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    Whole30 Challenge: Week Three

    My bison burger situation at BareBurger (Whole30 and Paleo compliant!)
    My bison burger situation at BareBurger (Whole30 and Paleo compliant!)

    My cooking was pretty boring this week (as in not much elaborate fancy meals, but still simply delish) and my stomach was totally fine with it. I pretty much ate the same or very similar things everyday. Maybe this Whole30 is making me realize I don’t need to go out to eat, or spend 5 hours cooking a Pinterest recipe, to satisfy my diva appetite. Work this week was pretty busy but I was able to go to yoga four times this past week, which I was happy about. For my challenge of not snacking this past week, I have succeeded! But I had to hide the cashews in my cupboard. Out of sight. Out of mind. (Well not really out of mind, but it does make it easier!) I hear tiger blood maybe kicks in around Week 3, but I haven’t experienced it yet though, I think I do find it easier to get out of bed these days. Little wins. Unfortunately, I started breaking out with a few small pimples (eek) on my face, sooo that’s not cool. Could be unrelated, maybe due to stress, but I normally don’t really break out with more than one pimple at a time. Who knows.

    I ate out twice this week for dinner – Chipotle and Bareburger. Yay for Whole30/Paleo compliant chains near me! More on what I ordered after the jump.

    So a cool thing happened to me this week. I found out that I’m going to be promoted at work starting July 1st! The firm has an annual “Promotion Day” celebration where we celebrate the past fiscal year’s success as well as promotions and milestone achievements. It’s great, but, it’s next Friday. I totally forgot about the date and didn’t realize it would fall during my revised Whole30 completion date, which would’ve been Monday, June 20th. I thought about it hard and decided to end my Whole30-ish* experience on Thursday, June 16th, right before promotion day, since I want to fully enjoy my first career promotion, with all of its glory in ICE CREAM AND WINE, on the day of. *I’ve added -ish to my Whole30 experience, since technically I made a mistake during the first day 6.. and if I stuck to the original completion date, it would have been this coming Tuesday, June 14 . Although by-the-book people would probably be disappointed by this, I’m very happy with my decision and don’t feel like I’m giving up. I’m still proud of all the effort I put towards the program, even though it wasn’t the perfect Whole30.

    My kitchen game also increased this week. I bought a <$6 one-egg frying pan, in which I used to make my cute little omelettes (pictured below). I constantly used my kitchen scale to weigh all my proteins to make sure I’m getting enough and not overeating. My instant pot also came on Friday, but unfortunately it was dented so now I need to deal with the seller on eBay. Wah. I was so excited. Anyway, here’s what I ate – all doable without an Instant pot 😉

    T-fal A85700 Specialty Nonstick One Egg Wonder Fry Pan Cookware, 4.75-Inch ($5.47 on Amazon, Walmart)
    T-fal A85700 Specialty Nonstick One Egg Wonder Fry Pan Cookware, 4.75-Inch ($5.47 on Amazon, Walmart)

    Sunday, Day 15
    Breakfast

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

    Lunch

    • Chicken Tenders, pan fried using coconut oil – Recipe from Jay’s Baking Me Crazy
    • Small spring mix salad with 1x egg white, extra virgin olive oil and red win vinegar

    Dinner

    • Chicken, string beans, fried egg, and enokitake mushroom stir fry with Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos

    Monday, Day 16
    Breakfast

    • 1x egg omelette with 1/2 Applegate uncured beef & pork hot dog, string beans, and Red Boat fish sauce
    • TJ Serano Fresco Salsa
    • 1x banana with almond butter

    Lunch

    • Salad: spring mix salad, 1/2 avocado, grilled chicken, 1 egg whites, 1 tbsp TJ’s Unsalted Dry Toasted Sliced Almonds
    • Dressing: 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 (ish) tbsp red wine vinegar, salt and pepper
      • This has been my new favorite salad. I ate this pretty much all week for lunch. Just switched up the protein occasionally.

    Dinner

    • Cold, leftover chicken tenders (recipe from Jay’s Baking Me Crazy) dipped in TJ Tahini
    • Baby carrots dipped in Tahini
    • 1x mango

    Tuesday, Day 17
    Breakfast

    • 1x banana with TJ raw and crunchy almond butter
    • Baby carrots
    • 1x Applegate uncured beef & pork hot dog

    Lunch

    • Salad: spring mix salad, 1/2 avocado, grilled chicken, 1 egg whites, 1 tbsp TJ’s Unsalted Dry Toasted Sliced Almonds
    • Dressing: 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 (ish) tbsp red wine vinegar, salt and pepper

    Dinner

    • Chicken, string beans, fried egg, and enokitake mushroom stir fry with Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos

    Wednesday, Day 18
    Breakfast

    • 1x banana with TJ raw and crunchy almond butter
    • Baby carrots
    • 1x Applegate uncured beef & pork hot dog

    Lunch

    • Salad: spring mix salad, 1/2 avocado, grilled shrimp spiced with Magic Mushroom powder, 1 egg whites, 1 tbsp TJ’s Unsalted Dry Toasted Sliced Almonds
    • Dressing: 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 (ish) tbsp red wine vinegar, salt and pepper

    Dinner

    • Turkey Burger (my own half-baked recipe – go to “How To Make Turkey Burger” – but pan fried using coconut oil) with Sweet potato buns
    • 1/2 Avocado
    • 1x Fried Egg

    Thursday, Day 19

    Breakfast

    • 1x egg omelette with 1/2 Applegate uncured beef & pork hot dog, string beans, and Red Boat fish sauce
    • TJ Serano Fresco Salsa
    • 1x banana with almond butter

    Lunch

    • Salad: spring mix salad, 1/2 avocado, grilled shrimp spiced with Magic Mushroom powder, 1 egg whites, 1 tbsp TJ’s Unsalted Dry Toasted Sliced Almonds
    • Dressing: 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 (ish) tbsp red wine vinegar, salt and pepper

    Dinner

    • Bareburger: Be My Burger (Bison, medium rare +  Collard Green Wrap + Alfafa, Green Leaf, Spinach + Guacamole; and a side of sweet potato fries (hold the sauce, yo.)
      • Ahh so glad there is one near my house. Although pricer, as a Whole30er/normal paleo-er, I fully support them. They serve customizable all natural and organic burgers (including elk, bison, wild boar, turkey, duck) to meet many diet customizations, as well as salads, sandwiches, and sides. They also have great vegan and gluten-free options. All their fried foods are cooked in non-GMO canalo oil (which is reluctantly compliant for the Whole30).
      • All the non-whole30 friends I ate with, had the Fire Quacker and Southern Caviar, thought their burgers were very good and were obsessed with the sauces that came with the sweet potato and regular potato fries. I’ll have to try it when I’m done with Whole30.

    Friday, Day 20
    Breakfast

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

    Lunch

    • Salad: spring mix salad, 1/2 avocado, grilled shrimp spiced with Magic Mushroom powder, 1 egg whites, 1 tbsp TJ’s Unsalted Dry Toasted Sliced Almonds
    • Dressing: 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 (ish) tbsp red wine vinegar, salt and pepper

    Dinner

    • Chipotle: Extra salad with carnitas, medium salsa, guacamole, tobasco hot sauce

    Saturday, Day 21

    Breakfast

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

    Lunch

    • Shrimp seasoned with magic mushroom powder, string bean, 1x fried egg with coconut aminos stir fry

    Dinner (Again as I was in a hurry)

    • Shrimp seasoned with magic mushroom powder, string bean with coconut aminos stir fry
    • 1x orange

    Till next week (last week!),
    xoxo Eileen

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