Whole30 Week 2

Whole30 Week 2

This post is a little tardy but here is a quick summary of what we ate during Whole30 Week 2. This time things have been much easier and we are definitely branching out more and having fun with new sauces like the Whole30 mayonnaise, salad dressings and stock. I think we know the basics and what we need to do to “survive” so we are having more fun trying to fit yummy food in the Whole30 box. And boy, have we been eating well!

Let’s get started…

Day 9:

Breakfast – Scrambled backyard-fresh eggs with parsley and onions, half a mango and bacon

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Snack – Hand full of almonds

Lunch – Warmed homemade turkey broth to drink with leftover steak and a boiled backyard-fresh egg

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Dinner – We went to a friend’s house that is also doing Whole30 this month. We brought a couple of sides and they made meat and a side. It was a great dinner. But I forgot to rake a picture, whoops!

Ribs marinated in a dried cherry glaze that was then turned into a Whole30 compliant BBQ sauce. Brussels sprouts with bacon, asparagus salad and sweet potato fries with a garlic aioli

 

Day 10:

Breakfast: Blackberries – It was not the most filling breakfast but I was in a hurry this morning to get to church.

Lunch – Burger with lettuce bun and leftover asparagus salad

Snack – Ramekin of mixed nuts

Dinner – Salmon over spinach with sweet potato fries and garlic aioli

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Day 11:

Breakfast – Leftover onions, red peppers, arugula and steak with a fried backyard-fresh-egg

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Snack – Lemon Lara Bar – Before doing Whole30, neither Chris nor I was a fan of these bars, not sure if it was the sugary treats we were used to or what but we are both huge fans now and we have boxes sent on a monthly basis from Amazon. Thank goodness for Amazon Prime, especially because Charlie has also become quite the fan and can take down more than one at a time if you let him! But seriously, these are a great on the go snack and I have learned to keep a couple in my bag and the car for emergency moments when I need something immediately.

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Lunch – Leftover Salmon, spinach, sweet potato fries and aioli

Snack – two handfuls of almonds

Dinner – Pan-seared duck breast, marinated grilled Portobello mushrooms, artichokes and roasted beets – This was Chris’s birthday dinner that he made himself.

Whole30 Mayonnaise

Day 12:

Breakfast – Hard-boiled backyard fresh egg and fruit cup with strawberries, banana, pineapple and blackberries

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Snack – Mixed nuts

Lunch – Leftover pan-seared duck with marinated grilled Portobello mushrooms, and roasted beets

Snack – Lara lemon bar

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Dinner – Burger with lettuce, tomato, onions and mushrooms, with half an avocado and homemade Whole30 mayo on the side

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Day 13:

Breakfast – Backyard fresh hard-boiled egg and handful of cashews

Lunch – Grilled chicken breast with half an avocado and small side salad

Dinner – Eggs with red peppers and onions

Snack – Figs and nuts

Day 14:

Breakfast – Fruit cup with blackberries, strawberries and banana with a hard-boiled backyard fresh egg

Snacks – Nuts and Lara Apple Pie bar

Lunch – Grilled chicken breast with half an avocado and small side salad

Snack – Apple

Dinner – Burger with homemade Whole30 mayo, onions and mushrooms and homemade sweet potato fries with a side of garlic aioli

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*I was starving all day and was ready to throw in the towel. It was not that I wanted something sweet as we actually had a birthday party at work and there was cake but it was not a temptation at all. I wanted to go out to eat and have a burger on a bun or something like that to satisfy me or that was how I was feeling. But I made it through and had a fantastic burger at home and was not sorry at all!

Day 15:

Breakfast – Hard boiled egg and fruit

Lunch – ½ a burger with a half an avocado and sweet potato fries with grilled onions on the side

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Snack – Nuts

Dinner – Chicken fajita salad with lettuce, red peppers, onions and homemade dressing

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Two weeks down and only two more to go. So far so good. I feel great and I am really enjoying Whole30 this time around. I had a moment during the week where I wanted to quit but I think that is normal. We have quite a few new recipes to add and make sure you come back next week for Whole30 Week 3.

Any tips you want to share with me? Any good recipes I need to try this week?

Whole30 Week 1

Whole30 Week 1Like was mentioned in one of the previous posts, Chris and I decided to get 2015 off to a healthy start with our second round of Whole30. Unfortunately, we never formally blogged about our overall experience when we completed Whole30 for the first time back in August, like we had planned to. So this time we will do a weekly recap and at the very end we will each write about our experience this time versus last. I can, however, say that so far, this time has been much easier. Maybe that’s due to being past the initial learning curve we experienced last time, but after a month of sweet holiday treats, we were both just dying to get back on board with meat and veggies and having an actual meal plan. So far, so good! Whole30 Week 1, done!

We started the week of with some basic meal prep. I am very lucky to have quite the kitchen warrior and Chris spent much of Sunday in the kitchen making clarified butter (ghee), homemade mayo, curry chicken salad and boiled eggs for us in preparation for our first week. (We will be sharing many of these recipes over the next couple of weeks so make sure you stop back by!) And boy was it worth it! From experience, the biggest key to being successful with this plan is having some basic essentials available throughout the week so in a moment of weakness or desperation you can reach into the fridge and grab a boiled egg or make a chicken salad lettuce wrap and survive until the next meal. For me, leftovers are also key for both breakfast and lunch. One of my favorite breakfast meals now is leftover veggies from dinner the night before with a fried egg on top. And – it is quite funny – I have become the girl who cannot live without leftovers. If you would have met me three or four years ago, I would have told you I hated leftovers, but now I cannot live without them. So, onto what we ate this week.

Our first day of Whole30 was talked about here, so this posts starts with day 2 and covers day 2-8. Here is our recap of Whole30 Week 1.

 Day 2:

Breakfast – Bacon, two backyard-fresh-eggs scrambled with onions and parsley and blackberries

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Snack – Banana and fig

Lunch – Missed it! Whoops! *see below

Dinner – Stuffed acorn squash – Acorn squash roasted with olive oil and salt and pepper. It was then stuffed with a shaved Brussels sprouts hash consisting of grass feed ground beef, chicken sausage, red peppers, onions, calamata olives, salt, fresh cracked pepper, thyme and oregano.

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*I had a horrible headache around and after dinner. I drank water all day but I do not think I had enough to eat. This was the only day during the week this happened so I think it might have been because I accidentally skipped lunch.

 

Day 3:

Breakfast – Chicken sausage, scrambled eggs with onions and peppers and blackberries

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Lunch – Three Romaine lettuce pork tacos with bacon, apple, pickles and thinly sliced onions

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Snack – Lemon Lara bar

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Dinner – New York Strip Steak seasoned with salt and pepper, ½ sweet potato and asparagus

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Day 4:

Breakfast – Fried backyard-fresh-egg over leftover broccoli and cubed sweet potato with blackberries

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Snack – Apple

Lunch – Leftover acorn squash

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Snack – Apple Pie Lara bar and apple

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Dinner – Seared pork chops with cauliflower rice, mushrooms and collard greens

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Day 5:

Breakfast – Leftover veggies (mushrooms and cauliflower rice) and fried backyard-fresh-egg with blackberries

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Snack – Almonds and dried figs

Lunch – Leftover seared pork chops with cauliflower rice, mushrooms and blackberries

Dinner – Ground beef breakfast casserole with eggs, red peppers, onions, spinach and green onions with half an avocado on the side

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Day 6:

Breakfast – Ground beef breakfast casserole with eggs, red peppers, onions, spinach and green onions with half an avocado on the side and strawberries

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Snack – Hard boiled backyard-fresh-egg

Lunch – Two romaine lettuce wrap boats with curry chicken salad and pickles

Snack – Apple

Dinner – Marinated pork tenderloin, sweet potatoes and collard greens

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Day 7:

Breakfast – Today I tried something new. For years my husband has made stock from a variety of leftover bones after we cook. Last weekend he made turkey stock and I had a cup of warm turkey stock that many people call bone broth. It was so good and warmed me up from the inside on a VERY cold morning and I was quite surprised how filing it was. Definitely interested in doing this more.

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Lunch – Curry Chicken salad with an apple

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Snack – Almonds and a hard boiled backyard-fresh-egg

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Dinner – Leftover steak and pork tenderloin topped on a wonderful salad full of a variety of veggies and cashews. Chris made a homemade dressing from our homemade mayo, avocado and mustard. It was an amazing salad and I would eat it on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I was so focused on the salad and how good it was I forgot to get a picture.

Day 8:

Breakfast – In a hurry this morning so I grabbed a Lara bar and a boiled egg. I am finding that if I have a little protein even for a snack, I am good for a couple hours and not hungry again until the next meal.

Lunch – Curry chicken salad with a boiled egg and a pickle.

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Snack – Apple

Dinner – Skirt steak with dressed arugula side salad with cooked onions and red peppers. This was a really great dinner.

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So that is the recap of Whole30 Week 1. All of the pictures above were taken on my iPhone and in real time so you can see how we have made Whole30 work for our family both at home and work. This was a quick run-down of what we ate last week but Chris is writing up the recipes that we will share over the next few weeks. Have you started Whole30 recently? Is it your first time or are you doing it again? Do you have any secrets to share? One thing I have really enjoyed about this experience in addition to feeling good is the Whole30 community and all the recipes and inspiration that is shared. Feel free to ask us questions or let us know what is working for you. I love to get feedback and hear about other people’s experience.

 

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