– 5 mile run outside, 4 miles at tempo
The Meal Plan
I continue to be amazed at all the creativity and variety of Paleo and Whole30 recipes out there! If nothing else, this cleanse/challenge has definitely expanded my recipe library and helped me to enjoy meats/ vegetables in so many different ways. Here’s what I’m making this week:
Breakfast: Banana Chia Pudding – a nice change from all the eggs I’ve been eating. I like the idea of using banana and dates for a little natural sweetness.
Dinner: Steak/ tuna salads – just throw in whatever’s in the fridge
Snacks: The usual suspects like fruit, nuts, and these Lemon “Larabars”
I had hoped to have a pretty low grocery bill this week, but we ended up going to Whole Foods to pick up some seafood, so I just did my food shopping there. The higher prices and some “impulse” buys like the canned salmon, more larabars and stuff from the bulk bins led to a higher than anticipated grocery bill!
Meat: steak, canned salmon
Veggies: bagged spinach, bagged salad, leeks, broccoli crowns, avocados
Fruit: strawberries, bananas, figs, a lemon, dates
Drinks: coconut water
Minimally Processed Foods: coconut rolled dates, larabars
At least the coconut water was on sale. I bought Zico this time – tastes great, has a slightly funny smell to me.
And these are the coconut rolled dates that I can’t stop snacking on, from the bulk bins. With just two ingredients, I can make these myself next time ;)
Halfway There – Check-in
I’m at Day 16 and more than halfway done with the Whole30. Some physical changes I’ve noticed:
– My digestive system was better from Day 1. No more uncomfortable bloating around 2 pm – what am I allergic to??
– No more sugar crashes. My blood glucose level feels steady, even when I have to go more than a few hours between meal/snacks.
– I look leaner and my pants fit better (I’ll do some before/after stats when the challenge is over)
Psychologically, I’m learning a lot about why I eat (other than because I’m hungry) – I eat when I’m bored, tired, stressed, or just craving something to munch on. It’s hard re-training my brain to eat only when I’m hungry, but the Whole30 has helped a lot with that because I generally don’t want to munch on veggies, or I’ll eat some nuts and dried fruit and realize I’m full and don’t want to eat anymore. I’m learning that I don’t need to eat all the time!
What wonderful things are you cooking this week?