Whole30 is going pretty freakin’ well. I am halfway through, and I feel great. Sometimes, lunch is still hard, because I pack it and take it to work and am used to eating throughout the day, so it’s hard to tell if I’m actually hungry after eating, or just emotionally hungry, but once I can fight through the afternoon, I’m solid. I haven’t been needing as much coffee, I haven’t been craving foods as much, and I do feel a little slimmer (would probably feel even more slim if I actually exercised).
On another note in the same vein, I actually CLEANED MY LIVING ROOM. You guys don’t know me very well (I suppose some of you do), but I am a hot disorganized slob, and cleaning is one of the things I’m worst at. I work hard to keep my kitchen and bathroom clean, but the rest of the house is sort of a free-for-all. But Whole30 has inspired me to try to continue changing my life, so I cleaned the shit out of my living room, which I will post pictures of and maybe do a tiny post about KonMari and cleaning, but honestly, don’t take my cleaning advice because I suck at it. Anyway, now I can set up Dance Dance Revolution on my Playstation 2 (yup) to be my one true exercise. So I’m going hard on the last half of Whole30.
I have finally convinced Boyfriend to stop saying things like I WISH WE COULD EAT THIS WITH BREAD and MAN CAN WE REALLY NOT HAVE RICE and instead to look forward to what we are eating, because let me tell you, it is awesome. So so awesome. I wanted to post a list of the recipes I’ve been using, since I obviously am not just eating turkey burgers and tilapia with green goddess dressing (although, I do still have 15 turkey burger patties…).
BEE’S WHOLE30 RECIPE RECS (at the halfway mark)
- Breakfast Casserole I used a can of Trader Joe’s chicken instead of sausage, but otherwise, followed the recipe. I personally got very tired of it, but that’s because eggs baked like that need cheese or something creamy to cut the texture, for me. Boyfriend loved it. He’s a Gaston about his eggs.
- Thai Chicken in “Peanut” Sauce O.M.G. This was the first thing we ate and it was AN EXCELLENT starting point. SO good. I tasted the coconut aminos for the first time before putting them in and was a little iffy, but omG. Honestly, despite using not-peanut butter (I used almond butter), this was the most successful peanut sauce I’ve ever made.
- Shrimp Scampi with Zoodles Use ghee instead of butter and voila. Just make note that the instructions say to wait until the butter foams, and ghee does not foam. So…wait until the ghee is hot. And be careful because it splatters like oil.
- Buffalo Chicken Dip I am positive that I did not use any of the correct portions of this, because I wanted it to be more of a casserole than a dip, but it did not disappoint. I used 3 cans TJ’s chicken, 1 bag of riced cauliflower, steamed (in the microwave), and then mayo and buffalo sauce and I think chives and garlic powder. I have a huge bowl of it and I’ve been eating it for lunch and in cabbage wraps, and it’s AMAZING.
- Roasted Garlic & Artichoke Stuffed Chicken This was not my fave thing that I made. It was good, and easy, but my filling tasted very briny, like olives, which are truly the worst ever. I’m not sure if it’s just because I got crappy artichokes, or if that’s what canned artichokes taste like, or if something just went TERRIBLY WRONG. Maybe I should have rinsed them? I don’t know, but just take care how you prepare your artichokes (unless you have no olive problems, then this recipe is great and you should make it post-haste).
- Kalua Pig If you make nothing else on your Whole30, possibly in your life, you NEED to make this kalua pig. I lined my slow cooker with banana peels, yellow side down, instead of bacon (like a boss), used a 9 lb Boston butt instead of 5 lb, and had a minor incident with my Himalayan salt involving the top popping off and the salt going everywhere. Luckily, it went everywhere into the slow cooker, so I just rubbed it on, but this did result in a slightly saltier Kalua pig. Even so, it is pretty much the best pork I’ve ever had. I also followed the advice of one of the comments, and poured about 1/2 a cup of gently salted hot water over the meat after I shredded it, mixing it in to keep it moist. So moist. And then I cooked green beans in the leftover drippings from the crockpot. Oh. My. God. Once Whole30 is over, I am making this again, and making tamales. And tacos. And enchiladas. Unnnfff.
- For salads, I like to use a mixture of lettuce, spinach, and Trader Joe’s Cruciferous Crunch blend.
- I make roasted sweet potatoes a lot. They’re filling and super healthy.
- Likewise winter squash.
- Don’t plan on having as much leftovers as you think you will.
- Unless you make a 9 lb boston butt instead of a 5 lb. Then leftovers for days.
- For breakfast, I’ve been eating muesli that I make based on a recipe at this blog, but I have altered it so much, it’s barely the same. I use 3 tbsp almonds, 1 tbsp sunflower seeds, 1 1/2 tbsp pumpkin seeds, and 1/2 tbsp almond butter. Pulse together in the food processer until it resembles coarse meal, put in a bowl, top with blueberries and almond milk. I realize it doesn’t have a vegetable, but honestly, no breakfast makes me feel better throughout the day or keeps me fuller, and isn’t that the point of Whole30?
The real test, the true test of all of this, will come tomorrow, when I start class again and have to go from 8AM, when I leave for the train station, to 7PM, when I finally get home from work. This means I have to bring myself enough sustenance for 11 full hours. Wish me luck.
I hope this is helpful to anyone who’s stumbling on this. If you have any tips/tricks/snacks/recipes that you like, let me know! It would be awesome to broaden my horizons.