Thursday, January 8, 2015

Whole30-Week 1 Recap

Yeehaw! Week 1 is almost done! My sleep quality has improved in leaps and bounds, my energy is slowly increasing, and I feel like I've lost weight. I've only had a couple strong cravings, mostly wanting something sweet after a meal. Something like cheesecake or cookies; the berries and coconut chips just haven't quite been enough. My most difficult challenges having been working around dairy products, specifically butter, sour cream, and yogurt. Butter has been the hardest, I really need to make several batches of ghee to have on hand. I never realized how much I used butter and I keep running out of the ghee I have made.

So far this Whole30 has been a thousand times easier than last time. Only three more weeks to go!

Some of my favorite meals from the week:

Venison steaks marinated in apple juice, coconut aminos, and spices, then pan friend in goose fast with scrambled eggs and black tea. Best breakfast ever! The apple juice and coconut aminos removed all the gamy flavor and left an autumn sweetness behind. I can't wait to experiment more with this marinade.

Chicken salad made with homemade mayo (olive oil, egg yolks, seasonings, vinegar), dried cranberries, chopped celery, and spices over a bed of salad greens. I think I've finally found a mayo recipe that I like. Say goodbye to Best Foods!

No idea what to call this-pork and cabbage soup? After nibbling off all the tidbits of meat from a bone-in ham I made stock from the bones, then added carrots, celeriac, cabbage, salt, pepper, chopped onion, and tiny sausage meatballs. I'm betting kale or potatoes would be great addictions as well. Even the kids loved this soup (they did eat around the cabbage, or as Munchkin calls it "not lettuce").

And, just to catch up:

Day 5 Eats
Breakfast: Venison steak and eggs
Lunch: Skipped
Dinner: Meatloaf (ground beef, onions, seasonings), steamed broccoli
Snacks: 1 1/2 apple, slice of ham (small, thin) and a handful of carrots

Day 6 Eats
Breakfast: Slice of ham
Lunch: Chicken salad on a bed of greens
Dinner: Paleo stuffed cabbage rolls, green salad; berries and coconut flakes for dessert
Snack: 1/2 an apple

Day 7 Eats
Breakfast: 2 sausage patties, 3 scrambled eggs
Lunch: Bowl of pork and cabbage soup
Dinner: Roasted chicken leg and thigh, green beans, green salad; berries and coconut flakes for dessert
Snacks: orange, 1/2 cup chicken salad, handful of olives

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