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Whole30 Day 26

Today was pretty good, but I have to be honest – I was a fruit fiend! Need to conqure my snacking out of boredom once and for all!

Breakfast: Eggs with Mexican spiced leek, capsicum & spinach

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I had half and apple and some chicken broth for morning tea.

Lunch: Left over Soup & Chicken from last night and like all curry dishes was even better! Oh there just wasn’t enough. I also ate the other half of my apple.

Afternoon tea is where I stumbled big time. I ate 3, yes 3 whole mandarines! Holy moly fructose overload. I tried to counteract this when I got home by eating a handful of cashews, epic fail. By then I felt guilty (what the?? that’s not what eating should be about!)… I redeemed myself with dinner.

Dinner: Spicy Chicken drumsticks with steamed greans & sweet potato/pumpkin mash. Oh and I had my friend over too 🙂

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I then had a meeting for church events coming up at which I continued on my fruit binge and ate a couple of handfuls of grapes. Now to end this crazy fructose loving cycle! Anyone else struggle with overloading on fruit?


Whole30 Day 25

Wow less than a week to go on my Whole30. I started to review in my head this morning if I have achieved what I wanted from this…I think I have changed my snack habits and become more intutive – however, I am noticing this constant desire to eat and a feeling like I am always thinking about what meal is next. My food has become less interesting as time has gone on and I am feeling a little bored and my fruit intake has slowly increased. But in all of it, I can’t see myself swaying from this way of eating, just a little more relaxed.

Today started with Crossfit, which is a little different for a Tuesday. I am pretty stoked actually, I finally got my nemisis – the Snatch at 30kg. We actually did a Snatch complex of High hang snatch with 2 additional overhead squats, and I did my 1RM at 30kg. But I am claiming that as my new 1 RM snatch weight too.. I think I’m allowed to do that??

Since we were away on Saturday, I didn’t get in any grocery shopping or meal prep, so we are scraping the barrel for veggies. I kind of like getting right to the end of whats in the fridge, then I feel like I’m starting again on a clean slate. I think we can susrvive a couple more nights still!

Breakfast: Apple Scramble (again!) this time with a green apple, LOADS of cinnamon, macadamias, shredded coconut and a dollop of coconut cream – oh and the egg whites!

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I had a morning snack of tuna and a mandarine. I have gone way overboard on snacks – which is not Whole30.. hopefully I can get a handle on them before I am finished.. I know I am eating out of boredom more than hunger! This is good to learn!

Lunch: Leftover pork & cabbage


See I snacked again in the afternoon! I am terrible! I had a pear, a mandarine and some cashews (I must stop buying cashews – they are a weakness of mine!).

Dinner was SOOOO good. I made Thai Pumpkin Soup and a roast chicken – surprisingly they went perfectly together!

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I am totally looking forward to the leftovers!

Whole30 Day 24

Today was slow. I’m cutting back on coffee, so mid morning was a little struggle, but I managed to push through.

Breakfast: Apple Scramble
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To get through my morning I almost consistently drank my favourite Bengal Spice Tea. A morning snack of an egg and a mandarine also helped.

Lunch: Leftover Eggplant & Broccoli with sweet potato and Tuna. the sweet potato was really floral tasting.. I didn’t really like it.

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Can’t really remember what I ate in the afternoon if anything?? A handful of cashews as I prepared dinner..

Dinner: Pork medallions with sauteed leek & cabbage, topped with apple puree. I forgot to take a picture of this! Super simple – just baked the pork for 20mins and sauteed veg.

Whole30 Day 22 & 23

Wow what an awesome weekend. Bright and early we headed down to Wollongong to watch the Crossfit Australian Regionals. It was so great to witness so many amazing athlete’s and be there to support our team Crossfit Attitude! They did so well, giving every WOD everything they had. Very proud and very motivated!

Team CFA

Team CFA

Eats were interessting.. only meal I had was breakfast at about 4:45am, which was just my cinnamon apple egg white scramble I had made the night before. Since there were no paleo options at the event, I just ate snacks all day – rookie move – because now, 2 days on, I just want to keep eating! The snack were all good, apples, mandarines, nuts, boiled eggs.. But they were just that..snacks. When we got home at about 7:30pm, I ate the leftover fish and veggies we had in the fridge and went to bed.

Sunday morning I woke up hungry, my friend who is studying health nutrition says that’s because I didn’t eat a “whole food” for dinner. A whole food would be chicken including organs etc. Anyway, I woke up hungry so I ate.

Breakfast: Sauteed leek, tomato & capsicum with eggs, smoked salmon and avocado.

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We went to church and grabbed some food to cook on the way home.

Lunch: Roast cauliflower & pumpkin with Chicken wings & drumsticks seasoned with a whole lot of made up goodness & paprika! It was so good, and I was so hungry that I didn’t take a photo! But don’t worry, I will be making it again and will share the goodness with you. I used organic chicken and it is so much more delicious! And I have stock happening from the bones in the slowcooker currently.

Dinner: Lamb rissoles with sauteed broccoli & eggplant.

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How was your weekend? Did you follow any athletes at crossfit regionals?

Whole30 Day 21

Got up early this morning to make it to the 5:30am Crossfit class. IT WAS HARD to get out of bed. It was ridiculously windy and rainy outside and oh so cosy and snuggly in my bed. But with Sir’s encouragement I did it. And as per usual, it was totally worth it! A tough WOD though:

5RM Deadlift (Fast, perfect reps)

Then 3 rounds for Time:
10 Power Snatches (40/30kg)
30m KB overhead Walk (24/16kg) Right hand
20 Push Press
30m KB overhead Walk Left Had
10 Burpees

I finished in 17:33mins. I used little weights (think my strength is still a little low after being sick), I started with 20kg for my snatch and went down to 15kg, similarly with my push press. I also only used a 9kg KB. But I still chuffed along and finished. Looking forward to getting my head back in the game and smashing out some better numbers.

Breakfast was awesome this morning. Totally felt like an apple, so I whipped up my new go to.

Apple Scramble

1 Apple, cored and chopped

Cinnamon, to your hearts desire

1/2 Cup Egg whites

Coconut Oil

Melt coconut oil in pan on medium heat. Add apple and cinnamon and cook until soft. Add egg whites and scramble with apple until cooked. Place in bowl and add toppings such as shredded coconut, nut butter (I used tahini), cacao nibs… anything you feel like really, within paleo reason. I was a wonderful thing..

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That breakfast set me off to a good start. I had a snack mid morning of a boiled egg and a pear. Then Lunch ended up out for work to celebrate my boss’ birthday. I chose the most paleo option of Lamb shoulder with baby roast vegetables. I did eat the potato’s that came with it. It was delicious!

Tonight we are out for a friends birthday. Going to Mexican – at a little tequila bar that I have been to previously and I am confident that I can get something suitable.

Very excited that we are off to Crossfit Regionals tomorrow to cheer on our team Crossfit Attitude! Are you following anyone in particular in the Regional Comp??

Whole30 Day 20

Today was good. Not Corssfit this morning which meant I got to wake up slowly to the rain. I always love that. I actually woke up hungry – so that’s awesome because it means I am feeling better!

Breakfast was Just a quick reheat of veggies with some poached eggs & smoked salmon. Can never go wrong with poached eggs & salmon.

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Morning Snack was an apple and some almonds.

Normally for lunch I get outside to soak in the delicious sunshine. However, Newcastle is suffering from a low pressure system which has brought with it rain and wind. So no sunshine for me. I sat at my desk and ate.. second downfall to the weather is that not getting out for lunch, means the day feels like it goes so much slower!

Lunch: Veggies with chicken & a boiled egg

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I had a mandarine to tide me over in my drawn out afternoon. Sir and I decided to get movies out since it was a good night to snuggle up inside. We got Two Young Boys with Hamish Blake & Brett Mackenzie (from Flight of the Concords).. That movie was not what I expected. I was thinking it would be along the lines of other Kiwi movies like Eagle Vs Shark or Boy – however it was a bit more gruesome. It had humerous elements to it, but it wasn’t actually a funny storyline.. It was strange. We also got Life of Pi, which I had seen, but Sir hadn’t. I think he enjoyed it??

Dinner: Green Curry Fish with beans and cauliflower. I made this really hot. Almost too hot to handle!

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I made a little sugar-free chocolate ripple with berries as a treat for the evening (I know – technically not Whole30.. hmm maybe I’m not so good at this??).

Whole30 Day 19

Today was still odd in terms of how I was feeling. Still had very little appetite..

I had an apple and a boiled egg for breakfast.

I then had another boiled eg for morning tea.

For Lunch I went to a local paleo cafe and grabbed Tomato & Bacon Soup. And had a pear.

By mid-afternoon I actually started to feel hungry again, so ate half of the lunch I had packed. Chicken, Carrot & Zucchini. I ate this for two reasons, 1 – I was hungry, 2 – I was going to Crossfit at 5:30pm and knew I needed something to give me enegry.

Crossfit was good, despite feeling a little weak because of being sick. I took it easy and didn’t try to max out on any of my lifts. We did 3RM Push Press (which I only did 30kg) and 5×3 Pause Back Squats which I used 45kg for. The WOD looked much easier on the whiteboard than it actually was.

Thrusters (30/20kg)
Bar Facing Burpees
Pull Ups

I only got 2 reps of burpees out in my round of 20 in the 12 minute cap. I was slow! But thats okay, I worked hard. At the end our coached asked the worst move and everyone said burpees.. not me. Those dang thrusters are what did me. I can do burpees, I can make myself keep going. But continuously putting that bar overhead is not so easy for my spaghetti arms! haha. Fun times.

I got home and made a delicious little post WOD snack of sauteed apple & cinnamon in coconut oil with egg whites. Then later on I was HUNGRy! So I had dinner which was just some more chicken, zucchini & carrot.

Finally starting to feel normal again!

Whole30 Day 18

Ah so my 3rd day in a row spent in bed. Actually I managed to be out of bed a fair bit longer today.. And finally my whole body isn’t aching, just still have the stomach cramps, but even those are getting less intense! Still have Avery little appetite, but getting myself to eat a bit.

Breakfast: Mushrooms, spinach, eggs & smoked salmon


I had a really late lunch/snack of spinach, pumpkin and an egg. I just don’t feel like anything that’s in my fridge!


I put dinner in the slow cooker this morning..just onions, sweet potato and grass fed diced beef with stock…then I added some balsamic vinegar and more S&P for seasoning. Turns out that maybe my low setting on my slow cooker isn’t working so well, because even after 10 hours the sweet potato was still not soft and the meat wasn’t tender.. so Sir finished his breakfast from the morning and I had a banana with tahini. Not very exciting as I still don’t have my appetite back.

Whole30 Day 15, 16 & 17

I was so excited to give a halfway update! But this post is late because I have been sick…flu maybe? But my tummy is also unhappy-super grumbly and sharp pains after I eat.

Day 15 was a good day though, I started off with an early breakfast after dropping my sis off at the airport.

Breakfast: Mince & veg scramble with an egg


We then headed to crossfit for an awesome Partner WOD: Kelly with a time cap of 40 mins:
5 Rounds
Run 400m together
50 Box Jumps
50 Wall Balls
(Equal share)
My partner and I finished at 39:08!! It was an epic push to the end, but stoked we did it! We then headed out for breakfast with the team. I just grabbed a raspberry frappe since there wasn’t anything on the menu that complied with paleo, let alone the whole30..

I had a massive lunch once we got home since my HRM reported a burn of around 800cals! Holy moly! So this was a big one.

Lunch: Roast Veg Frittata


I spent my afternoon meal prepping for the week.

Dinner: Pork Belly and sautéed sweet potato & tomato scramble


It was after eating this that I started to feel unsettled. Cramping in my stomach and a little like I wanted to throw up (there has been a bug going around)..I went to bed and slept terribly, and spent all of Sunday (day 16) in bed. I ate some sweet potato for lunch and then ate some mushrooms, broccoli & a boiled egg for dinner.


Whole30 Day 14

Wow. Last night I slept from about 10:30pm all the way through to 5am! Stoked! No alarm this morning, no Crossfit, just a leisurely wake up for me. Ah it really was lovely! We pushed out our usual Friday morning session to tomorrow morning. Saturday mornings have a different feel at the gym that I really like and it worked for us this week to change it.

So once again I whipped up some poached eggs for breakfast to go with mushrooms, spinach and smoked salmon. Breakfast has to be one of my favourite meals of all. Breakfast and Dessert.

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Oh something else I am loving (and I’m not sure if it fits into the Whole30, but whatev’s) is my homemade ginger ale. It was quite a process to make, but totally worth it given that like all fermented foods, it’s loaded with beneficial bacteria known as probiotics and enzymes! The recipe is from Sarah Whilson’s blog, you can find it here. It’s super strong and gingery. Ah. I only use about 1/4 cup of the actual stuff and add sparkling mineral water just because it’s so strong. This morning I wanted the bit of spritz, so while breakfast cooked I had my mocktail with some apple cider vinegar. Yum.

Lunch ended up being a work thing. I went as Paleo as possible – the only thing I can’t be sure of is what they cooked my food in. I got the Angus Beef Cheek with carrot puree, spinach, speck and onions. But I am okay with that compromise – given it was so delicious!

I got home from work and quick smart popped a roast on. Just Chicken and veggies. I then put all my veggie scraps and chicken bones in the slow cooker to make some broth.