Whole30 Day 6/30

Where to begin on my day. Lets just say that today was not the day for me. I woke up to get ready for my 9:30am physical therapy appointment. I made myself breakfast and got all the pets fed and taken out for a potty break. Grabbed my water and headed out the door- only to find that my car would not start. UGH! After trying to be patient and let it sit for a few minutes, I tried again and no dice. So, physical therapy had to be cancelled, and AAA had to be called. The tech came out, checked my battery and the battery works! BUT! My starter was dead. Double UGH! I called my mechanic immediately while the car was running (the AAA tech banged my starter and got the car running) and drove it straight up to him. $300 later, my car runs and I was able to take care of the oil change I’ve been meaning to get to all at once. Ugh. I was then racing home to shower and do my hair and makeup for a very important appointment that was a 30-40 minute drive away. I left the appointment still in the funk leftover from this morning, hit the grocery store for some protein and headed home for dinner. I made a new YouTube video (for those of you who want to watch it, go here.) And then I listened to the Boston Crusaders perform their show Conquest at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy via the internet. (My brother marches Baritone- EAT EM UP BOSTON!) Anywho. I got the great news that Douglas will be coming home TOMORROW and not Monday, so I am very excited to see him. 6 1/2 weeks on the road (minus the 12 hours he got to come home)- I sure am ready to see him!

Now lets get to the pictures of my meals and get on with our night…. haha

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Breakfast 8:30AM

Smoothie (pineapple, strawberries, cranberry juice) and a scrambled egg. Enough to keep me full until later.

12:00PM Apple Pie Larabar. Thank goodness I threw some of these in my bag before I rushed to get my car fixed. I would’ve been grumpy!!!

Lunch 2:15 PM

No picture because I literally threw my two leftover Aidells sausages into the pan until they were warm enough and ran out the door and had to eat them plain while I drove to my appointment. Glad they were easy (and pre cooked!) It was enough to get me through until dinner.

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Dinner 6:30PM

Baked salmon, leftover baked red potatoes and fruit salad (banana and navel orange) and Cherry Lime LaCroix. Very tasty.

I will note that I found myself longing for a pizza the most today to somewhat nurture myself because of how crappy the day truly was for me. Its nuts how we turn to food to make us happy!

I was talking to my Grandma on the phone today and she asked how my Whole30 was going. I told her that there are some habits that I am really enjoying and will continue when my time is up, but I honestly can’t wait to have a few naughty things and I can not WAIT to bake some new things and taste test them all.

Have a good one y’all,

Sarah Montana

Whole30 Day 5/30

I’m 1/6th of the way done! Wahoo! (I’m celebrating the little things today-haha).

Well. So far so good. My headaches have gone away. My emotional rollercoaster has evened out. My cravings are still there, but I am able to maneuver around the grocery store with less temptation to dive head first into the “fresh” donuts. I have to chalk up a lot of my success so far to the fact that I’ve been home for the last 8 months, so I have the ability to cook fresh meals for myself when I am hungry. I don’t have to prep anything or figure out how to make something to-go. I am grateful for that opportunity at the very least. Its also easy when my boyfriend is away. While I selfishly wish he were home to snuggle with and hang out with, since he is not doing the Whole30 with me, its easier to fight temptations for pizza when he is gone. With that said, hes coming home (hopefully!) next week, so I will have to be tough and not want to go eat all the bad things. I am lucky in the fact that he is very open minded when it comes to food, and will eat almost anything I make, so, when he’s home for dinner, he will eat what I make, but might have a beer or two. (I don’t drink alcohol so thats not a big dealio for me). I just hope that we can find a restaurant or two that will cater to my restrictions so we can enjoy a meal (or two!) out together when he gets home.

I also have a few things I’ve learned about the W30 program that don’t sit well with me. For one, we are supposed to eat 3 meals per day and try not to snack. I’ve NEVER been able to do this in my life. I am a small meals person, and graze throughout the day. This, as studies have shown, is better for your metabolism after all! I understand the psychology of ‘snacking’ but I am pretty good at limiting the quantity of food I eat when I snack, and stick to (obviously) compliant things (like a piece of fruit or some raw almonds or some carrot sticks). So I will continue to snack when I need to, but I will certainly keep drinking water (as sometimes you may THINK you’re hungry, but you’re actually dehydrated!)

And two, they aren’t to keen on smoothies. This I don’t understand; but for someone who got sick of eggs by day 3, and doesn’t think of chili as a good idea for breakfast, I’m gonna keep having compliant smoothies. And actually, yesterday’s smoothie held me tight until lunch- I didn’t actually eat that banana (from the picture) until lunch time! So I will also take that as a win for the smoothie team. In any case- Whole 30 has rules which (in my opinion) can be broken. So long as I stick to compliant foods and snacks and drinks, I’m gonna keep on this path to self-righteousness.

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Breakfast 9:30AM

I had the tiniest smoothie ever. (Strawbs, almond milk, cranberry juice, coconut cream). I was out of fruit so this was all I could get. Thats an 8oz glass and about half full. I had to supplement with a scrambled egg so I wouldn’t tip over from hunger. (I made a grocery run after breakfast!)

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Lunch 12:00Noon

After the failed sausage attempt at the bad grocery store the other day, I put my smarty pants on and went to the grocery store I usually shop at. And much to my amazement, they carried the Aidells sausages. And they had SO MANY CHOICES. I wanted to cry from happiness, but instead, I grabbed a pack of the chicken apple sausages and went on my way. OH. MY. GAWSH. You guys- whether you are into Whole30 or not you are going to LOVE these guys. In fact, they were so good, I made a second one after finishing the above pictured plated). So 2 chicken apple sausages, kale chips a kiwi and a cherry lime LaCroix. I was so happy with my lunch today.

2:30PM I got hungry for a snack, so I had one of the most perfect navel oranges I’d ever had in my life.

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Dinner 6:00PM

I made a wee little steak and roasted some potatoes (enough for leftovers!) and had a Nestle Pure Life sparkling water. (And more regular water!) It was hearty and manly and delicious. I ate early enough that I will probably have a snack before bed. I’m thinking one of the new bananas I got look pretty tasty right about now!

Anywho. Thats it. 5 days almost complete. September 1st will be here before you know it. (Thats my birthday month!)

(I keep thinking about what I want to eat for my first non-compliant food. Right now its between German chocolate (that I get specially delivered from my favorite German), Icelandic chocolate (because I’m obsessed with Iceland and can get it at Whole Foods) or donuts. Maybe all of the above. I’m going to dangle the idea of those things in front of my face as I plow through the next 25 days.

Have a good one y’all!!!!

Sarah Montana

Whole30 Day Two

I must first mention that I made a boo-boo last night. I added peas into my dinner, and peas are technically a legume and those are no no’s on Whole30. Whoops! Learned my lesson.

Anywho. Day two I awoke the way I expected. Headache. It never was too bad today, so I am grateful for that. (I get migraines so as long as my withdrawal doesn’t turn into one of those, we are golden.). I went to physical therapy and noticed I ran out of energy a lot quicker than I normally do. I made sure to eat some of my left over sinful pea/broccoli/cauliflower concoction before I left, and took two ibuprofen and drank a lot of water, and that seemed to alleviate my pain. Thank goodness! I will also mention (TMI but I don’t care) that I am having better trips to the bathroom. You know, for more than just pee. I hate to say it, but I think all of the fiber in my new diet is really helping to move things along. So, one positive that I am noticing on the second day- I’ll take it!

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Breakfast 9:00AM

1 egg scrambled and cooked in ghee, fruit salad (peaches, strawberries and raspberries) with chia seeds, and a glass of unsweetened green tea with lemon.

10am was about when my headache was at its worst, but still tolerable. I also had some cravings for sugar, so I kept drinking my water.

10:35 was my pre- physical therapy snack. Had to make sure something was in my tummy before I went and sweat.

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Lunch 1:30PM

Chicken patty (Perdue makes chicken patties that are W30 approved and I added some spices) (cooked it on my George Foreman Grill) with tomato, yellow mustard and wrapped in butter lettuce. Fried two mashed bananas in ghee with cinnamon for something sweet to help tide me over.

3:00PM I REALLY wanted a donut. Instead I ate a cherry pie Lara bar. That helped.

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Dinner 6:00PM

Chopped up a skinned sweet potato into fries and coated them with EVOO, cinnamon, S&P and my favorite italian seasonings. Baked at 375*F for 40 minutes (while moving around and flipping every 10-15 minutes). Served it with another chicken patty on top of butter lettuce with a tomato and mustard. Fried some pineapple chunks in ghee and ate those for something sweet. (Warm pineapple is AMAZING).

I will say that last night, after I posted my blog and video, I had some toasted chocolate coconut pieces to help curb my cravings for sweets. Those Bare snacks are KILLER. I love them.

So thats all I have to say! I’m trying to go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier so I can start preparing myself for potentially starting work again soon. I am anxious and excited and feel stupid because I forgot all of my passwords to everything. Oh well. Thats what I get for being out of work for 8 months.

PS. I am listening to Fuels Sunburn album. 8th-11th grade me is so excited right now. I even did a MCM for Brett Scallions on my Instagram. haha.

Have a good one y’all,

Sarah Montana

Taking on the Whole30 Challenge

So today marks day one of the Whole30 challenge. (For more info go here.) I’m going to be updating you guys with pictures, recaps and sometimes recipes for any of you who are thinking about checking it out.

I did make a YouTube video on my new channel talking about why I decided to start this crazy diet, so if you want to view it, go here!

DAY ONE

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Breakfast 9:30AM

1 banana, a few strawberries, 4oz steak, 1 egg fried in ghee with unsweetened green tea with a lemon in it.

By about 11:30 I started craving sweets. I kept drinking more tea and soon the cravings went away.

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Lunch 12:20PM

1/2lb shrimp cooked with Badia blackened redfish seasoning, some pineapple, some baby carrots and more unsweetened green tea with lemon.

By about 2:30, I started getting cravings for sugar, so I drank more water and tried to focus on the InkMaster marathon I was working on (haha. Season 2, if anyone was wondering!)

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Dinner 6:30PM

I tried to make pea, broccoli and cauliflower patties, but they turned into a sloppy fail. They still tasted great, and I turned them into a more couscous-esq thing, served with baked potato ‘fries’, tons of W30 approved hot sauce, and a fruit salad of grapes, raspberries and pineapple. I also had a cherry lime LaCroix because that shit is amazing.

I am currently hungry and craving sweets. Might have to have a snack of some fruit and water or something. Man. I could really use some M&M’s right now (bonus points if they’re peanut butter m&m’s!)

Have a good one, y’all,

Sarah Montana