Whole30 Week 2

Hello again, friends :-)

I am happy to report to you that as you’re reading this, I’m HALFWAY DONE with my Whole30.  For some reason, I think this second week was harder than my first.  I think that the first week, it’s all still shiny and new, and so even though you’re more tired than you’ve ever been in your life, it’s still exciting and your motivation is pretty high.  The second week however, you start to get kind of bored with the food that you’ve been eating every day, and you realize that you’re still not even halfway done.  Thank goodness that today is Day 15, because from here on out it is at least down hill.

Here’s what my second week looked like:

Breakfasts: As you can see, I’m still not sick of eggs yet, and it’s a good thing too, because eggs are a quick and easy source of protein and good fat to get my body going in the mornings.  I always pair my eggs with a piece of fruit.  This week it was raspberries or a plum.
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I splurged a bit and bought myself a new non-stick pan. When you’re cooking eggs every morning for 30 days straight, I figured it’s a worthwhile investment.  And I was right.  This pan was a real time saver, as it takes about 1/10 of the time to wash as my old pan (which wasn’t quite as non-stick).  I’m still cooking my eggs in coconut oil (actually I’m cooking pretty much everything in coconut oil as I haven’t been able to find Whole30 appropriate ghee yet), because it’s really delicious and it has a totally different flavor than cooking eggs in olive oil (which I was doing previously).

Lunches: For lunch this week I’ve been working my way through the food I prepped last weekend that I talked about in my last post recapping Week 1.  It was either chicken soup with celery sticks and almond butter, or chicken pumpkin chili with roasted Brussels sprouts. The chili was good, but I must admit after eating it for a week straight I’m a little tired of it for the moment. Good thing I froze like half of the batch.
(healthy)Vittles&BitsI did feel better this week than I did the last week in terms of energy. I won’t say I was full of energy and bouncing off the walls (hardly), but at least I could make it through the day without day dreaming of my warm comfy bed and a pile of pillows (and of course my puppy to cuddle up with :-) ).  I even felt good enough to get in a few workouts this week.  Here is a 100 to 10 workout I did on Monday that was pretty intense. I was definitely sore the next day.
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Dinners: Dinner this week was similar to last week – protein, sweet potato, veggie. For my protein, I mostly ate the Turkey Pesto meatballs mentioned in last weeks post (I promise I will put this recipe up before too long).  Sometimes I ate them over zucchini noodles, and sometimes I just ate them on their own, dipped in some homemade Lemon Dill Mayo.  One night I was in the mood for something different, so I made a Paleo version of fish and chips. I just thawed a tilapia fillet I had in the freezer, and then rubbed some olive oil on each side. Then I threw about 1/2 cup of almonds in my magic bullet and ground them up for about 15 seconds to make a “flour” and I patted it onto both sides of the fillet. Then I baked it for about 15 minutes at 400 degrees F (because that’s what temp I was roasting the veggies at during the same time). It was really good, and nice to have something different.  I also used up my leftover spinach by cooking it in coconut oil and then throwing in some slivered almonds. That was tasty. The last photo here is what I ate for dinner last night. One of the things I prepped this weekend was Spicy Tuna Cakes, and I plated them on some iceberg lettuce and topped it off with some lemon dill mayo (second batch was super runny so it worked better as a salad dressing).

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Just like first weekend, I spent this last weekend doing a ludicrous amount of food prep so that I could have tasty morsels to eat all week.  Lucky for me, I checked out Michelle Tam’s blog, Nom Nom Paleo on Friday of this week, and I found about a million and a half amazing looking recipes that I wanted to try.  So, I prioritized which ones I wanted to try first and then hit the grocery store with my list in hand.  Here is a sampling of the things I made:
(healthy)Vittles&BitsThe first photo is some Lemon Dill Deviled Eggs. I just used my Super Simple Deviled Eggs recipe and subbed my homemade lemon dill mayo for the light mayo the recipe calls for. They turned out well, but a little too lemony I think. Next time I’ll only use half a lemon instead of juicing the whole lemon.
Next up is Egg Foo Young-ish from Michelle’s blog.  I must say I’ve never had Egg Foo Young before so I have no idea what it’s supposed to taste like, but this wasn’t my favorite (granted, I also didn’t exactly follow the instructions to the letter…). It will make good, quick breakfasts, but I probably won’t make it again.
The last pic in the top row is Michelle’s Cracklin’ Chicken, and OMG was it good.  I ate a piece right out of the pan because it looked amazing, and it was amazing. No regrets here. I plan to use this in salads for lunches this week.
The bottom left picture is a basic Fritatta, made with broccoli and ground turkey and some onion I had left over.  Tastes great, but man oh man did it stick to that cast iron skillet. I’ll probably bake it in a pie pan or something next time, lol.
The pic in the bottom row, middle is Spicy Tuna Cakes from Nom Nom Paleo. These are FANTASTIC, and I love that you can whip them up with ingredients that you’ve most likely already got on hand.  As you saw earlier in the post, these are gonna be served on a bed of lettuce with some of the lemon dill mayo/dressing.
The last photo is an Orange Poppyseed Vinaigrette dressing I made to go with the chicken salad I’m going to do for lunch. It was a cinch to mix up in the magic bullet, and very flavorful. I’m pretty excited for lunch tomorrow…

And just because it’s adorable….
(healthy)Vittles&BitsWe had a lot of wet, cold, just generally crap-tastic weather this week.  As someone who walks their dog 2-3 times per day, it’s no fun.  In fact, Luna actually hates walking in the rain more than I do, and pretty much refuses to step off the porch.  But, if you put her jacket on her first, she’ll usually at least run 15 feet out into the yard to piddle. How stinkin’ cute is that face!!!

Some things I learned from Week 2…..

1. Even though you’re eating very healthily, it’s still very possible to overeat and make bad choices.  On Tuesday of this past week, I was starving by the time I was home and dinner was cooked, and I ate an entire sweet potato (and it wasn’t a super small sweet potato).  I should’ve just eaten half like I had planned to, but the fries were there and I munched the rest of the them while I was cleaning up.  I then felt super bloated and uncomfortably full for the rest of the evening, which of course made it difficult to fall asleep. I was irritated at myself for this one.

2. Drinking only water and hot tea gets boring – like real, real fast.  Even though I love just plain, cold water, and I also have a bit of an addiction to hot tea (seriously, it’s a problem), I have to admit that I miss my other beverages of choice – Diet Coke and Wine.  Not together, that sounds gross. Separately.  I don’t drink a ton of diet soda, but before starting this crazy adventure I would say I had a diet coke at least once or twice a week.  And I’m certainly not a “big drinker” (or at least I wouldn’t consider myself a “big drinker”), but I must say I really miss my wine.  I love wine.  Red or white – I’m not picky.  I would generally have a least a few glasses on the weekend, but not being able to do this has made me a bit sad :-(  Of course I can go without, but I am looking forward to December 31st, and having that glass of wine to ring in the New Year :-)

One of the things I made this week for something different, was iced tea made using Green Tea Blackberry and Acai (a Lipton tea), and then threw in some frozen blackberries (no sugar added of course).  It was a nice change, and it made me happy to have something sort of “special”.  
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3. Going out to eat is nearly impossible, and sitting at a table drinking plain water while all your co-workers order delicious food and drink is damn near torture.  Our office Christmas party was this last Friday, and of course we went out to dinner and drinks to exchange our secret Santa gifts. Instead of asking a million and one questions of the waitress about how the food was prepared, and what oil everything is cooked in, and what seasonings were used, and can I get something very plain and simple made specially – I just decided it wasn’t worth it and resolved to simply sit and drink water.  It was still fun to be around my friends, but it was really tough to sit there and smell all the amazing things people ordered.  I guess this is why Dallas and Melissa tell you not to do a Whole30 over the holiday. Oh well, live and learn.

So, all you folks out there who are crazy like me and doing a Whole30 over December/Christmas, how is it going? 

You may remember from my Week 1 recap that the main reason I’m doing this is to see if there’s an improvement in my skin (acne and eczema).  If I am sensitive to any particular foods, this elimination diet should help me figure it out.  Well, so far, I would say that my acne is better.  Not great, but better. My skin has been less oily in the last week or so than it was last month, and (knock on wood) since starting this I haven’t had any of those huge face-tumor zits that literally swell up to the size of a dime or a quarter (no, I’m not exaggerating here – they suck). So that’s been encouraging. I’m still breaking out, but it seems more manageable so far, so I’m hopeful. The eczema is getting a little bit better it seems, but it’s definitely still there. In my upcoming 3rd week, I’m really hoping to hit the Tiger Blood stage people are raving about. I think this would be more likely if I was sleeping better. I know this is supposed to help you fall asleep easier and have better quality of sleep, but I must say that so far I am having a heck of a time falling (and staying) asleep, which leaves me pretty tired during the day.  Hoping this improves really soon. Anyone else experience this difficulty sleeping?

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