The Basics – Whole 9

As interesting as reading our daily food intake may be…if you want to get started with Paleo or a Whole30, go where we did first: Whole 9

They have TONS of resources and testimonials about how great this lifestyle is.  I actually signed up for the newsletter that I get emailed to me each day of my Whole30.  Definitely worth $15 – I get lots of of stories, tips (OMG, it’s the weekend! What to I do?), recipes, meal plans, and a ton of other information.  I also happened to buy the book on Amazon because I had a giftcard. That being said – you can TOTALLY do this without spending a dime on anything but fresh, healthy food.

Their guides and resources are wonderful.  Be sure to find and print the shopping list:)

SALICA

 

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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 4

So…why are we doing Whole30? Apart from providing support to each other? Mostly, each of us if doing this for weight loss – we are a vain, vain people. However, there have been significant other changes that we’ve noticed – more energy, clearer skin, a difference in body composition, etc. etc. Here’s a pretty good article about 15 Benefits of the Paleo Diet.

When I started preparing for Paleo, I read A LOT!  I am especially interested in the success stories.  I can’t believe the number of people who have reported having serious medical ailments that were improved after going Paleo – skin disorders, allergies, cholesterol, blood pressure, the list goes on.  Caitlin, who is a Cardiac Nurse, shared this article with us as well from a Heart surgeon who believes that instead of just doling out medications for high blood pressure and cholesterol, doctors should alert their patients to the benefits of clean eating.

Here’s what I specifically hope to get from Whole30 (besides dropping a few pounds):

I want to retrain the way I think about food. I love a good meal and love spending time planning my next fabulous meal of the day.  But I also realize that I did alot of mindless eating – that is, I didn’t pay attention to what I was eating or how it was fueling my body.  That’s the purpose of Whole30 – to help you stop the craving and really think about what your body needs from food.  One simple step I can take in the right direction – I will never eat anything again if I have no idea what it is.  Looked at an ingredients label lately? If you can’t pronounce it and have never seen it, you don’t need it.

Anyways, here’s what Day 4 looked like for the Paleo Sisters:

Thursday, August 22nd

Sarah:

B – Larabar
L – red pepper strips w/ ham wrapped round (no salt added), salad with spinach, radishes, carrots, cukes, and pecans
D – Italian Sausage with peppers and onion over roasted cauliflower
S – 5-6 cherry tomatoes, a cup of grapes, a handful of nuts, almond milk, strawberries and pecans

Lindsey:

B – Naval orange
L – Grapefruit (Note: I would typically never eat this little for lunch but got super busy at work…)
D – Spinach and arugula salad with strawberries and blueberries and lime juice, ground beef and fresh salsa
S – Almond milk, banana, and almonds (yum!)

Caitlin:

B – strawberries and grapes
L – 4oz steak with arugula, apple and walnut salad with lime juice.
D – one cup of buffalo chicken meatloaf
S – orange, Almond milk, peach, and almond slices

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

Whole30: Day 1

My sisters and I started tracking our daily meals this past Monday, August 19th.  This was day 1 for me and Sarah and day 7 for Caitlin.  Here’s the menu for each of us from the past week (with occasional links to recipes and photographs):

Monday, August 19th

Sarah:

B – Apple Larabar

L – Salad with raisins, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, carrots, and O&V dressing; blueberries and strawberries, and a boiled egg

lemon-oregano chicken legs w/ steamed veggies

lemon-oregano chicken legs w/ steamed veggies

D – Paleo Pepper Steak with spinach and watermelons

S – Handful of cashews and almonds, orange

Lindsey:

B – 2 bananas

L – Side salad (iceburg lettuce, cucumber, carrot, onion), no dressing

D – Lemon-Oregano chicken, sauteed spinach, carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower (seasoned with crushed red pepper)

S – Handful of cashews and almonds

Caitlin:

B – Planned for a shake with bananas, peaches, strawberries and kale but got too busy and missed breakfast (not good!)

L – Spinach leaves with strawberries, pecans, chicken and O&V dressing

D – Paleo buffalo chicken meatloaf w/ sweet potato fries and homemade paleo ketchup

S – Peaches and walnuts in almond milk

I (day 1) was hungry as hell most of the day but felt inspired by Caitlin (day 7), who reported a weight loss of 6 pounds in the first week (you actually aren’t supposed to weigh yourself on Whole30 but it happens).

Welcome to Sister Paleo!

Sister Paleo is a blog about me – Lindsey, 29 – and my two sisters, Sarah, 33 and Caitlin, 23 – as we embark on the Paleo journey.  We started Paleo before I learned to blog so the first few posts will be catching you up to speed with where we are currently.  We are about as close as any human beings could possibly be and when Sarah, who has done Paleo in the past, proposed that we do a Whole30 together, we were all in.  Having sister support for this lifestyle change is amazing and we thought we would share our results, and recipes/meal plans with you (times three!) Here’s where we are:

Caitlin – On Day 12 (she got an early start to accommodate the most holy of weekends – the first FSU home game – Go Noles!)

Sarah – On Day 6

Lindsey – On Day 6

After just a few days on Whole30, each of us has decided to maintain a Paleo lifestyle – probably 80/20 with at least 2 Whole30s a year.  I’ll catch you up later with what we’ve been eating and experiencing, but thanks for visiting!

SALICA (the catchy acronym my parents created for SArah, LIndsey, CAitlin)

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L-R: Sarah, Caitlin, and Lindsey