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!

-C-

Whole 30: Day Eleven and My Near Failure

Whole 30: Day 11

I woke up feeling pretty much on top of the world. I felt energetic, happy, and meal one was easy because it was just heated up leftovers from my Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie the night before. My husband went on his merry way to work, and I got the big kids breakfast at a reasonable time. All was right in the world.

I grabbed my coffee and made my way to the “office” to eat my food and crank out my blog post yesterday. Here’s a picture. Just keepin’ real folks!

Meal One: Leftover Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie in the “office”. A.K.A. The dining room table.

I typed up my blog post, clicked share, and made my way to the shower while Sweet Pea was down for her morning nap. While in the shower, my husband messages me to let me know something was wrong with my recipe.

 

Why yes, I cried over peas. I cry over sappy commercials. I cry when I see a beautiful rainbow. I also cry when I’m pregnant and I eat a Schlotsky’s sandwich and it tastes like heaven on my tongue because… ‘mones.

However, It was an honest mistake. The only sneaky legumes I remembered were peanuts and edamame (which is technically soy? sheez! This food group stuff is tricky business!), I saw green and thought it was an OK thing. I thought I had just undone all the hard work we had put in these last 11 days, and in the moment it really felt that way. However, once I was over the initial crying phase, I realize it is about more than just “not eating” these certain food groups, it is about completely changing your relationship with food and people with healthy relationships with food don’t cry over the fact they “accidentally” ate some darn peas! I’m not about to let a 1/4 of cup of peas let me completely undo all the hard changes I’ve made. Believe me, if I wanted to “give in” it would be for a What-a-burger with cheese and mustard and not peas!

So I’m hanging the cat posters and putting on my big girl panties, cause I’m not giving in!

I think when we finish our 30 days, I wanna celebrate with a Paleo treat. Like some pancakes smothered in maple syrup, or some Paleo Krunch Granola. I’m not going to want to binge out on pizza or ice cream. So now I have something to look forward to, and  yet it is still good for me.

Speaking of good for me, lunch was great! I made my Tuna Salad recipe but I added an mashed avocado to give it that creamy texture to replace the missing mayo. I think next time I’ll put some on butter lettuce leaves and eat it as a wrap. I also threw dinner in the crock pot.

Tuna Salad with Mashed Avocado over Salad Greens, Diced Apples, and Slivered Almonds

 

I still felt a little depressed about my mess-up the rest of the day, and I had to process why I felt the way I did. So, I spent most of the afternoon snuggling my Sweet Pea while she napped. I mean, who wouldn’t want to snuggle this sweet girl!

I just love her!

Luckily dinner was easy peasy. It was a familiar recipe too, one I’ve made dozens of times and also another skinnytaste.com recipe! Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps. We had it without ranch or blue cheese, but it was still delicious! If I had the time or energy I would have made some Paleo Ranch, but it was still good without. If you have any favorite recipes you liked prior to Whole30, I think it helps to try pick ones that are compliant or easily adaptable. It’s nice to have familiar tasting stuff once in awhile.

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps on Fancy Paper China

After dinner, I made a run to the library to see if they had a copy of the Whole30 book, It Starts with Food, but it was checked out. However, I picked up Robb Wolf’s book, The Paleo Solution  and Diane Sanfillipo’s, Practical Paleo. (All non-affiliate links) I’ll try and post reviews when I’m done reading them.

I’ll leave you with this cat poster to remind you to never give up if you just BELIEVE in yourself! 😛

believe

 

 

Everything is awesome,

-C-

Whole30: Day Ten + Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie Recipe *UPDATE*

Whole30: Day Ten

***Update – 8/22/2014 — I apologize, but I wasn’t aware that peas are a no-go on Whole30 (They’re legumes!). I’m revising my recipe for Shepherd’s pie to have no peas. It’ll still taste delicious, I promise 🙂 We’re not considering this a fail, and are not “starting over”. Believe me, if I wanted to break the rules it would be over a What-a-burger with cheese, mustard, all the way and not some peas! It was an honest mistake. Forgive me! ***

We’re a third of the way there! Apparently, according to the Whole30 Timeline, day ten is when many people want to jump off the bandwagon. The newness wears off, the cravings are stronger, and you can’t really see an end in sight yet. I’m finding myself experiencing the exact opposite. I feel more excited about the process, my cravings for “off-limit” stuff is really subsiding, and twenty more days doesn’t seem very long to me. Your miles may vary though 🙂

After yesterday morning, and starting my day with sweets and no protein, I was determined to start my day off right. Also, I dreamed of fajitas and woke up starving. So I made my favorite meal one food, scrambled eggs with an equal salsa to egg ratio, along with half a sliced avocado. I also had a banana as I was still hungry after all that, but I didn’t snack all morning! I’m really hoping by the end of our thirty days, I can handle just three big meals and maybe a small snack between lunch and dinner.

Meal One: Scrambled Eggs, Salsa, and Half an Avocado

Today was coffee delivery day, and we didn’t have enough for a normal pot this morning, so I had to make us particularly weak coffee. Better weak coffee than no coffee as I always say! Luckily our bike guy came early today! The kids love seeing the bike taxi drive up and getting the bag, almost more than I do 🙂 Today’s bag was an El Salvador Santa Emilia medium roast bean. I about fainted when I inhaled it. It smelled of graham crackers. Mmm!

For lunch, I made a huge pan of my carrot fries in hopes I’d share them with my hubby but he was at lunch meeting with his Crossfit group for a weigh-in. Since he started about a month an half ago, he’s down 10 lbs! Hubby didn’t start it to lose weight, he started it get more active. I can tell such a difference in his whole demeanor. I’m so proud of him for sticking with it! He smiles more and seems more confident and that alone is worth it 🙂

Enough of the mushy crud, since he didn’t come home until late for lunch I polished off that tray all by myself. Better to binge on carrots than brownies right? I think I may have orange skin at the end of thirty days. I also made another grilled chicken salad. Today it was served halved grape tomatoes, almonds, and our favorite apple cider vinaigrette.

Grilled Chicken Salad with Grape Tomatoes, Almonds and Apple Cider Vinaigrette

The kids spent almost all day outside. My son, Pumpkin in particular, wanted to wait “patiently” (his words, not mine) on the mailman. I told him it would be a very long time, nearly two hours, and he said, “That’s fine! I can be patient!”, and he was. That kid is infatuated with all our public service people. Whether it’s trash truck guys, the mailman, or our coffee delivery guy, Pumpkin loves to talk to them and watch them work.

Since the big kids played well outside, and the baby napped a long time, I actually got some time alone to laminate. Sexy, right? 😛 But this is a homeschool mom’s dream! Coffee and making plastic-coated paper. Me-ow! If you know of a homeschool mom, buy her a laminator and see if she doesn’t crazy over it! Wasn’t it just yesterday I was drooling over Backstreet Boys? 😀

Laminating and Coffee. Every homeschool mom’s dream!

This afternoon, I felt a burst of energy. I’m not sure if it was just the alone time with the laminator coffee or the Whole-30 side effects, but it was welcome! I can’t stress enough how much better I feel eating this way. I feel so clear headed, less moody, and if this energy keeps up…I’m totally sold. Not to mention, I’m sleeping more soundly. Well, as soundly as you can with a co-sleeping, three-month old nursling.

Let me wrap today up with dinner. I really should have started cooking this in the morning and let it sit in the fridge and then heat it up before dinner because it was labor intensive. Not really hard, but time consuming. So here’s my Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie:

Whole30 Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Whole30: Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Serves: 6      Cook Time: 30 minutes     Prep Time: 30 minutes      Total Time: 60 minutes

This recipe was heavily adapted from Skinnytaste.com. Original recipe can be found here

Ingredients:

For the potatoes:

  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 TBSP Coconut Milk
  • 1 TBSP Ghee
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the filling:

  • 20 oz. 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, diced
  • 1 cup frozen green beans
  • 2 tbsp almond flour*
  • 1 cup chicken broth***
  • 1 TBSP tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • salt and pepper
  • paprika

Boil sweet potatoes and garlic in a pot of salted water until cooked. About 20 minutes.Drain and mash with coconut milk, ghee, and salt and pepper.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a large saute pan brown turkey; season with salt and pepper. When cooked, set aside on a plate. Add olive oil to the pan, then add the onion and sauté one minute. Add the celery, carrot, salt and pepper to taste; cook about 12 minutes, until celery is soft.

Add garlic and mushrooms; sauté another 3-4 minutes. Add almond flour, salt and pepper and mix well. Add frozen green beans, chicken broth or water, tomato paste, rosemary, cooked turkey, and mix well. Simmer on low about 5-10 minutes.

Dump mixture into a 9 x 13 baking dish. Top with mashed sweet potatoes. Use a fork to scrape the top of the potatoes to make ridges; sprinkle with paprika. Bake 30 minutes or until potatoes turn golden. Remove from oven and let it cool 10 minutes before serving.

* – (although, I would likely use arrowroot in the future)

*** – (I thought I bought compliant broth, but it had honey. So I just used water. Apparently, the only compliant one is one you make yourself. Ain’t nobody got time for that!)

 

It was super delicious! I had seconds, and it would make a great meal one in the morning.

I’m still having a hard time cutting out the after dinner snacking. But at least it’s grapes right?

We finally finished season two of Once Upon a Time. I really need to express my dislike of “Belle’s” acting. I didn’t like her in Lost either. Maybe it’s the writing more than her acting abilities? Either way, I’m hoping season three is better. I’ll give it a few more episodes, but I’m really holding out for Anna and Kristoff in season four 😛 I may like Frozen as much as the kids!

Let it go,

-C-