Whole 30: Day 17

I finally got my act together and boiled some eggs last night. I KNOW. You’re impressed, right? So we were back to hard boiled eggs for breakfast, with bacon and an orange:

It was beautiful again today, so Isla and I had our lunch on the patio. Well, I had my lunch. She spent the entire time screaming, “DON’T GET MY FOOD!!!!” at Chloe. Keep in mind that Chloe was on the ground, sleeping, with absolutely zero interest in Isla or her lunch. Ohhh, that child. She’s started telling me, “You need to chill out!”

And I know exactly where that came from. Whoops.

For lunch I had some roasted turkey (from Central Market- i.e., the best turkey ever), sliced avocado, plantain chips and a pickle.

Since it was so nice out (and Isla didn’t nap), we walked to school to pick up Jack this afternoon. We should really do that more, however it’s all a matter of being able to actually get out the door on time. I’m working on that.

Dinner was pretty simple tonight. I grilled some Aidell’s chicken apple sausages, roasted a package of kale sprouts (Trader Joe’s) and baked a couple of sweet potatoes. I also sauteed mushrooms in olive oil and sprinkled with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Nothing crazy, but it put a dent in the massive amount of produce in our fridge and tasted great. Jack loved the kale sprouts and mushrooms.

Catch y’all tomorrow!

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Whole 30: Day 16

Not a ton to report from today. It was absolutely GORGEOUS outside, so while the kids were at school I managed to squeeze in a run and then ate my lunch on the patio. I also went to get my gel mani removed and got them to just give me a regular manicure… and then managed to smudge/ruin literally 8 fingers while I was getting changed for my run. Ugh. Apparently it’s gel or don’t bother because I’m too clumsy for anything else.

Anyyyyway. I was planning on having leftover soup for lunch, but then run + high-70 temps made soup sound pretty terrible. So instead I grabbed a packet of tuna and threw together a quick tuna salad with paleo mayo (Sir Kensington’s- has sunflower oil, which is frowned upon on whole 30, but oh well), Annie’s dijon and this amazing relish:

I grabbed it at Central Market the other day as an alternative to Bubbie’s. It’s stupid expensive for relish but tastes SO GOOD. I could eat it straight out of the jar. Hey, when you can’t eat sugar, dairy or alcohol, it’s the little things. So lunch was tuna salad with plantain chips and a giant apple:

For breakfast this AM I just grabbed a couple pieces of bacon and a Larabar to eat in the car. I can never manage to get both the kids and myself dressed AND fed before we have to leave for school. Need more on-the-go breakfast options.

We had ballet today and then I needed to run to Central Market for turkey, so after that we just ended up meeting Brian at Chip’s again for dinner. I know, we ate there last week too- but I really like their turkey burger salad:

And there’s our Tuesday.

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Whole 30: Day 15

Our morning started out a little rough. We were rushing to get ready for school (story of my life) and I was in my room getting dressed in something other than PJ’s. Because I’m fancy like that. Anyway, when I came back out into the den, Isla had dumped all of her (dry, thank god) Cheerios onto the floor and was busy crushing each one with her foot. There was Cheerio dust ALL OVER the place, completely ground into our floors.

Ohhhhhh that child. I don’t know if I’m going to survive the 2′s. And don’t you DARE tell me that 3 is worse, because I will cry.

Anyway. The day got a lot better! Isla and I went for a run, I prepped dinner and threw it into the crock pot, she took a little nap and then after we picked Jack up from school we all headed to Trader Joe’s. Also, I hate saying this because of all that is going on on the East Coast, but it was 70 degrees here today!! So the kids got some good outside time in as well.

For dinner I made a batch of slow cooker meatballs. I basically followed this recipe, but instead of shredded carrots I used broccoli slaw (just chopped it a little). I also added a tsp of dried basil. Also I just ignore the “sauce” part and dump in a can of Whole 30 compliant marinara sauce. I think it was Victoria brand from Costco.

The kids had theirs over pasta, we had ours over zucchini noodles:

So while I was prepping the zucchini noodles, Jack came up and asked if he could try one. I gave him one and he actually liked it, which is not that surprising. However, so did Isla- which is amazing because I can’t think of one single veggie that I can get her to eat. There may be a lot more veggie noodles in our future.

Other meals today:

Breakfast- ugh I am so over breakfast. We didn’t have any hard boiled eggs or bacon, so I phoned it in with an apple with almond butter and some Applegate mini sausages.

Lunch- leftover vegetable beef soup, carrots and spicy guac.

Just realized that we’re halfway through Whole 30!

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Whole 30: Day 12-14

Hey hey! We headed to the lake this weekend, which is always awesome- but then I get home late on Sunday and realize that still I need to do laundry, meal plan, buy groceries… Oh well. The kids had a blast and we got to relax (unlike my poor parents, who my kids run ragged while we’re there).

I didn’t take many pics this weekend, though I have a couple for you. On Friday it was freezing out, so Isla and I hung out at the mall for a while. Northpark is perfect because she can just run around, check out the ducks and turtles, visit the Bookmarks library, grab some Chick Fil A. She was cracking me up with her poses:

We ate out a lot this weekend, which can be challenging on Whole 30. On Friday night we grabbed dinner at Blue Mesa. Brian and I both had the spa grilled fish, which was mahi mahi topped with pineapple-habanero salsa and served with sweet potatoes and asparagus.

So… the fish had this weird metallic taste. I only ate about half and then felt pretty sick the rest of the night (Brian did too). It sucks because we really like Blue Mesa and I would hate to think that they would serve spoiled fish, but if I remember anything from those awesome Food Sanitation and Safety classes (and Dr. Google), all signs point towards food poisoning.

On a lighter note, we had a great dinner at Cafe Express tonight! It had been a long time since we’d eaten there but decided to give it a try. I had the grilled chicken with roasted red pepper sauce (hold the butter) with green beans and roasted brussels.

The kids really liked the mac & cheese, too… and the free pickles and breadsticks. Hey, whatever they’ll eat is fine by me.

Off to play catch up! Night!

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Whole 30: Day 11

Today I made the fatal error of lying down with Jack while he “rested” this afternoon… and then opened my eyes an hour and fifteen minutes later. It was cold and rainy out and I should have known better. Perfect nap weather. Anyhoo, preparing dinner did not happen! So we grabbed dinner at Chip’s instead. I had the burger salad, minus cheese: lettuce, tomato, onion, mushrooms, carrots, avocado, bacon and a turkey patty.

So good. This salad is so simple but for some reason (bacon) I really like it (bacon).

My PLAN for dinner had been to make a big pot of vegetable beef soup. We had a lot of veggies in the fridge that needed to be consumed ASAP, so I’m actually making that right now and we can eat it all weekend.

I don’t really have a great recipe for this. Basically just browned a pound of ground beef, then removed from the pot and drained the grease. Added olive oil to the same pot and then sauteed garlic, onion, celery and shredded carrots for a few minutes. Added the beef back to the pan, along with 2 cans of diced tomatoes, 2 Tbs tomato paste, about a tsp of thyme, a Tbs or so of TJ’s 21 Seasoning Salute. Threw in a few cups of shredded cabbage and then poured in enough chicken stock (we didn’t have any Whole 30 compliant beef broth) to cover. It’s currently simmering on the stove:

It’s nice to have something like this that we can just heat up for quick meals.

That’s all I really have for today! Breakfast was another round of hard boiled eggs with bacon and fruit. I met my parents for lunch at La Calle Doce and had sopa de pescado, Mexican shrimp cocktail and ceviche. No run today because it was cold and I’m a wuss.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!

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Whole 30: Day 10

Hey heyyy. It’s supposed to get cold tonight so we tried to take advantage of the last of the awesome

70 degree weather today. Isla and I went for a run this AM, then after school the kids took a ride around the block in their Jeep. Tiny Bonnie & Clyde.

I’m SO glad she lets him drive. That girl is crazytown behind the wheel, which should come as a surprise to absolutely no one.

Isla and I made a Costco run today, so the goal of dinner was to clear a bunch of stuff out of the fridge in order to make room for all of our new “treasures”- haha. We had a bag of Trader Joe’s kale sprouts, so I tossed those in olive oil, sprinkled with salt and roasted at 425 for 10 minutes.

I also sliced a package of TJ’s garlic-herb chicken sausage into rounds and seared each side in a skillet until browned. Removed the sausage and deglazed the pan with some chicken broth (wine would have been better, OBVIOUSLY). Then I threw in 2 sliced red peppers, a bag of mushrooms and 3 minced garlic cloves. Sauteed until soft and then added the sausage back to the pan to heat through.

Pretty good!

Other meals today-

Breakfast: hard-boiled eggs, bacon, orange. I’m in a rut.

Lunch: Sweet potato stuffed with salsa verde pork, carrots and spicy guacamole.

So I’m officially 1/3 of the way through this go-round of Whole 30. I have to say, I feel pretty awesome. I think it’s easier this time because I know what I can (and can’t) eat and already have some easy, go-to meals in mind. Anyway, I have million times more energy than I did a month ago and just generally feel a lot happier. A lot of that could come from the fact that I’ve gotten back into running, or just being content with the knowledge that I’m making better choices. Oddly enough I don’t really miss anything (yet). I’m not dying for Diet Coke, though a glass of wine would be nice. I’m also trying to stay away from the scale because I really want this to be about being healthier physically AND mentally, and weighing all the time just makes me crazy and obsessive. And let’s face it, I’m crazy and obsessive enough as it is.

Okay so that was a lot of rambling. If you are thinking of starting a Whole 30, I highly recommend it. Or if you have any questions, always feel free to email me at heatherbakes@gmail.com. Obviously I looooove to just go on and on about it.

Hope everyone is having a good week!

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Whole 30: Day 9

Today while the kids were in school I got one of the dreaded School Nurse Phone Calls. Jack was complaining that his arm hurt and they wanted me to come take a look. So I rush over to his school and find him in the nurse’s office with his sweet teacher. He was cradling his arm and almost in tears. He said that his forearm hurt to the touch and he couldn’t move it up and down. He’d fallen on the playground earlier that morning but didn’t seem to complain about it until it came time to take his jacket off. Anyway, I (carefully) put him in the car and made an appointment at the pediatrician’s office. Of course the office near our house was booked so they scheduled me at their Plano location. Call my mom, get her to pick Isla up at school, drive Jack (who is still close to tears) to Plano, pay our copay, sit down in the waiting room… aaaand he runs over to me and announces that his arm is now healed and doesn’t hurt at all anymore. He then starts bouncing up and down, shaking his arm to prove the point.

Sigh.

I was seriously convinced that he’d somehow fractured his arm. But everything seems to be good now, so I guess that’s all that matters. These kids… it’s never dull.

I have a really good recipe for you! Our MOPS newsletter contained a recipe for slow cooker salsa verde pork, and then I googled around and found this one that contained a few more ingredients… so I basically combined the two.

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Pork (Paleo/Whole 30 Compliant)

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion
  • 2 lb boneless pork loin roast
  • 1 can diced green chiles
  • 1 full (12 oz) jar, plus another 1/2 cup salsa verde
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • kosher salt

1. Cut the onion into slices. Line the bottom of the slow cooker with the onion slices.

2. Generously salt both sides of the pork and place on top of the onions.

3. Pour green chiles over pork.

4. Sprinkle with cumin.

5. Pour salsa verde over the top. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Remove pork and shred with 2 forks.

So easy!! Jack actually helped me make this, though he refused to touch the onions. The pork would be great in tacos, but I had mine for lunch stuffed into a baked sweet potato.

Delish!! And you can spoon the leftover salsa over the top.

Other meals today:

Breakfast- 2 hard boiled eggs, bacon, clementine.

Dinner (at Cowboy Chicken)- grilled chicken breast, green beans, sweet potato.

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Whole 30: Day 8

Has anyone else had a problem with their iPhone alarms not going off? This is probably the 3rd time this has happened in the past few months. I set my alarm for 6:30 this AM… and then opened my eyes at 7:40. Crap. The phone said that the alarm was going off, but it wasn’t making a sound.

Luckily Jack didn’t have school today. We were hosting playgroup, but that doesn’t start until 9:30. I’m actually pretty shocked that the kids slept that late.

Alarm malfunction aside, we had a great day. Playgroup was fun, then my parents picked up the kids around 3 to take them to see Paddington and to visit my grandmother. I was home alone from 3-6:30 and had no idea what to do with myself. So I went for a run, took a shower and actually was able to do my hair and makeup without anyone screaming for/at me. Hooray! It worked out great, too, because tonight I had a mom’s night out birthday dinner for my friend Jenny at HG Sply.

HG changed their menu and I was REALLY sad to see that they got rid of their sauteed mushrooms and my fave romesco sauce. But my meal was still pretty amazing- I went with the build-your-own bowl with sweet potato hash, roasted brussels sprouts, spicy shredded pork and chimichurri sauce:

We did NOT get the chocolate kettlebell, though I saw another table that did and it’s my new goal in life to go there and order it. Reaching for the stars.

Ok so the rest of my meals. Breakfast: hard boiled egg, Applegate mini pork sausages, apple.

Lunch: I took the kids to Jerry’s Dogs for lunch and ended up getting the Mediterranean salad, minus cheese plus chicken.

Womp womp. Kind of depressing, huh? Yeah that’s eating out on Whole 30… except for the few and far between awesome places like HG.

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Whole 30: Day 5-7

Well we had an interesting weekend. Brian had a guys night on Friday so we just grabbed a quick dinner at Zoe’s beforehand. I had the steak kabobs with roasted potatoes and veggies. I’m sure whatever glaze they used was not whole 30 compliant, but oh well… live and learn. It TASTED good.

On Saturday AM we headed to a birthday party for one of Jack’s friends. It was in her backyard and the weather was perfect. They had the best petting zoo and Isla had her first pony ride… she took it very seriously:

Saturday night we headed to La Calle Doce for dinner. I had the snapper veracruz with jicama-cucumber salad:

We did bring our own sweet potato chips to have with the salsa, but I was seriously craving one of their homemade tortillas. And a margarita.

Sooo… last night I was climbing into bed around 12:15 when I noticed on the monitor that Isla was sitting up in her crib. Then she started yelling, “Mommy, I WET!!!”

I figured that she’d leaked through her diaper, but when I went in there I realized that she’d thrown up. So Brian changed the crib sheets and I tried to get her to sleep in our bed, but she was having no part of that. We put her back in her bed and about an hour later she threw up again… this continued pretty much from midnight-5am. I think Brian changed the sheets 4 times. Anyway, very weird. She’s been totally fine today (and the rest of us haven’t gotten sick either) so I’m wondering if it was something that she ate? Luckily she took a REALLY long nap today… though Brian and I are both zombies. Definitely heading to bed early tonight.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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Whole 30: Day 4

Not too much to report today. The kids both had school and I spent my free morning cleaning, organizing and going for a run. It’s FINALLY starting to warm up a little around here. The kids haven’t been able to play outside since last week (their poor teachers…) and they’ve been bouncing off the walls.

For breakfast I shredded a few sweet potatoes in the food processor and made a batch of sweet potato hash, similar to this one. I used coconut oil for the fat and seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Served with 2 over-easy eggs:

I’m starting to really love runny eggs, but they have to be on top of something… like sweet potatoes or toast… to soak up the yolk. It grosses me out to see that mess running all over the plate.

I was so immersed in cleaning out my makeup stash (oh lordy don’t get me started) that I didn’t have time to eat lunch before it was time to pick up Isla. So between her pick up at 2 and Jack’s at 2:50, I heated up some leftover spaghetti squash casserole:

For dinner we met my family for dinner at Enchilada’s. Brian and I both ordered this grilled chicken dish, minus the cheese, with grilled veggies and guac on the side. It was actually really good:

These cousin hugs are pretty much the sweetest thing ever. I love how much they all love each other:

Hope everyone has a fab weekend! I’ll just be here NOT drinking wine. Pour one out for me, homies…

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