You might start to think that the only food I eat for my whole30 is burgers of some sort… Well, I can assure you that is not the case, but it happens to be the ones I took photos of so you’re just gonna have to stick with me here. Rest assured though that this is a delicious burger. If I had to choose between the Asian one I posted last week or this one here… I’d be having a hard time choosing… Not that that is necessary really, but they are both equally delicious. If you like your meals to be a little less spicy then go for this one.
In terms of the program. It is going really well. We’re losing weight without actually trying and how much I don’t know yet. Tom did step on the scales and he lost an amazing 7 kilo sofar! His beerbelly is as good as gone… I suspect I didn’t lose as much as that but still I can feel I’ve lost a fair share of weight too. Next week, as soon as the program is officially over, I will step on the scale to see what the end result is.
Just yesterday I noticed that my cellulitis on my legs has improved dramatically… My skin is much much smoother now! I hadn’t checked really as those are the things you don’t see unless it’s warm enough to actually be out in the open…Lol… But I was quite surprised to see that. Happy too!
A lot of people are curious about the program and what it does so I thought I list the pro’s and cons that I found in the last 30 days. Obviously these are my personal experiences so if you choose to follow the Whole30, you might feel different alltogether.
- I sleep much better than I did before
- My skin looks very clear and my sagging eyelids seem to have sort of lifted itself..
- My cellulitis has improved dramatically
- The food is actually delicious and after the first week or so I haven’t really missed sugary food.
- I can eat as much as I want
- Weight is flying away without any effort at all
- Bloating is a thing of the past
- I feel really good and energetic
- I used to retain fluids on hot days, but that has stopped too
- It takes a lot more work to prepare meals
- I miss bread most of all
- Going out for dinner is not so simple anymore. It takes more planning and thought on what to order
- Breakfast is still a bit of a struggle for me. Again it all comes down to better planning
Some of those cons will probably be lifted as soon as the whole30 is over. I’ve seen some delicious pancake recipes I am gonna try and since more moderate paleo includes a limited amount of honey, cheese and even some quinoa; I think I can work with that.
So bottomline is that yes, we will continue along this path in a more moderate version. I love what it is doing to the way I feel and look, but I do not love the fact that I would be missing out on some stuff. So I need to sort through that and see what is most important to me. We’ll see… One step at the time!
For now, you’re not gonna miss out on anything with this delicious recipe for sesame crusted chicken burger!
Chickenburger with tomato salad
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
- 500 gr chickenthigh filet
- two handful of spinach
- 3 tbsp almondflour
- 1 tsp ground chili
- 1 tsp garlic, chopped
- 1 tsp, oregano, fresh or dried
- 1 eggwhite
- seasalt, black pepper
- 2 spring onions, finely chopped
- 50-75 gr sesame seeds
For the tomato salad:
- 400 gr mixed tomatoes
- basil oliveoil
Preheat the oven to 180 C. Put the spinach in a sieve or collander and pour hot boiling water on top. leave to stand for a minute, let it drain and squeeze out as much of the moisture as you can. Just take it in your hands and squeeze it out.
Cut into smaller pieces and put aside
Put the chicken, almondflour, eggwhite, garlic, oregano, chilipowder, salt and pepper in the foodprocessor and mix everything together in short pulses. Make sure it is not pureed but it needs to be fine enough to hold together when you form a burger from it.
Put into a bowl and add the chopped spinach, de spring onion and make four burgers.
Put the sesame seeds on a plate and press the burgers in it so they are covered with sesame all around.
Heat a large non-stick frying pan and bake the hamburgers for about 3 minutes each side until golden browl. Put them on a baking tray on baking paper and put in the oven for about 8-10 minutes to cook.
Wash the tomatoes and cut into quarters. Put them together in a bowl and pour the basil oil over it. Add a bit of pepper and salt to taste and as a garnish add some basil leaves in.
Inspired by a Donna Hay recipe from Fresh and Light