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Green Apple and Cucumber Salad – Whole 30 Compliant

This recipe is an adaptation of Geoffrey Zakarian’s Smashed Cucumber and Green Apple Salad.Geoffrey is a co-host on The Kitchen on Food Network on Saturday mornings, as well as being an Iron Chef.   Recently he prepared a pesto-rubbed baked salmon along with his Smashed Cucumber and Green Apple Salad.  The salad looked really good and appeared to be Whole30 Compliant, so I made a batch of it the same day.  I ended up taking this salad as a side dish for lunch several times the following week and some days I added cut up chicken and made it an entrée portion instead. Frankly, I was surprised 

Today is Day 30

Today is Day 30 for me.  That is if I had stayed on the program.  But about 10 days ago I attended an after work party and had a glass of champagne and a few appetizers.  Nothing big, just a couple stuffed mushrooms, some brie and baguette slices, a couple or three deviled eggs, and a treat that is named “Crispy Truffles” which were these amazing balls of mashed potatoes with bits of chives and truffle, which are then deep-fried and served with a creamy ranch-style sauce – Yum!  And two pieces of pizza.  But that was it.   Seriously. I didn’t feel very good the next day, BUT I didn’t gain any weight, so lucky me – or so I thought.  Since I didn’t gain any weight and I had gone off program, I decided to extend my good fortune and stay off the diet the next day, as after all it was Halloween.  So now I added eating sugar – just a few candies since it was a “holiday” and I was being festive …

Baked Eggs

Coming up with new ideas for breakfast on Whole30 isn’t always easy.  I have learned a big part of the success on this program is to plan, plan, plan.  This breakfast is easy to prep (about 5 minutes), and takes less than 10 minutes to cook.  Couldn’t be easier on a busy morning while you get ready for work.

Love Those Larabars!

Saturday was a typical day of running around doing chores that included an early morning WW meeting, a mani/pedi appointment, car wash, grocery shopping for next week’s Whole30 meals, drop off at the cleaners, shop for a birthday gift, go home and change clothes and leave for dinner downtown before heading to see the musical Kinky Boots. I had breakfast covered (sweet potato hash browns and bacon) and dinner was at a Japanese restaurant where I had Beef marinated in Coconut Milk.  But lunch was something else again as I wouldn’t be home till after 3pm and I clearly needed to avoid running into a fast food place if I was starving. But thanks to Larabar’s Cherry Pie bar, I was able to stay compliant while on the go.  I was pleasantly surprised at how good these bars actually are, as they are a first for me. 

Homemade Mayonnaise – Whole30 Compliant

I admit I really like mayonnaise, but it HAS to be Best Foods or else.  When I found out I can’t have my mayonnaise as it contains sugar and I needed to make the homemade paleo stuff to be Whole30 compliant, well……hmmm…..not too happy.  But I promised to follow the program as strictly as possible for 30 days so I went online and tried making a few of the Whole30, paleo mayonnaise.  But they didn’t do well.  I tried a recipe that said to use the blender – but all I got was very thin salad dressing and it tasted way to0 strong of olives.  The second recipe I tried using a food processor and that one curdled and was not fixable even though there were instructions on how to salvage it when the mayo turns ugly, (mine was uglier than Frankenstein). Then this morning I was watching the movie Julie and Julia (the one about Julia Child with Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci).  Towards the middle of the movie there is Julia memorializing the beauty of homemade mayonnaise and I …

Whole30 – first week

  Today completes my first week on the Whole30 program and I am in love with vegetables.  Here is a summary of my first week. PROS: Sleep:  Sleeping better than prior to Whole30 eating.  Slept very well the first 3 days, and then found myself exhausted upon waking on the 5th day.  Went to bed early that night and slept for 10 hours (very unusual for me!) Energy Level: Pretty good.  I usually have low energy so can’t say that I am zipping around or feeling especially “high”on energy this week, but then again I am not dragging at all – so feeling positive about this. Hunger:  Am used to eating 3 meals and 2 snacks daily.  Or on weekends, I just tend to “graze” a lot of the day.  Since I am eating only 3 meals and no snacks, I found I was usually ready to eat my lunch at Noon, and by 6:30 or 7pm when I got home, I was ravenous for dinner.  Since I made some dinners on the weekend, and then had …

Going Whole30 for the next 30 days

Time to get really healthy as we move towards the end of the year, and shedding a few pounds while at it wouldn’t disappoint! I started the Whole30 Program last Friday, which in a nutshell means following a gluten-free, sugar-free, alcohol-free diet.  The good news is that you eat beef, fish, chicken, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.  So after the first two days I can say I am already starting to feel the “fog” disappear, the bloat begin to subside, and lost 5.4 pounds – yes that is correct!  Actually you are told “you are not allowed to weigh yourself for 30 days,” but I needed to weigh this morning to ensure the needle was going down and not up in pounds.  No more peeking till Day 30 for me.  You don’t count calories, carbs, or points; you don’t have to measure your food and you just choose really wise choices. This program was created by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig in 2009, who also founded their business Whole9 the same year.  According to their website they have nearly 1 million visitors …