What I Ate-Whole 30

I realize that there are a ton of Whole 30 recipes on pinterest  but I love reading a typical day from a person that is actively doing a certain diet.  This way I get a true picture of what to expect.

First, let it be known,  I am not a great cook.  I am not being self-deprecating.  It’s true.   I can throw together a quick meal but I don’t do fancy. This was one of my big concerns when considering Whole 30.

I hit the grocery store, list in hand, with no real agenda for meals.  Prior to starting, I had been eating hot sausage and snap peas for lunch every day so I stocked up on that.  I also grabbed a ton of fruits, vegetables, lean turkey and salmon.

Here is a typical day for me.

Breakfast- coffee with splash of unsweetened coconut milk.  I microwaved a sweet potato for 4 min to soften it up a bit and then cubed it.  Next, I cooked it in a skillet with some coconut oil. After it cooked for awhile, I fried 2 eggs over medium in the same skillet.   The combo of dippy eggs and sweet potato was amazing! Didn’t even miss the toast.

Had a early afternoon snack of watermelon.

Lunch-I cooked some fresh spinach in a tiny bit of coconut oil and added some grilled chicken and red/yellow peppers to the pan.  This wasn’t my favorite meal.  I was not crazy about the spinach but it did the job.

After a trip to the farmers market I had an apple with some almond butter.

Dinner- 1/2 filet of grilled salmon and 7 medium grilled shrimp.  I also fried some plantains in (you guessed it) coconut oil.

Now I am snacking on some honeydew melon and a few grapes.

Later I will have a cup of peppermint tea with nothing in it.

All in all, I am excited that I have tried/cooked some new things.  I have always wanted to try plantains and now I can say I have.

****After reading the forum, I realized I am not supposed to be snacking throughout the day but I am going to eat when I am hungry.  Take that Whole 30!

 

 

 

 

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Whole 30 and Running

I began Whole 30 11 days ago! If you aren’t familiar with Whole 30 check out my last post. This week, I thought I would talk about how Whole 30 has affected my running.

The day I started Whole 30 was a Wednesday, so per usual, I headed to the gym after work to run.

I had a softball game later that night but was hoping to get my full run in.

Quick aside- I HAVE to chew gum when I run. It helps keep my mouth moist and it’s a habit that I have never been able to break, even through jaw issues and braces.  The problem is I can’t have xylitol on Whole 30.

I started my run sans gum and didn’t feel too bad.

Fast forward to mile 3 and I was dying. I mean exhausted. So much so that I had to call it a day.

Would you believe that I attributed it to the lack of gum?!! I figured I would  just try again tomorrow.

And so I did. With almost the same result. I made it an agonizing 4.50 miles.

Then it dawned on me- ummm no carbs=no running fuel!

I went on the whole 30 forum and typed in running fatigue.

Here’s just one example-
The term “carb flu” was a new one to me but trust me, it is a real thing!  I am achy all over and have major leg fatigue etc.

Most people suggested that the running fatigue improved around day 14 and that incorporating more sweet potatoes and eating more starchy veggies (squash, zucchini, beets) would help.

Plus, I do  body pump about 2x/week and while I feel fine during the class, my legs are shot for days after!!

All in all, I have been able to get my running distance/week in, but my speed has taken a major hit!

I so wanted to use this as an excuse to quit,  but I just can’t give in after making a commitment  to myself.  I am just hoping that things improve.

Here’s to day 14!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whole 30

As you know (because I keep talking about it), I will be the big 4-0 in a little over 2 months!!!

I will be heading out to Vegas to celebrate, which has me psyched.  Planning a trip is the way to go for birthdays, I swear.  This trip has taken all of the “dread” about turning 40 away!

With this being said, I still want to look my absolute best!

Which brings me to my next point.

I  think I work out pretty often (for me) and because I do, I don’t always make the best food choices! I eat dessert pretty much every night and takeout happens quite often.

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As a result of this, I have gained a few pounds.

In an effort to reset and, hopefully, lose those pounds, I am doing Whole 30.

Rather than go on and on, I will just give you the quick rundown on Whole 30.  You eat mostly proteins, vegetables (except corn) and fruits.  No sugar or artificial sweetener, no milk products and no bread or grains of any kind.

I started Whole 30 on Wednesday and thought I would talk a little about how it has been going.

Day one- I woke up today feeling both apprehensive (mostly about my coffee) and optimistic (Give me a plan, I can stick to it).  I put 2 equal and sugar-free French vanilla in my coffee. It really was a source of anxiety for me!

I put coconut milk (no sugar) in my coffee and it was ok. After that, I thought, “Ok, I can do this.”

Since then I would say the weekdays are quite manageable.  It’s the weekends that are hard.

I went to the Lotus Festival yesterday and much of the fare was burgers and fries.  We went out to eat after and I had a grilled chicken salad w/ oil and vinegar.  Bill had dessert which I was dying to eat but didn’t.

Most difficult- drinking coffee black and no diet coke! No carbs, which has affected my running performance.  More on that later.  Meal prepping is a bear.  Finding foods without sugar can be so challenging.

Easiest-starting Whole 30 in the summer.  I have been eating so much watermelon!!! Thankfully I love fruits and vegetables and they are so fresh this time of year.

That is all for now.  I will be back to talk about how Whole 30 has affected my running.