Welcome to the crazy adventure that is life with three-year-olds times three and a teenager. Our life is messy but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I survive on coffee, wine, essential oils, and humor. They survive on cuteness and a little sass.
Today is Day 30. I did it! I knew I could do it so this isn’t really a surprise. But still . . . yay me! But do you know what Day 30 means? It means tomorrow I get to eat cheese. And the Halo Top that’s sitting in my freezer just waiting for me. I’m pretty excited. The rest of the Whole 30 exclusions can stay, but I LOVE cheese and ice cream so dairy comes back first (and maybe alcohol).
So this week went great. I ate more awesome food. I actually got a little sick last weekend. BUT I powered through. I actually ran 10 miles on Sunday. That was the morning I woke up feeling the worst. Headache included. I made my new fav breakfast, sweet potato hash. Of course. And this time I added an egg. The egg made it a little too filling, but it helped with my run for sure!
And I drank Thieves Tea every night since then and I’m almost back to 100%.
So here’s what I ate the last week:
- Sweet Potato Sausage Breakfast Casserole (the recipe says sausage but I used bacon because I didn’t have sausage)
- Paleo Sweet Potato Pancakes
Paleo Sweet Potato Pancakes – just 5 ingredients!
- Sweet Potato – 1/2 cup (1 medium sweet potato cooked and mashed)
- Banana – 1/2 cup (1 large banana)
- 4 Eggs
- 1/2 tsp Cinnnamon
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- Cook and mash the sweet potato (I used the micowave
- Mash the banana
- Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth
- Cook pancakes, making sure to cook all the way before flipping. I did about 4-5 minutes on the first side, then 2 min on the other side
These were so yummy. I’ll definitely make them again. For people not on Whole 30, you can add syrup or honey. I just added some extra banana slices on top.
- Shrimp Scampi with Spaghetti Squash
- Steak and Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry
- Sweet Potato Chili
- Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry
- Paleo Enchilada Bake
- Salmon with Garlic Leeks
Most of these are Mealime this week. The sweet potato chili and chicken sweet potato curry are repeats from earlier in the month. Seriously, try the chili. It’s so good.
I also went out to dinner twice. One night I had fajitas with no tortillas, no toppings. The other night I had chicken with veggies and a salad. I’ve learned how to order at restaurants. And which restaurants to visit. Oh and I’ve also learned to have no shame.
Best Whole 30 take out – Chipotle. Last time I did Whole 30 I went to Chipotle at least 5 times. This time I only went once! Here’s what I get. All Whole 30 compliant. Super delicious.
Chipotle Whole 30 Special (My name for this dish. Don’t ask for the Whole 30 special. They may look at you like you’re crazy.)
- Carnitas salad
- No rice or beans
- Add fajita vegetables
- Any salsa is ok. I get mild
- Add guac
That’s it. So yummy.
And now for this week’s food pics:
And a food prep picture. Because veggies are beautiful.
My opinions of this week’s new recipes:
Shrimp Scampi with Spaghetti Squash is AMAZING. I’ve actually made it before. It’s a Mealime recipe. My tip – cook the spaghetti squash twice as long as the recipe says.
Steak and Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry: This one was just ok. It looked delicious. But I didn’t love it. I’ll try Brussels sprouts roasted next time I think. And no one but me will even attempt to eat Brussels sprouts so . . . I may not try again. (Actually James loved helping me prep this one but he didn’t ever try to eat it so who knows. I’m assuming he’ll hate them though because they’re green).
Paleo Enchilada Bake: This one was good. It tastes kinda like the insides of an enchilada. Brian added chips to his and he liked it. So this one is a keeper. I can add cheese and chips to the half for Brian and Addison and I can eat the paleo side.
Salmon with Garlic Leeks: The salmon is sooo good. And so easy. Olive oil, salt, and pepper. That’s it. But I had never cooked leeks before but I tried them. And . . . they were sooooo good! I’ll definitely make them again. Have you tried leeks? Everyone I’ve asked says they’ve only had leeks in potato leek soup. I guess I need to make that next.
Last weekend was a little rough for my Whole 30 restrictions. First Addison had dress rehearsal for dance. (Stay tuned for a new Dance Mom Angela post). Sunday night during the showcase I almost died of starvation. Luckily I had a Larabar in my purse so that helped.
I only got 1 picture. This is her solo costume. LOVE.
Then Saturday I spent the day with MLJ. We went for haircuts, then the Children’s Library (where James threw up. So embarrassing). Then Mason, Logan and I went to Panera. I let them have cookies. And I let them eat their cookies BEFORE their lunch. I of course did not get a cookie.
I’m basically the best mom ever.
Oh and I had my biggest running month ever, and while on Whole 30 . . .
I RAN 100 MILES IN JANUARY!!!
My goal was 75 miles but I realized last Saturday that I could make it to 100 if I pushed for it. So I did it! Goal is 100 miles for February too! Also, heads up . . . Today I learned how to put my run stats on my selfies. So . . . now I have no choice but to take running selfies right? Look for them on my Insta story.
And finally, one more thing I’m doing for me: wearing lipstick and/or lipgloss. Here’s one I got in my Sephora Play box. I really like it. So far. Let’s see if I can keep it up.
Ok so that’s it for my Whole 30! I don’t know how much weight I lost. But I do know I feel amazing. I got the reset I wanted. And I hope I can keep up with a Whole 30-ish/paleo-ish diet for the foreseeable future.
I’ll maybe keep posting food pics. And maybe more food blog posts. What do you think?