Day #17, Spicy Stir Fry + Meal Planning

9 Sep

Happy Sunday!

What are you going to do this week to be a better, healthier you?

Remember, it’s OK to take baby steps. Each healthy choice = a better, healthier, happier you …

Whole30 Success

Well, today mark’s my 17th day of the Whole30 program (can I get a woop woop!!) That means no diary, gluten, legumes, alcohol, soy or processed foods. I’ve NEVER done anything like this before in my life and … I’m so happy and I feel so good!

There were some hard days mixed into those first couple weeks … resisting chocolate brownie cake, no alcohol whatsoever, some intense/weird cravings (my brain was pulling out all the stops by reminding me of random stuff like cheese puffs ha). Here are some of the positive things I have been experiencing …

  • Majorly decreased sugar cravings (I’m good with 2 pieces of fruit a day)
  • No “food guilt.” This is HUGE for me. I don’t know about you, but I was stuck in a cycle of giving into cravings, feeling guilty, feeling fat, wanting to change, giving into cravings … Over and over.
  • No “food baby” feeling because woah baby I ate way too much
  • Getting full faster
  • Staying full longer
  • A completely different view on food … I don’t think about it as much and it’s not my “go to” for emotional comfort.
  • I feel lighter
  • Looking healthier!! … Even though I’m waiting to weigh-in until day 30, I feel like I’ve lost weight, I’m getting compliments on how healthy/glowing/thin I look … Major plus !

I’m also starting to think about how I will sustain eating like this after the 30 days. And honestly, it’s not intimidating and I’m looking forward to continuing this lifestyle. More on that later …
Spicy Stir Fry

As promised, here’s another dish I enjoyed this week :)

Say it with me … Yuuuum!

Ingredients

2-4 Chicken breasts

4- 5 Cups Veggies of your choice (I used red peppers, Baby Bella mushrooms, broccoli, sweet yellow onions and snow peas)

3 Cloves garlic

3 T Coconut Oil

1 batch of the “Best Stir Fry Sauce Ever” (get it from the Well Fed cookbook or create your own)

Directions (super easy)

  1. Make a batch of the “Best Stir Fry Sauce Ever” or create your own.
  2. In a large covered pan (I used my wok), steam 1T coconut oil and all of your veggies until tender.
  3. In a large frying pan, add garlic and remaining coconut oil. Cook the garlic until it’s brown (be careful not to let it burn).
  4. Add chicken and saute until it is cooked through and begins to brown.
  5. Add chicken and sauce to the veggies and steam for 5 minutes.
  6. Eat and enjoy!

This was so good … I had it for dinner and lunch x2!

Learning to Meal Plan

So, I’ve been experimenting with meal planning in order to keep foods at hand that are healthy and it’s been surprisingly fun! I’m still learning but I thought I would share what I’ve been doing and if you have ideas or things that have worked for you, please share.

My meal planning consists of:

  • Reviewing my cookbooks: Right now my favorites are Practical Paleo and Well Fed (I strongly encourage you to get cookbooks and start reviewing them before making big food changes like the Whole30 because they will show you that you can actually eat like this and it will encourage you.)
  • Grocery shopping (this is MANDATORY to have a successful week eating)
  • Prepping breakfasts and deciding on recipes for the week (I commit to make 3 new recipes a week)
  • Prepping Hot Plates (pulling meat out of the freezer/fridge and browning/seasoning it)

The Well Fed cookbook helped encourage me to make “Hot Plates,” which consist of preparing protein, veggies, spices and sauces in advance to make dinners easier and less time-consuming because that you prepare portions of in advance. This really helps me to not feel overwhelmed by looking at creating recipes every single night. Here’s my favorite Hot Plate right now:

  • Ground Beef + Taco Seasoning (chili powder, cumin, onion powder, salt) + tomatoes, lettuce and black olives

Now back to meal planning … Thanks for reading!

~Kate

P.S. I’m totally going to experiment with spaghetti squash later this week … I’ll let you know how it turns out.

11 comments
Julie
Julie

Thanks for this recipe! What types of things can you use for a sauce for the stirfry? I am making it tomorrow and have no clue what to use. lol

KateUpdates
KateUpdates

Hi Julie! Here's a variation on a recipe I got from Well Fed: (http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/wellfed/) This cookbook rocks so you should definitely look into adding it to your library or getting the PDF for quick reference! 1 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons) 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder 1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice (or i like it with grapefruit juice) 3 tablespoons coconut aminos Enjoy :)

Moira Howerton
Moira Howerton

Way to go Kate! I love the cheese puffs comment because I remembered talking about them in the grocery store, so funny. I actually have the taco seasoning mix and it is delicious and SO much better for you than the packets. What your doing is encouraging! Keep it up.

KateUpdates
KateUpdates

Thanks, Moira! The sad part is that I wasn't even craving those cheese puffs until day later, when out of no where my brain said ... you ... want ... cheese puffs!!! Haha Yeah, the taco seasoning is bomb! Spicy and so fresh tasting. You should start a blog you know ...

Ann @ Twelve In Twelve
Ann @ Twelve In Twelve

LOVE THIS!!! I am on Day 14 of the Whole30 challenge - Looking forward to following your blog!!! :)

KateUpdates
KateUpdates

Thanks, Ann! I'm looking forward to following yours as well! You have made it past the "hump" so I hear ... I seriously don't have cravings now. It's SO AWESOME. I feel like a healthier, happier me. Can't wait to read your story ... Checking your blog now!

StoriesAndSweetPotatoes
StoriesAndSweetPotatoes

Great job! Looks fantastic! I live by Practical Paleo and I have Well Fed in the mail. I made the bolognese with spaghetti squash like in PP and it was awesome.

KateUpdates
KateUpdates

I was totally going to try making that this week! I have to figure out how I'm going to use my spaghetti squash ... I'll be sure to follow you for more recipe ideas!

Healthy A-Z
Healthy A-Z

It's amazing how cravings creep into our lives. I'm doing Whole30 this month, too. I hadn't seen "Well Fed" yet, so I appreciate your suggestion; and your Hot Plate explanation captures my interest. Congratulations on your successful 17 days!!

KateUpdates
KateUpdates

Good luck on your Whole30 journey! You won't regret getting the Well Fed cookbook. Have you purchased any paleo-friendly cookbooks yet? I highly recommend it because it will help things not seem so intimidating! Thanks for stopping by :)

Healthy A-Z
Healthy A-Z

So far, I've just been experimenting with the ISWF possibilities and a few online recommendations. Since I'm likely to be Paleo for life, there's plenty of time to explore. ;-)

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