Happy Valentine’s Day! <3
Novel Attitude: I made it 30 days clean eating! 🙂 Now, can I do it again? To be determined…
I am behind in blogging, but I promise I have a good reason! 🙂 My boyfriend and I moved into a beautiful house together, so we have been busy packing, moving, and unpacking the past few weeks. We have my entire apartment to go, and then we will be all moved in by next weekend!
I’ve been meaning to write a wrap-up for my Whole30 Take 4. I’m only about five days late in posting this, so it is still fresh enough in my mind. Overall, I probably lost about 4-5 pounds the past 30 days. I have mixed reviews about this trial. While cutting dairy, alcohol, and carbs may help me drop weight quickly, I actually experienced pretty big losses in energy. 🙁 This is actually good to know and still shows that Whole30 was fruitful (pun intended).
Whole30 is meant to be an experiment on yourself. Eat clean for 30 days straight and slowly reintroduce food groups back into your diet to understand how your body reacts. I always struggle with the reintroduction (I’ve eaten pizza, chocolate cake, pasta, and chicken bacon wraps since Wednesday). However, I had some realizations during the process. I either did not manage my caloric intake well throughout the day, or I lacked energy due to not eating carbs. I think it’s a combination of both. Fruit and veggies were the most carb-dense food I ate, and I upped my fruit intake drastically to make up for loss of other sweeteners. I think this was a mistake. While fruit is delicious and relatively healthy, I ate it early in the morning or as a snack between long periods without meals. Fruit is not substantial enough to eat as a snack or breakfast unless you have another full meal planned within a relatively close time period. It’s a quick boost from sugar and then downhill drop. I also ended up eating A LOT of peanut butter – as a snack and as a dessert. Peanut butter coupled with apple slices was a great snack for me – the protein offset the carb high, so later in the afternoon, this was filling for me. But peanut butter as a dessert close to bedtime was just packing on unnecessary calories right before sleep. This confused my body. I think it even prevented extra weight loss because I’ve heard that your body actually loses weight while sleeping. The big thing to remember is that peanut butter is delicious but extremely fattening. It’s great in moderation, but I was bordering on four tablespoons of peanut butter at least five times a week! Keep in mind that these are the realizations from my personal experiment. What have you discovered with healthy eating tips, tricks, and realizations?
I took photos of meal preparation over the past few weeks with the intent to write about them, but I think I’ll post some photos with quick descriptions. I had various successes and experiments. I’m still trying to find the best paleo breakfast – if you have a suggestion, please let me know! Eggs, bacon and potatoes were too high in calories and too much protein, despite how much I would love to eat that combo for every single meal…
Unsuccessful flourless egg quiche. The flavor was okay, but I used way too much almond milk. It would have turned out better with a denser texture and added crunch. After checking a few other recipes, it looks like frying all ingredients on stovetop before transferring to oven may help with overall cooking process.
I loosely based my recipe from a NYT article. In reality, my dad makes amazing bun-less Italian-seasoning hamburgers with fresh herbs and vegetables from his garden. I had a hankering for this and tried recreating. I was not quite as successful, but overall this recipe gets a huge thumbs up.
Baked Chicken Wings
I’ve been trying to perfect baked chicken wings because my boyfriend and I are huge fans of Buffalo Wild Wings. Every now and then, that’s totally fine, but those are fried with a ton of sauce. These chicken wings are slightly healthier because they are baked and unbreaded. The spice rub recipe was DELICIOUS, and I used a Paprika Garlic Chicken recipe for cooking instructions. These were two HUGE thumbs up. Definitely boyfriend-approved. I believe the trick is heating up the mixture before you apply to chicken.