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Whole30 Round 2. This time I want to do a really thorough job with reintroductions, making sure the foods I reintroduce are ones I actually want to eat and I reintroduce slowly and watch reactions carefully. I also want to work on personal goals of meal prep every week and getting enough sleep. And this time I want to make sure I'm getting adequate protein/food to fuel my lifestyle (weight training 2-3 times/week, plus training for a sprint triathlon in November).

Day 1, Meal 1

1 small potato, mushrooms, kale cooked in olive oil + 3 eggs scrambled w/ avocado oil + Cholula, curtido kraut + small handful blueberries.

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Day 1, workouts

Stretching + strength training

Between workouts: RXbar + orange

30-minute swim

Day 1, Meal 2

1/2 medium sweet potato, mushrooms, 1 chicken/apple sausage, frozen spinach, all sauted w/ avocado oil + cherry tomatoes + fried egg + homemade baba ganoush (roasted eggplant, olive oil, tahini, salt, cilantro, lemon) + small handful black olives + mustard + curtido kraut + 1/2 honeycrisp apple.

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Day 2, Meal 1

Frittata w/ 1/3 sweet potato, 3 eggs, 1/2 chicken/apple sausage, coconut cream, kale, tomatoes + 1/2 avocado

Day 1 workouts

~5.5 mile hike

post-workout: watermelon, pear, blueberries + 1/2 cup OJ + a bit of egg scramble w/ pepper, turkey bacon

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Day 2, Snack 1

Cold brew coffee (black), apple, handful of trail mix (raisins, almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios) (was driving, 1 hour away from home/food, 8 hours after M1, and so hungry)

Day 2, Meal 2

Lettuce w/ ACV and OO + tuna salad (see D1 M3) + a few olives + plain seltzer water

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Day 2, Snack 2

HB egg + RXbar (had family events, including a dinner, all evening and no time to prep any other food. BUT still very hungry AND my stomach starting hurting after eating RXbar)

Day 2, Meal 3

~1/4 fresh peach, golden cherry tomatos + 1/2 bottle homemade water kefir + 1 small zucchini, kale, and handful green beans sauteed in avo. oil + 1.5 chicken/apple sausages + spoonful each homemade mayo and baba ganoush + lemon + small handful olives + dig. enzymes

Really would have preferred a bowl of green things over an RXbar today. Was better than nothing but definitely didn't make me feel great. And I don't want this Whole30 to be bar or nut heavy, even in legit emergency situations. Some new guidelines I want to follow for rest of Whole30:

-Prep food every week so I have better emergency/grab-n-go food options (including homemade jerky so I can have a protein source other than eggs)

-No nuts/seeds/dried fruit/fruit+nut bars (including Larabar and RXbar) unless: they are part of a meal/sauce (in the case of nuts, dried fruit, seeds) or I am hiking longer than 1 hour

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Day 3, Meal 1

Most of a peach + black iced tea and coconut cream + 1/3 sweet potato, 4 oz. ground pork, handful green beans, a few mushrooms sauteed in avo. oil w/ turmeric and cinnamon + fried egg + 1/4 avo (SO so good).


Forgot to note at beginning: Day 0 weight is 151 with clothes on. Not really looking to lose any weight particularly, just want to have a baseline. 

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Day 4, Meal 1

4 oz. ground pork sautéed w/ mushrooms, leftover green beans & carrots, turmeric & cinnamon + 1/3 roasted sweet potato w/ ghee (accidentally made brown butter ghee by cooking a little longer than normal yesterday and was worried b/c the liquid was almost black, but I have no regrets--it is fantastic) + Mel Joulwan's zucchini soup w/ coconut cream + iced black tea 


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Day 4, Meal 2

Tuna salad (see D1M3) + lettuce w/ ACV and oo + cherry tomatoes + cucumber + hot sauce + HB egg + a couple peach slices

Snack 1: LaCroix

Meal 3

Sauteed zucchini and summer squash + 1/3 roasted sweet pot. + homemade meat sauce (ground beef, chicken liver, fire-roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, onions, garlic) + a couple peach slices

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Day 5, Meal 1

1/3 roasted sweet pot. w/ ghee + mushrooms, pork, and green beans w/ turmeric and cinnamon + a little Whole30 ketchup (from Mel Joulwan) + zucchini soup w/ coconut cream 

ALSO, had my first food-related dream last night ... was freaking out because I ate a whole bunch of non-approved additives and I'd have to start over. Thanks, brain.

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Day 5 workouts

Pre-workout/late afternoon snack: seltzer, HB egg, handful of cherry tomatoes, cup of zucchini soup w/ spoonful of coconut cream

Strength training + 15 min. run

Post-wo: smoothie w/ ~1/2 peach, powdered egg whites, and almond milk

Meal 3

Lettuce w/ ACV and OO + roasted chicken w/ a little mayo + cucumber, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes + 1/2 avocado + kale chips

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Day 6, Meal 1

Same as Day 5, plus a nectarine

Snack 1: black tea w/ coconut cream

Meal 2

Seltzer and homemade water kefir w/ ACV + tuna salad (tuna, mayo, dill, lemon, apple, celery, cucumber, bell pepper) + romaine w/ ACV and OO + cherry tomatoes + green olives

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Day 7, Meal 2: 1/4 small canteloupe + stir-fry w/ roasted chicken, veggies (broccoli, green beans, mushroom, garlic, onion, watercress, sugar snap peas, carrots, zucchini), Mel Joulwan's sunshine sauce

Meal 3: tuna salad + romaine w/ ACV and OO + cherry tomatoes + olives

Workout: 2.5 mile run. Felt nauseous/not great on run and had to stop a few times. Hopefully just adjusting!

Post-workout: smoothie w/ egg white protein, half small banana, a few peach/nectarine slices, almond milk

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Day 7, Snack 2: Bone broth w/ ACV and ghee

DAY 8!

Meal 1: 1/3 sweet pot. w/ ghee and cinnamon + cabbage and onion sauteed w/ broth + roast chicken + fried egg + zucchini soup w/ coconut cream

Pre-workout: container kalamata olives + GT's trilogy kombucha

Strength training + 30-minute swim (these both felt really good! Had plenty of energy for both and no problems during)

Between workouts: nectarine and HB egg

Meal 2: iced coffee w/ coconut cream + giant bowl of sauteed cabbage, green beans, kale, and carrots (i.e. all the vegetables I could find in my fridge) + meat sauce

NOTES, end of week 1: Food is really good (seriously, everything tastes good), feeling good the past few days--no major digestive issues except for during run yesterday, no acid reflux (a huge win!), no need to snack between meals. Almost all my "snacks" have been beverages--bone broth, coffee--which is much better than last round. And I've been eating less fruit and nuts than last round at least after the first couple days and not craving either, so that's great too! Just been eating 1-2 servings of seasonal, local fruit/day. Instead of a ton of bananas w/ almond butter. I'm proud of that. TMI warning, but I want to document everything: going #2 regularly, i.e. 1-3 times a day w/ no problems (taking natural calm every night, but I was doing that before too), so that's also a big win (I've had IBS-type symptoms in the recent past, so this is really good!). I've been sleeping well, but have been a bit tired the past couple days, which I think is par for the course. Need to work on workout timing a bit so I'm not starving while I work out but also not too full, and so I don't wait until too late in the day and then just skip it. But feeling goooooood! Minus yesterday's run. But I think that will get better over the next week.

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Day 8, Meal 3: (compliant!) restaurant meal: salad w/ lettuce, tomato, hearts of palm, grilled pineapple, steak, onion

After dinner, stomach hurt a bit. My guess is too much cruciferous veg (2 servings of cabbage, kale, broccoli) and possibly onions = gas. Feel pretty fine today. Took a couple digestive enzymes, homemade peach-ginger water kefir, and had a cup of bone broth w/ ACV and ghee.

Day 9, Meal 1: leftover stirfry (see D7M2) + fried egg + kimchi + a couple pieces of canteloupe

Pre-workout: coffee w/ coconut cream and HB egg

During workout: 1 hour+ bike ride, ate 1.5 apples w/ a packet of NuttZo (the non-peanut variety)

Post-workout: smoothie w/ 1/2 small banana, egg white protein, almond milk

Meal 2: lettuce w/ ACV and OO + tuna salad + cherry tomatos + 1/3 avocado

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Day 9, Meal 3: 2 eggs scrambled + 1/2 chicken/apple sausage + sauteed sweet potato + spinach w/ ghee + 1/3 avocado + Whole30 ketchup

DAY 10

Meal 1: boyfriend made me an omelet: 3 eggs w/ mushrooms, onions, and peppers + sauteed potato + coffee w/ coconut cream + a few pieces of cantaloupe and some blueberries

Meal 2: beef burger (marinated w/ coconut aminos, onion, paprika, red pepper, garlic) + lettuce + garlic/dill kraut + Whole30 ketchup + tomato + homemade kale chips

Snack 1: 1/2 apple

Meal 3: a whole bunch of chicken (I tried making a chicken in my InstantPot--genius! The meat was literally falling off the bones! So great.) + a scoop of mayo + eggplant, zucchini, mushroom, carrots, bell pepper stir-fried w/ ginger, garlic, coconut aminos (this meal was so good. And eggplant! eggplant is good!)

DAY 11

Meal 1: ~4 oz. pork, carrots, green beans, mushrooms w/ cinnamon and turmeric + 1/3 roasted sweet potato w/ spoonful ghee and cinnamon + zucchini soup w/ coconut cream

Snack 1: coffee w/ coconut cream

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Day 11, Meal 2: homemade peach-ginger water kefir + salmon protein salad (canned salmon, mayo, cucumber, apple, red bell pepper, lemon, dill) + lettuce w/ ACV + HB egg

Meal 3: half a cucumber + chicken + mayo + roasted veg (eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper, mushroom) w/ olive oil, coconut aminos, ginger, garlic + a few pieces honeydew and blueberries

Workout: 45-minute swim

Post-workout: 1/2 portions of chicken, sweet potato, roasted veg

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DAY 12

Meal 1: same as D11M1

Pre-workout: Coffee w/ coconut cream, HB egg, 1/2 GT's original kombucha

Workout: strength training + 15 min. run

Post-workout: 1/2 portions of chicken and sweet potato, other 1/2 kombucha

Meal 2: roasted chicken and veggies (carrots, eggplant, mushrooms, zucchini, bell pepper) w/ coconut aminos and mayo + honeydew, apple, and blueberries (1/2-1 cup)

Snack 1/pre-dinner: Seltzer and zucchini soup w/ coconut cream

Meal 3: salad w/ lettuce + dressing of olive oil, ACV, lime, coconut aminos, ginger + ~4 oz. marinated beef burger + cucumber, bell pepper, tomato, garlic dill kraut + HB egg

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DAY 13

Meal 1: Same as yesterday

Snack 1: Coffee w/ coconut cream

Meal 2: homemade peach-ginger water kefir + lettuce w/ ACV and olive oil + salmon protein salad + HB egg and extra cucumber + container kalamata olives + 1/2-1 cup fruit (melon, apple, blueberries) + handful cashews

Meal 3: Bowl of roasted chicken, carrots, roasted veg (see yesterday M2) w/ mayo and 1/4 avocado + cup zucchini soup w/ coconut cream

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DAY 14--Two weeks!

Meal 1: Same as yesterday, plus fried egg

Meal 2: Sauteed cabbage, zucchini, and mushrooms with carrots, chicken, and 1/2 an avocado. A couple small pieces of fruit. A few cashews and coconut flakes.

Snack 1: Decaf coffee w/ coconut cream

I took a 2-3 hour nap after this.

Snack 2/pre-WO: small apple with almond butter

Workout: 50-minute cycling class

Post-WO: Half portions of chicken and sweet potato, glass homemade peach-blueberry-ginger water kefir

Meal 3: 1 small potato roasted w/ olive oil and Italian seasoning w/ Whole30 ketchup + ground beef burger w/ lettuce, 1/3 avo, more ketchup, dill garlic kraut, pickles

Snack 3: licorice-mint tea

NOTES: This week has been rough. Very stressful, lots of writing projects due and not enough time to do them all. I was hoping by this week I'd be feeling pretty good, and I guess I am doing all right physically, but I've been struggling mentally/emotionally. Wanting to stress eat junk for the last few days (that's why my nut intake is up--if the worst I can do is a ton of beverages--seltzer, tea, coffee--and an apple with almond butter and a few cashews, then that's okay. I'm trying not to feel guilty about these eating choices because I think I did okay). Pre-prepped food has saved me this week. I've had something ready or almost ready to eat for every meal, and it's been a lifesaver. Mild constipation and some gas today, which is annoying, esp. because I haven't been eating anything new. Except the nuts. Hmmm. Trying to drink lots of water, get enough sleep--I haven't been able to do perfectly on that this week, going to bed later than usual b/c I have so much to do. Still managing 7.5-8 good hours, but I have been so tired this week. Just dragging. I had to take a nap this afternoon, and that doesn't happen very often! I'm hoping once I finish my last couple projects tomorrow I can relax and get some quality sleep and feel better this weekend. On the plus side, my stomach feels/looks flatter (I can see some little glimmering ab muscles popping out again!) and my workouts and 1.5 mile run this week felt pretty good, faster than I expected on the run. Hoping I can get out for a longer run this weekend and test out the running again!

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DAY 15

Meal 1: chicken, sweet potato, carrots, spinach, a bit of ghee + fried egg + cup of soup w/ coconut cream

Snack 1: packet almonds, black coffee, HB egg, 1/2 apple w/ cinnamon

Meal 2: sweet potato (about 1/4), salmon protein salad

Meal 3: sauteed potato (about 1 potato) + three eggs + salsa + green beans w/ mushrooms, 1/2 chicken apple sausage, turmeric

Snack 2: peppermint tea w/ coconut oil, a couple dig. enzymes, 1/2 banana (I felt hungry a few hours after dinner but I suspect I wasn't so much hungry as just having some digestion problems. None of my protein options sounded appetizing. Felt better after tea.)

NOTES: yesterday was not a great eating day. I was working through my first snack and the next meal, and I suspect I ran too carb heavy and didn't get quite enough fat and protein. I also suspect the nuts aren't doing me much good. I felt okay most of the day, but not great. No const. though. But kept getting hungry. But! This long, stressful week is over and my projects are done and I got 9.5 good hours of sleep last night! And now I can finally do the dishes and food prep (all I've been craving is soup and I ran out! Definitely making soup for this week). 

Day 16, Meal 1: 1/2 banana w/ coconut oil + three eggs scrambled w/ spinach and bell pepper + leftover potatoes (probably 1/2 potato) + 1/2 avocado + salsa

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