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Whole45
Day 20

Dinner - two words: SO GOOD.

(Five actually descriptive words: thai turkey meatballs with zoodles)

As backstory to this dinner, I ended up leaving work 2 hours later than I usually do and was so ready to eat before I even got on the metro. Naturally, the whole way home, I was thinking about what in my fridge and/or pantry I could throw together to cook. I decided I was in the mood for something warm, not just in terms of temperature, but you know, something warm. So I thought, why not do something with a thai curry? I love how the richness of the coconut milk and red curry paste balance each other out, but still give you that deep flavor that’s really rich and, you guessed it, warm :)

I bought ground turkey on my grocery run the other day that I had yet to use/throw in the freezer, so I took that out and combined it with chopped basil, ground ginger, curry paste, crushed red pepper and a little bit of coconut milk. I’ve heard that adding zucchini to meatballs is a great way to add body - not to mention an extra serving of vegetables - so I added in one grated zucchini as well (after squeezing the water out). After forming the meatballs, I seared the outsides in a pan with hot melted coconut oil for a few minutes and then poured a simple sauce (coconut milk, red curry paste, tomato paste) over the meat and let it simmer.

While the meatballs were finishing cooking, I spiralized two zucchini and cooked them for a few minutes in a pan with olive oil. Once the meat was done, I served the meatballs over the zoodles, poured some extra sauce over it all and sprinkled some cilantro on top for garnish. 

Three words: dinner is served.

Spaghetti bolognese with zoodles for dinner and 2/3 through my #whole30! Day 20 and things are getting a lot easier - so much so, I’m starting to consider doing a #whole45 or a #whole60 😃

Meal variety has been key and daily meal posting to give me accountability. Here’s to the next ten days 👊👍 (at Whole 30 - Day 20)

Update on Jeramie (my fiance) and our whole45

As I have posted before, my fiance has been having some severe back problems.  We are currently going on week three, and the chiropractor is still not giving him the “ok” to return to work.  This has been a hard hit for him because he WANTS to work (we have a future/wedding we are trying to save for!!), and he WANTS to run.  Not being able to be active has really frustrated him.  On better news, the chiropractor says he is steadily improving, and there’s a strong indication that the pressure is being removed from his disc in his back!  If you’re the praying type, please say a little prayer for him!  

Since Jeramie is not able to workout, he is heavily relying on healthy eating for the benefits of health (obviously) and weight-loss.  We have both agreed that if it weren’t for our engagement pictures being so close, and the fact that the whole45 is all he really has currently, that we would decided to jump ship.  We feel it is starting to become a hinderance to us.  We feel amazing and completely endorse the whole30 program, but we have learned what we were suppose to learn and take from the program.  We are ready to apply that to our every day “normal” lives.  I use to be scared to start eating non whole30 foods, but I am quite ready to make the jump at “normal” life again.  

If you’re interested in the whole30, here’s a link to their website:

http://whole9life.com/category/whole-30/

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Whole45
Day 32

Breakfast - Chicken and green/red/yellow peppers sauteed with coconut aminos, tomatoes, onions and a splash of apple cider vinegar. Mixed greens with avocado and olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The non-breakfasty food is a dead give away that this was one of those really lazy weekend mornings where I slept in and didn’t eat “breakfast” until after 11…

Lunch - I met up with a friend in Georgetown to walk around and we ended up at Sweetgreen for lunch - mesclun with grilled chicken, avocado, a hard boiled egg, purple cabbage, peppers, and tomatoes. Lemon squeeze, balsamic vinegar and evoo as dressing. 

Dinner - The last of the leftover cauliflower mash, grilled mahi (seasoned with lemon pepper, cooked in a little bit of coconut oil) with the rest of the olive/tomato relish I made the other night. Served over kale sauteed with bacon and sun-dried tomatoes, seasoned with black pepper and a little bit of salt. As if kale isn’t good enough already, adding bacon just makes it that much more fantastic.

Whole 30 (45) Day 2 (yesterday)

I’m writing this a day late (and probably a dollar short if I check the bank account, which I won’t) but not due to a lack of conviction, but rather a lack of time!

The breakdown for yesterday was this:

Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs

Lunch: A fabulous avocado, grape tomato salad on mixed spring greens with a sprinkling of pine nuts and balsamic vinegar dressing. Strawberries and roasted pecans.

Snack : Bacon slice, because holy shit, bacon is good!

Dinner: Chicken legs (4) sauteed zucchini and summer squash.

Snack: Strawberries, roasted pecans

Nom nom nom nom…  What a delish day! 

Whole30 Day 21

Woke with lingers of that migraine again, but it went away by mid-day. This morning, I woke around 4am and had trouble sleeping until my alarm. Evening tummy ache; the blame for which I’ll assign to all the fruit I ate today.

Day 21

  • Breakfast: 2 eggs, 1/2 sweet potato, kale, zucchini, garlic, evoo
  • Lunch: salmon, [veggie blend from breakfast], sm pear
  • Snack: sm apple
  • Dinner: spinach salad w/ carrot, yellow crookneck squash, 2 chopped dates, cauliflower, green onion, evoo/vin

I considered going back on my 45-day plan (and stopping after 30 days), but my colleague has decided to begin in February, so I’ll stick with it, and we’ll support each other through the first half of the month. As I told a friend, it’ll prevent me from hitting the bottle on Valentine’s Day.

Stay fit and healty with us … You see, I would have today and tomorrow to go… Except I’m doing a Whole 45 😂 17 more days bitchessssssss! #whole30 #whole45 #iamwhole30 #2015igwhole30 #wellness #health #exercise @whole30

Day 35

Breakfast - One of my favorite combinations of things to make for breakfast (when I have time): two fried eggs; compliant bacon; one sweet potato, sliced up, tossed in olive oil, black pepper and rosemary, roasted in the oven; avocado; coffee. I think the only thing missing that would really put this over the top would be some sauteed kale and sun dried tomatoes. Great way to start a Tuesday :)

Zoodles!!!! I may never eat pasta again! #whole30 #whole45 #whole9life #whole30food #whole30compliant #paleo #paleostrong #realfood #eatclean #truecooks #igchef #omgfoodie #sugarfree #glutenfree #dairyfree #zucchini #goodeats #cheflife #chefsofinstagram #veggies #mmmmm by simplythais http://ift.tt/1xGnfxF

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Day 43

Breakfast - Sweet potato hash, two fried eggs, two slices of compliant bacon, half an avocado and black coffee. I can already tell that (when I have enough time in the morning) this will be my go-to breakfast. So good and so filling and (if I make the sweet potato hash ahead of time) fairly quick to throw together in the morning. 

Lunch - Okay, admittedly not the best-looking picture, but SO MUCH NOMS. Spaghetti squash with eight-spice meatballs, semi-homemade tomato sauce poured on top. Those eight spices in the meatballs, they really pack a punch :) The squash was cut in half, rubbed with olive oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper and roasted in the oven. For deets on the meatballs, see my Whole30 Day 4 post :) For the semi-homemade tomato sauce, I took a can organic crushed tomatoes, added some pepper, Italian seasoning and basil and poured it over the cooked meatballs. These meatballs (made yesterday) were ON POINT today. Like surprisingly good. It could possibly be because it’s Wednesday, or it could possibly be because I was looking forward to them all day, or it could possibly be because I made them smaller than usual. That’s a thing, right? Smaller meatballs are tastier? Sure…

Dinner - A Wednesday feast! Oven-roasted asparagus tossed in olive oil, seasoned with black pepper and chopped sun dried tomatoes and garlic cloves. Mixed greens with homemade dressing (evoo, balsamic and dijon). Avocado salad (chunky diced avocado, grape tomatoes, red onions and lime juice). And the main event - salmon cakes. Recipe courtesy of Well Fed - canned salmon, canned sweet potato, egg, cashew flour, parsley, old bay seasoning, salt, pepper, paprika, lemon zest. All of that fixed together, chilled in the fridge for about 10 minutes and then scooped in a 1/3 cup measure onto a pan; baked in the oven for 30 minutes. SO GOOD. Definitely will be making again, maybe playing around with the seasoning next time :)

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Day 41

Breakfast - Still-frozen pipes = staying over at a friend’s house and getting breakfast cooked for me :) They were nice enough to make sure everything in there was compliant (even the non-compliant sausage separately and holding off putting the cheese on until mine was taken out). In addition to some real good [black] coffee, I was served a really tasty breakfast pan scramble - scrambled eggs, onions, green peppers, and various diced potatoes (I’m really bad at naming potatoes that aren’t sweet potatoes, but they were the really small ones - some of them purple…descriptive, I know). Anyway, all of that goodness was cooked in olive oil, seasoned with salt, black pepper, red pepper and a little bit of cumin. YUM.

Lunch - Mixed greens with grape tomatoes, avocado and balsamic dijon dressing (olive oil, balsamic vinegar and chunky dijon mustard). Garlic curry baked chicken (Remember that super easy super tasty recipe I tried last week? Yea, it so so good/easy, I did it again :D).

Dinner - I was spending the afternoon/evening relaxing with friends/watching movies and someone had the brilliant idea to venture out in the snow to get Chipotle. Um, YES. I was especially down for that considering that all afternoon they had been eating Costco pizza and drinking wine, neither of which I could have. Regardless, I wasn’t really craving the pizza but can’t lie and say I wouldn’t have said no to a glass of wine. Anyway, Chipotle was open despite the holiday and the snow, so I was set for dinner (sorry, no picture - they had already started the movie when we got back with the food and I forgot to snap a pic). After doing trying the Chipotle double-meat thing the other day, I decided it was definitely worth it and went for a second serving of meat again. In addition exactly what I got last time (salad, pico, both salsas) I got double guac as well. Because avocados. Because healthy fats. Because YOLO.

Day 38

Breakfast - Sorry, no picture (was in a bit of a rush this morning, so ate while simultaneously putting on make up and considering if I wanted to change my outfit for the third time) but it’ll probably be really easy to use your imagination…two hard boiled eggs (salt and pepper), fried plantain (fried in a little pit of coconut oil) and steamed spinach (nothing added).

Lunch - Baby spinach salad with purple cabbage, grape tomatoes, grilled chicken (coconut oil and pepper) and sliced radishes. Served with Tessemae’s lemon garlic dressing.

Day 38

Dinner - Leftover baked chicken (see Day 35 for deets), steamed broccoli and avocado salad (grape tomatoes, red onion, lime juice). I don’t know what it is, but something in the combination of these flavors was magic. Pure magic. I reheated the chicken in the toasted oven, so the skin was nice and crispy and the garlic powder and curry powder on the chicken went so well with the fattiness of the avocado and the tartness of the lime. And the broccoli, well, broccoli plain and simple is always great. Plus, the bright colors on the plate were an added bonus :)

Day 37

Dinner - Since the grilled steak and caramelized onions/peppers/mushrooms I made the other day was such a hit, I decided to make the exact same thing again. This time, served with harissa and pumpkin pie spice roasted brussels sprouts and butternut squash.

Day 36

Breakfast - Two hard boiled eggs, two pieces of prosuitto wrapped asparagus (olive oil, black pepper, garlic powder), baked sweet potato rounds (olive oil, black pepper, rosemary), black coffee.

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Whole45
Day 31

Breakfast - This morning I woke up late, but didn’t have any of my go-to take-and-carry breakfast options (i.e. hard boiled eggs and pre-baked potatoes). So, I could’ve skipped breakfast, grabbed something on the way to work, or cook something and be a little late. #priorities. Roasted sweet potato rounds (seasoned with olive oil, black pepper and rosemary), two fried eggs, two pieces on compliant bacon. Black coffee.

Lunch - I met up with a friend for lunch today and we went to Chopt. I got what is now officially my favorite Customer Craft salad combination from Chopt - mesclun mix, grilled chicken, hard boiled egg, avocado, carrots, tomatoes, olives, olive oil/balsamic vinaigrette/fresh lemon squeeze as dressing, plus salt and pepper. So tasty!

Dinner - Leftover meatloaf muffins and cauliflower mash, butter lettuce salad with half an avocado and balsamic vinegar and evoo.

Chorizo, Kale, and Sweet Potato Hash. It’s ummmm excellent breakfast!!! #whole30 #whole45 #whole9life #whole30food #whole30life #whole30breakfast #whole30compliant #paleo #paleostrong #photooftheday #eatclean #realfood #rootveggies #truecooks #igchef #omgfoodie #sugarfree #glutenfree #dairyfree #cheflife #cleaneating #chefsofinstagram #mmmmm by simplythais http://ift.tt/1EvcjFA

Potato Medley. So pretty. #whole30 #whole45 #whole30food #whole30life #whole30dinner #whole30compliant #paleo #paleostrong #prettycolors #photooftheday #eatclean #realfood #rootveggies #truecooks #igchef #omgfoodie #sugarfree #glutenfree #dairyfree #goodeats #healthy2015 #healthy #healthylifestyle by simplythais http://ift.tt/1wZF0x6

Broccoli Rabe and coconut oil. Mmmmm. #whole30 #whole45 #whole30food #whole30life #whole30dinner #whole30compliant #paleo #paleostrong ##eatclean #realfood #truecooks #igchef #sugarfree #glutenfree #dairyfree #cheflife #chefsofinstagram #goodeats #foodie #foodpornatitsfinest #omgfoodie by simplythais http://ift.tt/1wWBEe6