I made it through week 2 with no problems. Yay! I have to say, this month is flying by, especially when I take photos of everything I eat. There's something about going through these food photos and making these collages that make the days seem like they go by so fast.
I have to admit that while I loved the Sweet Potato Turkey Sausage Breakfast Casserole I was excited for Saturday's breakfast to have something different. The casserole really did spark some ideas though for future breakfasts casseroles. I'd really love to incorporate butternut squash into a breakfast casserole. For now I bought a small butternut today, and I'm thinking I'll be eating it up next weekend for breakfasts.
Let's see if I can recall much about the last week and how I felt each day...
Day 8 I felt like I looked bloated. I was pretty sad by that but what can ya do. Luckily, I didn't feel bloated, so that's good. My lunch was a shredded chicken salad with a side of pecans and almonds. I'm totally appreciating nuts more these days. Dinner was so delicious! I'd never made bison burgers before and they were a total hit. I only added fresh flat leaf parsley, garlic, green onion, salt, and pepper to them. I then barbecued them and topped them with sautéed onions and mushrooms. This dinner was definitely a favorite. I'll be making this again soon!
Day 9 was a cloudy day and I felt pretty low on energy. I never had the three o'clock slump like I used to, but it felt like low energy for Whole30 standards. Lunch included leftover mashed cauliflower from Sunday night, which is so incredibly tasty. I honestly could eat them over mashed potatoes with no problem. Dinner was one of my favorites. I made The Roasted Root's Spaghetti Squash with Pesto & Shrimp. It wasn't quite Whole30 compliant but I made it work. The pesto has so much flavor that I didn't miss the parmesan at all. This is another dinner I'll be making again in the future.
Day 10 was the first day I got hungry before lunch. I really thought that my breakfast casserole and apple would be enough, but for whatever reason (maybe upping my activity?) I was starving by 10:50 am. I had a teeny tiny snack of almonds and pecans which totally held me over until lunch. Lunch I had the amazing leftovers with a side salad. Since Wednesday night I did a mountain bike ride with my mom, David took over dinner. We had baked sweet potatoes, baked lemon pepper chicken thighs, and shredded sautéed Brussel sprouts. This dinner totally reminded me of Thanksgiving food. p.s. I love when my husband cooks.
Day 11 I tried making my breakfast serving of the casserole bigger which helped me last until lunch. Lunch was leftovers. Dinner I made a paleo version of Shepherd's Pie with ground turkey and sweet potatoes. I didn't have high expectations for it, but oh man, it was delicious. David loved it and so did I. I'll definitely be making this one again in the future. Hopefully I'll share it on the blog as well. Making a roux with coconut flour for it was interesting, but it totally worked. I also had my mom's pickles as a side -- soooo tasty!
Friday I decided to add some nuts to my breakfast as well as almond butter with my apple. It helped keep me full longer in the morning, so I think I'll continue adding nuts to my breakfast. Friday night David, my mom, and I went on another mountain bike ride. It was unusually painful in my legs. More than just "My legs are on fire!" Like, it was actually painful! I don't know what was going on but I feel like I didn't have enough energy for the ride. I performed pretty bad, and felt like it was my worst riding in a month. I was pretty discouraged that I was doing worse after a month of riding. I think my body is still trying to get used to burning fat and protein for energy rather than easy carbs. Dinner was a simple salmon recipe that I will definitely make again. We had it with mashed cauliflower and sautéed zucchini. We also celebrated Friday night with Guava kombucha. It's a new favorite of mine! I loved the flavor.
Saturday I was so excited to try a new breakfast. It was two scrambled eggs with bell pepper, spinach, and green onion. I had a side of half an avocado, tomato, and apple slices with almond butter. Breakfast held me over through house cleaning and until lunch. Lunch was leftover salmon salad with another delicious pickle. After David and I went on a 4 mile walk with Ryder around Spring Lake, we stopped by Whole Foods and David picked up another kombucha which we shared. He chose citrus, which was alright but not a favorite of mine. It was definitely nice to have something other than water. For dinner I had made a pot roast in our crockpot but it came out pretty dry. I had to put tons of mustard on it. The carrot fries were delicious, as always.
Today I made some sweet potato chips for breakfast. Kind of weird, I know, but they were super amazing. Except, I did burn most of them. Damn it. I'll try again! I kind of love the grazing plate of my breakfast. Eggs, avocado, sweet potato, and apples with almond butter and nuts -- yum! Again, breakfast held me over quite well, even through a leg and booty workout. Lunch included leftovers and a side of walnuts, almonds, and coconut shreds. For dinner I made Spaghetti Squash with meatballs. This dinner took a bit of prep but was definitely doable for even a week night meal. I was happy with the way it turned out.
I would definitely say that Week 2 went better than Week 1. Obviously, I wasn't sick. I could tell through my workouts that I wasn't quite back to perfect health, but I did manage to workout every day of the week. I was pretty proud of that.
I thought that I'd maybe look less bloated at this point then I do. I can tell that my pants fit better but when I look in the mirror I still see some bloat that I'd like to be gone. It's definitely getting better though, and I'm excited to work out even more in Week 3.
I felt like I didn't have that much energy this week, but then again, I can't say I ever felt "super tired". I seem to have enough energy throughout the work day and enough to workout, make dinner, and do dishes when I get home. So, I guess I can't complain there.
I still haven't noticed a change in my skin, but I did buy a new exfoliant from EO today. Maybe that will help? Who knows...I just want my chin to be less red! I thought that would have been fixed by now, but then again, it's only been 2 weeks. I guess I'm just not the patient. Oh yeah, on a side note, David and I have been using EO Soap as our body wash and we love it. We've had their Citrus & Mint, and now Coconut & Lemon. I highly recommend their products!
Week 3 Meal Plan
Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Meatballs and Garlicky Green Beans
Chicken Basil Curry Soup with Acorn Squash
Spicy Pork Stuffed Peppers with Salad
Sweet Potato, Red Pepper, Chicken Sausage Hash with Salad
Grilled Flank Steak with Peppers, Zucchini, and Carrot "Fries"
Rock Cod with Creamy Cauliflower & Shredded Brussel Sprouts
Slow Cooker Pork over Carrot "Fries" topped with Guacamole
I have a couple repeats for Week 3 from Week 1 because they were so good. I also hope to possibly blog one or two of these recipes. We'll see...the sun is setting so much earlier these days. By the time I get off work, workout, and cook it's dark. Please just bare with me!
Have a great week!