Whole30 Day 4 plus weekend 5k plans

I had a dream last night that today was day 5, but then I couldn’t at my whole30 diary and realized that it was only day 4. Which makes more sense why I woke up feeling like I had drank an entire bottle of wine the night before. I remember this for last time, Day 3 and 4 were the hardest as far as being tired, “hung over”, and cranky. The figuring out what to eat and plan my meals hasn’t been as hard this time around since I’m used to it and it comes more naturally for me than before so that’s made getting through these days a little easier. I know the cravings will get worse before they get better so I’ve made sure to stock up on easy snacks to get through the tough times. I finding that i’m really enjoying apple sauce with a dash of cinnamon and apples with raw almond butter when I’m feeling like a little pick me up. I think the weekend will be a little tough, but I have limited plans am going to focus most of my time on house chores, meal planning and running to keep me busy.

I only have 3 weekends until the seattle half marathon so this saturday i’ll run 11 miles in my training and I also have a 5k race on sunday. I’m excited for the race.. it’s the race I got my PR on last year so I’m hoping to beat it this year. My bf is also going to come watch which is exciting for me since he’s never been to any of my races before.

For my meals this week, I kept it pretty simple. I made a pork roast in my crock pot which has saved me when i’ve been too busy to cook and have been able to bring it for an easy lunch to work. I’ve also been digging this salmon and arugula salad that has snap peas, asparagus, avocado, onion, tomatoes and almonds in and i’ve just been fresh lemon juice and a little hot sauce on it and it’s been delicious! For breakfast I made a batch of pork sausage with onions and apples and just scramble a couple eggs into every morning. Perfect post workout breakfast meal. Larabars and dates have come in handy when i’ve gotten hungry but didn’t have time to make a full meal or just needed a little snack to get through an afternoon. They also make for perfect pre-run food as they don’t give me a side ache.

Just got to stay strong through the weekend and plan my meals ahead for next week and I should be looking good. I’m already noticing the changes and why I love the whole30 and can’t wait to keep seeing and feeling results.

Enjoy your weekend! I’ll give an update on how I did and how my runs go at the end of the weekend.

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Whole30 Day 1

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I did not get as mentally and physically prepared for the whole30 this weekend as I should have, but I’m still ready to start today and will just have to get through the first day not being as prepared until I can go to the store tonight to buy this week’s worth of meals.

Along with the whole30, here are some other goals I’ve set to go along with my plan.

  1. I will eat a full breakfast everyday.
  2. All electronics will be off by 10pm every week night.
  3. I will run 3x time a week and lift 3x a week
  4. I will rest on Sundays and stretch/foam roll after every run.
  5. I will do one outdoor activity a week.
  6. I will read two books in the 30 days.

Let the fun begin!

It starts with food..

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The day after labor day last year is when I began the Whole30 program for the first time. I was new to the whole paleo thing. Going from an intense 15 day juice cleanse in December to a mostly vegetarian diet for the 8 months after with constant roller coaster of ups and downs with my battle with food. I was working out a lot, running and still not seeing the results I wanted. Sure I was lean, but were was the muscle and tone from 8 months of running and lifting?! The whole30 opened my eyes to food in a way i’d never thought about it before. Watching and feeling my body transform from eating clean whole foods for 30 days was one of the most rewarding and beneficial things I’ve ever done for myself. So fast forward 8 months later and I’ve maintained a mostly paleo diet. Doing the whole30 changed the way I thought about food and made it more natural to just cook whole clean foods, but the sugar demon is still there, the roller coaster of good food/bad food decisions are still at war and I can feel when my body is not burning fuel from fat, but from the nasty sugars that I just “had” to have that day.

I decided it was time to do the whole30 program again. Remind myself why I choose paleo over sandwiches or cookies and I thought it would also be good to re-read “It Starts With Food” since I’m more familiar and can relate more now then when I first read it. I love Dallas and Melissa Hartwig and I think there book and there program is such a life-changing experience. It really is true what a difference eating whole foods can do to you. As I was sitting on the bus on my way home, reading the book, I thought for one second what the bus would feel like if every single person on the bus was doing the whole30 program together and what a difference the bus ride home would be. I laughed and pushed the thought away and got back to the book.

So this week I’m doing what I’m calling the pre-season or warm up. Since for every great sport or run, in order to succeed and have a good year, you need to warm up, practice and a test run. I’m reading the book as a part of my warm-up, stocking my pantry with only whole30 approved foods, meal planning for the weeks to come, checking my schedule and making sure not to schedule anything that involves non-whole30 approved activities and just simply getting my mind and body ready for the challenge. So there isn’t any excuse to fail. I’m also test running, by doing my absolute best to eat 100% paleo. I made it all of Monday and failed today by eating 2 small bites of a oatmeal-cranberry raisin cookie that a co-worker had. And yes it was delicious, but in the end not worth it-but a great reminder for the next time my brain decides it thinks a cookie is a good idea. I will begin the whole30 program officially next Tuesday, June 28th.

I’m excited to see the changes both mentally and physically and see how it improves my fitness and running as I approach the beginning of my marathon training and my 2nd half marathon of the year.

Whole30 is a great program with really high success rates. I highly recommend you check it out and join me on this challenge. I will give weekly updates on how I’m doing and try and remember to post new recipes that I try along the way.

30 days and counting

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I have just a little over 30 days until the Napa trip for my first half marathon of the year. That means it’s time to get down to business as far as training and dieting goes. This last week had a lot going on and I ended up missing all three of my runs and not eating the best of food. I did the Whole30 diet back in September before the NYC marathon and loved how my body felt after the 30 days and really felt good during my training for that month.

 

Though I know I can’t dedicate a whole 30 days right now to the whole30 program because of my job and the scheduled spring tastings I’ll have to do. I’m going to do a modified whole30 and eat clean whole foods eliminating grains, sugar, legumes, alcohol, and dairy in my daily diet outside of what I will have to taste for work. I am starting this today and will do it until the day before the half marathon on April 20th.

I am hoping this will give me the focus and attention needed for my training. The cold weather doesn’t help, but I know I need to focus on my running this next month so that will be the plan.

Here is what my basic week of training will look like:
Monday: Legs
Tuesday: Run
Wednesday: XT with my trainer
Thursday: Chest + Run
Friday: Core + Upper Body XT
Saturday: Long Run
Sunday: Rest

I’m really excited for this next month and even more excited for my trip to Napa! Plus the reward of great food and wine after the half marathon. It will hard work paid off 🙂

Update on the cleanse: I only ended up doing 7 days, it works and I really liked it, but I was causing some stomach issues that wasn’t going to work with my training. I would do it again when I’m not training for a race.

Some Recipes for you.

Again, I need to be reminded that when I cook I should take photos! Without photos you guys don’t have a visual of what it looked like and I know when I look at post I love seeing photos along with the recipes. Please forgive me… I’ll keep reminding myself.

Just to be honest.. these paleo treats were delicious, but it triggered the sugar demons and now all I do is crave sweets after a meal. It’s better at night, but during the day after lunch the last 2 days I just want a cookie. I hate the feeling, I hate cravings. I want to feel satisfied from lunch without the want of something sweet. So make at your own risk, but don’t feel to guilty about eating them as they aren’t too bad for you, just watch the approaching sugar demon that wants to add all sorts of processed sugars back in your life.

Blueberry-Strawberry Crumble
2 pints blueberries
1 pint strawberries
1 lemon
1 cup almond flour
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup melted coconut flour
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp organic syrup

1. In baking dish, add blueberries, chopped strawberries and juice from one lemon. Mix to coat all the berries
2. In mixing bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and stir well
3. cover berries with almond mixture and bake at 375 for 40 mins.
4. I enjoyed this with breakfast, instead of as dessert.

Flourless Zucchini Brownies
1 cup almond butter
1 1/2 cup grated and chopped zucchini
1/3 cup honey – raw preferrably if you have it
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nut meg
2 tbsp unsweetened dark chocolate powder
1 cup vegan chocolate chips

1. combine all ingredents and mix well
2. pour into greased glass baking dish
3. bake 40 mins at 350

Cinnamon Apple Pork Tenderloin (slowcooker)
6 apples, sliced
cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, chile spice
1 pork tenderloin about 2lbs
salt and pepper
drizzle of honey (optional and not whole30 approved)

1. Layer the bottom of the slowcooker with apple slices, add mixed spices ( i just eyeballed this)
2. season pork tenderloin with salt and pepper
3. cut pork in half and layer with sliced apples
4. cover pork with remaining apples, add mixed spices and drizzle of honey
5. cook at high heat for 5 hours
6. the best pork ever! been eating it all week with salads and veggies

Zucchini and Sweet Potato Hash (my favorite breakfast right now and whole30 approved)
1 zucchini shredded
1 sweet potato shredded
1/2 chopped onion
1/2 lb ground sausage or bacon
2 eggs
cinnamon, chile powder, salt and pepper
1 tbsp coconut oil or fat

1. heat large skillet with coconut oil or cooking fat
2. add onions, zucchini and sweet potato and cook for a few mins
3. add ground sausage, cinnamon, chile powder, salt and pepper
4. fry 2 eggs and place on top of cooked hash
5. enjoy this delicious breakfast. I’ve had it with sausage, and bacon, the addition of mushrooms and spinach and it has been so good. and the possibilities are endless. Shredding the sweet potatoes and zucchini makes it feel like your eating hashbrowns. Hashbrowns and runny eggs happen to be my favorite!

On the menu for this weekend:
1. slowcooker short ribs 2. chicken curry 3. sweet potato hash 4. zucchini “pasta”
would also like to make more pesto, mayo, tuna salad lettuce wraps for lunch.