Caribbean Pork Tenderloin & Whole30 Day Numero Uno

That’s right, it is the end of Day 1!  Not hard at all… I eat very clean most of the time, but this will help me be even better.  Alright so we need to cover a few things:  first off, what is a so-called Whole30 anyway?

Whole30 refers to a program that is designed to guide you through an entire month of eating nothing but clean, whole foods.  The program itself can be introduced to folks who are trying to move themselves away from a diet of refined junk, or it can be used to somewhat reset an already healthy nutrient-dense diet.  For more information, click on the link and get the full description of what’s allowed/not allowed.  Obviously I fall under the second one — my diet is pretty darn clean as it is, but every once in a while I will snack on some dark chocolate, make paleo-ified treats, and on occasion Jason and I will visit Fuego.  Ohhhhh Fuego.  I have to straight out name-drop this place because it is amazing.  They are known for their amazing tacos, and I admit that we’ll get a few on corn tortillas every once in a while.  Again, those are rare occurences — but still, it’s not something I stand for.  So to continue…what does a Whole30 entail?  Well, we can eat whatever food we want as long as it’s real, whole, and nutritious.  It must be considered whole food in that it has to be cooked or can be eaten raw — it must not have a list of ingredients, but just be the food itself.  I know what you’re thinking…good quality dark chocolate kinda falls in that category, so why not be able to eat it?  Well, for me…it’s a matter of principle…I am wanting to stay away from things that are generally considered as treats because it’s a matter of resetting not just your diet, but the emotional ties you may have to food.  The cookies, pancakes, etc. that we consider to be Paleo and are nutritious compared to their refined counterparts are better choices, but they are substitutions for naughty things nonetheless.

Let’s keep it real for 30 days.  So now that we know what a Whole30 really is…why do *I* want to do it?  First off, I do have relationships with food…emotional ties.  Resets like this help me get out of slumps, and yes, I have been fighting one lately.  Secondly, I have introduced more carbs into my diet and I need to take a closer look on what kind of balance I will need — this will help me determine what is working well for me.  Lastly, I have recently been under the impression that I may not be eating enough.  This last one is honestly why I want to blog about each and every day…I want some reference to go by.  If I am not eating enough — this will help me take a closer look at that and possibly get some other opinions through comments and such.

So let’s start this thing!  Here’s what Day 1 looked like.

For breakfast (around 10 am) I had 3 slices of un-cured canadian style bacon from Applegate Farms.  With the bacon, two eggs that were fried in bacon fat and topped with hot sauce.  Hot sauce was Chalua brand which is a vinegar-based hot sauce, no added sugar, just vinegar, water and spices.  With breakfast I had a cup of coffee — Starbuck’s 71 Pike Place (it’s awesome) and yes, I drink all of my coffee black and I love it.

I had today off from work and honestly I don’t usually eat lunch on those days.  I typically do my errands or clean house and snack a bit, but never stop for a full-on lunch.  Around 3 pm I had a banana and then went for a 2 mile run.

After my run I went to the store and picked myself up a kombucha.  I drink kombuchas daily, and I love them.  I drink GT’s brand, and I typically choose the raw variety that don’t have any excess sugar.  This was the first time I drank this flavor:

Around 7 pm was dinner.  I made a new recipe, one I found in a magazine…I made a rub and we grilled some pork tenderloins.  Yes, I will share the rub with you — it is definitely worth sharing.  Alongside the pork tenderloin I had some roasted asparagus and yellow squash.


And that was it.  That’s all I ate on Day 1.

Caribbean Rub (for ~2 lb. of meat)

  • 1-1/2 tbsp. ground allspice
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp. dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 habanero chile, seeded and minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced



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