I Lost 10 Pounds! * Day 15-20 on the Whole30

I lost 10 pounds so far!  Yippee!  So excited and feeling much more energetic and hopeful in comparison to 20 days ago before I started this Whole30 diet.

I ended up getting my period this week, plus it was Thanksgiving yesterday, so it has been a tough week.  Apologies for not posting sooner.  Thankfully my husbands friends hosted us and they made some Whole30 friendly chicken that was delicious.  They from a part of India called Andrapradess, and are married for a year or more now.  The spices on the chicken were so good, I have to ask her for the recipe.  NO sugar or butter on it too which was nice.  I always like to find out other married couples stories and how they met, turns out they actually have known each other since they were 16 and loved each other for like 10 years before they decided to get married. It was nice to be hosted on this holiday especially with kids it makes it tough to host!

Now on the meals and deals this week.  Drinking wise I had:

  • unsweetened tea from McDonalds,
  • my same old coffee with unsweetened coconut and almond milk (check the label to make sure it has 0 sugar) where I threw in some cinnamon and nutmeg along with coconut oil which added some nice flavor, iced and hot
  • lots of water with ice cubes and fruit, including lemons, limes, oranges and more
  • Lipton tea with unsweetened coconut and almond milk
  • Perrier Lime Sparkling Water

Meal wise I had:

  • Steak bits with chopped onions, whole garlic, chopped asparagus, chopped white potato, cumin, Himalayan salt and pepper
  • 4 fried eggs with four slices of uncured sugar free bacon
  • Roasted chicken with Indian spice and olive oil
  • Coconut biscuits with ghee
  • Coconut biscuits chopped up with chopped apples and cinnamon
  • Scrambled eggs with cilantro and turkey bacon
  • Baked asparagus wraps with uncured bacon
  • Baked sweet potato fries with a little olive oil, had this 5 times
  • Whole raw almonds unsalted as a snack
  • Whole apples as a snack
  • Green olives as a snack
  • Avocado and tomato chopped together with olive oil as a snack

So far so good today and feeling energized.  Just folded laundry that was clean since a few days ago, also went bike riding with the kids and hubby in Venice, and drove around Marina del Rey ad it was beautiful.  The canals throughout Venice Beach are really epic with nice modern touches.

No shopping on Black Friday for me!  So far anyway.  I may go online and buy some tops from the Gap or Old Navy.  Otherwise, chilling with the family this long weekend and may do an overnight somewhere.  It is so great to have the extra time off.

Have a great long weekend all! 🙂

 

Day 13-15 Whole30 Diet – Weekend Meals

I had such a nice weekend with my family here in Los Angeles!  We went to Travel Town within Griffith Park and it is really awesome as my boys love trains.  It is free unless you ride the train which was $12 for all of us.  Great inexpensive trip with kids if you are interested in getting out of the house!

I had a lot of great meals this weekend, mainly consisting of baked sweet potato fries, steak, beef along with Tessamae’s Ranch Dressing, which is Whole30 approved!  So awesome.  This dressing really added to the overall taste of my meals this weekend, so really happy I picked it up on Friday when I went grocery shopping.  Pic below:

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One breakfast I had regular scrambled eggs, 3 of them to be exact and just never took a picture.  However the other two breakfast meals below:

pepperoni fried egg mushrooms

The above shot was my best meal all weekend!  I made two fried eggs and before cooked pepperoni on the frying pan with mushrooms and decorated it with some chopped chives which I just simply cut them with scissors instead of using a knife as it was a much cleaner way to get the job done!

The below shot was another fried egg, but I paired it with Tessemae Ranch Dressing which again is Whole30 compliant!  It was so good!  On the side is a tomato, mushroom and onion mix which really complimented the entire dish.

eggs with mushtomatochive

Next up some lunch and dinner meals that I remembered to put together:

beefstewsweetpotaters

This was a beef stew of sorts, first I chopped and sweat the onions with a little olive oil on the pan.  I put the onions on a plate and added some beef with water, making sure it was fully cooked.  I drained it and added the onions again, along with some organic tomato sauce, that obviously had no sugar in it.  It came out great!  As you can see I made my favorite sweet baked potatoes, so delicious!  I cooked them at 400 degree fahrenheit and a half an hour later it was complete. So nice!

flat steak

The above was two flat steaks I got from the supermarket on Friday, so delicious!  I am definitely buying chives and the dressing again think week as it really made my meals that much better.

Good luck! 🙂

Day 11 & 12 Whole30 Diet – Meals & almost half way there!

pizzapotReally proud of myself for sticking with this program.  For some reason when trying other diets and counting calories for everything I ate, I never seemed to stick to the plan.  I tried MyFitnessPal.com and never could remember to enter all meals.  On the Whole30 I am accountable for the food I eat as I make it from scratch myself.  I normally hate cooking as I am a working mother and cooking at the end of the long work day in Sales is not my idea of fun!  My 3 boys (counts my husband) are super picky eaters so I typically let my husband fend for himself and then try to get the younger kids to eat as much as possible before bed time.  I then cook the separate Whole30 meal on my own, and it nice to do something healthy for myself.  Before I wasn’t respecting my body as much as I am now.

After children and being in my 30’s, I always thought that I would just naturally be as thin as I was in my 20’s, however it is far from the case!  My metabolism slowed down tremendously, especially post 35, and this year being 36 I knew I needed to do a complete lifestyle change with food.  I few older ladies I know that were super skinny were on the Paleo Diet which is a little similar to the Whole30.  Basically limits your sugar and carb intake too.  I thought to myself ‘how could I ever not eat carbs’ but here I am no carb for almost two full weeks now.  My husband definitely sees the difference which I like.  For now I plan on sticking with it until the end of the 30 days, and hopefully after that I will never go back to carbs again.  A thinner woman I know only does smoothies during the day that she makes herself, no carbs, no sugar.  It is a sacrifice, but I think worth feeling more energetic and healthy as a whole as we all grow older.

Onto my meals today, I was on my phone emailing for work this morning and by the time I looked up it was 9am!  I got in the shower and walked to work per usual, but didn’t have a chance to cook the eggs I normally cook.  Instead I had some grapes in the refridgerator, along with the chicken soup and coconut biscuits and walked quickly to work.  I was more hungry throughout the day without those eggs, so I need to make sure that I do eat before I leave now onwards.  I ended up going grocery shopping after and saw a great dinner recipe that I modified to make it my own.  They are called Pizza Potatoes and they were delicious!

First I cut a white russet potato in 4 pieces and put them in the microwave for 5 minutes.  They were hot after and I carved out little holes to place the pizza ingredients in.  After I put a little olive oil in a 12×9 pan and put the four pieces of partially hallowed out potato on it.

Second I cut a tomato and mushrooms up, placing them on the frying pan with a little olive oil and Himalayan salt since regular iodized salt is off limits.  Threw a little dash of pepper in it and set it to the side.  I bought some organic sugar free tomato sauce, opened it up and put some on the potatoes.  Then I topped it with the tomato mushroom mix and pepperoni, and threw it in the oven for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.   After I topped it with chives and it was perfect.  It was so delicious and I am so happy I tried it!  Final product below:

 

This would be a stellar meal to entertain with friends and could really make them smile!  HAPPY EATING!