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What I Eat in a Day | Vegetarian Whole 30

Welcome back to another What I Eat in a Day post! This is a special edition featuring a standard day in my vegetarian/vegan Whole 30 diet from February. This is also the third and final post about the Whole 30 after my February experience tackling a vegetarian/vegan modification on the popular paleo reset diet.

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So, without further ado, here’s a typical day of eating during the Whole 30:

Breakfast:

Tofu + garbanzo bean veggie scramble – Recipe here

This is my current favorite – I love a savory breakfast and this is flavorful, filling, and a great way to get in a few cups of vegetables first thing in the morning. Plus a great source of healthy fats and plant-based protein.

Lunch:

Smoothie time! I’m a huge smoothie fan and couldn’t stand to give them up during the Whole 30. So I traded in my favorite protein powder {which contains stevia} for hemp protein. It’s definitely… Strong. But I actually got used to it after a few days.

My usual combination is spinach, mixed berries, cinnamon, ginger root, maca, and hemp protein. Healthy and delicious – The perfect lunch.

Snack:

You’re not technically supposed to do snacks, but I would never be able to make it from 12pm until 6pm without eating.

I would start biting.

It wouldn’t be good.

I brought back chia seed puddings during the Whole 30 and have been really enjoying a super easy almond milk-chia-fruit combo around 2pm. It’s a great energy boost to get be through the end of the day and to fuel my after-work workouts.

Another go-to is crudite and hummus.

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Dinner:

 

I love a salad beast for dinner and I enjoyed the task of creating new dressings and veggie combinations. I especially like cashew and avocado based salad dressings – They offer healthy fats, are super satisfying and yummy. Pairing a giant salad with a whole food veggie burger has been my go-to during the Whole 30.

What do YOU think? Should I do more What I Eat in a Day posts?

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2018 Challenges | Modified Vegetarian Whole 30

My next challenge for 2018 will be the Whole 30 – Which is a 30 day paleo eating plan.

So what does that mean?

It’s a clean eating plan that requires that you cut out processed foods and focus on real food. So… Pretty similar to my 10 day Detox Cleanse in November. One thing to note is that this is not intended as a lifestyle – It’s a dietary reset that you do for 30 days which is intended to help adjust your habits and start you on a healthier path. The plan means primarily whole foods, which is great, but it also means cutting out my bars and protein powders, which are a pretty big chunk of my daily protein intake.

What to avoid:

  • Sugar in all of its glorious forms, including but not limited to – Maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, stevia, and brown rice syrup. Womp womp.
  • No alcohol – Probably a good idea anyway. I’m in.
  • No grains – Here’s where it gets tricky. I’m going to cut wheat (duh), corn, rice, rye, barley, millet bulgar, amaranth etc.
  • No legumes – Again, here’s where the vegetarian who needs protein will be deviating from the plan. I will cut out peanuts, tempeh, and lecithin. BUT I am going grant myself permission to eat tofu, edamame, kidney, garbanzo, and black beans, as well as raw cashews, almonds, and walnuts.
  • No dairy – Easy peasy
  • No processed foods, prepared food, or baked goods even if they’re “healthy” – Just stick to food you prepare yourself or whole foods you can snack on. That’s do-able so long as you prepare in advance and this makes good sense to me. The whole goal is to reset your habits, so going from store-bought cookies to cookies made with coconut flour, doesn’t change your patterns at all.

In summary – Eat real foods.

Nothing processed and if it comes in a package, read the label. The big changes for me are going to be cutting out sugar and cutting out my protein powders and bars, which are a big source of protein for me. The other thing that means is that I need to be prepared! My bars are the ultimate “I have no time to eat” fix, so I’ll need to be better prepared this month.

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Week 1:

Figuring out what you can and can’t eat is the hardest part. Starting midweek also meant less in the way of preparation and planning since I didn’t get around to doing meal prep that Sunday.

And unfortunately, on day two of my Whole 30, I got chosen to be a juror for a multi-week trial, throwing me completely off of my  routine while simultaneously trying to grapple with the Whole 30.

Week 2:

By this time I’d gotten into the rhythm of preparing my food for the day and bought an insulated lunch box to take to work/court with me. I was eating breakfast at the office before heading to the court-house each day, eating lunch on the steps of the capital building, and then having dinner at home.

Week 3:

Week two ended with a big life change and the celebrating continued off and on for the rest of the month. Unfortunately that means that I cheated on my Whole 30 with champagne a few times. I kept going with the food and picked up where I’d left off each day, but there were a few days of alcohol thrown into the 30 days.

Week 4:

By the last week of Whole 30 I was counting down the days. Not because it was overly challenging to maintain, but because (1) I was bored with eating the same things over and over, and (2) I missed the flexibility and options available in my non-Whole 30 diet. The constant food prep and being unable to simply “grab” food was a bit tiring.

Final thoughts – This is the second or third time that I’ve done the Whole 30 and it achieved the same thing. It’s an amazing wake-up call. By cutting out entire food groups and really focusing on what you’re putting in your body, you’re made PAINFULLY aware of how much crap you usually eat.

I eat an exceptionally clean diet to begin with, but I do rely on bars and protein powders to supplement my plant-based diet. Part of that is the ease, part is trying to hit my macros each day. But, on Whole 30, I couldn’t eat any of my vegan/gluten-free bars or powders because they all had small amounts of organic stevia. The other place that I saw as a problem area is bottled sauces and dressings. It would appear that I’ve gotten lazy, and when something hits my vegan and gluten-free requirements, I haven’t read all of the nutritional information.

Gong forward I’m going to keep small amounts of stevia in my diet, but I’m going to be much more aware of what’s in the bottled dressings that I’m buying at the store.

Have YOU ever done the Whole 30?

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Vegetarian Whole 30 Grocery List

Since I’m currently tackling a modified vegetarian Whole 30, I thought I’d do an auxiliary post or two to give you some more details about my meals, shopping, and how I managed a modified, plant-based version of the popular paleo reset.

I rarely plan my grocery shopping trips based on creating any particular meals, but rather, get items that can be used for a variety of dishes as well as my go-to staples. What you’ll notice about this list is that most of the produce can be used for simple dishes like salads, stir fries, and roasts.

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With that in mind, here’s a grocery list for one of my recent trips to the Farmers Market.

Vegetables:

  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Spinach
  • Mixed greens
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Garlic

Fruits:

  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

Nuts, Seeds & Legumes:

  • Raw cashews, walnuts, and almonds
  • Raw, no sugar added almond butter
  • Raw pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds
  • Garbanzo, black, and kidney beans
  • Hemp seed protein
  • Firm tofu
  • Garbanzo bean flour

Oils & Healthy Fats:

  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Avocados

Have YOU ever tried a paleo reset?

Note: The vegetarian/vegan Whole 30 is a great way to reset your diet, but it’s not technically considered to be Whole 30 compliant. Why? To avoid dying I included some tofu and legumes. 🙂

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Whole 30: Week One

What surprised me most about Week One of my Whole 30 experiment was actually how little change there was to my standard diet.

I’m already dairy & gluten-free, hardly ever eat out or order takeout, and rarely eat processed foods.

The hard part for me – And one of the reasons that I wanted to do this challenge – Was cutting out sugar & sweeteners. However inadvertent they may be. Protein powder anyone? I usually eat a clean, high raw diet throughout the day, but lately I’ve been baking up a storm in the evenings. And while I’m not saying coconut sugar & maple syrup are evil – I was curious how cutting them out would affect my day-to-day life.

Obviously, starting the Whole 30 didn’t mean that my sweet tooth went away. In fact, usually telling myself I can’t have something is the best way to kickstart a serious craving. But reaching for healthier, clean choices like the recommendations below is the key to conquering the Whole 30!

Recipes:

The Whole 30 Paleo Primal Caveman Vegan Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Banana Soft Serve Ice Cream

{Vegan Banana Soft Serve}

My Sunday Prep for Week One included cutting veggies, making soup, and preparing things for quick & easy evening meals.

Veggie Soup – Cauliflower, sweet potatoes, green beans, edamame, onions, shallots, garlic & spices. Heavy on the turmeric. Simple & quick but very tasty. I ate this with a salad, stirfry, or crudité & hummus most nights this week.

Sweets – Fruit is a-ok during the Whole 30, in moderation, so I’ve been eating apples, oranges & berries to feed my sweet cravings. And in the evenings I’ve been whipping up {literally} ice cream-y protein puddings with frozen bananas, protein powder & chia seeds. Stay tuned for a recipe!

Outcome:

Sleep – Not a huge change but a little bit better. Fingers & toes crossed for a more dramatic result during week two!

Energy – Here’s where losing the sugar definitely came in handy. My energy has been incredibly even – No swings or dips. That’s a huge plus of this kind of diet.

Workouts – This was where I saw the most change. My workouts for the last month or so have been lackluster to put it mildly – I’ve had no enthusiasm or drive in the gym lately. Well that’s changed! I can’t remember being so sore and  I loved every minute of my tough workouts the past four days.

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Whining:

What I’m trying NOT to do this month is complain about what I’m missing. I don’t need cookies, fruit is just fine. That being said, I have to admit that what I miss most is my usual salad dressing which has a touch of sweetener in it and my favorite weekend indulgence – A soy cappuccino.

I’ll be excited to get those back in June!

Did YOU have a favorite clean eating recipe this week?

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Links You’ll Love

Happy Sunday and welcome back to Links You’ll Love!

Today I wanted to start our fun links round-up with something that’s close to my heart – Stereotyping, bullying, and rushing to judgment. In the blogging world I’ve increasingly found that fashion bloggers – Waves! – Are getting pigeonholed & lumped together.

Read these thoughtful & informative posts from two of my fabulous fashion blogger friends that touch on this touchy subject – Are Fashion Blogs Toxic? from Bethanimalprint and Looking Past The Stereotype from Cara’s Cliché.

Great topics. Great reads.

Fashion & Beauty:

Links You'll Love Menswear How To Wear Jeans San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style

Gentlemen – Ever had trouble finding the right jeans? Worried about the style? The length? The fit? Check out Real Men Real Style’s How Jeans Should Fit – Man’s Guide To Jean Style Options.

Want a little J.Crew in your life? J.Crew’s Best Kept Styling Secrets For Spring might be just what you need for Spring!

The perfect red lip is an art form. But don’t worry, Marie Claire has your back! 10 Lipstick Rules To Live By!

I love finding great eco-friendly brands to support. Feeling green? Check this out – 19 Insanely Chic Eco-Friendly Pieces To Shop Now!

San Francisco fashion app Poshmark is here to help this Spring – Check out their latest How We Wore It series featuring Sneakers!

Health & Fitness:

French women don’t get fat… Right? 15 French Diet Secrets for Health and Happiness!

I love smoothies but I’ve definitely seen some less-than-healthy habits and really liked this piece from Women’s Health – 7 Smoothie Mistakes That Make You Gain Weight. Make healthy smoothies, not secretly fatty smoothies!

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A 1-Minute Exercise That Will Change Your Whole Day from one of my favorite authors – Gabrielle Bernstein via Refinery 29.

Planks are a killer quick & dirty gym exercise and can’t wait to give this workout a try next week! Take the 10-Minute Push-Up and Plank Challenge from Fit Bottomed Girls.

I’m a big fan of turmeric and LOVED this post on all its amazing benefits! Turmeric Proven Superior To 10 Medications At Reversing Disease from DrAxe.

Have a wonderful week!

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