Whole30: Day 14 {Recipe}

I am starting to get really burnt out of dinner ideas–I refuse eat chicken and veggies for one more meal! Food boredom is real. Pinterest has been my go to resource for discovering new recipes and food blogs. The downside is, I often run into lots of other yummy meals that aren’t quite Paleo, but look so darn tasty. It’s really testing my willpower!

However, I did come up with a new yummy breakfast. I made a breakfast salad of spring greens, sausage, and soft boiled eggs. The runny yokes act as a delicious dressing!

Whole30: Breakfast Salad

Whole30 Breakfast Salad

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Whole30: Day 13 {Recipe}

Whole30 Salsa Verde Shredded Beef Burrito Bowls

I was inspired by Chipotle’s Burrito Bowls (tortilla-less burritos) and this slow cooker recipe to create Salsa Verde Shredded Beef Burrito Bowls. Instead of using a slow cooker, I used my dutch oven to brown the roast, which I seasoned with salt, pepper, and taco seasoning. Once browned on all sides, I arranged it, fat side up and poured verde salsa over it.

Whole30: Verde Salsa Shredded Beef Burrito Bowls

Herdez Salsa Verde is my favorite (and it’s Paleo/Whole30 approved). I used most of this 24 oz bottle.

DSC_0017I put the lid on and placed it in the oven at 300 degrees for about 4 hours. My roast was pretty big, so keep in mind that the time and/or temperature may need to be adjusted depending on the size of roast. Once the beef was nice a tender I shredded it and served it over greens (romaine and spring mix) and tomatoes and topped it will a couple big spoonfuls of homemade guacamole.

Whole30: Verde Salsa Shredded Beef Burrito Bowls

Best of all, there was plenty left over for tomorrow!

Whole30: Day 12

Andrew quit the Whole30 today. Breakfast has been hard for him since he gets up earlier than the rest of us and normally eats cereal. He doesn’t want to wake up earlier just so he has time to make eggs and neither one of us can come up with an egg-less breakfast idea. He choose to quit and solidified his decision by stealing a bite of our toddler’s quesadilla. Now it’s just me. However, family dinners will still be Whole30-compliant! And thankfully, no one in this family seems to mind our new dinner menu. Little ones included:

Whole30 Baby

I have been tempted to think of the Whole30 as a diet, because I don’t know anything else. But a diet couldn’t be more different. This biggest difference being, that dieting has always been about trying to be sustained with less fat and less food. Dieting forces you to keep a mental tally of everything you have had to eat that day and review that list every time you reach for something to eat. With the Whole30 I am learning to make real whole food in new, extremely satisfying ways and I don’t feel like I have to try and eat less. If anything, I am eating much more food. No tallying and no guilt! I can honestly say, no diet has ever made me feel like this.

Whole30: Day 11

My emotions are all over the place today. I have a lot on my mind and I have been feeling really stressed the last few days. Normally, I would turn to food for comfort but that is not an option this month. I am still deciding if that is a good thing or not. I also noticed how effective food commercials are when I found myself drooling during a KFC ad–I can’t stand that place! I find that I am mentally keeping a list of all the things I want to eat again when this is all over, which is totally beside the point of a Whole30. I am interested to see if I still want them once the month is over.

Whole30: Day 10

Today is my husband’s 28th birthday and he is less than thrilled that we are doing the Whole30 this month. Before you think I am a terrible person for dragging my husband into my Whole30 during his birthday month, you need to understand that he doesn’t think birthdays should be celebrated. Despite his grinch-y attitude towards birthdays, he deserves some extra points for sticking with the Whole30 on his birthday!

As for me, I am still hanging in there. That glimmer of energy I experienced a few days ago left as soon as it came but I’m holding out hope that it returns. Instead I am experiencing some less than pleasant stomach pain. Hopefully that is a sign that my gut is healing as promised.

And in that spirit of painful honesty, I broke the no scale rule a few days ago. It was Sunday evening when I was thinking about quitting. It was a little act of rebellion. The scale is back in the closet where it will stay until this month is over.

Whole30: Day 9

I watched the movie Fed Up this afternoon. It is a documentary about how deadly and addictive sugar is. I highly recommend seeing it. My heart broke for the overweight and obese kids in this movie. I had a glimpse of that pain in middle school.

My mom took me to the doctor when I packed on 50 pounds in less than a year. She was understandably worried and concerned for me and had the doctor run some tests. If I recall correctly, one of those tests was a blood test that determined that I had high cholesterol. I was chubby and depressed and didn’t understand what was going on with me.

This documentary explained so much about what was going on. Middle School was the first time candy, treats, and greasy foods were available at every lunch and after school in the student store. My mom only gave me money to buy a school lunch once a week, but what she probably wasn’t aware of is how often I spent my own money to buy hostess cupcakes to go with the lunches she packed. They came in packs of three and I could not resist those things. If that wasn’t enough, I also sold See’s chocolate bars to make money for camp. I am pretty sure I singlehandedly paid for camp that year with all of the chocolate I sold to myself. 

What is so scary about sugar is all the places it’s hidden. It is added into everything. The movie stated that of all processed food on the market, 80% have ADDED sugar. My mom tried hard to provide us with nutritious meals at home but she was powerless to stop me from finding sugar-laden food elsewhere.

My biggest hope is that this Whole30 will help me find the strength and knowledge to live on less sugar. I hope to provide my two girls a home of clean, healthy, whole foods where sugar is a rarity. I pray they are able to resist sugar’s temptation better than I have.

Whole30: Day 8 {Recipe}

I have finished one whole week! Yippee! This morning I woke up with more energy than I have had in a long time. All day I was productive and happy! I danced and played with my toddler, cleaned the kitchen, mopped the floors, tried three new recipes, and pushed myself through an especially challenging CrossFit WOD. I am so glad I continued with my Whole30. And I hope this energy and motivation continues! 

Chicken Salad Over Greens Whole30 Approved

For lunch I made a Chicken Salad Over Greens with homemade mayonnaise. I used this recipe to make the mayonnaise. My first attempt failed miserably. I am not sure exactly what caused the problem, but my second attempt worked beautifully! Here is how to make this salad:

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons mayonnaise (use more if needed)

1/2 cup canned chicken (left over chicken, shredded or chopped would work great too)

1/3 cup grapes, sliced in half (about one handful)

1 very small apple, diced (or about 1/3 cup of diced apple)

1/4 cup cashews, roughly chopped

Salad (Mixed greens, romaine, spinach, spring mix, and/or shredded carrots)

1/2 Avocado

Directions:

To make the chicken salad mix the chicken, mayonnaise, apple, grapes, and cashews in a small bowl. If desired, add more mayonnaise. Scoop the chicken salad over a plate of greens and garnish with half an avocado. Makes 1 large salad.

Whole30: Day 7

The newness and excitement of the Whole30 has officially worn off and I have started to think of all the reasons why one week is enough. I desperately want to be done. What’s crazy is there isn’t one thing I can think of that I would run and eat, I am sure I would find something just because I “could” but there is not a specific craving that is tempting me–I just don’t want to say no anymore. 

I ran all my excuses and reasons for wanting to quit past my husband, Andrew, and quickly realized that talking to him wasn’t helping. He is mostly doing the Whole30 to support me, so he was ready to break out the bread and peanut butter the minute I called it quits. 

When I am being honest with myself, I know I want to see this through, so I called my biggest supporter, my mom. It was just what I needed. I also realized that I was hungry and I needed to eat something. With my stomach full, and my mom’s well-timed words of encouragement ringing in my ears, I am once again determined to see this through.

Whole30: Day 6

How’s it going to far?

The last two days I have been grumpy and short-tempered. Most of the time I am fine, but if one little thing goes awry, then All. Hell. Breaks. Loose. I am crossing my fingers that this side effect goes away quickly! So far, the cravings have been manageable. I think this is do in part to the strictness of the program, it’s not a question of if I should indulge or how much should I indulge, the answer is simply, no.

Meal Planning and Shopping:

Today I planned all our meals for the next week and went grocery shopping. We still have a lot of meat on hand, so I mostly bought fruit and vegetables. Lately, Andrew and the girls have been eating their weight in fruit. Likely, a lot more than is recommend for the Whole30. However, as far as my girls are concerned, I have a hard time saying no to fruit, so I have started offering protein and veggies first and then finishing with fruit. (Pictured is only half of the fruit I bought, not pictured is raspberries, strawberries, grapes, nectarines, and peaches, all in Costco-sized proportions)

Whole30: Fruit bowl

I have been shocked and humbled to discover that a handful of people actually read and follow this little blog! Thank you! Since many of you are here because I am writing about my Whole30 experience, I thought it might be helpful to post my meal plan, so I am posting the rough outline I have for our dinners and veggies I have planned for this week. I tend to pick the vegetables the day of depending on what sounds good/ how much time I have. As far as breakfast goes, I am not super creative and tend to just eat some variation of eggs; scrambled with green onion, soft boiled over spinach, omelet with spinach and chicken, or hash browns and fried eggs. For lunch I have been eating left overs or taco salad but I plan to try a chicken salad with grapes, apples, and cashews over spinach sometime this week.

Dinners:

Monday – Chicken Tortilla-less Soup

Tuesday – Italian Roast Chicken (again, since everyone really liked it)

Wednesday – Steak

Thursday – Artichoke Chicken Thighs

Friday – Easy Paleo Chicken Curry and Roasted Cauliflower “Rice”

Saturday – Grilled Chicken with Tarragon Mushroom Cream Sauce and Quick Baked Potatoes

Sunday – Pot Roast

Vegetables:

Steamed Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, or Green beans

Salad (with Tessamae dressing)

Baked or Mashed Potatoes

Marinated Veggies – (Substitute soy sauce for coconut aminos)

Green Bean Amandine

Cauliflower Carrot Herb Mash

Simple Oven-Baked Carrots