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Whatcha Eating?!


Happy weekend beautiful people! I have hit day 16 of whole 30. It’s all smooth sailing from here. 

The biggest things for me have been finding things I enjoy eating. There is added sugar in so many things or soy or gluten. 

I have struggled to find salad dressings, so making my own. 

Erin’s Dressing: 

1/2 EVOO (Extra virgin olive oil) 

1/2 lemon or lime juice

Tablespoon or 2 of finely chopped cilantro

Pinch of kosher sea salt 

Adjust to taste…🍋

I have found creative ways to eat. 

Tonight’s dinner included a lean Bison burger (no hormones/grass fed), 1/2 baked potato (with chives, drizzle of EVOO, artichokes/mushrooms), and a kale salad with orange & purple carrots, cabbage, tomatoes…the burger was dressed with guacamole, tomato, grilled portabella mushrooms, fried amish egg (no oil). No bun, no problem. Yum! 


I love cheeseburgers, burgers in general. This was my healthy way of redressing the burger with no dairy or gluten. 

Lunch is mostly salads. This salad is Greek on the bottom with no cheese and a soy/dairy/sugar free greek dressing. It’s topped with seasoned chicken and lamb. Easy peezy…no rice, no cheesy. 



Eat more chicken!! 

Above is grilled lime/spiced chicken breast, homemade guac, grilled portabella mushrooms, and green beans. No worries the popcorn was for guests last weekend. I did not have any. 🙂 

I would recommend the following if you do Whole30: 

1. Plan ahead, especially dining out. Many restaurants use butter to cook with…your steak (unless you specify) is probably dressed in butter. 

I start meal prep the day before. Failing to plan is planning to fail. One day this week I did not prep at home and had the hardest time finding something to eat. I ended up at Panera with a salad no dressing. 


2. Plan on spending lots of time reading labels. It’s easier to go to a Farmer’s market. Go to the market with an idea of what you want. 


3. Find recipes or make up your own that go with the ingredients you can eat. 

Staples in my house right now include salad, baked fish, seasoned beef for lettuce wraps, steak, baked chicken, asparagus, brussel sprouts, lemons (seasoning and lemon water), extra virgin olive oil, frozen fruit, green beans, spinach, kale, apples, blood oranges, avacados, lime, spicy greek seasoning, olives, bibb lettuce, fish, and lots of new veggies I do not normally eat. 🙂

4. Check your calories periodically! 

I know the program says you do not need to count calories or points, yet you can sabatoge your efforts by overeating or undereating. 

Overeating: Nuts, approved bars, fruit. Almonds are great. They also have lots of calories. Some food items are fat and calorie dense. Don’t overdose on them. 

Undereating: At first I struggled to find things I wanted to eat. Dairy was such a staple in my house, as well as beans and peanut butter. I was also exhausted. So I started logging calories and came in around 800. This is too low for me. So now I am logging calories to hit at least 1200. 

Results since day 1…

Skin, nails, and hair are looking healthier. Skin has an even greater glow. Starting to lose inches. Feeling more energy (today). The after lunch slump days are over! Softer skin. 

I would highly recommend this program (check with your doctor). 

To your health, 

Xxxx, 

Erin 

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Whatcha Eating?

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Photo: baked salmon with Seasonings of Salonica seasoning, steamed kale, red quinoa, and shrimp. Topped with a light lemon and butter sauce.

Today’s post is about food! What are you eating? Are you bored with your food options? Part of wellness is nutrition. You can work out all the time and fail in the area of nutrition. If the body doesn’t have the right fuel, it will not run well. If the body doesn’t have the right food, you can still gain weight with exercise.

The picture above is from my own kitchen. I confess I get bored with the same menu all the time. I eat loads of seafood and vegetables. I have to come up with creative ways to eat healthier.

Some ideas…

Season it! I highly recommend the Seasonings of Salonica-Spicy Greek. http://www.spicygreek.com. The seasoning is not spicy. It’s delicious. They have seasonings for fish, chicken, vegetables, meat, and it’s tasty. It’s a great way to cook fish, chicken, or meat dishes with a new flavor!

Join Pinterest and look for new recipes. I have thousands. Granted I don’t cook them all, yet there are tons of ideas.

Grill it up! There are so many healthy options for the grill. If you don’t have a regular grill, there’s always the George Forman Grill.

Farm fresh goodness. Think of your plate like a paint canvas. Aim to cover it with many colors of fruits and vegetables. Make it colorful and beautiful! Visit your local farmers market and look for new ingredients.

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Slenderize your favorite food items. I love Mexican food. It’s delicious. I’ve found the best way to eat it is at home with healthy options. More salsa and less cheese/sour cream.

Last night I made Carne Asada tacos.

Skirt steak
Light sour cream
Salsa
Salsa verde
Spinach
Fresh tomato
Small amount of Mexican cheese blend
Corn tortillas

It was far healthier than the restaurant versions.

When you make your own food, you control the fat content, salt content, and portions.

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So, cheering for you to have a diverse plate. Add more spices! Try new things. Make cooking an adventure. 🙂

xoxo,

Erin

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