Almost there friends, almost there. It’s THURSDAY.

#justkeepswimming

Tuesday night while lying in a heap of exhaustion on the couch at 8pm, boyfriend and I decided to take advantage of seriously cheap Field Club Ticket prices and pay a visit to AT&T Park for a Giants game last night. Best decision ever.

I had a little time to kill after work/before meeting boyfriend so I managed to fit in a Core40 class at the SoMa studio. You know when you’re trying not to sweat and you end up sweatier than usual? Yeah, welcome to my life. It took some serious critical thinking to work my way out of that one.

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And inhaled a Kit’s Organic Cashew Bar (cashews, almonds, dates, sea salt – totally Whole30 compliant and quite frankly, tastes better than Lara Bars.)

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Once at the game, our seats looked like this.

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Not bad, not bad at all.

So you’re probably like “So you go to a Giants game – with booze and sweet potato fries abound, what the hell does one eat while on Whole30?”

Glad you asked.

Field Club has the BEST food. Hands down. Aside from the Seared Ahi stand on the 2nd level.

Also it’s impossible to make ballpark food like this look appealing. No amount of filters can help this.

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Taco salad – carnitas, lettuce, guac, salsa, bell peppers. Surprisingly DELICIOUS. Or that was just my raging post-workout hunger.

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While everyone around us munched on caramel corn and boyfriend had peanuts… I ate my body weight in berries. Thanks Whole Foods.

And the night ended with a Posey walkoff home for the WIN.

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This morning, I miraculously made it to the gym for a 3 mile run at an 8:57/pace. When I came home I had one thought: BREAKFAST.

I’ve been doing smoothies for breakfast all week and I’m fully OK with it. Whole 30 discourages smoothies for a couple of reasons but for me personally it honestly doesn’t apply. I know what works for my body and what fills me up in a meal and thus, smoothies are a part of my daily routine. I tried going without them last week and found myself hungry and not satisfied after breakfast.

Here’s the thing – if you know yourself and know that smoothies aren’t a filling meal for you, don’t drink ‘em. Make eggs, bacon, sausage, veggies in the AM. If smoothies are a meal for you, listen to what your body craves in the AM or post-workout and give it that, within the Whole30 guidelines. My responses are in italics, below. As my girl TSwift would say, Haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate…

One is that liquid food digests quicker than whole foods, so a smoothie will not help your body feel full as long as whole foods. That leads to unnecessary hunger or eating more when you did not really need to be eating more. Personally a smoothie holds me over FOR HOURS. I typically drinking one at 8:30am and I’m not hungry again until around 12:30-1pm for lunch. Eggs honestly don’t hold me over as well and I have zero desire for any meat in the mornings on weekdays.

Second is that smoothies don’t fit the meal template of a serving of protein, a serving of fat, and a lot of veggies very well. Most smoothies are high in sugar because they include too much fruit and few smoothies include an adequate serving of protein (almond milk just does not measure up to a palm-size portion of roast beef). I use homemade almond milk, 1.5T of almond butter, chia seeds, 3-4 handfuls of kale, maca powder, cinnamon, 100% caco nibs, and a frozen banana. Which equates to protein, fiber, carbs, veggies, healthy fat, antioxidants. My eggs with avocado and bacon fail to fill me up like this and fail to provide that level of nutrition. 

Third, smoothies are widely embraced as health food, but are not much more healthy than McDonald’s fries. I’d agree with this if your smoothies come from a chain. I don’t use any sugar. I use organic fruits and veggies, raw nut butter and homemade almond milk. Case closed.

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Now that that’s been addressed. This morning’s breakfast.

“Whole30 Compliant” Green Cacao Monstah Smoothie

(I was born in Boston, I can say Monstaaah.)

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Ingredients:

1 c homemade almond milk

3-4 large handfuls of kale

1-1.5 frozen banana(s)

1.5 T raw almond butter (or roasted almond butter, just make sure there’s no added sugar or oils)

1t maca powder

Couple shakes of cinnamon

1/2T chia seeds (or 1T if not adding any on top)

1T 100% caco nibs

Optional: Couple of ice cubes to make it thicker and fruit, unsweetened coconut, 1/2T chia seeds on top

Directions

Combine all ingredients into a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth. DRINK UP.

This smoothie is THICK. And it’ll hold you for hours. Even after a workout.

With that, I’m out, have a great Thursday!

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WIAW – Whole30 Day 10 Edition

by Kristine on August 27, 2014

And we’re on Day 10 of Whole30! I feel greatand I’m beyond happy to have the first 10 days behind me. I feel like I found my groove, and that the next 20 days will (ideally) be smooth sailing. We’re heading up to Tahoe for Labor Day and I’m planning to stay completely on track. Truth be told this is a lot easier than I had anticipated. Days 1-10 recap coming soon!

And with that, it’s time for another WIAW – Whole30 edition!

Yesterday went like this:

7am – Alarm goes off. I had a hair appt after work which meant I was hitting the gym early. Thankfully boyfriend had plans to hit the gym early as well otherwise there is no chance I would have made it. (Do you even know how hard it is to get up when the apt is dark and quiet? And how hard it is to get ready while trying to be quiet? Very hard. I run into at least 3 walls this way.)

7:15am – Walk up to the gym.

7:30am – Arrive at gym, run 3.3 miles in 30 minutes (8:57/mile pace), walk home.

8am – Breakfast! Smoothie TO THE FACE. (Homemade almond milk, lots o’kale, frozen banana/mango, 1.5T raw almond butter, maca powder, chia seeds). And also black coffee.

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9am-12pm Work, work, work.

12:30pm – Lunch! Walked over to my friend Carrie’s to eat the food I brought from home. (Farmer’s Market Mixed Greens, avocado, fresh mango salsa, leftover shrimp cooked in ghee/garlic, shredded carrots, topped with plantain chips and dressed with balsamic/EVOO)

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Sidebar – I LOVE THESE GREENS. I even ate an edible flower.

1:30pm – 5:00pm – Work, work, work

5:00pm – Rush home to drop off the car, and grab a SNACK because… RUNGER. So freaking hungry. Leftover coconut lime cilantro cauliflower mash, grilled chicken and some greens. Also some farmer’s market berries. So basically a meal.

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5:15pm – Hair Appt. LOVED my new gal – went to Sophia at Sorry I Broke Your Heart on Chestnut/Divis. She’s amazing.

8pm – DINNER. Boyfriend and I were both exhausted from our earlier-than-usual wakeups and after barely pulling ourselves off the couch and away from the Giants game (SO CLOSE to that perfect game Mad Bum), it was a one-bowl dinner of leftovers.

Zoodles, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, shallot, grilled chicken sauteed in a Whole30 compliant homemade pesto and topped with 2 poached eggs, avocado and nutritional yeast. My eyes may have been bigger than my stomach but I polished off the entire thing. And then couldn’t move.

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9pm – bedtime - Entourage marathon. We just finished Season 2. HBO Go is basically the best.

Tonight I’ve got Core40 and then we scored some great seats to the Giant’s game on the CHEAP via Stubhub. Can’t wait!

 

 

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Whole30 Shrimp Scampi (with GHEE!)

August 26, 2014

So last night I cooked my first meal… with ghee. I mean I know what you’re thinking – what the hell is ghee? Prior to starting this Whole30 thing I’d heard of Ghee, but honestly dismissed it as some weird paleo food that paleo people ate that I had zero interest in. And then Whole30 took […]

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The City Dwelling 20-Something’s Guide to Whole30

August 25, 2014

So it’s been a little over a week on Whole30. And so far, so good. My clothes feel looser, I’m sleeping better, I finally got some energy back for this weekend’s workouts (Lyon St stairs and SoulCycle), and my head is clearer. Also I LEGIT saw abs. Not bad for less than 10 days on […]

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Whole30 Meals- Day 3, 4

August 22, 2014

You guys – it’s FRIDAY. I woke up this AM thinking about how I would make a grand return to yoga… and then, everything hurt. I credit most of this to Laura’s brutally hard Core40 class Wednesday and then a fast 5K run yesterday evening for shredding my legs even more. But also this. I […]

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Workout Review: Core40

August 21, 2014

Friends… it’s FRIDAY EVE. Almost there. Let’s interrupt all this Whole30 chitchat and talk workouts. (In case you’re wondering Days 1-4 are going swimmingly and I haven’t felt deprived, hangry, headachey, tired… or had any stomach “issues” since starting this  - working on getting my thoughts down for a Week 1 recap/meals/recipe post on Monday!) […]

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WIAW – Whole30

August 20, 2014

So it’s been 3 days on Whole30. (Today is Day 3). Something I’ve noticed? It weirds me out to eat meat with every meal and to increase the fat I eat with each meal. Not for like an OMGWEIGHTGAIN reason, but because I feel like I’ve been conditioned to repeatedly watch portion/serving sizes with things […]

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The Beginning – Whole30

August 19, 2014

It’s so foggy this morning that it literally looks and feels like it’s raining. Summer in SF is real friends. And I don’t like it one bit. Especially when you leave Tahoe and it’s 85 degrees. And you arrive home to your apartment and it’s 63 degrees. Something is not right. Labor Day can’t come […]

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Weekly Workouts : August 11-17

August 18, 2014

Well, we knew this would probably happen. I let a week slide. In my defense last week was a REALLY busy week at work. And my mind was going about a trillion miles a minute all week long trying to get everything wrapped up for an upcoming event. And so we’re skipping a week. In […]

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WIAW – Volume 2

August 13, 2014

…and we’re back with another edition of WIAW. I get that it’s Wednesday but on Monday I took photos of everything I ate. So really this is What I Actually Ate Monday… posted for your viewing pleasure on Wednesday. The focus in August is clean, whole, healthy foods and eating every couple hours to avoid […]

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