This Whole30 feels like its going way faster than the last one. It just feels normal now, like I’m just eating. I don’t overthink it all (which is new for me). Before the last Whole30 and this one I cleared all my cupboard and fridge. It’s nice to know I can just go for the food in my house and eat it, no guilt. I definitely recommend this, especially on your first time – it’s so easy to fall off the wagon if there are quick, easy treats at arms length.
I bought an immersion blender this week. So shit got exciting. Hello, Paleo Mayo!
If you’ve missed the previous posts, weeks one, two and three are here, here and here.
Crispy, crumbed chicken has long been a firm favourite of mine. So as soon as I nailed the paleo mayonnaise I decided I needed something scrumptious to dunk in it, and what goes better than crispy chicken and creamy mayo?!
I had tried making paleo mayo once before but failed miserably when the ingredients didn’t emulsify. On my second attempt, following Michelle’sstrict instructions and recipe I had huge success! Phil is a huge mayo fan so was over the moon. You can find the recipe at the above link.
This week sage has become my favourite herb. So much so, I want to name mine and Phil’s first daughter after it but he’s not having any of it. Especially, if you already know his surname which he shares with a common vegetable (similar to a zucchini/courgette) he’s scared she’ll sound like a recipe. I was all, mate, she’s a reflection of us and I LOVE cooking! He’s still not keen…
You can see week’s one and two here and here. You can see what I ate this week, below:
First up, if you’re one of those people who tastes soap when they eat coriander (true story), then don’t make this. You’ll hate it. Also, I feel for you. If you’re like me and adore the fresh taste and fragrance, then get involved! This is the laziest, quickest, easiest of Thai-inspired dishes that packs a punch in the flavour zone. Even better, it’s paleo and Whole30 approved!
This week, week two, Phil tried to break me by dangling a pizza flyer in my face and saying I could have a night off cooking. I won’t lie, I nearly faltered – but then I slapped that flyer down and told him to bin it. It felt goooooooooooood.
I was feeling good at the end of week one, no sugar hangovers and no drastic changes in weight. But I find it takes 2-3 weeks to really see the results.
Week two eats are below – I’ll admit, I ate some meals again, from week one. Because I LOVE THEM. I also tried out some brand new recipes! It’s cold, so we are eating lean roast meat quite a lot – it’s super packed with flavour and if you only add a small dollop of coconut oil to the roasting pan, it’s not greasy or fatty. Just be careful not to pick the fatty cuts of meat (ie. pork with crackling, drool.).
When I did my first Whole 30 I remember my biggest question was “but what do you eat?!“. I’ve compiled my eats for the first week of my third Whole 30. Yeah, third time. How many times does it take to make one a Whole 30 addict? I think five times.
Read on for photos of food (because in 2017, this is all we take photos of), recipes and my thoughts on the days as they progress.
Boom, alright! I feel amazing. I’m not stopping at 30 days, I’m carrying on. I won’t be as stringent, because hello! Christmas is on it’s way. But apart from Christmas celebrations and my trips to Prague and Salzburg – I will be eating Whole 30.
Last time I did a Whole 30 in 2012 I was straight onto a glass of wine the day after, to celebrate. Seems silly, I know. But this time round I’m older, more determined and ultimately just not as beholden to a glass of wine like I used to be.
I sleep soundly every night. Every! I have more energy, I get up and move about more, I’m overall less lazy.
I have lost 4.7kgs (10.3lbs) and not only do I feel and notice the difference, people are commenting on it. The frustrating thing is that my weight loss is all around my face and shoulders and décolletage. They always say you lose it top to bottom, so I really need to get stuck in now to slim my tummy and ass.
My skin is clear, my hair is glossy (I think it’s all the salmon and avocado I’ve been eating); religiously drinking water really does have it’s benefits.
I won’t be posting weekly reviews moving forward, instead the odd catch up post on how I’m progressing.
If you are wondering about a Whole 30 and if it’s right for you – start reading up. Knowledge is power. If you understand the eating plan of Whole 30 you can make a judgement. Don’t jump in knowing half the facts. Especially make sure you understand what is approved to eat and what is discouraged. A simple slip up of eating peas (nearly happened to me on day 24) could ruin all your hard work. Not ruin in the fact that you gain weight or your body falls apart, but more your sense of achievement for not making it the full 30 days!
We are beyond fully in the swing of this thing. We are owning it like Whole 30-champions. Every day I’m excited to look up new recipes or simply experimenting with the fun things I find in the vegetable zone of the supermarket: courgetti, boodles (butternut squash noodles) and so many different types of mushroom.
Also people are noticing the changes – my face is slimmer, my skin is clearer and my other half is grateful that my emotions and mood are now under control and I’m not up and down every other hour.
On the weekend I finally got around to trying Nom Nom Paleo’s Cracklin’ Chicken. Devine. The boyfriend was overjoyed. I was amazed at the flavour and crunch. It’s a great alternative to roast chicken paired with oven roasted sweet potato and a huge heaps of steamed brocolli. Perfect winter fodder. So easy to make and so cheap considering you’re using chicken thighs – which I think always has more flavour than the breast meat.
I cooked a piece of beef earlier in the week in the oven, roasting it to a crispy outer but still moist in the middle. No idea how I actually managed that – but I’ll take it. There was beef leftover so froogle, money saver me (not me at all, normally) decided to whip up a hearty tomato, beef, chilli soup with the leftovers. Adding mushrooms, carrots, onion, garlic, the leftover beef, a can of tomatoes and a hint of chilli the soup thickened and I was pleasantly surprised as to how it turned out.
I’m looking forward to the week ahead. I feel like we are in full swing and nothing is going to throw us off. Today is day 28, we technically have Monday and Tuesday to go to hit our 30 day completion. But the other half and I have decided we’re going to keep going. Christmas is coming so things will get mental soon. But we’ve decided that unless it’s a special event or night out or Christmas, we won’t be breaking from how we’ve been eating. We’re reaping the benefits and we don’t want to give it up.
Week three of Whole 30 was yet another success, we stuck to it and I tried out even more yummy recipes that I’m keen to share. People are even noticing how different we look now – clear skin and eyes and even seeing the weight we’ve lost.
I’ve felt more energetic this week and have been out moving about – we’ve been on walks to and through Greenwich Park. I’ve been getting off the bus earlier to walk further. Little things, but they’re adding up and I’m feeling better for it.
With every week we complete the more my determination grows to continue eating the Whole 30 way for longer. It really makes me feel so much better and I’m enjoying cooking new recipes. We’ve decided to continue eating this way except for the odd night out or celebration. But definitely no more bottles of wine at home on a Monday night.
Week two flew by, I literally don’t know where the week went. Not once did I panic about food or what I was planning, nor did I ever feel hungry. I continued to enjoy my smoked salmon, boiled egg and spinach for breakfast each day, as well as a salad from my work cafeteria.
I cooked my first ever roast beef on Monday night and my other half was thrilled – he’s northern, so anything roasted with meat and vege is his absolute favourite. It was even pink in the middle and not chewy at all! We skipped the gravy of course, but it was full and happy bodies all around.
On Thursday I tweaked Daniel Green’s nut crust salmon recipe from his cookbook: instead of adding macadamia nuts, almonds, almond flour and an egg, I wanted something crisper with more BANG flavour. So I through almonds, lemon rind, chilli, cracked pepper and dill into my food processor to whizz up the salmon crust. Amazing.
On Saturday I made a Whole 30 approved Thai green curry using a paste I found in the supermarket that was completely compliant – win!
Sunday was the best breakfast of the week, partly because we had been out for a walk around Greenwich Park first to work up an appetite, but mainly because my other half made it and I didn’t have to move a muscle (except to pour my coffee).
I did weigh myself on day one, Monday 17th, and weighed myself again a week later, on Monday just been. In Whole 30 rules this a huge no-no. But I love seeing the progress – you can’t see the difference straight away, even though you feel lighter and 100 gazillion times better. I still like to see the weight loss – to me that is fact that I am going in the right direction and to keep me motivated. Plus I’m a rebel. The good news is that in a week I had lost 1.7kgs (3.8lbs). But that’s mostly butter and wine weight, there’s lots more to go. I’m excited to see what the difference is this Monday coming.
I have felt really good this week, light, bouncy and happy. Only on Wednesday did I have a slight headache, I think it was the change of having no sugar in my diet. It hit. But by Thursday it had passed, my tummy was feeling flatter (not thinner, but not bloated) and I was sleeping so well. Straight to sleep each night quickly, without waking up in the middle of the night. The dream (excuse the pun)!
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of my meals this week. Taking the time and making an effort with dishes and recipes really does make a difference. I have found so many amazing recipes through Pinterest and Instagram – so many inspirational and creative people out there eating well!
Here are some snaps below of my various meals over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Click on some of the photos to find the recipe. I should mention that I am spoilt at work and have a kick-ass cafeteria on the 15th floor that serves up great salads every day for super cheap. So I haven’t had to prepare the three salads below, I was just excited about picking new things.
I am really excited about week two and I’m hoping I can only feel better after day eight. I won’t lie, I was in a pub this afternoon and it was cold and bitter outside and I nearly caved and bought a red wine. I changed my mind before ordering and instead had a sparkling water and fresh lime. I was so close. I can admit it – I’m human. I’m proud of myself for not failing though. Seven days down, 23 to go.
One of my good friends is currently staying with us, having just arrived in London. Last night we enjoyed a girls night in watching trash TV, drinking red wine and eating pizza oozing with cheese. It was magic. But we discussed how blah we both feel, sluggish and heavy and not at our optimal health. We decided that starting Monday we would start a Whole 30 detox and body reset. It’s usually easiest to start on the 1st of the month, but I just want to get into action, not wait two weeks. My other half and I have social events booked in but I’m just going to make it work – there’s never a good time to be on a restrictive food plan, you just have to get on with it. As previously mentioned I first completed a Whole 30 in January 2013 and loved the outcome; my skin was clear, I didn’t feel bloated, no sugar highs and lows, I slept better and I managed to lose a few kilos.
I have managed to persuade the other half to join in this time too. I can tell I’ll be pulling him kicking and screaming over the finish line in the first week, but hopefully he gets the hang of it and reaps the benefits early on to keep him focused.
Last week I spent time reading through all the information I had previously received when signing up for Whole 30, as well as perusing my friend Leah‘s website. Leah is a Whole 30 champion, she’s done it four times now and swears by it.
I also spent time mapping out my meal plan for first week as I think one of the most important things I learnt was how important it is to prepare. PREPARE. Otherwise you find you come home after a long day and reach for your Just Eat app on your phone. Which completely undoes anything good you’ve done.
Throughout I will post details of my meals and how I’m feeling, the ups and downs. Posting updates is the perfect accountability – no cheating or quick trips to the chip shop allowed!
I’m just so over being unhappy with my body. SO, SO OVER IT.