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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.

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Day Two

I know some of you may read through my food journal and see my paleo muffins and banana “ice cream” and think, “Hey, that’s not allowed on Whole30!”

My last Whole30 (which I might just refer to as my Whole23) I was pretty strict for the first two weeks. I hit a point where I was miserable and thought about quitting. We took the kids to Panera for a treat and I sat there watching everyone eating baked goodies. At that point I had to make a decision. Do I cheat with gluten and sugar or cheat with a paleofied baked good? I was happy with my choice and I am sure my stomach was too.

I know my relationship with food is emotional. Especially if I get bored. I typically snack on crackers, pretzels, or chips. I hardly ever crave a muffin so making paleo muffins for breakfasts when I can’t take another egg is a choice I have made. If that makes my Whole30 a Paleo30 then that is ok with me ūüôā And I need to keep myself from getting bored!

Food Diary – 7/27/12

Breakfast – Coffee with coconut milk, 2 eggs fried in coconut oil

Lunch – 2 Applegate Farms hot dogs (one was not enough yesterday) and broccoli

Snack – Paleo banana muffin, carrot sticks, egg white

Dinner – Pork Chops, brussell sprouts

Snack РBanana

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Day One

It’s the morning of day one and I am enjoying my coffee with coconut milk and thinking about all the different challenges ahead of me.¬† Whole30 itself isn’t hard, but for me its the events that come up where I struggle. Of course it seems I have a ton in the next 30 days. I am a little anxious about it, but confident that I make it through.

7/29 – I am hosting a Pampered Chef party. This includes a cooking show with foods that are not Whole30 compliant. My game plan is to put out a veggie platter and eat some fresh vegetables if I am hungry or have the urge to snack. Oh and I am totally getting the salad spinner ūüėČ

7/11, 7/17, 7/25 – Weddings!! I am a wedding photographer and shooting weddings means a nice fancy dinner. This is a tough one for me. I am on my feet most of the day with little time to eat. By the time dinner is served I am famished. My plan is to pack a dinner. Of course there are no microwaves for a warm meal so I will have to be a little more creative. I was thinking of making coconut flour torillas and making a wrap with some sliced turkey and veggies.

One thing I learned about Whole30 the last time I was on it is that it’s not hard, but it does require some thought and planning to be sucessful. Since I decided last night that I was starting today, I didn’t have much time to plan out my meals for the rest of the week. Today and tomorrow might be a struggle, but I do have enough Whole30 meals around the house where I know I will do ok.

Food Diary Р 7/26/12

Breakfast: Coffee with coconut milk and paleo banana muffins

Lunch: Applegate Farms hot dog and green beans

Snack: No sugar added applesauce, hard boiled egg white, and carrot sticks

Dinner: Baked chicken breast and cauliflower

Snack: Pureed frozen bananas

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Gearing up for Round Three

I had first heard about Whole30/Paleo back in January. The diet sparked my interest mainly from hearing about all the weight people had lost on it. I was still hanging onto baby weight from my daughter who was just about to turn one. Once I read the list of what I could and could not eat my first thought was “yeah right.” I was a certified carb junky and thought there was no way I would ever be able to follow the guidelines. So I continued to count calories and did lose some weight.

Even though my weight was going down I just felt like crap all the time. Everything I ate made me feel sick. There was one day in May when I was so sick after eating lunch and I started to think about Whole30. I remembered that more than losing weight, the diet was about healing and feeling better. So I read through the guidelines again. I read about why Whole30 was a great diet and read through all the testimonials. It was scary, but I decided I had to try it. I wanted to feel better.

My first try lasted 4 days. I got bad news from my doctor, I was depressed and went to Dunkin Donuts for a coffee and donut. Back to emotional eating.

I started again June 11th, with the idea that my 30 days would be up the day before vacation, so I could eat whatever I wanted when we went away. I made it to 23 days. Let me tell you, I have never felt so good in a long time. Before Whole30 I complained constantly about my stomach, head, or chest bothering me. By the end of week one I felt great. I started to worry about vacation because you are supposed to introduce foods back in one at a time and see how they affect you. I made the decision to add them back in before we left. I seemed to be ok. Dairy made my chest hurt a bit. Gluten made me bloated.

So on vacation I ate like crap.. and boy did I feel like crap. There were a few days I was so sick I just laid in bed. I was resentful of Whole30 and thought it made my body stop tolerating foods I used to love. I know that is probably not true and I was simply more aware of how crappy I was feeling after feeling so good.

So we are home from vacation and even though I am not being a carb junky like I was in the past, but I am really not eating that great and my relationship with food is still horrible. I have been debating starting another Whole30 and making it a life changer this time.

So after yet another crummy doctor’s appointment yesterday I decided that I am ready. I am ready to commit to THIRTY days. I am ready to make big changes in how I feel and with my relationship with food. So I am gearing up to start ASAP. Round three starts tomorrow (although I am starting RIGHT NOW.) Wish me luck and feel free to follow along my Paleo journey.