In a previous post, I had decided to try doing the whole30 using a process that's now core to software development. The process is all about chunking, iteration, and reviewing completed actions in a way that shows reflection and a progress.
As of Saturday night, May 28, I finished the first 7 days of whole30. Below is a retrospective of how it went as well as a recap of the foods I was able to enjoy.
What Went Well
- I was experimenting with a wider variety of foods this time around
- My cravings were very minimal which I was shocked at. I had the occasional hankering for a cookie and some ice cream given it's the season for it, but otherwise, that was it.
- I had enough energy to do 2 over 3 mile run/walk plus a 6 mile hike this week so that was a plus.
- Ate out twice and felt prepared and confident about what to get and order.
What Did Not Go Well
- I wasn't planning enough with regards to meals. Some of my meals lacked a protein as I didn't want to fire up the stove to cook it. I resorted to easy to cut vegetables.
- I reached for a bowl of nuts each time I wanted to snack.
- I felt like I was constantly going to the grocery store.
What Can Be Improved
- Add more variety to breakfast. Eating eggs everyday no longer appeal to me even though I tried eggs in many ways from hard boiled (my go to), omelette and scrambled.
- Need to pre-cook meals head of time so that I have something easy to grab and heat up
- Need to review ingredients at home before heading to the store to reduce duplicate items or missed vegetables.
Mini Salmon Cakes
2 cans of salmon drained (I used Kirkland's Pink salmon)
1 large sweet potato (cooked in the microwave)
1/2 tsp of paprika
1/2 tsp of pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt as needed
Combine together in a large bowl. I used a mold to make them mini but you can use your hands or anything else to shape them. I then quickly fried them in a little bit of olive oil just enough to brown them and get them slightly crispy.
Cold Tuna Salad
2 cans of tuna in olive oil (slightly drained, keep some of the oil for flavor)
3 stalks of celery chopped into cubes
1 large green apple chopped into cubes
Half an orange or lemon (to keep the apples from browning)
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine in a large bowl, mix and voila! Easy salad. No mayo here, but I did make this one from The Movement Menu separately and it was delicious. I have since added a bit of it on everything.