Long Time, No See!

Well it’s been a minute since I’ve posted. 1,958,400 minutes to be exact, but who’s counting? *Laughs nervously and awkwardly*

princess bride

So much has happened since my last post in September 2014. I’m not sure if I can explain it all. No, there is too much. Lemme sum up.We have:

  • Moved to a new house
  • Got pregnant with *surprise* baby number 4 “Peanut”
  • Had an amazing home/water/hypnobabies birth
  • Peanut gets a benign tumor
  • Husband gets laid off from work of ten years
  • Moved states. From Texas to Colorado to live with family
  • House was small for all of us, moved across town to a bigger home
  • Peanut has surgery to remove her tumor
  • I was in a car wreck
  • Husband went to a Developer Bootcamp (would not recommend to anyone!)
  • Went back to work after being a SAHM for almost ten years. Worked at Target!
  • Moved from my family’s home to our own home
  • Had a friend and her two kiddos move in with us for a spell for a safe space to live
  • Our oldest, Pumpkin, fell out our second story and broke both arms and his hip
  • Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to abruptly move back to Texas to live with my husband’s parents
  • My one and only grandparent that was ever involved in my life passed away
  • I turned 30
  • Spent the last year back as a hermit crab
  • Most recently, we finally got back into our own home again. My husband is back at work and I’m back at home with our kiddos and I’m slowly coming back out of my shell!

And that was just the highlights! Let alone all the emotional crap that goes along with all of the big upheavals we’ve experienced non-stop.

All this to say it’s been an emotional roller coaster and life has been really hard and old habits have crept back in and I turned to food to cope with all. Sometimes we just do what we gotta do survive. So I find myself back to how I was (physically) before I started this blog four years ago, with some extra scars to go with it.

We’ve tried doing Whole-30/Paleo type of eating here and there, but it just didn’t seem sustainable for our lives right now. Money having been tight is an understatement, and Paleo isn’t exactly budget-friendly, at least not in my experience. It’s also super heavy on meal prep which can be pretty time-consuming, and once again time is not something we’ve had a lot of here lately. Plus, when you’re living with family/roommates/etc it’s difficult to coordinate times to use the kitchen when everyone is eating differently. So our WOE (way of eating) has been pretty  much your SAD (standard american diet) for the past two or three years.

Within the last year or so, I’ve seen countless friends turn to something called The Keto Diet (pronounced KEY-TOE, not KEH-TOE like I wished it was lol). I’ve seen some friends lose 100+ pounds eating this way! I’ve never been one to care too much about how much I weigh. I’ve always tried to gauge my internal ‘health-o-meter’ by how I feel and how I look in the mirror, but I knew looking in the mirror I wasn’t happy with who was staring back at me and my health, physically and mentally, had never been worse.

Now that our lives have settled a bit, I felt more confident about taking charge of our lives again, especially in regards to our diets. My husband was on board, and while I can’t speak for him I’m fairly confident he was feeling similarly as I was physically and mentally. So almost 2 weeks ago we started dipping our toes into eating Keto.

From my *limited* understanding, Keto is basically eating really low-carb, high fat, and moderate protein. Most people seem to be under 25 carbs a day, this includes carbs you would get from fruits and such. To me it feels like Paleo with limited dairy included. I’ll try to get into more detail on the differences later.

There are other blogs out there that you can learn all the scientific specifics from, but basically you’re replacing the carbs/sugar your body uses for energy into Ketones from all the fat you’re eating. Something about allowing your body to go into ketosis which is where the weight loss comes from which rhymes with hypnosis which unimportant but notable.

In 10 days time, I am down ten pounds (my starting weight was 225 lbs) and I’m not bloated anymore! The food is yummy and budget friendly and it makes it easier to include our kids with whatever we are eating. I’m not very hungry here lately, my energy levels are slowly increasing, and my blood sugar is stabilizing again.

I hope to write more often. Last time blogging through my journey was really helpful for me to be successful. Perhaps I’ll post some videos about meal-prep stuff, and how to juggle eating healthy with four kids, budget-friendly meals, etc. What do you need help with in order to eat well in your home? Maybe I can try and help, just post below what you would like to see 🙂

Happy Eating!

Peace, love, and chicken grease



Whole30: Day 30 and Picture Results

Whole30: Day 30

We did it. It’s over. It’s done. Anything beyond this point would be our Whole31 or Whole300.

I really didn’t think I could do this. I did this to appease the husband, because he was constantly bugging me about eating Paleo and I’m glad I finally did it. I think I agreed because Whole30 was just 30 days. I didn’t expect to see such a change both physically but also emotionally.

Here’s a list of improvements I’ve had since Day One :

  • Clear skin! I actually felt confident enough one day to go out with any make-up on. It was pretty liberating.
  • I’ve gone down almost two shirt sizes and two pant sizes! I have yet to weigh myself as we don’t own a scale, and I really have never cared what I weighed before, but I am curious though!
  • My left knee was bugging me badly before. Any time I would bend it, it would feel like the worst carpet burn imagineable! I forgot it was hurting about two weeks into this and I’m guessing diet had something to do with it.
  • My favorite improvement has to be that my blood sugar is no longer crashing. I hated feeling “hangy” several times a day and really felt I couldn’t handle my emotions if I snapped at someone during that time. I’m sure my family appreciates this improvement too 😛
  • Sweet Pea, whose 3 months and nursing, is much happier and has nearly zero gas problems anymore.
  • My marriage feels stronger! We bonded over something of mutual interest that didn’t include our kids or a Netflix series, we should totally be doing that more often!
  • While initially this felt like the harder way of eating, it’s actually much easier than before. You literally are just cooking a protein, some vegetables in some sort of fat and seasonings and eating it. Easy peasy!
  • I’m sleeping more soundly.
  • I feel clear headed.
  • I have more energy, but not in the “I’ve had waaaay too much caffeine” sort of way, just in the fact that I actually just get stuff done. Doing things doesn’t feel like a chore anymore.
  • I’ve discovered new favorite foods and flavors!
  • and lastly, it’s sort of empowering to actually complete something! I’m a serial project starter but rarely, if ever, finish them. I actually did this one! I’m proud of myself ❤

I tried to dig up some old pictures, and it was hard to find some with full body. But here’s a progression over the past year. Granted I lost alot weight while being pregnant and  sick and unable to really eat for a long period of time.

About a year ago, right before I found out I was pregnant with Sweet Pea. Circa Sep. 2013. I think I was about 225 lbs here. 


June 2013. Right before Whole30. This was about a month after I had Sweet Pea. I was 193 lbs. I only knew this cause I had just visited the Doctor for my postpartum appointment.


Here’s me on week 3. I had just gone to an Improving Birth rally and was proud I was in a size large shirt! I can tell a huge difference in my face. I looked so puffy in the first picture! Still no idea how much I weigh. But I’m down from an XXL to a L shirt and size 18/20 pant to 14/16. 

While it’s easy to get caught up in the weight loss of it all, I’m really most happy that my emotional connection with food seems to be disappearing. When I find myself having a sweet tooth, I still indulge but in a handful of raisins instead. It still satisfies my sweet tooth without destroying my diet. If I find myself stressing out, I go take a hot shower, come blog, or go somewhere to calm down, but I don’t feel myself getting as stressed as I once did.

I’ve found that having a hamburger is just as satisfying with a lettuce bun once you get over the initial craving. After you eat it, you still find yourself satisfied even if you didn’t have the cheese and bun to go with it. If you can just push back that craving and instead treat yourself with something “compliant” , you’ll find that once you’ve eaten it you don’t really didn’t miss the “extras”.

I hope I’ve helped either inspire some of you to try this yourself, but mostly I’m glad you’ve let me share my journey with you! Writing about my experience helped me want to succeed even more.

Much love y’all,


Whole30: The Final Countdown

Whole30: The Final Countdown

There wasn’t much to report this last week of our Whole30. It just seemed like we were living life as normal. Food didn’t consume my every thought and waking moment. We decided to just stick to what we knew this last week. We just planned on eating our favorite meals we had made so far and quit obsessing over it. So everything I made was something I’ve already blogged about it.

As far as how we felt, we felt…well, good! It was easier to just get up and get what needs to be done, done. Things just felt easy going.

I had to order some new pants because it was annoying to constantly be pulling up my britches. I know, it’s such a terrible problem to have 🙂

I also had my two seconds of internet fame when the Whole30 Facebook page shared a meme I had made. Granted, it was shared by someone else but I know I made it!

The hills are alive…

The hubby and I were talking about how our Facebook feeds were always full of people peddling weight loss stuff like pills, shakes, wraps, patches and we’re getting compliments left and right and asked what we’re doing and we tell them were eating a boatload of food! So, I made this meme. The rest is history!

I wish I had more to report, but honestly, I didn’t feel like anything super special happened! I guess, this is a good thing. The first couple of weeks all I could think about was how I was going to survive and just felt miserable and deprived. Now, it just feels normal and I really can’t imagine eating any other way. Whereas before I did this, I couldn’t imagine eating Whole30 style!

I think everyone should give this a chance for 30 days. It really forces you to look at food in a whole new way. It’s sort of hard to put into words. I don’t think I can ever look at food the same way.

I’ll share in another post a list of things I’ve learned this past month. But seriously, buy or borrow the book from the library, join the Whole30 First Timers Group on Facebook, and check out the getting started guide on the  Whole30 website. It’s really not complicated and if you ever wanted to change the way you eat and think about food, I really think this is THE way to be eating. It’s 30 days, what do you got to lose?

Happy Eating,


12 Random Thoughts on the Whole30

So, throughout the time we’ve been doing Whole30, I’ve had various thoughts about the program, how we’re feeling, tips and other little what-nots that I wasn’t sure how to fit into my regular semi-daily posts. So I figured I’d compile them in one spot. So here’s my twelve random thoughts, tips, feelings, about Whole30. Warning to family and friends, some of these thoughts are little “personal” so you may want to skip number seven 😉

  1. First, I wanna talk about how this has affected my nursing babe, Sweet Pea. She’s been about 3 months old this entire Whole30. Prior to Whole30, she was fairly gassy, cranky, and unhappy. She’d poop explosively, several times a day. While she had no problem gaining weight, she was obviously pretty miserable. Since starting Whole30, she’s night and day better. She’s more playful, calm, and happy. I’m happy to report that she now only poops once every day or two, and is only gassy and slightly cranky 30 minutes or so before she does her “doodie”. I also love starting off lists with a good chat about poop, don’t you?
  2. Second, the next few things I want to mention are the improvements I’ve felt since starting Whole30. I didn’t expect to have such clear skin! I used to get bad “pizza face” a couple times a month and it would take forever for those spots to go away completely! Now, I would almost feel confident enough to go without any make-up at all! This was a very expectant, yet welcome side-effect. (I like getting the gross stuff out of the way first, haha).
  3. I didn’t start this program to lose weight. As a matter of fact, I was slightly skeptical that not counting calories or watching portion sizes and rather eating very large meals would help me lose weight. But absolutely none of my pants stay up anymore…much to the husband’s enjoyment 😉 I’m not sure what I weighed before, and I have no idea what I weigh now, as I’m a tall girl and I had to learn early on to not let the number on a scale determine my self-worth or how I felt about how I looked. I do know that I am feeling more confident in my skin, and I always like a good excuse to buy new clothes!
  4. I’ve said it since week one, but I love how stable my blood-sugar is now. I used to experience roller coaster crashes all day long. I could go from super happy and in a great a mood to #killallthethings in a matter of minutes. Now it’s much more gradual, and I find that when I do start getting hungry I just have a hard time concentrating and my stomach actually rumbles again.
  5. I can now go to sleep much more quickly, and wake up feeling a lot more rested. I have very vivid dreams now too. Almost as vivid as when I was pregnant! The first couple of weeks you dream a lot about food. You dream of bathing in chocolate or cheating on your spouse with pizza and all other sorts of ridiculousness involving food. Eventually the crazy food dreams subside, and you just end up with just normal crazy dreams.
  6. I don’t feel like I have a ridiculous amount of energy yet,  it could be because I still wake up a few times a night with a nursing baby, but I definitely feel more energized than I was prior Whole30. I feel a little bit of tiger blood flowing now that we’re nearing the end, in the ‘I feel I could conquer anything but don’t feel the energy to do so’ kind of way, but I’m sure that’ll come with time. Here’s a great post about what “tiger blood” is all about. I’m just feeling completely content to just “be”, which is something I haven’t felt in a long time.

  7. ***If you’re family, you may want to avoid reading the following..haha*** I didn’t expect doing this Whole30 thing with my husband would have such a positive effect on our marriage, both in and out of the bedroom. Hubby might not have known, but my “desire” levels were nil prior to Whole30. I can tell a huge improvement in the romance department…even if we don’t get to act on it these days. On a non-brown-chicken-brown-cow note, we’re talking to each other more and are bonding over something of mutual interest. I couldn’t imagine doing this without him by my side!

  8. Outside of how I’m feeling, here’s some tips. Before getting started, I would recommend picking a handful of paleo/Whole 30 recipes and giving them a try beforehand. It’ll give you a feel for how things will be and you’ll realize just how delicious it is eating this way. Plus, it helps take away the scary, unknown factor.
  9. I do wonder how families with two working parents would accomplish eating this way. It’s pretty time consuming, particularly in the beginning there’s a steep learning curve, but once you get over that it’s really fairly easy. I would think, you’d have to do a lot more food prep on the weekends/nights than if you didn’t have one parent at home.
  10. It hasn’t been easy eating this way, and getting our kids to eat too. So I’ve tried to read through my recipes ahead of time and see how I could easily adapt the meal to make it edible for my kids. I’m totally against fixing them something separate from our own meals but I’ll still try to fix it in a way that they’ll eat it. For instance, I made this Sweet Potato Turkey Chili the other day, and after browning the meat and before adding the vegetables, I just took a half cup of turkey out and added a little salt and cumin and put it on tortillas with cheese for them. They scarfed it down and the hubby and I still got our delicious chili!
  11.  You’ll learn really quick to always be thinking ahead. For instance, if you need two boiled eggs for lunch one day, why don’t go ahead and boil six? Two for now and four for later. It takes just as much time to cook six as it does two! Same thing with ingredients such a spaghetti squash, sweet potatoes, or baked chicken. These things keep well in the fridge and take no extra time to make more for later. Work smarter, not harder!
  12. One of the most difficult things I struggled with was breakfast time. The best advice I got from someone is to call it “Meal One”. While I still call it breakfast, I now think of it as “Meal One”. It makes it easier for me to stomach the idea of savory and previously more dinner type foods to eat first thing in the morning. I now love eating the previously mentioned Turkey Chili for breakfast or salmon patties. Trust me, cause you’ll get sick of eggs really quickly otherwise!
  13. Ok, one bonus thought… but if you’re doubting if you can do this too, you totally can. It’s about putting mind over matter. Quit treating food as your security blanket. It’s really, really tough the first half but now that we’re in the home stretch I really can’t think of eating any other way. Sure I do miss pancakes, pizza, and wine but not as much as I’m enjoying feeling good and feeling good about myself. I was one to previously buy little debbie snacks, hide them, and then eat them all (sometimes in one sitting!). It was disgusting, I know. But it made me feel good, until I crashed 30 minutes later. I never, ever want to go back to doing that and I won’t. I’m done with it! It’s time to find other things that help me feel good, besides food. Like reading a good book, taking a walk, or being sociable again. Will I eat another slice of pizza or a cheeseburger with actual buns again? Duh, this is real life! But I’m not going to let that become my weekly daily normevery again.

I hope you found this little list inspiring or helpful. If anything, it helped me get some thoughts off my chest.

Much love y’all,


Whole30: Days Twenty – Twenty-two

Whole30: Days Twenty – Twenty-two

Yea, this trying to blog every day is for the birds. I’m really just too busy and am juggling a lot this time of year. So if you’re looking for a Whole30 blogger who has it all together and has nice, neat series with great pictures, I’m totally not your gal. However, if you dig slackers who take awful pictures, you’ve come to the right place!

Here’s a photo montage of what’s been eaten, and happening around here for past few days:

First up, here’s what my month looks like. This doesn’t include homeschooling or housework stuff. Then we’re gearing up for a vacation for two weeks at the end of the month. Also, if you look on the 11th…we’ll have completed our first Whole30! Just 9 More days!

Yea, school is back in session. Life is busy once again!

I’ve read some great Paleo books! I really can’t imagine going back to the way were eating before and we’ll try and introduce some stuff, like dairy, legumes, and certain grains, but if we react poorly we obviously won’t be eating them anymore.

First I’ve read about a third of this book, The Paleo Solution, and it looks like a book that would be filled with nothing but boring facts but Robb Wolf presents this information in a fun to read and easy to understand way.

The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf and yes there are cows on my jammies!

Secondly, if I was to recommend just one book for someone wanting to eat Paleo, it would be this one. Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo, breaks down information in a beautiful and colorful format. Filled with 30 day meal plans for all the different ways to ‘go Paleo’ and yummy recipes with stunning pictures.

Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo

I’m still awaiting the actual Whole30 book, It Starts with Food, to be available from the library but it didn’t stop me from starting! You can definitely get started with just the information on their website, Whole30.com . 

We ate some yummy stuff over the past few days though!

Before we did our big grocery shopping trip this past weekend, I was making due with what we had. Sometimes, the best food comes from these pantry raids! Like this here, lemon pepper chicken with roasted green beans.

Lemon Pepper Chicken with Roasted Green Beans

We even broke out the fancy china! Silliness aside, this dinner was no joke.

I just thawed out two boneless, skinless, chicken breasts. Sliced a large lemon in half and squeezed the juice over one piece of chicken. Then sprinkled each side with plenty of salt, fresh cracked black pepper, onion and garlic powder. Then I zested the half of the lemon on top. Repeated with the other piece of chicken. I pre-heated a cast iron grill over medium high heat and coated it in olive oil. Grilled each side for about 4-5 minutes then I finished off in a 400 degree oven for about 10 more minutes until my meat thermometer read 165º. I then squeezed a little more lemon juice on it before eating. Yum!

Another pantry raid meal was this here half-pound burger wrapped in romaine and topped with some Dijon mustard. I think it took me only 1 minute to eat the whole thing. The trick to a good homemade patty is to shape it as thin as you can before cooking, and make little indentions in the middle so it will cook evenly. And whatever you do, don’t press down on it with your spatula!

Burger on Romaine Buns

You’d think I’d been drinking with how progressively worse these pictures get, but there’s no alcohol allowed on Whole30. I spent all this time making this plate pretty, only to take a crummy picture. But here’s my breakfast one morning. A couple boiled eggs, apple slices with almond butter, and sliced cucumber with olive oil, salt, pepper, and chili powder. I really love “snacky” meals with a little bit of everything!

Cucumbers drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, then sprinkled with salt, pepper, and chili powder. A couple boiled eggs, and apple slices with almond butter.

My favorite meal, and the easiest, was the Skinnytaste canned tuna ceviche we’ve made before. However, we ate it “fish taco style” in butter lettuce leaves topped with avocado. It was the bomb.

Canned Tuna Ceviche “fish-taco style” in butter lettuce leaves and avocado

So while we were doing some shopping at Wally World, I found the famed name Coke bottles. I saw Nate’s name and pulled it out to show him, only to find my name right behind his! It’s like we’re meant to be together! (For the record, as much as I wanted to buy these, I just couldn’t bring myself to spend money on something we never would drink).

Nate+Chelsea = ❤

This post is pretty picture heavy, but I want to share just one more. Look at all this beautiful meat and eggs! All from happy, pastured, grass-fed animals!

Shady Grove Farm Haul

Here’s the run down of what we got:

  • 6 dozen eggs
  • 4 lbs ground pork
  • 3 lbs of sliced pork belly (for bacon!)
  • 3 – .5 lb strip steaks
  • 5 lbs of ground beef
  • 2 – 4 lb Chickens
  • 4 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 lbs of drumsticks
  • 3 lbs of chicken leg quarters
  • 1 qt of pastured lard

It’s all so pretty I almost don’t want to eat it.

Well I would conclude with some thoughts of how we’re doing and feeling, but Sweet Pea is crying and needs me. However, we’re feeling awesome and I think I found a little tiger blood.

much love,


Whole30: Week Three (Days 15 – 19)

Whole30: Week Three (Days fifteen – ninteen)

Well, wouldn’t you know that I had planned to blog while we were out of town these four days, but it just wasn’t in the cards for me.

My in-laws live in the country and as such, have satellite internet that wouldn’t even let you check your email, let alone post blogs. My phone service was faster 🙂 So I just pushed the blog aside and just focused on enjoying myself while I was there, and honestly, that’s what I needed to be doing any way. It’ll be easy to sum up this week because all our breakfasts and lunches were the same thing.

For breakfasts, we had these amazing Sausage Egg Muffins from PaleoOMG. It was my favorite meal each day! We made 12 muffins and I bagged them four to a ziploc bag and I could just pull out a bag, throw it on a plate and nuke ’em in the microwave for a minute and a half. Just long enough to slice an avocado and dump out some salsa to go along with it.  Et Voilà!

Stick a fork in it…my attempt at “food styling” HA!

As for lunches, we had our favorite grilled chicken salad with almonds and mandarin oranges every day. However, we bought another new brand of romaine hearts and they were extremely bitter. Which made it hard to eat, at least for me anyway.

Grilled Chicken Salad with Slivered Almonds and Mandarin Oranges

For dinners, I didn’t get a single picture. That time of night was just too hectic and I was either too famished to remember to take a picture before I ate or my camera would be dead, but here’s a breakdown.

Night One: Burgers on Romaine “Buns” w/ Carrot Fries  (Our Burgers consisted of a 1/3 lb patty, tomato, onion, mustard wrapped in romaine, but next time I’ll wrap it iceberg.)

Night Two: Perfect Pot Roast w/ Roasted Green Beans (Our chuck roast was disappointing, I’ve made this recipe before with stellar results but instead of it going in the oven, I transferred it to crock pot for 8 hours on low. It wasn’t terrible but not drool worthy as I remember. Plus the roast dissolved to almost nothing and when I thought I had enough to feed 6 people, I barely had enough for 2.)

Night Three: My favorite night…we went to In and Out Burger for the first time ever! Now I know what you’re thinking, what the heck is OK to eat at In and Out? Well don’t fear! You have a double-double, no cheese, no sauce, with mustard, grilled onions made PROTEIN STYLE! We had to pass on the fries as they are fried in vegetable oil, and OMG was that the hardest thing I had to do this entire time. They looked so fresh, hot, and crispy. It took every ounce of strength to not dump the whole pile into my mouth! I did some labor breathing techniques to help me cope, but I managed OK. It looked a little something like this:

Double-Double, No Cheese, No Sauce, with Mustard, Grilled Onions made Protein Style

Night Four: I made Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore that we’ve had before, and it was delicious as usual! For dessert we had some end of summer watermelon 🙂 It was so deliciously sweet! YUM! Plus it was far tastier while playing in the sprinkler.

Watermelon tastes better while playing in the sprinkler, don’t you think?

Now for all the fun stuff we did!

We played in the sprinkler a lot, but the highlight of our trip was going to Costco! I’ve never experienced Costco before, and that’s what it is…an experience. The closest one to us is an hour and a half away! But we are seriously considering getting a membership and making a once a month trek out there to stock up. The quantity and quality of organic goods is unmatched and worth the drive for us. We found our beloved Wild Planet tuna that we paid $5 a can for at home, for only $2.50 a can there! We got there at 7:00pm  and they closed at 8:30 pm and we still need another good hour or more before we would have finished the whole store! The whole ride back, I kept telling Nate, “I can’t get over how awesome Costco is!”. Nate made a funny remark saying that, “Costco is like the Target of warehouse stores!”. 😀

I also had our homeschool curriculum delivered while we were out there. The nerd in me did a happy dance to open a box full of shiny, new, untouched curriculum! Isn’t it beautiful?

Homeschool Curriculum…and yes, coffee is part of our schools supplies 🙂

We’re just starting out with Kindergarten this year for Pumpkin (5) and Princess (4). I feel as though they can work on the same stuff, but princess will likely want to do less right now given her attention span. For those interested, we are using Horizons K for math, Get Ready, Set, and Go for the Code for phonics, and A Reason for Handwriting K for, well, handwriting duh! We’ll be using God’s Little Explorers for bible and fun stuff 🙂 We never got to finish it last year between being super sick pregnant and moving housees, but all of these are just open and go type stuff and I’m excited to get started! We’ll also be doing lots and lots of reading and library trips!

Also on our week away we made a trip to the Tanger Outlet mall. Which we found nothing but these gaudy and very patriotic sunglasses, that somehow my daughter pulls off well ❤

PDolce and Gabbana got nothing on this girl’s style!

Pumpkin insisted on a picture too, so I obliged. He’s pretty cute if I do say so myself!

My favorite Goober ❤

We finally made it home late Thursday, and seeing as we had no food in the house we stopped at Chipotle for lunch and had carnitas on some salad with pico and guacamole. It was fabulous! However, it wasn’t as fabulous as this:

NY Strip Steak, Sweet Potato, and Green Beans

For dinner it was  NY strip steak, sweet potatoes, and roasted green beans. It was something I could pick up from the store and cook quickly and it was still cheaper than Chipotle 😛

Well, that was our week in a nutshell! Time to plan for our homestretch of Whole30! Still awaiting the Tiger Blood…

Peace, love, and chicken grease,


Whole30: Days Thirteen and Fourteen

Whole30: Day Thirteen + Fourteen

Life’s been busy trying to get ready to go out of town for four days with three kids while on Whole30! Apparently I’m glutton for punishment!  So I’m combining days thirteen and fourteen 🙂


Day Thirteen

Man, did I wake up with a headache this morning! I took two a couple ibuprofen and had this big cup for breakfast.

I like big cups and I cannot lie…

My head hurt so bad I couldn’t even stomach the thought of eating anything. Eventually, after the meds worked their magic, I heated up the last of my Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie just to have something on my stomach.

Since we were going to be out of town for the next several days, our Saturday was spent doing laundry, mowing the yard, cleaning the house, and grocery shopping. All that super fun stuff I love to do (not)! 😛

So today we tried to eat up all our leftovers and any extra produce so we didn’t have any waste. Lunch was leftover spaghetti, and  dare I say it was better on day two than the first time we had it? I love meals like that!

Leftover “Spaghetti”

We finished up cleaning the house and were famished, so we had a little snack before heading out to get groceries. These were all things just hanging out the fridge and needed to be eaten, but it was a good plate full of food!

Halved Cherry Tomatoes and Hard-Boiled Eggs

While grocery shopping, we tried a new store and it was frustrating when it came to meat in particular because all their chicken was full of chicken broth solution. Some upwards to 20%! I prefer the chicken that usually comes individually packaged without all the added broth because when you cook it, it stays the same size as when you put it in the pan! The other frozen family packs shrink up and you end up with just little chicken nuggets. BLEH!

For dinner it was Canned Tuna Ceviche, and holy moly was it AWESOME! I would call this more of a lunch dish, but we didn’t want to dirty up dishes because we were leaving in the morning. It’s essentially pico de gallo with canned tuna, topped with avocado. YUM!

Canned Tuna Ceviche — Crummy picture, but I was starving and I was ready to gobble this down!

Since dinner was so easy, I spent the rest of the night singing cooking in the kitchen and prepping stuff for our trip. This is how you get it done with a cranky baby!

Babywearing FTW!

I cranked out our salad dressing for the week and some AH-MAZING Egg Muffins from PaleOMG. I dropped the veggies and just used sausage, garlic powder, onion powder, and red pepper flakes. I also used 12 eggs so it would fill up my muffin tins and liners are ESSENTIAL. You’d never get them out otherwise. But this is a winner! I think they’d freeze easily if I wanted to make them in bulk too.


Day Fourteen

Today is the day we’re leaving for my in-laws for four days while our house is being worked on. So I was a little too busy to remember any pictures. But here’s what we ate:

Breakfast – Scrambled Eggs w/ Salsa

Lunch – I can’t remember…

Dinner – Burgers on Lettuce “Buns” w/ Carrot Fries

I really suck at making burgers, but they turned out all right. I also cooked dinner at my in-laws and I assumed there would be seasonings we could use there, but they use a lot of spice mixes and most of them contained stuff that we’re trying to avoid! You have to read every.single.label. while living this Whole30 lifetyle. It does get pretty tedious and time-consuming, and really frustrating at times but it’s worth it so far! We ended up just using plain ole salt and ground pepper for everything. The ground up pepper is a whole lot more spicy than I remember!

My carrot fries didn’t turn out as they usually do. I didn’t have access to extra virgin olive oil, or freshly ground pepper, and I bought a brand of carrots that I’m not used to and they were more plump baby carrots so they didn’t turn out quite right and needed waaaay longer than they usually do. It was enough to frustrate anyone, and I really just wanted to give in right then but somewhere I mustered up the determination to carry on.

I finished off my night with a Lara Bar treat to make me feel better 🙂

If you’re looking for days fifteen through nineteen, it’ll be labeled Week 3. I had zero wifi access for my laptop, well at least any that would run WordPress, so I will just be posting the highlights from our week out of town.

Keep Calm and Whole30 On!