R1D14 – Carrot Salad

I’m trying to bring more raw vegetables into my diet – I like the crunch and the freshness in the flavors.  So after Googling a couple recipes, I pulled together the following last night and it was great!image

I spiralized 6 large carrots, grated an apple (next time I’ll just take the time to cut it), chopped up some walnuts, and added some Tessemae’s Lemon Garlic Dressing  – very refreshing!  I’m excited that my local grocery store now carries the Tessemae’s line…the Lemon Garlic is all I have bought so far, but see myself slowly trying the others, and maybe the ketchup.

Enjoy!

First Weekend – Days 4 & 5 (R1D4 & D5)

So the days of “kill all the things” landed on a weekend, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat.  Saturday  morning started off ROUGH after a late night, many wakeups and a VERY early morning (4:30 what?) with our 2.5-year old…so I had lot against me rolling into this “fun” phase.

imageOnce the morning got rolling, I made a very simple breakfast and a BIG coffee.  I quickly steamed the asparagus, scooped out the avocado, fried up an egg, and warmed up the rest (well, not the pineapple…which my daughter ended up eating anyway).

 

 

 

imageAs we were doing things around the house before having family over in the afternoon, I put a spaghetti squash in the oven and tomato sauce on the stove (both recipes are from the Whole30 book)…and both delicious!  Heated up the leftover pork for the last time, along with asparagus again…and added on cataloupe and walnuts.

Weekend eating has always been VERY tough on me…  If I was to have breakfast, it would’ve been right away or mid-morning…which doesn’t help in getting lunch done at the right time and then dinner comes quick after full weekend days…so I’m willing to bet now that I look back, I over-ate a lot on weekends.  And lunches especially would be done on a whim…and never very great for me.  I’ve never been a big fast food person, that’s a good thing…so my idea of a fast food lunch on a weekend would be Subway – not awful, but what was I filling myself with?  Not at all close to the nutrition I now get with each meal!

We had a bunch of family over for my Mom’s birthday Saturday afternoon and thankfully we planned a Whole30 meal as my Mom, sister and brother-in-law have successfully completed their programs and continue on them in their own way…but also because I’m only just starting…  With kids running around and bellies rumbling, we served up as as soon as we could and I didn’t end up snapping a pic of my food.  It was fantastic though – I filled my plate up with Delmonico steak, grilled shrimp, green beans and a potato with dump ranch.  So good, and tomorrow morning I get to have steak and eggs for breakfast thanks to that delicious dinner!  I did skip out on the dessert, strawberry shortcake, and opted for a decaf coffee with coconut oil.

Sunday morning we woke up to snow – SNOW IN APRIL!  I’ve had enough.  Thankfully sleep was better, so I woke feeling much better about the day…but it really seemed like no matter what we did, my child wasn’t happy.  So the day was a struggle – was it a “kill all things” day?  Not really…but  man, it wasn’t easy either…  I think I’m also starting to feel the day 6 effects of “I need a nap”.  That should be fun since it falls on a MONDAY.

imageBreakfast was mostly leftovers as usual…only having to cook the eggs up.  Green beans, broccoli, egg roll in a bowl and sweet potatoes.  I don’t know why it feels so strange to eat such savory non-breakfast things for breakfast, but it does!  I’ve been an adult for long enough, but have always stuck to true breakfast foods.  Why not just eat what you like and what your body wants?

 

 

imageWhen my sister visited on Saturday for my Mom’s birthday, she arrived with compliant kielbasa for me!!  Sounds so simple, but it made me so happy.  For some reason, my grocery store doesn’t sell the compliant kielbasa that the same chain carries just a few miles away!  So from now on, my sister will be my kielbasa supplier.  So I was certain to make it part of a meal this weekend – cooked it up for lunch, along with leftover potato and green beans from last night’s dinner, some dump ranch, grapes and and walnuts rounded up this tasty lunch.  Although I seemed hungrier leading up to dinner more than usual…

As I said earlier, we woke to snow today – but I couldn’t stop sneezing…my allergies were INSANE.  But really?  Allergies with snow outside??  My sister mentioned that this could very well be part of my detox – well, I don’t like it one bit!!!  Even a dose of Zyrtec was unsuccessful.

Since it was Sunday, it was time to get some prep done for the next few days…so I made the guacamole from the Whole30 book (yum!) and roasted some veggies:image      image

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For dinner, I made one of my pre-Whole30 favorites…a balsamic chicken slow cooker meal that I would serve over spaghetti.  I figured it couldn’t hurt to try the recipe without the 1 teaspoon of sugar (the only non-compliant ingredient) the recipe listed…and it was just as delicious as always.  So for me, I served it over spaghetti squash, added green beans, a garden salad with dump ranch and some cashews for crunch – all very satisfying.  The chicken recipe can be found HERE.

So I made it through the “kill all things” phase…hopefully…  And I’m glad to say that for 5 days, I have remained on plan and am forging ahead.  My breakfast plate for tomorrow is made up and ready to be heated – not a bad way to start a Monday!  Thanks for reading!

Day 3 (R1D3)

Happy Friday – here we go again!  Day 3 started off early thanks to my toddler, but it didn’t take long to look forward to breakfast!  With the weekend ahead, I plan to cook up some of my favorites so that throughout the week, I’m mostly heating up sides.  I have found that if I create my breakfast plate the night before as I’m putting dinner away, it saves a LOT of time in the morning.  So before I went to bed on day 2, my breakfast plate was ready to go (not including the eggs, avocado, or dump ranch).

imageBreakfast:  chicken & apple sausage, 2 eggs, 1/2 of an avocado, steamed broccoli, sweet potatoes with dump ranch, zoodles and strawberries (which ended up being eaten by my daughter)…  I definitely prefer a small amount of different veggies on one plate instead of just one or two – hopefully I can keep up on the prep so it continues to be so easy!

 

 

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Thank goodness for leftovers from the last few days/nights…makes for an easy lunch!  I really can’t get enough of the random butternut squash puree I accidentally made yesterday, so will be making that “recipe” again soon!

Lunch = chicken salad on greens, butternut squash, baked fries with dump ranch and raw cashews…I LOVE cashews!

 

 

Friday mornings are when I take my trip to Sam’s Club after daycare drop-off.  For the last 1.5 years, I’ve had the premium membership…SO worth the money because you can shop for HOURS before the store opens!  So the place is always dead and I can fly around and get out of there in about 15 minutes…  Today was my first trip since starting Whole30 and if I thought I used to buy a lot of produce, holy heck do I buy ALL the produce now!

imagePictured here:  2 pounds peppers, 2 pounds avocados, 2 pounds lemons, 2 pounds strawberries, 1 pound blueberries, 2 pounds green beans, 3 pounds asparagus, 5 pounds carrots, 6 pounds of apples, 8 pounds of sweet potatoes, not pictured…3 pounds of bananas.  No this will not be a weekly occurrence, but some of these may!

 

 

 

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Have I talked enough about leftovers?  Thank goodness for them, because they made up part of dinner tonight…  I started cooking Egg Roll in a Bowl once my daughter was in bed, but then the sleep refusal kicked in and I found myself in her room for over an hour…  Once I finally had a moment to eat, I had already throw broccoli in the microwaves and had leftover pork to heat up.  Not the perfect plate, but it did the job.

Earlier in the evening, I had made my daughter a homemade pizza – I’m just proud of myself that I didn’t dive into those leftovers after the night I had…

So here comes the first weekend on Whole30 – lots of prep ahead and definitely some good eats.

 

Day 1 (R1D1)

Day 1 is known as “No big deal/what have I done”.  I was prepared and ready to go – the day before I started, I prepped some of the sides in hopes of making it an easy morning.  Before bed, I plated most of my food for morning – it looked a little sad…but that changed come morning!
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Breakfast round-up:  steamed broccoli, roasted peppers, onions, zucchini, sweet potatoes, dump ranch (on potatoes), 2 eggs fried in coconut oil, chicken and apple sausages (about 1/3 of a link), some strawberries for sweetness, and coffee whipped up with coconut oil.  It was delicious!  And a lot of food!
Although, I’m a bit nervous that breakfast is going to be a challenge because of 3 things:  1) getting the day going…showering/getting ready, getting a toddler ready for her day and shuttling her to daycare before getting home to work (I work from home…the best!); 2) you can only have coffee once you’ve started eating; and 3) breakfast should be within 1 hour of waking.  #3 is probably the toughest part – last year I participated in a weight loss program that included NO BREAKFAST!  We won’t discuss that, but its also trained me to not eat breakfast…so the idea of eating so early is a bit foreign to me.  I’ve been used to drinking coffee throughout the morning on an empty stomach and then having a small snack leading up to lunch.  Hoping my body can easily adjust to this.

I ate breakfast around 6:30 and was satisfied most of the morning, with some hunger starting around 11:30.

imageLunch:  homemade chicken salad (chicken, celery, red onion, walnuts, Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil mayo…and its cheaper if you join Thrive Market) on greens, raw carrots with dump ranch, raspberries, and a side of cashews

 

 

 

Pre-Whole30, I’d guess our dinners 75% of the time included a meat, side salad, a cooked veggie, and a grain.  Other than watching the ingredients I’m using and not including a grain, I’m suspecting that dinner won’t feel as different…except for the lack of blue cheese dressing!!

Dinner:  walnut crusted pork tenderloin (from the Whole30 book), roasted veggies and butternut squash, salad with balsamic vinaigrette (recipe came on the salad dressing bottle). I overdid it on the veggies and didn’t finish the salad…which was pretty surprising…I’m not sure I have ever used the words “I overdid it on veggies” – LOL.
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So day 1 is done and it went pretty well! Because of our schedules, we eat dinner once our daughter is in bed…so we’re usually sitting down around 8 to eat. Seeing that it had been 8 hours between lunch and dinner, I drank a ton of water and slowly ate a small bag of Wonderful Pistachios starting around 5 to tide me over. Lo and behold, it worked!

Days 2 and 3 are called the hangover days…ugh I hope that’s not gonna be the case!!!