges. Place on baking sheet with salt, oil, and sprinkle of cumin. Meanwhile, butterfly the chicken. Melt coconut oil in skillet. Cook chicken in skillet and squeeze lemon juice, salt, and pepper on it. Make the green sauce by chopping parsley and mixing with garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. Place greens on plate, top with tomatoes serve with side of fries. Place chicken on plate and top with green sauce. SO GOOD. I LOVE GARLIC.
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Snacks:
-1/2 cup raw nuts
-egg white protein and almond milk (recovery)

Macros:
Carbohydrates: 23%
Fat: 52%
Protein 25%
Calories: 1,883

Workout:
ran to the gym (1.8 miles)
Bench Press
5×3
Pull-ups
5×3
Metcon
7 minute full sprint of
10 box jumps (20in)
15 russian KBS (4okg)
ran back from gym (still, 1.8)

Fall is in the air

Day 13: I woke up today groggy, as you could see from my post this morning in regards to last night… never again. That didn’t stop me from wanting to go for a run. The air was crisp, wind was blowing, and the leaves were on the ground. Autumn is my favorite seaso, therefore, being outside during Autumn is one of my most favorite activities. Running outside just takes it to an entirely different level. Like going from bacon to bacon wrapped avocado fries… wut. Maybe that’s coming up some day. hmm.

Anyway, I ran to the grocery store and signed up for a rewards car so I guess you could say I’m an official New Yorker. Anyway, here are my meals!

Breakfast:
Chia Pudding with Cocoa Nibs
4 TBS Chia seeds
1 cup almond milk
-1 TBS cashew butter
-1/2 TBS cocoa nibs
-1/2 scoop egg white pure protein
-1 TBS cocoa powder
*Mix chia seeds, almond milk, cocoa powder, and protein powder together. Let sit for a few minutes and mix again. Top with cocoa nibs and cashew butter. CONFESSION: when I make this it’s either because I need something quick or I’m out of groceries… or both. In this case, it’s both.

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Lunch:
Zoodles with Avo “cream” sauce and Chicken Sausage
-1 zucchini spiralized
-1 chicken sausage
-1/2 avocado
-1 clove garlic
-1 slice onion
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp cayenne
-1 TBS olive oil
*Spiralize zucchini and set aside. cook chicken sausage. Meanwhile, blend all other ingredients in a blender and then pour over zoodles. Top with chicken sausage.
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Dinner:
Southwest Chicken Salad
-1 chicken breast
-2 cups spinach
-1 TBS chia seeds
-1 small sweet potato
-cinnamon
-cayenne
-paprika
– leftover guacamole
-1 TBS coconut oil
-1 tsp olive oil
*preheat oven to 400. Chop sweet potatoes into cubes. drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with cinnamon and cayenne. Cook for 10 minutes. Season chicken breast with paprika, salt, and pepper. cook in coconut oil. Place spinach on plate. Top with chia seeds, sweet potatoes, sliced chicken, and guac.
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Macros:
Carbohydrates: 17%
Fat: 58%
Protein: 25%
Calories:  1,966
Workout:
After breakfast I decided not to take the train to grocery store, instead I ran there. 3 mile run on a crisp fall morning.

Early Bird beats the Night Owl

Day 12: This post reaches you late. I usually post right when I get home, before bed, or some other time late at night. Well, last night I did not get home until 3am. I am reminded why I NEVER do this. I absolutely hate sleeping in and wasting the day away. This leads to the reason why once I was up at 8am this morning, there was no hope of me falling back asleep. Sleep is important. I am not condoning 5 hours of sleep, believe me, but things aren’t going to get themselves done.

My dad began with a date and some nuts before CrossFit. Afterwards, Kettlebell Kitchen  gave us a seminar on Paleo, healthy eating, meeting weight loss/gain goals, and debunking some other nutrition myths. But the real reason I was there was for the free samples. We were able to choose from brisket, veggie stir fry, and plantain mash. Because we were sampling from the paleo menu, I wasn’t worried about pesky ingredients like soy in the stirfry or MSG in the brisket. However, we’ve all come to know that paleo does not equal Whole30. So just like in other situations, I asked. Never be afraid to ask. Sure enough, the brisket had maple syrup in it. Darn. The Texan in me was practically swooning over it..

My day proceeded with mounds of homework (yay. midterms.) and concluded in what seemed like the never-ending shift at work. I will preface my next post (that I hopefully post later today) by saying this, everybody should be required to work some industry in customer service or hospitality at least once in their life.

Preworkou:
-1 date
-1/4 cup raw nuts

Breakfast:
-Recovery coffee latte (see previous posts)
-Side of plantain mash
-Side of stir fry veggies
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Lunch:
Brunch Omlette
-2 slices of bacon
-2 eggs
-3 TBS egg white
-1 cup baby kale
-1 cup spinach
-1/2 cup shaved brussel sprouts
*cook bacon in skillet. Set aside. cook greens. set aside. whisk eggs and egg white together and pour into same skillet on low. Cook with a lid for 2 minutes, top with ingredients on one half. Fold over.
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Dinner:
Leftover Paleo Chilli
-1/4 ground beef
-1 clove garlic
-1 scallion
-1/2 poblano pepper
-cumin
-chili powder
-canned tomatoes
-frozen bell peppers
-2 cups baby kale
-1/4 avocado
-1 tsp olive oil
*brown meat in skillet with olive oil. Add onion, garlic, and peppers. Add spices and salt and pepper if you choose. Add tomatoes with water. bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes. Serves over greens and top with mashed avo.

Snack?
I call this, “it’s 11pm and I’m still at work and it’s been 7 hours since I last ate” snack
– grilled chicken breast
-2 cups homemade guac
*I walked around aimlessly in the West Village. Many places were open, but I needed something quick and complaint on my 30-minute break. Boom. Here comes Mexican food. This is the perfect chance to redeem turning down brisket. So, I order a side of chicken and a side of guac. Somehow, the end up giving me double the guac you see in this picture (which I will save for a recipe later)
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Macros:
Carbohydrates: 19%
Fat: 53%
Protein: 28%
Calories: 1,766

Workout:
Warm-up
2 Rds
8 arnold press
12 dumbell RDL
200m row
Strength
Strict press
3×5 (70)
Deadlift
3 @ 70%
3 @ 80%
3+ @ 90% (195)
Metcon
Amrap in 7 minutes of
2…4…6…8…10…etc
pull-ups
thrusters (65)

“So what CAN you eat?!”

Day 11: Oh the question. The question that almost everyone asks when I tell them what’s restricted on Whole30. Living in the city, you’re surrounded by people all wanting to explore the new. New sites, new smells, new food. Working in a restaurant means that all of these “news” occur on a daily basis. The chef may make something up, a new special, and have us try it. He may make us an employee meal, but often I get confused looks when I explain that I can’t eat something that was prepared. I’ve dubbed Whole30 the “whole lotta nothin” diet. It generally gets a laugh or two, but what’s funny is it’s a whole lot of everything! It’s just about knowing where to find it.

Today I went to an early morning workout. Beforehand, I had one date and a handful of raw nuts to fuel me for the workout. Upon my return, I used my leftover sweet potato from Wednesday to make toast. Then I had to shower and leave for work. Then it hit me, “Shit. No food to bring. Oh well, maybe employee meal will have something good.” I get to work satiated from my breakfast and coffee protein. This lasts me until right around the rush. It’s amazing to me that as a server you’re most busy when you should be eating which is just so conveniently when everyone else is eating. What little food you can eat is whatever you can shove down your face from the dish pit to the dining room. This totally goes against my post from yesterday to savor and enjoy your food. But that’s the reality of it.

My coworker wad delighted to tell me that there was a “healthy” option for employee meal. I was displeased to realize it was a kale salad with quinoa, a blue cheese dressing, and feta cheese mixed in. No food for me. So here I am, 7 hours into not eating, my metabolism running high because I worked out this morning, and I’m in a restaurant surrounded by food. What do I do?

I make myself a glass of unsweetened almond milk. That helps. Then right as I’m about to leave and collapse onto myself, I run into the kitchen and VOILA! THERE ARE CHICKEN CUTLETS for employee meal!!! The hunger games are over. I enjoy a couple of bites but hurry home because I’m just dying to decompress. I get home, don’t have anything prepped, so I whip together some avocado, dip carrots in it, and eat some leftover cauliflower mash with kale.

All is well.

Moral of this non-cohesive rant is that you really can eat a whole lot on Whole30. You just have to be willing to try new things, search in the right places, and not beat yourself up if you don’t have 3 perfect meals.

Breakfast:
Sweet Poato Toast with spinach, bacon, and a side of scrambled eggs.
-1/2 medium potato
-1 cup spinach
-1 strip bacon
-2 eggs
*slice sweet potato like toast. Place in toasted until cripsy. Cook bacon in skillet. Remove. Cook spinach in same skillet. Remove. Cook eggs in same skillet. stacks on stacks on stacks and have yourself a nice day.
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“Lunch”
haha. random stuff
1/2 cup chicken cutlets
-1 avocado
-2 raw carrots
-1 cup leftover mash
-1 cup kale

Dinner:
-1/4 ground beef
-1 clove garlic
-1 scallion
-1/2 poblano pepper
-cumin
-chili powder
-canned tomatoes
-frozen bell peppers
-2 cups baby kale
-1/4 avocado
-1 tsp olive oil
*brown meat in skillet with olive oil. Add onion, garlic, and peppers. Add spices and salt and pepper if you choose. Add tomatoes with water. bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes. Serves over greens and top with mashed avo.
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Snacks:
-1 date
-protein coffee
-half an apple
-1 TBS cashew butter

Macros:
Carbohydrates:25%
Fat: 55%
Protein: 20%
Calories:1,993

workout:

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Kickin’ the moment

Day 10: Today was an off day, I must say. But let’s start from the beginning. My breakfast was AMAZINGGGG thanks to BravoPaleo and this tantalizing recipe. I’m almost felt like I was cheating on this one, that’s how “good” it was. I think it’s probably because since the start of Whole30 I haven’t had any bananas. Even though bananas are Whole30 approved, I’ve been trying to blanket them under “fruit as a treat”. Banana’s are so dang sweet that they’re basically nature’s candy bar. So when I’ve made them in the past with chia pudding, I only use half. Not to mention, bananas are very high in carbs and because I’m trying to dedicate a larger portion of my macros to fats and protein,  I have to be weary. But today, those eggs and banana’s had me singing Gwen Stefani’s B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

This brings me to one the many reasons why you should do Whole30 (this list is just skimming the surface). You’ll savor your food more. Even though I had to pack my bag for gym/school/work with a change of clothes and shower needs, even though I was running late and had to take the rush hour train into the city, even though I still hadn’t meal prepped for lunch or dinner, I savored that meal like it was my first in days. And in a way, it was. It was my fist meal with a full banana. So I took a bite, closed my eyes (yes, I’m serious), forgot about all that I needed to do and kicked it the moment. For each bite, I chewed 5 times. I thought about the food, what it was doing to my body, how it was fueling me, what it was made of, and the journey it took to get from the farm to my plate. Seriously. One important aspect of whole

One important aspect of Whole30 is to savor your food. You need to savor all of the flavors. Once you can conquer this, as creepy as it may be, you will love food in an entirely different life.

Lunch was different. Here is where my off day comes it. Lunch was not necessarily a meal. I managed to grab some raw carrots and a hard boiled egg on my way out but I knew this wouldn’t be enough for “lunch”. By the grace of Paleo Gods, I was able to enjoy the leftovers from an event I worked that formed a small cup of Whole30 approved green thai curry. PERFECT for my cold.

Before my workout, I enjoyed an RX bar because I needed fuel. Post workout… scroll down and drool.

Breakfast
Breakfast Bowl
-1 ripe medium banana
-2 eggs
-3 strawberries
-1-2 Tablespoons almond butter
-1-2 Tablespoons dried coconut flakes
-1 Teaspoon cinnamon
-Coconut oil, for cooking
-1 TBS flax seed
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Lunch:
haha. not a real meal…
-2 raw carrots
-1 boiled egg
-1 RX bar
-1 cup green thai curry

Dinner
GREEN BOWL WITH CHICKEN FROM COCO & CRU!!!!!!
2 cups spinach
-1 cup broccoli
-1/2 avocado
-1 cup kale
-1 chicken breast
-1 egg
*This was from Coco & Cru. Conveniently located between the gym and school, Coco & Cru is an Aussie inspired cafe that serves breakfast all day because why the heck not! I chose the green bowl today (without all grains quinoa, of course) but was so totally torn between very many options. So, stay tuned because I WILL be back.

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Macros:
Carbohydrates: 22%
Fat: 58%
Protein: 20%
Calories:1,893

Workout:
Strength
– 5×3 + 5-4-3-2-1 Back Squat
“Metcon”
10 Front rack lunge
15 RDL
x3
15 back extensions
15 T2B
x3
10 bent over rows
15 push-ups
x3