Whole30 - Day 14

Wow... I can't believe I'm already two weeks in to my Whole30... the more I do them, the faster they seem to go and the easier they get.

If you're stopping by for the first time and have NO idea what the Whole30 is, here is the short explanation from the creators of the program, the folks over at Whole9:
"Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, calm systemic inflammation and put an end to unhealthy cravings, habits, and relationships with food. Since 2009, thousands of people have used our program as a jump-start to changing the way they eat for the rest of their lives."
I chose to attack this plan again because I had slowly slipped into a few of my bad habits after late March and even though I was eating a mostly Paleo diet, my relationship with my food wasn't where it needed to be.  I was allowing myself too many treats, too many cheats, and not focusing on fueling my body with proper nutrition.  As a result, my joints became stiff.  My tummy was bloated.  My pants were a little more snug than I wanted.  I was depressed.  And my thinking was foggy all over again.

Now that I am two weeks in, my mind is shifting back to where it was when I left for PaleoF(x) a few months back... I am eager to be in the kitchen and prep new foods.  My thought process around food selection is more focused and deliberate.  And I am once again putting a much deeper focus on the long term effects of what I am and am not eating.  In short - it's nice to be back into my good habits!  And I still have 16 more days to hone in even further.


I started my day with a gut wrenching workout at Powerload Fit in Lancaster, CA.

As if my shoulders and hamstrings weren't blown out enough from the evening before at Murphy's Barbell Club... Powerload owner, Coach V, ensured I wouldn't be able to walk to my car or comb my hair for the next 24 hours.  My kind of workout!

I was surrounded by a fantastic and motivated group of women... and as I was huffing and puffing my way through Victoria's Birthday Beatdown, this supportive group of ladies ensured that I was doing alright.  I'm certain I looked a lot worse than I felt.  This heavy lifting lady isn't used to all that metabolic conditioning.  If my lungs would have had any energy at the end of that workout, I'm sure they would've punched me.

So how did I fuel and nourish my body after all that?

Post Workout Breakfast:
• leftover grilled round steak, ~ 4 oz.
• packet of Artisana coconut butter
Ella's Spinach/Apples/Rutabaga (a million times better than a Gu or gel could ever hope to be)

For a mere $3, I spent the afternoon at the community pool reading my new favorite book:

I was too sore and too lazy to walk home, so my sweet husband picked me up on his way home from work.  I got right down to chop, chop, chopping and getting dinner ready.  After tasting a delicious version while I was in Dallas, I opted to make my own attempt at the Turkish Chopped Salad from my Well Fed cookbook.  It is crisp, light, fresh and chock full of delicious veggies!

While I was in my chopping zen, I put the Lemongrass Coconut Chicken from the night before into the microwave to reheat.  I am amazed at how tender and moist the chicken remains after being reheated.  This meal is just as tasty as leftovers as it is the day it is made.

• leftover Lemongrass Coconut Chicken
• Turkish Chopped Salad


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