Whole 30 – Day #23

I still feeling a little like a cold is coming on… But I am starting to wonder if it is just my body cleaning out as the inflammation comes down.  And my eyes, because that’s generally that’s what happens when I get a cold… more so than my nose. It’s weird I know…
Breakfast:
  • Sweet potatoes, turkey sausage, Apple and spinach in coconut oil
Lunch:
  • Porketta with Homemade Barbecue Sauce (from the freezer)
  • Butternut Squash Soup (from the freezer)
Dinner:
WIN:
  • Lunch from the Freezer!
  • Coconut Butter!
Exercise:

  • Yoga with Adriene (Day 10 of her 30 Days of Yoga Series – great 10 minutes of Sun Salutations!)

Whole 30 – Day #22

Slow in getting up.  And I’m fighting a cold or something because my eyes have been kind of crusty in the morning…  but I dragged myself out of bed and got to they gym for a run… which felt great. Dinner plans are changing some because Charlie needs a haircut immediately after the haircut he attempted himself yesterday…  I’ve always been a menu planner, so this part isn’t too hard for me.  Just move around my meal plans from another day to accommodate a dinner that is faster to get on the table…
Breakfast:

  • Sweet potatoes, turkey sausage, Apple and spinach in coconut oil

Lunch:

  • Leftover Spaghetti Sauce
  • Over Sautéed Broccoli Slaw
  • Pistachios

Dinner:

  • Chicken thighs
  • Mashed potatoes (made with ghee)
  • Green beans

WINS:

  • Cooking dinner in the crockpot again!
  • Found pistachios (dry roasted) at Aldi’s! 

Exercise:

Whole 30 – Day #21

My weekend alarm clock (Charlie) did not wake me up at the usual 7 am.  I was a bit surprised I didn’t wake up myself, because I went to bed before 10.  I must have been tired.  I did a bunch of food prep (put away broth I made overnight, breakfast sausage, and dinner in the crockpot) before heading to Rochester to see my parents.  Planning is turning out to be the biggest key in making these 30 days successful.
Breakfast:

  • Turkey Sausage
  • Blueberries, Walnuts, Shredded Coconut in Coconut milk – need to research if there is an Almond Milk that is compliant…
Lunch:
  • Panera Salad (romaine, avocado, turkey, tomatoes, bacon) with a squeeze of lemon instead of dressing.
Snack:
  • Clementine oranges
  • Macadamia Nuts
Dinner:
WIN:
  • New kid-friendly recipe!  Spaghetti Sauce
  • Delicious salad without salad dressing – apparently my tastes have shifted!  I did not feel like I was starving myself at all!
No Exercise, but I’m okay with that.

Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce

This was dinner.  So delicious.  I ate it over Zoodles (zucchini noodles) and the kids ate it with whole wheat spaghetti.  Maria thought it was great that I put her vegetables right in the sauce!  I was just happy that the kids ate it.  The first time I think they’ve eaten homemade sauce without complaints… plus there was no added sugar.  I figured the carrots and the fire-roasted tomatoes would add enough sweetness. PLUS this was totally Whole 30 compliant!

Just a couple minor tweaks from the original that I found at  Wellness Witness
Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce #whole30

Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce

2 onions, chopped
3 tsp minced garlic
3/4 cup chopped carrots
2 lbs ground beef
3- 28oz cans crushed FIRE-ROASTED tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp salt
2 tsp oregano
2 tsp. basil (dried)
1 tsp. onion powder
12 oz frozen spinach*

In large skillet, heat up the Extra Virgin Olive Oil on Medium-High heat. Add
the carrots, onion and garlic and sauté until translucent. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink.  Once done, drain fat and then add to a large slow cooker.

Add all other ingredients and stir. Cook for 8-9 hours on low.

This makes LOTS!  It is probably 3-4 meals total.  I love having a stocked up freezer!

*I found a bag of frozen spinach at Trader Joe’s.. it wasn’t as mushy as the traditional frozen box, you typically find…

 

Whole 30 – Day #20

20 days!!  2/3rds done… if I stop at 30 days.
Feeling great, even though I was up late last night finishing Making of a Murderer.    Chad had a dentist appt this morning so I couldn’t hit the gym first thing.  So I did some yoga and then went after he got home.
Breakfast:
  • Sweet potatoes, turkey sausage, Apple and spinach in coconut oil
Lunch:
  • Leftover Porketta with Homemade BBQ Sauce
  • Sautéed Broccoli Slaw & Cherry Tomatoes
  • Romaine with OG-ish dressing – It is too yummy!  You should try it!
Dinner:
WINS:
Exercise:

Whole 30 – Day #19

Still feeling good.  Maybe a little bored with my food options.  This is where I know it gets tricky…   Yoga this morning was a nice meditative stretching session…  felt calm and refreshed.  Dinner – we were invited to a pizza party.  Hmmm… I offered to bring the salad.  Found a super yummy compliant dressing recipe, and then ate some chicken before we went.  It was a rotisserie chicken from the Target deli… of course it had sugar in it.. but I didn’t eat the skin and figured it was better than pizza or starving myself…  could have been worse.

Breakfast:

  • Turkey Sausage
  • Blueberries, Walnuts, Shredded Coconut in Coconut milk – need to research if there is an Almond Milk that is compliant…
Lunch:
  • Sweet Potato Chili (from the freezer)
  • Clementine Oranges
Dinner:
  • Chicken
  • Salad (lettuce, spinach, avocado, black olives, yellow bell pepper, red onion) with OG-ish dressing (I omitted the water and next time will only make a half batch.)
WINS:
Exercise:

Whole 30 – Day #18

Well it was not a terribly exciting day – at least not food wise.  But again, Feeling really good. I ran in the morning and I think that always helps my moods too.
Breakfast:

  • Sweet potatoes, turkey sausage, Apple and spinach in coconut oil
  • Decaf coffee
Lunch:
  • Leftover Porketta with Homemade BBQ Sauce
  • Sautéed Broccoli Slaw & Spinach
  • 1/2 of an avocado
Dinner:
  • Leftover Porketta with Homemade BBQ Sauce
  • Sautéed Broccoli Slaw & Spinach
  • Baked Sweet Potato Sticks
  • 1/2 of an avocado
WINS:
  • Leftovers for lunch and dinner… still some in the fridge!
Exercise: