To start the challenge, I went to a 90 minute talk to get all the why and how's of the process. Being the book nerd that I am, I also picked up the book It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways to do some further reading. Throughout the week leading up to the challenge, I picked up a few of the staples that were mentioned in the talk: ghee, macadamia nuts, and coconut oil. The day before the reset started, I worked until noon, so I knew I had a full day of prep ahead of me. I scoured the book and internet for recipes, made an extensive grocery list and also set out to pick up an egg cooker and a blender. I may have killed my blender a week or two ago (RIP old friend) and an egg cooker. If you're like me, you hadn't heard of an egg cooker prior to two weeks ago. Well it's a genius contraption that cooks perfect hard or soft boiled eggs, omelets, and poached eggs. $40 well spent if you ask me!
For breakfast I had a 3 egg omelette with red onion, spinach, and mushrooms. I also made a green smoothie for more greens with spinach, coconut milk, a frozen banana and a couple of frozen strawberries. Oh, and the omelette was covered in half an avocado. Mmmmm.
For lunch I struggled a bit, because I went for a run at 11am, so by the time I got home at noon I was starving and needed to shower and eat ASAP. I wanted to make something creative since I'd prefer to save the boring salads for work lunches when I don't have the luxury of cooking something up in the staff break room. I threw together some spinach and mixed greens, half an avocado, some lemon juice, red onion, half an apple, cucumber, and two hard boiled eggs. Ollie approves... I think.
It was also during this time that I realized I had bought a Skor bar and Rolos earlier in the week, intending to eat them prior to the challenge starting, NOT to find them midway through day one. God I love sugar. I hid them and hopefully I can remember where in 27 days.
Dinner was okay. Some walleye baked with ghee, garlic and red onion. I attempted to make some cauliflower roasted with garlic. It almost looks like popcorn. Mmmm popcorn.
Breakfast looks essentially the same, but a much more rushed presentation as I was heading off to work. Can I already be sick of eggs? I'm already sick of eggs.
I get to work and someone has brought cotton candy to share! And homemade bread and jam! Jerks, the whole lot. ;)
Lunch was a monsterous salad similar to day one, but with approved turkey lunch meat (nitrate/nitrite free).
Dinner was awesome. I made some mushrooms sauteed with garlic and red onions and threw in some turkey breast that Kyle had grilled the night before. He neglected to season the chicken IN ANY WAY so some extra flavor was necessary. I made some guacamole and had some lettuce wraps. I will say that the best part was making a salad with the same ingredients but assembled IN the bowl with the remainder of the guac. Heaven.
The third day was a little bit of a struggle, as we've been warned. I had some poached eggs for breakfast along with a green smoothie. I didn't blend the smoothie enough so it was chunky and gross.
I had a yoga class in the morning, so after I had some macadamian nuts and coconut flakes to refuel.
For lunch i had another huge salad, and for dinner I cut up some of Kyle's grilled chicken and covered it in my homemade salsa thinking I could have a delicious repeat of the night before with a new protein. Blech. The chicken tasted gross. But the guacamole was still good.
I worked late so I had time to prep a good breakfast. Thank goodness, because the last 24 hours have been one big queso/sugar/beer craving after another. I found a recipe that didn't involve eggs that I had all the ingredients for and made a sweet potato, apple, and bacon hash. And because of the sweet and salty goodness, I knew I could handle an egg for extra protein.
Best meal yet!
Lunch and dinner were carbon copy salads. Giant ones.
Happy Cinco de Mayo. :( Yes I thought about queso and margaritas all day, thank you for asking.
As predicted, this was a hard day. I woke up with a headache, and a back ache, and all over aches thanks to fun womanly events. I'm sure all of these were made worse by the dreaded day five of this program. My meals were pretty boring, and I almost caved and had a chocolate covered blueberry while I was making dinner, but I didn't. I repeated my stellar breakfast for dinner. Yum.
Today I made the comment that I miss sugar, cheese, and carbs. BUT it is so nice to not be starving all of the time. I swear that outside of the previous five days, I am hungry all day every day. There are many times a day that I feel like I'm STARVING, despite eating a lot, dear god I love food. But based on what we're told to do, I'm really not hungry until my next meal rolls around. It's such a nice change.
I woke up feeling like a new woman. I slept well and hard, and felt well rested. I had some hard boiled eggs and turkey for breakfast along with a green smoothie. I had my regular lunch salad and for dinner I treated myself to two of the things on the sushi menu that are okay--a salad and special cucumber rolls. Yum.
I texted Kyle this morning. It read: one more morning without coffee in my life. Followed by a trillion emojis.
I had my delicious sweet potato hash breakfast before work, and had to send a picture of my perfect eggs to Kyle (confession, I'm not the best at making eggs).
I made up some tuna salad with apples and onions and avocado to curb my boredom with lunch meat on my salads since I had to pack two lunches. It was tasty.
And then a book club member announced she was moving away and brought chocolates to ease the pain. So I had to deal with the pain of the book club member leaving AND not having the chocolate. So I had tea with Ollie later.
One week down! Three to go!