Thursday, January 9, 2014

Whole30 Week One: I didn't die and no one else did, either.



Let me start this post off with this:

I love cheese.

That being said, a few of my teammates and I have embarked on the Whole30 for the month of January. I did this with three specific goals in mind:

1. Be a healthier person.
2. Be a stronger athlete.
3. Lose weight.

In that order.

That being said, I thought this journey would be a lot harder. Having my teammates in my corner has made all the difference, and the support system is invaluable. The first three days I was on fire. I love the challenge of coming up with different meals that are a) easy, b) cheap, and c) compliant to the plan.

Days 6 and 7, I just wanted to nap and/or punch people. But I stuck it out. And no one died. It did, however, get a little touch-and-go when my coworker tried to have a full-on conversation with me before I had my coffee on Tuesday. 

Here were my meals for the week, as some of you requested.

1 - Sauteed pork chop with salt/pepper. Steamed sweet potatoes, mashed with cinnamon and chili powder. Braised cabbage in the pork drippings. Sliced tomato.

2 - My version of Monkey Salad, but using almonds instead of cashews. Fried bacon. Coffee with steamed coconut milk.

3 - Spaghetti squash with meat marinara (easiest most delicious marinara ever), spinach salad with tomatoes and homemade balsamic dressing (equal parts dijon mustard, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar), and a tangerine.

4 - Cobb salad (no blue cheese, no chicken because I didn't have any) with same balsamic "dressing" from above. Leftover spaghetti squash with meat marinara.

5 - Cheeseless omelette with veggies (spinach, onion, tomato), and my version of Monkey Salad.

6 - Pineapple salsa, fresh avocado, and a freaking plate full of bacon. No really, though, that's only 4 pieces cut in half.

7 - Another veggie omelette sans cheese, fresh avocado.

8 - Pot roast (chuck roast, 1 onion, bag of baby carrots, beef stock, cook, super easy) and homemade paleo tomato basil soup (delicious and only takes 20 minutes.)

9 - Last bit of leftover spaghetti squash deliciousness, steamed broccoli with sea salt, and strawberries.

Please note that the strawberries were the first "sweet" thing I had had in seven days at that point, and they were so sweet and delicious. Seriously.

Biggest accomplishment:  Prepping ahead. I generally am terrible at this, but I took the time to make grocery lists and meal plans, and I packed my breakfast and lunch before I went to bed. This was vital in not being caught unprepared and hangry, which would be my downfall.

Biggest setback:  I had to find a way to drink my coffee. I finally found a brand of coconut milk that is compliant, and I am learning to like the way coffee tastes without sugar.

Biggest surprise:  I don't miss cheese as much as I thought I would. But I still love it. BFF for life.

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Sources that I have found helpful (info, recipes, blogs, etc.):

Stupid Easy Paleo (MY FAVORITE. Recipes and research. Follow her on Facebook, she interacts.)
Nom Nom Paleo (Recipes, but some are a little intense for my cooking level.)
Broccoli is my BFF (...written by a friend of mine who is hilarious.)
Paleo Comfort Foods (It's been cold here, so yes please.) 

I will post week by week, mainly because I imagine I'll do this Whole30 thing more than once. I feel good, and I know I'm doing good things for my body. Win/win.