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Whole 30 | Last Week Update and Thoughts/Results

Hello lovelies ❤

It has been about 30 days since starting the Whole 30 challenge and I have learned a lot!

Although this last week was a fail, I am going to continue incorporating the things I ate and learned from this challenge. This last week was a struggle, not because I had cravings, or couldn’t stick to it, but because of the weather. Surprisingly, Texas had ice days and snow days. I work at a hotel and hotels don’t get “snow days.” We have to be at work regardless. I ended up having to spend the night at the hotel 3 nights out of the week with no food prep items or healthy snacks with me. Sad day:(

“Non-Scale Victories”

  • Bloating went down tremendously
  • Learned what to look for in restaurant menus when trying to eat healthy
  • Gained a deeper appreciation of trying new vegetables and foods
  • Learned how to cook with alternative ingredients like coconut oil for butter or sweetening things, coconut milk to add creaminess, cashews and almonds instead of peanuts
  • Definition of muscles deepened
  • Menstrual Cycle shortened; minimum to no menstrual pain
  • Clear skin

Above are some of the things I experienced during the Whole 30 challenge. I weighed myself just once during the entire 30 days because losing weight was not my goal. I will say I did experience weight loss during the challenge. Pinterest and searching for the whole30 hashtag on Instagram really helped me get through this challenge.

If you want to step up your fitness/healthy lifestyle, I recommend doing this Whole 30 challenge and incorporating all the things you learn to your everyday. Visit Whole 30 to learn more about the Whole 30 challenge. Living a healthy lifestyle is an everyday learning experience. You will have your ups and downs but overcoming the downs is what keeps me going.

Stay healthy! Your body will thank you!

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Whole30 | Week 3 Update

Hello lovies,

It’s week 3 of this Whole30 challenge and it has been a learning experience. I will definitely have a post about what I have learned and my results after I finish the 30 days.

What I’m eating this week:

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Breakfast: Baked Egg Frittata
Ingredients
-carton of egg whites(serving: 10 eggs)
-4 eggs(with yolks)
-mushrooms
-spinach
-bell peppers
-ground chicken or pork

Directions
1. Cook vegetables and ground meat. Make sure to season to your desire.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
3. In an oven safe dish add eggs and veggie/ground meat mixture
4. Cook until eggs are baked through

*you can add any vegetables/ingredients you have on hand

Lunch: avocado and tomatoes with balsamic vinegar

Dinner: Porkchop with baby kale, broccoli, mushrooms, and asparagus

Snacks: Cashews, Almonds, Fruit

I’m not gonna lie and say I’ve been perfect with eating Whole30 compliant meals every single day. I have cheated a couple of times due the holidays, and other events, but have stuck with the challenge almost all of the 30 days. Stay tune to what I’ve learned and my results!

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Whole30 | Week 2

Hello beauties!

It’s week 2 of the Whole30 challenge and I am still going strong! I have fought cravings and have even eaten out Whole30 style. One day my sis and I just wanted to go out to eat so we went to Chipotle. We still stuck with Whole30 approved foods: salad with only grilled chicken, and extra vegetables; no cheese or dressing. It was still very delicious!

*Tip: if you know you are going to be eating out, look up the menu online and find alternatives for certain food items. Knowing exactly what you are going to order when u get there helps you stick to your challenge/diet. Also online is usually where they post nutritional facts.

Here’s what I’m eating in week 2:

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Breakfast: potato hash (diced potatoes, ground chicken, cherry tomatoes, onion)
Snack: Fruit
Lunch: 1 avocado, Greek salad no cheese
Snack: almonds
Dinner: Fish with roasted balsamic vegetables

I was lacking a little energy the 1st week, but eating out(every now and then), Paleo approved of course is helping. I have noticed I am smaller and more toned in my stomach area. Getting toned is my ultimate goal and it looks like Whole30 is really helping with that. I am no longer feeling bloated! I am so happy with that because bloating is really what I’ve been struggling with.

Staying strong! I will get through this!

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Let’s Try This Again: Whole 30/Paleo Challenge

Hello Peeps!

I always like to challenge my body and mind when it comes to this healthy lifestyle. One of my friends on social media kept posting pics and statuses about Whole 30 challenge. I was so intrigued and started researching.

Whole 30 is not exactly like the Paleo diet but very similar. It is meant to detox your body, change the way you think about food, and increase your energy. Look at this link here to read more about this challenge: Whole 30.

If you’ve followed my blog for awhile, you would know I tried the Paleo diet before. I ended up stopping early. See post on why I ended it here: 30 Day Paleo Challenge. Also check posts under my 30 Day Paleo Challenge tab to see what kind of foods I ate.

I feel like I have a different mindset going into this Whole 30 Challenge. I want to learn to appreciate healthy food and decrease the cravings I have experienced. I am going to get through the 30 days and am hopeful it will take my healthy lifestyle to the next level.

In short you can eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds – See more at: The Whole 30 Rules. You cannot eat grains, legumes, dairy, processed foods, alcohol, or any added sugars.

Week 1: Whole 30

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Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs with a half banana

Snack: fruit

Lunch: chicken and broccoli

Snack: handful of almonds

Dinner: pork chop with mixed vegetables

Snack/Dessert: baked banana with a tiny bit of almond butter, cinnamon and blueberries

Who wants to join me on this journey???

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3rd Week Update/Meals???: 30 Day Paleo Challenge

Hmmm how am I doing on this challenge???…

I’ve decided to end the 30 day paleo challenge early. Although I am ending it, I have learned so much about my eating habits and what I can and cannot eat.

Reasons I’m calling it quits:

I believe some challenges are not for everyone and some are not always healthy for you. For me, before I started the challenge I never had huge cravings for junk food. When I did start the challenge, I was having cravings left and right. The point of the challenge was to eat healthier and having these frequent cravings was not beneficial for me. I also believe to have a well balanced diet, that you do need pasta, grains, bread, dairy, and peanut butter–some of the things you cannot eat while on a paleo diet–to a minimum of course!

What I have learned?:

Several pros did come from this challenge.

  1. I learned that I have a gluten and dairy intolerance. I would get extremely bloated when I would eat cereal, wheat bread and pasta, oats, and dairy products. When I started the challenge, the bloating went down tremendously. I was very pleased to learn this. I will limit my intake of these foods.
  2. I am also going to limit my processed foods intake. I will try to think of more meals that contain farm fresh ingredients.
  3. Piling up on veggies really kept me full during the challenge. I will incorporate this into my meals.
  4. I learned some alternatives for ingredients. If I am craving peanut butter, I can use almond butter. If I need milk, I will use almond milk. Thinking about sweets, eat fruit. Protein=a lot of fish, avocados, chicken, bananas, pork
  5. If I am not hungry I don’t need to snack. I think when I was trying to eat 3 meals with snacking at least twice a day, my body got use to snacking; even if I was not hungry. If I am not hungry, I will not snack.
  6. Last, but not least, I learned that I need to eat a larger breakfast to sustain me throughout the day

Overall, this was a great learning experience. I will continue to do different challenges, learn from them, and take what I need from each challenge and incorporate it into my healthy journey. 🙂

Check my previous post “Meal Prep Sunday: What’s for Lunch.” My meals are still healthy, I just have a little bit more flexibility because I am not eating paleo!

Until next time,

Deuces!

 

2nd Week Update/Meals: 30 Day Paleo Challenge

Well hello there! It is the 2nd week of me starting the paleo diet. It has been hard to say the least. Unfortunately the cravings have increased. Below I have listed the meals I have eaten all week.

Breakfast: 2 egg muffins

egg muffin

Lunch: chicken salad with a side of fruit

chicken salad

Dinner: tilapia with a side of veggies (no picture, sorry forgot to take one)

If I got hungry in between meals I would eat either raisins or carrots/banana with almond butter.

I will admit I cheated 2 days out of the week. On Wednesday my job had an employee rally. Of course they only had fatty foods, sigh. They had pizza, hot dogs, and popcorn. I had it all. I told you the cravings got real.

Remember when I told you I go to a new place to eat once out of the week…well I don’t think I’m going to change that even throughout this Paleo Challenge. My sisters and I went to Village Burger Bar and enjoyed a nice juicy burger lol. (Review coming right after this post!)

All and all this week went by ok with 2 cheat days. Bloating still was at a minimum even with the cheat days which is awesome!

Comment below if you would like the recipes. They are super easy and only require a small amount of ingredients.

Comment below if you would like the recipe for the egg muffins or chicken for the chicken salad.

Deuces!

1st Week Update/Meals: 30 Day Paleo Challenge

Confession time…eating Paleo isn’t really that hard but I do have my moments. First let me tell you what I ate for the 1st week of this challenge.

Breakfast:

  • 1/2 avacado
  • 2 boiled eggs
  • 2 slices of bacon (i used low sodium turkey bacon, which I don’t think is paleo…opps)

eggs, ava, bacon

Lunch:

  • 1 can of tuna
  • 1 avacado
Doesn't look to appetizing but it was really good
Doesn’t look to appetizing but it was really good

Dinner:

  • grilled chicken
  • veggies

chicken, veggies

If I was hungry throughout the day I would snack on fruit. Immediately, I started seeing results. My stomach was flat and I didn’t feel bloated by the end of the day like I usually feel.

The con of this diet is I started having more cravings. I craved chocolate and other fatty foods :/ I was going to try not to have a cheat day like I usually do on my fitness journey, but that didn’t happen. Me and my sisters went to Johnathon’s on Sunday lol (see previous post for my 1st time impression of Johnathon’s) I obviously like this place if I’m going again lol…anyway also throughout the week my sister had a potluck at her job. She brought back cake:/ which i couldn’t pass up. It was a small piece, but still!

With a few mishaps last week, I am back at it this week! Join me on this journey, let’s get healthy together!

Deuces!