Whole30 Day 25

I’m tired. Like soooo tired. Whole 30 is no joke with a 2 year old and a 2.5 month old. I love whole 30 and I do feel great, but sometimes I just desperately want to go through a drive thru and not cook dinner.

Yesterday was a great day though because my mom got to come up and stay the night :).  My mom is amazing yall.  I love my life and I am so thankful for the many blessings God has given me, and one of those is definitely my momma. This week has been rough because Maddox has just not been very happy and she came at just the right time.  Kai was so excited to see her too. He loved snuggling with her (such a precious picture below).

For breakfast we had egg muffins and smoothies again.  For lunch we had the last of the curry chicken and the sauce I talked about yesterday.  The sauce completely changed the chicken, I so wish we had used it when we had it for dinner. It was absolutely delicious.  For dinner I made chicken fajitas and we put it on salad.  I bought some wholly guacamole from Costco and it really made everything come together nicely.  For my chicken fajitas all I did was cut up 3 bell peppers and an onion and I sautéed them in coconut oil in my cast iron skillet.  I had pre-grilled the chicken the night before so all I did was throw it in the skillet with the bell peppers and onions when they were cooked to heat everything up together.  I also sautéed some frozen broccoli and roasted potatoes.  For the potatoes I used my mandolin slicer and then I used my roasting brush to brush them with avocado oil and sprinkled them with fajita seasoning and garlic.  I left them in the oven too long so most of them actually ended up coming out like potato chips, which nobody seemed to mind :).

My sweet birthday boy and Mimi:

Kai and Mimi

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Whole30 Day 24

I can say that I am personally keeping Band-Aid in business here recently with Whole 30.  I do so much chopping with my knife that I have literally gone through a whole box of band aids in the last 3 weeks.  It makes me madder and madder every time I do it.  It’s like when you bite your cheek and you try so hard not to do it, but you end up doing it anyway…..that’s how I feel every time I slice my finger.

Anywho….for breakfast Kai and I had egg muffins again along with our shake.  For lunch we had the chicken thighs I roasted at the beginning of the week.  I can’t speak highly enough of how delicious chicken thighs are.  Especially the ones I just bought from Costco.  We bough the fresh bone in with skin on and they are so juicy!  I just sprinkle them pretty heavily with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and roast them on 400 degrees for 30 minutes.  Such a simple, delicious meal.  They are also good for a quick snack or for breakfast if you want.  I also had some fruit and some leftover asparagus as well.  For dinner I made this chicken.  I have really enjoyed most of the recipes from this blog, but I wasn’t a big fan of this one for two reasons, one of them being my fault.  The first thing, I let it brine it too long and it was too salty for my taste.  Also, I have decided after I made this chicken and from when I made broccoli soup last week….I do not like Curry Powder.  It really is just too heavy a spice and I feel like it overtakes the taste of all the other spices. Zach hit it right on the head when he said it’s like making a suicide drink where you mix all the different sodas together.  If you accidently put root beer in there then the whole drink tastes like root beer.  So needless to say, I was a bit disappointed in the chicken.  If you like curry powder then you will most definitely like this chicken.  Now, the SAUCE though….wow!! The sauce was amazing.  I actually forgot about it for dinner so we didn’t eat it.  I did eat it today for lunch, but more on that tomorrow.  Definitely make the sauce and as Melissa says on her blog “Inhale and rejoice that you have a nose”.  I also made sweet potatoes and green beans.  I think Zach is getting a little tired of sweet potatoes :).  Picture below is us eating dinner outside on the picnic table Zach made. He is so talented!

kai and dinner

Whole30 Day 23

One week left!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited, but I’m also scared.  My friend Susan just finished her whole 30 yesterday and today is her first free day. I am pretty jealous.  In all honesty though, I’m not as excited about finishing as I was at the beginning.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am excited to be able to eat some different foods again here soon (especially ice cream), but I’m not just salivating at the thought of getting to eat whatever I want.  I really like the way I have been eating and how I feel and I don’t want to just return to my old ways.  After the first week or so I was thinking constantly about all the different types of food I wanted, but now I don’t think much about it unless I am in a trigger place (up late at night, Saturday night, sunday after church, etc.).

For lunch yesterday I had leftover catfish, brussel sprotus, and pineapple.  Kai wasn’t too into the brussel sprouts, but I gave him a pineapple every time he ate a brussel sprout so he ended up eating them all :).  Poor Zach had to go do football stuff on his lunch and he ended up not being able to eat lunch at all.  The kiddos were napping so by the time I could have brought him some lunch it was getting close to him coming home anyway.  While the kiddos napped I made meatballs for dinner and I also made egg muffins similar to what we made last week.  They stuck to the pan real bad the first time so this time I used cupcake liners and it still didn’t help at all.  Half of the egg mixture stuck to the liner just like it did to the pan.  Next time I’m going to try rubbing olive oil on the pan.  We can’t use spray because of all the weird ingredients in it (mainly soy).  So for dinner we had meatballs with homemade marinara sauce and roasted spaghetti squash.  I forgot to take a picture of it I was so hungry, but it was very pretty.  On the meatballs I didn’t use Dijon mustard because I couldn’t find any that didn’t have sugar so I used Annie’s Organic Horseradish Sauce* instead.  For the marinara, I just used the sauce recipe, not the meatball recipe.  Since it called for the bay leaves at the end after you put the meatballs in I just crushed them up and put it all in a pan together.  It was good except for I did get a few big chunks of bay leaf in my mouth when I was eating my dinner :).  We ate salad for our vegetable.  Zach used some salsa we found at Costco and I used macadamia nut oil and balsamic vinegar.  We also had a little pineapple still left over so we had that as well.

I have really enjoyed all of the cooking I am doing.  I feel like I was a semi-decent cook before whole 30, but this has really helped me to step up my game and I have learned about several new kitchen tools as well (most specifically a julienne peeler and a meat pounder).

*I was not compensated by Annie’s for endorsing their product :).

Whole30 Day 22

My energy felt better yesterday morning so I went for a run because both kids were magically still sleeping and Zach was at home since it was Sunday :).  It was definitely a lot easier running without the jogging stroller. My time was still nothing to brag about, but I was more glad that it was easier to complete. Hopefully soon I will be able to break from 2.5 miles into 3 miles.

For breakfast we had breakfast sausage and it was so good.  I do appreciate deviating from the schedule every now and then.  It’s amazing how many sausages out there have sugar added into them.  I have tried making my own and it was good, but walmart does carry a brand that has whole 30 approved ingredients so sometimes it’s nice to get that.  I also had my standard smoothie.  For lunch we had roasted tomato chicken sausages.  Zach just ate his plain and had some fruit to go along with it.  I cut mine up and put in some avocado and mayonnaise and it was good.  I do wonder if something was in the sausage though because Zach and I both had stomach aches that afternoon not too long after we ate lunch.  Nothing too bad so I’m not real concerned.  Dinner was sooo good.  I am so proud of my husband, he thought up the idea all on his own.  He suggested trying fried catfish and making our own tartar sauce.  We found some avocado oil at Costco and it has a very high smoke point so it’s pretty decent to fry in.  I used almond flour to coat the catfish and we fried it up in the avocado oil and it was absolutely delicious.  All of the tartar sauce recipes I found called for sweet relish and I couldn’t find any that didn’t have sugar so we just used pickles instead.  Zach really liked it, but it was too pickly for me.  I would have liked it better with the relish.  I ended up just dipping my catfish in mayonnaise which was completely fine with me.  We also had roasted brussel sprouts and fresh cut pineapple.

Sunday’s have been one of the most challenging days for both of us.  We are so in the habit of going out to eat after church, it’s just something we like to do.  It’s hard passing all the restaurants that we would normally go to as we drive home to eat.  We are almost through though.  One more Sunday left :).

 

Fried Catfish:

fried catfish

This is the tool I really need in order to help me complete this journey haha:

Whole30 Day 21

I got up and ran yesterday morning and it was probably the worst run I have had since I started (other than the first couple of days).  I had to walk after only going a mile and even though I did complete 2 miles it wasn’t much more than walking the last mile.  I do think some of it had to do with the fact that Kai got up early so I took him with me out in the jogging stroller and he is considerably heavier and harder to push than Maddox.  I need to get used to that anyway though because before too long I will have to get used to pushing both of them in the double jogger.

For breakfast I made eggs and smoothies for everyone.  Yesterday was our big shopping trip and we went back to Lewisville to go to Sprouts and Costco.  It was quite an ordeal having Maddox this time around (remember my mother in law kept him last Saturday while we went).  I would really like to switch my shopping day to some time during the week so we don’t have to spend our weekend doing it, but it is SERIOUSLY hard trying to shop with two kids even with Zach. I know I will eventually have to do it on my own, but for right now it just seems too overwhelming.  Also, I hate having to shop on Saturdays.  I have been accustomed to shopping during the week when most people are at work and you don’t have to park across at the back of the lot at Costco because there are no spots.  With that being said, we had a very successful shopping trip.  Costco was hard because usually we would just eat lunch or dinner there (depending on which time it hit best), but since we’re on whole30 that was not an option.  For lunch Zach had left over pork chops from the dinner the night before and I had the last of my chicken salad and the leftover asparagus from dinner.  For dinner I had thawed the steaks that we had left over from dinner a couple weeks ago and they were still absolutely delicious.  I put my homemade mayonnaise on them and it made them even better.  I also heated up the rest of the sweet potatoes I had made from last week and I sautéed some cauliflower in a pan with coconut oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  I haven’t had straight up cauliflower in awhile and it was delicious.

We have so much produce right now I have left a lot of it sitting on the cabinet and now we have TERRIBLE fruit flies.  If anyone has any suggestions for how to get rid of them I would appreciate it.  Last night instead of a slice and dice party, we had a fruit fly removal party.  Meaning we cleaned off all the cabinets, cloroxed everything down and put all the produce in the fridge.  Zach also made a vinegar and soap concoction and put a grape in it to attract them and get them stuck.  So far that seems to be working fairly well.  They are seriously driving my crazy though.

Whole30 Day 20

Wow, Day 20. We are 2/3 done.  It’s hard to believe we only have 10 days left. It’s hard thinking about what I’m going to do when this journey is done.  I struggle with what I really want to have gotten out of this overall.  I know that I will not be going strictly paleo (although our food will definitely look more paleo, especially at home), but at the same time I do not want to just go right back to how I was eating beforehand.  Zach and I talk a lot about what we want our meals and diet to look like when we are done with this. I will keep you updated as the time draws nearer and how we transition back into the world of “fake” food haha.

I had in person professional development again and for breakfast I had delicious egg muffins that Zach made the night before.  He took the left over ground turkey that we used with the taco seasoning to make salad and put that with eggs, and salsa into scrambled eggs and poured them in a muffin tin.  They went into the fridge and were super easy to pop into the microwave and have before I headed out the door.  I also had my standard smoothie as well.  I brought my own lunch again today.  I brought the leftovers of the Mexican salad from the night before as well as carrots and babaganoush, apples, and some spaghetti squash I cooked at the beginning of the week.  For dinner we had pork chops (just your basic grilled pork chops with fajita seasoning), spaghetti squash with clarified butter, salt, and pepper, and asparagus.  It’s so funny because Kai loves asparagus so much.  It’s not a food I would consider “kid friendly”, but the child sucks it down like it’s candy.  His biggest problem is he chews it once or twice and then swallows it whole.  As you can imagine, his digestive system does not like that he does not chew it up ;).

I didn’t go running last night because I am just exhausted from two days worth of professional development.  I have been a little frustrated with my running recently anyway.  I was hoping to be feeling much better and recovering quicker, but I’m still having a hard time getting my legs to cooperate.  My lungs could definitely do more, but my legs scream no.  I have started lifting weights a little bit with Zach the last couple nights and hopefully that will help to strengthen my legs up a little bit which will help with my running.  I’ll keep you posted.

 

Whole30 Day 19

Yesterday I had to go to Lewisville for an in person professional development for my job.  I work form home at an online high school, but 4 days a year (two at the beginning of the school year and two in January) we all get together at headquarters.  It’s nice because I only live about 20 minutes away.  We have teachers from all over the state of Texas who have to make the trek to Lewisville.  We met for breakfast at Taco Cabana and I debated back and forth for a long time about whether I should just eat before I go or if I should try and get something there.  I ended up making a smoothie before I headed out and then I had the steak & egg plate there.  It was nice because I stood there and watched them cook my food.  I said no oil or butter on the eggs so she just dumped them right on the skillet and the steak was cooked right there on the grill with a little seasoning on it.  It was pretty good and definitely filled me up.  The hardest part was that it came with refried beans and tortillas as well so I had to just make sure and not eat those and I threw the plate away right when I was done.  They also served us lunch, but I know from experience that it was probably not going to be whole 30 friendly so I just decided to bring my lunch.  They ended up serving freebirds burritos so I was glad I opted to bring my own lunch.  I brought my chicken salad (grapes, canned chicken, walnuts, mayonnaise and mustard), carrots with the smoky babagonoush I made the day before, and apples and almond butter. I’m actually not a huge fan of freebirds so I didn’t feel deprived at all.  After professional development was over I came home real quick and picked up the boys from my mother in law and we went right over to the coaches wives get together that the new head coaches wife hosted.  It was fun, but hard again because there was tons of pizza, desserts, and a delicious looking cookie cake (I LOVE cookie cakes).  I just focused on talking and enjoying the company of the other wives instead of making it all about the food. It was a lot of fun. When Zach got home from work he browned the ground meat and put some taco seasoning on it and we had taco salad (without chips or tortillas) for dinner as soon as I got home with the boys.  I was going to cut up a papaya but it had already gone bad from buying it just a few days ago :(.  I was definitely bummed about that.