I’ve been lagging with documenting my food the past several days. Halfway through the month, on Friday, we had a St. Patrick’s day potluck at work. Again, there was the challenge of eating whole30/paleo during that lunch. I don’t want to be “that” person who constantly asks how things are cooked or what ingredients are in certain dishes when someone else is preparing food for me. I feel that that is rude to do so. That day, I decided I wasn’t going to feel bad for whatever I consumed at lunch. And I also ate until I was full; I didn’t indulge whatsoever. A bulk of my plate consisted of meat, veggies, and fruit anyhow. I managed to stay away from tortillas and rice. Not as bad as I thought it would be…
After doing without sweets like brownies or cookies for several days, eating them again was a little disappointing. They didn’t taste as good as they used to. Carrot sticks and fresh fruit actually taste better, to me, than sweets. I guess this is a good thing! I won’t be craving sweets like I used to. Hooray self-discipline!
I “cheated” on my “diet” again yesterday at a potluck in the afternoon and when I had dinner with a friend last night. At the potluck, again, the sweets just weren’t as tasty as they used to be. My friend and I decided on Thai food last night since she can’t find decent, reasonably-priced Asian food where she lives now. I couldn’t find a dish loaded with veggies and chicken, so I decided on a hot and sour soup with coconut milk (I forgot the name) while she got her favorite – pad see ew (I know my spelling is off lol). I had a few bites of her noodle dish, and omg, was it delicious.
Anywho, I really tried to start reading “It Starts With Food” again, and I just couldn’t get through the whole thing for a number of reasons. (More like I skimmed through it than read it closely.) I did not like the way it was written, and I also didn’t agree with the reasons why they eliminate certain food groups in the diet. For example, I don’t think complex carbs like brown rice, oats, and whole grains are bad for you. I also don’t think beans (when prepped without additives) are bad for you either.
No diet or exercise regime is created equal. Some things work better for others. I am definitely not made to be 100% paleo, and I’m more than okay with that.
I did learn a few things from going super-strict paleo though. And I will take away some parts of the diet as I go off of it:
- Food should be used to fuel your body. It shouldn’t be an excuse to indulge in because of stress.
- I’ll do my best to stray away from processed foods and food items with additives when I prepare my meals at home.
- My meals won’t be focused around dairy and grains like they used to.
- I’ll enjoy alcoholic beverages when I’m out with friends and family. At home, I’ll limit myself to a glass of wine every now and then.
- I won’t be preparing baked goods for myself at home. (Nowadays, I prefer fruit as dessert anyway. Never thought I’d see the day!)
- And when dining out, I will not be picky! 🙂 I’ll enjoy the “not-so-healthy” foods only when I’m with company.
- Instead of reaching for the energy or snack bars, I’ll stick with eating a little bit of fruit (and raw nuts or nut butter) as my pre-workout fuel.
- I never liked sports drinks like Gatorade for working out. Lately, I’ve learned to like coconut water. I will be alternating between coconut water and nuun electrolyte tablets as my workout drink.
I have a couple of paleo recipes to blog though (which I will get to eventually). I’ll still update this blog every now and then on my weight loss/fitness progress as well as clean eating recipes I come across.
I will not be continuing the Whole30 challenge for the rest of March. Instead, I’ll make it a point to eat clean from here on out. 🙂
Breakfast: egg breakfast bake and black coffee
Morning Snack: red and green grapes, mixed raw nuts (wow, that sounds awkward lol)
Lunch: Chipotle! 🙂 I’ve been reading paleo forums, and a lot have mentioned that you can eat paleo at Chipotle. I went with their suggestions and ordered a salad with meat (mmm barbacoa), 2 salsas, guac, and extra lettuce on top. Normally douse it with the green or chipotle Tabasco, but unfortunately, those 2 have sugar. It was delicious without my other usual “toppings” – beans, brown rice, and corn. I think the meat was cooked in non-Paleo oil though because I was feeling a little sluggish in the afternoon.
Afternoon snack: more grapes and raw nuts
Dinner: I threw this salad together with leftover pork, spinach, arugula, tomatoes, and avocadoes. No dressing needed; I just used some of the gravy/glaze from my pork. Soooo gooood.
- Anytime I tell someone that I’m eating paleo and explain the diet, I always get the responses: “What CAN you eat?” or “What’s left?”
- I still think about carbs and sweets. This is exactly what happened to me when I was a vegetarian last month: I actively think about the foods I can’t have on my diet.
- I slept like a baby last night. This is good. However, I overslept by an hour. That’s not so good.
- Coworkers from a different department at work insist that I join them for their potluck tomorrow. Ahhh. Wish me luck in staying paleo when I eat with them!
- I feel like I’ve hit a plateau with running. Or maybe it’s just on off week.
Breakfast: black coffee, egg breakfast bake
Morning snack: green tea, pistachios, 1/2 a Fuji apple with almond butter
Lunch: leftovers: bbq pork, broiled zucchini, prosciutto wrapped asparagus
Pre-workout: 1/2 a Fuji apple with almond butter, pistachios
Post-workout: 1 banana and coconut water
Dinner: leftovers: adobo and garlic-roasted broccoli and cauliflower
Other notes: The scale is still going down…
Breakfast: black coffee, egg breakfast bake
Morning snack: a handful of pistachios, 1/2 a Fuji apple with almond butter
Lunch: seared and poached mahi mahi (recipe), salad with spinach, cucumber, arugula, and tomato
Afternoon snack: berries with coconut flakes
Pre-run: 1/2 a Fuji apple with almond butter
Dinner: bbq pork (I screwed up this recipe) and broiled zucchini
- I think I went too hard at the gym yesterday. Some parts of my body were sore on my run today.
- Running in cool weather feels good. Running in the wind is hard. Running on an incline is hard. I’m learning to not exert as much energy going downhill. Tonight’s run didn’t seem like it went well for me, but looking back at my logs on Nike+, I’m still improving my pace and endurance.
- I am down 14.8lbs since November! (I know I cheated. The Whole30 instructs you not to weigh yourself throughout the duration of 30 days. Oh well!
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Before I started the Whole30, I was a little sad to find out that soy sauce is forbidden on the diet. However, after reading blogs and forums here and there, I found out that there’s a Whole30-friendly substitute for soy sauce: coconut aminos! A bottle of coconut aminos is super expensive online, but luckily I was able to find some at The Vitamin Shoppe. Soy sauce is one of the main ingredients in Adobo, a well-known Filipino dish. I’d like to attempt to paleo-fy traditional Filipino dishes this month. Anywho, here’s how I made Whole30-friendly chicken adobo:
- 1 bottle of coconut aminos
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- 1 tbsp of applesauce (I normally use sugar. To make it Whole30-friendly, I used applesauce as sweetener.)
- 1 tbsp of peppercorns
- 3-4 bay leaves
- 1/2 onion, sliced
- 3-4 cloves of garlic, sliced or minced
- 1 1/2 lbs of chicken (Bone-in. I recommend thighs or drumsticks. Chicken breast will dry out.)
- Place all ingredients in a pot as shown in the picture above. (There’s no right or wrong order.)
- Simmer on low – medium fire for 30min – 1 hour.
That’s it! Easy peasy 🙂
Pre-workout (breakfast/snack?): Tuna with cucumber slices, 1/2 a Fuji apple with almond butter, black coffee, agua
Post-workout snack: 1 banana
Lunch: mmmm more smoked salmon! 🙂 With arugula, spinach, 1 chopped Roma tomato, and 1/2 chopped avocado tossed in olive oil and black pepper. Coconut water to wash it down.
Afternoon snack: Coconut cream pie Lara bar. This was extremely sweet to me, almost inedible. 😦
Late Dinner: Leftover shrimp curry
- I’m noticing that I have more stamina when I exercise. Sweating feels really good.
- Family and friends are noticing that I’ve lost weight since I last saw them. Yayyy!
- I use very few ingredients in what I eat now, and yet my food is so tasty. I love that my meals are so colorful.
- Coconut water tastes a lot better than the first time I tried it last week before I went paleo. I bought 2 cases of coconut water at Sprouts this afternoon since they’ve got a BOGO deal going on.
- Found a bottle of coconut aminos (soy sauce substitute) at The Vitamin Shoppe. Also picked up a case of coconut water in juicebox form.
- Black coffee actually tastes good! I won’t be putting coconut milk in it anymore haha.
- I spend at least two hours when I meal prep/meal plan for the week. I’m getting used to cooking 3 or 4 different entrees in one night. It’s starting to feel like a routine for Sunday nights.
Pre-run: coffee with coconut milk, 1 fuji apple with almond butter
Post-run snack: 1 banana, 1 glass of coconut water, 1 handful of Raw Trail Mix from Ralphs
Post-run brunch (pictured below): kale/mushroom/spinach scramble, smoked salmon with 1/2 an avocado and 1/2 a roma tomato. The scramble started off as an omelet, but ended up being a scramble because the eggs were stuck to the pan when I was trying to flip the thing over.
Dinner (pictured below): I took my little brother out for AYCE Korean BBQ. It’s very tricky to stay completely Whole30 when dining out because you’re not sure how certain foods are cooked. I tried my best to stay paleo though by eating only the meat and the veggies that were served. I won’t lie – the meal was incomplete without having the rice paper, pancake, and noodles. I’m pretty sure that some of the banchan wasn’t paleo-friendly because I felt kind of… off when I was eating. (I’m thinking that some of the banchan/side dishes were prepared with small amounts of sugar and soy sauce, two things that aren’t Whole30-friendly.) Or maybe my body was thrown off by all the red meat because I haven’t had it for awhile.
- I still don’t like the taste of coconut milk with coffee. I think I might just learn to drink my coffee black.
- I have difficulty running in warmer weather and when trying to actively listen to my running buddy talk the whole time.
- Still no luck finding sugar-less, unsweetened coconut flakes at the store.
- Like I mentioned before, it’s very difficult to stay completely Whole30 when dining out. Some die-hard Whole30 enthusiasts (and even paleo people, too) would probably scold me. But in my opinion, being “that person,” the stickler, ruins the fun out of enjoying a good meal at a restaurant with good company. Throughout March, when dining out, I will try my best to stay paleo, but I won’t guilt trip myself for not being 100% Whole30.