8/18: Week in Eats

Keema and cauliflower rice. This was pretty good, but I would definitely add either more meat or a chunky vegetable next time. The ratio of tomatoes and onions to everything else was a little awkward.SONY DSC

Coconut crusted chicken with cucumber, tomato, carrots and dee-licious homemade ranchSONY DSC

Chia pudding (I sliced bananas on top but they’re much better blended in as the recipe prescribes) with frozen blueberries. This is so good that I have to make small batches at a time so I don’t eat too much! ūüė≥IMG_4065.JPG

Now¬†for my “Meals on the Go” edition:

I scored some free Chipotle this week because they mixed my order up with someone else’s. This is barbacoa with brown rice, corn salsa, veggies and pico de gallo. I missed the cheese and sour cream, but was happy to not feel overly stuffed or bloated afterward.IMG_4061.PNG

Today I was running around doing various errands, so ended up grabbing tuna salad with a bit of pasta salad and grapes at Kroger.

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Day 30 is here!

Breakfast: applegate hotdog with sweet potato and broccoli. Lunch: tahini-topped turkey burger and broccauli (see what I did there?) A lot of the healthy eating blogs I follow would suggest frozen veggies -like the ones pictured for lunch- are just as good as fresh ones. Nutritionally maybe, but you cannot deny the flavor advantage of fresh veggies. They have a better aesthetic too Рthe broccoli at breakfast was fresh as a comparison. Dinner: leftover lemon chicken and an uber ripe peach. Almond butter and apple chips for a snack.20140805-191704-69424918.jpg

Ooh wee I am absolutely ecstatic to be at the tail end of Day 30! This round went by super fast (a little less fast on the weekends) and did not feel quite as difficult as the first round back in March. Lost the constant bloat and proved to myself that I can do challenging things by taking it one¬†day at a time and staying persistent. I’m going to keep eating “clean” for the next week and then I’ll start posting reintroduction meals. Excited to figure out what works¬†and create a solid game plan for the future!

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Round 2 Day 29

Breakfast: lemon chicken, carrots, radish, strawberries and a delicious unpictured peach. Marinated the chicken overnight and it¬†was fantastic! Lunch: leftover curry veggies. Dinner: I was supposed to have a big salad, but just wasn’t feeling it. Ended up with a turkey burger (topped with tahini), apple slices and 1/4 of an avocado. Almond butter and applesauce for a snack.20140804-174501-63901968.jpg

Treadmill check in:

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One more day! I GOT THIS.

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Round 2 Day 28

Breakfast: two hardboiled eggs and¬†butternut squash¬†leftovers. Ended up eating half the squash¬†and dipping the eggs in warm marinara sauce for more flavor ūüĎ欆I just started purchasing pastured eggs and I’ll be damned if Whole Foods isn’t the only store around me offering A) pastured eggs B) <– from a variety of farms. You go, Whole Foods. By the way, there are numerous benefits to switching to pastured eggs – educate yo’ self. Lunch:¬†turkey burger,¬†green beans and an unpictured spoonful of almond butter. My mustard art was questionable today. Dinner: channeled my inner vegetarian (she doesn’t come out much) with a veggie¬†curry featuring sweet potato, cauliflower, zucchini and broccoli with avocado on top. The sauce is taken from¬†this recipe¬†and is the best curry I’ve ever tried. Unsweetened applesauce for a snack.20140803-182723-66443264.jpg

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Round 2 Day 27

Breakfast: burger patty with a sweet pepper, zucchini and onion scramble. Can we all just take a second to appreciate my exquisite mustard art? It makes eating so much more entertaining. Lunch: the rest of the chia pudding with a spoonful of the most wonderful almond butter there ever was. Odd choice for lunch perhaps, but it felt just right after a workout. Dinner: turkey burger, green beans and unpictured plantain chips.20140802-175135-64295259.jpg

Treadmill check in:

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Round 2 Day 26

Breakfast: chia pudding with frozen blueberries. Lunch: butternut squash leftovers, hardboiled eggs and a wee bit o’ ranch– thus proving for the 198th time that ranch makes everything better. And freshly hardboiled eggs eaten while they’re still warm? Delightful. Dinner:¬†burger patty with a sweet pepper, zucchini and onion scramble. Plantain chips for a snack.

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Today marks the beginning of my last weekend on W30!¬†Seems crazy there’s only 4 full days left (although I’ll be continuing with it for a few days afterward). Reintroduction kicks off on my birthday – the 12th – with non-gluten grains. Excited to post the reintro meals and figure out which foods to add back in.

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Round 2 Day 25

Breakfast:¬†meaty marinara sauce over steamed broccoli & cauliflower.¬†So good and hearty. I prefer the chunky veggies as the base instead of spaghetti squash. Lunch: plantain chips and leftover chia pudding topped with frozen blueberries to¬†get some antioxidants¬†make it look more purty. Again, this is almost¬†too¬†good. I find it hard to stop eating once I’ve started. Something about the overripe bananas and cinnamon — it all comes together so well.¬†Dinner: butternut squash gratin and a creamy cauliflower sauce. I’ve been wanting to make that squash recipe for some time now and it was aight. Probably used a bit too much nutmeg. I was supposed to cook up some chicken as well, but wasn’t hungry enough to eat it!20140731-191021-69021476.jpg

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Round 2 Day 24

Breakfast: Terra chips with deviled eggs. Lunch: mustard with a side of hotdog, green beans and sweet taters ūüėā Dinner: more terra chips, a larabar and chia pudding. Should have planned for a mid-afternoon snack- ¬†I was frickin starving when I got off work and settled on non-ideal items. The chia pudding was fantastic though, definitely making it again. Suck it oatmeal! (I’ll include a picture of it when it’s properly plated and not in an ugly tupperware container)20140730-185649-68209058.jpg

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Round 2 Day 23

Breakfast: deviled eggs, banana, radishes and carrots. Lunch: trail mix tuna salad with cucumber and sweet pepper. Dinner: turkey meatloaf (left out the bacon) and some unpictured Terra Chips, which hit my post-workout carb cravings in all the right places. Yeah, they have canola oil but a little bit of that is OK. Snacks: larabar and a mustard covered hotdog. One of these pictures has horrible lightingРyeesh. Sorry bout that.20140729-205557-75357012.jpg

One of my secrets to avoid snacking after dinner is to drink hot tea. I recently invested in dandelion root tea because of its alleged digestion benefits. As it turns out: “Dandelion tea has a reputation for breaking down fat and removing it from your body via good old fashioned waste. So you may have increased bowel movements.” Ladies and gents, this is 100% true and answers all my ponderings about being so regular lately. Tmi? Perhaps. But good information! Now go get you some tea too ūüėõ

Upped my treadmill capacity by a bit today20140729-205558-75358968.jpg

ūüéČ One more week! One more week! ūüéČ

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Round 2 Day 22

Breakfast: deviled eggs,¬†1/2 cup plantain chips, carrots and radishes with a guac/salsa verde hybrid. Lunch: trail mix tuna salad with veggies and an apple. Dinner: applegate hotdogs, 1/2 a tomato and broccoli. Today’s meals were not especially pretty, but they were filling and that’s fine by me ūüĎĆ20140728-190245-68565230.jpg

I was reading today about the 80/20 rule and how it can be applied to sustain weight loss. It means you eat clean most of the time with 3-4 flexible meals out per week, or cocktails or other indulgences. I’ve actually tried this before but always went over the 3-4 cheat meals allotted. Doing W30 is a great way to get into a healthy eating routine so cheat meals really are the exception instead of the rule. I’ll give it another go after figuring out what foods to add back after reintroduction.

Also, finally got my butt in the gym today- even if I did tucker out earlier than normal on the treadmill. Woot.20140728-190246-68566977.jpg

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