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Whole 30 2.0 – Week 1

Sunday completed Week 1 of my second round of the Whole 30 program.

I pulled out my food journal from the first week of my first round of Whole 30 back in January and compared it to how it felt this time around.

Both Week 1’s were similar:

* Afternoon cravings that began to fade by the end of Week 1.

* The cravings were NOT for sweets, rather for real food like hard-boiled eggs or carrots.

* By the end of Week 1 my bloat began to subside.

During the first round my sole focus was on making food choices that were Whole 30 compliant.

This time, I am also focusing on the other things like:

* Eating without distractions at the table.

* Leaving at least four to five hours in-between meals.

* Trying new recipes.

This week’s new recipe, Marinated Stuffed Burgers, came from Whole 30’s Instagram account.

It was so easy to make and tasted so flavorful.

Also inspired by Jo’s Instagram of burger salads, I made it salad-style! I served it with spinach and a whole bunch of more veggies like carrots, cucumbers, olives, etc.

Yum!

Redefining Breakfast

Whole 30 Day 4 Recap:

This morning’s breakfast kept me quite full. I didn’t snack at all between breakfast (see below) and lunch.

For lunch I cooked some zoodles and shrimp seasoned with black pepper, minced garlic and fresh lemon juice. Unfortunately it didn’t feel like enough and I got the snack attack mid-afternoon.

Quite honestly, I’m surprised I haven’t felt the need to snack more often this week so I when the cravings finally came around this afternoon I decided to have a little snack so it didn’t get obsessively crazy thinking about food.

I ate a pack of nori. They sell them in snack-size packs at Whole Foods and they even come in different flavors. The pack I ate today was cracked pepper and wasabi. The one pack that I ate satisfied my potato chip craving, and was able to stay on par for the rest of the day.

Whole 30 Thought of the Day

Last Fall, when Dr Ponce advised me to stop eating grains my heart sank. I blurted out to her, “What about oatmeal?!?” You see, steel cut oatmeal with almond butter was go-to breakfast. I went to sleep dreaming about the next morning when I would eat it again. And ate it every single day I did – with a ton of fruit – bananas, strawberries, mangoes, etc.

Having to find a new go-to breakfast wasn’t easy. At first I ate a lot of eggs. That got old fast.

So I started reading Whole30/Paleo blogs and books and learned that I needed to stop thinking of meals a “breakfast”, “lunch” and “dinner” and instead, start thinking of them as, “Meal 1”, “Meal 2”, and “Meal 3.”

Adopting this way of thinking opened up my horizons as to what breakfast “could be.”

Now, one of my favorite “go-to” breakfasts is something I picked up from “It Starts with Food.” It’s called “Morning Mix” and is very easy to make.

Its comprised of:

– Ground meat (they say turkey or pork but I used ground beef)
– A diced apple
– ⅛ tsp cinnamon
– ⅛ tsp nutmeg

I love that its so simple and requires almost no time to prepare and cook!

And it’s quite tasty. I often eat it with ½ a baked sweet potato and top it off with half an avocado.

Morning Mix

Morning Mix

Carbs, protein, fat and a lot of flavor.

Building Consistency

For the past few months I have been struggling to be consistent — with my workouts, eating, blogging and admittedly, even work.

Just when I think I’m finally back in a groove something interrupts my schedule and/or motivation.

I recently read this article that suggests writing about three things to take back control of your life:

1. What I ate
2. What I did (or didn’t do) for exercise
3. What I did with my life

In an attempt to hold myself accountable, I’m going to give it a try.

In my last post I wrote about the Whole 30 program and how I was starting another round of it.

I had every intention of doing so when I wrote that post, but it was interrupted by the five days that I spent last week “traveling” for work. I use the word “travel” on quotations because I didn’t actually go anywhere, but was required to stay at a hotel in the City for various meetings in relation to my company’s flagship event.

It’s really difficult to eat healthy, let alone Whole 30 compliant when eating restaurant food for every meal for five days.

I tried to follow it as much as I could but pretty much gave up by Day Two. And my health suffered because of it:

– I had excessive bloating – the most I’ve had since I started working with Dr Ponce last Fall. My clothes that fit fine when I packed my suitcase but barely fit during the week.
– My leaky gut (TMI?) returned which is never a good thing when running, or worse – when you have to sit through customer meetings all day.
– And the allergy rash that has plagued me for the past few months returned with a vengeance and has covered my arms and midsections.

So I officially restarted Whole 30 today.

I took this photo of a framed quotation that hangs in Dr Ponce's office.

I took this photo of a framed quotation that hangs in Dr Ponce’s office.

And in an effort to help me be successful this time, I’m going to attempt to write a Whole 30-related post daily for the next 30 days.

…and starting with this week’s workouts, I’m going to resume my Weekly Workout Recaps. Sprinkled in-between will be tidbits and posts on what I’ve done with the rest of my life.

Whole 30 2.0: Day 1 Recap – Mon, May 26

Instead of recapping what I ate (if you really want to know I’ll share this but after a few days you’ll find it repetitive and boring), I’ll share with you my two “a-ha’s” of the day:

1. I recently discovered the @whole30recipes Instagram account. It’s my new favorite source for Whole 30 compliant recipes.

Tonight I made this Tilapia Topped with Mango Pico recipe.

It was really easy and simple to make. And the best part of it is that I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

Whole 30 Thought of the Day:

2. I started re-reading “It Starts with Food”, the Whole 30 introduction book.

It’s funny how when you read something a second time you pick up new things that didn’t stand out to you the first time.

One of the things that stood out to me was how Whole 30 does not tell you how much to eat. And during the Whole 30 program you’re not allowed to weigh, measure yourself or track any calories. Their belief is that doing this causes unhealthy habits and messes with us psychologically.

Instead, their philosophy is that “your body knows how much you should be eating way better than any calculator you’ll find on the Internet.”

However, your body’s signals may be out of whack because of the foods you’ve been eating. Instead we over consume and our bodies become dysfunctional and our brain gets mixed messages on when and how much to eat.

As you progress through the program you body begins to correct itself and starts sending the right messages to the brain.

I can attest that this did happen for me the first time I successfully completed the Whole 30 program. After that first week and a half I no longer felt the need to snack and didn’t have cravings for non-Whole 30 compliant foods.

That’s it for today! Come back and visit tomorrow to see how Day 2 went!