Whole 30 Reset button

So I started my Whole 30 off with a  bang. Super prepared. Meals planned, groceries bought, friend meal success. Then I had a stressful day and travel on my agenda and I tripped and stumbled a little. I had a cocktail or two (grapefruit, vodka, etc.), and I may or may not have had some delicious chicken pot pie that my adorable dear friend Katie made. From there the snowball effect occurred…and I fell far far off that wagon. I basically ejected from the wagon. But, as I mentioned in previous posts, I can’t be too hard on myself. This is a choice I am making to improve my overall well-being and my eating choices. Now, it is important for me to recognize that certain situations are a trigger to me, and evaluate what it is that I can do to improve that in the future! Since I have this current challenge, and then I am participating in the Clean Plate challenge with CrossFit Vantage, I feel like I will really dive into the choices I make, why they happen, and what I can do to improve that!

Now with that confession out of the way, I did stay very dedicated to my exercising and made some super successful yummy meals! Did you catch that picture up above? Those are my new custom nanos…I am only slightly obsessed and love putting them on for my morning workout everyday! It definitely helps to have fresh gear to keep me dedicated to the gym!

As far as food though, which I am sure you care more about, the quiche from last post was a huge hit. Not only did my dog Soco love it, but my husband and my Uncle loved it too! So much so that I made it again this week, but with arugula instead of spinach. I have found that nuts are super helpful, and the roasted plantains from Trader Joes are a real life saver. See, even other bloggers about the Whole 30 rave about them! I also am LOVING the Yogi Green Tea- muscle recovery. It has turmeric in it which has anti-inflammatory effects! God knows my muscles are sore every 5 minutes because of CrossFit so let’s hope this tea actually makes a difference!

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I have to say our friend meal was one of the best by far! Thanks to my girl Juli for hosting us for this one! We made almond crusted chicken breast, with asparagus and purple sweet potatoes. The picture does not do it justice at all, and I apologize for the yucky quality. If you want to recreate it just simply:

1)Preheat the oven to 350

2) Dip the chicken breast into 2/3 eggs (I break the eggs into a bowl and scramble them up a little bit first)

3) Then coat the chicken in almond flour (I usually put the flour on a plate, and then put the egg soaked chicken right on that plate to get a good covering!)

4) Put in a greased pan and bake for about 20 minutes (time will vary based on the size of the chicken- we had thin cutlets so our chicken baked very quickly!)

For the asparagus- we simply sautéed them in a pan with coconut oil, garlic, and lemon juice. As for the purple sweet potatoes- how fun is that?! We boiled them, and then mashed them kind of like mashed potatoes. They were very vibrant purple, and totally put a new spin on “make your plate colorful.”  Yum!!

Now I am reinspired as we go into a new week so…here we go again!

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A Clean Plate Looks Like…

I am lucky to have some amazing friends who are always up for trying something new! And in the spirit of the “newness” of the year, some of my dear friends and I have decided to embark on the Whole 30 challenge which we started Monday January 5. To add to that…my awesome gym is doing a Clean Plate Challenge starting January 25…so I have about 2 months of clean eating ahead of me. Fingers crossed I make it!

I decided I would try to share my journey with you all to keep myself accountable and also maybe give you some inspiration or ideas! So some starter tips from me to you:

1) To begin with, it is important to prepare. The first time we did this, I really did not take that advice seriously. I just dove right in thinking it couldn’t be that hard. I was wrong…so this time I plan to actually meal prep, meal plan, and only give myself options for success! The pictures above are a few of the fun stuff I made. Recipes (for the pictures, as well as a few other things I made) are as follows:

  • Quiche with a sweet potato crust- adapted from this recipeThe only thing I did differently was use Spinach instead of Arugula!

Side note about my quiche adventure. My Springer Spaniel. Soco,  also decided he loved quiche. So much so that  we took our eyes off of it for one second, and he ate the whole thing in one bite. Hope the first one was good…from the looks of the photo below, it was delicious! I did make a second one, and that one was yummy! IMG_0024

  • Tuna (scored some awesome Wild Planet tuna at Costco!) with Whole 30 mayo, and green apples (got the idea from here!)
  • Slow cooker pulled pork (no recipe for this one- just a few seasonings, and throw it in the slow cooker for 4 hours)
  • Massaged kale greens (learn about why to massage your kale here!)

2) It is great to have a support group. Three of my local friends and I are taking this challenge together. To make the time go by, we take turns having a dinner at each person’s house once a week and make a fun and creative Whole 30 compliant meal. It helps that no one is having a glass of wine, or a slice of pie, or whatever it is that could be your trigger!

3) Remember that this is a choice you made for your health and well being. This is not something someone is forcing you to do. This is not supposed to be torture. It is important to keep your mindset positive, reminding yourself that you are not being deprived but rather replacing old habits.