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    Whole30 Challenge: Week Two

    One of my meals this week: Shrimp, fried egg, and string bean stir fry with Magic Mushroom Powder!
    One of my meals this week: Shrimp, fried egg, and string bean stir fry with Magic Mushroom Powder!

    I know I usually post on Sundays, but last night, I was caught in a eBay frenzy trying to win an auction for the very popular and highly reviewed Instant Pot.. haha (AND I WON! A total of $88 for a new, open box, IP-DUO-60 6QT.) And also, I started playing Destiny on PS4 last night (I know I’m super late to this) as a few of my coworkers recommended me to buy it and play with them. Soooo, I’m writing it today.

    Huzzah! I survived Memorial Day weekend and a super busy week at work. I was worried it would be tough, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Memorial day consisted of a baseball game (#letsgomets), a BBQ.. and a test of will power for dessert. The baseball game actually was probably the easiest challenge to overcome.. with preparation, of course. With high prices for food and drink at the ball game, it was easier for me to skip eating something simply because I’m not going to pay $10 for that funnel cake… even though it smells. so. good. #willpower #butactuallyjustfrugal I never looked into seeing if you could bring food into Citifield since I’d normally just buy a hot dog and fries there BUT YOU COULD! And also a sealed plastic bottle of water 20oz or less. I think many baseball stadiums have similar rules so definitely do your research before going. I brought 2 Applegate Natural Uncured Beef & Pork Hotdogs (wrapped in tin foil), carrots (plastic baggie), and an orange (peeled, pulled apart and in a plastic baggie) and a bottle of water. It lasted me throughout all 9 innings. BTW – NY Mets beat Chicago White Sox 1-0.

    The BBQ wasn’t too hard either. I ate salad with red wine vinegar and olive oil, a beef hamburger patty, grilled zucchini and sweet potato, grilled pineapple, and a bit of steak. Filling and delicious from the smokey flavor. I wish my George Foreman grill didn’t break on me recently or I would’ve been grilling so hard for Whole30. The hardest was probably dessert at the BBQ. I started craving ice cream when I saw a little kid eating soft serve out of a plastic Mets helmet at the game. And then my bf bought a Carvel ice cream cake, which is one of my favorite cakes of all time, for the BBQ. Uhghghghghh i love the crunchies. But I fought it and said NO. BAIIII.

    The rest of the week was pretty busy for me at work. I worked late most nights, only made it to yoga on Tuesday for a 75 minute session, and noticed I snacked a lot (maybe due to stress and tiredness). I even took a day trip to Boston (7AM flight in, 8PM flight out). Unfortunately, I had to be very consultant-y where I went to the airport, straight to the office, then back to the airport and didn’t get to explore/experience Boston at all. Thankfully, during my Whole30, I only had to travel for a day out. Food options where you travel to may not be ideal. Anyway, thanks to Google searches for Whole30 dining out options near the office and in the BOS airport, I was able to keep close to the Whole30 as I could. Plus, I packed a plastic baggie of cashews just incase I needed a pick-me up if I couldn’t find anything to eat.. which I did find stuff to eat and still ended up dipping my hands into the cashews bag. CASHEWS ARE SO ADDICTING.

    Again, this week, because I was a bit exhausted from work, I didn’t really feel any major benefits of the Whole30. But at least it sort of helped me refrain from going crazy and eating junk through my stress! I did start finding it easier to say no to unhealthy food right in front of me. I started to track all my meals/calories in myFitness pal app, even thought the Whole30 program says not to calorie count. I just did this so I would refrain from snacking and also had a better idea of the portion/balance of my meals. As I got busier with work, I didn’t have time/energy to do that… so I figured my goal again this week is to NOT snack in between meals – whether it be my beloved cashews or oranges. I will have fruit occasionally during meal time. Also, I’m hoping this week won’t be as busy and I can get back on my regular yoga grind. I got pretty “simple” with most of my meals this week. I just didn’t have the time or energy to make something awesome looking from my Whole30 approved Pinterest board.

    Here’s my meal round up for this past week (with pictures)!

    Sunday – Day 8

    • 1x banana with Trader Joe’s (TJ) raw crunchy almond butter


    Chipotle Salad Whole30


    • Cold, left over grilled chicken with TJ Tahini
    • String beans and enokitake mushrooms

    Monday, Day 9


    • 2 egg omelette with 1x Applegate uncured beef & pork hot dog, string beans, and cilantro
    • Mixed with few drops of Red Hook fish sauce
    • Served with TJ Serano Fresco Salsa

    Lunch (at the baseball game)


    • 2x Applegate uncured beef & pork hot dogs (packed in the tin foil)
    • carrots
    • small orange

    Dinner (Memorial Day BBQ)

    • 1x beef hamburger patty
    • few pieces of grilled zucchini and sweet potato
    • 1x grilled pineapple slice
    • Salad with peppers, olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.


    • Mango

    Tuesday – Day 10


    • Banana with TJ raw and crunchy almond butter
    • Carrots



    • Salad: spring mix salad, 1/2 avocado, 4oz shrimp, 1 egg whites, 1 tbsp TJ’s Unsalted Dry Toasted Sliced Almonds
    • Dressing: 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 (ish) tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1/2 (ish) tbsp dijon mustard, salt and pepper



    • This is where my lazy cooking comes in. I literally see what i have defrosted, what veggies I have, cook it and put some kind of sauce in it. Sooo my combinations might be weird but it was fine for a quick meal for me and decently tasting with the marinara sauce.
    • Sweet potato, enokitake mushrooms, string beans, ground turkey meat cooked and topped with Mazzetta Napa Valley Homeamade marinara sauce (found at Stop & Shop.. read your labels!)

    Wednesday, Day 11

    • Banana with TJ’s raw and crunchy almond butter
    • 1x Applegate uncured beef & pork hot dog



    • Salad: spring mix salad, 1/4 avocado, 4oz turkey, 1 egg whites, 1 tbsp TJ’s Unsalted Dry Toasted Sliced Almonds
    • Dressing: (Blended in a Magic Bullet) 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 avocado (smushed), salt and pepper, 1 minced garlic


    • Small orange



    • Sweet potato, okra, fried egg, 4oz chicken,  enokitake mushroom stir fry with coconut aminos

    Thursday, Day 12


    • Banana with TJ’s raw and crunchy almond butter
    • A cup of hot green tea (complimentary in front of my gate at LGA – Delta Boston Shuttle Service)
      • Not for breakfast, but bought my beloved Ito En Oi Ocha (Unsweetened green tea) at the airport



    • I saw that they had a Sweet Green near the office and decided to try it (my friends rave about this place). I did a quick google search on sweet green whole30 options – and normally, I would try to validate the whole30 compliancy with several sources but I just didn’t have time. One person said the following stuff I ordered was compliant so I just ordered it.
    • Sweet Green Salad: Grilled chicken, apple, almonds, strawberries, cucumber, carrot, egg
    • Dressing: Lime jalapeno vinagrette



    • Luckily they had a legal seafoods at BOS which I did see as some people’s favorite eat-out restaurant while on Whole30 or paleo since they have a gluten-free menu and are friendly about catering to the customer’s food restrictions. They cook in canola oil, though, which isn’t ideal but still whole30 compliant.
    • Legal Seafoods: Seared scallops with double side of broccoli
    • I asked for it to be gluten free


    • TJ Raw Whole Cashews

    Friday, Day 13

    • Banana with TJ raw and crunchy almond butter
    • Carrots with TJ tahini


    • Sushi seaweed wrap of cauliflower rice, avocado, chicken, lettuce


    • Sweet potato, enokitake mushrooms, okra, and 1x Applegate natural uncured beef and pork hot dog cooked and topped with Mazzetta Napa Valley Homeamade marinara sauce


    • Orange

    Saturday, Day 14

    • Banana with TJ raw and crunchy almond butter



    • TJ’s Turkey Burger (delish!) with fried egg, avocado, and salad leaves in between sweet potato buns.



    • Fried egg, 4oz shrimp, and string bean… seasoned with Nomnompaleo’s Magic Mushroom Powder! Awesome flavoring BUT as she says, use sparingly as a salt substitute or your dish will be too salty.

    On to week 3! So excited to use my INSTANT POT when it comes.. probably arriving for my final week, though. Hopefully it arrives sooner. I did buy and receive the Digital Kitchen Scale from AmazonBasics ($9.99!) on Saturday and have been using it to measure out all my meat proportions. It is so handy!

    xoxo Eileen

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