Low Carb Catch Up

I’m a little behind in posting (I’m currently on Day 10), so this day will be 3 days worth of posts all in one. Enjoy!

Breakfast:

Iced Coffee, eggs and sausage

Lunch:

Chipotle chicken salad w/ no rice or beans, chicken with some creamy tomato sauce

Dinner:

Rotisserie chicken with salad, pasta-less spaghetti sauce with lots of meat, curry spiced chicken and green beans

 

Snack:

Pecans dipped in cream cheese is SO good!

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Low Carb Day 6

Breakfast:

Eggs, sausage, greens and coffee

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Lunch:

Ground beef, onions and greens with some of this Bertolli Four Cheese Rosa sauce, realllllly good!

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Dinner:

Pot Roast with salad – everyone else had potatoes and rice with theirs but I was good!

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Dessert:

I had one of these with some peanut butter, such a tasty treat!

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Whole30 Day 2

Today was more of a low carb day since I did have a little dairy, let’s see how it went! 🙂

Breakfast:

Eggs with sausage, onions and brussel sprouts with coffee – big cup since baby woke up at 4:30am!

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Lunch:

Random veggies and some sausage, using up what’s left in the fridge and yes, there is corn which is not whole30*

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Dinner:

A terrible picture but I had meatballs with a creamy marinara sauce* (jarred marinara with heavy cream added which is not whole30 but you could easily use coconut milk instead) and salad on the side with cheese* and ranch*. You can make a whole30 ranch easily but I was lazy and did not…

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I also had a spoonful on PB* between lunch and dinner, I was SO hungry! Another good day and the bloat is going away cause I’m down two pounds! I’ve also been drinking tons of water, about a gallon a day mostly from being so thirsty breastfeeding but also trying to help my body clear out the junk.

*Just a little disclaimer: I’ve done enough whole30s to know what works for me and what doesn’t. So this time around I’m doing it a little different. I guess it’s not technically a whole30 but most of these meals/days will be strictly whole30. The number one thing that makes it difficult for me to lose weight and keeps me bloated is carbs/sugar – mainly refined. So I will definitely be avoiding those. I will be having a little dairy here and there throughout these 30 days (hopefully longer) so please DO NOT follow me as an example for whole30 if you are new to this. Definitely visit their website and get well acquainted with the guidelines! I am also breastfeeding so I will be having snacks if I’m hungry or need the extra calories.

June Whole30 Days 1-5

Hey guys! It’s been awhile since I’ve been here, but I’m back! Get ready for picture overload, people ALWAYS ask what I eat when I’m doing a Whole30 and the answer is a lot! So I’ve taken a lot of pictures of the things I eat. I don’t do a lot of prep, mostly I make a simple breakfast, simple lunch and dinner is where I spend most of my time. I have to be up for work at 5am everyday and the last thing I want to do that early in the morning is COOK. So I make sure my breakfasts are ready the night before. They usually consist of sausage (I make a whole bunch at once and it lasts all week), some sweet potatoes (which again are roasted all at the same time), and some fruit. With my breakfast I usually have green tea and coffee occasionally.

Lunch is usually leftover dinner, but this week I made Paleomg’s Pizza Spaghetti Pie and we had that for lunch. OMG, it’s soooooooooo good! I could probably eat it every day!

Anyways, here are all my pictures of food! (Sorry in advance for the really bad picture quality!)

 

Bacon wrapped dates – these are addicting! (Snack or even breakfast)

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La Croix – Most delicious sparkling water

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Rotisserie chicken with sweet potatoes and asparagus (dinner)IMG_20140605_203340

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Pork sausage, sweet potatoes and a banana (breakfast)IMG_20140605_062848

Pan fried chicken topped with basil mayo and roasted sweet potatoes (Dinner)IMG_20140604_200031

Beef roast, brussels with bacon, sweet potato (dinner) (leftovers for lunch)IMG_20140603_194140

BBQ at a friends house – chicken, pineapple and veggies all cooked on the grillIMG_20140602_202208

Pizza Spaghetti Pie (lunch for the week)IMG_20140601_212226

Raw green beans, carrots, iced green tea and lots of water (snacks)IMG_20140527_120900

Bunless sliders with guacamole, brussels, pickles, tomatoes and cucumber (dinner or lunch)IMG_20140514_192759

Spicy smoked sausage, salad with avocado, tomato, salami and vinaigrette (dinner or lunch) IMG_20140513_195123

Roasted sweet potatoes (a staple, for anytime!)IMG_20140512_183900

August Whole30!

There is an official Whole30 starting August 1st and I am, of course, doing it! It will end right before my birthday (Sept 3rd) and I’m looking forward to wearing a super cute shirt I wore 2 years ago on my birthday when I got engaged! I haven’t been able to wear that shirt since then, it’s always been a little snug so that is my goal and I know I’ll do it! I would encourage you all to give it a try. Nothing bad can come from it, I promise!

Instead of me sharing all the info with you, I think it’s better if you just head on over and read the official blog, that way I don’t accidentally misinform anyone of anything.

Get Ready, Get Set, August Whole30

They also offer a lot of awesome resources, they have a forum page where you can go and ask questions and they will actually give you the right answers, their moderators are awesome and usually respond pretty quickly to anything you ask! They also have a whole30 food shopping list so that you know exactly what to buy and what not to buy. They pretty much set you up for success! I’ll admit that’s it’s not easy, the first few days/week is super hard, but if you can make it past that, then you will start to feel pretty amazing!

Pan Seared Chicken Tenders (Recipe)

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Here is my new favorite way to cook chicken, it pretty much guarantees a tender juicy chicken. I’ve always had a problem getting chicken to be moist but I’ve discovered a new way to do it and it’s never turned out bad so far!

-Heat some olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat

-Once the oil is hot, add the chicken and season with salt and pepper

-Once the chicken is lightly browned on the bottom and opaque about half way up, it’s ready to flip. Keep on eye on it, if it’s getting to brown turn the heat down a bit

-Once you’ve flipped your chicken, season that side with salt and pepper and add in one medium sized thinly sliced onion and let it caramelize

– If the bottom of the pan is getting a little brown, add a splash of broth or water to loosen up the crispy bits. This will add tons of flavor throughout!

I’ve always been successful cooking chicken this way!

Whole30 Update and I Need Help!

I was supposed to start my third whole30 the beginning of May, well that didn’t happen! I’ve started and stopped and restarted twice since then. I just couldn’t get into it and I wasn’t feeling motivated. I think I’ve finally become motivated, I started again on the 13th and have been going strong since then! BUT, I’m not doing good on my food choices, I’ve been eating mostly meat and eggs and not much veggies or fruits. I am just getting sick of eating so many veggies! Asparagus, peppers, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, spinach, chard, collards… None of it sounds good to me, so help me out and send me some yummy recipes! I usually just roast the veggies or eat them raw so that’s probably my problem. I do occasionally make a smoothie and put a lot of greens into it and that helps sometimes but smoothies are not really encouraged on the whole30, they prefer for you to “eat” your nutrients rather than “drink” them.

Whole30 FAIL – 3rd Time is NOT a Charm!

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This is how I feel

I started my 3rd whole30 on May 2nd and I think I stuck to it that first day and that’s about it. I thought for sure it would be super easy this time since I’ve done it a couple times before, but this time I’m really struggling and I just don’t feel motivated. These past few weeks have been really hard, a lot has happened and I was under a tremendous amount of stress. Now that things seem to be leveling out a little, I still just can’t seem to get into it. I want to do it but it’s just not working out.

I need help and motivation!!!

Whole30 for a Third Time!

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I’m getting ready to start my 3rd whole30 on May 1st. I’ve had so much success with these the past two times that doing it a third time is a no brainer! It will help me to reach my weight goal and my goal of optimal health. And I just feel a hundred times better when I’m eating whole, unprocessed foods. Life is busy, especially when running your own business! (If you live in SW Washington/Portland OR area, check us out – PC Rescue Wiz). So, we need to be at the top of our game and eating whole, natural and unprocessed foods helps us do that.

Lately, a lot of my friends and family and blogging friends have started their first (or second) Whole30 and are a week or few weeks in and seeing amazing results. What I love about the Whole30 is that it’s not a gimmick, it doesn’t contain or promote any diet supplements, drinks or pills. All you need to do is eat tons of fresh veggies, fruits, some nuts, seeds and protein! It’s so simple to do and it’s free. All you pay for is your groceries which you already need to buy anyways.

If anyone is interested in trying it out or just wants more info, their website is a great resource. They have forums, blogs and tons of tips. I have gone on there quite a bit for info and have always found what I was looking for. They also provide you with a shopping list of all the foods approved on the Whole30.

30 Day Squat Challenge!

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I’ve seen the 30 day plank challenge going around and then I saw this – 30 day squat challenge! Since we’ve targeted our core, why not now target our rear end?! I’m sure everyone would love a better looking butt right? This looks hard (for me) because the most squats I’ve ever done at one time is 30, so starting at 50 might be a little tough. But I’m willing to try it out. I think this can be customized pretty easily, just start at whatever number you want – 10, 20, 30, 80 and add 5 the next day or 10 or however many the chart says to add.

I’m starting tonight, who’s doing it with me?!