I CAN’T STOP EATING GOOD FOOD! MEAL PLAN AND LINKS BELOW!

So my Whole 30 is over, and I admit I went CRAZY on Friday Oct. 31. I ate a smash burger and fries for lunch, and dinner basically consisted of miniature candy bars with one garlic sausage link. I ended up with the worst headache ever the next day. I believe my brain was reacting to the sugar, but it could have been allergies 😉
Given how I felt when I woke up the next morning and took my first painful step I am committed now more than ever to continue fueling my body with high quality meals that are free from sugar and grain. I went to a pizza place with my family on Saturday for lunch and I ordered a salad with shrimp because my head was throbbing and I didn’t want to tempt fate with more grain, but the salad did have some amazing buffalo mozzarella. I am fairly sure that I can tolerate dairy in small amounts, so if I am at a restaurant I will enjoy some on a salad if it is there, but I don’t intend to bring it into my kitchen. The best part is that I wasn’t even tempted to try the focaccia bread on the table or to have a slice of pizza I knew it wouldn’t taste as good as my salad with the grilled shrimp, olives, artichoke hearts and olive oil. Once you wean yourself from being dependent on grain you will recognize how little flavor it actually has, and GASP you will choose salad over pizza… how is that even possible?
I am anxious to see how I can integrate some treat choices back into my life and how they make me feel. I know I overdid it on Halloween, but the headache hangover that accompanied my choices rivaled that of my college binge drinking hangovers, so my 40 year old self has decided that feeling good may just be better than the junk that I once craved. I will test this theory next Sunday at Wurstfest where there will be a cream horn with my name on it! I am CHOOSING to have a sugar treat because Wurstfest is once a year and I can only get those cream horns there SOOOO yep… that to me is a special occasion. This week I have made my menu and I am heading to the store to stock up on my good eats not for weight loss, not for this blog, not for any other reason other than I like waking up and not feeling tired, sick, and sluggish.
Enjoy the menu below and SPARKLE ON Y’ALL!

MENU
Breakfast
Sun.- eggs and bacon and grapes and canned coconut milk with coffee
Mon.- eggs and bacon and coffee with coconut milk
Tues.- eggs and berries and coffee with coconut milk
Wed.- beet belly dance salad with apple chicken sausage
Thurs.- beet belly dance salad with apple chicken sausage
Fri.- eggs and broccoli salad with PG tips tea
Sat.- eggs and bacon and apple slices and canned coconut milk and coffee

Lunch-
Sun. – chicken apple sausage and broccoli slaw and plantain chips
Mon. – Turkey burger with broccoli slaw and plantain chips
Tues.- Turkey burger patty beet belly dance salad
http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2010/05/27/belly-dance-beet-salad/
Wed.- Turkey burger patty beet belly dance salad
Thurs. -Turkey burger patty broccoli salad
http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2010/12/13/suddenly-im-in-the-mood-for-broccoli/
Friday – leftover pork ternderloin with broccoli salad
Sat. – leftover pork tenderloin with broccoli salad

Dinner
Sun. – Baked fish with lemon basil pesto and grilled asparagus
http://www.perrysplate.com/2014/03/baked-fish-lemon-basil-pesto-two-sides.html

Mon.- jerk chicken with roasted green beans
Jerk seasoning: http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2014/11/01/jerk-seasoning/
Recipe: Cut chicken breasts in half and pound them. Rub in some jerk (use recipe above for no sugar jerk seasoning) and squeeze some sliced pineapple (you can use canned in juice) on the chicken. Leave for an hour to marinate. Broil in the oven in a shallow pan, together with pineapple chunks, 6 mins per side (until the temp is 165). Don’t overcook!

Tues. – macadamia crusted chicken with roasted green beans COMPLIANT NOTE: NO PANKO CRUMBS INSTEAD I USE SHREDDED COCONUT AND USE FULL FAT COCONUT MILK
http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/meal-ideas/10-healthy-nut-recipes/slide/6

Wed. – cashew chicken with steamed broccoli COMPLIANT NOTE: ( use arrowroot flour and coconut aminos for soy to make It compliant instead of vegetable oil use sesame oil)
http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2011/05/spicy-ginger-cashew-chicken.html

Thurs. – garlic balsamic pork tenderloin- with grilled veggie kabobs
http://tideandthyme.com/garlic-balsamic-crusted-pork-tenderloin/

Friday – best grilled chicken ever with leftover veggie kabobs
http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2009/06/09/the-best-chicken-you-will-ever-eat-ever/

Sat. – chili
http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2009/02/22/my-favorite-chili-recipe/

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HOLY SCALE-FIE BATMAN! THAT’S 1O LBS. AND 14 INCHES GONE IN 30 DAYS!

THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE!!! I cannot believe the results by the numbers. I am even more excited by my size in jeans. I was a solid 10 with 8s being a little snug and now I am in a 6!!! I can wear my 16 year old daughters skinny jeans! The best part is I feel amazing! I have not changed my workouts at all, so it really is all about the food! For those of you on the journey IT IS SOOOO WORTH IT! JUST KEEP GOING!

MEASUREMENTS:
OCT 1: Left arm 13 inches- OCT 31: 12 inches

OCT 1: Right arm 13 1/4 inches- OCT 31: 12 inches

OCT 1: Left upper thigh 25 inches OCT 31- 23.5inches

OCT 1: Left quad 20 inches -OCT 31: 19 inches

OCT 1: Right upper thigh: 25 inches OCT 31: – 23.5 inches

OCT 1: Right quad: 20 3/4 inches- OCT 31: 19.5 inches

OCT 1: Chest 34 1/2 inches- OCT 31: 32 3/4 inches

OCT 1: Belly button 34 3/4- OCT 31: 33 inches

OCT 1: Hip 42 inches- OCT 31: 40 inches

Days 29&30: THE END IS JUST THE BEGINNING!

Today is the last day of my Whole 30 Journey! I have learned a lot about my very unhealthy relationship with food. I have been focused and disciplined with every bite and that has me very nervous for Day 31 which is Halloween and there will be some chocolate in my meal plan 😉 I know that I am forever changed because of the way I feel without sugar and grain, so it is my plan to be a paleo eater and to avoid sugar most of the time, but allowing a treat on an actual special occasion. I think the biggest surprise for me in this process has been the way my mind plays tricks on me with regard to food cravings. I have thought about food more than I have actually WANTED it. With a pantry full of chocolate and very easy access I have not chosen to give in and eat any, and yet I have THOUGHT about it. Before my Whole 30 I would have single handedly eaten a bag of bite size snickers if they were in the house, so that my friends is a big victory. I feel great and I am excited to get on the scale, snap some pics, and do my measurements tomorrow.

Day 29:
My Workout: Zumba
My Plate:
Porridge
apple and packet of almond butter ( I felt queasy all day so this was all I wanted)
Best Grilled Chicken Ever with grilled cauliflower

Day 30:
My Workout: Zumba
My Plate:
2 eggs 2 strips of bacon a banana and a packet of almond butter with green tea
spaghetti squash with chicken sausage ragu
Tarragon Chicken

Days 27&28: CALL ME GOLDILOCKS BECAUSE THIS PORRIDGE IS JUST RIGHT!!!

I LOVE a new recipe, and I super love when it is a breakfast recipe. I tried this porridge recipe and it is AH-MAZING! I added coconut shreds and raisins to the top and my taste buds were singing! I highly recommend you give it a try. I used to eat steel cut oatmeal everyday, so having a warm bowl of sweet deliciousness for breakfast rocks my world! This journey is almost over and my breakfast will make for a sweet ending!
http://againstallgrain.com/2013/01/04/banana-nut-porridge/

DAY 27:
My Workout: Cycle class
My Plate:
2 eggs 3 strips of bacon coffee with canned coconut milk
Leftover balsamic chicken and grilled eggplant with an apple and half a packet of almond butter
zesty basil lemon butter sauce on baked cod with grilled asparagus

Day 28:
My Workout: BODYPUMP
My Plate:
PORRIDGE!!!
Turkey burger patty with grilled asparagus and apple with packet of almond butter
Chicken Sausage Ragu with zucchini pasta

ME WANT COOKIES!!! IT IS DAY 26 AND I AM A CRAVING MACHINE!

I have had a pretty easy Whole 30 so far, but as the end draws near I am seriously craving sugar? WHY???!!! WHY???!!!! WHY???!!! I think the main reason is mental, but I am wondering if it could also be that I am not eating enough carbs. There is a ton of Halloween candy in my orbit, so it is possible that my brain is wanting to light up like a Christmas Tree ( check out the documentary Fed Up to see how the brain reacts to sugar… it is crazy) when I see that sweet candy, but tonight it is a challenge for me to sip my cinnamon tea and not tear apart some miniature chocolate bars.
Just when you think you have it all figured out and you are on track to your fittest most well self you remember… it really is all about the food! I know that one mini bar wouldn’t kill me, but I also know that 1 mini bar would turn into 22. I am being true to my Whole 30 and that is my willpower. I am fearful of reverting back to my binge sugar eating and hopeful to find balance when this process is complete.
I just wanted to put this post out there to you all because this whole 30 truly is a journey, so we all have to be ready for the ups and downs even when we think we have it licked… speaking of licked.. ice cream… yum yum yum!
I HAVE 4 DAYS TO GO! Stay tuned for how I will use my Whole 30 knowledge to eat for wellness. I plan to avoid sugar and grains, but I will have some choice/treat meals in my future.

Days 24 & 25: IT’S THE FREAKIN WEEKEND! NEXT WEEK’S PLAN IS IN PLACE!

Do you find that weekends are your biggest challenge on the Whole 30? I do… it is an out of my daily routine time filled with potential food land mines. Just today I watched my husband and kiddos enjoy funnel cake at a carnival. I actually did not want even a taste of that fried dough sprinkled with powdered sugar. Being Whole 30 has been a life changer. I know there will be days when I enjoy fair food and that I will not stay Whole 365, but being at a fair with the family and not pigging out on fair food has been an out of this world experience for me. I didn’t feel deprived at all I just simply didn’t want any. That being said weekends can be full of potential pitfalls, so to stay strong I use it as my planning time. I search for new recipes or I find activities to keep me busy. This is my last weekend and I am so close to the finish line I have no desire to de-rail my 30 now! I have listed my menu for the week below and also listed my meals and workouts for days 24-25 enjoy and SPARKLE ON Y’ALL!

Day 24:
My Workout: cycle class
My Plate:
apple chicken sausage and apple coffee with coconut milk
Pulled pork leftover and roasted green beans
grilled garlic sausage and grilled veggie mix of mushrooms, onion, red bell pepper, zucchini and squash

Day 25:
My Workout: BODYPUMP class
My Plate:
3 strips of bacon and 2 fried eggs with a banana and coffee with canned coconut milk
leftover pulled pork and roasted green beans
leftover garlic sausage and grilled veggie mix

NEXT WEEKS MENU
Breakfast
Sun.- eggs and bacon and canned coconut milk with coffee
Mon.- Banana nut Porridge 2 hard boiled eggs

http://againstallgrain.com/2013/01/04/banana-nut-porridge/
Tues.- banana nut porridge 2 hard boiled eggs- earl grey tea
Wed.- banana nut porridge- 3 strips bacon- earl grey tea
Thurs.- banana nut porridge – 3 strips bacon- earl grey tea
Fri.- eggs and bacon, apple slices, and canned coconut milk and coffee
Sat.- eggs and bacon and apple slices and canned coconut milk and coffee

Lunch-
Sun. – Leftover pulled pork and roasted Green beans
Mon. – Turkey burger patty with broccoli slaw- BUY BAG OD BROCCOLI SLAW AND THEN USE RECIPE BELOW TO MAKE MAYO. I LIKE TO ADD CILANTRO OR OTHER HERBS TO MY HOMEMADE MAYO TO MAKE MY SLAW AMAZING!
http://www.paleofondue.com/2013/07/09/paleo-mayonnaise/
Tues.- Turkey Burger patty with broccoli slaw
Wed.- Ragu and spaghetti squash
Thurs. – Ragu and spaghetti squash
Friday – ragu and spaghetti squash
Sat. – ragu and roasted veggies

Dinner

Sun. – balsamic chicken with roasted cauliflower
http://www.biasrichandsweetkitchen.com/2012/06/balsamic-marinated-grilled-chicken.html

Mon.- Basil butter mahi mahi with roasted eggplant with balsamic vinegar dressing drizzle MAKE IT COMPLIANT NOTE! USE GHEE IN PLACE OF BUTTER!
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/seared-mahi-mahi-with-zesty-basil-butter-recipe.html?soc=sharingpinterest

Tues. – Chicken Sausage Ragu- zuchini noodles – NOTE-I only use a cup or a little more of the chicken stock. The amount listed in the recipe will make it super runny, so I just add all ingredients to the crock pot and then pour in the stock stopping at the consistency we prefer.
http://forthemommas.com/cooking/slow-cooker-chicken-sausage-ragu-recipe

Wed. – Best Grilled Chicken ever- grilled asparagus
http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2009/06/09/the-best-chicken-you-will-ever-eat-ever/

Thurs. – Tarragon Chicken and grilled veggies
http://www.paleofondue.com/2014/02/18/tarragon-mustard-chicken/

Friday – grilled Sausage and leftover grilled veggies
Sat. – DINNER OUT!

DAYS 22 & 23: I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME…

To track or not to track… that is the question! When wearing my Jawbone UP24 Band I always feel like somebody’s watching me (YES! I am singing that old song as I type this) but in a good way! I love being able to see how I am sleeping, and I am a bit competitive when it comes to hitting my 10,000 steps a day goal. Let me be clear… I AM NOT A PAID ENDORSER, but I am a big fan of my UP band. I have used other trackers before, but this one is my favorite. I entered in all of my food for my Sept. WHOLE 28, but I wasn’t technically counting calories. Being able to SEE how I am FEELING is treat for me, so I thought I would share how much I love my UP Band in case you too are looking to have somebody watch you!
In case you are wondering I did look and see the calorie content of my tracked meals in Sept. they ranged 1300-1900 calories a day.
Day 22:
My Workout: ZUMBA
My Plate:
chicken apple sausage and an apple coffee with canned coconut milk
Leftover pulled pork and beasty sauce with steamed cauliflower and broccoli
Creole Chicken and steamed broccoli- SUBSTITUTED Paprika for the Saffron in the recipe
http://andrewzimmern.com/2014/04/24/paleo-hack-creole-chicken-coconut-plantation-cauliflower-rice/

DAY 23:
My Workout: Zumba and Cycle class
My Plate:
Chicken apple sausage and grapes with strawberries and blackberries and almonds
Leftover Pulled pork and beasty sauce with roasted green beans
Best Chicken Ever with roasted green beans
http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2009/06/09/the-best-chicken-you-will-ever-eat-ever/