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Orange Ginger Glazed Salmon and Sweet Potato Fries!

Well day 9 went pretty well. I had a wedding and ate a big breakfast and lunch and had some nuts in between lunch and dinner. I brought my own veggies and thank goodness. I saw them “seasoning” the veggies with this big nasty bottle of fake butter.

Today is day 10 and every single thing I ate was delicious.

For breakfast I had a spinach, onion and pepper, egg scramble and half a tangelo (Which they didn’t have at any of the 3 grocery stores I was at today! Are they gone for the season?? Wahhh)

Lunch was a burger, sweet potato fries, green beans and some raspberries.

To make the sweet potato fries I cut them into fries and soaked them in water for 30 mins. I dried them off and tossed with a tablespoon of olive oil and some arrowroot powder, salt, pepper, and paprika. I baked for 20 min at 400, flipped and baked another 20. They came out perfectly crispy on the outside.

For dinner I made an Orange Ginger Glazed Salmon that came out amazing. To make it I simmered 1/2 a cup of orange juice till it reduced in half. I then stirred in some grated ginger, orange zest, a tablespoon of coconut aminos, and a little bit of sesame oil. I brushed it on the salmon fillets and baked at 400 for 20 mins. Brushing more of the glaze on every 5 mins. I had an apple after dinner so it would be part of meal 3.

I also had a hard-boiled egg white and some baby carrots after I did Insanity today. Agh! 1/3 of the way there and I feel great.



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Day 7 and 8

Days 7 and 8 have been slightly harder for me. The sugar dragon is here in full force. I need to stop giving into these cravings.. even if it just with an apple. I think I want to extend my Whole30 by 9 days anyway since I am not 100% sure there will be whole30 compliant foods at the wedding I am photographing today.

Day 7 – I made breaded chicken with almond flour for dinner. I didn’t like it at.all. Next time I will leave off the “breading.” I never breaded chicken pre-whole30 anyway. I did have an apple around 8pm too.

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Day 8 – I think I did o.k. for a weekend. Dinner was meatballs and carrot “noodles.” Again I had an apple around 8pm. Gahh.. I need to start saying NO to the sugar dragon.

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I am not sure I will have a day 9 photo as I have a wedding and will be pretty busy running around all day!

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Hello Again!

Wow… I didn’t make it long on that last whole 30 did I?? Well I am back and I am determined. I am on day 6 right now and trying as hard as I can to follow the Whole30 diet by the book. (Which is a great book. It Starts With Food… Seriously, read it!)

What is different with this Whole30 compared to others… I am trying to cut out snacks and desserts, not “paleofy” anything, and most importantly EAT MORE. Eat more fat and protein. I was tracking my food up until day 5 and it was making me crazy obsessing over the macros so I stopped like the plan says. I am still having a post workout snack. So I am having 4 meals a day. I always eat dessert. It’s such a ritual of mine.. put the kids to bed, get dessert, and sit on the couch and eat it. I don’t even watch TV anymore but I had to sit on the couch with it and eat it. I want to get to a place where I am not always worried about where my next snack will come from. I made it 5 hours between meals yesterday. That is unheard of for me!

No day 1 – But I did pretty good! I was coming of the worse binge eating weekend ever and said “THAT IS IT! Whole30 starts TOMORROW!”

Day 2 – This was before I realized I wasn’t eating enough and I was tracking trying to stay at 1200 calories. I also cooked my first steak ever and I think it came out pretty freaking amazing!


Still not eating a ton of calories on Day 3. Everyone on my message boards said my meals were like light snacks for them calorie wise so I decided to pull out the meal planning template start following that!


Day 4 – Attempted to have bigger meals, but was still tracking everything I ate and obsessing, weighing and measuring everything.


Day 5 – No more tracking! We went to Chipotle for dinner and I ordered double carnitas! Kept me sated all night long! I sat on the couch when the kids went to bed and was reading a bit and had no urge to have food to munch on! I fact… I haven’t really been craving anything.


And today! Day 6- Let me tell you how tasty my sweet potato hash is! I had frozen turkey sausage I made from my last attempt at whole30 in the freezer. I have been cooking up sweet potato in coconut oil, throwing in some of the ground turkey sausage, chopped spinach, peppers and onion and topping with 2 fried eggs. So good! I think it would hold me over till lunch, but I have been having a post workout snack in-between breakfast and lunch. My lunch today was SO gross. I attempted a tuna patty. Blech blech blech. Never again! Dinner was great though! It’s my Paleo Crock Pot Beef & Broccoli. I throw in 1lb chuck beef, 1.5 cups beef broth, 1/4 cup coconut aminos and some crushed garlic in the crockpot. About an hour before it’s done I add in some arrowroot powder to thicken it and some frozen broccoli. Once it is ready top with sesame oil and sesame seeds. So good. I had an apple right after dinner so it would be a part of meal 4, but I probably could have skipped it.



So.. This is it. This is going to be the time I FINISH a Whole30. (I hope! haha) I feel like I am already doing so much better than my previous times and am ready to really change my relationship with food for the long term. I have committed myself to working out as well and it’s been almost 10 weeks of working out at least 6 times a day. I am at my healthiest weight ever and am finally starting to feel better about myself.