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06 January 2014

Whole30 time

Welcome again!  Look at me posting so close to another post.  I should start strutting around, I'm so proud of myself. Something I didn't mention in the last post is how I am doing a 28 day detox with my boot camp group Fitwit.  I thought it would be good to do something that would hold myself accountable for my eating and working out.  Also it will make me actually go to all workouts scheduled.  I don't love the diet we are doing, but it was their only option so I'm stuck with it.

The Whole30 is a limited version of the paleo diet.  Mostly paleo-eating people I know have added a limited amount of dairy, gluten, and other items in since eating on this diet can be hard and limiting yourself at first allows you to see what items in your diet might be affecting you.  Basically the whole30 is meat, vegetables, a bit of fruit and nuts, and some fats (olive oil, coconut oil, ghee, and avocados). No sugar, no gluten, no grains, no legumes, no... While we are on topic let me tell you about my eating habits.  I don't eat any red meat, only poultry and seafood. I tend to eat lots of noodle dish and tortilla dishes because I don't like chicken by itself.  It grosses me out a bit.  I'm fine when it's mixed in, but a plain chicken breast makes me nauseous.  While there is a not-so-recommended whole 30 for vegetarians it is limited and I would really like to try the mostly meat and seafood version.  I might throw in some lentils and beans towards the end if the meat thing gets too hard.

I started the diet right after measurements were taken on Saturday.  Oh yeah, the attractive Fitwit trainers weigh you, take all your measurements, and then check your body fat composition.  Not Fun At ALL. Saturday evening I made a turkey breast in the slow cooker and a roasted a bunch of root vegetables (recipe below). I ate this for breakfast on Sunday; I'm odd, I know. I feel like a drank plenty of water Sunday before I went out to see the Wolf of Wall Street. *Side note- crazy amounts of nudity in it.  It also has the most amount of F words in any non- documentary film, but of course I didn't notice that since my vocabulary incorporates F bombs on the daily.*  During the movie a headache moved in and it was tough going for the rest of the day.  I got home from the movie in starvation mode and cooked up some eggs with avocados and tomatoes mixed in.  I then had to lay down because medium-sized headache turned in to a massive migraine.  I got up after a nap for a quick turkey and root veg dinner that I had to choke down because meat makes me nauseous and migraines make it that much worse.  Sleeping last night was tough.  I would sleep for a while, then wake up with my pounding headache and the feeling that  I needed to get sick.  I never did, but the feeling is awful.  I'm not sure what brought about this horrid headache.  Migraines are a rare occurrence for me.  I tend to only drink coffee during the work week so I don't think it could be the coffee.  I'm thinking it might be the lack of sugar for 2 days.  I tend to have something sweet on the daily, but I omitted this Saturday and Sunday.  Could that be the cause?  Either way I hope it doesn't happen again because it is hard enough to choke down some meat without feeling like crap.

Because of the migraine I skipped my 6 am workout.  I am going to the 7 pm one since my goal is hitting 100% of the workouts this month.  I semi-tried to meal plan for the week and am going to make tuna salad on endive leaves (I've already made olive oil mayo for this), Mediterranean chicken salad, and lots of egg and turkey bacon muffins.  I made a big thing of cauliflower hummus (too lemony) and have lots of different vegetables to snack on.

Welp, I'll be posting more about how I'm feeling and what I'm eating during the next month.  I'll try and post a recipe or 2 of the better things I've eaten during my whole30 time. I also have a whole30 pinterest board that you can check out HERE.  The recipes I'll be making will generally come from this.

Paleo Root Vegetable Winter Mix
1 bag of brussels sprouts, cut in half
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 cubes
1 apple, cut into 1/2 cubes
1 beet, peeled and cubed
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup toasted pecans, diced
Preheat the oven to 425 and line 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil. Add the vegetables in a large bowl and mix in the salt, cinnamon, and oil.  Lay out on the 2 large baking sheets and cook for 20 to 30 minutes.  *you might want to cut your beet pieces a bit smaller than everything else because they will take a bit longer to cook through.  After the vegetables are tender enough to your liking then remove from oven and toss with toasted pecans. Voila!

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