Whole30 Week One Work-up!

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Well folks today is day number 7 which means you have now got one week under your belt, in my opinion;not that you asked but will be told anyway; week one is the hardest if you’ve never tried Paleo before. At this point your sugar monster is still rearing its ugly head but you’re able to tell it to shut up and stay quiet. Week 1 is always the hardest when you’re doing anything. Your body is going through all of these changes and you’re not sure if you want to stick to the changes or not. During this whole time period you and your body are trying to figure out why it thinks you’re slowly trying to kill it, or your body could be thanking you for all of the changes you’re making for the positive. My week one wasn’t to bad, there were a few times I was tempted to give up, for example when you know that there will be a Tex-mex themed retirement party at work….and there will also be cake. I was strong though extremely tempted, but but lo and behold I was Paleo super women and had pre-planned for this and packed my own lunch. My key to success is to always have snacks available. I also did a two week meal plan so that I knew what I’d be eating all day and by all day I mean all 12 hours I’d be at work.  Yes I said 12 hours, it’s very tough considering that I am a shift worker and don’t always get “regular” break times or “normal peoples” scheduling. So to counteract the hanger I make sure I have sufficient snacks to hold me over until I am able to eat a real meal. I try to snack on fruits, nuts and meat. How do you fight off the hunger monster?

I did a huge kitchen overhaul after making a two week Whole30 meal plan and cooking up most of the meals ahead of time and freezing some of them. My freezer meals will be on another post soon.

Week One: August 1st-August 7th, 2014

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As I previously said I work 12 hour shifts and those shifts entail me getting up at the crack of dawn…mainly around 0430 am and working until 1800 hours (6pm). I am not one to be hungry as soon as I wake up, I usually get hungry around 0700 hours. On my days off I by no means keep to that awful schedule.

Day 1: (off from work)

 Breakfast:

Bullet-Proof Iced Coffee and Paleo “cereal” which included: unsweetened coconut chips, cashews, blueberries, sliced banana and almond milk.

Snack:

Turkey and Salami lunch meat roll up with an unsweetened Iced Tazo Passion Tea (made at home but can be bought at Starbucks) I brought this alone while running errands so that I wouldn’t be tempted to be bad.

Lunch:

Bun-less Burgers with Roasted Garlic Paleo mayo and balsamic roasted brussells sprouts.

Dinner:

Kraut and Smashed Potatoes.

I wanted a little something sweet after dinner so I had a hand full of nuts and unsweetened coconut chips.

Day 2: ( 12 hour shift)

 Breakfast:

Bullet-Proff iced Coffee, and a half  of a Blueberry Lara bar ( I forgot my real breakfast at home, shame on me, thankfully I always keep a Lara Bar in my work bag), then on my first break I had Paleo “cereal”

Snacks:

Turkey/Salami roll up, hard boiled egg and a mixture of olives.

Lunch:

Jalapeno Chicken Wings

Dinner:

Dinner was leftovers because lets face it who wants to cook after a long 12 hour day when you still have 2 more 12 hour shifts to work?

So what I had for dinner was: 2 jalapeno burgers with spicy roasted garlic mayo ( I just added hot sauce to my garlic mayo), a piece of pot roast (leftovers from my mom)  and a small side salad.

Needless to say I was starving when I got home that day, since my day started off on the wrong foot.

Day 3: ( 12 hour shift)

 Breakfast:

Bullet-proof Iced Coffee and Apple Slices with Justin’s Brand Almond Butter then on my frist break I had Paleo “cereal”- blueberries, unsweetened coconut chips, banana, cashews and almond milk.

Snacks:

Turkey/Salami roll up, hard boiled egg and a mixture of olives.

Lunch:

Chorizo Beef Chili

Dinner:

Meatball salad

Again I took help from my pre-made freezer meals and lettuce I had in the fridge. The dressing I used was my roasted garlic mayo and hot sauce, I can’t get enough of it.

Day 4: ( 12 hour shift)

 Breakfast:

Bullet-Proof Iced Coffee and homemade chicken sausage patty, then scrambled eggs and homemade chicken sausage.

Snacks:

Turkey/Salami roll up, hard boiled egg and a mixture of olives.

Lunch:

Jalapeno Burgers and smashed potatoes.

Dinner:

Pesto Zoodles and Smokey Meatballs with Vanilla Balsamic Mashed Potatoes

Day 5: (off from work)

 Breakfast:

Bullet-Proof  coffee and banana slices, cashews and almond milk.

Lunch:

Grilled chicken and brussels sprouts.

Dinner:

Grilled chicken breast and a banana.  ( I picked up a night overtime shift and after running errands all day I didn’t have the drive to cook anything fancy.)

Day 6: (off from work)

 Breakfast:

Bullet-Proof Coffee and a banana.

Lunch:

Grilled chicken salad with lettuce, tomatoes, and banana peppers.

Dinner:

Grilled chicken breast tossed in hot sauce in a lettuce cup. Served on the side of you guessed it my Garlic Mayo.

Day 7: ( 12 hour shift)

 Breakfast:

Apple Slices and Paleo “cereal”

Snacks:

Salami roll up, and cherries.

Lunch:

Leftover grilled chicken lettuce cups.

Dinner:

Grilled chicken BLT with plantain “bread”.

As you can see I prefer to do a lot of quick and easy meals, I try to make it easier to cook when I get home at night and then have to almost turn around and go right back to bed to repeat my day all over again. On my nights off when I don’t have to work the next day that’s usually when I tear up my clean kitchen with lots of pots and plates and utensils all over the place.

My Whole30 Recipes:

Paleo “Cereal”:

 blueberries, strawberries, banana, cashews and almond milk.

Paleo Cereal

Homemade Chicken Breakfast Sausage:

1 pound ground chicken

¼ tsp tried thyme

½ tsp cayenne pepper

½ tsp fresh black pepper

1 tsp salt

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp olive oil

Optional and not Whole30- add 1 tbls maple syrup

Kraut and  Bratwurst:

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1 pound bratwurst

1 package of Farmhouse Culture raw organic Kraut

kraut and potatoes

Chorizo Chili:

1 pound of Columbian chorizo, broken up

1 pound of ground beef

2 cans of diced tomatoes

½ tbls tomato paste

1 large yellow or sweet onion; diced and sauteed

3 cloves garlic, diced

1-2 tbls chili seasoning

1 tbls smoked paprika

Saute the onions until translucent then add in the garlic and stir around until fragrant. Add the meat and cook until browned. Once the meat is browned you can add the rest of the ingredients and cook on low for as many hours as you want to. Or you could turn heat up to medium high and cook for about 20 minutes and serve.

chorizo chili

Shredded Chicken BLT:

1 large chicken breast; baked and shredded

a bunch of romaine lettuce

1 small tomato, diced

2 or 3 slices of bacon; cooked and chopped

2 or 3 tbls roasted garlic mayo

Optional, hot sauce

I layered my BLT’s I put the roasted garlic may on on the bottom, then chicken, tomato, bacon and lastly hot sauce.

shredded chicken BLT

Jalepeno Chicken Wings:

I took some help from a fellow Paleo Blogger for this day.

Meatified

chicken wings and smashed potatoes

Smashed Potatoes:

1 pound of fingerlings potatoes or small potatoes

salt

pepper

EVOO

Boil your potatoes until fork tender and turn your oven to 375 degrees. Layer a baking sheet with tin foil.

Remove and drain potatoes, then the back of a wooden spoon and gently press down on potatoes. After all are pressed drizlle EVOO and bake until crispy.

 smashed potatoes

Pesto Zoodles and Smokey Meatballs:

1 pound ground beeg

1 pound ground pork

1large zucchini

½ cup Paleo pesto

1 tsp each of: salt, smoke paprika, white pepper, liquid smoke, chipotle powder, garlic powder and onion powder.

½ small onion, diced

Mix all ingridients together. This recipe made 42 small ish meatballs.

Pre heat oven to 375 and back for about 20 minutes. I freeze these guys and take out what I need to cook with each time.

Zoodles:

Heat a small skillet on medium low and saute your zoodles in the pesto for about 5 minutes. Toss to coat.

Zoodles and Smokey Meatballs

Roasted Garlic Paleo Mayo:

1 egg

½ cup almond oil

Whole roasted garlic clove

½ tsp lemon juice

Blend the egg and lemon juice together until frothy and slowy add in the almond oil until a mayo type consistency starts to form. Stir in the roasted garlic cloves.

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One thought on “Whole30 Week One Work-up!

  1. Food looks good. At the end of 30 days tell me how many lbs you lost. That is really what counts.
    Love, MawMaw

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