{Whole30} Day 28

Day 28! So close and yet at this very minute, 48 hours feels sooo long away :). And really, it will be more like 60 hours by the time I wake up on the morning of the 31st day and eat breakfast. I’m not gonna lie, these last few days have felt….long. I’m kind of tired of it. I think part of the trouble is that I was already fairly happy with how I was eating, pre-Whole30 (whole-foods, real-food, traditional-food diet). And since I wasn’t going from a SAD (Standard American Diet) diet full of processed foods, chemicals, and “food” from a box, this whole program hasn’t felt like that extreme of a lifestyle change. But maybe the lack of extreme change is what makes it a little harder? As in, I am feeling great and eating great, and it’s not too far off from how I usually eat, so then I start to have thoughts of “oh, what’s the problem with adding a little coconut sugar to my coffee?” Or, “a bowl of yogurt with nut granola is a healthy snack!” And I start to rationalize why I should be eating these things. I think it’s also worth pointing out that while I definitely DO feel better and notice some improvements in my overall well being, I’m not one of those CRAZY awesome over the top testimonials who’s whole life has changed. I was fairly healthy before, and am feeling good now. So I guess maybe I haven’t felt some of the extreme results I’ve read about, and therefore feel like I can start slacking off? However, I have stayed strong! I haven’t cheated! And I am pretty darn proud of myself to have made it all the way :).

As you might have noticed, I’ve kind of gotten tired of blogging about what I’m eating every day. Most of my breakfasts are similar, and I do a lot of leftovers and repeat meals, so I figure it would be a little repetitive to keep it up every day. Here’s a round  up of some of the things I’ve eaten in the last few days:

Breakfast:
I finally got some “clean” (sugar/junk free) meats from US Wellness Meats, and it’s been nice to have some different things to add to my breakfast routine! This breakfast sausage (made into patties) is delicious.
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Lunches/Dinners:
Made another pot of clean out the fridge/veggie/sausage soup
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I’ve been having that along with lots of salads for lunches and dinner.
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Also, I have to pass this recipe along. I came across this Date Coffee Creamer and knew I had to give it a try. OMG. It’s what I’ve been missing and hoping for. I might even go as far as to say that I like it better than regular cream and sweetener! Why couldn’t I have found this on Day 1?! Give it a try, you’ll be sorry if you don’t! (*recipe note: I added a few extra dates and water, figuring that I might want it a bit sweeter. Also, I did strain my date puree, I would definitely recommend doing this).

Two days to go! Wish me luck! 🙂

Away

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Not posting for a few days because I am too busy enjoying this view! And celebrating a 60th birthday. And enjoying family. And staying in a cozy “cabin” on the river. And eating yummy food (Whole30 style, of course). More to come….

{Whole30} Day 23

Only seven days to go! In some ways I am so ready for it to be over. In other ways I don’t really mind and it’s easier than I expected it to be. There is so much to process through in what I’ve learned and what I’ll take away from this. I will for sure be keeping up a lot of these new habits. I love being so intentional about incorporating tons of veggies into each meal. I love being mindful of getting plenty of protein and fat in each meal. I’d say lunches and dinners haven’t been hard to make the switch, and I see many paleo style meals in our future, post-Whole30. I really love the practice of replacing the starch in your meal with more veggies.

Breakfast is the one meal that I sometimes crave something different. A BUTTER, a piece of toast, soaked oatmeal once in awhile, the occasional paleo pancake WITH some real maple syrup, BUTTER…those are things that might sneak their way back in once in awhile :). I also miss my sweeteners. I’ve said before, I don’t use refined sugar, ever. But I do enjoy some healthified paleo-style treats now and again. And coconut sugar in my coffee. And honey in my tea. Ahhhh, yes, I have learned new and important habits. But I also am not afraid of some of the ones I had pre-Whole30. I will strive for a healthy balance going forward!

Breakfast:
I’ve had this two days in a row: an egg scramble with chicken sausage, zucchini, and mushrooms, and those mini sweet peppers (my new obsession!). And then I decided to give this Sweet Beet Smoothie a try. Sounds gross, I know. It’s actually quite delicious! And the kids chugged it down. I was inspired to make it because I had a container of steamed beets in the fridge that needed using up. Then when I came across this recipe for the smoothie, I noticed that it called for cooked beets. Now, I can’t say that I would ever go through the trouble of cooking beets just for this smoothie (they’re really a bit troublesome to cook, what with the peeling and inevitable pink-stained hands). But because I already some cooked and in the fridge, I decided to give it a go. And it was so good yesterday (and I had enough beets left over) that I made it again today! Also, it should be noted that I’m not really a huge smoothie fan. I like the idea of them. But then when it comes time to drink it I usually get about half way through and lose interest. Something about the texture? But this one I had no trouble at all getting down.
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*recipe notes: I omitted the protein powder and the honey. I added about 5 ice cubes just because I like my smoothies really cold and somewhat slushie. And I added a handful of frozen kale just to see if I could get away with it – didn’t taste it at all!

Lunch:
My sweet mother in law took me and the kids out for a day downtown. We tried the Nordstrom Cafe for lunch. I was pleasantly surprised to immediately find something on the menu that needed very few changes to make it Whole30 compliant! I went with the Salad Nicoise with Herb and Garlic Salmon. It was so good! In case you’re not familiar (and since I forgot to take a photo), Salad Nicoise is a traditional French salad with hard boiled egg, green beans, capers, tomatoes, red onion, and potatoes. I believe it is traditionally topped with tuna, but I was happy to have mine with salmon. I of course omitted the potatoes, and used oil and vinegar for my dressing. Very very good and I’m excited to recreate it at home sometime.

Dinner:
This dinner was a total Hail Mary that turned out as a win. We were getting ready to leave the house this morning when I decided at the last minute that I really wanted to try and come up with something to slow cook while we were gone, since I knew we would have a late afternoon and I would be crunched for time to make dinner. I literally ran out to the freezer in the garage and scanned the shelves. I found a hunk of round steak, ran it inside, cut the plastic off, and plopped it in my dutch oven. Then I poured a jar of Trader Joe’s Organic Tomatillo Salsa on top and added a little water. I put the lid on and threw it in the oven (250) and said a little prayer. When we got home five hours later, the house smelled heavenly. I pulled it out and things were looking hopeful! I cut up the meat into smaller chunks so that they could all nestle into the sauce a bit more. I had a head of cauliflower that I really needed to use up, so I decided to try making some “rice”, which I thought could be a good accompaniment for some saucy chunky meat (just take your food processor to your cauliflower until it’s in tiny pieces, and then boil those for 5-10 min and strain. Rice!). Sauteed a sliced zucchini, and we were good to go! At the last minute I decided to throw some diced avocado on top of the meat+rice. Heaven. Seriously, it was so good. Full disclaimer, though: Bret wasn’t really a fan. He wasn’t a hater, but he wasn’t excited about it. So, I’m not sure if I’m the weirdo or if he’s the weirdo. Try it at your own risk!
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{Love it} Lately

Cannot believe how happy having these
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and these
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in my house make me feel!

Pretty excited about my first completed sewing project in years! Not to mention the first thing I’ve ever sewn for Hollis. And to top it all off, this came from a $1 thrifted vintage pillowcase from Goodwill.
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Loving…indoor laps on the trike
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$1.50 egg dying kit + $1 grocery store eggs that saved me after my grand plans for crafting my own “natural” colors fell through (Read: not enough time! And I went this route planning on not eating the eggs, so, no harm done!)
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sunshine + shorts + tanktops (+ little girls who pick out their own outfits 🙂 )
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tractor rides with papa
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Happy Wednesday!

{Whole30} Lately

I’ve missed posting my Whole30 meals for the last several days, due to the busyness of birthdays/Easter/life. So I figured I would just round up some of the photos that were sitting on my phone, and give a quick explanation where needed.

Eggs and chicken sausage for breakfast. Didn’t have any breakfast-y veggies so I went with some Lacto-fermented sauerkraut instead.
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The usual (eggs, sauteed veggies, avo, tomato)
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Pulled this freezer meal out on a busy day. Cranberry Ginger Pork Roast (from Mama & Baby Love’s freezer cooking e-book). I knew there was some sucanat in there, since the meal had been assembled pre-Whole30, but I was hopeful I might be able to separate it out? I lucked out and the tablespoon of sugar was a frozen clump in the corner of the bag, which I of course omitted from the meal. Score!
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Another steak and asparagus dinner
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Terrible photo of bbq chicken drumsticks and sauteed mandolin-cut veggies
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Had this for lunch the last two days in a row. I’m calling it Deconstructed Chicken Kabobs, aka bomb-diggity. I’m obsessed.
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