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Whole 30- Week 1 Complete

Hello there!

Zach and I have had a good start to our morning. It has been the first time in a few weeks where we don’t have anything going on today and can actually relax… and we love it that way!

Still rocking out the Whole 30 challenge. I have been feeling really good! It took my body a few days to get used to the 3 meals/day, but I finally feel like it is adjusting. I feel like my body is also running like a machine. For example, last night, we went to my best friends gender reveal party… (IT’S A GIRL, yay!).

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Zach and I ate before we went (around 5pm) and headed to the party. I never got that feeling that I was extremely famished, but around 10 o’clock, my body was telling me it was time for bed. On the ride home, I was dozing a little and when we got home, I went straight to bed and fell asleep EASILY. Falling asleep has never been easy for me.

We got up this morning and made rutabaga skillets for breakfast. I decided to do an onion, spinach, asparagus and mushroom skillet. I sauteed the veggies first, added the rutabaga and then eggs.
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I’m weird and like my eggs over hard, so I decided to crack the eggs in the same pan as the skillet and cover it until the yolks were hard. Here is the finished product. It went really great with coffee. 😉

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Speaking of coffee- with Whole 30, they want you to cut back on your intake… which I have been doing. The other day, I had to drive 3 hours home from Indianapolis. It was around noon, and I was kind of feeling a dip in my energy level, so I decided to get a cup of coffee. I had been limiting my intake all week, but decided to enjoy just one cup of Starbucks. While drinking, it was the first time I felt negative impacts from a cup of coffee. I was feeling very anxious and I actually felt a little depressed after I finished the cup. It was so strange… I was feeling so many different (negative) emotions and I felt that I had no control over what I was feeling. I won’t be doing that again…

Tonight, Zach and I are going to be making paleo sweet potato nachos. This might be our best post yet, so stay tuned! 🙂

P.S. The cake pop in the picture, I did not eat… don’t worry. If I am cheating on this diet, it will be with something that will actually be worth it!

Rant

Up until now I think Zach and I have been pretty encouraging and positive when we blog, but there is just some things that I want to get off my chest. I may be just a little cranky because the whole 30 started this week, but I think I’m just a little fed up with people too.

So doing the whole 30 challenge is hard enough without any pressures from your friends, peers or coworkers because you are completely eliminating all sugar, any extra snacking and portion controlling your meals. I am in Indianapolis for work this week and some of my coworkers invited me out for dinner tonight. Since I don’t get to see these people all that much and I enjoy spending time with them, I agreed to go. They know that I “diet” but don’t know anything about it, so they were trying to be nice and accommodate me. They told me about this place called season 52 which all of their meals are under 475 calories. I thought it was great that they thought about me, even though I’m never one to count calories or even think about it. I looked up their menu and it seemed to be pretty paleo friendly. So I decided we should check it out. When we got there, the 3 of them ordered drinks and then when the the bartender got to me, I ordered a water. Of course I got questions about why I wasn’t drinking and I told them that I just didn’t feel like it (not wanting to go into the details of the 30 day challenge). They kind of gave me shit for not drinking and I brushed it off… No big deal. When we finally got our table they ordered a few appetizers to share and again made comments about how I am always dieting or can’t eat bread. I told them that I didn’t eat those kind of things because thy didn’t make me feel good. They made remarks like ” that doesn’t sound like any fun” and “you can’t eat this because it has too much carbs!” It was so annoying and I really wanted to tell them off.

I am getting so frustrated when people criticize me for not eating or drinking the way they do. There is so much pressure from everyone to eat like dog shit and drink. I am not judging them for eating their fucking risotto or potatoes or making them feel bad for eating it. I think that is why it is so hard to stick to a diet or change your lifestyle, because the pressure and the guilt. I don’t care how other people eat, but don’t try and make me feel bad because you could never make the changes I have made. I will never, ever judge anyone for their eating habits, especially if they are trying to be healthier and improve their lifestyle.

I am sorry I just vented, but people shouldn’t judge the paleo diet or whole 30. I told my coworkers before we parted that the reason that I do this and eat this way is because I have never felt better than this in my life. It is hard to explain it, but don’t judge until you have tried it and you know how it feels.

I promise I won’t bitch on my next post! Tata!

The Start of Whole 30

Hey y’all,

Don’t mind the southern twang that I inherited from Nashville this past weekend. My friend Shanna and I had a nice relaxing visit and we ate a lot of good food. Down there it was surprisingly easy to eat paleo and make modifications to my food (if needed). Shanna is actually vegan, so the combo of a paleo and vegan diets made it a bit tricky. We both did some good research before heading down there, so it was pretty easy to find good places.

Here’s a breakdown of the weekend:
Friday we got in around 6pm and headed straight to the hotel. Once we changed and got ready, we went downtown Nashville and got the Nashville experience. It was nice out on Friday night so we found a sweet spot called Pub 5 and ate on the rooftop. I had some mussels and a cool artisan cocktail. We then headed to a bunch of the Nashville bars to catch some live music.

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Saturday we got up and decided to detox in hot yoga class. I luckily didn’t pass out in that hour and half class. We got lunch at the Calypso Cafe went to the Parthenon near the Vanderbilt campus. Like Zach mentioned on his last post, this was a “hole in the wall” cafe near the Vanderbilt campus that was probably the best paleo meal I had when I was down there. Mashed sweet potatoes, rotisserie chicken and a side salad. We next headed to the Parthenon in Nashville’s Centennial Park. It was a cool experience. Nashville has a few trendier, off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods, that we decided to hit up next. We went to the 12South District and then walked over to Hillsboro village. Both had really cool boutiques, restaurants and bars. We finished the night by going to a bar called Belcourt Taps and listened to 4 really talented artists there.

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Sunday we decided to go back and hit up the shops/restaurants that we missed on Saturday in Hillsboro village and 12South. For breakfast, we went to the Pancake Pantry and waited outside for 45 min (while listening to live music). It was well worth the wait. Shanna got pancakes and I got an omelette with lots of coffee. For lunch we went to a place called Burger Up. They had vegan options there and I had a really awesome shredded Kale salad with a grass fed burger patty on top. It was a good burger and I would highly recommend the place for their atmosphere and food.

Yesterday, I started the Whole 30 challenge with about 6 others at my gym. It is really not much different for my current diet, but it says to try to stick to 3 well balanced meals a day, no snacking, no alcohol or any added sweeteners AT ALL and limit coffee intake :(. There is actually a lot more to it than that, but that is what will be different for me. I may be a little crankier the next month because I am not eating as much, but hopefully my body gets used to it and I will feel awesome.

I pretty much decided to do it until our vacation on Easter weekend in Phoenix. It’s technically not 30 days, but I don’t plan on getting too crazy in Phoenix as it is. I am very excited to see improvements in my overall health.

I am headed to Indianapolis today for work and will be there until Friday… MORE TRAVELING. The thing I love most about traveling to Indy is that I bring my food with me. I know I am super nerdy, but I love having control of what I put on my plate. I pack breakfast and lunch and will find something good for dinner. Zach is great and is holding down the fort here. After this week, I will not be traveling for a few weeks so I can finally get back into my routine.

More info to come on how Whole 30 goes, so I hope you enjoy. If you are interested in learning more about the Whole 30 challenge, I absolutely recommend the book “It Starts With Food”. It is an eye-opening book that gives you the research and testimonials to back up why this is such a great diet.

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Whole 30 Challenge Anyone?

Good morning!
I’m headed to Detroit today for 3 days and hitting up Nashville this weekend with a friend. I still plan on sticking to the diet, but I will probably be having some beverages while I’m in Nashville.

I haven’t cheated yet with our diet, but I will say that I have been having larger portions. When you make food as good as Zach and I, it’s hard to portion control. I decided to keep myself motivated and challenged and I am going to do the whole 30 challenge starting Monday (the 24th).
I know I am going to need a little bit of a detox after Nashville and beach season is right around the corner. There are about 30 days until Zach and I go to Phoenix for Easter weekend so I will be doing the challenge during that time frame. Is anyone interested in doing it with me? I need some motivation!!! The whole 30 is completely paleo, but it focuses more on your overall health (I.e – sleeping, timing of meals and portion sizes). There are also no sweets or drinking in this challenge. I did it back in August last year and had some awesome success with it. It was very challenging and I have to give kudos to Zach because he had to deal with me and my crankiness from it. 😉

Let me know if you are interested!!! I would love to have people help me out with this challenge.