Day 2/30

The Mister and I went to bed hungry last night so I woke up ravenous! That Southwestern Frittata I wrote about yesterday, the one that was supposed to hold us for three days? Yeah, we finished it this morning. When you think about it though, it had 12 eggs in it so divided between two people on two days means we each “only” had three eggs a piece. Oh well — I’m not worried. It was tasty, we were hungry, and we ate it!

For lunch I packed double salads. I ate the first one, had a peach and some blueberries, then picked out all the goodies from the second salad, leaving only the lettuce. I was pretty hungry within a few hours so I”m going to add more chicken when we have it. We have a few avocados ripening on the window sill and I can’t wait until they’re ready. Yum and yum.

I followed this recipe for dinner: pan seared Creole tilapia. It wasn’t pan seared so much as cooked on a grill pan from Ikea but it still tasted really good! I’m not a fish person so that was going to be part of the challenge about Whole30, but this tilapia brought no flavor of its own so it just took on the taste of the spices. The texture was nice, too; it was white and flaky and just a little bit firm. I sometimes like salmon but now I think I prefer tilapia 🙂 The recipe was great but next time I’d halve it because each piece of fish had a lot of spice on it. I’m wimpy when it comes to spices so I was sweating just a little but they say spicy foods help reduce stress so yay me. On the side I made asparagus by simmering for a few minutes while the fish was cooking. The timing was nearly perfect and start to finish, I probably spent 25 minutes prepping and cooking dinner. Asparagus instructions here.

We were still hungry after dinner so I tried making kale chips. We bought packaged kale from Trader Joe’s and I just ripped that up, tossed it by hand with a bit of coconut oil (again, this stuff smells soooo good!) and then laid it out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I sprinkled it with our new Adobo spice mix (made by Goya) and baked it for 10 minutes at 375F. It was pretty good — my husband kept saying it was bitter and not very good yet he ate more than half the bowl…hmm, suspicious 🙂 That didn’t fill us up though so then we gorged on blueberries. As I write this post, my tummy still isn’t completely full…or maybe it is and I just haven’t realized what not overeating feels like!

I had a few cups of Lemon Lift tea at the office today but I’ve felt peppy the whole day through. Whether that’s the Whole30 already or just a coincidence, I ain’t complaining. And I had one very serious moment of soul searching: when a coworker brought back Ho-Ho’s from their lunch break. Yesterday Twinkies returned to stores so there’s been a lot of talk about those and then when he showed up with Ho-Ho’s, I wanted one BADLY. Then I thought about how it’s only day two and that I am committed to this challenge and am leaving no room for mess ups (if I did, I would cheat, absolutely). Then I imagined eating a Ho-Ho and how it would probably be a let down and the craving passed. Phew!

How about you? Any cravings yet? Let me know in the comments!


Day 1/30

First day!!!!!!!! I’m not sure how many exclamation marks I’ll be using by day six or seven, but I wanted to start out positively. Last night I baked a Southwestern Frittata, which I got here:

It was tasty but I used a pan that was bigger than used in the recipe so the eggs were thinner and not as fluffy as they could be. We also used ground turkey instead of the recommended ground beef and we’ll go with the beef next time for sure. Overall we liked the flavor and put it on the “eat again” list. We both had large slices and will have it again Tuesday and Wednesday, if possible.

For lunch we both had salads. Mine had cherry tomatoes, carrots, chicken and homemade balsamic vinaigrette. I had some blueberries and a peach on the side. It was good but I’m going to double the size for tomorrow. My husband had lunch at Panera Bread — did you know they have a hidden menu that is pretty close to Paleo? Check it out: He got the steak lettuce wraps sans pesto and said it was tasty.

Dinner was grilled Jennie-O turkey burgers. The ingredient list looked okay to us, maybe with the exception of “natural flavorings.” I roasted about 12 ounces of broccoli in EVOO and tossed it with Monteal Steak seasoning (love that stuff!). We also cooked up some onions for on top of the burgers (can I just say the smell of onions sautéing in coconut oil is AMAZING?) and added some sliced cherry tomatoes in place of ketchup. We liked all of the parts of the meal and scarfed it down. We’re both a little hungry but don’t have any snack foods plus snacking is discouraged; the idea is that in time, our bodies will figure out how much we need to eat and we’ll be satisfied from meal to meal. I’m looking forward to that part.

My husband says he has a headache, but he gets on just about every day so I don’t think that’s part of Whole30. I think it’s too soon for us to be feeling any differently because we ate fairly well before, with the exception of dinner which usually consisted of a meat with a sweet sauce (BBQ, teriyaki, etc) with a starchy side (potatoes, rice, quinoa). We’re both tired but that’s because our cat gets lonely at 2am and likes to wake us up to cuddle 🙂

Have you done a Whole30? How did you start off? Where did you find your recipes? I’d be glad for any tips!

Prep Day

I’ll start with yesterday. My husband and I spent an unprecedented TWO HOURS shopping for food, not to mention the 45 minutes we spent beforehand planning out our meals and writing a shopping list. I looked to the Whole9 forums and Pinterest for inspiration. We live just outside Philadelphia and have access to pretty much every grocery store chain on the east coast and we live less than 15 minutes away from Giant, SuperFresh, Acme, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. We usually shop at Giant (it’s closest) but yesterday we checked out Trader Joe’s first (we wanted to head to a farmer’s market but it being 7pm on Sunday, there were none open). The prices at TJ are supposed to be lower than most regular grocery stores so we gave it a shot. What we found is that they have lots of great organic produce and specialty products at reasonable prices but with our entry-level salaries, we’re going to stick with Giant. The larger stores can afford to have more variety, too, and we are BIG fans of the one-stop shop (but we will hopefully make it to a farmer’s market for this next week).

Spices etc

Spices etc

We’ll definitely need to use these spices because most sauces and condiments are OUT. And coconut oil is the Whole30 preferred cooking oil. It’s new to me so we’ll see how that goes!



Our haul, just the stuff that doesn’t go in the fridge.



Delicious and forbidden!



What is Whole30?

Whole30 has been growing in popularity among bloggers and fans of the Paleo diet. What is it? Glad you asked! Whole30 is a thirty day challenge where your food habits, sweet/salty cravings and “health food” assumptions are broken down, reassembled, and built into something new and awesome.

Here are the basics: for thirty days, your diet should only consist of meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, and fats/oils. That rules out dairy, legumes, soy, grains, and sugar — and any food or food product that has any of those things. It also rules out mystery ingredients with names that no one can pronounce.

It sounds pretty limiting and in fact, it is. But how much of our daily diet is actually clean basic natural real recognizable food? I know Twinkies taste delicious but have you ever heard a tiny voice in the back of your head asking…what is this? Whole30 is meant to get back to the basics of what people need to eat for their bodies to run at an optimum level.

Now, it’s only for thirty days — Whole365 is not a thing that people do. And you can read why and learn a TON more about Whole30 at the website that started it all:

So check it out! Read all about it and if you’re still interested, come back tomorrow!