Well that’s a mouthful of a title.
Three weeks down. Home stretch. If you missed my week two recap, you can catch up here. Things learned thus far: fruit and cauliflower hate me, my skin is awesome, lots of planning and prep, Tupperware is my bestie, the snack monster is tamed, fish is a treat, buy chicken breasts on sale. That’s the short version.
So week three… firstly, a confession:
I broke a Whole 30 rule: I drank alcohol on Friday night. I know. I’m terrible. Okay not actually but I did go out on Friday and had vodka (one shot and one vodka soda). I know this is totally not allowed on Whole 30 – I’m sorry! Forgive me? I was going out and I really just wanted a drink (or two). I don’t drink often but I wanted to.
So I did. My stomach was a bit upset the next morning and my skin kinda broke out (boo) but I nourished my body, hydrated and went to CrossFit to do 14.4. I know I am doing this challenge and I technically “failed” but I am doing it to learn about my body, food, how I feel and how to fuel it properly. Obviously vodka is not fuel but it happened and it’s not the end of the world – it is very possible to balance vodka and veggies.
Okay, moving on… On the bright side, I think I have this grocery shopping thing down to an art. Or a science.
Here’s what I bought for week #3:
- 4 cans of salmon – $11.16
- 5 sweet potatoes – $5.76
- 1 spaghetti squash – $6.20
- 1 acorn squash – $2.52
- 3 organic golden delicious apples – $2.68
- 3 organic bartlett pears – $2.16
- 8 bananas – $2.95
- 10 avocados – $10.15
- 4 organic portobello mushrooms – $3.99
- 1 organic zucchini – $2.99
- 1 box organic baby spinach – $3.99
- 12 organic free range eggs – $6.99
- 5 chicken sausages – $11.61
- 1 can of sardines – $3.99
- 1 lbs grass fed ground beef – $8.76
Total = $85.90
Boo yeah! Are you proud?! I am!
When I talked about my grocery bill last week, Laura gave really good advice about going to the grocery store with a flexible plan based on what is on sale. This is definitely something I am trying to be better at but sometimes when I get something in my head that I need to make… well it’s hard to pull me away. Anyways, I am learning how/when to buy meat and picking my organic vegetables better. I would be sooo happy to spend around $80 a week on average on groceries – some weeks will be more/less depending on what I already have.
Okay enough grocery talk. Here are my thoughts from this past week:
1. I stopped craving sweet things and oatmeal – but I still have a fruit-tooth.
As if that happened… but it did. This past week was the first week that I really didn’t want a Larabar or crave oatmeal after dinner. I really did feel satisfied. But my dad keeps getting Edible Arrangements and my hand keeps finding their way into the gorgeous fruit basket. But I didn’t over-do it – my digestion was fine.
2. I ate more than I thought I needed.
Okay that probably sounds really weird but I couldn’t come up with a better way to say it. My meals are large. But I also don’t eat as often. Breakfast takes me to lunch. Lunch takes me to dinner. Dinner takes me to the next morning’s pre-workout snack. Snacking no more – if I don’t eat enough during the day then I am hungry after dinner.
I know I talked about this last week, but I was going through some of my old WIAW’s and compared how my meals used to look and how they now look. No wonder I needed five billion snacks. Sure they were always “healthy” but I definitely was not getting enough nutrients for me and my body. Check it out…
1/3 cup oats, water, 1 apple, 1 tbsp. peanut butter and cinnamon VS. 3 eggs cooked in coconut oil, handful of almonds, 1 banana, 1/2 cup frozen berries cooked in coconut oil
Egg white and spinach omelette, tomatoes, peppers, 1 slice of Ezekiel bread with jam VS. 2 chicken sausages, 1 apple, 1/2 an avocado, 1 sweet potato, spinach – cooked in coconut oil
Baby portion of salmon, roasted brussel sprouts and kabocha squash VS. human portion of salmon, 1 avocado, 1 mango and tomatoes
3. I am having great workouts!
This has been constant throughout the whole time but I definitely noticed that last week I had lots of energy for my morning workouts. I haven’t felt sluggish at all!
4. But I have been feeling a little fluffy…
I tried on a few things to wear to work and they were a bit snug. I knew with CrossFit and obviously eating more this would happen (and I wanted it to) but it’s annoying and still made me emotional. Please note: I cried when I lost weight and my jeans were too big. I’m not a fan of change yet I do love my baby muscles growing.
5. So speaking of change, I have been trying new things.
I know I told you about the chicken sausages I bought from The Healthy Butcher – they are awesome. They are local, organic, no junk ingredients at all – and taste delicious. Well dad didn’t like them but I do. They are also budget friendly. For me, it comes out to $4 per meal. My protein portion for $4? Plus some fat, carbs and veggies… I’ll take it.
I have yet to try the sardines I bought and need to still make sauerkraut but I am definitely making progress.
So it’s no secret that I am loving this Whole 30 and paleo stuff. No it’s not perfect. No I am not labelling my diet “paleo”. But I’m learning. There are goods and bads with everything. I read this article this weekend. It’s a good one and short: “6 Health Lessons From The Paleo Diet.” I used to think paleo was all about eating absurd amounts of meat, bacon and shunning bread. Well when I want to learn more, I do just that. I read, research, and go back to school. I don’t view paleo this way anymore – I really don’t consider it a “diet” at all: its a lifestyle. The “paleo perfectionists” make this mold hard to break but I truly believe that “paleo” is about eating real food, nourishing your body with nutrient-dense foods in a way that works for you and exercising. That sounds pretty good to me. I’ll talk more about this tomorrow.
Questions of the day…
Will you still be my friend even with my vodka slip-up?
Are you trying any new things with your diet? Learning anything new?
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