When I did my Whole30 back in July 2018 I found it to be very eye opening as well as fun. As far as the eye opening part goes, I found that a lot of the times I am grabbing for something to eat, it really wasn’t because I was hungry. I found myself reaching for food when I was home and relaxing, bored, or on day’s I was so stressed from work. I think that for me, this was the most beneficial part of doing the whole30, really learning about my eating patterns. I mean come on, I am a board certified behavior analyst’s, so you would think that I would be better at modifying my environment to be able to change the behaviors I have around food, but let me tell you, it isn’t that simple when doing it on yourself.
You are probably wondering, so how did I last the whole 30 days without caving and reaching for those special treats that make me feel happy. So here are some things I did to change my thinking and behaviors around those behaviors.
- Didn’t have anything in the house that wasn’t whole30 compliant
- I didn’t even mess with any type of whole30 approved sweets such as dates, because even dates would trigger my sweet tooth
- I replaced my reaching for something sweet after dinner with a walk, reading, or engaging in activities away from my kitchen area
- I consumed a lot more water in which helped me feel satiated and full after dinner
- I really listened to my body and only ate when I was hungry, which made me realize I really don’t need to snack as often as I thought I needed to.
As far as the meals go during my whole30, I found it so much fun to get creative in the kitchen. It definitely helped spark my creativity with all the different meals I was preparing that were whole30 approved. I never felt deprived (well except for my sweets) and I always was full and satiated after my meals which left me reaching less for snacks in between my meals.
This halibut and warm zoodle salad is one of the meals I lived off of while doing my whole30. It is super easy to prepare and makes for a great meal option for those on-the-go. It can be consumed warm or cold, and taste best if consumed within 1-2 days of cooking.
For this meal you are going to be the ultimate multi tasker in order to get it all done within 15 minutes. So take out three pans and let’s get started.
First you want to season your wild caught halibut with some lime, Primal Palate New Bae seasoning. Heat your grill pan with some oil and once hot add your halibut and cook a few minutes each side or until the fish starts to flake.
Next you are going to want to do is prepare your zoodle salad. To speed up the process you can buy already chopped and spiralized zucchini but you will be paying more for convenience:). I prefer to just do it all at home and save myself the money.
- Spiralize your zucchini’s
- Chop your cabbage
- Shred your carrots
Once you have everything chopped you are going to add to a pan which is heated with some ghee and saute for a few minutes.
The last step is to prepare your pan fried plantains. Make sure you peel your plantains and cut into coins. Heat your pan with some avocado oil or ghee and once warm add your plantains with salt + pepper. You are going to cook a couple minutes each side.
Grilled Halibut with Warm Zoodle Salad
- 2 wild caught halibut filets
- 1 Tbsp Primal Palate new bae seasoning
- 1 lime juiced
- 1 Tbsp Fourth and Heart California garlic ghee
Zoodle warm salad
- 2 Zucchini’s spiralized
- 1/3 cup red cabbage
- 1/3 cup shredded carrots
- 1 tsp Fourth and Heart California garlic ghee
- Salt + pepper
Pan fried plantains
- Plantains pealed and cut into coins
- 1 Tbsp Avocado oil substitute ghee
- Salt and pepper
- Add the lime juice and seasoning to halibut. Heat grill pan with ghee until hot, add halibut and cook 2-3 minutes each side (will depend on thickness of fish)
Zoodle warm salad
- Heat oil in pan add veggies and cook for a few minutes.
Pan fried plantains
- Cook a few minutes each side