And just like that, I am 2/3 of the way finished Whole 30! Honestly it doesn’t even feel like I am on a specific “diet” or have any limitations on my current eating habits. It’s just, life. Someone made a face when I said I couldn’t have any wine at a restaurant and it didn’t even phase me, something I would have definitely struggled with in the past! I love my wine with dinner okay? I have been making sure to take probiotics with every meal, as I am really focusing on healing my gut. This brand, Wildbrine, is one of my favourites, although I wish they came in glass containers. Plastic can least estrogens into the contents inside, especially if it’s something highly acidic like fermented foods. What I love about Wildbrine is there wide array of flavours. This here is the salsa that I love and usually eat with vegetables. The kimchi is also one of my favourites and was gone in about 4 days…
Both avocados and plantains have been game changers to my meals and during this whole 30 process. Everyone knows how great avocado’s are for you, and are a perfect addition to salads, and in this case below, my breakfast! I have also been eating 1/2 a plantain in the mornings, by frying it up in coconut oil and adding cinnamon and sea salt. And of course, my veggie scramble with more vegetables than eggs. This meal was perfect for class and kept me tied over for at least 6 hours! I am normally hunting for a food a mere 3-4 hours post eating my last meal, so I have definitely loved watching my hormones regulate through this process.
Another favourite of mine! I have probably already showed a variation of this. But all the vegetables fried up in coconut oil, (broccoli, cabbage, mushrooms, onion, zucchini, and carrots) with tossed in chicken! Sometimes I will add a curry powder, but lately just loving the simple flavours of garlic, salt, and pepper.
So this was my big win this week, however, I am starting to second guess the pulled pork. Both times I have eaten it, I have had a little bit of a tummy ache afterwards! I am not sure what it is 🙁 and will continue to monitor it as I still have a bunch in my fridge! The guacamole is also a solid deal, and both of these are Whole 30 approved. I have been eating the guacamole with fresh cut veggies, but can easily burn through one whole container while cruising through season 10 of Grey’s Anatomy, so definitely have to portion the servings out. I know one of the main points of Whole 30 is no snacking, but sometimes I’m simply not hungry for a huge meal so I will just eat a “snack” type meal instead with vegetables and guac/salsa, and maybe an apple and almond butter.
I have been eating a lot more kale these days as well. Such a delicious, crunchy green, packed with vitamins. I simply tossed this kale salad with avocado, tomatoes, and pumpkin seeds, and the dressing was a delicious tahini, ACV, garlic, and lemon juice concoction. I prepped up some chicken for the week, and mad the best cauliflower mash out there. For a second I thought I was enjoying my mama’s mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving back in the day! Kidding, but they definitely compare. Key ingredient: garlic, chicken bouillon, and make sure to steam the heck out of it so its soft with a fork. I don’t even have an immersion blender so a potato masher works fine!
Here’s another meal I quickly whipped up with the precooked pulled pork. I reheated some cauliflower mash, and sauteed up some frozen broccoli and brussel sprouts (always keep these on hand in the freezer), and threw in some pulled pork at the end.
I am very fortunate to have gone out for a few meals with some friends! A few girls and I hit up The Bohemian Cafe on Bernard Street here in Kelowna. I had a few scrambled eggs, steamed spinach, the A’boh”cado, and a huge green salad with the best basil infused olive oil. It’s nice to be able to have options like this while on Whole 30, and in the future I would love to make a Whole 30 guide to local Restaurants available to clients. 30 days can be a long time to be eating your own prepared food, and honestly, there are many options to choose from while eating out. You just need to be aware and know what questions to ask!
I finally hit up the Farmer’s Market in Kelowna. It was a perfect day for a stroll, and I picked up this beautiful purple basil, which I later used for my dinner! I am hoping to start a larger herb garden but for now I just picked up this little guy. I also picked up some bitter greens, carrots, and a huge bag of spinach. I can’t wait for the fresh fruit and tomatoes to come into bloom, but for now herbs and greens will do! Regularly attending farmer’s markets will keep you in the know about what fruits and vegetables are seasonal (vs going to superstore where everything is available!)
Lastly, here is my dinner from last night! Spaghetti squash cooked perfectly, not to gloat but it was amazing. I then sauteed up red onion, and mushroom, then threw in some bitter greens and kale, and lastly threw in some sundried tomatoes. I had some precooked chicken that I quickly threw in the pan, and then topped with purple basil. Pine nuts would have been a great addition to this meal, but I didn’t think that far ahead… Either way, this was delicious, and I can’t wait to make it again. Hopefully some of these meals inspire you to start your Whole 30! I can’t believe I only have ten days left 🙂 Cheers!