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Whole30 Day 26 – Uh oh, day off…

Brunch (@ Cafe Zen)

TC took me out to brunch on my lovely day off!

Supposedly the best eggs benedict in Vancouver. It was pretty darn good, but I can’t say if it was truly the best. My heart still goes out to Lola in Seattle and Vendome Cafe in Calgary (which I know aren’t in Vancouver, but “the best” should still be of comparable epicness!!).

  • 2 eggs benedicts – 1 shrimp and avocado, 1 crab and avocado. Side of hash browns. TOTALLY NOT PALEO. THE WHOLE THING.

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Snack (@ Tealips)

Another mega cheat today, but this time in the sugar category. First time trying this place, since my local favourite, Pearl Drops Teahouse, closed unexpectedly. They were the only ones I knew who brewed loose leaf tea for every cup of bubble tea, but I received a recommendation to try Ninja Bubble Tea, so that will be my next adventure 🙂

  • 1 strawberry lemon green tea – Half sweet, extra lemon, with 1/2 pearls, 1/2 mango stars, and 1/2 grass jelly. 1/2 orders that is. Because 3 x 1/2 doesn’t = 1. Bahaha. It was still too sweet…why do people like their sweets SO sweet?!

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Snack (@ home)

  • A small spoon of chocolate truffle.

Dinner (@ home)

  • Asian mango cabbage slaw – One of my favourite summer salads when mangos are in season. Fresh and nutritious. Homemade dressing. Recipe here.
  • “Butter chicken” – Chicken, onions, and cauliflower in a butter chicken style sauce. This sauce comes in a jar from Costco, so it isn’t actually from scratch. But I ate it over zuccini instead of rice or bread! 😀

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Exercise

Bootcamp. Tough one today. Loved it.

Wins

I don’t even deserve to put anything here. The cheating was out of control today.

Challenges

Today was Memorial Day (in the US, but since I’m on a US project, I get the day off too). On top of that, in Canada, everyone else is working. Which makes it a perfect time to be out and about. Other than the awesome weather and lots of walking around time, we did indeed eat/snack naughty things 😦

Thoughts?

I’m allowing more and more cheats lately, and of bigger significance. Gotta cut back…just a few days to stick through!

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Whole30 Day 23 – Uh oh, BBQ season.

Breakfast (@ home)

  • 2 scrambled eggs
  • 1 homemade pork breakfast patty
  • 1 slice of proscuitto
  • 1 slice of smoked salmon
  • 1/2 an avocado

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No snack! 😀

Lunch (@ home)

  • Leftover green curry –  Chicken, eggplant, and zucchini on squash.
  • Leftover takeout salads from Tractor Foods

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Snack (@ home)

  • A small spoon of chocolate truffle.

Yep, I made a new batch of truffles in preparation for tonight’s BBQ. This batch was even smoother than the last, and was easier to scoop and roll, so I went ahead and made them all pretty and presentable 🙂

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Dinner (@ home)

Hosted a BBQ tonight to celebrate TC finishing his final exam and successfully passing his course! There were a lot of Paleo-naughty things, and you can bet there was a lot of drinking :S But if it counts for anything, I had my burger with a lettuce wrap instead of a bun? 😀

ANYWAY, no picture of this BBQ spread, because that’s just masochistic and cruel.

Exercise

None.

Wins

Fun discovery – curry on squash is actually pretty delicious. It doesn’t exactly give the starch foundation texture you’re probably looking for (like rice or noodles), but it does make the meal feel more substantial and interestingly thickens up the sauce in a nice way. I liked it 🙂

Challenges

Hosting parties. Can’t force Paleo-eating on other people (and expect them to enjoy it), so I had all sorts of Paleo-naughty things out – crackers, cheese, chips, cheese, cupcakes, cheese…

Thoughts?

I rather enjoy burgers with a lettuce wrap instead of a bun. I had been doing it for some time already even before Whole30, and will continue to do it after Whole30 is done.

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Whole30 Day 22 – My first homemade steamed fish

Breakfast (@ home)

  • 2 scrambled eggs
  • 2 slices of proscuitto
  • 2 slices of tomato

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No snack! 😀

Lunch (@ home)

  • Leftover meatballs – On zoodles and squash.

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Snack (@ home)

  • A small spoon of chocolate truffle.
  • A few coconut chips.

Dinner (@ home)

  • Steamed fish (thanks to my parents’ fishing! :D) – My first time steaming my own fish, Chinese style. It was a great success!
  • Takeout salad from Tractor Foods yesterday – Yes, I liked it so much I got a takeout order of it to go home…

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Exercise

Bootcamp! Week 2 is over – today’s workout wasn’t really as challenging as some of the other ones, but it was still really good.

Wins

No major cheats today…feelin pretty good about that!

Challenges

Nothing notable today.

Thoughts?

Should my breakfast have a bit more variety? It looks almost the exact same every single morning…but I like it! Honestly, I used to not really enjoy breakfast, but it has now become my favourite meal of the day!

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Whole30 Day 20 – Yay, yay! 2/3 of the way!

Breakfast (@ home)

  • 2 scrambled eggs
  • 2 slices of reduced salt bacon
  • 1 slice of proscuitto
  • 1/2 avocado

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No snack! 😀

Lunch (@ home)

Leftovers again 🙂

  • Beef stirfry – With a sunny side-up egg on cauliflower “rice”

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Snack (@ home)

  • A small spoon of chocolate truffle.
  • A few coconut chips.

Dinner (@ home)

  • Taiwanese Meat Sauce – Normally on noodles, but I had mine on some eggplant!
  • Stirfried cabbage
  • Homemade chicken feet soup – My first time attempting to make Chinese soup from scratch. Chicken feet, carrots, onions, celery, and a bit of soy sauce 🙂

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Exercise

Bootcamp today! It was “fun” 😀

Wins

Less cheats today, woohoo!

Challenges

Haven’t really been able to test much of my “eating out” Paleo discipline lately (other than takeout), since I’ve been working and eating from home so much (which isn’t really that bad of a thing!)

Thoughts?

Looking less trim in the mirror than I was maybe about a week ago. It’s a bit discouraging, but it’s probably just normal fluctuation.

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Whole30 Day 18 – Spoke too soon

Breakfast (@ home)

  • 2 poached eggs
  • 2 slices of smoked salmon
  • 2 strips of reduced salt bacon
  • 1/2 avocado

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Lunch (@ home)

  • Homemade meatballs on spaghetti squash – Except my squash was wayyyyy overcooked, so it ended up being more like mush than spaghetti strings. Still tasty 🙂 I put a few slices of cheese on top though lol.

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Snack (@ home)

  • A couple small spoons of chocolate truffle.

Dinner (@ Phnom Penh Restaurant)

  • Butter beef – Raw beef with garlic, cilantro, and a sweet vinegar sauce (sauce definitely contains sugar of some sort).
  • Luc lac beef – Beef stirfry (sauce definitely contains sugar of some sort). This usually comes with rice and a fried egg, but I ordered the entree meat-only version, fried up my own egg at home, and served it on cauliflower “rice”. It was delicious!!
  • Fried chicken wings – OK, definitely another very conscious cheat, but this restaurant is famous throughout the city for their chicken wings, and I just couldn’t turn them down 😦

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Snack (@ home)

  • 1/2 small mango

Exercise

8km run 🙂

Wins

Exercised for the 4th time this week. AWESOME! 😀

Challenges

I find that I’m making more and more allowances for cheats here and there, and little things add up. Gotta get back to discipline.

Thoughts?

Spoke too soon yesterday about Whole30 being “no thang”. These cheats are starting to get bigger and more frequent, which is a no-no!! I can do better than that!! Do it do it!

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Whole30 Day 15 – Holy moly, halfway there!

Breakfast (@ home)

  • 2 scrambled eggs + 1 egg white
  • 2 strips of reduced salt bacon
  • 1/2 avocado
  • Small glass of homemade almond milk
  • A few strawberries

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Snack (@ home)

  • A few homemade yam chips

Lunch (@ home)

  • 4 eggplant bruschetta
  • Fried egg topped with tomato and pork patty – I made homemade breakfast pork patties, and there was a bit leftover, so I just cooked it up and added it to my lunch 🙂
  • Side of garlic “mashed” cauliflower

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Snack (@ home)

  • A scoop of homemade chocolate truffle

Dinner (@ home)

  • Paleo baked chicken nuggets – These didn’t turn out crispy even though I used an seasoned almond flour “breading” after an egg wash. I’m gonna have to try this again. Also tried a homemade ketchup – did not like it at all. I ended up eating these with some bottled honey mustard sauce I have at home that I love so much. It’s definitely not made from scratch or from fresh ingredients, contains a good amount of sugar, and is Paleo-naughty. But it made me enjoy my meal so much more, so I thought it was worth it.
  • Baked yam fries
  • Seaweed salad

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Exercise

Another bootcamp day. The 3rd and last one of this week.

Wins

Today marks halfway of Whole30. It hasn’t been perfect, as I know I have some minor cheats here and there, and I’ve allowed for snacking, but man am I still proud of myself! 😀

Challenges

Most packaged condiments contain sugar, preservatives, and all sorts of Paleo-naughty things…but damn, I love my condiments! And sometimes, homemade just doesn’t come close. I think this may be an area I’m willing to cheat in.

Thoughts?

Just double what I’ve done so far and I’ll be done Whole30 for the month of May!! Kind of incredible, if I do say so myself 😀 😀 😀

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Whole30 Day 13 – Bring on the bacon!

Breakfast (@ home)

  • 2 scrambled eggs
  • 3 strips of reduced salt bacon – I’m not usually one for bacon…I probably haven’t really eaten any in years! I enjoy the taste, I just always perceived it to be super unhealthy, and it just didn’t taste good enough for me to justify eating it. But bacon is Paleo-friendly, so have at it!
  • 1/2 avocado
  • Small glass of coconut milk

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Snack (@ home)

  • A few homemade yam chips as I was baking them throughout the morning 🙂

Lunch (Sushi Town)

Parents wanted sushi again!! I’m not gonna complain 😀

  • Salmon sashimi
  • Toro sashimi
  • Salad

Dinner (@ home)

  • BBQ steak – Pictured is the portion I took…the rest went to TC ha ha ha…
  • Zoodles in clam sauce – Leftover clam broth found in my freezer from the last time we had clams. YUM!
  • Baked yam slices
  • Shared a beer with TC 😀

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Snack (@ home)

  • A mini chocolate zucchini muffin

Exercise

Day 2 of my 28-day bootcamp at InFighting. I was still a bit sore from yesterday’s fitness test, and we did some team circuit training, which involved things like squats, tricep rows, high jumps, burpees, deadlifts, swimmers, etc. It was physically challenging for me from a strength perspective, but not from a cardio on (I can thank my running for that!).

Wins

Trimming down noticeably in the midsection. May just be bloat instead of actual fat, but I like it!

Challenges

Snacking still an issue. I’m not convinced that snacking is necessarily bad for you though.

Thoughts?

I hate going into the kickboxing ring at the gym as a group because everyone takes off their socks and it’s smelly! 😛

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Whole30 Day 12 – Starting a bootcamp!

Breakfast (@ home)

  • 2 scrambled eggs
  • 2 slices of proscuitto
  • 1/2 avocado
  • Small glass of homemade almond milk

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Snack (@ home)

  • A few strawberries
  • A chocolate zucchini mini muffin

Lunch (@ home)

  • Chinese steamed chicken – Leftovers I found in the freezer teehee
  • Zoodles w/ tomato sauce – Yes, there are a couple slices of cheese there.

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Snack (@ home)

  • 2 chocolate zucchini mini muffins
  • 1/2 devilled egg

Dinner (@ home)

Made TC some slow cooker chicken pot pie tonight – one of our favourite dishes! I cut out the flour used to thicken the stew, which made much more work for me to reduce the sauce the long way -_- and served it for him on gluten-free pasta (he’s trying to reduce gluten now too!) Obviously I couldn’t have this, as much as I wanted to, since the stew base has dairy, and I put corn in it. And of course the gluten-free pasta contains grains that are no-no for me.

So my dinner was quite simple 🙂

  • Seaweed salad
  • Chinese steamed chicken

Snack (@ home)

  • A few more strawberries

Exercise

Went to my first day of a free 28 day bootcamp at InFighting, a gym that opened a new location literally half a block away from my place. It was just a fitness test today to benchmark our current physical ability. It wasn’t easy but it wasn’t impossible – just do the exercises as fast as you can in the time you’re given. My fatigue set in the quickest with the push-ups, even though I did them from my knees, but this was expected because I don’t have a whole lot of upper body strength.

Wins

Glad I’m getting back to making time for fitness. I will go to this bootcamp 3x per week for the next 3 weeks…I’m excited!

Challenges

Now that I’ve made these healthy chocolate zucchini muffins, I can’t stop eating them! I had 3 today!! Are they truly healthy? I can’t think of anything unhealthy in them, since it’s Paleo-friendly, no sugar added, and even the cashew butter is homemade! I think they’re not too bad for you and one little muffin curbs any chocolate craving I might have 🙂

Thoughts?

I haven’t even finished eating my last batch of chocolate zucchini mini muffins…and I already want to make more!!

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