Thursday, July 26, 2012

My Whole 30 Review



I completed my Whole 30 earlier this month, so here is a little review of my experience. I wanted to give myself a little time before writing this so I would be able to reflect and also to see how I did when I got back into the "real world."

For some background, I have been eating Paleo for a year now (my first official Paleo-versary was July 18), and have had some great results. In that time but before Whole 30, I had lost 23 lbs and several inches from various parts of my body. I also just began to wear some of my "skinny clothes" I kept in my closet. Keeping those old clothes was a good way to determine my progress. As far as my approach to Paleo, I mainly ate/eat vegetables, meat, and oils like coconut and olive, some fruit, nuts, and seeds, a little dairy (cheese and yogurt), and sensible indulges of wine and dark chocolate. I already felt quite disciplined, however social gatherings still caused stress. Sometimes I would give in an have a taste of non-Paleo foods when pressured to, and though I was eating 80/20 (80% adherence, 20% modern concessions) I felt like the 20% was keeping me from performing my best. So, my goal for Whole 30 was to build up some willpower in these social situations and be more assertive at saying "no."

I had wanted to try a Whole 30 several times all year, but I kept having excuses like "I don't want to add the stress of watching what I eat so closely during finals" or "I'm going to a conference soon and I won't have as much control over what I eat." Finally, when I didn't have any more excuses, I knew I was ready. It was summer so I wasn't on campus because I wasn't taking any classes. Because I wouldn't be in my office much there would be less temptation with any desserts being brought into the office. Also, there would be little chance that I would be stuck on campus only to resort to pre-packaged salads and nuts that could have questionable ingredients.

During the first four days, I felt a little more tired than normal. I remarked that it was also cloudy during those days, which may make me tired, but it also could have been minor changes in my diet. After that, I perked up a lot and by day 10 I remember feeling like I had ingested rocket fuel because I had such great energy! Eating meals on my own was not a struggle for me; it was not too big of a change after nearly a year of eating Paleo. Social occasions were another story. I knew they would be a challenge, yet thankfully some folks didn't even remark when I said I was doing a diet challenge. Others tried the "everything in moderation" line that I think it total bunk...even a moderate amount of wheat would set me up for nasty bloat! I had to reinforce in myself the idea that it was about the people I was around, not what I was eating. As a busy grad student, having the relief of eating out every once and a while is nice, too. I made concessions such as choosing a salad bar or eating at Freebirds, a Texas-based restaurant that serves grass-fed beef and hormone-free meat. I thought it was a good choice, so I ate there several times.

I didn't feel deprived at all because I had a lot of seasonal fruits and vegetables to keep my meals interesting. Therefore I think summer is the best time to do Whole 30 because in winter you wouldn't have so much variety or would be buying off-season vegetables and fruits, which never have that much flavor. Overall, it is not hard to do a Whole 30 if you are truly dedicated to your health. It's not like cancer treatment or like someone asked you to chop off a leg...it's 30 days of no sugar, industrial oils, grains, legumes, and alcohol...no big deal, right?

While I wanted to keep my workouts about that same to not introduce a confounding variable into my little experiment, I was performing so much better at the gym by around day 15 that I started pushing myself. I was lifting maybe 5 or 8 lbs when I started, but by the end I was up to 15, 20, and 25 lbs! I also improved on the Lifecycle recumbent bike from level 5 to level 7.

Here are my results:

Pounds lost: 1
Inches lost:
     Upper arm, right: 0.5"    left: 0.5"
     Chest: 0"
     Waist: 2"
     Hips: 0.75"
     Thighs: right: 0.25"   left: 0.25"

I first weighed myself, and was disappointed to see only a pound drop. But to lose over 4 inches in a month but only 1 lb indicated to me that I probably gained some muscle, which is fine by me! I am really glad I took pictures of before and after, because they were my favorite part. I took the pics in a sports bra for my own benefit , but I didn't feel comfortable posting them on the internet so I threw a tight-fitting (well, it was tight-fitting) t-shirt on top. Hopefully I'm not deluding myself in seeing the differences, because to me there were a lot of little changes between the before and after. Another thing that felt awesome was that my usual work shorts were practically hanging on me by the end; I got new shorts with a waist measurement 3 inches smaller!

Before front-view
After front-view
Before back-view
After back-view

Before side-view

After side-view

It took me a few days to test whether dairy bothered me, and I didn't rush off to have chocolate or bacon. When you eat this way, it makes you feel good and you don't want that to stop! I know life happens: you get stuck in town without a snack and get something less-than-perfect from the gas station or you have a birthday and want to have some cake. However, for average days, I have decided to eat like this. Whole 30 is not only a great way to get yourself closer to looking, feeling, and performing better, but also helping with mental fortitude, which is something everyone needs if they want to eat a less-than-conventional diet.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Trying New Things

I haven't posted much since my Whole 30 finished. I have been really busy with work, but I have also been using my time to try new things. Even though one challenge is over, I wanted to try and challenge myself in the next 30 days to add more probiotic foods to my diet.

On the first weekend after my Whole 30, I started by trying two new things to get my probiotics. The first thing I tried was kombucha, which is fermented tea that sometimes contains fruit juice. It's really low in calories even though it has juice in it. I got a strawberry-flavored kombucha. There were a lot of different flavors at the store, but I got strawberry because I thought it would be a simple flavor. I couldn't believe how good it tasted! It was a really hot day, and it instantly cooled me down. It reminded me of unfiltered apple cider vinegar with a slight carbonation, plus some strawberry flavor. It was just about as sweet as fresh strawberries, which can be rather tart in my opinion and not too sugary. Now I want to learn how to make it!


When I bought the kombucha, I also bought some kefir, which is kind of like a yogurt drink but has a lot more probiotics than yogurt. For one, I was curious how I would feel after eating dairy after my 30 day omission, so this low-lactose drink was a good place to start. Also, after reading an article by Chris Kresser which talks about how kefir is a not-quite-paleo superfood. It was pretty convincing that if I can handle dairy, then kefir seemed like a good choice. I also read an article of his about instead of following a paleo diet, try following a paleo template, where you decide what works for you within the scope of the paleo diet. Under the assumption that dairy worked for me, I wanted to keep a few servings of fermented dairy like kefir and yogurt and the occasional hard cheese because I love those foods a lot. So finally a few days after I ended Whole 30, I blended some kefir with a small amount of cherries to make a small smoothie and had it with breakfast. It was really good! I got the full fat version, and I think the fat kind of buffered how tart the kefir tasted. The fruit helped add sweetness, even though I only added about half a cup. I also made other variations with half a banana and some strawberries and coconut and then another with half a banana, strawberries, and raspberries. Smoothies never keep me full, so I only had about 12 oz along with breakfast, and overall it kept me full. I didn't have any bloating or stomach discomfort, so I felt like I handled the dairy well. I didn't have cheese or yogurt for a full week after, but again no bloating or stomach problems so I conclude that I'm well-adapted to dairy.
 
Black cherry

Strawberry, banana, coconut

Strawberry, banana, raspberry

For another probiotic food, I also made raw fermented sauerkraut. There are a lot of variations on how to make it between youtube and recipe sites, so I sort of used them all to come up with a method. I used this recipe, but only used cabbage---no peppers or carrots. I didn't like the idea of leaving the container open to the air, mainly because I live in an arid climate and I figured the brine would evaporate too quickly. Also, west Texas is dusty and I didn't want any dust to land in my sauerkraut! So I used this youtube video and took their advice on closing the lid but also opening it periodically to keep the jar from blowing up. It tasted finished to me on the morning of the 4th day. The flavor was really good...not too tart and the cabbage still had texture. I like to have a spoonful of this for breakfast if I don't plan to have yogurt, kefir, or kombucha during the day for delicious hit of probiotics.

The only thing I will do differently next time is not fill the jar so full. I didn't have quite enough room for all the cabbage, so I poured off some of the brine. I wish I had kept the extra brine but not the extra cabbage because the kraut was a little dry. Next time I might also use the food processor for even smaller pieces.

Before
After









Sunday, July 8, 2012

Lemon and Green Herb Chicken


I made a new seasoning blend yesterday afternoon, Green Herb Seasoning, and I couldn't wait to try it out in a recipe. I had just gotten some chicken tenderloins at the market that morning, so I made a flavorful marinade with my herb mix. I pan-seared the chicken, and the residual marinade made a nice, herb, lemon zest, and garlic crust on the outside. The marinade helped the meat stay moist, plus the pop of lemon flavor plus the pungent garlic and herb mix helped what I consider to be bland meat taste amazing! This would be an easy dish to make for a dinner party, and you can easily grill it as well!

You could easily substitute any cut of chicken for this and even change the cooking method. Thighs with the skin on and roasted would probably be awesome. You can even grill the chicken breast as whole pieces or on a kebab skewer!


On the side I had a roasted vegetable medley with lots of spices that turned out really delicious, so I will have to post that recipe too!


Lemon and Green Herb Chicken
Printable Recipe

1 1/2 lb chicken breast or chicken tenderloins
juice of half a lemon
zest of a whole lemon
1 1/2 tsp Green Herb Seasoning
6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, or other oil (suggestion: if grilling, use something suitable for higher heat, like a pure light olive oil)
2 cloves garlic, grated
pinch of salt

1. In a large resealable bag, add all the ingredients. Remove the air from the bag, seal, and massage together.
2. Place the bag in a bowl in case the bag leaks and place in the refrigerator. Marinade at least 1 hour, but not more than 4 hours because the lemon will denature the chicken too much.
3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and remaining marinade brown the meat on on both sides. Allow the meat to rest a couple of minutes before serving.

  • Servings per recipe: 6
  • Per serving:
  • Calories: 247.8
  • Fat: 15.4 g
  • Saturated fat: 2.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 65.7 mg
  • Sodium: 99.7 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 0.7 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Sugars: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 26.2 g

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Green Herb Seasoning



One day from my Whole 30 and I realize I need to make more spice blends for my series! For my next installment in my seasoning mix series, I combined ingredients from two different Penzey's spice blends, their Fines Herbes and Sunny Paris seasonings. I less-than-creatively call it Green Herb Seasoning because that's basically what it is! This would be perfect for pork, chicken, fish, vegetables, and dips. A plus, this is a salt-free seasoning so you can control how much sodium you want if your food.

Other spice blends to check out:
Roasted Chicken Seasoning
Homemade Salt-Free Old Bay-Style Seasoning

Green Herb Seasoning
Printable Recipe

1 tbsp ground bay leaf (I started with about 6 large whole leaves)
1 tsp black peppercorns (I used tellicherry)
2 tbsp dried chives
1 tbsp dried minced onion
1 tbsp dried tarragon
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp dried dill
1 tbsp dried parsley

1. In any type of grinder you might have, like a mini food processor, coffee grinder used just for spices, or even a mortar and pestle, grind the bay leaves and peppercorns together.


2. Add the remaining spices to the bay and pepper and pulse about 3 times to combine. Store in an empty jar in a cool, dry place.



Friday, July 6, 2012

Whole 30 Day 30

Today's the last day of my Whole 30. It's hard to call it a "last day" because I can choose to continue to eat like this, so it's hardly an end. Actually, it's a nice template for me to use in the future. I've tested my willpower time and again in these last 30 days, and if I have been able to be strong in this past month, then there's no end to my strength in the future.

Breakfast was an eclectic mix of leftovers: the last bit of a leftover pork chop and a tiny pile of leftover sweet potatoes and two scrambled eggs on the side. Do I even need to add that I had some black coffee on the side?


Lunch was kind of split up today. I was about to leave to go to the field station for a quick thing I had to do, but I put the Rawma bar from my last PaleoPax in my bag just in case. When you eat Paleo, you get used to taking a snack with you! I found it to taste pretty good, but it was a bit too large for a snack, yet too small for a meal replacement. I didn't stay full long after eating it. Because I didn't plan to stay out there too long, I didn't pack any other food, so I went home and scarfed down some mini burgers with homemade mayo, lettuce, and pickles (this is a saucer-sized plate).



For dinner (my last Whole 30 dinner!) I made a big salad with romaine and radicchio as a base. I topped it with tuna salad made with homemade mayo, a can of tuna, and diced pickle. I added some cherry tomatoes and baby carrots for color and some celery and almonds for crunch. Dessert was a scant cup of black cherries.

 
I think this salad is so pretty that I had to post two pictures!
Here's a pretty cherry picture from earlier in the challenge!
I don't intend to stay up till midnight so I can chomp on some cookies! After this busy week, I'm off to bed early. I didn't buy anything special for tomorrow, though I do have my shopping list written because I need groceries badly! The only thing I've added to the list that I haven't had in the last month is bacon! Also, I put something new on my list: kombucha and kefir. I want to start including more probiotics in my diet, and both kombucha and kefir have them. Kefir will be my first dairy to try after Whole 30, so I can see how I can react to it. I read an article from Chris Kresser about kefir, the "not-qute-Paleo superfood," and it made me realize that if I tolerate dairy well (as far as I can tell I do) then I could be missing out on a really wonderful addition to my diet all because it doesn't fall under the Paleo umbrella. So, we shall see what happens!

 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Whole 30 Day 29

Only one day left of Whole 30! It doesn't really feel like it's the end, however, because now I feel like I have some newly-established habits. I'm looking forward to my final weigh-in, measurements, and comparing my before and after photos. I really want to take a pic of the shorts I was wearing before starting the program and now, because they are super baggy on me!

I had a busy day today because I spent the morning on campus, then came home and had lunch, then went out to the research station. I really need to go grocery shopping, so my meals were simple and consisted mainly of leftovers:

Breakfast was three scrambled eggs and leftover sweet potato fries with black coffee. Simple.



Lunch was a sort of hamburger salad with 4 grass-fed mini burgers, a pile of romaine, a small tomato, a pickle (plus another after this photo was taken), with some homemade mayo. Homemade mayo is so superior to the jar stuff. You can see how pinkish mine is because I add cayenne, white pepper, and spicy brown mustard for a little kick, so it definitely has more flavor than the jarred stuff.


I had a handful of cherries before going to the gym because I was a little hungry. I did my first kettle bell routine at the gym! It was really, really fun. I did 25 min of interval training on the Lifecycle recumbent bike first before moving onto the kettle bell portion. I used 15 lbs for all the exercises except the swings, where I used 20 lbs. I used a youtube video for the routine, and I made it through 1.5 rounds, which I thought was pretty good considering it was my first try and I had done all that cardio too.

I was really hungry afterwards, but not for carbs, just food in general. I was happy to realize I didn't have an intense carb craving because that indicates I could be becoming or already am fat-adapted, which is something Mark Sisson wrote about recently on his blog. Basically, it means I'm burning fat instead of glycogen, which is preferred because fat seems to be the ultimate energy store in the body. You can only store about 500 g of glycogen in the liver, but even if you are at an athletic percentage of body fat, you still may have 20 lbs of fat to burn through! I have noticed that I can go 6 or 7 hours during the day without feeling really hungry, which is way different than when I was eating a low-fat vegetarian or flexetarian diet. Hunger also comes on gradually and is not like a stabbing, grinding feeling in my stomach. Before Paleo (and except when I was doing South Beach) I would literally have to eat every 2.5-3 hours, so I was sometimes eating 6-7 times a day (3 meals, 3-4 snacks), trying desperately to stay around 1600 calories/day, and wondering why I couldn't lose weight. More perplexing was that I was eating many servings of whole grains, which have "heart healthy fiber to keep you fuller longer"...I put that in quotes because I can practically hear many weight loss gurus and cereal commercials saying something like that! All the while I was trying to balance classwork with exercise. I think the most frustrating was that I was exercising on top of calories counting, but not losing weight. Well, I was probably burning glycogen and not body fat!

As I said, I am low on food so I went to the salad bar at the grocery store in the nick of time and made a salad. Actually, the person was already cleaning up when I got there, so I quickly filled my container with some of the things that were already on the trolley to be put away! I got some fruit salad, but I didn't eat it last night, turkey, shredded carrots, peppers, olives, cherry tomatoes, and artichokes. The lettuce was already put away, so I just got a bag of lettuce and arranged my salad on a plate at home. The olive oil bottle was empty there, so I used my own extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a little black pepper. It ended up being a really good salad, but I was still hungry after eating it, so I also had 2 more mini burgers and a little pile of leftover sweet potatoes dipped in a little mayo (this plate was a saucer-sized plate). Finally, the tank was full!




Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Whole 30 Day 28

Happy 4th of July! I'm actually thankful to be doing Whole 30 during the holiday because it will keep me from succumbing to too many treats and cheats.

This morning I made a big breakfast. I guess I was excited by the 4th so much I wanted burgers in the morning! Truthfully, I had gotten some grass-fed ground beef out of the freezer to make zucchini spaghetti and meatballs, but I never got to it last night, so I just made some mini burgers to go with breakfast. I seasoned them with World Market Argentine Steak Rub, dried sage, lots of black pepper, and some dried minced onion. I had three mini burgers with two small tomatoes.  I also had two eggs that were supposed to be over easy, but one of the yolks was much smaller than the other (one of the hazards of using cage-free eggs is that there is a bit more diversity between egg sizes) so that yolk was nearly solid, and the larger yolk was nice and soft. Oh well. I also had a small pile of grapes and my usual black coffee.


After breakfast, I went to the local 4th of July street fair. I saw a few cool sites, like this John Deere ice cream maker, and I was surprised by how busy the fair was.




I contented myself with the idea that it was unlikely there would be anything I could have to eat for lunch...then I saw the turkey legs. There was a guy grilling over two smokers (by smokers I mean smoker boxes, not cigarette smokers) and I asked him what kind of seasonings he used. I figured there was going to be sugar and spices all over. Then he said he just used smoke, that's all. This was totally Whole 30! I was so happy! I got a big old leg of turkey to gnaw on while sitting under a tree by the curb; you never saw such a happy cavegirl in your life! Between my boyfriend and I, we couldn't finish it all, so I wrapped it back in the foil and some napkins and stowed it in my purse when we left. You know you eat Paleo if: you have a partially-eaten turkey leg in your purse!


I finished my lunch when I got home by having some fresh cherries. I'm re-using this photo from an earlier Whole 30 meal because this one cherry looked like a cute heart.


Before the 4th of July celebration, I had a little snack from my last PaleoPax, the Brazil Nut Sprout Bar. It was really good! It had more nuts than a Larabar, so it was really firm and not too sweet. I would buy this again for sure, because it's hard to find Paleo-compliant bars.


Our 4th of July party was really fun.We went out of town to a friend's house, and her dad grilled burgers. I had a bunless burger with lettuce, tomato, mustard, and pickles. I also had a few hunks of watermelon and more pickles on the side. I bought a veggie tray from the supermarket as my contribution and to make sure that I would be able to fill my plate. I had celery, baby carrots, and cherry tomatoes, too. The most tempting item for me was the tortilla chips and salsa, and there was also a layered bean dip that smelled and looked really good. There was also a chocolate bundt cake, banana pudding, and a berry trifle. I would have liked to try the cake because it looked so rich and also the blueberries on the trifle looked really yummy, but they had whipped cream under them so I didn't want to risk it.

Sorry it's so blurry, it was too dark to get a good macro shot...and I ate a bite already, oops
I brought a bottle of mineral water so I wouldn't be tempted to have beer (which would give me a wheat belly, so that's not too tempting). I used to like microbrew or artisanal beer, but now it doesn't even tempt me. I only like wine and have been thinking about going to our local apple orchard for their hard cider making class so I can make it on my own when I feel like drinking out of a beer bottle like everyone else.

After eating it was time for fireworks. I pitched in a few bucks for four BOGO fireworks. I didn't want to spend loads of money because I feel like you essentially burn up your dollars when you buy fireworks. I was actually pleased what I got, because they twisted out sparks and shot up into the air. We had some sparklers and a few fountain-style fireworks. Further off into the field some people in the family shot fireworks into the air. Also, because West Texas is so flat, I could see three or four fireworks displays happening at other towns on the horizon, so it was like a cool multidimensional show. It was definitely better than last year when we had a burn ban and couldn't have any!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Whole 30 Day 27

Day 27! Only 3 days left of Whole 30. I've already decided that I love the way I'm eating, and except for adding some "sensible indulgences" like dark chocolate, wine, good cheese, full-fat Greek yogurt, and bacon, it really wouldn't phase me if I kept eating this way. I really feel like this is optimal for me.

I'm starting to run low on food, but because I've been working so much I haven't taken the time to do my big grocery shopping. Therefore, breakfast was a little simpler than normal this morning: leftover sweet potato fries, 2 eggs fried in olive oil, and a peach.


For lunch I cubed some leftover pork chop (on the right side). I made a salad with romaine lettuce, the last bit of red pepper, a small tomato, some walnuts, and a hard boiled egg. I topped it off with more lettuce because it looked so sparse. I dressed it with Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette. I had a scant cup of grapes, too.


Dinner was out with a friend, and by now I'm sure you can guess where I suggested: Freebirds! This may be with 5th time in my 30 days I've eaten here, but I don't get tired of their salads.


I succumbed to my sleepiness early. Besides, I plan on going to the 4th of July celebration...I'm not sure if I can eat any of the fair foods they have; I highly doubt it. But I love 4th of July because of the fireworks. I also love bbqs. I have plans to go to a friend's house, and of course I won't go empty-handed. That's my trick for parties. If I can't eat a lot of the food there, I at least can load up my plate with what I brought so no one will ask me why I'm not eating : )

Monday, July 2, 2012

Whole 30 Day 26

It's almost been a year since starting Paleo, but for some reason it took me way too long to start incorporating dinner leftovers into breakfast. I've seen people on other Paleo blogs include leftover veggies, but for some reason I didn't think I could stomach it. Also, my leftovers typically went to my lunch, not breakfast. Well, fast forward to Whole 30 Day 26 and I'm eating lots of veggies mixed in my eggs and even sides of them leftover from dinner. Today I did a complete leftovers breakfast with a little pork, some roasted cauliflower, and a ripe, juicy peach for color. I can't get enough of these seasonal fruits, and while I try to focus on vegetables, which have less sugar, I still like to include my fruits, which also provide some nutrients, too.



Lunch consisted again of a full course of last night's leftovers:


I should have packed a bit more, because I got hungry mid-afternoon. I was home by then and had some raw carrots with almond butter and some jasmine green tea.


While I ate my snack, I made some hard boiled eggs for some emergency protein over the next few days too. I cut the carton in half so I could distinguish them from un-cooked eggs.


 I felt the need for some protein, so I got over my apprehension to eat the kippers from my June PaleoPax.


Oh geez...doesn't that look yummy.....
  
Here we go....

They weren't an utter delight, but they weren't heinously bad, either. If I were desperate, I would have them as emergency protein, but I think they'd be a lot better if they weren't alone----mixed in a salad or in fish cakes, they would be much better.

After my weird carrot and herring snack, it was gym time! Though I know it's a confounding variable during this time to go to the gym and increase my work effort, I have been pushing really hard this 30 days and didn't want to slack off or maintain my routine at all! I'm working to lift heavier and strengthen my legs, and lately I've been increasing the weights by leaps and bounds. Considering I was doing everything with 5 or 8 lb weights at the start of Whole 30 and tonight I was able to lift a 25 lb barbell and do 30 lbs on one other exercise (yay!), I would say I'm doing well. Also, because of my knee trouble, the best form of cardio I can do right now is the stationary recumbent bike. In January I was only able to do level 1, now I do level 6 and 7 intervals, with level 7 at the end for a final push. I actually think it's mostly a mental trick...I don't think I can lift the heavy weights, and therefore I can't. Now I at least try them and attempt to get into a positive mindset. Like last time, I was able to lift 18 lbs, so tonight I should be able to lift 20 lbs!

I know after a workout I should have a "recovery meal," but I just wasn't hungry so I wasn't going to force myself to eat. Even though I had a peach in the morning, I had another one when my appetite perked up because it sounded perfect to me---not so much a craving, but it seemed like the right amount of food I wanted in my belly. It's not a scientific choice, I just listened to my body, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that : )


PaleoPax Monthly Tasting Box 2

I got my first PaleoPax box in May, and then I received my second in late June. I was even more pleased with this second installment compared to the first because it seemed like there was a good variety of snacks and several were from sources I had never heard of.


The snacks I received were: 2 caveman cookies (alpine and rainforest flavors), 1 3.25 oz can of Crown Prince naturally-smoked black pepper kippers (and a $0.50-off coupon), 1 2-oz package of Nutcase Crunch cereal, 1 32 g Brazil Nut Sprout Bar, and 1 1.9-oz Pumpkin Date Rawma Bar.








 




I haven't tried everything in the box yet because some items contain honey, which I can't have on Whole 30. I didn't try the fruit bars yet because, though they have no honey in them, they have a large amount of dried fruit in them and I don't want them to encourage cravings. I will wait until Whole 30 is done to enjoy them! I plan to enjoy the grain-free cereal on some full-fat Greek yogurt with berries as soon as I'm done with the challenge as well...that's going to be a delicious treat I'm sure! I did get over my fears about the kippers. I was intrigued but a little apprehensive. They've sat in my pantry for nearly two weeks now. However, I wanted some emergency protein with my pre-workout snack today, so I calloused up and cracked open the can. Was it a gastronomical revelation? Not really. Were they terrible? Hardly. I found them to be pretty good...good enough for emergency protein, but not a primary protein source. On their own they were a little bland despite the smoke flavor and pepper, but I bet mixed into a salad they would be quite good.

I will report on the other snacks as soon as I try them!
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