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 lighting– yeesh. 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 😛

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🎉 One more week! One more week! 🎉

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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 👌20140728-190245-68565230.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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Round 2 Day 21

Hearty brunch: veggie omelette, mini sausage, hash browns and fruit. Yup, I went for the white potatoes and they were yummy 👍 Dinner: chicken, steamed broccoli, beet and sweet pepper (+ ranch). Almond butter for a snack.20140727-190524-68724583.jpg

Tomorrow marks the last full week of W30. Should be easy peezy! Last time I did this, I was anxious about it ending because the program sets such clear boundaries and it was almost daunting to think of how to balance losing weight in a restriction phase (i.e. W30) vs real life. This time I feel confident I can make permanent changes- mostly because I’ve seen firsthand how my body reacts to eating clean vs. the terrible bloated mess I become when there are too many indulgences in the picture. It’s only fun to eat that way in the moment; the body’s reaction minutes or hours later isn’t worth it.

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Round 2 Day 20

Brunch: the last of the compliant bacon with roasted sweet potato discs and avocado mashed up with lime juice, salt & pepper. So good and filling. Dinner: smorgasbord of meat and veggies. I now know some of the meat wasn’t 100% compliant, but I’m not sweatin it. If it ain’t W30 approved, at least it’s paleo. Snack: unpictured apple chips and a lemon chia bar, which was pretty darn tasty!

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Holy schnikes. If today is day 20, that means I’m 66.7% done with this thang. I’m ready. How ready you say? So ready that I’ve already planned out each reintroduction day including: legumes, non-gluten grains, dairy and gluten grains. Breakfast is the meal that requires the most tweaking after this is over. I’m up to my ears in eggs and need something new. Looking forward to switching it up with gluten free oats and protein smoothies.

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Round 2 Day 19

Breakfast: 2 hardboiled eggs, baby dills, a super sweet apple, and a larabar. Side note: finding compliant pickles is just as hard as finding compliant bacon. But I love them so it’s worth it 🙌 Lunch: coconut dates, salami, beets, brussel sprouts and pineapple. Some of this isn’t pictured because it was oog-ly lookin 😮 Dinner: joined friends for din before a movie so opted for a bunless burger patty with unpictured plantain chips20140725-221003-79803037.jpg

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Round 2 Day 18

Breakfast: leftover chili. Lunch: chicken veggie stir fry with carrots, broccoli, zucchini and water chestnuts. The sauce is simply coconut aminos, which is a soy sauce alternative (and an expensive one at that- sheesh!). Dinner: pesto roasted cod and brussel sprouts. Unsweetened applesauce for a snack.20140724-185110-67870616.jpg

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Round 2 Day 17

Breakfast: chicken with greek dressing, tomato, cucumber and love beets. The dressing tied everything together and was particularly awesome with the beets. Lunch: turkey burger with tahini, sweet pepper and spinach. I was unenthused about this meal until I combined a warm turkey bite with a cool pepper bite. Pretty good and especially with the tahini flavor boost. Dinner: meaty chili topped with sliced banana pepper and avocado. This was goooood, yo. Left the cocoa out because I’m not a fan of that flavor in savory dishes. Applesauce for a snack.20140723-193126-70286879.jpg

Some of you savvy WordPressers may have noticed there was no post for Day 16 yesterday. That’s because it was a huge fail and not worth a dang thang. I subbed nuts and fruit for nutritious meals twice. Although it’s not technically cheating, it’s also not what this program is about. Had to re-think some things before setting my intention for today.

On a happier note, I’m finally noticing bloat subside. Man that feels good. Not hopeful for significant weight loss this time since I haven’t been exercising as much, but feeling in control of your body is just about as good as it gets.

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Round 2 Halfway Mark!

Breakfast: 2 eggs, watermelon and 1/2 an avocado. How long does it take for freshly scrambled eggs to get cold? Exactly as much time as it takes for me to get to work 😑 Lunch: chicken cauliflower rice leftovers. Dinner: pesto-topped spaghetti squash and a soon-to-be overripe banana. Larabar and an unpictured Whole Foods protein bar for a snack.20140721-194817-71297330.jpg

Probably overdid it on fruit & nuts today, but I’d rather celebrate that I’m 2 weeks down with only 2 more to go! Yeah!

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Round 2 Day 14

Breakfast: cauliflower chicken fried rice. Didn’t have mushrooms on hand, so used broccoli instead. Felt like this recipe lacked something- maybe ginger? Will have to experiment a bit more. Lunch: salad, avocado, fruit and unpictured tomato + half a sausage. This was a decidedly random mix of stuff I could have at an outdoor barbecue for my sisters graduation. Lots of social events this weekend, but unlike round 1, I went to them all (and had a good time nonetheless). Dinner: tuna on a roasted sweet potato with red onion, tomato and ranch. Cashew butter as a snack. Weekend #2 of Whole30 done! Glad to be rid of temptations.

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Round 2 Day 13

Pre-workout/breakfast: cashew cookie larabar (one of my most favoritest flavors). Worked off most of this on the treadmill 💪 Lunch: roasted sweet potato stuffed with tuna, red onion, salsa verde and ranch. Dinner: hotdogs and steamed green beans.

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