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My Whole30 - Day 6

8/06/2012 *Sara-Marie* 2 Comments


This morning I woke up exhausted, probably from the action packed weekend and all of the driving. I missed my early morning Spin class and kept snoozing. After I got my butt in gear, there was a ton of stuff to do for work and I didn't get a chance to make breakfast. The fridge was pretty empty and I needed to get to the grocery store fast. My original plan was to go to the grocery store after the 6:30am Spin, but like I said, that never happened. So my energy was low, I was feeling kind of lazy, and I had a couple of thoughts of going off Whole30.  

Oh, normally on days like this I would just make some toast with PB.
 That would be easy right now. 
Or grab a quick bowl of cereal, that would have been nice. 

I tried my best to rebuke those thoughts.


Since I needed to quickly put something good in my mouth before I threw some bread in the toaster, I went for one of the Larabars I had picked up the day before at Whole Paycheck Foods in MA.

Lemon bar was REALLY good. I liked it better than the "Banana Bread" one I tried previously.
The Larabar didn't hold me over too long, so I was ravenous by 11:30am. At this time, I was a little less crazy as I tried to come up with a good lunch meal. I found some frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrots in the freezer and threw some in the microwave. I also had some uncured 100% beef hot dogs in the fridge. I grilled one up, cut into pieces and mixed into my now steaming hot veggies. Little salt and pepper and I was good to go.
I know it looks kind of weird, but it was GOOD. And filled me up.
After work was over, I decided to head up to Wegmans in Easton, PA. I had never been, but I heard they had a lot of good organic produce and meat. Since Mark is now on the "let's get grass-fed, organic meat" bandwagon I figured I would give this place a try. After a short 30 minute drive, I entered the most beautiful grocery store ever! It's pretty similar to Whole Foods, but was a bit more organized and not as expensive! (Still pricey - you get what you pay for - but not outrageous).

Seeing all of the fresh veggies from local farms was so exciting and got me re-motivated to stay on plan. I couldn't wait to get home to cook up some of the fresh and organic produce I kept piling into my cart. I also found a ton of beautifully packaged and reasonably priced organic, grass-fed beef and pork as well as some deli meat that didn't have any additives. You know your sliced turkey is minimally processed when it only has 3 ingredients: organic turkey, water and salt. Sounds like a good, quick source of protein for my Whole30!

Check out some of my items:
Have you ever seen such cute and oddly shaped tomatoes in your life? Or a cauliflower bigger than your own head?
Once I got home, Mark was ready to try some of the steak. He wanted to really enjoy the better quality meat, so he asked that I only add EVOO, salt and pepper.

It's incredible how deeply red and lean these cuts of meat were. Extremely tasty too.
To accompany our steaks, I made a fresh salad with spinach and mixed greens, bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, some of those oddly shaped tomatoes and topped with some warm beets that had already been drizzled with EVOO, salt and pepper.


Mark's plate looked exactly as mine and I congratulated him for enjoying his first completely Whole30 approved dinner. He felt satisfied and didn't miss the usual potato that he typically enjoys with his steak. I think we're getting somewhere!

On another note, someone asked what I have been drinking with my meals. I am drinking only water and I had black coffee a few times last week. But that isn't a huge change for me. I've always been a big water drinker.  I'm just not having the occasional diet beverage that I used to have.  You can have club soda or all natural sparkling water (read the labels - no added sugar or artificial sweeteners allowed!)

Again, refilling my fridge with good eats has rekindled my Whole30 fire. I know I can do this and preparation is key. I can't let myself get to a point where I don't have good choices in front of me to choose from, like this morning. If it wasn't for having that Larabar, I might have caved in. But there is no room for failure here. 

Tomorrow will be Day 7. 

I'm almost 1/4 way done! 

I am blogging my way through the Whole30 program, based on the book "It Starts With Food." Click here to find out more and join me if you'd like! I dare you. Triple doggy dare you. ;)

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