Who needs sweets?

I don’t even know how to explain this, but I’ve been eating unsweetened chocolate.

Not dark chocolate.

Not semisweet chocolate.

Pure, unsweetened chocolate. The kind where the ingredients start and end with chocolate.

I’ve been eating it in bar form and in cocoa powder form.

With it, I’ve been downing glasses of unsweetened almond milk.

I used to not be able to tolerate the taste except for in my coffee, but now I crave whole glasses of the stuff.

I blame Whole30. And Heather Eats Almond Butter, who regularly eats squares of Baker’s unsweetened chocolate.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still really, really craving sugar – but I also have to admit, my tastebuds have been transformed.

I actually kind of thought the sugar craving would disappear after a few days, but it’s still here. While I finish my last week of Whole30, I’m planning my return to grains, cheese, sugar and wine on pinterest.

But today is Wednesday. And it’s still September, so I have more protein-filled paleo eats to share :)

Breakfast: Zucchini, sweet potato egg bake. First I chopped up two zucchini and a sweet potato, tossed the veggies in olive oil and then roasted them for a bit. Once they were almost done, I poured a dozen scrambled eggs over top and let it cook in the oven until the top was golden and puffy.

I was pretty pleased with the results. I’ve been eating a slice with 3 oz of turkey breast for breakfast.

Did you know that ShopRite sells odds and ends of different cuts of meat and cheese for a discounted price? I picked up a pound of the end cut of a roasted turkey breast for under $3.00 – so cheap!

 Lunch: My lunch is a total mess of deliciousness this week. I was craving broccoli  (totally normal) so I roasted up a whole head of broccoli and cauliflower to pack for lunches.

To accompany the delicious veggies I added 4 oz of chicken breast, a whole plum tomato and a half an avocado. I also couldn’t resist buying apples this week (yay Fall!) and stick one in my lunch bag every day.

Also, I have to pat myself on the back for not using Trader Joe’s precooked chicken in my lunch this week. It’s so convenient, but to save some money I bought raw (organic!) chicken and it barely took any extra time to prepare. Trader Joe’s is great for getting healthy, packaged food in a rush – but if I have the time it’s nice to be able to cook the food myself.

Dinner: Beef and cabbage stew.

I don’t even know where the ideas for my meals came from this week. The chocolate thing is weird enough, but I’ve also never made a cabbage soup before. Or a cabbage anything before.

I chopped up a head of cabbage into bite sized pieces and boiled it with with a few cups of beef broth. When the cabbage was soft, I added in a can of diced tomatoes and 1.5 pounds of stew beef and lots of seasoning.

The flavor is great, and I love the cabbage, but the beef came out really tough! I don’t know if I cooked it too long or what, but it’s really chewy which is not what I was going for.

Along with snacking on unsweetened chocolate, I’ve been hitting the baby carrots hard. I even bought a bag before getting on the train yesterday in a hunger emergency!

A quick note about this – New York City – while there are food temptations everywhere - is seriously amazing when it comes to being able to find produce. Next to the food trucks of bagels and greasy food, there are food trucks of fruit. I love it. There’s also a stand in the Hoboken Path terminal that sells all kinds of nuts, fruits, veggies for great prices…which is where I picked up the carrots. It’s so easy to eat healthy on the run in the city.

Anyway, this will definitely be my last week of Whole30 and paleo eating. I miss Greek yogurt, oatmeal, honey, hummus, and all the other off-limits food.

Also, I started calorie counting again – but I’ll get into more of the details with a full recap of the program soon!

For now…The Numbers.

Starting weight: 243

Last week: 163.5

This week: 163

Change: -.5

Total loss: 80

14 comments on “Who needs sweets?
  1. First off, your breakfast bake looks PERFECT ;) Second… I’m with you on the whole changing taste buds! It’s so true! Once you start eating a different way (less refind) you’ll develop an entire different taste for food. I still have a sweet tooth but I think sugar is way too sweet in a weird kinda way. I honestly prefer whole fruit or stevia as my main source of sweetness nowadays :) About the dark chocolate… I’m glad to read this, and I’m gonna show some of my friends, because people think I’m insane for eating the 99% chocolate bars and raw cacao nibs ;) Yet I find them very satisfying! Love, Leanne

    • Jodi says:

      What kind of stevia do you use? I don’t usually like the taste, but I’ve heard nunu naturals is pretty good.

      I totally found the unsweetened chocolate satisfying! Glad to hear I’m not the only one!!

  2. Super healthy and looks delish. Congrats on your weight loss, keep it up you’re doing awesome! If you need any inspiration, come over and click on my Motivate Me Monday (series) button. Tons of great stories. :) xo, Jessica

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  3. Jessie says:

    All of your meals sound fantastic. Thanks for sharing your breakfast recipe.

  4. I have a huge sweet tooth so it took me a while to have it under control. I love dark chocolate and the only time I’ve eaten unsweetened chocolate is in savory dishes like a mole sauce.

  5. Oh my gosh, 80 pounds?!? That’s awesome. Many congrats, and I take full responsibility for the unsweetened chocolate. Addicting stuff, no?

    Oats – the one reason I could never do Paleo. Love my oat bran…and it’s really good with a square of Bakers melted in the center. :)

    P.S. I don’t know much about cooking stew meat either, but I think my mom always browns it a bit in a skillet with butter before adding to the pot. Maybe that keeps it from getting tough?

  6. Your breakfast sounds awesome! Okay, so this is totally unsolicited cooking advice: for your beef stew, you may want to try browning it a bit, and then cooking it by letting it simmer (after bringing it to a boil) for a long time. Once the beef is tender, add the cabbage, etc.

  7. That breakfast bake looks AWESOME! Thanks for sharing :) Happy WIAW…

  8. What an amazing accomplishment!! Congrats to you and way to go on the food prep. You’re a pro healthy girl now!
    XO

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