Happy New Year! 2017 is here, and, like pretty much everyone else in the world, I am ready to make this year AMAZING. Over the holiday weekend, I spent a lot of time with friends talking about goals and intentions for the new year. With them, I decided that I want to make 2017 the year of GRACE. I want to practice more grace with others, and especially more grace with myself. I am so hard on myself, and it is so easy for me to get stuck in a trap of negative self talk and punish my body with food and exercise instead of rewarding it.
In an effort to treat my body well in the New Year, I decided to do a round of Whole30! I am so excited, since I loved doing it this past February and haven’t had a good chance to do it again since. My goals in doing this are to improve my sleep, eliminate my almost daily headaches, and to get rid of the sugar dragon that creeped up over the holidays. This is going to be pretty hard, since a college environment is definitely not conducive to a Whole30 lifestyle, but I plan on doing lots of prepping/planning so that I can make it work.
Here’s a recap of the first 4 days of eats, which were pretty easy since I’m still at home in my kitchen:
Pre-workout snack: apple and almond butter
Post-workout brunch: leftover buffalo chicken bake (recipe coming soon), sauteed Brussels sprouts and kale, 1 egg; bulletproof coffee with coconut milk and Fourth and Heart vanilla bean ghee
Snack while working: some carrots + a couple pieces of roasted turkey
Dinner: Mexican-spiced salmon, cauliflower rice, sauteed peppers + onions, avocado, and pico de gallo
After-dinner snack: almond milk + cocoa powder; dried figs + almond butter
Post-workout breakfast: sauteed onion, sweet potato, kale, Brussels Sprouts, a Bilinski’s sweet apple chicken sausage, 1 egg; coffee with coconut milk + vanilla bean ghee Lunch: rotisserie chicken, steamed broccoli + ghee, roasted sweet potatoes, avocado, carrots + almond butter
Dinner: broccoli + kale slaw, bison burger + caramelized onions, cashews + dried fruit
Pre-workout snack: honey crisp apple
Post-workout breakfast: cauliflower rice, sauteed peppers + onions, kale, rotisserie chicken + 1/4 avocado
Lunch: bison burger patty, steamed broccoli, roasted Brus
sels sprouts and sweet potatoes, 1/4 avocado; unpictured carrots + cashew butter
Dinner: 2 bowls of THIS buffalo chicken soup (I added fresh garlic, carrots, kale, and extra coconut milk)
After-dinner snack: for some reason I was pretty hungry before I went to sleep, so I had some leftover kale slaw from two nights ago
Pre-workout snack: a dried fig with almond butter
Post-workout breakfast: 2 eggs + 1 egg white scrambled with spinach, kale, broccoli, and leftover roasted Brussels sprouts
Lunch: buffalo chicken soup, carrots + almond butter
Dinner: salmon, mashed sweet potatoes, kale + fig + pecan salad
So far, so good for days 1-4. On day 3 I was definitely feeling more tired than usual (I almost took a nap – and I never nap) and was craving some peanut butter something fierce. BUT I feel so amazing already and can’t wait to see how I feel a week from now. Over the next few days I will be doing a ton of meal prep so I can bring back and freeze things to have at school. See you in a few days with a new Whole30 approved 1-pot meal recipe!