Whole30 Home Stretch Last Weekend

Whole30 Home Stretch Last Weekend Day 26-27

Whole30 Home Stretch Last Weekend

Here we are in the Whole30 Home Stretch Last Weekend! Counting down to day 30. Woot! Day 26 and 27 have been good days. Teri and I ate out today (day 27) We stopped at Saltgrass Steak House. She had the sirloin and I had the steak kabob with grilled veggies. The waitress was really helpful and took the bread away and made helpful menu suggestions when we told her about being on the Whole30 diet.

I went to the dojo to teach and then for the adult class. A great workout was had by all. Then we took a trip to shop for kitchen gadgets, tools, etc. It was a most fruitful expedition. We found a really nice spatula, a microwave popcorn maker and nice ramekins to make custard and crème brûlée.

Whole30 Home Stretch Last Weekend Chow List

This week it’s more chicken and meatloaf. No bread crumbs for the meatloaf, so I tried a bit of almond flour. Stay tuned.

More stir fry using the coconut aminos instead of soy sauce and sneaking a little fresh ginger into the mix. Teri doesn’t like the ginger. It’s a bit spicy for her. I need to find a way to get the flavor and health benefits in without the bite that the fresh ginger has. Any thoughts?

We are lining up a Paleo bread recipe for Wednesday. This way we get bread, but don’t have to jump straight back into gluten. Somehow a pumpkin muffin recipe showed up in email box. Hmmmm. Guess I’ll need to back those as well.

We will probably drop off the grid for Thanksgiving, but we will continue to report back periodically (ok probably randomly 🙂

Only three more days! We are feeling great and think we want to keep our improved eating habits. We will still eat some of the Whole30 banned items, just a lot less of them.

Your thoughts?

Whole30 Day27

Whole30 Day27

Whole30 Day27

What? No junk food?

Our last weekend on officially on the Whole30 program.  Rather funny how nervous we were that first weekend.  Could we stay compliant?  Would snacking get the better of us?  Those and numerous other questions were just a result of worry and anxiety.

Weekends are just like any other day.  Plan, prepare and follow the plan.  We’ve even managed to successfully eat out a few times.  We don’t eat out nearly as much as we used to, but we are definitely eating healthier.

Whole30 Day27 finds us eating typically 3 meals a day.  Snacking has become infrequent and evening snacking is taboo.  Not that we haven’t thought about it.  Breakfast today entailed leftover to make room for this weeks recipes.  I had chicken with a potato and Shawn had eggs with orange peppers, onion and sausage.

Whole30 Day 27 is our last weekend on program we stopped by a local kitchen store.  A few  cute porcelain ramekins, some spices, and a few gluten free mixes.  At Whole Foods we picked up Coconut Aminos and a pumpkin gluten free muffin mix.   This week’s recipes include chicken, meatloaf and Whole30 bacon.  Yes, we splurged and picked up some Whole30 bacon at Whole Foods.  The Butcher pointed it out to us and said they have trouble keeping it in stock.

Our next adventure is not food related, but instead financial.  Now that we have a good start on eating healthy and eating well it’s time to focus on another area of our lives.  Over lunch we drafted up a plan and started mapping out steps to make the plan a reality.   Whole30 Day27 and we’re both feeling like we could tackle the world.  Great feeling.

We can’t say enough about The Whole30 program.  Granted, it was tough at the start but after that first week it’s been fine.  Getting off our sugar addiction was actually easier then either of us had imagined.

Whole30 Day27

No going back now…

Whole30 Day27 and just 3 more days to go.  Thinking this is will be more of an ongoing lifestyle change.  We need it to be!

Whole30 Day26

Whole30 Day26

Not that I’m counting, but 4 more days!

Whole30 Day26

Go for It! from PeacefulMindPeacefullife

Today wraps up a hectic and exhausting week at work.  I’m glad next week is a 3 day week.  We still haven’t decided what we should plan for Thanksgiving.  We know the 30 day challenge is over but don’t want to lose our momentum.   The Holiday Recipe Exchange has numerous Whole30 compliant options.

Interesting that preparations for week one seemed difficult.  In honesty, it hasn’t changed, but I think our mindset has changed.  We no longer view food preparation as a chore that has to be done.  Instead, we view it as an opportunity to try new cooking techniques, new recipes, new ingredients while spending time together.

Whole30 Day26 finds us spending more time together.  Sharing our evening meal together enables us to catch up with each other.  We get to pause and reflect on the day and what is coming up the rest of the week.  Somehow the rat race doesn’t seem so hectic.

So, what’s in store for this weekend?  Shawn’s on call for work, so that will throw a new wrinkle into our routine.  Calls typically aren’t during daylight hours.  Why is it that work issues tend to occur in the early hours of the morning.  I know Shawn is so missing having cream in his coffee.

Instead of running around to several different stores we signed up for Amazon Prime earlier this week.  Our first pantry order is scheduled to arrive tomorrow.  You would think we were getting a new puppy – Shawn really is 12.  It’s fun to see him excited over the simple things in life.  We just ordered some staple items that we found cheaper on Amazon than some of the specialty stores we’ve been shopping at.

Still no “Tiger Blood” as mentioned in The Whole30 timeline, but I am feeling better.  Not so tired as when we started and not nearly as hungry.  Shockingly, I’m not craving my Pepsi although it was a good thing the M&M’s in the machine had peanuts.  It was definitely a chocolate kind of day.  But, I made it through.

Have a great weekend!

Whole30 Day25 – last Thursday on plan….

Whole30 Day25

Whole30 Day25

Hmm… probably not for Thanksgiving

Everyone at work is counting down the days until Thanksgiving.  Shawn and I are counting down for Wednesday.  The day we get to step on the scale AND have homemade fresh hot bread.  To ensure we don’t got wild I’ve found a great sounding Paleo recipe.   Check out the Paleo Gluten and grain free sandwich bread here.

There’s several sites that are mostly Whole30 compliant that should help us slowly adjust.  The plan really is to continue to eat healthy.  Surprising how we’ve managed to live and survive without the refined sugar, dairy, grains and legumes.  The weekend before we started I had severe doubts.  It was a bit overwhelming to shop and have to study ingredients.  Worse at how many items we had to put back on the shelf because they contained sugar or soy.

Whole30 Day25 – Going forward.

Whole30 Day25 has us both thinking about what we’ve learned, how we’ve been affected and what we want to do going forward.  Soda is most likely off our diet going forward.  I say that but we haven’t taken a long road trip since starting the plan.  But it’s good to have a goal.  We have enjoyed the cauliflower rice so we will keep that and interchange it with brown rice now and then.

Shawn is constantly looking to try new things.  The Whole30 gave him an excuse to play with new ingredients and recipes.  I’m sure that will continue.  He was shocked when I suggested we pick up some plantains this weekend.  For those curious minds I had them all the time while in Haiti.

Danielle Walker has great recipe ideas on her Against All Grain website.  Another Paleo site I found that has some creative recipes is A Girl Worth Saving.  I’m still looking at the Whole30 Recipe Exchange blog.  Their blog has lots of suggestions and ideas.  Currently Thanksgiving options are the key topic.

We’re on Whole30 Day 25 and we’ve found the plan pretty easy to follow.  Mostly because The Whole30 website has lots of information and suggestions.  All sorts of information to keep you going.