Breakfast Sausage Patties

I needed something to mix up my eggs for breakfast routine. Omelets, scrambled, hardboiled, fried, etc. Which I absolutely love but after reading It Starts With Food, it was suggested that during Whole30 you’re probably going to get sick of eggs and you need to avoid pancakes, waffles, muffins and other baked goods, so breakfast sausage it is! Breakfast in the Pan

Unfortunately, every single breakfast sausage in the grocery store is off-limits. Therefore… these mouth-watering breakfast babes were born!

Breakfast Sausage Patties (makes 8 patties)
Ingredients:
– 1lb ground pork
– 1 egg
– 2 tbsp coconut flour
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1 tsp dried rosemary
– 1/2 tsp sea salt
– 1/4 tsp nutmeg
– 1/8 tsp all-spice
– coconut oil; to grease panBird's Eye View

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375-degrees.
2. Grease 8 cupcake wells with coconut oil; set aside.
3. Mix ground pork, egg, coconut flour and all seasonings together in bowl until well mixed.
4. Evenly distribute meat mixture in cupcake wells.
5. Bake for 30 minutes.Sausage BrekkieBreakfast Sausages

Now these sausages can be the star of your Breakfast Show. Enjoy! 🙂

#Paleo/Whole30 Problems

Holding strong at Day 12 of the Whole30 over here, but I did have to slay a sugar dragon that creeped up on me out of no where —
EAT ALL THE COOKIES! CHOCOLATE CHIPS! Oh wait— is that a donut?
I’ll take 14, please.
 

Luckily, after a few bacon slices, some exercise and a “Big Gulp” of good ole’ H2o, I was just fine.

It got me thinking though, about others who are taking the Whole30 challenge, or have in the past, and how they could probably relate to me. Sure enough, roaming through Instagram did not disappoint. I hope this makes you giggle a bit, while feeling some support that you’re not the only one.

#whole30problems #paleoproblems

Describe Your Lunch!

And I totally believe her.
And I totally believe her. Don’t you?
And I need that otter too.
And I need that otter too.

Salad Problems

Especially after a workout... or right when I'm trying to fall asleep.
Especially after a workout… or right when I’m trying to fall asleep.
I am so so sorry, friends.
I am so so sorry, friends.

Big Eyes

Yes, sometimes.
Oh Will, you caught us. 
Every time.
Every. Single. Time.

Pasta

Amen.
Amen.

If you’re currently embarking on the Whole30, or a lifetime Paleo-eater, I hope these make you laugh and encourage you to stay strong! You got this. And as they say in It Starts With Food, “It’s only thirty days.”

 

Whole30 at CHIPOTLE

When it comes to dining out & the Whole30, Chipotle will be a safe haven to run to when you’re in a rush to eat a healthy, nutritious meal. This place is fantastic because there are specific options that are Whole30-friendly, so it’s easy to just create your own meal using these ingredients! Not only that but who doesn’t love a good Mexican meal? I know I sure do…

Okay, so you can't eat the corn, but that caption is pretty hilarious.
Okay, so you can’t eat the corn or the rice, but that caption is pretty darn hilarious.

Now onto important things; here is the stuff you CAN dive into while dining at Chipotle:

– Carnitas: which is wonderful news for you because this pork is jam-packed with flavor.
– Guacamole: local AND organic; now what other fast-food chain can say that about their guac?!
– Lettuce: well, you understand why that’s acceptable
– Salsa, Tomatillo-Green Chili: this verde salsa is truly mouth-watering
– Salsa, Tomatillo-Red Chili: has a spicier kick than its milder green friend; it’s flavored with Tabasco!
– Salsa, Tomato: don’t mistake simple for bland because this salsa is just as delicious as its counterparts

Step aside Tortilla Chips, the Guacamole is the STAR!
Step aside Tortilla Chips, the Guacamole is the STAR!

And there you have it! Those ingredients can create a scrumptious “burrito bowl” or salad. And if you don’t fully trust me just yet (don’t worry you won’t hurt my feelings), you can check out the Chipotle Ingredients Statement for an in-depth breakdown of all the ingredient options at their restaurant.


How many times have you visited Chipotle during your Whole30?
My count: six. 😉

Whole30 at PANERA BREAD

When I was participating in the Whole30 program, it was super easy to follow when I was in my own little bubble at home. Take me out in public and that was a different story: Oh, I want frozen yogurt! Look at that billboard for pasta! Does it smell like bread to you? Especially when you’re hanging out with friends and the spontaneous “Let’s all go to Taco Bell” exclamatory arises.

 To help, I checked out a few restaurants and wrote down a large list of what I could eat. It was like my own little “Whole30-Approved” app.
(By the way, we need one of those…)
Now check out some delicious options from good ‘ole Panera Bread.

Power Mediterranean Roasted Turkey
Power Mediterranean Roasted Turkey

Food Options:

Breakfast – start your morning off grain & dairy free
– Summer Fruit Cup (nothing hidden here… yeah!)

The Power Menu – not only does it sound awesome, but most Panera Bread stores do not advertise this on the menu boards, so you feel really special that you’re “in-the-know”.
– Power Steak Lettuce Wraps WITHOUT THE PESTO (milk & cheese lurk in there)
– Power Mediterranean Roasted Turkey Salad HOLD THE PEPPERONCINI (no Yellow #5 today, please)

Salads – the trick here is the “hold-the-dressing approach” and you’re golden.
– Classic Salad NO DRESSING (soybean oil alert!)

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Classic Salad

Drink Options:

– Black Coffee (hot or iced)
– Espresso
– Unsweetened Teas
– Premium Orange Juice
– Low-Fat B-Green Smoothie

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B-Green Smoothie

It’s not too hard to eat out at Panera Bread if you’re doing Whole30;
just don’t cave when they ask if you want to “add a 99-cent pastry”.

My First Whole30 Experience

Today marks the day I finished to Whole30 Challenge!

BOOM

If I’m being honest, that sentence should have read:

Today marks the day I would have finished the Whole30.”

Why? Great question and I’ll get to that. I started the Whole30 and loved (almost) every second of it. There were a lot of things I learned through this whole experience (<—oh, that could be a pun…nice one, Victoria). Here are my thoughts:

1. I really love cooking. I enjoy how the Whole30 program supplies you with a structure and information, but then allows you to create your meal plan. With other programs I’ve tried, I get anxious when I don’t have all the ingredients needed for a certain meal, and then am tempted to give up. With Whole30, they give you the tools, but you get to craft the meals. Excellent.

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2. Sugar is EVERYWHERE. Which, I knew, but didn’t really know until I had to check the labels of everything I was putting in my meals. It’s crazy.

3. My skin loves the Paleo lifestyle. I have had pretty bad acne my whole life. I’ve been on literally every medication a dermatologist can prescribe (at least that’s what she told me) and never could seem to get rid of it completely. While on Whole30, I didn’t get a single pimple. Not only that, but my skin GLOWED. I also have trouble with a skin problem called keratosis pilaris, which is a blotchy, ugly, red rash-looking thing on the back of my arms. At least, I am pretty sure that’s how medical journals define it. While on the Whole30, the redness went down and the bumps were smaller.

4. SLEEP! I am a good sleeper. If it were a sport, I could probably win, or so I thought. I am very protective over my sleep and will be sure to always be in bed between 9:30-10:30pm as much as possible. (Please, don’t make comments about my social life now :P). While on the Whole30, I realized I must be sleeping much deeper because I was waking up feeling more refreshed than ever before. I also own a FitBit, and on my sleep diagram, it showed a tremendous drop in my tossing and turning.

5. Stress and emotions drive my eating more than I thought. The second I was feeling overwhelmed or sad, I instantly wanted Doritos or chocolate. Once I actually thought about it, I realized I wasn’t hungry at all. These are just responses that have just become a habit– one I wanted to break.

 Egg Omelet

So the reason why I say “would have” been is because I did not make it the entire thirty days. My Whole30 was truly a Whole15. Now, the strict guidelines of the Whole30 say that you should probably start over, but overall, we make that decision. I decided to keep going with it as best I could. The reason for most of my trouble was due to traveling for my job, not being prepared and getting hungry, and going out to dinner with friends. But the key here is to not flag this as a failure: I learned so much about myself and my eating habits. 

So now what? Well, I am going to try again. And if I make it to a Whole20, I will try again. I believe this program works (seriously, you wouldn’t believe it.. after eating dairy and gluten I felt nauseous almost 10 minutes later, was sick for 2 days, and my skin broke out over night). I want to complete the Whole30 and I want these habits to stick. I’ve always been a relatively healthy eater, but now I don’t want to settle for average… I want to THRIVE! And I am convinced through my self-experimentation that the Paleo lifestyle is the way to go for me. Which is why I started this site, it’s a learning and growing process and I hope you join me!


Have you done the Whole30? Are you in it now? What are your thoughts/experiences?