Whole30 reintroduction

This post is about a month overdue, but we have been busy with moving into our new house (which we love) and things are finally getting back to normal. So to go straight to the point, step two of the Whole30 program is the reintroduction. In this period you should reintroduce non compliant food groups one at a time, while keeping the rest of your diet Whole30 compliant. Continue reading “Whole30 reintroduction”

Whole30 week 4 recap

I just finished my first Whole30. Yeeey, If you’d show me the program 2 months ago and say I’ll finish it, I would say you’re crazy. Me, going a month without dairy, without all the grains, without beans and chickpeas and peanut butter? That is impossible! Well it is not. I managed and once I set my mind to it, it was actually easier that you’d think. I can’t say I have any special feelings about the end of the program. I’m kind of excited because after the reintroduction period I’ll be finally able to have some treats (hello ice cream), but on the other hand I’m a bit afraid that some of my favourite foods will make me feel sick and bloated. After the reintroduction I will write a special, more thorough post on my thoughts about the program and discuss some advantages and disadvantages, but for now I’ll just tell you about how this last week, well actually the last 10 days, went. Continue reading “Whole30 week 4 recap”

Whole30 week 3 recap

I’m well over half way of my first Whole30 program and all is looking fine. I have less than 10 days to go and then come the 10 days of reintroduction period. I hope, I will not see that I have a huge problem with dairy and grains because I am starting to miss them a bit. This past week was nothing special, I stuck to the plan and tried to decrease the snacking, which did not always work (mostly it did not), but I am trying. I have a feeling that my skin is breaking out less than normally, and I am less bloated which is definitely a good sign. I still don’t see any differences in energy levels and find my workouts tougher than normally.  Continue reading “Whole30 week 3 recap”

Lunch break in PLUS+

It’s July, my oh my, I have a hard time believing it. Is it just me or is time really faster the older you get? Nothing to do about it I guess. Well with July come the sales and on Saturday me and my sister went to snoop around the stores a bit. When it was time for lunch we wanted something quick and healthy and I wanted something that fits in my eating program, so we went to PLUS+ where they only serve fresh food prepared with organic ingredients. Continue reading “Lunch break in PLUS+”

Whole30 week 2 recap

I’m halfway through my Whole30 program and I’m still managing. This week brought along a couple of challenges – dinner out with the girls, barbecue party after work on Friday and a very lazy weekend that just called after some baking. I (more or less) successfully passed them all and I have to say I’m quite proud of myself. After two weeks I do not feel any different than I did before, I guess the changes still need to come. Maybe the changes are bigger if you had a really shitty diet before starting the Whole30 and that was not the case with me. I am breaking one of the rules though – I often have a snack in the afternoon, not because of the habit, but because I just get really hungry. They advise against having more than 3 meals per day and if you’re hungry in between they suggest to increase the size of the meal, but I can’t always do that as I usually eat the size of the meal that is comfortable for me (volume wise), if I would eat more, I would feel stuffed, so I just decided to have the snacks when I’m hungry. I will try to work on getting them down to a minimum though. Continue reading “Whole30 week 2 recap”

Whole30 week 1 recap

A while ago I decided I needed to finally take the plunge and see if my afternoon slump and my rather unclear skin are food-induced. To see, if food has an effect, I first needed to eliminate possible “trigger” foods, so I chose to do the Whole30 program. This program should reset your body and change your relationship with food (which I don’t really need, but OK) and the end results promise increased energy, clear skin, reduced inflamation and often weight loss (which should not be the main reason why you’d do the program, but hey, it’s a nice extra). As it’s supposed to eliminate the cravings and break the cycle of emotional eating you are not supposed to recreate treats with compliant ingredients, so paleo desserts are off limits. So that’s briefly the point of it.   Continue reading “Whole30 week 1 recap”

Breakfast in Alice’s hidden garden

There are too little weekends, or they are too short, or I’m just too busy. Anyway, I’m lacking weekends when I have time to go at ease to the center and have a nice breakfast. And when I do have time the weather is shitty. So here I am posting about a place, where I went almost a month ago and dreaming about when am I going to do it again. It was that weekend when it felt like summer was here, but sadly that feeling was short-lived and now it actually feels like the summer is already over and it’s autumn, cold, rainy, grey, totally sucky (is that even a word?).  Continue reading “Breakfast in Alice’s hidden garden”

Foodtruck boulevard

It’s been a while since I went to a “food event”, but spring is here and with it comes the new season of food festivals, barbecues and other little life’s pleasures, like sitting outside with a nice glass of wine (or whatever floats your boat) and enjoying the sun. On Sunday there was a small foodtruck festival 5 min away from our place so we decided to check it out. It was located on the garden in front of a small “castle” (more like a big fancy house) and there were about 20 food trucks all together.  Continue reading “Foodtruck boulevard”

Fancy brunch in Chocolato

How do you like coupons? I love coupons, I am very happy when I can get stuff for free or cheaper as usual. So when I saw a cupon for a “Luxurious brunch in Gent” I had to get it. This luxurious brunch took place in Chocolato. This is a chocolate shop and coffee place, but apart from that they also give different chocolate related (duh!) workshops. I was very excited about it and this time Laurens sacrificed his free time to join me (it didn’t go without his comments though “You do know I’m only doing that for you!?” and the like). But not even Mr. Grinch can ruin my excitement before a brunch. After it, it’s a different story and that day the culprit of my annoyance was extremely strong front wind when cycling home (FYI this is a constant mood breaker in my life). Continue reading “Fancy brunch in Chocolato”