WEEK ONE OF THE WHOLE 30….CHECK!
We made it through the 1st week! It was not without cravings, fatigue and many pity parties, but after the 3rd day I started to feel much better. This week I have learned that adopting an entirely new lifestyle takes time and LOTS of planning, but now I am in the rhythm, guys! It almost feels like we have been living this way for years and I am starting to ask the question that many people who have embarked upon the Whole 30 have asked themselves, “Is this how I want to eat forever, once the cleanse is over?” I can’t tell you how I’ll feel tomorrow, or in 3 minutes but in this moment, my answer is, “YES!” I am really enjoying the energy levels I’ve had for the past week…it’s pretty amazing how well our bodies function when we give them the proper fuel.
This week, we made eggs everyday for breakfast, with a sautéed veggie on the side (zucchini, bell peppers, asparagus, were a few we loved). I quickly learned that two eggs were not enough protein for me, to last me until my next meal (especially if I was going to workout right after breakfast), so I started to add ground turkey to my scrambled eggs. This helped me so much! I was much more satiated, which leads to less cravings, which leads to you doing other things than daydreaming about a huge waffle cone with two scoops of pistachio ice cream….with hot fudge. So just trust me on this one….eat a huge breakfast.
After breakfast, I won’t have my next meal for the next couple of hours. In the meantime, I snack on bell peppers, cucumbers (I’m obsessed with the little mini ones from Sprouts or Trader Joe’s), carrots and some almonds.
For lunch I’ll bring a big salad to work. I make it really delicious so that when mealtime comes around, I can’t wait to devour it. I love a mixture of butter lettuce and spinach. I top it with baby tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, cilantro, avocado & salt/pepper. Dressing is olive oil and vinegar. I always bring some sort of protein to eat after the salad. This week we made Jalapeno burgers in bulk, so I just added one to the top of my salad and it was really tasty!
The jalapeno burgers were dinner a couple of nights in a row, just because they were pre-made and so tasty (recipe here: Jalapeño Burgers ). We ate them with sweet potato chips one night, and the other night we topped the burger with a fried egg–my hubby’s personal favorite meal. Another night we made almond and coconut crusted tilapia (again in bulk) and this was my favorite meal! So much flavor and really filling.
One other great meal we made was chicken lettuce wraps with homemade guac. I seasoned the chicken with TJ’s South African Spice (great rub for chicken!) and threw it on the George Foreman. Chopped it up, placed in the lettuce cups and topped with the guac, which was one avocado, 1/2 of a red onion, 1 small jalapeno, and 1/2 of a tomato. Delish!
When I have had those cravings that just won’t quit, I had a Lara Bar, which tasted incredible, and totally did the trick!!! My favorite so far is the Cashew bar…love the flavor! When I’m craving sugar at night, I love to have 1/2 of a grapefruit or some cuties. I will do my best to cut back on the fruit this week. I allowed myself to have it this week, when I was needing something sweet, since I was detoxing from so many things.
Oh, and SOMEHOW I was able to talk my husband into trying Apple Cider Vinegar!!! He is so brave to try this Whole 30 thing and go along with all of this!