Monday, June 15, 2015

Whole 30 Day 1

So you may have noticed that I haven't had any recipe posts on Katy's Kitchen in awhile. While I was living in Chicago, I was living at home and since I was getting home so late from my 90 minute commute, I was usually eating whatever my mom made.

Since moving to California, I've had to deal with meal planning again. I felt like I did pretty well about meal planning in college. I made a list, went to the grocery store once a week and it was fine. Now I dread meal planning. I think the biggest thing is prep. In college I could come home for meals and lunches whenever I wanted. Now I have to make sure that I make enough of a meal to bring leftovers for lunch. Because I live alone, I'm trying not to waste food as much as possible.

As of late, I've been trying lots of new recipes, but none of them are of my own creation so that's the biggest thing reason I haven't been posting much about them. I think part of it is that in college I had a lot more time to be inspired and come up with recipes. Now I dread meal planning and its so much easier to just look through my cookbooks and use other peoples recipes. While I always make some adjustments, I overall haven't been feeling inspired by food. I love good food, but I'm not feeling like food isn't loving me back. I've been feeling bloated a lot more often and have even gained some weight even though I've been doing some kind of fitness (mostly cardio) around 5 days a week.

There is a whole list of reasons this could be happening (including the fact that I now drive to work instead of taking the train and walking), but for the past 2 months I've been feeling the need to make a change. I've been slowly cleaning up my diet by taking out the majority of grains, eating less sugar, drinking less alcohol and eating less dairy. Through my job, I'm learning a lot about nutrition and I read about the book It Starts With Food. It made so much sense that I decided to a Whole30. For the next month I will be eating meals that are full of protein, veggies, fruit and healthy fats. I'm going to stick to the plan as much as possible, but I am 23 and living in Northern California. At the time, I can't afford to eat exclusively grass fed, organic meats.

When I originally heard about Whole30 and eating paleo, I thought they were way too extreme. As I've learned more and more about inflammation and gut health, they make more sense. I doubt I will eat like this full time after 30 days, but I think taking 30 deals to heal yourself is totally doable. My family and I have had inflammation related issues in the past, I just never thought that food was a major component in it. I'm trying to see how food makes me feel. Summer is the perfection time to do it because all the produce is super awesome right now. I might as well eat mostly vegetables while there are so many in season.

I'll catalog my meals on the blog. I'm hoping this re-inspires my love of food and cooking while also giving me a better understanding of what my body is best nourished with.

Day 1
Breakfast: (6:45am)

  • 1/2 lbs ground beef with cumin, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes cooked as a hamburger
  • a handful of sautéed spinach with 2 eggs
  • Half an avocado with salt and pepper
Lunch (12:30pm)
  • 1/2 lbs ground beef with cumin, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes cooked as a hamburger
  • Brussel sprouts and onion sautéed in bacon fat
  • Half an avocado
Snack (3pm)
  • Banana
Dinner (8pm)

 Overall the biggest thing I've noticed is that I felt so satisfied all day. Usually my day consists of being full or satisfied, waning to hunger and then I NEED to eat or else I feel weak and sick. Lately I've been bringing in snacks like bananas or string cheese to tide me over between meals. I never got to that point today, even though I ate a late dinner.

Meal prep is going to be huge on this challenge. It took me probably twice as long making food today. I'm working to make big enough dinners so that I have lunch leftovers for the next day.

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