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Whole 30 :: Week 2 :: Insights & Recipes

We did it! We went another week without eating dairy, grains, or added sugar. The junk food eater in me was having some serious cravings this week, and I was a little grumpy, but we made it. I did not cave. And my mood is improving. Sugar withdrawal really is a thing. I didn't know how much sugar I was consuming on a regular basis, but almost everything packaged sneaks it in there, so I was eating quite a bit.

Insights from this week...

Your friends, most of them, they don't want you to eat healthy. Most people think that eating healthy is smack dab in the middle of the no fun zone. Other friends, they are super encouraging and text or message you with fun new recipes to try and encouraging words. Those friends are rad.

Instagram peeps LOVE pictures of food. The #whole30 and #paleo community on Instagram is strong, and they are very encouraging. I never knew you could feel so encouraged by complete strangers.

I felt lots of temptation this past week. Yummy smells get to me. When I'm hungry, I'm at my weakest. I have to bring approved snacks everywhere.

Never assume a particular food will be at a social engagement. For example, not every party has a fruit and veggie tray, and not all burgers are made equally. Pack accordingly.

I prefer fruit bowls over scrambles for breakfast.

Now for the fun part... The recipes.

Day 8
Breakfast: Scramble with ground turkey, apples, red pepper, eggs, onion, and spinach seasoned with McCormick's Montreal Steak Seasoning. Accompanied by some yummy blueberries picked at Rusty Plow Farm in Enumclaw, WA.
Lunch: Sirloin patty, topped with homemade guacamole, sandwiched between romaine lettuce.
Dinner: Grilled tilapia seasoned with parsley, oregano, thyme, smoked paprika, cayenne, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, & pepper laying on a bed of cauliflower rice with a side of mango. The recipe can be found here. We subbed tilapia for the mani mahi.

Day 9
Breakfast: Fruit bowl on the go, with banana, blueberries, chopped cashews, and a scoop of almond butter.
Lunch: Grilled sirloin patty (pre-made on Day 8), topped with avocado, cucumber chips, and mustard, sandwiched between a piece of romaine lettuce.
Dinner: Chicken breast breaded with coconut flour, and seasoned with an orange mango sauce on top of leftover cauliflower rice from Day 8. The recipe for the knock off "orange chicken" can be found here.

Day 10
Breakfast: Yams fried in coconut oil, seasoned with Italian Seasoning, mixed with avocado, and served with a sliced peach. SO GOOD!
Lunch: Sirloin patty (pre-made on Day 8), topped with cucumber slices, hard boiled egg, and mustard, sandwiched between romaine lettuce.
Dinner: Grilled chicken, avocado, cucumber, and sweet potato on a bed of spinach, topped with tahini sauce. The recipe that inspired me can be found here.

Day 11
Breakfast: 2 eggs, scrambled, served with a yummy peach picked from our neighbor's farm.
Lunch: Spinach topped with approved deli turkey that I found at Costco, cucumbers, hard boiled egg, and Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo. This stuff is delicious. You'll be able to see that I think that by my next few days of lunch :)
Dinner: Crockpot shredded beef with a side of mashed sweet potato. I subbed apple cider vinegar for the Worcestershire, since it's not compliant. Also, I probably won't go the mashed route again. It just wasn't as filling.

Day 12
Breakfast: Fruit bowl with banana, peach, blueberries, apples, cashews, and a scoop of almond butter.
Lunch: Spinach topped with shredded beef leftover from Day 11, hard boiled egg, cucumber, and chipotle lime mayo.
Dinner: Grilled salmon with mango salsa on a bed of cauliflower rice with fresh green beans picked from our garden as a side. We tried this one last week and liked it so much that we had it when we had friends over for dinner too!

Day 13
Breakfast: Fruit bowl with chopped cashews, cinnamon, almond butter, ground flax seed, blueberries, strawberries, pears, and banana.
Lunch: Spinach salad with hard boiled egg, cucumber, deli turkey I found at Costco, & chipotle lime mayo.
Dinner: Leftover salmon, mango salsa, & cauliflower rice from Day 12.

Day 14
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and deli turkey with a side of avocado.
Lunch: Spinach salad with shredded beef leftover from Day 11, cucumber, black olives, and chipotle lime mayo. I told you I LOVE the chipotle lime mayo. It's amazing. Thinking you don't like mayo? It's main ingredient is avocado oil.
Dinner: Sirloin patty on a bed of cauliflower rice, topped with avocado and mango salsa leftover from Day 12.


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