Hey guys, I haven’t been blogging much at all because work got really busy and my knee injury (worse than expected) has kept me from running for several days :( Depressing, but hopefully I’ve rested it enough that I’ll be back to lacing up my sneakers by Monday! Anyway, eating-wise, I’m still really enjoying the Whole30 and I think I’ll stick to a lot of these principles after this is done (no grains, mostly no dairy, eat mostly meat/seafood/ veggies/ fruits/ healthy fats). So here’s what I ate this week:
I was getting a little tired of frittatas, so I switched things up and made a banana chia pudding. This was delicious and filling, but not an ideal meal from a Whole30 perspective since it had no meat or seafood (you’re supposed to eat a serving – about a palm-size – of meat or seafood at every meal). I soaked the toppings (raisins, cashews, almonds) for a few hours in water, and made sure to stir the chia mixture several times the day I made it to ensure the seeds were distributed throughout the pudding.
Some sweet potato hash topped with fried eggs on the weekend. Sweet potatoes are quickly making a regular appearance in my shopping cart! They’re versatile, tasty and filling.
Lunch was an AMAZING broccoli soup! I didn’t have curry powder on hand, so I used lots of cumin and a little turmeric instead. I topped it with the leftover chicken from last week (again, probably needed more meat in this meal). If you try this, don’t skip the coconut milk – it gives the flavors a ton of depth. Mike loved this dish.
Mike made me a big steak at the beginning of the week and I chopped it up for salads and occasionally swapped the steak out with some canned salmon to mix up my protein sources.
Here’s one topped with sweet potato hash:
This salmon is quite good.
Another night, I had leftover broccoli soup with steak and avocado wrapped in sesame leaves (aka perilla aka kaenip in Korean). My parents used to grow sesame leaves in the backyard, and I still love their fresh, refreshing flavor and scent. They pair really well with meat. Have you tried sesame leaves?
I made a batch of Lemon “Larabars” this week – I’m a lemon liker (not a lemon lover), but the lemon flavor in these was so mouth-watering and refreshing! I patted them down into muffin liners for easy lunch packing.
Another day, I treated myself to some sweet potato fries! Still can’t figure out how to get these to be more crispy (oven-baked). Any ideas??
A Typical Day of Eating
I’ve been keeping a food journal to note when I eat (and what I eat) to think about WHY I eat. According to It Starts with Food, I shouldn’t be eating like 6 times a day – closer to 3-4. Eating more often indicates either that (1) my meals aren’t filling enough or (2) I’m craving something, so I eat. I know this is a lot of thinking about food, but I think that’s part of what the Whole30 is all about – thinking about our eating habits and whether we’re actually hungry when we eat. So I tracked what a normal day looked like for me this week:
6:15 AM Wakeup (later than usual since I couldn’t run much of this week)
6:45 AM Coffee, sweet potato hash with 2 eggs, a banana
7:30 AM Go to work!
11:45 AM Broccoli soup with strawberries
1:30 PM Lemon larabar with some more almonds and raisins
6:00 PM Salmon salad with a fig and plum
I realized I eat really soon after lunch, and some days it’s because I’m still hungry, but mostly it’s because I want something to munch on. This next week (final full week!) I’m going to work on larger lunches and no snacking till dinnertime. That will be a huge change in habit for me, since I used to snack after breakfast, after lunch, and after dinner…