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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)

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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)! read more “Whole30 Challenge: Week Two”