Hello Again Cville, 28toLife & ACC Titles

On Saturday I made the journey back up to Cville for a pretty exciting week at MADabolic Cville, and an epic afternoon for Virginia Basketball.

MADabolic Cville

In addition to a pretty full docket, our MAD team is preparing for a visit from Cristina (our favorite nutrition guru and lead trainer from the Charlotte location) by kicking off our 28toLife reset a week early.   As brutal as it is to give up wine and cider when I’m in the land of plenty, Charlottesville thankfully is one of the best places to possibly be when you are buying local and eating clean.

Saturday afternoon, after my obligatory and desperately scheduled nail appointment, my nervous cooking habit was in full force while Virginia Basketball took on Syracuse (right down the street at JPJ).  Whatever happened, I was making sure I at least won dinner.

Fuel Sweat Grow: Saturday meals, spaghetti squash

For the menu at hand I broiled asparagus in the oven, and then payed it forward a little by popping in two spaghetti squash to roast for Sunday night’s dinner.  I can get pretty impatient when I’m hungry, so when I have the opportunity to do a little extra prep, I take it.

The meat portion of the meal was brought to life with some rib eyes that were unbelievably good, and were accompanied by more ‘make it just in case’ chicken since the grill was fired up.

Fuel Sweat Grow: rib eyes

The side carb/fat combination came in the form of a salad: romaine, kale, avocado, cucumber, and almonds in a balsamic vinegar/olive oil.  Bonus vegetable was cauliflower, grilled until tender, and it was the perfect addition to the whole meal.

Fuel Sweat grow: salad

Dinner was done by the end of the game, which we won pretty convincingly, and there was happiness all around HOOville.

Fuel Sweat Grow: ACC Champ Dinner

It was a slow start into 28toLife, but the good news is that no one is hungry.  That’s the whole point — eat clean, fuel your body, and feel better.

This meal was everything I needed to get me through the night and kept me going for a long and strong interval on Sunday morning — and the marathon day that followed, including the BEST meal I’ve made in recent memory.

Day 1 of Real Food Freedom

Captain’s log: Day 1.

The 28 day challenge began for us on Monday.  Cutting out the few ‘food’ ingredients that were off plan wasn’t the challenge (well, not really), it was the loss of half and half in my coffee and any potential thought of a glass of wine that nearly brought me down in hour 1, of day 1.

Cristina recommends adding coconut milk, pumpkin spice and cinnamon to coffee to give it a little kick, but in that most desperate first hour I was unable to comprehend anything other than having my full on creamer, so I went without coffee.  That was my first major mistake of the week, and I paid for it fully around 3pm.

On the ‘good news’ side of this report, Whole Foods Cville had a flash sale on ground beef (85%) from 12pm – 6pm on Monday, pricing it at $3.49/lb.  Since a good majority of my daily food intake is coming from meat this month, the sale created a near hysterical reaction that caused me to drive to whole foods within the first hour of the sale.  Remember, I had no coffee.  Panic was a natural response, and so was this next meal.

beef + veggies : day 1 of 28

Sunday had been a plan ahead day for meals, so thankfully I already had roasted two spaghetti squash, and they were ready to go in the fridge.

spaghetti squash

The meat and the spaghetti squash were awesome together – I just added a little salt and pepper to season, and lunch/dinner was born.

At 3pm when my complete caffeine depravation hit me I went to the extreme of  blending coffee with ice, coconut milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, blueberries and strawberries with a half handful of almonds to bring myself back into the realm of sanity, but that’s a story for another time.  Until then, here’s what it looked like:

clean smoothie

I’m not sure if it was mental, or if just the flavor of the cocoa and coconut milk, plus fruit sugars, were enough to quiet the screams of my sugar withdrawal, but something did it.

So here come the questions for you – what are your favorite juice/smoothie/vitamx blends?  We’re loving the experimentation, from these cocoa based, to the super green, so tell us what you’ve got going on in your kichen!