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{Whole30} Day 6

Today I think I noticed some of the increased energy that people talk about on Whole 30. I didn’t have a particularly great night of sleep, but looking back on the day I see that I was pretty focused and motivated. I got more done around the house than I have in weeks! And I spontaneously and efficiently reorganized and cleaned out my pantry. That is a job that would usually feel so daunting and overwhelming that I would (and have) put it off for way too long. But I had about a 20 minute window of time where Bret took the kids with him to drop something off at his parents’ house. I was supposed to be getting dinner ready, but once I went to reach for an ingredient, I was (as usual) struck by what a mess my pantry is and ended up attacking it and getting it taken care of. Yes!

Sunday morning breakfast = more time to prepare food since Bret is around. Bret took Parks with him on a drive, so Hollis and I had plenty of time to do some food prep. We made a super yummy frittata: leeks, asparagus, green pepper, and kale. Also, I found some bacon at Costco yesterday that doesn’t have sweetener in it! It’s not organic or anything, but I’m feeling desperate. Well, unfortunately, it’s not so good. It’s the “low sodium” bacon, and sugar free, as I mentioned, and I guess that therefore = no flavor. It just tasted like crispy grease. Also, it’s a much thinner slice than what I’m used to, so that made it even worse. I think I want to try messing around with adding some flavor to it? Maybe marinate it in some coconut aminos for a bit?? No idea how that will turn out, but I’m determined to have bacon, so I must find a solution!
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The kids’ nap time actually overlapped a bit, so I had some more time to get some food prep done. I made mayo, and from there made tuna salad (loosely adapted from this Pioneer Woman recipe). Threw it on top of a big bowl of lettuce and then added some avocado and balsamic vinegar on top = SO good! Loved it. And so glad I made a huge batch so that I can continue to eat it for lunch this week! Also, funny story: After I had my lunch, the kids woke up and so I made a little tuna melt sandwich for them to share. I was feeding little bites to Parks, and I pinched a little piece of the crust off his bite (so that it wasn’t such a big bite) and then I put it in my mouth! I probably chewed about three times before I realized what I had done. I immediately spit it out and had to laugh. Old habits die hard, I guess.
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I was able to prep these veggies during nap time, so this dinner came together super fast. So so so good. I will make this again for sure, whether I’m doing Whole 30 or not! General Tso’s Cashew Chicken and broccoli on the side. Also, a note on the General Tso’s chicken: I added leeks, peas, red pepper, and mushrooms to it. It was so tasty and I think any combo of additional veggies would be great!
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I’ll leave you with a pic of my sweet little Bubs (Parks). He’s finally turned the corner and is getting better. He also spent alot of time on the floor today, just rolling around and playing with toys while laying on his back. So glad to see my little sweetheart feeling better.
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I can’t believe that after tomorrow I will have completed one week! Surprisingly, it really hasn’t been that hard so far! *knocks on wood*


{Whole30} Day 3

Today I felt way more hungry throughout the day compared to the first two days. Could be because I didn’t have the most filling lunch ever? Oh well. Other than that I felt pretty normal.

Trying to make breakfast was rough. Parks has a terrible cold right now and he is completely miserable. So he was basically sitting on the floor and crying, or, clinging to my leg and crying. So then I was trying to hold him and cook at the same time. I actually cut my red pepper with scissors, because that’s the only way I could do it one handed. I ended up with not as many veggies as I would like to, simply because I didn’t have the chance to cut and cook them. And, hence, the whole tomato in the photo. I rushed to take this pic because the kids were in their chairs, starving and waiting for me to come feed them. Also, a note on the bacon. First of all, did you know it’s impossible to find bacon without sweetener in it? Yep. So then I was browsing through the Whole9 Forums the other day and people were talking about bacon. One of the moderators suggested buying uncured pork belly straight from the butcher, and frying it up in ghee with salt and pepper. Score! I have 5 pounds of pork belly in the freezer from our 1/2 pig that we got last year! I’ve been needing/meaning to cure and smoke it myself, but haven’t done it yet. So, I gave her suggestion a try this morning…..not so sold on it. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t have that awesome “bacon” flavor that makes bacon, well, bacon. It just tasted like fried pork with salt and pepper. So…back to the drawing board.
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Leftover soup from last night. I ate all that was left but it wasn’t enough. And then I couldn’t get this idea out of my head of a snack idea that I read about: fry apples in coconut oil, add cinnamon, raisins, and sliced almonds. Um, yum. It was so freaking good I wanted two more bowls right away. But I resisted. Those ingredients are all Whole30 compliant, but the dish doesn’t really follow the “spirit of Whole30” (snacking like that is missing the point of the whole thing!).
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I took a short nap with Parks this afternoon (Hollis was with Gramme), and when I woke up I was starving! That always seems to happen to me when I take a nap. So, I threw together a salad (red leaf lettuce with one hardboiled egg, tomato, avocado, cucumber, olive oil and balsamic vinegar). I also made a blended drink that’s similar to something I often make in my non-Whole30 days: coconut milk, half a banana, two soaked dates, one scoop of unsweetened cocoa powder, and one scoop of coconut oil. Sooo yummy (and not pictured).
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I made this Chicken Pot Pie Crumble, which is absolutely delicious. I’ve made it before using the dairy free and grain free version, so I knew it was good that way. I’m not sure if the “crumble” topping is necessarily the best idea for Whole30, but it was a meal that sounded good and I know Bret likes it. Sorry for the absolutely terrible photo.
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It was a good day. Still feels pretty “easy” – not too bad and I’m not having any major cravings. Although it was a bit hard feeding Hollis her homemade granola with yogurt and raw milk, I might have been drooling a bit.