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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 15

25 Oct

Woohoo!  I’m officially past the half way point.  I can’t believe I haven’t eaten added sugars in 15 days.  That’s pretty crazy when you figure the average American eats 30-60 teaspoons of sugar a day.  That’s 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sugar every single day which adds up to 150-170 pounds a year!  Wow.  I have no doubt I was in that category before starting this, that is if you include fake sugars in that total.

I’m not going to bore you today with meal pictures but I am going to share my weekly meal prep pictures.  Like I mentioned yesterday, I don’t know if it’s laziness or smartness but I took a lot less time preparing my meals this week.  I may end up paying for it by not having as flavorful of food that I have been but I just needed a little bit of a break.  It still took 4-5 hours to cook everything so it’s not like it wasn’t still effort.

Before we get into food I have to share my newest discovery with you.  I say it’s new to me but it certainly isn’t new. All those women decades ago sure knew what they were doing when they wore aprons to cook.  I bought myself an apron (mostly because I decided to cook beets and they will stain anything that even comes close to them).  But, it was awesome.  I didn’t get dirty or wet, and when I needed to dry my hands after washing them for the millionth time I had a towel right there.  So easy.  Look close, there’s an apron but no heels or cute skirt/dress.  Give me a break, it was 1am, lol.

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Okay, here it is!  Here’s what I’m going to be eating this week.  From left to right top to bottom: kalua pig, spaghetti sauce with ground beef (yes I found store bought that only had good and organic ingredients with no sugar added, it’s spendy but worth it), crack slaw (of course), zoodles (zucchini noodles), roasted garlic, spaghetti squash, both red and golden roasted beets (aren’t they gorgeous?), roasted brussels sprouts, and cauliflower rice.  I also made more mayo and ranch dressing but didn’t take photos since you already know what they look like.

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Oh, and do you know what this is?  It’s fennel!  It’s one of my favorite vegetables but I never remember to buy it.  I bought one just to eat raw.  It’s so good!  It tastes like black licorice so if you’re into that sort of thing you should really give this vegetable a shot.

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I must have halloween on my mind because when I was cutting the beets I noticed this….

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You can’t tell me that doesn’t look like a rat tail, haha.  No excuse not to eat the beets though.  They are really good roasted.  I still haven’t decided if they are worth the mess or not yet though.

This week is going to be real interesting for me.  I’ll be having approximately six consecutive meals away from home.  I just hope I can find food that I’ll be able to eat and that I won’t be starving the entire time.  Here’s to week three!

Whole30 – Day 5

15 Oct

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet.  I was exhausted, and I mean really exhausted all night long.  Partly because I only got seven hours of sleep (that may sound like a lot to some of you but I do much better with eight or nine and even then I’m tired) and partly because I think I might be slightly ahead of the timeline.  According to the timeline today was day two of “Kill all the things”.  I only slightly wanted to kill someone and it passed very quickly.  The tiredness by far overtook any other feeling I had.  Not even coffee helped.  Anyway, on top of the tiredness I had an appointment after work and didn’t get home until five hours after getting off work.  SO TIRED.  I’m aware I sound like a broken record.  That’s just the way it is today I guess.  My bed is calling me as I type.

Breakfast

I did something a little different for breakfast.  First I wilted the spinach, kept it in the pan and added some crack slaw brought that all up to temperature then made a hole and added two eggs and scrambled it all together.  It was really good and I made a ton.  At first I thought it’d be too much, and I’m sure I could have been okay with a slightly smaller portion but I ate it all and it was good!  Especially good since I didn’t eat lunch until 5:30 AM.IMG_8078 IMG_8079

Lunch

Lunch was another stuffed pepper, some balsamic sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts, and a green salad with ranch dressing.

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Dinner

I was so over the day by the time I got home that everything ended up in one bowl.  I heated some chicken chowder and mixed in some spaghetti squash, then topped it with an avocado.  Would have been better with some hot sauce but it wasn’t bad and I was starving so that made it even better because now I’m full and ready for bed.

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I’m not going to lie, as much as the pictures may be starting to resemble each other I’m also getting slightly tired of eating the same things over and over again.  I realize this will be the end of pretty much every week and I’m okay with it.  Again, I really should have made more protein than I did and next will I will for sure eat less sweet potatoes but I am totally still in this 100%.  Even though I’m tired of the same things I’m not a picky eater and I only kinda want something different for variety.  I could seriously eat the crack slaw every single meal but you all would get really bored with that no doubt.

Good night day five!  This girl is calling it a night….or um day I guess.

Whole30 – Day 4

14 Oct

I can’t believe it’s day four already.  I realize there is still a long way to go but I’m so proud to have made it this far.  For anyone out there thinking of giving this a try (and I encourage that) I honestly think the thing that has saved me from screwing up the most was doing my cooking, or at least the majority of it, on my weekend and being prepared.  There hasn’t been a time yet that I’ve not had the food I needed to be successful and felt that I had to eat something immediately that would throw me off.  Even though it took 6 or 6 1/2 hours with cleanup it’s been totally worth it.

I woke up today after not really sleeping good feeling okay.  I don’t really seem to have any headache but I have some other weird body aches and pains that started yesterday.  For some reason my right shoulder is aching, the tendonitis in my right wrist is acting up bad, and my right foot big toe is painful in the joint when I walk.  I’m not sure what brought any of this on as I haven’t done anything physical that would be making me hurt, especially the tendonitis.  I haven’t had that act up this bad in a long time.  Maybe my body is working on repairing itself and that’s painful?  I don’t know.  I have always heard that the body heals through inflammation, and as long as it’s not prolonged then maybe it’s a good thing.  Wishful thinking probably but I’m hoping so.

Breakfast

I decided to stray from the poached eggs today and went fried.  Living on the edge I know.  They did come out better than the last time I attempted fried eggs but I broke one of the yolks trying to get it out of the pan.  I don’t care though, it still tasted delicious.  What is it about fried eggs that makes them stick so bad?  It doesn’t matter how much cooking fat I have in the pan, they stick like crazy.  I ate the eggs on top of some crack slaw (still my favorite thing since I quit eating sliced bread) and some avocado on the side.  It was a great breakfast and kept me satisfied until I ate my lunch.

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Lunch

Lunch consisted of a ground beef and butternut quash stuffed orange bell pepper and some spaghetti squash.  I brought ranch dressing for my fat and ate it on both lunch things and it was so good.  The spaghetti squash reminded me of an alfredo.  Obviously it didn’t taste the same but it had a nice creamy texture and it just added a really nice tangy flavor to my stuffed pepper.

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Snack

Snacks aren’t technically allowed on the Whole30, but they aren’t such a detrimental cheat that you have to restart the plan.  I couldn’t come straight home from work and I felt like I was going to be so hungry I’d eat whatever was in front of me if I didn’t get something in my stomach.  I went to Safeway and looked and looked for something to get that would be easy, require no utensils or microwave, and wouldn’t be too much of a cheat snack.  I ended up getting a Safeway Organics Kombucha in the flavor Pomegranate Hibiscus Lime.  I’ve only had Kombucha once or twice before and it was probably the added sugars type.  I thought I liked it at least okay before but this was rough.  I really didn’t like it but I drank half anyway.  I know it’s essentially vinegar, or close to it, but this was very sour.  I also found some olives at the olive bar.  I got a few garlic and a few hot pepper flavor.  It was so hard walking past those chips and cookies but I did it.

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Dinner

Dinner was nice and easy today since I got home late.  The only prep that needed to be done was to throw the chicken chowder and the remaining stuffing from the bell peppers into the microwave.  I’ve been trying to do a lot better and reheat a lot of things on the stove because I’ve heard the microwave kills a lot of the good stuff in our food but I was just too impatient to wait.

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Overall today was a really great day.  My joints are still hurting and I still don’t know why and I was unusually tired today but I had a really great night at work so that got me through.  Days 4-5 are supposed to be “Kill all the things” days and I honestly didn’t feel that at all.  I’m semi-worried that if I’m not feeling the things the timeline says I should be feeling that maybe it’s not working but I think maybe due to my illnesses I’m just used to feeling like crap so this is really no big deal.  I obviously don’t need a special eating plan to be a bitch!

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Whole30 – Day 2

12 Oct

I slept like a rock.  I’m not so sure this had anything to do with Whole30 or if it was because I wore my earplugs to bed and was exhausted, but it could be.  They say sleep gets better throughout the program but I think day 1 is a bit early to be experiencing that.  I still didn’t feel rested when I woke up though.  I felt like I wanted to stay all nice and snuggled under my blankets.

I woke up with a horrible headache, which isn’t that unusual for me.  I felt like I hadn’t slept at all, which also isn’t unusual.  I did, however, feel like I had been in a much deeper sleep than normal so that’s a good thing!

Breakfast

Breakfast looked a whole lot like yesterday’s breakfast but I decided to wilt the spinach and warm the spaghetti squash in the same pan to save time and dirty pans.  I made two poached eggs which turned out perfect again!  Who knew I had hidden poached egg talent?  Certainly not me.  I added some olives to help meet my fat criteria.  They added a nice salty tang to the dish!

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Lunch

Lunch was a mess.  Not the food but the actual event.  Work was crazy busy and my lunch was delayed until about 5:00 AM (I normally eat at about 3:00 AM).  To make matters worse I had been hungry since 1:00 AM so I really wanted that food.  I don’t think I brought enough for my lunch either because I was not completely satisfied after eating but it did tie me over until I got home for dinner.  It didn’t help that G decided to eat one of those cellophane wrapped rolls of chocolate glazed donuts while drinking a chocolate milk.  Can you say mean?  I wasn’t wanting the milk but damn those donuts looked good.  Luckily my food tasted great so it wasn’t that tempting.  He didn’t offer to share either so there was that.

I had some of the left over filling from the stuffed peppers which consisted of ground beef and butternut squash, cold thai salad with sunshine sauce, and no sugar added applesauce.

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Dinner

By the time I got home for dinner I was starving.  I decided to eat my leftover chicken chowder from the previous day.  There wasn’t much left but it tied me over while I cooked my fried eggs.  This was my first attempt at frying eggs and let me say I do not have the same skills I do with poached eggs with the fried eggs.  They were still edible though and went nicely topped over some of the crack slaw.  The gooey yolk added a nice flavor.  I know this is only day two but I’m really loving the crack slaw.  I think I could make it every week and still eat it.  I guess we’ll see if that holds through another 28 days or not.  I also had a side salad with home made ranch dressing.  I’m really bummed that this is only the second salad I’ve eaten from a huge Costco bag and it’s going bad already.  I really have to learn to look at “sell by” dates more closely.

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Okay, recap time!  According to the Whole30 timeline, it’s common for days 2-3 to be “hangover” days.  I certainly woke up with a bad headache that did bother me a few times throughout the night but nothing major, just annoying.  It probably helped that I was super busy too.  I’ve been so hungry today.  Yesterday I was worried about my portion sizes and today I’m like “Screw it, where’s the food!”  My pants that were already pretty big on me feel bigger but that could totally be in my head too.  I’m so tempted to weigh myself to try to see what’s going on with my body but I won’t.  I know that is not really a true indicator.  My stomach issues have resolved themselves.  Even if it’s only temporary I’m thankful for this.

Alright, weirdest observation of the day….I actually craved chocolate.  I really never crave chocolate.  It was the kind of craving where you can actually almost taste it you want it so bad.  Weird thing is, it wasn’t when G was eating the donuts.  In fact it happened when there was no chocolate around.  I was at the doctor’s office checking in for some lab work and I’m talking to the receptionist who is taking forever and I just suddenly wanted chocolate SO BAD.  The good news is that it passed quickly.  Like I said, I was already really hungry at that point and I’m starting to understand that my body is and has been running off sugars.  I think my craving was my body trying to get me to eat what it is used to having for energy.  Either way I survived day 2…and so did everyone else!

Whole30 – Day 1

11 Oct

Day 1 is officially in the books as a success.  It feels good to have finally started when this is something I’ve known I was going to do for several weeks now but have had to wait for several different reasons (flu, blood draw, and other medical tests).  I don’t think I’ve ever eaten this many vegetables in one day ever…and I like vegetables I just don’t like preparing them.

I started my day out with a black coffee!  I drink my coffee black at home pretty regularly even before starting Whole30 so that’s not been a hurdle for me.  I love the Starbucks Via packets because they are quick and easy and also Whole30 compliant.

Breakfast

I did two things during my first meal that I have never done before.  I made poached eggs!  I always thought it’d be difficult but it’s not at all.  I think the secret is the apple cider vinegar in the water.  They came out perfect, done on the outside and still runny on the inside.  I also made wilted spinach.  It was so good.  I made about half a bag which cooks up so much smaller.  I used coconut oil and added salt, pepper, and garlic powder for seasoning.  I also heated up some of the spaghetti squash and sliced up a plum.

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Lunch

For lunch I heated up some of the Crack Slaw and the Balsamic Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts and added half an avocado to meet my fat goal.  It all reheated nicely.  I’m so thankful to have done the majority of my cooking ahead of time.  Even though today was a day off from work I just don’t love spending a ton of time in the kitchen.

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Dinner

I decided to have a bowl of Chicken Chowder and a side salad with the other half of my avocado from lunch topped with home made ranch dressing.  The chowder might look funny but it tastes delicious!

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I’m really surprised I didn’t even finish my entire dinner.  I only ate about half the soup, which means I did not get the recommended amount of protein for dinner.  I don’t know what it is but I can eat a lot and I find myself feeling much fuller than normal.  I know I have eaten way more food than I normally do and I’m not going to lie, that freaks me out.   In my mind more food = more pounds and that is the opposite of what I want.  That doesn’t mean I’m not going to eat as much as I’m supposed to, because Whole30 is not about being hungry all the time or being low calorie, but I do think I need to rethink my portion sizes.  I’m STUFFED.  Part of Whole30 is to learn to quit eating when you are satiated, not before or after.  I have a feeling that’s going to take at least 30 days to learn for me.  I’m trying really hard to eat at my dining room table and to only eat, no phone, iPad, laptop, or TV.  Easier said than done.

Okay now for the TMI portion of my post.  Please stop reading if you really don’t want to know, lol.

Really….I mean it…stop reading if TMI bothers you or if you’re not okay with me being completely honest with the process.

Alright, here it goes.  I’m not sure if it’s the increase in vegetables/fiber in my diet, or maybe the fats, but I’m experiencing diarrhea today.  I had the flu about two weeks ago and this is feeling like deja vu.  It started about three hours after breakfast and continued throughout the day.  I looked all over the Whole30 Forums and couldn’t find anyone complaining of diarrhea on day one.  Maybe I’m just such a perfectionist that my body decided to skip ahead?  Kidding!  I really don’t know what’s going on but I feel fine other than the frequent trips to the bathroom.  Really hoping it stops soon though.  The good news is that it subsided quite a bit after lunch.  Hopefully all the bad things are gone now, lol.

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!