Whole30: Days 10-11

Catching up here!

Day 10:

Sarah:

B – 2 eggs over hard and an orange
L – 2 meatloaf minis and a peach
D – Homemade, paleo-friendly orange chicken with roasted broccoli
S – Handful of nuts, raw veggies (Cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, radishes), 2 apple chips, dried fig, banana

Lindsey:

B – Banana
L – 2 apples, salad greens
D – Baked chicken, boiled sweet potato, and roasted okra
S – Almond and banana and almond slices in almond milk

Caitlin:

B – Pineapple, strawberries, walnuts
L – Pepper and onions wrapped in cracked pepper turkey, orange, dried fruit
D – Pepper steak and bacon
S – Peach

Day 11:

Sarah:B – 2 eggs over hard and an orange
L – Sweet potato (nuked in the microwave in her office…genius!), raw veggies (the usual)
D – Eggplant Pizzas (no cheese, topped with onions, pepper, tomatoes, and zucchini) and a small salad
S – Boiled egg, a few nuts, 4-5 apple chips

Lindsey:B – Banana
L – Apple and almonds
D – Egg frittata with chicken, onions, and peppers
(Note: this is NOT how you should eat on Paleo…I’m out of food and energy to cook thanks to the start of the fall semester)

Caitlin:B – Strawberries, pineapple, walnuts and 2 slices of bacon
L – Left-over pepper steak, orange
D – Fajitas (only ate steak and veggies, prepared appropriately)

The award for Day 11 goes to Caitlin, who had dinner with friends at a local Mexican restaurant and watched people eat chips, queso, beans, and rice, AND DRINK MARGARITAS, and didn’t even think about cheating…ok, maybe she thought about it, but she didn’t:)

Well, folks, our favorite time of the year is upon us – college football season.  As always, we will be cheering on the Florida State Seminoles but with much less booze and late-night Taco Bell.

Next post: Paleo Tailgating

SALICA

HAPPY MONDAY, Y’ALL!!!

It’s Day 8 of Whole30 and the first day of fall semester (I teach college-level Humanities)! I’m feeling great today – lots and lots of energy and excitement! I hope you all are having a great Monday too and if you aren’t this oughta cheer you up:

The Paleo Sisters love Labyrinth, and David Bowie, and this song. Enjoy!

SALICA

Whole30: Day 5

Ok, ok, ok…we broke another Whole30 Rule today.  In addition to not weighing yourself, you aren’t supposed to count calories. But, we had a major sister crisis on Day 4: Sarah had suffered dizziness and nausea for two days straight and Caitlin and I wondered if she was getting enough to eat. So she tweaked two things: she made sure to get extra protein earlier in the day (like an egg for breakfast) and spent Day 5 counting calories to make sure she was getting close enough to 1200.  She wasn’t.

Believe it or not, it’s actually kinda hard to get the recommended daily dose of calories on Paleo. That’s another reason I love Paleo.  Anytime I’m hungry, I can eat. And chances are – I’m still going to be at a good calorie intake for the day.  We have found that if you think you need more calories – add bananas, sweet potatoes, or….wait for it… BACON! Yes, you can have BACON! If you need something lighter, stick to greens like spinach and arugula or light fruits like apples, plums, and our favorite right now – naval oranges.

Yummy salad with homemade dressing - EVOO and Balsamic Vinegar.  You can also just use lime juice at dressing.

Yummy salad with homemade dressing – EVOO and Balsamic Vinegar. You can also just use lime juice at dressing.

Here’s what Day 5 looked like:

Friday, August 23rd

Sarah:

B – 2 eggs over hard, bacon (2 pieces)
L – Salad with black olives, grapes, banana peppers, cherry tomatoes, artichokes, and chicken, a banana
D – Baked skinless, boneless chicken breast, burnt okra, and sautéed spinach
S – raw veggies – carrots, tomatoes, bell pepper, half a handful of nuts, peach and nuts in almond milk

Lindsey:

B – Grapefruit
L – Spinach and arugula salad with cucumbers, boiled eggs, and evoo and balsamic vinegar dressing. Strawberries, blueberries, and almonds
D – Steak stir fry with peppers and asparagus, mashed garlic cilantro cauliflower
S – Bananas, blueberries, and almonds in almond milk

Caitlin:

B – Banana, almond milk, and walnuts

L – Cilantro turkey burger, sweet potato fries, and plantains
D – Leftover turkey burger and salad

Steak stir-fry with peppers and asparagus. The mashed cauliflower was gross.

Steak stir-fry with peppers and asparagus. The mashed cauliflower was gross – I used frozen and a hand mixer.  Next time I’ll try fresh and a food processor.

SALICA

Whole30: Day 3

I want to briefly say a couple of things about Whole30:

1. I love this lifestyle because there are resources EVERYWHERE!!! And they are typically free. There is no gimmick, no program you have to buy.  There is a book that is recommended but even without it you can find all the information you need to go Paleo.

sweet potato, ground beef, and fresh salsa - adapted from this recipe http://www.biggestloser.com/nutrition/recipes/south-border-loaded-sweet-potato

sweet potato, ground beef, and fresh salsa – adapted from this recipe http://www.biggestloser.com/nutrition/recipes/south-border-loaded-sweet-potato

2. Despite what you read online or in print, a Paleo diet affects everyone differently. My sisters and I send hundreds of texts to each other every day. Most of them these days are some variation of “is this happening to you?” Going through Whole30 with them has helped me to see how differently we respond to diet.  By day three I was feeling great! My cravings had subsided for the most part and I even turned down Cheezits at work.  Both of my sisters, however, reported days 3-4 as their absolute worse – tired, hungry, cranky, dizzy, nauseous, etc. etc.

Together, we worked through solutions to these detox side effects – more on that later.  For now, here is what we ate on Day 3.

Wednesday, August 21st

Sarah:

B – scrambled eggs w/ spinach
L – leftover chicken and spinach , raw veggies (same mix as day 2), grapes
D – cilantro turkey burgers (so, so, so good) w/ roasted brussel sprouts, watermelon
S – Larabar, hand full of carrots, hand full of nuts

Lindsey:

B – spinach, pepper, and egg frittata
L – ham and turkey unwhich from Jimmy John’s
D – sweet potato with lean ground beef and fresh salsa

S – banana, apple slices and walnuts in almond milk!

Pink Lady apply chunks, organic walnuts, and almond milk (unsweetened, plain)

Pink Lady apply chunks, organic walnuts, and almond milk (unsweetened, plain)

Caitlin:

B – pineapple and strawberries with walnuts
L – meatballs
D – steak, zucchini, squash, sweet potato fries and paleo ketchup
S – orange

Notes: I really don’t know if the meat from Jimmy John’s is truly paleo appropriate – their website claims to use minimally processed, fresh meats. I will typically stay away from deli meats that have been processed and have lots of salt added but decided not to obsess too much about it. Also, the almond milk, fruit, and nut snack is so, so yummy. All of us love it!

SALICA

Whole30: Day 2

From Tuesday, August 20th

Sarah:

B – Larabar

L – Leftover pepper steak, raw veggies (tomatoes, radishes, celery, bell pepper, carrots), watermelon

D – Spinach, mushroom, and chicken saute with sweet potatoes fries, watermelon

S –  Cup of grapes, handful of nut

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Spinach, pepper, and egg frittata

Lindsey:

B – Spinach, pepper, and egg frittata

L – Salad (no dressing), carrots

D – Baked pork chops with lime garlic sauce, baked sweet potato fries

S – Apple slices, banana, 1/2 grapefruit

Caitlin:

B – Grapes, walnuts, boiled egg

L – Leftover buffalo chicken meatloaf on arugula

D – Baked egg in an avocado, sautéed apple

S – Dried fruit, an orange

Notes: One thing we all agree on – SNACKS!!! We eat whenever we are hungry but make sure to make healthy, more filling choices. Also, it helps me to have apps on my phone – I’m currently using free ones – Paleo Nom Nom and The Food Lover’s Kitchen.  Whenever I’m waiting (for doctor’s appointment, oil change, traffic light, etc.) I’m start plotting my next great paleo snack or meal.  Even better – both of these apps allow you to search by ingredient, which I love because I hate wasting food and if I have one pepper in my fridge that’s about to go bad, I will organize my next meal around it.

SALICA