I decided – screw it.
Whole 30 starts today.
I spent 7 hours on a bus yesterday reading the Hartwig’s excellent book, “It Starts With Food” and I have to say, I am impressed. At first it slightly annoyed me how much they had to dumb down the science behind their diet plan but I guess not everyone has a lengthy background in nutrition and I think they did a really good job of explaining the hormonal feedback loops that lead to obesity in layman’s terms. Also completely changed my outlook on grains! Something I never thought would happen! So I started thinking to myself, “Just how successful am I going to be if I push this forward a week so I can go pig out on my favorite foods? That’s definitely the wrong attitude to head into this program with.” The sooner you start, the sooner you get healthy! And I for one would like to have my first decent nights sleep in years. So let’s do it!
I weighed in yesterday at 127 lbs and am 5’6”. For 30 days, no scales, no measuring portions (not meticulously with a scale anyway), no tracking calories and macronutrients NOTHING. I’m okay with this. That’s what I keep telling my anal retentive voice in my head anyway…
I was really excited all throughout my workout and bike ride this morning at the prospect of what I was going to be cooking up. Then again, I’m always thinking of food. So without further ado – here is one of the tastiest, most filling breakfasts I have ever had.
Paleo Beef Burrito
- 400g lean ground beef (it doesn’t have to be lean if it’s grass fed)
- 4 eggs (per burrito! whisked)
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 T minced garlic
- 1 – 2 T coconut oil or clarified butter
- 1/2 cup mushrooms
- 1 cup baby kale
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 medium avocado
- 1/2 medium onion
- handful of chives
- Let the oil or clarified butter melt in a large skillet. Add onion and garlic, cook until the onion is nice and soft – about 7 minutes
- Add ground beef and cumin. Cook until the beef is no longer pink.
- Just before the beef is done, add the kale. It should be nice and wilted by the time the beef is done.
- Set aside your beef filling. This is more than enough for 3 people! I just eat a lot of protein so I ate half.
- In the same pan, you’ll add your whisked eggs and chives and cook. You want the omelet to be nice and big so you can use it as a burrito wrap later.
- Now that your omelet is done – transfer to a plate and construct your burrito! Add avocado, tomatoes, and a nice dollop of some paleo mayo.
- How you eat this is entirely your call. I like foods that are messy – I feel more involved! Or you can knife and fork it 🙂
Cinnamon Raisin Sweet Potato Hash – Vegan
I cooked this up before the omelet as it takes a little longer. Definitely worth the wait! My kitchen smelled divine as the hash was finishing up.
- 2 small sweet potatoes
- 1 T melted coconut oil
- 1/2 T cinnamon + more for dusting
- 1 T unsulphered, unsweetened raisins
- Preheat oven to 450F
- Lay out your cubed potatoes on a baking tray and drizzle with oil and cinnamon. Toss.
- Bake for 25 minutes. Use a spatula and turn them about so they cook evenly. Bake for another 10 minutes
- Mix in raisins (bacon would go nicely here too!) and enjoy!
My tummy is extremely pleased 🙂