Whole30 Wrap Up

I’m officially done with the Whole30! And I’m soooo glad haha! But, I’m still doing it. Confusing huh. I love the Whole30 way of eating, I love how it makes me feel and I love that I can lose weight on it. But, I don’t like how it’s so restrictive. It’s important for people doing it for the first and second times but I know my body and I know what I can and can’t tolerate. So, I’ll continue eating Whole30 but with the occasional treat and piece of cheese.

Here are my recent meals:

 

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Sausage with Cilantro Coleslaw

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Cauliflower Rice with Taco Seasoned Chicken and Fresh Pico De Gallo

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Bacon Ranch Chicken Poppers and Brussel Sprouts

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Eggs with Ssausage, Fresh Pico De Gallo and Cheese (!!) – I Ate This on Day 31 for Breakfast

 

So, I actually quit my Whole30 early on  Day 28 and had some pizza. I did go back to Whole30 for Days 29 and 30 and have stayed about 70% Whole30 since it officially ended. I want to do better though. I just know how great I feel when doing it my best and I want to feel good like that again.

I lost 12 pounds total on my Whole30 which I am really happy about! I haven’t gained any of it back but haven’t lost anymore either. I have kept up with my exercise but not Intermittent Fasting. So, I just need to get back to doing what I know works.

 

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Whole30 Days 17-25

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Meatballs, crispy potatoes and broccoli

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Father’s Day! I cooked steak, smashed red potatoes and collard greens with bacon and garlic

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Thai chicken pineapple cauliflower rice

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Crispy chicken thighs with a mushroom sauce and broccoli

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Bunless burger topped with mayo/mustard and some cilantro slaw

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No bread/cheese “breakfast sandwich”

 

I’m almost done with this Whole30!! Yay! I really have no intention of not continuing eating this way but I think it’s the strictness of it that is starting to bother me. I want to be able to enjoy a little treat every now and then.

But I will say that I am feeling pretty amazing! Doing this Whole30 combined with intermittent fasting and doing my workouts while fasting has been soooo good!

All that being said, I’m looking forward to my pizza on Saturday and enjoying the weekend without tons of restrictions and then hopping back into it on Monday. I’m pretty sure my plan going forward is going to be low carb, dairy free and sugar free with the exception of stevia in my coffee and chocolate, of course!

 

Whole30 Days 13-16 & Intermittent Fasting

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Leftover chicken poppers with potatoes, peppers, onions and dairy free ranch

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Sausage with asparagus, mushrooms and onions

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First meal after fasting 19 hrs – eggs scrambled with veggies and sausage

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Chicken Fried Cauliflower Rice with Peanut Sauce (use almond butter in “peanut” sauce for Whole30)

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My Jambalaya recipe without the rice and served over spaghetti squash, I made it a little extra spicy and it was so good with the sweetness from the squash

Things are still going really great on my Whole30! My headache FINALLY went away and  I have been feeling really good, lots of energy and my mood (and patience with my kids) has totally been boosted!

I also started Intermittent Fasting this last week and I really like it! I do my workouts in the morning while fasting and I have seen a huge difference in my body and in how I feel.

I try to fast at least 16 hours but I have gone as long as 19 so far!

I’m on the downhill slope of this Whole30. I was talking with my hubby and we decided once this Whole30 is over and we are going to enjoy a meal of our choice, anything we want and then get right back into it.

Thanks for following along with me so far!

 

Whole30 Days 8-12

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Eggs, sausage and avocado – usual breakfast

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Lunch was a hotdog, some mashed sweet potato with caramalized onions

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Thai chicken meatballs, sweet potato fries

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Eggs with onions and poblano pepper and sausage

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Mashed potatoes with tomato-y pot roast and asparagus

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Poppers with some compliant frozen fries

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Sausage and cabbage beet slaw, there is feta on the slaw – leave off for true Whole30

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Thai Pineapple Chicken Fried Cauliflower Rice – SO GOOD

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Scrambled eggs with veggies and sausage

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Found this to go with my coffee, it is really good. A Whole30 game changer!

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Leftovers for lunch – chicken poppers and pineapple chicken cauli rice with dairy-free ranch

This Whole30 is different than others I’ve done – I still have a headache that comes and goes and I really feel no different than before starting. I have lost weight though and that is the primary reason for doing this.

So, we’ll keep going. It’s actually going pretty fast and I’m proud of myself for sticking with it.

I haven’t had any cravings until the last couple days. I’ve been craving a sweet coffee! Really bad! I’m so tempted to add stevia or splenda to my coffee in the mornings but I  know that would trigger a ton of other cravings so I will stay strong! And I’ve been dreaming about pizza, literally. Which goes right along with the Whole30 timeline!

 

Whole30 Days 5&6

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Iced coffee w/ cashew milk, eggs with bacon and onions, a sausage patty and a mini avocado

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These drinks are SO good!

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Shredded salsa verde chicken with sauteed veggies topped with dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds

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Bunless burgers, half a hot dog and sweet potato fries

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Eggs with bacon and onions, a sausage patty, a little piece of bacon and a mini avocado

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Chicken salad with red onion, shredded carrots, kale, broccoli slaw, dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds and a sparkling water

 

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Hot dog with creamy lemon slaw, crispy potatoes and onions cooked in avocado oil with some mayo/mustard for dipping

 

My Whole30 is going great so far! I’m excited to try some new recipes in the coming weeks! My breakfasts are usually the same everyday and big because I give about half my eggs to my toddler. She gets hers with chocolate milk (lucky!) and that’s about all she eats in the mornings.

I don’t usually have white potatoes when doing a Whole30 but it sounded good so I just had a little bit and they were so good! I like to stick to protein + veggies usually.

I haven’t had any other symptoms, I feel pretty normal I guess.

Excited to keep going! I’m almost done with my first week!

Fat dogs in a blanket

Definitely trying this since I am out of almond flour but I have tons of coconut flour!


Leave it to me to run out of an ingredient.. When I just went to the store yesterday. Hi, my name is lazy keto. Have we met? … Well in good lazy fashion I decided to try coconut flour instead of the normal almond flour that Fat Head pizza crust calls for. Which is what this is made from!! Go ahead.. Say it; shut up! This turned out to be a beautiful success. Even better than I had anticipated them being because I didn’t know how plyable the fat head crust would be when wrapping the hot dogs. I do need to mention though that I did have a small amount of almond flour, but the rest was coconut. It was meant to be!

What you will need:

1 1/2 cup mozzarella

1/4 cup almond flour

1/4 cup and 1 tsp coconut flour

1 egg

2 tbsp cream cheese…

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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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Whole30 Day 1

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.

With all that being said, here was day 1:

Scrambled eggs with sausage, onions and this veggie mix and coffee of course!

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Lunch:

Chicken sausage and slaw with bacon, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries (unsweetened) with a creamy dressing

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Dinner:

Worst picture ever but I almost forgot and took it last minute…steak with a yellow potato, shaved brussel sprouts, onions and bacon

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I also had an apple between lunch and dinner. Day 1 was great! No nasty side effects yet, thank goodness!

Pan Fried Brussel Sprouts

One of the most delicious and popular side dishes out there is also super easy to make!

Brussel sprouts with bacon, WITH BACON. Yum.

First, I start off by crisping up some bacon, whatever amount you want is up to you. I used 3 slices for 2 people, but I should’ve used more!

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While the bacon is crisping up, halve some brussels and dice up an onion into medium/large-ish chunks.

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Once the bacon is crisped to your liking, remove from the pan and place on a paper towel lined plate or bowl. BUT DO NOT REMOVE THE BACON GREASE!

Now add your brussel sprouts and onions to the hot pan and make sure all the sprouts are cut side down. Add bacon back in along with some salt and pepper.

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Fry them up until nice and caramelized. I should’ve let them go longer than this but we were hungry.

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Stir them around a bit after they have caramelized, cook until they are done enough for you, I like them with a bit of a bite. They can go mushy pretty quick so just keep an eye on them.

Enjoy!