Whole30 Week 3

by Kelli H. on October 27, 2014

It’s so weird to think I’m starting Week 4 of Whole30! My last full week of it. It’s really been going well. David and I have been eating so well and we totally feel satisfied so it really hasn’t been hard. Though, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I miss wine. I reallllllyyyy miss wine. Like, I’m pretty sure I could eat as strict as Whole30 80% off the time if I could just have my wine on Friday and Saturday night. Kombucha has helped ease the pain of missing beer, but nothing is replacing my beloved wine. 
Anyway, Week 3 flew by! I got in lots of work outs and I learned from Week 2 that I need a little snack before a tough workout. You’ll see on Wednesday and Friday I let myself have a snack before my mom and I went on hour mountain bike rides those days. I think it helped with my energy level. I find if I’m doing a 30 minute workout the other days, I don’t really need that snack. 
My breakfasts might look huge, but that’s because I’ve found I need the most food for breakfast. I find that really interesting, but the only part of the day where I feel any hunger is usually around 11 a.m. If I don’t eat a large breakfast then my stomach starts growling around 10! It’s insane. Luckily I know now to just add more nuts and that addition alone can totally help me make it to lunch. 
Dinner is now my smallest meal of the day, I think. I just don’t really need that much food for dinner, and I really like that about Whole30. 

Monday I had little to no energy once night time came around. All day I had been super sore from Sunday’s workout. I only walked Ryder around the block, made dinner, did dishes, and couldn’t get myself to do a yoga video, like I had planned. I ended up in bed at 8:20 and was definitely asleep by 8:45. I also looked very bloated on Monday night. Was still feeling sad that my stomach isn’t flat yet.

Tuesday for breakfast I had leftover pot roast under my eggs with sautéed swiss chard, red bell pepper, and jalapeño. It was a tasty combo! I also am LOVING grapes at breakfast. For lunch I totally didn’t eat that whole bowl of soup. I’d say I had about half of it. The soup was a recipe I made up which was pretty good. David loved it. It’s a chicken, basil, curry, coconut soup, but I think it needs some more adjusting before I blog it. It was so nice to have David cook dinner on Tuesday night while I was on a walk with my friend, Michelle. I love that he’s taking on the grill these days. I also got my foam roller on Tuesday so I did a Tone It Up roller video which was painful but in a good way!

By Wednesday we were running out of the veggie mixture I’d made for breakfasts. It seems to be an ongoing issue. I need to incorporate more veggies in my breakfasts. Lunch I had some more leftover soup and a big steak salad. Wednesday night my mom and I mountain biked 5.5 miles, so I grabbed a quick snack while I drove up to her house. David helped me make dinner Wednesday night which was a favorite chicken sausage, sweet potato, leek hash with roasted broc.

Thursday for breakfast I had a nice addition of butternut squash! This was a tasty treat. Egg yolk mixed with butternut is delicious by the way. Lunch was another big salad with leftover hash. I had lots of energy on Thursday. I took Ryder on a 1 mile run (1st run since my 5k a few weeks ago) and then came back and did a 15 minute Tone It Up HIIT video from their Frisky Fall series which I’m loving. I had tons of energy and felt amazing. I made up a new shredded brussels sprout recipe which I’ll be sharing the recipe soon. We also had stuffed poblano peppers. David loved these. I thought they were good but not amazing.

Friday’s breakfast was starting to look a little pitiful. I hadn’t bought enough fruit for the week which saddened me. Lunch I totally spaced and forgot to take a picture of my lunch before I devoured the stuffed pepper. David, my mom, and I went on another mountain bike ride so I had another lovely snack. Grapes and almonds go amazing together. After our ride we shared a kombooch and I made dinner. Dinner was pretty much a disaster. I coated rock cod my dad had caught in coconut flour, lemon zest, salt, pepper, and dill. I then baked it and I think I should have fried it or something because the coconut flour tasted raw. It was not good! Luckily I enjoyed the mashed cauilflower, broccoli, and pickle!

Saturday was rough. I was super unimpressed with my breakfast which was missing anything green and no grapes. David headed off to CrossFit and I cleaned the house for over 2 hours. It wasn’t fun, and I was very cranky. I knew when I was done cleaning that I would’t have a good lunch either which put me in even a worse mood. I felt bad for David because I was so mean when he got home, but I warned him I was in a bad mood. I made myself a hardboiled egg for my salad since I didn’t want the leftover disaster fish. I was also having a major craving for a latte. I just wanted something warm and somewhat sweet. After lunch we ran tons of errands; Target, Costco, Imwalle Gardens, and Whole Foods. Once we were ridiculously stocked up I felt much better. Weird, I know. We took Ryder on a 4 mile walk in the rain, but before we left I had a date stuffed with a cashew. This little sweet treat sent me straight to heaven! After our walk we tried a mango flavored kombooch and I finished up preparing dinner. We had our favorite meal (which I’m sharing this week!) and finished the night with tea and catching up on our favorite shows.

Today’s breakfast was amazing. I was so happy to have my beloved grapes back! I went on an hour hike with my friend, Michelle after breakfast, and then spent most of the day preparing food for the week. I also took photos of two new recipes, and spent most the afternoon blogging. David and I did a joint effort on dinner. I prepped the chicken and he barbecued it. It was delish.

I’m now totally prepared for the week, so I feel ready to kick Week 4’s butt! Just like Week 3 I plan to keep up with my workouts. I’m worried mountain biking might fall by the wayside since it’s getting too dark to go after work. We’ll see  how it goes on Wednesday evening. I’m excited to start using my new kettle bell this week. Tone It Up has a couple of videos for kettle bells that I’ve never done, so I’m looking forward to trying those out. I hope to do a couple jogs with Ryder, too. Even if it’s only 1 mile around our block it sure gets my heart rate up and is a great start to a workout.

This weeks meal plan has less veggie sides but if it’s missing a veggie side, it has plenty of veggies in the meal itself. I’m really looking forward to this week’s menu. I have lots of squash in there. We may turn into one…Have a great week!

Week 4 Meal Plan

BBQ Whole Chicken with Shredded Brussels Sprouts 

Bison Chili 

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chicken Coconut Curry with Acorn Squash

Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Chicken Sausage Hash

Spaghetti Squash Turkey Casserole with Green Beans 

Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup with Chopped “Thai” Kale Salad

Baked Salmon with Avocado Salsa and Zucchini 

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Made in Sonoma October 27, 2014 at 8:31 am

Whoo-hoo for your last full week of the Whole30! I’m glad to hear it has been going so well 🙂 I would definitely miss wine too.

It makes sense that you need a little extra boost before your intense workouts on Wednesday and Friday (especially with mountain biking!)

The meal plan this week looks tasty. I would love to try that Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chicken Coconut Curry! YUMMMM

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Made in Sonoma October 27, 2014 at 1:44 pm

The recipe is from Table for Two’s blog if you want to try it out! 🙂

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Made in Sonoma October 27, 2014 at 9:53 pm

That’s funny, my biggest meal is also breakfast. You should try getting those big boxes of spinach or bags of kale. They taste awesome in scrambled eggs and I feel like it’d be impossible to run out in a week

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Made in Sonoma October 27, 2014 at 11:22 pm

I’ve bought one pound spinach boxes for so long because my husband loves spinach in his eggs but it leaves my teeth feeling chalky which I don’t enjoy, but I love kale, so maybe I’ll do that!

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Made in Sonoma October 28, 2014 at 12:45 am

Oh yeah then I think you’ll love kale in eggs, if you like the crispier bite to it. My husband and I are the opposite he likes kale I like spinach. Anyway hope you end up loving it!

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Made in Sonoma October 28, 2014 at 3:18 am

I hear ya, I feel like we run out of produce so quickly in my house! It messes up my meal planning but I always like to have frozen fruits and veggies on hand so that I can at least have some to supplement my diet until I can get to the store. Sounds like you’re enjoying Whole30 though, good job! I bet you can’t wait to have that glass of wine though 🙂

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Made in Sonoma October 28, 2014 at 4:40 am

Go girl!! I did the whole30 back in March and loved it. This makes me want to give it a go again 🙂 So inspiring

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Made in Sonoma October 28, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Thanks! It’s definitely a challenge I think I could do once a year. Just to reset my ways each year and stay accountable.

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