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Whole30 – Day 28

8 Nov

I can’t believe I haven’t eaten any junk in 28 days!  If you know me and my sweet tooth that’s amazing all in itself.

I managed to get my shopping done today and tonight is cooking night!  I have some new recipes to try and I can’t wait because one of them is Pad Thai, one of my favorite dishes in the universe.  When I first started out on this journey grocery shopping took me forever but now I’m finding it to be a breeze.  I still don’t like what the cash register total comes to but I guess I’m getting more used to it.  Every week seems to be roughly the same, about $115 in groceries.  I know I could cut down some costs, but I do buy grass fed beef and free range chicken, no added hormones/antibiotics, and that’s worth a few extra dollars.  I could also shop what’s on sale but I’ll be honest, I’m not there in my cooking yet.  Right now I sit down and look through recipes, or I find something during the week, that looks good and that’s what I make.  Maybe one of these days I’ll focus more on eating this way on a bit of a budget.  One thing at a time I suppose.

Breakfast

Spinach, zoodles, poached eggs, and almond butter!  Yes I ate it straight out of the container, but no I did not eat the whole thing.  I ran out of avocados and needed some fats so almond butter sounded like a good way to get it in.  If you’ve never tried the machine that grinds it fresh for you, you really should.  It’s is so much yummier than any pre-packaged almond butter I’ve ever tried.  It’s good enough I probably could eat the entire container if I didn’t have a little self-control.

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Lunch

Chili topped with ranch dressing.  In my mind this was an awesome combo.  In my mouth, not quite so awesome.  It wasn’t too horrible to eat but I wouldn’t recommend it.

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Dinner

Seriously one of my new favorite dishes.  Chicken and Gravy by Nom Nom Paleo with mashed sweet potatoes, topped with clarified butter and LOTS of gravy!

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As you know I don’t usually write my blog this late at night, but I slept and slept and slept today!  It’s my day off and clearly my body was telling me I needed it.  Hopefully my body was doing some much needed repairs during that sleep.

Did you forget?  Only three days until I announce my results and the giveaway details!

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Whole30 – Day 14

24 Oct

I’m running so far behind today but that’s okay since it’s my weekend!  I’ve been staying awake during the night (my normal work hours) and last night I spent more of the night asleep on the floor next to my dogs cuddled up by the fire than I did awake and productive.  And you know what?  That’s totally alright by me.  I did only get four hours of sleep the day before since I had things to get up and do so I was tired, but Whole30 stresses to take naps and rest as much as possible while your body adjusts.  I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not good at this.  I never have time for naps and I don’t always get enough sleep due to work schedules and other appointments I have to get in.  So I listened to my body and slept.

I managed to get my shopping done this morning for my weekly cooking session tonight.  I don’t know if I’m getting lazier as time goes on or if it’s that I’m getting smarter?  Maybe a bit of both.  I currently have a three ingredient kalua pig in my crockpot.  Hopefully it tastes great because it couldn’t be easier.  In case you’re interested in the recipe it’s at Nom Nom Paleo – Slow Cooker Kalua Pig  I can’t attest to it being delicious yet but I have faith in Nom Nom Paleo.

Breakfast

I’m finishing up my food for the week with a bit more leftovers than I had the week before.  Either I ate less or I made more.  Could be either one for sure.  Breakfast was crack slaw and two poached eggs and a sliced fuji apple with almond butter!  So yummy!

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Lunch

I guess I must have forgotten to take a picture of my lunch today and I don’t even remember what I had.  Weird.  I couldn’t even say for sure I actually ate lunch.  Maybe I was abducted?

Dinner

I do know what I had for dinner since it was minutes ago, lol.  I warmed up some of the spinach and tomato frittata and the green beans with mushrooms.  I also decided to try a fruit I had only had once before in my life, and HATED at the time.  But I like to give things a second chance.  I picked up some Fuju persimmons.  I didn’t know until I looked it up online but there are two type of persimmons, a sweet one and an astringent one.  I must have tried the astringent one the first time because it dried my mouth out like I had stuffed it full of cotton.  Luckily these Fuju persimmons are sweet even when they aren’t fully ripe, which mine are not yet.  So I sliced it up and gave it a try.  You know what?  It’s pretty damn good!  These are supposed to be bursting with vitamins and other healthy stuff so that’s a bonus too.  One blog I read said to sprinkle cinnamon on them and that fits into my Whole30 so I think I’ll give that a try next time.

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I learned the hard way today that Costco is not a good place to be when you are hungry.  They were giving away samples (full fun-size packs) of halloween candy today!  What the hell?  Of course that’s the day I go.  It looked so good too.  On top of that I actually bought halloween candy for the trick-or-treaters since I won’t have a chance to otherwise.  It’ll be my first year in years handing out candy and also my first year ever not eating any (not even one piece) of halloween candy.  I’m actually kinda sad about that one.

I picked up some other fun stuff on my shopping excursion too.  I purchased a Misto, or something like that.  You fill it with your choice of oil and it sprays the oil without added chemicals.  I also bought a different spiralizer so I can make zucchini noodles (zoodles) easier.  I already had a hand-held one but it was a pain in the ass to use.  I’m looking forward to using my new gadgets and making some new foods tonight!

Whole30 – Day 13

23 Oct

Well thank god my non-superstition worked out because I woke up feeling much better today than day 12.  I still wasn’t in the mood for too much BS (but who ever really is), but I didn’t cry or even feel like it so I call it a win.

It’s finally my weekend and I’m heading to bed ASAP.  I have a get-together planned for what would normally be my mid-sleep.  Luckily I can come back home and sleep more.  Man I love weekends!

Breakfast

I decided to start my day off right with one of my absolute favorites so far.  Wilted spinach mixed into some crack slaw, topped with two poached eggs.  So good!  And a side of green olives, you know why!  I really am going to make some more sauces for next week for a little variety.  I’d love to hear how you all get your fats in at each meal.  If you have any tips or favorites let me know.

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Lunch

I had a stuffed acorn squash, green beans and mushrooms, and some raw celery and almond butter.  Very satisfying!

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Dinner

I was going to skip dinner.  I know, totally not in the rule book but I wanted to get to bed.  I noticed I was hungry when I walked in the door so I made the quickest thing I could find and I’m sure I’ll sleep better not having a rumbly, hungry stomach.  I had the spinach and tomato frittata, roasted brussels sprouts, and topped it with a dollop of mayo.  It may sound weird but I’m telling you what, homemade mayo tastes so different than store bought and it works really nice as a sauce especially on hot foods because it kinda melts into everything.  On top of that it works!

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I’m not even kidding when I say I think I’ve eaten more vegetables in the past 13 days than I have in my entire life.  I might be slightly exaggerating about the whole life thing but I bet it’s close.  I even like vegetables but I just never took the time to prepare them much in the past.  I mostly ate salads because they were easy.

I still find this process to be mostly easy as long as I’m doing the food prep on the weekends.  I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating, I would have failed at this long ago if I would have had to cook every meal at the time I was getting ready to eat it.  My schedule just does not allow for that.  I have to think that in this day and age there are more people in my situation than not, and if doing something like the Whole30 doesn’t seem attainable to you because of time then pre-cooking everything is a great option.  I haven’t found anything to taste less good for being stored in the refrigerator….except maybe the roasted brussels sprouts.  They lose their crunch but are still good reheated.

The truth of the matter is, just like that old saying,

If there’s a will there’s a way!

Make it work people!

Whole30 – Day 11

21 Oct

Today’s blog is going to be short and sweet.  I’m already two or three hours past the time I normally go to bed since I went and got my hair done today!  I’m loving the new blondness.

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Overall I’m feeling really great on Whole30.  I don’t have crazy energy going on, but I do feel better than I did and my sleep is better no doubt.  Speaking of which, my pillow is calling my name.

Breakfast

I mixed wilted spinach with some crack slaw and had two poached eggs.  I could seriously eat this for every breakfast, maybe forever.  I love it that much!  I topped it all with the last bit of ranch dressing I had left.  I’m making a mental note for next week to make more sauces I can use for fats.  I feel so redundant either eating olives or avocados…not that I really mind.

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Lunch

Lunch was a half of a stuffed acorn squash which has seasoned ground turkey in it, which still reminds me of stovetop stuffing (I like it) and a side of green beans with mushrooms.  I also had some raw celery with almond butter.

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Dinner

I reheated some of the spinach and tomato frittata I had made ahead of time.  This was nice since I was running short on time today.  I topped it off with an avocado and some Frank’s Red Hot Sauce!  Such a good combination.  I think adding some ground meat in this would be really delicious.

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Someone mentioned to me that they think that I’m more upbeat lately.  I’d have to agree.  While I’m still not feeling as amazing and energetic as I know I can, I am feeling better in general than I have for a long time.  Top that off with the fact that I have hope in actually getting help from my new doctor and I’m making really good choices for my body with all the good food I’m eating and I’m a pretty happy girl!

Good night all!

Whole30 – Day 9

19 Oct

I woke up actually feeling awake.  I’m sure that had something to do with the fact I actually got nine hours of sleep. I’ve noticed that when I’m asleep now I actually am totally out of it which hasn’t always been the case.  I forgot to put my phone on “do not disturb” mode today and got a phone call during the middle of my sleep.  I even got up to use the restroom and actually fell right back to sleep.  That never used to happen.  I would have been awake playing on my phone for the better part of an hour until I felt tired again and I may or may not have fallen back to sleep.  Today my head hit the pillow, even the second time, and I was out.  I think part of this is because I started wearing ear plugs and an eye mask (I sleep during the day) but also because of Whole30.

The book mentions having dreams about off-limits foods.  I guess my subconscious really wanted a soda today because I dreamed I had taken a sip, I could even feel the bubbles on my tongue.  In my dream I hadn’t thought about the soda right away then a short time later I was freaking out because I knew I had to start my 30 days over for one little sip of soda.  I woke up not even sure it was a dream at first, lol.

Breakfast

For breakfast I had a plate of spaghetti squash topped with three poached eggs (since it was my only source of protein for the meal) and about two tablespoons of home made mayo, topped with Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and salt and pepper.  I was a little concerned about the mayo but it blended nicely with the other flavors and I still met my fat quota.  I’ve always been a pretty low-fat eater so incorporating fats has been difficult for me.

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Lunch

I packed half a stuffed acorn squash and a sliced apple with almond butter for lunch.  I don’t think I’ve ever had acorn squash before today and I actually did like it.  My mom told me that when I was little, still eating baby food, squash was my favorite.  I guess some things never change.  The meat stuffing of the squash reminded me of Thanksgiving stuffing, I think because of the rosemary spice.  It was delicious!

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Dinner

Dinner was crack slaw topped with Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, sautéed green beans and mushrooms in balsamic vinegar, and a small avocado.  Just enough food and it was yummy!  I’ve also been drinking sparkling water from my SodaStream which makes drinking water so much easier.  I just love the little bubbles!  I don’t add anything but tap water and it’s awesome.

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I’ve switched mostly to using my smaller plates.  I’m not sure if it’s true but they say you eat less because it looks like more.  One thing is for sure I’m still getting full, or as the book says satisfied, but trying not to overdo it to the point of pain.  I think one or two meals (crack slaw) were to that point last week.  I just feel bad if I don’t eat what I dish up for myself, especially if it’s not enough that I would save it.  I guess that’s one of the things I have to overcome during this Whole30 (or how many ever days I decide to continue this, it’ll be at least 30).

A friend asked me if I missed anything food wise.  I guess the answer really is no.  Other than that one chocolate craving I’ve been good.  I’ll admit that watching someone eat Doritos with that fake cheese smelled so good, and seeing someone drink a beer and I don’t even like beer but it made me want a glass of wine.  But, if I’m not around other foods I really don’t even think of them.  We have a snack machine and soda machine at work that I used to regularly use but I haven’t been tempted to do that either.  I’ve not even been tempted by the frosting-less animal crackers sitting open on the table at work, which I used to eat just because they were there.

If I had to say I miss anything it’s that I miss not having to cook…seriously!  And there weren’t as many dishes to do before either.  Other than that I’m doing great!

Whole30 – Day 8

18 Oct

Day 8 was another day off from work for me, but it was hardly a relaxing day.  I did my grocery shopping and got all of my meals (except breakfast eggs) cooked and ready for the week.  I’m hoping my meat selection is better this week but I still feel like I didn’t buy all that much meat, but more than the previous week.

I’ve learned that I really love roasted brussels sprouts.  Who would have guessed?  Those little things are darn delicious.  I remember my friend D telling me she thought they “tasted like candy” and I always thought she was a little crazy.  It’s okay, I might just be crazy too.  I wouldn’t call them candy but they are pretty good as far as vegetables go.

I thought about something the other day and they forgot to write about it.  This Whole30 way of eating really isn’t so strange.  Our grandparents must have eaten similar to this.  There wasn’t soda, energy drinks, chips, candy, and highly processed foods everywhere.  Not to mention when these things became available they were intended to be a treat, not something people ate every day, every meal, and snacks too.  Of course mass marketing is at least partially to blame and the fact that in most households all adults work rather than one staying home to take care of cooking and cleaning.

Week 2 Meals

From left to right, top to bottom, here’s what I’ve cooked for the week.  Spinach and tomato frittata, stuffed acorn squash (from the popular Facebook video post, find it here)  I omitted the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese to make it compliant.  Crack slaw, egg salad with home made mayo and celery, sautéed green beans and mushrooms, roasted brussels sprouts, cauliflower rice, and Thai chicken soup.

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Breakfast

For breakfast I finished off the last bit of crack slaw I had leftover from week 1 and added two freshly poached eggs on top.  I was at a loss for what to eat for my fat so I added some almond butter hoping it might make it a bit like pad thai.  It missed the mark but wasn’t horrible and I got the nutrition I needed so that’s a win in my book.

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Lunch

Lunch I had a bowl of the Thai chicken soup I made with a fresh squeeze of lime on top and a serving of green olives on the side!

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Dinner

For dinner I finished what I had left from the first week which was some balsamic sweet potatoes with brussels sprouts and cold thai salad.  I also topped some lettuce with the egg salad which was really good.

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I feel like my appetite is decreasing lately but it could just be the difference between being home and being at work.  I guess I’ll find out tomorrow when I head back.

I was happy today that my stomach issues are better again.  It’s confusing to me how one day I will be having the worst time and then it just disappears.  All part of the stomach healing and processing new/different foods I suppose.

I know weight loss is not supposed to be my goal, that feeling better is, but dammit I want to lose a pound or two.  I found this on the Whole30 web site and it has given me hope!

“In a survey of over 1,600 Whole30 participants, a full 96% lost weight and/or improved their body composition.  20% lost between 1-5 pounds; 37% lost 6-11 pounds; 21% lost 12-15 pounds and 11% lost more than 16 pounds in just 30 days!  7% reported no scale change, but an improvement in body composition (muscle gained and/or fat lost). And of the 4% who didn’t lose any weight, many weren’t trying – several were pregnant at the time of their Whole30 program, a few reported they were on a “mass gain” program, and some stated they “didn’t have any weight to lose.””

My Whole30 Journey Starts Now!

10 Oct

Hello and welcome to my Whole30 journey where I’m going to start repairing my body by eating whole foods for (at least) the next 30 days.

Today was prep day which means tomorrow I officially start day 1.  I’m not much of a cook.  Don’t get me wrong, I can cook I just usually don’t.  I have a hard time cooking for myself.  It’s just not as enjoyable as cooking for someone else.  Since G is a very picky eater that means I have to find motivation to cook a wide variety of meats, vegetables, and fruits for me.

I don’t know if it’s my weird work hours or the job I have but I just cannot make myself cook on a daily basis.  That’s why I’ve decide to prep my food for the week on my weekend so I don’t have to cook much during the work week.  Everything but breakfast is ready to go and I plan on eating a lot of eggs and spinach for breakfast which should be pretty easy and quick to cook up.

So, here’s what I made tonight:

Crack Slaw: Ground beef, ground turkey, 1 package cole slaw, 1 package broccoli slaw (I could only find a kale broccoli mix), hot sauce, and lemon juice

This is the only recipe I made that wasn’t in the Whole30 book.  So good!

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I made my own mayo and ranch dressing from scratch.  They both taste way better than anything I’ve ever bought from the store.

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Cold Thai Salad made with Sunshine Sauce.  The sunshine sauce is supposed to use sunflower butter.  I didn’t bother to try and find any and used freshly ground almond butter instead.  I can’t compare to how it’s supposed to taste with the sunflowers but it’s amazing the way it is!

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Balsamic Sweet Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts – I thought I didn’t like brussels sprouts but these taste so good.

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Spaghetti Squash – one of my favorites.  I can eat it just like this.

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Stuffed Peppers – ground beef and butternut squash.

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Protein Salad – made with the fresh mayo and canned chicken breast.

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Chicken Chowder – This is the only thing I made that came out looking so much different than the photo in the book.  I think I used more broccoli than they called for but looks are only part of the equation.  It tastes really good.  I like broccoli anyway!

How it’s supposed to look:

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How mine looks:

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My kitchen was a disaster.  Before today I had liked my kitchen but I didn’t fully understand how awesome the huge granite countertops were.  So easy to clean up and room to stash the pots and pans until I was done and ready for clean-up.

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And now my fridge is bursting at the seams!  No, the Pepsi is not mine.

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All in all it took me 6 hours to cook 9 different dishes (including sauces).  That’s a lot of time but considering that saves me time during the week I think it’s well worth it.  I think with time I’ll get at least a little faster.

I’m nervous that I’ve cooked too much food but I really didn’t know how much to cook for the week.  It’s different not being able to just run out and get something if I’m hungry and don’t have anything at home.  I have to be prepared or I don’t think I will succeed.

I took my beginning weight, measurements, and photographs today and won’t check them again until after the 30 days is over.  I’ve seen some really great transformations online and I’m hoping to see drastic differences in myself too.  Beyond hoping to lose a few pounds and look leaner what I’m most hoping for is to feel different.  As I stated in my last post I’m doing this to hopefully heal my body with food rather than medicine.  I can’t wait to start feeling better!