This year, 2017, I have decided I need to lead a healthier lifestyle.
I know what you’re thinking; you are thinking “you and everyone else”.
But seriously I am actually going to do it this year. Or at least try my darnedest!
So the way to try and kick start me into this “healthier 2017 self” is to try and complete the WHOLE 30! Now the big reason to do the whole 30 is to reset your body, figure out what foods you may be sensitive to you and kick start you into a healthier life that isn’t run by all those cravings and such. Now I am mostly doing it to reset my body and be a bit healthier not so much the food sensitivities part however that seems interesting to figure out too!
Now if you know me at all you know that I am terrible at meal planning, buying groceries, and just cooking in general. So with that said just buying the groceries for this is going to be a challenge. So anything really will be a success for me!
So begins my preparation for the Whole 30.
Step One: Get the Whole 30 book. Complete: Gifted to me by my lovely sister Erin for Christmas.
Step Two: Meal plan for week one. Complete: Rough draft.
Step Three: Make a Grocery List. Complete: Hoping everything I need is all included.
And then it BEGINS!
Day One and Two
Now my first two days of this Whole eating was done at work. And you know what it didn’t seem so hard! Well I guess I’m off to a good start.
Day Three – Groceries and Preparation Day
Okay this day was busy!! I woke up feeling good – made some farm fresh eggs and had some fried ham while watching my current show on the go – Revenge. Then I finally got up the energy to leave the house. Which was hard as it was a bit blustery out this morning! Well off to Sobeys I went to get some groceries. And well what usually takes me 15 minutes took me probably an hour. Which was a bit long and a bit pricey! I was that person who was looking at the ingredient list of every little thing and trying to figure out if I could have it. And well there is a lot of stuff out there you can’t have when you take away sugar and any type of preservative! But I was fairly successful however not successful enough that I then trekked to Dads Organic market to get the things I couldn’t at Sobeys. So now with my first big grocery trip under my belt I headed home to food prep!
So first big food preparation day consisted of my making Hamburger soup (which i could not find beef broth for so used water as a substitute-not sure if it affected the taste), Taco Meat, Salsa and Spinach Quiche. Lets just say it took me basically all day and relaxing in front of the TV was a blessing that evening!!
Day Four and Five
These two days I worked my 12 hour shifts. I think by this point I was starting to feel a little bit of my sugar withdrawal kicking in as I was having a pretty consistent headache! The fifth day was the worst!! I had a headache from the moment I woke up and then had a very busy assignment at work and didn’t get a break till about 11 and then not another one till probably 4pm. It was a rough day trying to stay on track with both the headache and the hunger. However I made it though and got home around 8:30 to eat my hamburger soup, which for some reason seemed very unappetizing.
Today I worked a 9 hour day at my casual job. So as I didn’t work till 8am I decide to wake up early enough to make myself breakfast at home! I was told this can be the key to success with the Whole 30 from a few friends who have done it before/are doing it! When I got home from work that day I made some pumpkin soup and did some relaxing! I wasn’t feeling to bad at this point! No headache today! Yah!
Today is the day I fall apart. I woke up this morning feeling very light headed, weak and nauseated. So I had a feeling my blood sugar was probably low so I headed downstairs (lets just say that was tough) and tried to start making breakfast. However I felt a bit to weak for that so thankfully my boyfriend was able to come over and care for me. So after getting bit sick I took some gravel and drank some club soda. This did not help. And after some research realized that nausea should not happen! Nothing “Whole 30” approved seemed appetizing or like it would settle my stomach. So sadly I did a bit of cheat and I had some bread. Okay Okay you can gasp now as I kind of did a bit of a fail I guess you could say. I felt super bad about it and tried so hard not to but I felt so bad I just had too. I then researched what to do you when you do a bit of an opps and the “whole 30” states you must start over! However as I am doing this more for a health kick I have decided not to. Okay you can gasp again! I am breaking a rule here. However I can always try and continue past my day 30 right? Okay right. I can try. And I think I learned from this – I need to eat more!! Being at work was hard as I didn’t eat all my meals I was suppose to and probably was slowly hurting myself with that. I am eating all the healthy whole foods one should need – just not enough on them. I also threw out the rest of my pumpkin soup at this point afraid maybe something was ‘not good’ that I put into it. I guess moral of this story -I need to work on that eating all my meals. And eating before I get hungry!
Oh dear. What will Week Two bring me!
Favourite Recipe of Week One
Crock Pot Butter Chicken with Cauliflower Rice
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 3-4 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 + 3/4 cups coconut mix
- 3/4 tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons almond flour
- 2 teaspoons garam masala
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder ( I added more as I like a bit more spice!!)
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- 1.25kg chicken breast cut into small pieces (about 6 breasts)
Now how to make this:
- Heat coconut oil in a large saucepan on medium heat.
- And onion and garlic. Stirring frequently until the onions have become translucent.
- Add coconut milk, tomato paste, almond flour, garam masala, curry powder, chili powder, and ginger powder, stirring until well combined and thickening. Season with salt and pepper.
- Now you can add the chicken raw to the crock pot however I choice to brown the chicken prior to adding in. Heat coconut oil and brown on medium heat.
- Add browned chicken to slow cooker then and the sauce and mix!
- Cover and cook on low heat for about 5 hour.
- Serve. I like it with cauliflower rice! Yum