Whole30 – 2016TD24

Whole30 2014For the next 30+ days, I will be eating meat, vegetables, healthy fats, fruits and nuts. I will not be eating processed food, sugar, dairy, grains or legumes, and I won’t be consuming any alcohol.

I’ve done a few Whole30 challenges before, but this time I’m looking for something a little different. I lost touch with my Paleo choices last year and I would like to reconnect with what it means to feel healthy, vibrant, and in tune with my whole self.

If you’re doing a Whole30 or other challenge, if you are living/exploring the Paleo lifestyle, or if you are simply looking for some tasty recipes to add to your repertoire, be sure to leave a comment to let me know you’re out there! I am so glad you stopped by!

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Day 24 is done!

Quote of the Day: Do all things with love.

I’m a sucker for just about anything that talks about love. This simple quote is probably one of my favorites that we’ve had during this process because it really speaks to me. This journey is so much about love. Love for ourselves. Love of food. Love of experimentation and rising to the occasion and living and loving life to the fullest. It just sums it all up.

If we are to live our lives in the healthiest way, then we need to figure out how to love the journey. For me, I would be extremely sad if someone said that in order for me to be healthy I would need to eat boring, flavorless food with very little variety. Truly, I would be devastated. And there have been times in my life when I thought that in order to be healthy and fit that I needed to eat fat-free yogurt with cardboard-like cereal mixed in and steamed veggies and plain grilled chicken breast…or some variation of those things. When I discovered that by choosing nutrient-dense, whole foods I could eat more in tune with my hunger, have it taste amazing, and find a healthy place, well…that’s when I was hooked. Eat delicious food and be healthy? Count me in!

There’s more to it than that, though, isn’t there? It’s about loving yourself enough to do that which makes you feel your best, even if it’s hard at times. And not losing sight of that. Last night’s quote about obstacles being what you see when you take your eyes off your goal, was a powerful quote too. We put up roadblocks to loving ourselves all the time, in so many ways. I think that negative self-talk is often an obstacle to reaching our goals and yet so many of us engage in it. I’ve gotten pretty good about being kinder to myself inside my head, but it definitely slips out sometimes. Just the other day I stepped out of the shower and caught myself mid-thought, actually berating myself for (over-)snacking on nuts and dried fruit. I’ve mentioned that it’s a thing for me and I said some not very nice stuff to myself. Then I realized what I was doing and stopped. Do all things with love. That includes talking to ourselves, acknowledging bad choices, accepting rough days, and more.

So please, as you go through your day today, remember to do all things with love. Then look back on your day and see how it might be different because you kept love at the forefront.

Day 24 – The Details

5:30am – Black coffee

7:15am – 2 eggs, slaw, 1/2 tsp. coconut oil, 1/4 avocado, sauerkraut

12:00pm – Curried chicken salad with lettuce, cucumbers, avocado, apple

2:30pm – Banana and almond butter with cinnamon

3:30pm – Carrots

5:00pm – Meatballs, broccoli-tomato salad, sweet potato

Food: Everything went pretty well today. I was oddly hungry off and on. Probably just trying to recalibrate a bit.

Mood: I felt mostly happy and light-hearted. My son was home sick from school, but not terribly sick, so it was nice to hang out with him.

Sleep: 6 1/2 hours. Seriously not enough lately. I really notice when I’m short 30 minutes to an hour. I wasn’t tired all day, but I just want those extra minutes.

Activity: None. 😦 With my job and charity event heating up, my sick kiddo, and my husband out of town, there just wasn’t any way for me to get my workout in.

Focus – No food at the computer: I blew this one today, but I caught myself. It was the carrots – so not something I’m particularly worried about eating, but I was eating them as a distraction while working. It’s usually when I’m super busy that I feel the urge to crunch on stuff. Better than all those almonds and raisins, but I was working and eating mindlessly. I’ll be tackling this again tomorrow. 

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Whole30 – 2016TD23

Whole30 2014For the next 30+ days, I will be eating meat, vegetables, healthy fats, fruits and nuts. I will not be eating processed food, sugar, dairy, grains or legumes, and I won’t be consuming any alcohol.

I’ve done a few Whole30 challenges before, but this time I’m looking for something a little different. I lost touch with my Paleo choices last year and I would like to reconnect with what it means to feel healthy, vibrant, and in tune with my whole self.

If you’re doing a Whole30 or other challenge, if you are living/exploring the Paleo lifestyle, or if you are simply looking for some tasty recipes to add to your repertoire, be sure to leave a comment to let me know you’re out there! I am so glad you stopped by!

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Day 23 is done!

Quote of the Day: “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford

I’m sorry – I’m tired today. I’ll be back for more tomorrow.

Day 23 – The Details

4:30am – Black coffee

6:15am – 2 eggs, 1/2 tsp. coconut oil, 1/4 avocado w/ cucumber and curry mayo

12:00pm – 1/2 a burger patty

1:30pm – a few shrimp, roasted brussies and cauliflower, carrots and guacamole, watermelon

6:00pm – Chili, apple, almond butter

Food: Hung out with friends for the football game. I’m looking forward to a calm week of pretty basic meals. It’s just my son and me so I might rely on a few things hanging around in the freezer.

Mood: I was with friends a lot today so everything was lovely.

Sleep: 6 hrs. My husband left before dawn but I was able to get back to sleep for a little bit.

Activity: Bootcamp/Cardio class. Super fun, intense, felt great.

Focus – No food at the computer: This wasn’t an issue today because I wasn’t in front of the computer much. It is the coming week where I will need to work on this. 

Whole30 – 2016TD22

Whole30 2014For the next 30+ days, I will be eating meat, vegetables, healthy fats, fruits and nuts. I will not be eating processed food, sugar, dairy, grains or legumes, and I won’t be consuming any alcohol.

I’ve done a few Whole30 challenges before, but this time I’m looking for something a little different. I lost touch with my Paleo choices last year and I would like to reconnect with what it means to feel healthy, vibrant, and in tune with my whole self.

If you’re doing a Whole30 or other challenge, if you are living/exploring the Paleo lifestyle, or if you are simply looking for some tasty recipes to add to your repertoire, be sure to leave a comment to let me know you’re out there! I am so glad you stopped by!

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Day 22 is done!

Quote of the Day: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle

Guess what? It was menu tasting day! It was a lot of fun and I got to enjoy myself with two lovely friends as we sampled different dishes for our event. And now it’s back to the final week of my Whole30.

Sometimes I think these quotes are picked out of the Universe (in advance) for exactly what is happening. Not really, I guess, but maybe… Because today, I broke the rules of the Whole30 in order to do the tasting for my charity. Tomorrow, I will be back on my path. Does this one day negate all the progress that I have made so far? I don’t think so. If it were my first Whole30, I would probably start over because there really are internal, external and psychological changes that have happened for me with each challenge I’ve completed. This one is a little different. But this one doesn’t end on January 31 either. What I repeatedly do is eat mostly Paleo. What I occasionally do is splurge.

I also like the part about excellence being a habit. I’m definitely not claiming excellence, but when I think about the most successful days and weeks I’ve had with my eating, they have all begun with a lot of planning and preparation. That piece has become a habit. The things that I need to have on hand in my refrigerator are always available. That means that tomorrow will have me hard boiling eggs and making some sort of protein in large quantity that I can eat for the week. It also means making sure I have some veggies that are either cooked or prepped. I have a head of cauliflower, so it’s very likely that I’ll make some cauliflower rice and I have a spaghetti squash that I can roast off. My husband is out of town, so that will probably be all I’ll need this week. With greens and lettuce and cucumbers and celery, of course, because those are always around for breakfast and random salads.

Day 22 – The Details

4:30am – Black coffee

6:15am – 2 eggs, 1/2 tsp. coconut oil, 1/4 avocado, cucumber, curry powder in a smidge of mayo (I mixed it all together in a salad. Yum!)

12:30pm – Tasting

6:00pm – Chili, 1/4 avocado, broccoli with a drizzle of evoo

Food: Wow! Normal breakfast, normal dinner. I could have let the whole tasting experience turn into a different kind of day, but it actually felt really good to have a normal dinner, almost as if the lunch didn’t happen. For some people, it might seem totally normal to do that. Balanced, in fact. And that’s what I work on. Constantly.

Mood: Great!

Sleep: 6 hours. Up late, up early. Tomorrow will be the same, but hopefully I’ll get to bed a little earlier.

Activity: Weights and a dog walk! Seriously – Cloud 9. It was a beautiful evening and I just had to get out for a little bit. It was great! I guess I’m pretty easily pleased. Just give me a pretty sky and some fresh air and I’m good to go.

Focus – Meditate Daily: Early morning. I’m beginning to enjoy my morning meditation quite a bit. For the longest time I was doing it more in the afternoon because I seemed able to find a pocket of time and I liked how it divided my day. But I’m really enjoying the morning right now. I feel like I still need this as my focus because seeing it at the bottom convinced me to meditate a couple of times when it was already night and I hadn’t found the time earlier. But I think I have something else that needs even more attention. I plan to continue my daily meditation practice so hopefully it’s solid enough right now that I can let it go from the blog. Tomorrow will have a new focus.

Whole30 – 2016TD21

Whole30 2014For the next 30+ days, I will be eating meat, vegetables, healthy fats, fruits and nuts. I will not be eating processed food, sugar, dairy, grains or legumes, and I won’t be consuming any alcohol.

I’ve done a few Whole30 challenges before, but this time I’m looking for something a little different. I lost touch with my Paleo choices last year and I would like to reconnect with what it means to feel healthy, vibrant, and in tune with my whole self.

If you’re doing a Whole30 or other challenge, if you are living/exploring the Paleo lifestyle, or if you are simply looking for some tasty recipes to add to your repertoire, be sure to leave a comment to let me know you’re out there! I am so glad you stopped by!

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Day 21 is done!

Quote of the Day: You are STRONGER than you know!

My day got totally changed around. I was looking forward to the tasting and had come to grips with the day and my blog (thanks to all of you and your supportive comments). Then I got a call from the venue and the chef had been in a car accident. He wasn’t hurt, just a bit shaken up and sore. I admit, it threw me off a bit because I had it all planned in my head, but that’s life. It’s totally unpredictable.

I felt really good with my food, even though there was that long stretch. I was super busy with work and most of it was out of the house. Ironically, my work situation is changing a little bit next month and I will have even more hours working from my home office. I am going to have to come up with a solution because I like to snack in front of the computer, especially when I’m really busy. I recognize it as a bad habit, a compulsion, a tactic for procrastination and/or stress relief. It is certainly not in my best interest, so I need a plan.

I think this quote is perfect today! I totally could have thrown in the towel and just taken that break from my Whole30. Maybe gone out to dinner, had a drink, whatever and just chalked it up to my “break”. But I didn’t. In fact I was even more conscious of my decisions and felt really good about handling the change in plans. I know that I have the strength in me to be successful and to stick to my decisions. Really, this isn’t hard in the grand scheme of things. It’s a choice. And one that makes me feel good in my skin. But sometimes, it feels hard and in those moments I think it’s worth it to dig a little deeper and tap into that inner strength. We all have it. Every one of us.

So the tasting is rescheduled for tomorrow and, it’s funny, because I feel totally ready to continue my Whole30. I almost wish it weren’t happening and I’m feeling a little insecure, like it might derail me more than I want. But I know that it will be super fun and I’ll be excited tomorrow. Tonight I feel just a tiny little bit frustrated (that’s too strong of a word, but I can’t find another) that I’m feeling good and I might be sabotaging it.

Day 21 – The Details

4:30am – Black coffee

6:15am – 2 eggs, 1/2 tsp. coconut oil, cucumber-avocado salad, sauerkraut

10:30am – Salmon salad with broccoli, avocado, and tomatoes, banana

4:30pm – Hardboiled egg with a tiny drizzle of truffle oil, carrots, strawberries

6:15pm – Pork tenderloin, peppers and onions, cabbage, and salsa hotplate, 1/4 avocado, 2 eggs, apple

7:30pm – A few nuts

Food: So I really just need to find some work that keeps me out of the house. I was super busy all day long today and hunger didn’t even enter into the equation. I was a little hungry after dinner though, so I had a few nuts. Not overboard this time, but I’m still considering taking a full break from them next week.

Mood: Good, solid, even energy.

Sleep: 6 1/2 hours. I really feel that missing 30 minutes. And I woke up with a headache, which is interesting because that was happening at the beginning too. Please don’t say it’s the alcohol.

Activity: Yoga.

Focus – Meditate Daily: In my car when I thought I had the only 10 minutes I would get today. Breathe.

Langoustine Tails in Mushroom Cream Sauce

Langostino Tails in Mushroom Cream Sauce 2016

I actually was daydreaming about this recipe all day. I really wanted a creamy mushroom sauce and I had these langoustine tails just waiting for some love. It’s a bit soupy, which my husband wasn’t a big fan of, but I just slurped it all up and thought it was delicious so I decided to share anyway. If you don’t have langoustine tails hanging around, which would make total sense, you could easily swap them for shrimp and it would be just great too.

So zoodles…I have a spirulizer which makes the process really easy. I generally make my zoodles and then drop them in a strainer with some salt for about 20 minutes or more. Then I rinse them and barely cook them with whatever I’m doing. I’ve even made salads with them raw so they really don’t need much cooking.

Both the langoustine tails and the zoodles release their own water which is why this is a little more soupy than creamy. You could always reduce the sauce much more before adding the tails and zoodles, or even skip the broth, but I like the flavor combination of broth and coconut milk. Honestly, I really enjoyed it like this, so let me know what you think!

Langoustine Tails in Mushroom Cream Sauce

2 tsp. ghee

1 lg. shallot, thinly sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced

8 oz. mushrooms, thinly sliced (I used my food processor)

1/2 tsp. salt

1 c. broth, chicken or veggie

1 c. coconut milk

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

12 oz. langoustine tails (or shrimp)

3 zucchini, julienned, salted and rinsed (directions in notes above)

Directions

  1. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat and melt the ghee.
  2. Add the shallots and sauté about 5 minutes until softened.
  3. Add garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds, then add the mushrooms and salt.
  4. Cook until they have released their water, about 5 minutes more.
  5. Add the garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper and then the coconut milk and broth.
  6. Simmer for about 10 minutes allowing the flavors to blend and the sauce to cook down.
  7. Add the langoustine tails and zoodles and mix everything together.
  8. Cook until the langoustine tails are done, about 3-4 minutes.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Serves 2-3

Whole30 – 2016TD20

Whole30 2014For the next 30+ days, I will be eating meat, vegetables, healthy fats, fruits and nuts. I will not be eating processed food, sugar, dairy, grains or legumes, and I won’t be consuming any alcohol.

I’ve done a few Whole30 challenges before, but this time I’m looking for something a little different. I lost touch with my Paleo choices last year and I would like to reconnect with what it means to feel healthy, vibrant, and in tune with my whole self.

If you’re doing a Whole30 or other challenge, if you are living/exploring the Paleo lifestyle, or if you are simply looking for some tasty recipes to add to your repertoire, be sure to leave a comment to let me know you’re out there! I am so glad you stopped by!

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Day 20 is done!

Quote of the Day: If you’re tired of starting over, STOP giving up! You’re doing great!

So here’s the question: If you know that at some point during your Whole30, you are going to consciously eat things that are not compliant, do you never start? Or do you start anyway? And, if you’ve decided to blog about what you’re eating, what do you say?

I struggled with this off and on. I thought about it before starting and I thought about what impact sharing my “interlude” would have. Would you all decide that my Whole30 was a waste? Would anyone use it as an excuse to eat or drink things just because? Would someone think I was a fraud because I’m eating things that are not even remotely compliant? Should I just pretend? To these questions, I really don’t have the answer. But what I can share with you is what I decided for myself.

When I took on this challenge, I decided to do a Whole30. I also decided to share what I eat every day. It’s not always been easy, sometimes I just want to go about my day. But I committed to sharing with you for 30 days – every day. I did not, however, guarantee that I would be successful or perfect along my journey. That was left to life.

I am a co-chair for a charity event that takes place on February 5. Right now I am totally in the thick of things. I’m trying to do my every day stuff – job, mom, life – while spending every other waking moment making sure this event is a success. Oh yeah. And blogging daily. Tonight we had a meeting that included a visit from the business that is donating our signature drink. I could have let everyone else tell me our variation on a cosmo was lovely and just gone with it. But I didn’t. I had one and it was great. And tomorrow, I will be meeting with my co-chair at the location and the chef has prepared a tasting menu for us to decide what we want to serve. Again, I could be a bystander. But I won’t be – because that simply isn’t who I am.

So for 24 hours, I am taking a break from my Whole30 because I need to and I want to. It’s that simple.

The thing is that when January 31 roles around, I don’t have any intention of eating very differently from how I do now. So I’m going to say that it all works out in the end. Doing this Whole30 with all of you has reconnected me with what works for me and I’m still in the process of fine-tuning. I am actually learning a few things about myself that I’ll probably share at the end, but for now, please forgive me for taking this break to sample what will be a part of my event in a few weeks.

I would love to write more about today’s quote, but maybe this situation is the perfect picture. I’m not quitting, I’m not starting over, I am continuing. This is how I will succeed.

Day 20 – The Details

4:30am – Black coffee

6:15am – 2 eggs, kale and mushrooms, 1/2 tsp. coconut oil, 1/4 avocado, sauerkraut, pineapple

11:30am – Ground turkey and artichoke concoction on a bed of young kale and spinach

1:30pm – Nuts and prunes (I know…I’ll need to address this next week)

3:30pm – Apple, (2) chicken thighs

6:00pm – Cosmo, assorted crudités

8:30pm – Wine with my co-chair

Food: Another day of random eating in the afternoon/evening. Plus the drinks. And I actually feel really short on veggies. I normally eat so many more. Ugh. On top of random eating, the nuts and dried fruit will need to be my next focus. I am very busy and they are absolutely stress eating for me. I might be a little hungry when I start, but I am eating too many of them and doing it in front of the computer and without attention. It’s not good for my mind, body, or habits so I need to work on it.

Mood: Too busy to notice my mood today. Must have been fine!

Sleep: 6 1/2 hours. Dang. Tonight will be a little short too.

Activity: Weights. It was a good workout at the gym today. Just wish I could have gotten outside too.

Focus – Meditate Daily: Early morning. Loved it. Could use another 10 minutes right now, but I also need to sleep. I will try to combine the two, I think.

Whole30 – 2016TD19

Whole30 2014For the next 30+ days, I will be eating meat, vegetables, healthy fats, fruits and nuts. I will not be eating processed food, sugar, dairy, grains or legumes, and I won’t be consuming any alcohol.

I’ve done a few Whole30 challenges before, but this time I’m looking for something a little different. I lost touch with my Paleo choices last year and I would like to reconnect with what it means to feel healthy, vibrant, and in tune with my whole self.

If you’re doing a Whole30 or other challenge, if you are living/exploring the Paleo lifestyle, or if you are simply looking for some tasty recipes to add to your repertoire, be sure to leave a comment to let me know you’re out there! I am so glad you stopped by!

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Day 19 is done!

Quote of the Day: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

This reminds me that it can be really helpful when working towards a goal to think for a while about why you want to achieve that particular thing. Knowing our “why” can help sustain us through times when we have cravings or don’t feel as strong in our desire to make the hard choices. It can also help to broaden the why to include benefits to others, not just a personal benefit.

For example, you might want to lose weight to fit into your jeans better, but if you can dig a little deeper and find a reason that also touches others – perhaps you feel better in your jeans which gives you more confidence and you start a regular evening out with friends. Or something along the lines of improving your health so that you can be more active and spend more time playing (or living) with your kids. It seems that these goals that reach a little beyond ourselves, can help strengthen our resolve.

Either way, knowing deeply why you want to eat this way can make the process easier. Write it down, too! The act of writing, and even putting it somewhere as a reminder, keeps your goals top of mind.

It’s important to make the initial period as easy as possible, requiring less thought rather than more, so your brain can get on board and start coasting. If your brain doesn’t have to make as many difficult decisions about what to eat, and instead can go on auto-pilot, then you’re in the process of forming a good solid habit.

Day 19 – The Details

4:30am – Black coffee

6:15am – 2 eggs, kale and mushrooms, 1/2 tsp. coconut oil, 1/4 avocado, sauerkraut, a little bit of celery/chicken salad

1:00pm – 1 1/2 c. Turnip soup, burger patty with 1/4 avocado, carrots, small handful of macadamia nuts

5:15pm – Grilled pork tenderloin, spiced sweet potatoes, pineapple

Food: Food was okay today. I am not sure why this Whole30 is so difficult for me to figure out how much I should be eating. I think it is in part because my schedule has been so erratic that I just can’t find a normal rhythm. Lunch was late and I was hungry. I ate more than I probably needed and then didn’t feel great. It’s not terrible, just not feeling quite right.

Mood: My mood was pretty high today. Energy was great and I was able to get a lot accomplished rather efficiently. That’s important to me right now.

Sleep: 7 hours. Good sleep.

Activity: Yoga. I am really missing my other workouts. This part of my life is suffering right now, but I also know that in February, it should settle down so I’m just doing the best I can.

Focus – Meditate Daily: Just before bed tonight. I was thinking that it wasn’t may favorite time, but actually, it was perfect.