Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Whole30: Week 2 Update

Hey guys - sorry I've been a little MIA lately. With the holiday weekend, I took some time away to disconnect a little and spend time with Chris. He has been traveling so much lately, so it was nice to have the weekend together! Anyway, I'm back with another Whole30 update! I am currently on day 17 - more than halfway there!! Here's my thoughts on week 2:

How I am feeling: Days 10 and 11 are known to be the hardest (via Whole30 book), and I definitely felt that way. I was over cooking at that point and just kind of in a rut. I didn't feel bad or anything... just blah, I guess. It was the first time I was really wanting a glass of wine (I love to have a glass and listen to music while I's like my therapy, haha!), so that made those few days a little tough.

But I got through it and just as the book describes... I now have "tiger blood!" This is by far the best stage. I am feeling GREAT! I feel 100 times better! I haven't had a headache since the first week and no stomach issues at all. What I've noticed the most though is my skin!! It is seriously the clearest its ever been and just glowing!

What I ate: Throughout this process, I've learned that I cannot make three different recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. Nope. No way. That's just too much cooking and too many recipes to follow. So for breakfast this week we ate hard boiled eggs, a banana with almond butter, and sliced avocado. It was nice to take a break from cooking breakfast this week! 

For lunch, I kept it simple by making us Greek salads with chicken or chicken salad with Whole30 approved mayo.

For dinners I made a batch of grain free Italian meatballs to serve over spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles with an approved marinara sauce I found at WholeFoods. To use all our veggies up for the week, I made a "veggie hash" one night with potatoes and served it along side grilled chicken - simple and easy! I also made a delicious pot roast found in the Whole30 book.

Weekly tip: Over the weekend, I shared on snap (username: annaleewhite) that Chris and I went on a date night, and I got tons of questions about how I tackle eating out while on Whole30. While it isn't easy to eat out, it's definitely possible.... if you do your research and are willing to ask questions. 

Our go-to when eating out on Whole30 is Mexican because fajitas are a great option! I called around to several places and asked what they cook their fajita mixture in and if it is pre-marinated. Most places cook the mixture in canola oil (which is acceptable while eating out). 

If for some reason it's cooked in something else, just ask them to cook it in canola or olive oil. If the mixture is pre-marinated in something, ask them if you can have meat that has not been marinated. Once you get those two things worked out, you can enjoy the yummy, sizzling mixture! Add a little guacamole and salsa (make sure there is no sugar added) on top and you're good to go!

Weekly trick: 
No time to make your own mayonnaise, ketchup, and dressings? Don't!! During my first Whole30 last spring, I tried to make my own batch every week and it was exhausting. That was before I discovered Primal Kitchen Whole30 Kit and Tessemae's All Natural Whole30 Pack!!

I cannot tell you what a game changer they are! I absolutely love Primal Kitchen's Greek Dressing! It's so yummy and so nice not to have to worry about making my own dressing for salads for each week. Having approved Whole30 ketchup is also a lifesaver. I don't know about you, but I think ketchup makes everything better! I have it with my baked "fries" and on my hamburgers! If I can't have the bun, I at least want the ketchup.

Let me know if you try any of these products out! It's definitely my trick to making Whole30 possible. I have to have my condiments!

Favorite Recipes: Sweet Potato ChiliCauliflower Rice Bowl, and Bacon and Kale Sweet Potato Hash.

I've loved chatting with you guys about Whole30, and I love that some of you have decided to try it out!! I think it is well worth it in the end. Let me know how you're doing so far, and as always, I'm here if you need anything at all! Thanks for reading!

PS. Why Whole30? and Whole30 Week 1 Update