Day 12: lead us not into temptation

I’ve been pretty good at the whole not getting tempted by carbs and sugar thing, probably because this isn’t my first experience with paleo.  yesterday, though, I had my first encounter with food I really really really wanted to eat and had to resist because it wasn’t whole30 approved.  the object of my desire was…

Image …this.  a half-eaten leftover cookie someone had put out in my office (probably left over from a lunch meeting or something).  it doesn’t even look appetizing!  and someone had already broken off most of it!  what is wrong with me!

breakfast

  • blueberries and sliced almonds with coconut butter

    my spoons enjoy the camaraderie of getting to be in the dishwasher all at once–I’ve been eating that blueberry-almond-coconut butter stuff so often that I go through all my spoons really quickly :/

mid-morning (I need to get better at eating more for breakfast so I don’t get hungry at 9:30 am…)

  • two larabars
  • mixed nuts

lunch

  • grilled salmon salad

dinner

  • went with chip to a sushi place for happy hour and ate a ton of sashimi, including the BEST SALMON SASHIMI I’VE EVER HAD   😀

evening

  • strawberries and blueberries with sliced almonds and coconut butter
  • “hard boiled” egg baked at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (thank you pinterest for the suggestion)

    when I loaded up this egg in the muffin pan he thought he was about to ride on splash mountain. he was pretty disappointed to find out he was just going in the oven.

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Day 11: the paleo snack showdown

the amazing, protein-rich primal pac crushes the poor larabar!

Every since I started paleo-ing a few months ago I’ve been a huge fan of Larabars.  The Blueberry Muffin ones became my breakfast, Cashew Cookie became my main meals, and Coconut Cream Pie became my dessert.  I’ve found that as awesome as they are, they don’t make the greatest snack food because they contain a ton of sugar (by my new definition of “a ton”–as much as 20 grams?!).  Today after crossfit, I decided to pick up one of the Primal Pacs my gym sells in its mini snack bar area.  

This is pretty much the GREATEST THING EVER.

it contains:

  • beef jerky (grassfed, of course!)
  • dried mango
  • macadamia nuts
  • almonds
  • cranberries

and best of all, the small Primal Pacs about the same mass as a larabar (so we can compare their nutrition facts) and contains ONLY 10 GRAMS OF SUGAR and an amazing 24 GRAMS OF PROTEIN!  

Today was also the first time I’ve ever had beef jerky (my first encounter with it was on the school bus in fifth grade.  other kids had it for bus snack, and the strange, inedible-looking preserved meat just never seemed appetizing enough to inspire me trade with them for some of the chocolate chip granola bars I’d have as snack).  It was pretty good!  I wouldn’t eat it in front of a vegetarian though…somehow the texture and toughness of beef jerky seems to really accentuate the fact that you’re biting off a piece of an animal.

breakfast

  • blueberries and almonds with coconut butter!

midmorning

  • two larabars

lunch

  • lettuce and spinach salad with cauliflower and cucumbers
  • lamb burger

dinner

  • PRIMAL PAC right after crossfit!
  • larabar (I took it out of my pantry to look at the nutrition facts, and then couldn’t help but eat it)
  • brussels sprouts with garlic and olive oil cooked at 375 degrees for 20 minutes
  • blueberries and almonds with coconut butter 😀

Day 9: It’s frittatas all the day long

Never be afraid to stand out from the crowd. Be unique and be yourself.

Yesterday I made 12 mini frittatas, and today I discovered that having them around means I don’t really have to worry about making food the whole day!

breakfast

  • frittatas
  • blueberries with almonds and coconut butter (which is quickly becoming my favorite breakfast ever!)

The first time I made blueberries with almonds and coconut butter I didn’t have any coconut butter so I used coconut oil instead, figuring the two couldn’t be that different…

left: coconut oil; right: coconut butter. they look pretty similar, right?

but when you put them in the microwave for 15 seconds…

…yeah.

lunch

  • frittatas
  • lettuce/spinach salad

mid-afternoon

  • frittatas

post-crossfit + dinner

Day 8: drinking the whole30 (sugarless, artificial sweetner-less, organic, hormone-free, pasture-raised) koolaid

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prosciutto-wrapped mini frittata mini muffins

I’ve gotten into the terrible habit of not deciding what I’m eating for dinner till the night of, and then going grocery shopping after crossfit and not starting on dinner until at least 9 at night.  Somehow I don’t find it a chore to spend so much time later at night cooking dinner; I actually really enjoy it.  Maybe it’s because I have so much energy from eating healthy!

Another sign I’m in a good mood:  I always skip Americano when it comes up on my Lady Gaga playlist.   Today I didn’t even realize the song had come on until it was 3 minutes in!  The Whole30 is working wonders and is having such a positive effect on my life!

breakfast

  • one egg with avocado
  • blueberries and sliced almond cobbler thing

lunch

  • chicken stir fry with almond milk, almonds, and onions
  • larabar

pre- and post-crossfit

  • hazelnuts and macadamia nuts
  • larabar
  • strawberry banana coconut milk smoothie

dinner

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The brussels sprouts chips didn’t end up looking like the ones in the picture on the recipe page, but they still tasted amazing!  Or maybe I just think they taste amazing because I’m on that whole30 high.  That must be how getting through this diet works–you force yourself through the first several days, and then once you’re past that point, being on the diet has put you in such a good mood that you’re delighted to eat any weird healthy thing.

I made the prosciutto-wrapped mini frittata muffins into prosciutto-wrapped mini frittata mini muffins by cooking them in a mini muffin pan at 350 degrees.  I had extra filling so I just made it into an actual frittata and ate that for dinner; I’ll bring the mini muffins in for lunch tomorrow!

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yum.

Days 5, 6, and 7: cooking and coding

I spent the weekend in hackathon mode with Chris, making a Windows 8 app!  Chris is awesome and is always down for making whole30-approved food with me, so on Saturday we took breaks from all the fun of coding to cook lunch and dinner.  On Sunday, we were so focused on getting the app done that didn’t take a break for lunch and just had larabars and smoothies throughout the day…oops :p

Day 5

breakfast

  • strawberry banana coconut/almond milk smoothie
  • one egg with avocado and salt

lunch

Imagedinner

  •  two eggs scrambled with onions, green beans, and avocado

Day 6
 
breakfast
  • larabars!
lunch 
 
dinner
 
Day 7
 
breakfast
  • egg fried over easy and avocado
  • blueberries with sliced almonds, coconut butter and clarified butter (adapted from a recipe I found on another whole30 blog)
middle of the day
  • larabars
  • strawberry banana coconut milk smoothie
dinner
back at my favorite burger place!
  • wild boar burger with balsamic onions and garlic aioli

Day 4: fat and salt are good things now!

turns out when you decrease carbs you have to increase fat and salt intake.  the atkins peeps (and my mom, who’s awesome and reads this blog and realizes that i’m not eating correctly and overnights me macadamia nuts from amazon) know a lot about this!

breakfast

  • larabar
  • macadamia nuts and hazelnuts

lunch

  • chicken curry with asparagus and onions
  • larabar
pre-dinner
  • one-egg omelet with avocado and salt
dinner
luke’s in town!  went out to a burger place
  • grassfed beef burger with a lettuce wrap, balsamic onions and pork belly
dessert
  • half a grapefruit

thanks, mom! 😀

Day 3: who needs restaurants!

smoothies beyond smoothies

breakfast

  • strawberry banana coconut milk smoothie
  • larabar

lunch

  • chicken curry with green beans and onions
  • macadamia nuts and hazelnuts
  • kiwi
  • larabar

pre-crossfit

  • egg fried over easy
  • strawberry banana coconut milk smoothie

dinner

cooking with chris!

Qu’ils mangent de l’agneau!

 

 

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a better use for fahrenheit 451

Day 1: We don’t care about junk food anyway

 

Nobody puts baby in a corner

Baby bok choy, feeling gorgeous

Breakfast

  • Two eggs, fried over easy
  • One piece of bacon
  • Strawberry banana coconut milk smoothie

Lunch (first day with the awesome bento lunch box!)

  • Chicken and cauliflower coconut curry
  • Kiwi
  • Cashew cookie Larabar
  • Macadamia nuts and hazelnuts 

Dinner (pre-crossfit)

  • Strawberry banana coconut milk smoothie
  • Macadamia nuts and hazelnuts

Dinner (post-crossfit)

  • Kiwi
  • Baby bok choy with garlic (used ghee instead of butter and water instead of chicken broth)
  • One piece of bacon (seemed like a better option than another Larabar)