Lifestyle, Recipes

Whole 30: Week 2 Review

Well my friends, Week 2 has come and gone which means it’s time for a recap! The second week of my Whole 30 journey was a little more difficult than the first, which I think is normal. The newness and excitement of it all wore off, and visions of ice cream danced in my head basically every day. Ha! BUT I am praising the Lord because I’ve been able to stay strong and stick with it.

If you’re new here, you can read about why I’m doing the Whole 30 here, and about Week 1 here! Now let’s discuss Week 2…

The Good

My energy levels felt way more normal during this week which was a huge bonus for my workouts! I hit my 5 workout goal, and not only did I get them done, but they felt really awesome. It’s crazy how great my stomach felt on my run without any artificial nastiness in there.

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I loved trying more new recipes throughout the week and we found some major winners! They included pizza soup and buffalo chicken meatballs (great for our March Madness watch party. I substituted almond flour for the panko and it worked just fine!). But the biggest winners this week were breakfast items. We made these sweet potato waffle breakfast sandwiches (but with russet potatoes) and this sweet potato apple bake and I’m pretty sure I could eat both of these things every single day. Please do yourself a favor and try one or both! Even Brady loved them. 🙂

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Also, I have been sleeping like a rock. I get to where I can’t keep my eyes open much past 10 and I’m feeling better rested throughout the day. I still struggle with waking up, but hey, maybe I’m just not meant to be a morning person?

 

The Bad

Like I mentioned earlier, my cravings hit a lot stronger this past week. When my sugar monster would start roaring, I would try to think about something else, or get busy with a different task and usually I’d forget about it. But it was hard! I would love a scoop of ice cream or a nice warm cookie right about now. Even though I’ve had more cravings, it feels really good to know that I can say no to them and move on. It’s a strength I’ve doubted I have so many times!

My stomach did a few weird things during Week 2. There were a couple of days that any food (especially fruit) gave me some weird stomach pain and I got a lot of random headaches. I was also PMSing, so I’m sure that added into it as well. I’m a little frustrated that my digestive issues don’t seem to be getting better yet, but I’m still hopeful!

Goals for Week 3:

  • Drink More Water– I can always improve on this, and I’m pretty sure I haven’t been getting enough
  • Eat More Veggies– My go-to is always fruit and protein. I need to up my veggie intake!
  • Workout 5 times
  • Watch portion control/eat when hungry

Thanks for stopping by! Is anyone else out there doing Whole 30? How’s it going for you?

Lifestyle

Whole 30: Week 1 Review

Happy FriYAY! Don’t you just love knowing the weekend is upon us?! Our weekend will be full of LOTS of basketball. I’m thankful Brady and I both love March Madness and that our brackets aren’t completely shot yet. 😉

I am currently on Day 12 of the Whole 30 and wanted to share a Week 1 recap with you all! You can find part 1 of this Whole 30 mini-series here, where I explain my reasons for changing my diet in this way.

So, how did Week 1 go you ask? 😉

The Good

I had primarily given up sugar about a week beforehand and I think that helped me with my cravings for the start of Whole 30. They really weren’t bad, and I enjoyed getting to try new recipes and eat some of my favorite things like SWEET POTATOES. (These buffalo chicken sweet potato boats were my jam for week 1!) My husband has been such a trooper and has enjoyed the Whole 30 compliant meals right along with me! For week 1 we also tried mini-frittatas for breakfast, gluten-free chicken tenders, and basic chicken fajitas (on lettuce for me, tortillas for him).

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I have struggled with acne for most of my 20’s, but I did not notice any additional breakouts during week 1 which was a really nice surprise! I’m thanking the no-sugar for that. 🙂

The Bad

There were a few hard things that happened during week 1, but nothing too extravagant! It was Brady’s birthday week which meant eating out a couple of times. I did my best to stay compliant with the meals I chose, but there is always room for improvement! Sitting at Olive Garden surrounded by delicious breadsticks was not easy, let me tell ya. But I made it through the evening and came out a stronger person!

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I also noticed a lack of energy, especially in the afternoons. I only got in 3-4 SHORT workouts because I really wasn’t feeling it with my energy levels. My goal for week 2 is to stick to my consistent, 5 times a week, workout routine.

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So, all in all, week 1 wasn’t too bad! The changes were exciting and new, and if my cravings came, they passed rather quickly.

Week 2 Goals: 

  • workout 5 times
  • watch portion control/stop eating when I’m full (why is this such a hard concept for me?!)

 

Cheers to week 2, friends, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

 

Lifestyle

Why I’m Doing the Whole 30

I’ve followed Whole 30 on social media for over a year now. I’ve heard of different friends doing it and having great results. Heck, I even gave it a shot in February of last year. So why am I doing it now?

I came to a breaking point in my relationship with food about a month ago. I know I know, it sounds weird to say that we have a relationship with food, but we do! Mine has been pretty broken since I can remember (overeating/binge eating/emotional eating). I’ve used food as a crutch. As a rock in times of struggle. As a reward for any and everything. Basically, I’ve turned to food instead of Jesus with a lack of self-control to the point that it made me feel sick, physically and emotionally.

So, like I said, I hit a breaking point about a month ago and knew something had to change. I’ve gotten better about eating healthy foods over the last 2 years, but I’ve still had a crazy addiction to sugar and carbs. As in if there was candy or sweets or anything of the like around, it would find its way into my mouth and be polished off without a second thought. I got to a point where I was disgusted with my lack of self control and the hold that the enemy has on this area of my life. I knew something intense needed to change, and I was ready to put in the hard work to do it.

Enter: Whole 30

I chose Whole 30 because it isn’t a diet or fad, but it’s an eating plan that is meant to change your relationship with food. You can learn more about it here. The basics are no grains, sugar, dairy, or legumes for 30 days. That’s it. No calorie counting or set meal plans, just crazy good recipes to help you get over the food addictions in your life. I love that the program asks you to weigh yourself at the beginning and the end, but THAT’S IT. You will most likely lose weight with this diet shift, but they don’t want that to be your focus.

So, here are the things that I am hoping to accomplish through this program:

  • break my addiction to sugar (yes, it’s a scientific addiction)
  • clear up the acne I’ve been dealing with for most of my 20’s
  • be less bloated/lose the extra pounds I have
  • learn to eat to fuel my body
  • solve my digestive issues (chronic constipation if you must know)
  • sleep soundly
  • and most of all, let this become an area of my life that Jesus has control of

Now that I am on Day 10, I’m already noticing some of these things changing and I couldn’t be more thankful. God has been walking with me on this health journey for almost 2 years now, and I know I can only keep going by leaning on Him. If I need to do a Whole 60 or Whole 90 to truly break my habits, then I’ll do it. I’m excited to pray through this and see where it all leads.

A week 1 recap will be coming soon! If you’ve thought about doing the Whole 30, don’t hesitate to reach out with questions! And if you’ve done it before, I’d love to hear any tips you have. 🙂

Thanks for reading, and have a beautiful day!

Recipes

Mini Frittatas (Whole 30 Approved!)

When I wake up on a work day, most likely in semi-zombie mode, the last thing I want to have to worry about is finding a way to have a nutritious breakfast. Can anyone relate?!

Normally my go-to is Shakeology, a superfood meal-replacement shake. BUT this past week I started the Whole 30, where Shakeology is out of bounds. (It contains natural sweetener which is a no-no). So instead of making myself a hearty breakfast each morning, I decided to mass produce these mini frittatas so I can grab a couple, heat them up, and get lots of nutrition without much thought.

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These little guys are delicious, even if you’re not doing the Whole 30. They are packed with protein and nutrients and come in at about 100-110 calories each. And the best part? They are incredibly versatile. You can use whatever you have on hand. I love recipes that allow me to get creative!

Oh, and did I mention that my husband loves them too? I love sneaking greens into his meals whenever possible, and I’m guessing these could be a great way to get some veggies in for your kiddos as well.

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Below is a basic outline of how we’ve loved making our mini frittatas, but like I said, get creative! Comment below if you think of any other delicious ingredients that could be added!

Whole 30 Approved Mini Frittatas

Ingredients:

  • 10 large eggs
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Seasoning (I used Flavor God’s Garlic Lovers)
  • All-Natural breakfast meat, chopped (we’ve used 7 chicken sausage links or 7 pieces of cooked bacon)
  • 1 Cup All-Natural Frozen Shredded Hashbrowns
  • 1 Cup of Spinach,chopped
  • 1/2 Red Onion, chopped
  • 2-3 Tomatoes, thinly sliced into 12 rounds

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Cook breakfast meat until desired texture.
  2. Spray a muffin tin with cooking oil. Fill tins evenly with hasbrowns, spinach, onion, and meat.
  3. Whisk the eggs, salt, pepper, and garlic seasoning in a large bowl until well mixed. Pour evenly into muffin tins. I found this to be easier by using a 1/3 measuring cup as a spoon.
  4. Place a tomato slice on top of each frittata.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until they reach the consistency you desire.

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How easy is that?! I love eating mine with hot sauce or salsa, and I also think avocado would go great on top. Let me know what you think when you give them a try! 🙂