But first, an explanation. Maybe some of you already knew this but it was definitely news to me. I apparently don’t eat enough. I’ve never been big on breakfast. And I rarely snack. So when I was posting my last Whole30 meals like this and this, I thought they were completely normal.
Note to self (and everyone else) – A handful of nuts does not equal breakfast. An apple with black coffee is not a meal. Fail Rachel. Major fail. The sad part is I’ve been eating like this for years. And while I have overcome my battles with anorexia, I guess I still haven’t quite learned what a real day’s worth of food is.
Well, it’s time to change all that. So here we go, this is what I’ve been eating:
This sweet stack is what I bring to work every day. Breakfast, lunch, snack and post workout. PS if anyone has a good lunch box recomendation that will hold all of this please let me know. I’ve been using plastic bags…not the most stylish.
Breakfast: Four egg whites with pineapple salsa and hot sauce. 1/2 cup gluten-free oats. I did mention that even though I am doing the Whole30, that I’m allowing myself to incorporate certain gluten-free grains in order to pump up my caloric intake. If this is your first Whole30, do not do this! Do it right. However for me, this is necessary until I can learn what a proper breakfast looks like.
Plus Starbucks. Black.
Lunch: Sautéed sweet peppers over ground turkey and 1/2 cup quinoa. (Again, quinoa is typically not Whole30 approved). But this meal can be. Easy swap? Take out the quinoa and put in cauliflower rice.
Pre-workout snack: Gluten-free bread with almond butter. Doing the Whole30 correctly? Skip the bread. Eat the almond butter off a spoon Just kidding. Switch out the bread for an apple.
Dinner: Beef with broccoli and a side of guacamole. Sorry I don’t have a recipe for this one. Jake actually made it! Most likely it was just cooked in some olive oil in a pan. He did say he used quite a bit of “that red stuff” aka possibly chili powder for the broccoli. (To be fair, he knows what chili powder is. By “that red stuff” he meant “what I think is chili powder only you never label your spices!”)
So there we go. Baby steps. You might be thinking “hey Rachel, what part of doing the Whole30 are you actually doing?” I know I know. Lots of suspicious grains. But for me, this is how I need to learn. Plus still no boxed foods, gluten, sugars, dairy, legumes or alcohol, etc.