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MY FIRST WEEK OF WHOLE30 AND SWEET POTATO CHIPS | cooking

February 6, 2018

 

This month, I decided to try the Whole30 diet. Here's the thing, my social life revolves around food and drink and then going to the gym through ClassPass. That's what I do. I love coming home from work and enjoying a small glass of red wine with some cheese and crackers. My favourite food is pizza, or rather, anything that has carbohydrates and cheese. But here's a TMI fun fact for you: my digestive systems was really getting a run for it's money and I was experiencing severe bloating. It was uncomfortable, and I would get it every day. I don't have a gluten allergy or intollerance and dairy doesn't bother me either, but I think we can all agree (everyone together now!) carbs aren't good for you. 

 

So I did some research on the Whole30 - taking out sugar, dairy, grains and legumes...and alcohol. It sounded impossible. What the hell was I going to eat. I frantically looked up recipe options on Pinterest and realized it wasn't going to be that bad and that I would try it for the month of February and slowly introduce the groups back into my diet to see what was causing the biggest problems so I could avoid them a bit more (but not completely cut them out). 

 

It's been one week, and I feel f*cking fabulous! No bloating, I feel nourished and healthy, I have more energy, I've toned up (not that I've necessarily lost weight, but I've noticed my workouts have become more effective and I can see results better) and it's only been one week. There are some things I really miss or times when I find this diet change a little difficult. When I get home from work and I really just want to stuff my face with anything carb and sugary or pour myself a glass of wine. Likely out of habit, but still...that's been difficult to kick. And of course, my friends don't want to hang out with me because they don't want the awkward sober girl around (I have a bday party to go to on Friday and I plan on not cheating). But I also know that I can't just deprive myself of everything, especially since I'm not pregnant and I don't have allergies to these things. So I allow myself one treat each week. It could be a small glass of wine (I met my friend's mom for dinner last night and had a glass of red wine) or a gluten-free vegan treat. Just so I'm not completely throwing things out the window...I apply some rules. And so far, this has worked for me.

 

There have been controversial comments about doing the Whole30 but if it works me, I'm going to continue. And if at any point this month it's not working for me anymore, I'll stop. I'm not married to this diet, but so far, I love it.

 

I'll try to share some of my recipe options on here, like today - an easy and tasty snack (sweet potato chips!) that anyone can make. But if you're wondering what I've been eating lately, it's pretty simple.

 

At breakfast, scrambled eggs made with coconut oil and seasoning, half a grapefruit and black coffee. On the weekend, I add bacon. This keeps me full until about 10:30 and at that point I usually eat a snack, like grapes or an apple. For lunch I'll have some protein or a salad with protein, and in the afternoon I munch on roasted sea-salted almonds. By 3pm, I don't really have any afternoon cravings because I've had enough protein to keep me full.

 

At dinner I get a little more creative. I've had sweet potatoes, chicken and salad, ground turkey stuffed in sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash. It's honestly really easy.

 

When it comes to a Friday and Saturday night and you're looking for a movie snack, you have to get creative. Things like kale chips and sweet potato chips with sparkling natural flavoured water is what helped me over the weekend.

See my sweet potato recipe below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What you need:

One or two sweet potato (depending on how many people)

A sharp knife

Avocado or olive oil

Pink Himalayan salt or sea salt

 

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Very thinly slice the sweet potato (Mine could have been thinner, but I know for next time). You'll need to try and slice them as consistently as possible.

Lay the chips on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or tin foil and lightly brush each chip with oil, salt, flip and repeat

Bake for 20 mins, take them out and flip each chip and bake again for another 20 mins.

 

That's it!! I used homemade guac, but you can also make your own mayo (which I did and will be sharing the recipe soon) and add some seasoning like dill to add some flavour!

 

 

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Caitlin Melvin lives in Toronto with her boyfriend Bryon and two cats Finnigan and Lucca. A marketing manager by day, blogger on the side, freelance social media specialist and a lover of travel and new experiences