Whole 30 – Day #12

Still working on waking up.  I don’t love it.  Although once I’m up, I feel good. Wishing it would warm up!
  • homemade turkey sausage, sweet potatoes, apple, spinach
  • decaf coffee
  • leftover taco meat
  • peppers & spinach
  • guacamole
  • Roast Chicken
  • Mashed potatoes (no dairy, just potatoes & Chicken Broth)
  • Roasted Asparagus
  • Using a lot more cutting boards!
  • Energy is improved!
  • Made cookies for my kids (from frozen dough) and wasn’t even tempted
  • Macadamia nuts are yummy!
  • Shaking it up.  Once I find something, I will eat it over and over.
  • Also finding something my kids and I like. that isn’t chicken…

Whole 30 – Day #11

I got up and dragged myself to the gym/community center to get a run in to start my day.  Breakfast I tried a new sausage recipe – actually I made it the night before, so it just needed to be warmed.  Also I weighed myself.  The rules say you shouldn’t but I did.  I’m only down about 1/2 pound.  I don’t know why I did it.  I’m feeling great.  That is why I started this…  Moving on
  • homemade turkey sausage – turkey, sage, pepper, marjoram, red pepper flakes, ground cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg (+ a little coconut oil, so it didn’t stick to my pan)
  • sweet potatoes, spinach, apple
  • decaf coffee
  • Leftover shredded pork taco meat
  • With sautéed peppers and guacamole
  • Herbal Tea
  • Pistachios (Worried these are just too much like snacking on chips or other bad things… but I love them)
  • New Recipes YUM!
  • Still in my mode of eating all 3 meals and not just snacking or binging on something that may be compliant, but not a good meal.
  • Chili in the freezer for future easy meals.

Sweet Potato Chili

Since I love chili and I love sweet potatoes!  And since my traditional chili is not Whole30 compliant (beans).  I went in search for a new recipe.  And found this great one from tastesoflizzyt.com

I did make a few tweaks, based on what I know I like.  But not much, And it was good!  I cooked it in the crockpot.
Sweet Potato Chili #whole30

Sweet Potato Chili

  • 2 lbs. hamburger
  • 1 /2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 large can (29.5 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 2-3 cups of fire-roasted tomatoes (do NOT drain)
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 3 carrots, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 5 small sweet potatoes*, peeled and cubed (about 4-5 cups)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • dash of oregano
  • dash of red pepper flakes
  1. In a large saucepan, brown hamburger, onions and garlic. Drain off the fat.
  2. Add the ground beef and other ingredients, to your crockpot and let it simmer on low all day (8-10 hours) or on high for 4-5 hours.

*I bought cubed sweet potatoes in Targets produce section. Made this super easy to throw together

Whole 30 – Day #10

I made it 10 days!!  Woo woo!  Yesterday was my last day in Lincoln.  I got up, did some yoga, packed my bag, ate breakfast, went to the office for a few hours and then flew home.  Fortunately my flight home was a much smoother process.  I picked the kids up before going home (They were happy to see me)!  Groceries were waiting on my doorstep when I got home, so we made dinner and did a little food prep for today.


  • 1.5 hard boiled egg (the other half was too frozen to eat – hotel fridge fail)
  • decaf coffee
  • berries and grapes
  • pistachios


  • compliant beef stick (from Whole Foods – probably should have had 2)
  • salad (purchased the night before from Whole Foods)
  • pistachios


  • turkey/beef taco meat
  • guacamole (homemade)
  • romaine


  • pre-planning breakfast & lunch
  • Groceries with fresh produce waiting for me when I got home
  • Taco meat thawed, so I wouldn’t be tempted to deviate from the plan after traveling.

Whole 30 – Day #9

Starting off with 9.5 hours of sleep helps!  Also got a treadmill run in the morning.  Great way to start a day! Work offered to being in Panera for lunch.   And I think partly because I asked for some healthy options.  But upon exploring their website, I find that they add sugar to their chicken (!) and their dressings are soybean oil based.  So I politely declined and went out by myself.  I still made a (wrong) uneducated guess at lunch though.  Dinner was While Foods again.  Safe and a good travel choice if you don’t want fancy sit down.  

  • 2 Hard Boiled Eggs (from Whole Foods)
  • Banana
  • Pistachios


  • Chipotle – salad with chicken, peppers/onions, guacamole, salsa verde – after eating this I realized I had not checked chipotle ingredients?  I don’t know why. But guess what chicken and peppers/onions are cooked in rice bran oil (whatever that is).   Now do I start over?  I maybe should, but I am not going to.  Maybe I just do a whole45? I don’t want to count this as a defeat.  Just lesson learned.  

Afternoon Snack:

  • More of those yummy cashews!
  • Hot herbal tea 


  • Hotel Fridge and pre-buying breakfast!
  • Not caving to bad options.  
  • Speaking up for myself
  • Got to read at lunch. 🙂


  • Always (consistently) research. 

Whole 30 – Day #7

Woke up early.  Not sure why?  I couldn’t fall back asleep because I started thinking about what I needed to do to get ready for my work trip.Ate dinner at the airport (while watching the Packers win!) It was strange ordering a salad when I could smell all the fried food.  But it was good.  Even the tomatoes!  Unfortunately my plane was super late and heading into Day #8 tired!

Breakfast:  The same.  Drank decaf coffee at Charlie’s early hockey scrimmage.


  • Leftover chicken/potatoes/carrots – cooked into hash


  • Dry Roasted Pistachios
  • Raspberries in Coconut Milk


  • Cobb salad minus cheese and eggs with Balsimic Dressing.


  • Ate out in a restaurant
  • Cooked a bunch of non-compliant foods for my family to eat while I am gone, but did not even lick my fingers
  • Resisted complimentary snacks offered by the airline during the 2+ hour delay!

Whole 30 -Day #6

Tested out my new gym membership.  And started running again.  I felt good… Felt strong and was definitely running off an adrenaline high after.  I really thought it was going to be a LOT harder than I thought.
Pre-Run: grapefruit wedges
Breakfast (after run): the same. With decaf coffee
  • Leftover chicken/potatoes/carrots – cooked into hash
  • Salad with balsamic vinegar & olive oil
Dinner – My nephew’s birthday party – I packed my own meal
  • chicken/avocado/bacon salad on lettuce
  • fresh fruit
Snack –
  • banana fried in coconut oil with cinnamon and vanilla (YUM!)
  • Exercise!
  • Maintained even with temptation of birthday party food.
  • Served an entire DQ ice cream cake and didn’t even lick my fingers!

Whole 30 – Day #5

A good day.  Felt a little tired this morning and again mid-afternoon.  Went grocery shopping.  Found some pistachios – dry roasted..  So YUMMY!  Why have I never eaten pistachios before?  Also – hard to find nuts that are NOT roasted in oil.
Breakfast: the same. With decaf coffee
Mid-morning – Another decaf coffee
  • Leftover pork taco meat
  • with sautéed (in olive oil) cherry tomatoes & mini peppers with guac
Mid-Afternoon – Pistachios
  • Pistachios
  • New Recipe Success – Kids liked it too!

Whole 30 – Day #4

Day 4. Feeling more energy. Better focus at work.  Patience with my kids was better today too.  It was a good day.  Not sure it’s all the food, but it’s good.  Starting to plan groceries for the weekend and next week.
Breakfast: the same. With decaf coffee  (if you’re wondering why I don’t have eggs, it’s because I have an intolerance to the protein in egg white… Nothing that makes me too sick, but I try to avoid as much as I can.  And next week, when I’m traveling, it will probably be my safest choice)
Mid-Morning: Herbal Tea mid-morning
  • Leftover squash soup
  • Salad with leftover chicken, avocado and balsamic vinegar with olive oil
  • Pork Taco Meat slow-cooked with tomatoes w/ guacamole, in butter leaf lettuce.
  • Managed to eat my lunch salad even though I really wanted more dressing!
  • Lunch was filling!  But not bloating!
  • Packed my husband’s lunch for tomorrow without sneaking any tastes (tortilla chips & cheese)
  • Dinner plans changed, because my chicken wasn’t thawed.
  • Went to bed before succumbing to my popcorn craving.

Whole 30 – Day #3

I ate lunch a little late.  Felt a headache and definite craving.  I think it’s because i let myself get hungry.  Dinner was not well planned.  My planned meal still had frozen ingredients.  So I made a quick run to the grocery store for chicken.  

  • Decaf Coffee
  • apple, sweet potatoes, Applegate maple/apple sausage, spinach – sautéed in Coconut Oil with pink sea salt.  – (again sugar in the sausage) 


  • Herbal Tea


  • leftover burrito chicken meat (chicken, peppers, homemade taco seasoning, tomato sauce
  • with sautéed (in olive oil) spinach, cherry tomatoes & mini peppers with guac (same as yesterday but added in spinach)
  • Strawberries/Blueberries with coconut milk

Afternoon snack

  • Raw almonds


  • Chicken (fried in olive oil with salt, pepper, garlic)
  • Asparagus roasted and wrapped in bacon
  • Salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil


  • My husband didn’t hate the asparagus.  Asparagus is new to the house.  Usually only a restaurant food!
  • Leftover chicken for salads.  
  • Found a friend who is doing this too and she gave me a breakfast sausage recipe (no sugar!)