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Whole30 – Day 22

1 Nov

Whew!  I survived the sweetest day of the year and didn’t eat a single piece of candy.  Just opening the bag to dump it into a bowl for the trick-or-treaters was torture.  I never realized candy could smell so strongly through the wrappers, but let me tell you it sure can.

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I came to a realization today as I began shopping and cooking my food today.  I actually really like eating whole food and I really don’t want to eat processed crap…except that candy, I really did want to eat that, lol.  But seriously, I feel like my taste buds have changed so much in the last 22 days and I’m really enjoying eating food that looks like what it’s supposed to look like and that doesn’t have ingredients I can’t pronounce.

I only had one day off this week so I tried to simplify my cooking as much as possible.  I ended up making three crock pot dishes.  Luckily I own two crock pots so that helped with time.  I was just happy to not spend all day on my feet in the kitchen, but it still did take quite a bit of time.

Top to bottom let to right I made: Paleo Leap’s Oven Roasted Garlic CabbageNom Nom Paleo’s Slow Cooker Roast Chicken and Gravy, roasted carrots parsnips and cauliflower, Pure and Simple Nourishment’s Texas Slow Cooker Beef Chili, roasted rutabaga and turnips, mashed sweet potatoes, and chicken curry.

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I had a panic moment earlier today.  I went to the bathroom and thought I was dying.  My pee was reddish-pink which is usually not a good sign.  I started drinking massive amounts of water because I was sure something was very wrong.  Then I thought about what I had eaten today and remembered I had eaten at least one whole red beet and another golden beet.  I googled it and found out that beets can actually dye your urine.  Totally crazy and thankfully I’m not dying after all!

I seriously can’t believe that I’m starting week four already.

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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 7

17 Oct

One week down!  That’s amazing.  It both feels like it’s gone by quickly and has also felt like forever.  I can’t believe I’ve stuck with it 100% since starting and I’ve also managed to keep up with my blog.  Both amazing feats if you ask me.

Today was a day off which was nice to just kind of relax.  I did get my shopping done and I’ll be cooking tonight.

Look at all this produce.  Never in my life have I bought, and actually eaten, so many vegetables in a week!

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My stomach has been bothering me again today…way too many trips to the bathroom and I only managed to eat two meals today.  Partly because of the stomach issues and also because I’m at home and not in my normal work routine I think.  Also, I just wasn’t all that hungry.  I know I’m supposed to eat anyway but I didn’t today.

I posted the infamous Crack Slaw recipe today so go check that out and give it a try.  I don’t know exactly why I’m so obsessed with it but they call it crack for some reason.  And luckily this crack only has positive side effects!

Breakfast

Breakfast was spinach and scrambled eggs topped with ranch dressing.  Nothing fancy as I’m finishing up what’s in my refrigerator.  I finished off my third 10oz bag of spinach with this meal.  I don’t know about you but I’ve never eaten that much spinach before in my entire life.  I really like it wilted in coconut oil with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

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Dinner

Dinner was crack slaw and my last avocado which has seen better days but wasn’t actually bad yet.  I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel here…literally.  I do have more hot sauce in my life now after shopping though and that makes me happy!  I’m a hot sauce fiend, especially for Frank’s Red Hot Sauce it’s my favorite and it’s compliant.  Sometimes you get lucky and the things you already loved you can still eat.  I can’t wait to cook tonight and have more new yummy foods to try.

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Even with the stomach issues today was not too bad of a day.  Grocery shopping was pretty easy because I mostly stuck to the produce and meat sections and saw little temptation.  I did see some amazing looking spiced cider and a caramel apple that both caught my attention for a brief second but my willpower prevailed.

I’m not sure if what I’m feeling is a Whole30 side effect or just some random thing but my breathing feels different.  I’ve never been a loud breather and my sinuses are usually pretty clear but for some reason I feel like I’m breathing better.

I did have one disappointment today however.  During Whole30 you aren’t supposed to weigh yourself.  I didn’t break the rules but I figured taking some progress pictures would be okay.  Now I totally understand why you’re not supposed to weigh yourself.  When you’ve been trying so hard for a week (or however long it’s been) and have been doing so good and you compare yourself to where you were the week before and you don’t see a difference at all….yeah, that’s a letdown.  I’m not discouraged but I am confused.  Here I was thinking my pants felt looser (and maybe they are I don’t know) but I swear I couldn’t see any difference in those photos.  Lame!  I won’t be doing that again until day 31.  I’ve learned my lesson.  When they say comparison is the thief of joy they couldn’t be more right.

Crack Slaw

17 Oct

Here is it folks!  What you’ve all been waiting for, the infamous crack slaw recipe.

This is not my recipe, I found it on Facebook somewhere and there seem to be a lot of variations online.  This version I’m posting here is not Whole30 compliant but I made the changes to make it compliant.  So I’ll post it exactly as it’s supposed to be and then in parenthesis tell you what I changed to make it okay.  I love this recipe so much I’m making it again this week, for the second week in a row.  It’s so versatile I can literally eat it for any meal.   One of my favorites is breakfast with a runny yolked egg or two on top.

Crack Slaw

1lb ground beef

1lb ground turkey (my store has 20oz packages so I use the whole thing)

1 package cole slaw

1 package broccoli slaw (I could only find a kale broccoli combo, it’s so good)

4-6 tbsp of soy sauce (no soy allowed on Whole30, you can use coconut aminos but I can’t find any in my area so I used the juice of one lemon)

3-4 tbsp of sriracha sauce (I used Frank’s Red Hot Sauce since it’s compliant and Sriracha isn’t)

Cook the ground meats in a pan and add seasoning, then add hot sauce and soy sauce or lemon juice (whichever you are using), lastly add in the slaw mixes and cook until it becomes soft.

Here’s what it looks like…pure amazingness!

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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!

Jalapeno Lime Shrimp

25 Apr

I know what you’re probably thinking right now, “You cooked twice in one week, let alone in one day?” You must be feeling feverish right? Well, I’m just trying to get ready for a week back to work after 10 whole days off. They weren’t completely off since I did still have school, but it was relaxing none-the-less. I worked out a ton (crossfit rocks, I’m sure I’ll be doing a post about that real soon too), read a few books (currently really into the Stephanie Plum series), bought a new/used beach cruiser and actually had sunny enough weather to use it, and did homework.

I found this recipe through Pinterest. The original can be found here on the Alaska from Scratch blog.

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Here’s the recipe:

Jalapeno Lime Shrimp

Ingredients

            1 tablespoon olive oil

            2 tablespoons butter

            1/4 teaspoon red chile flakes

            1 small onion, chopped

            1 jalapeno, seeded and minced

            2 cloves garlic, minced

            2 tomatoes, chopped

            1 cup chicken broth

            1 pound shrimp, peeled (I removed the tails, but that is up to your preference)

            1 lime, zested

            juice of half the lime

            3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped

            salt to taste

            lime wedges, for serving

           

           

Instructions

To a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil and butter. Stir in the red chile flakes. Saute the onions and jalapeño until tender, 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant, but not browned, about 1 minute. Toss in the tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes begin to break down and release their juices, another 2-3 minutes. Add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Then, add the shrimp to the skillet and season with salt, cooking and tossing until shrimp just turn pink and are cooked through but still tender, being careful not to overcook. Add the lime zest, lime juice, and cilantro. Taste for seasoning and add more salt as needed. Serve promptly with crusty bread, or over rice or noodles.

I served mine over cauliflower rice (paleo friendly). The next time I make this I will attempt to try to remember that it is worth it to spend more on the shrimp and not have to peel them yourself, what a pain! Also, I’d opt to use ½ cup of chicken broth rather than a whole cup because mine turned out much runnier than the original picture. It’s very good though, very limey and of course I added extra garlic (because that’s what I do)!

Crock-Pot Turkey Corn Chowder

31 Jan

I thought I’d share one of my favorite, easy recipes, at least of the moment.  I’m making some now and it’s the second time this month, so you know it’s pretty good.  The fact that it doesn’t take much prep time, or ingredients helps too!  Plus, living alone, I can make this and bring it to work for dinner a couple of nights which saves me from stopping at the grocery store on the way to work!  It would be delicious  served in a sour-dough bread bowl…but then, what isn’t? Ingredients: 1 lb ground turkey (I like to use the spicy type) 3 cups frozen diced hash browns with onions and peppers (I never measure, just dump in the whole bag!) 2 medium carrots chopped 1 10 3/4 ounce can condensed cream of mushroom soup 1 15-16 1/2 ounce can creamed corn 2 1/2 cups water I usually cook the turkey and make sure it’s broken into small pieces, plus drain out the fat before adding it to the crock pot, but you don’t have to. Add everything into the slow cooker, give it a stir, set to low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-5 hours and forget about it.  Delicioius! Here’s a picture of what it looks like.  Keep in mind this just went in the crock-pot.  It’ll look much yummier after it cooks for 8 hours! DSCN0100 Update:  Here’s what it looks like after cooking for about 8 hours!