Whole30 Day 18

I have in person professional development for my job today and tomorrow and let me tell you, I do not miss having to get up, get ready, and prepare for a day outside of the house.  I will say that occasionally I do miss going to work and being able to get out of the house, but all it takes is a couple days out and I realize that I don’t miss it at all.  With that being said I am plum tuckered out!

Yesterday I changed breakfast up a little bit. I went a little wild and put spinach in my eggs lol!  For lunch my friend Alecia came over and it was so nice to talk with her. She is one of my best friends and I love our conversations.  She decided to start her whole 30 on Monday so I felt like it would be easier to just eat lunch here rather than meet at a restaurant where the options are very limited.  I grilled some chicken, cut up an avocado, and put in on some salad.  I used macadamia nut oil and balsamic vinegar.  I just love that combination so much.  A little off topic, but it was so funny I have to share.  When I decided to go outside this morning and grill chicken I opened up the door and let Kai go outside while I went to the refrigerator to get the chicken out.  When I came back he was sitting in his pool that apparently was filled from the rain in his pajamas with his diaper on.  It was pretty funny (see picture below).  Also for lunch I made smoky babaganoush and I thought it was pretty good.  It reminded me of hummus, but instead of chickpeas you use eggplant instead.  I took carrots and dipped them in it.  For dinner I made garlic roasted shrimp with zucchini noodles. It was absolutely delicious. One of my favorite recipes I have made thus far.  We also had baked sweet potatoes as well.  I usually just bake them hole, but a friend of mine that has a blog put this recipe up the other day and I gave it a try. They were absolutely delicious! You have to scroll to the bottom of the post to get the recipe.  Overall, it was a pretty wonderful day for this foodie.

Garlic Roasted Shrimp with Zucchini:

garlic roasted shrimp with zucchini noodles

 

Kai hanging out in the pool:

kai in pool

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Whole30 Day 17

Yesterday was crazy hectic. Zach got rear-ended about a month and a half ago (of course the lady didn’t have insurance, go figure) and Ford has just now been able to get us in. His great aunt has a GMC Terrain that we can drive instead of having to get a rental, but it wasn’t working.  So most of the day was spent trying to get the car fixed, and then one of the coaches wives called and asked if me and boys wanted to come swimming (which of course we did). It’s times like these that I really appreciate having all my go-to food in the fridge already made.  She made lunch for her and the other wife and kids that came over, but I brought my own lunch since almost everything out there is not whole 30 approved.  I actually made a pretty good dip that consisted of avacados, mayonnaise, garlic salt, and a little squeeze of fresh lime.  It was really good and I ate with carrots.  I also had some cut up apples and some chicken salad. We didn’t end up swimming because Kai was having a good time coloring on the ground with chalk, so  I’m going to stop talking about what I have for breakfast.  If I don’t say what it is you can just assume it is the standard eggs and smoothie :).  For dinner my friend Susan brought us dinner since we brought dinner to them last night.  It was so delicious.  She grilled some steak, sliced up potatoes and we ate it with a spinach salad and the most delicious lemon dressing (she is going to give me the recipe here soon).  Meal sharing is such a good idea.  It would be nice to continue to do it some even after whole 30 is over.  We got an excellent meal and we didn’t have to cook or clean anything up at all.

I ended the day with a run and I am really starting to feel better when I go.  I went almost 2.5 miles, and I probably could have gone farther but Maddox was falling asleep and I didn’t want him to not go to bed on time so I went ahead and stopped.  I’m still pretty slow.  I am trying to work my way up to being able to go 3-4 miles and then from there I am going to work on getting my time down.

 

 

Whole30 Day 16

We are on the downward part of the slide and it feels so good!  I have had a lot of people ask me if we are going to continue to eat this way forever after whole 30 is over. My answer is yes…and no.  I absolutely think it is doable to pretty much eat this way most of the time, but that is probably not in the cards for us.  This journey has been amazing and we are healthier for having done it.  It will help us in our health after we are done with whole 30 too.  What I hope to continue doing for our family is cooking a lot more at home and trying to stick with what we are currently doing there.  For us, it really is unrealistic to say we are not going to eat out anymore and that we are not going to eat the foods when we go to any type of gathering.  Some people could probably do it, but not us.  The whole reason I wanted to start doing whole 30 was to get back to cooking in the kitchen and hopefully jump start my weight loss and exercise.  I can say that all of these things are currently being accomplished.  I am running more, cooking more, and feel so much more healthy.  I haven’t weighed myself, but I know I have lost some weight too.

For breakfast yesterday we had our standard scrambled eggs and smoothies.  Zach has to be up at the field house now at 5:45 since football is officially back into full swing.  Because of that I have been making the smoothies at night and putting them in the fridge.  I love this because it is one less thing for me to have to do in the morning, but I also don’t love it because when it sits in the fridge overnight the spinach has more of a chance to permeate all the other ingredients and so the smoothie has a more spinach taste than if I just make it in the morning.  For lunch I had chicken salad on a bed of greens and curried broccoli soup.  For dinner me and my friend Susan are doing a meal share this week.  I made a double batch of what we were having for dinner last night and brought it to her and today she is making a double batch and bringing it to me.  Yay for having a day completely free of meal prep and massive clean up.  For dinner last night I made hamburgers sautéed with onions and mushrooms and then I made a grain free gravy out of cauliflower.  It was a little sweeter than gravy, but I liked it.  Zach wasn’t a huge fan of it.  I think it tasted better if you thought of it more as a sauce than as a gravy because it really didn’t have that super gravy taste to it.  The recipe can be found here: http://empoweredsustenance.com/creamy-gaps-gravy/.  I think if I do this again I will try this recipe for gravy: http://brittanyangell.com/worlds-best-paleo-gravy-glutengrain-free/ and make sure to use clarified butter instead of regular butter.  I also made mashed potatoes and sautéed green beans.  Overall I think the meal was delicious.  I was excited about the burgers because we have a press that makes perfect patties.  I actually got it to work perfectly this time so that is always exciting.

Whole30 Day 15

Officially halfway done, woohoo!! My email today that I got from whole 30 was talking about rewarding yourself for milestones, but to not make it food centered.  So often we reward ourselves with food and that is really an unhealthy mindset.  I’m not sure what we will do to reward ourselves, but I do think something needs to be done 🙂.

Today was Zach’s great aunt’s 90th birthday so we celebrated by going out to eat and then heading back to my in-laws house for some cake and ice cream….that is, they went back to celebrate with cake and ice cream. We just went back lol.  My mother in law was very thoughtful and did go buy a spread of different fresh fruits so that we had something sweet to snack on as well.  It was still hard watching everybody enjoy delicious cake.  I don’t even miss cake except for when it’s right in my face.  For lunch we went to outback which was great because they have a lot of good choices.  I got the 6 oz outback special, grilled asparagus, and a plain sweet potato all cooked without butter.  It was all very delicious. For dinner my mother in law had made a big roast so she gave some to us and we had that with a fruit walnut salad that she made as well.  We also had curried cream broccoli soup.  I have to say, I was disappointed in this soup 😦.  I guess I have never really had curry before and didn’t realize I’m not a fan of it…..this would be good information before you dump a whole lot of curry into your soup.  Anyway, it made a TON so I am still going to eat it, but I won’t be making it again.  Here is the recipe if you are a curry fan and would like to try it: http://nomnompaleo.com/post/2345953636/curried-cream-of-broccoli-soup.  I will most likely try the soup again, I will just use a different spice other than curry to make it.

I had my big cooking day today and it was a bit easier than last week since I made some of my stuff the night before that.  I already had my sweet potatoes and spaghetti squash done and cooled in the fridge to help with not overloading it with hot things.  I also forgot to set my meat out so I wasn’t able to do my chicken thighs or brown my ground beef (I am doing that today).  I made soup, gravy that I will be using on dinner today, clarified butter (see picture below, it turned out so good!), mayonnaise (I used regular light tasting olive oil this time and it is sooooo delicious….I was licking it out of the blender at the end.), chicken salad, and I steam/sautéed cauliflower, zucchini, and green beans for side dishes later on the week. Most of my recipes this week require more preparation on the day of so that will be a little bit more difficult, but I got what I could done and I feel pretty good about it.

Below is a video for how to make clarified butter.  It’s actually a pretty easy process.  The video says you only use 1/4 of the butter, but I lost 1/2 of it. I started with 4 cups and ended up with 2. If you don’t know what clarified butter is, the video explains it.  Since we can’t have dairy we have to take the milk proteins out of the butter before we eat it.

butter

 

 

Whole30 Day 14

We went to do our weekly grocery shopping yesterday and we decided to go to Flower Mound to go to Sprouts. I have forgotten how much I LOVE Sprouts.  They are truly one of the most amazing grocery stores.  I think I will start making the drive out there weekly for two reasons: 1. I can get everything I need at this one store.  I don’t buy all organic produce (just certain things) and so normally I have to go to walmart and natural grocers both.  Add a Sam’s trip once every couple weeks and that is THREE grocery stores to go to in one trip. Not fun.  2. It’s cheaper.  I write this as my second reason, because really the first reason is enough for me to make the trip. I possibly break even with what it takes in gas to get out there, but for me it is well worth the trip.

My mother in law is going to be watching both boys by herself all day on Thursday and Friday while I go to Lewisville for professional development and she wanted a smaller dose of time alone with Maddox before she jumps in on Thursday so we were able to go to the grocery store with just Kai while she watched him.  It’s amazing because before Maddox it seemed like a chore to bring Kai, but now it was a nice little vacation only going to the grocery store with one kid.  Oh how perspective changes things.

For breakfast we had our standard scrambled eggs and smoothies.  One reason that this diet is somewhat easy for me is because I really don’t mind eating the same foods all the time.  I like to vary it up a little bit occasionally, but for the most part when I find something I enjoy I don’t mind eating it a lot for a long time.  For lunch we had a hodgepodge of things.  The refrigerator was almost empty so we just kind of ate what was left.  A chicken thigh, some Italian pork roast, zucchini, some fruit, etc.  For dinner I had some baked potatoes and broccoli left in the fridge so I just heated that up and then I made some salmon patties.  My mom used to make salmon patties for us when we were little and I loved them so much.  She put crackers in them, but the recipe can actually be made without the crackers.  You just take a can of salmon (I debone it although technically you can crush them up and eat them….gross) and 3 eggs (scramble them first) and mix them together with a little garlic salt.  Heat some olive oil in a pan and fry them up.  The only down side to whole 30 is that I couldn’t eat them with ketchup.  There is a recipe for whole 30 ketchup but I haven’t tried making it yet.

Ok, so I did want to talk a little bit about the expense of changing our eating has been.  I have had several people ask me about the expense and so I thought it might be easier just to address it here.  For us, we didn’t see a HUGE jump in our grocery bill because we were mainly eating organic whole foods at home even before we started this diet.  So for us, we have seen an increase in our bill but not just a ton.  We don’t eat out at all so that saves us money, although really eating this way at home sometimes is just as expensive as eating out.  We can’t have the one dollar box of spaghetti and three dollar jar of pasta for dinner anymore.  We can’t do beans so that is also out as far as a cheap dinner.  Yesterday at Sprouts for Zach and I and Kai to eat for the week (not including meat), we spent $178.  Add meat to that and you are probably looking at more like $215-$230.  Now we do probably eat more than the average family, that is just how we roll :).  Also, you can definitely save money if you don’t buy organic and grass fed.  We don’t buy grass fed beef, it’s just too expensive us for us. I’m not that crunchy.  Like I said earlier, we do buy some things organic.  Mainly the things that are the dirty dozen list (potatoes, salads, apples, kale, berries, peaches).  I also buy organic butter (I get pasture fed when it’s in season) and cage free eggs.  I’m in the process of looking for a farmer to buy fresh cage free eggs from but have not really found one yet (I haven’t looked too terribly hard). With all of that being said, it is more important to eat whole foods then it is to eat organic.  If you currently don’t eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and you do a lot of highly processed food, I would suggest you just start buying regular whole food rather than jumping straight to organic stuff.

We ended the day with another slicing and dicing party while watching a movie and I was also able to get a few things cooked so as not to overload my refrigerator all at one time like I did last week.  I’ll tell you more tomorrow about my cooking day today.

Whole30 Day 13

Yesterday was awesome!  It started the night before when Zach told me that their head coach had given them the day off, yay :)!!  Kai decided to get up at 7:30 (normally he has been getting up around 9), so I got to go get my run in early with him before Maddox got up.  We had the rest of the breakfast sausage I made yesterday and smoothies for breakfast.  For lunch I had the last of the chicken salad on lettuce wraps and Zach had the rest of the chicken sausages and some fruit.  My parents took the train in to Fort Worth from Oklahoma so we drove up after the boys took naps to hang out with them and eat dinner. I was definitely nervous about being able to stay on track and also eat out.  We haven’t ate out at all since we started this journey.  It was a lovely evening and we walked from the hotel down to a place called Riscky’s Barbecue.  I had a steak cooked just with the seasoning and a plain baked potato.  The steak was absolutely delicious, I haven’t had one that good in a long time! It was so nice to be able to hang out and visit with my parents.  We don’t get to see them near as often as I would like so this was a nice surprise.  Kai had a great time with them as well and Aunt Nene (my sister Annie) gave him a piggy back ride and he loved it. I have put the picture in so you can all see it, he is so cute! We had a scare not long after we got there because I saw an article basically telling everyone not to drive 35W to or from Fort Worth because they were completely shutting the highway down on both sides at 9 and will keep it closed until Monday.  We were able to eat dinner and leave by 8:15 and made it through where they are shutting it down around 845.

I have had quite a few people contact me and ask about the diet.  The biggest question I have gotten is how it has affected our budget and how expensive it is to do.  I will talk about this tomorrow for anybody who is interested.

 

annie and kai

Whole30 Day 12

We are nearing closer and closer to the halfway point. Yesterday was a much better day. I woke up having a lot more energy to start off the day.  For breakfast I made breakfast sausage and a smoothie (strawberry/blueberry/blackberry blend, banana, cherry juice, coconut oil).  The boys and I then went to help my friend Shannon set up her elementary classroom.  We ended up more just keeping her company than actually helping :). Kai enjoyed throwing everything away and breaking her ruler, oops!  For lunch I had chicken salad on lettuce wraps. This has become one of my most favorite lunches.  It has everything in it that I need and it is absolutely delicious. For dinner we had leftover Italian pork roast (that recipe seriously made TONS of meat).  I mixed it with avocado and salsa which is something that I have really enjoyed doing with a lot of my meats.  I also stir-fried zucchini that I had steam/sautéed earlier and shared a sweet potato with Kai.  I had book club tonight with my friend Susan who is also doing Whole30 (we read the book ‘7’ by Jen Hatmaker which was soo good, I would definitely recommend it).  Of course there was food there, but it was actually not that hard just saying no.  The hostess even had fruit there but I didn’t even eat that.  I am really trying to focus on relationships at social events rather than food. The biggest challenge was probably the very end when they brought out two huge birthday cakes because it was the hostesses birthday yesterday. They looked so yummy and it really made the sugar dragon rear it’s ugly head again.  I really struggled on the way home too because I wanted a shake from sonic so bad. Oh sugar dragon, you have been conquered again!! Today we are going to meet my parents in Fort Worth and will probably eat dinner out so hopefully we are able to make good choices. This is the first time we have ate out since starting whole30.