What I Ate Wednesday: Almost Whole 30

Now that I know that my sister voluntarily looks at this blog for food ideas, I want to be more active! I couldn’t keep spamming my Instagram with food pictures either so…

I feel like the hottest food diet right now is the Whole30. I tried it myself and lasted only a week. There was no excuse – I voluntarily quit since it was my last week of work and wanted to celebrate with my co-workers. I still want to try again, but I’m not sure when yet (I know, the best time is now). Until then, I’m just going to keep trying and cook healthier.

 Breakfast: Tuna cake with cucumbers, tomato, and avocado

The tuna cakes are from Nom Nom Paleo. They’re supposed to be spicy but I forgot the jalapeños and red pepper flakes. The cakes are made with tuna, sweet potatoes, and can be baked or pan fried, to those with no oven.

These cakes were delicious, warm or cold. They didn’t stink up the office too bad, but I definitely smelled it..

 Lunch: zucchini noodles with bolognese sauce

It’s a dirty looking picture but it was delicious! I made the zucchini noodles with my mandolin since I didn’t want to buy another equipment for the kitchen…no matter how badly I want to play with a spiralizer. The bolognese was defrosted from when I made a huge batch a few weeks ago. 

I should have made myself more zucchini spaghetti noodles because I ate my weight in roasted cashews and almonds right after. For dinner, my boyfriend and I ate meatball sandwiches at Wich Which. We have an addiction and we are not ashamed.

Happy almost end of the week guys! What’s on your menu?

Sweet potato breakfast bowl (leftovers edition)

I’m calling this a breakfast bowl because I ate it with a sunny side egg on top. For breakfast. That’s all the qualifiers necessary right?

Yes. Yes, yes, yes.

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I roasted sweet potato, broccoli, and cauliflower earlier this week to have accessible vegetables for meals throughout the week. I chopped them up and sautéed with green bell peppers, red onion, and half a slice of bacon. For some reason, I’ve been craving that burning, spicy sensation in my meals so I threw in half a a Thai chili pepper.

I topped it with a water pan fried egg. Great to throw together for breakfast during the week too (that’s why it’s in a plastic container – it was supposed to be for work) 👍

After Holidays (and More) Reset

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My eating habits these past few months has just royally ruined me. It started with over indulging during the holidays: eating when socializing, eating with my family, and no exercise. Soon, meals that used to fill me up don’t feel enough so I keep eating and end up uncomfortably full. Meal after meal, day after day, that uncomfortable fullness is suddenly what I crave.

Three months later and I still haven’t fallen back into my habit/routine so I’m trying to find a way to ease back into it. I don’t want to a cheat day because I don’t want to always look forward to that day. It’s also where the downhill slide happens. I get a taste of the decadent stuff and I can’t stop! I just tell myself that tomorrow, tomorrow I’ll do better. I think I have to go cold turkey back into the good habit.

It has also been a struggle getting back to my regular workouts. After being dumped, I was able to channel anger into running, which is funny because I always thought that was a myth. (Using anger to run? PSH – I would just get angrier having to run!) I found myself jogging since it was free and convenient. As I ran, my mind would wander and one of the things that kept coming up was the end of my 3 year relationship. I’d find myself reliving happy times, where things went wrong, what could I have done better… Then I’d look up and I was done with my run! Oh, I just outdid my last mile time! The same thing was happening when I ran on the treadmill — I felt like a juggernaut.

I’m not angry anymore. It doesn’t feel like I have the same fire when I run now. I feel like my 30 minute runs have been harder to get through and as I struggle, I see women and old men running next to me with speeds 6.5-7.0 so I think I’ve found my new drive: I want to run longer, and faster.

With these new plans nailed down, hopefully it can get back into the swing of things.

Oh! I also want to read a bunch of books, balance my social/work life, and write more. HAHAHAHA!

But seriously, I think this is my resolutions post three months too late.

Did you know mashed cauliflower is delicious?

After eating rice and carbs all holiday season, I needed a substitute to cope. I has no idea it was going to be mashed cauliflower! After steaming florets and processing (with roasted garlic, if you’re feeling up to it), it thickens up and has the consistency of mashed potatoes! It was close to life changing.

I paired it with some sautéed kale and a lean, round steak for lunch at work. I won prettiest lunch that day (in my head).

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Rice bowl: kale, chorizo, and egg

I made this rice bowl months ago and now I don’t remember if it was for breakfast or lunch. The fact that it has chorizo and eggs makes me feel like I could have eaten this for breakfast…

This majestic bowl is filled with brown rice and is topped with chorizo, sautéed kale, and a sunny side up egg. Added homemade kimchi as an after thought

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A quick breakfast and lunch: Quinoa Breakfast Bars & Cold Soba Noodles with Pork

After a week of indulgence (I had at least 4 burgers in a week), I’m ready to calm down. What I’ve learned is that I can have indulgent days, which can evolve to free for all week and then… I get over it. I don’t beat myself up over it anymore. I used to. I used to get really upset and end up continuing the free for all and then I end up in a deeper hole. So this week, I ended it with the mother of all meat experiences — KBBQ.

I regret nothing.

But to help myself get back on track, I have to plan my meals. I love weekend cooking for the upcoming week so for an easy grab and go breakfast, I made Quinoa Breakfast Bars.

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It’s the first time I made them so I can’t wait to see if they fill me up as it is packed with protein and fiber!

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