Day 4: Tomatillos and Rutabagas galore!

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Ya’ll, I’m slowly getting the hang of this.

Watch, I’ll change my tune tomorrow… but as of this moment right now, I feel like I’m doing pretty well. The only “almost” slip ups have involved Clara’s food. It’s pretty common for me to snack on Clara’s leftovers after she finishes eating and I have almost eaten a bunny cracker twice now. Both times I have stopped myself though!

Meals are much better now than they were on Monday. Which is probably why I am feeling better about this whole project today.

Yesterday was a bit of a struggle. I woke up feeling yucky. After I got through yesterday and still felt a little sluggish today, I think it’s allergies. I have been in a bit of a fog the past two days, but I’m hoping that will pass soon. I’ve also read that on the 4th-5th day you may want to “kill all the things”. That you may experience wanting to lash out irrationally. So far so good for me. I even stood in a really long line at Hobby Lobby today and didn’t get frustrated. So maybe I won’t experience the short temper? Or it’s just going to be tomorrow? We’ll see.

I want to share with you one of my favorite things I’ve made so far. IMG_1296

This tomatillo avocado salsa is so tasty, I’ve been putting it on literally everything. Seriously, last night our pork roast was a little tough (like my 18 month old chewed it for 7 minutes and finally spit it out in my hand…) and while Patrick slathered his serving with barbecue sauce, I just paired mine with this salsa. It’s also quite tasty with carrots and peppers.

Tonight we are trying rutabaga fries. I’ve never had a rutabaga before… so we will see. I think I’m going to try and cook at least 1 vegetable a week that I am not familiar with.

It’s a project inside of a project!!

-Lauren

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Whole 30 – Day One

IMG_1431That’s ALOT of fruits and veggies!!! I can’t believe I will be eating these over the next week! I started out Monday morning excited and a little scared to begin this program. I normally start out my mornings with Starbucks or homemade Iced Mocha and today I had nada, I stuck to the rules and made it through day one with out cheating. Not going to lie, It was not easy but I am looking forward to tomorrow!

-Allie

Project 1- Day 1 Overview

Roobios tea is NOT a pint of Ben and Jerry’s.

*sigh*

I’ve gotten into the habit the past year of having something sweet at the end of the day. And now that I’m a stay-at-home mom who loves to bake, I have the time to make all sorts of things from scratch.

There have been literal moments of panic at the end of a day if I realize we don’t have anything sweet at the end of the day. That’s when Patrick comes home and I’m whipping up a batch of snickerdoodles (and I make a ridiculously delicious snickerdoodle).

One of the suggestions that Dallas and Melissa Hartwig give as part of “slaying the sugar dragon” is to drink a cup of roobios tea instead of having a sugary snack. Because it’s “naturally sweet.”

HAHAHAHAHA!

So I’m sitting here drinking my roobios tea (wishing it was a snickerdoodle) and reflecting on the first day of Allie and I’s Whole 30 Challenge.

Allie and I chatted earlier this evening and talked about how it’s already been a challenge. I worked hard to keep busy, but I felt like every moment I was thinking about the challenge.

Here’s a rundown of my meals and my thoughts about those meals.

Breakfast: I needed something quick and easy with protein, so I made 2 fried eggs and put them on top of a bed of spinach. I added lots of salt and pepper and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. I didn’t cook the eggs enough for my liking and the eggs were runny enough to make me gag. I think I’m going to stick to scrambled eggs for the remainder of the challenge.

Lunch: I ended up going to the zoo with baby girl and some friends and brought a lunch. Since I needed something portable, I ended up eating 2 hard-boiled eggs, a banana, and several carrots. Not the most amazing thing I’ve eaten, but it did the trick. And the boiled eggs didn’t make me gag like the breakfast ones did.

Dinner: Complete disaster. Pretty comical disaster. Like, I really wish it was on video. Allie and I planned to make salmon patties from scratch. I bought two cans of salmon thinking that the salmon patties would be delicious and I would make more to eat for lunches. I haven’t ever eaten canned salmon before, so when I opened it imagine my horror that there were bones, skin, and THE SALMON’S VERTEBRAE. But I persevered and did what I could to pick out the “good” meat. Ya’ll, when I put those stupid salmon patties in the pan to pan fry them, THEY FELL APART. And there were all kinds of bones still left in there. That’s when I dumped it in the trash. I talked to Allie though, and she said that her’s were delish. Maybe one day I’ll try them again with a salmon filet. I ended up eating chicken sausage, a baked sweet potato with ghee, and a giant pile of broccoli. I was much happier with the sausage than the salmon patties.

Overall, it was a decent first day. I’m hoping tomorrow brings some more successful meals!

Project 1- Weekly Dinner Plan Week 1

So this is it. Today is the last day before Allie and I start on this crazy lifestyle shift.

It’s just a month. Allie said it last night, “you can do anything for 30 days.”

Right!?

So here is our list of dinners for the week. We figured it would be a good plan to cook the same thing every day to start out with so we could compare and cheer each other on during this first week. We may do the same thing every week, but we’re really just trying to focus on one week at a time. Honestly, I’m just trying to focus on one MEAL at a time!

So our meal plans for the week are this:

Monday- Salmon Patties with Roasted Veggies
Tuesday- Carne-than Asada with Roasted Veggies
Wednesday- Slow Cooker Chipotle Pork with Pineapple Coleslaw
Thursday- Crockpot Balsamic Roast Beef with Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Friday- Taco Salad with Homemade Salsa (Will’s Recipe) and Guacamole

Wish us luck! I’ll try to report tomorrow how the first day went!

-Lauren

Project 1- The Whole 30 Challenge

Allie and I had been talking a few weeks ago about how we both wanted to eat healthier. I mentioned getting a book from the library on recommendation from the Today Show (if you know me at all, you’ll know that I seriously LURVE the Today Show). The book was “Whole 30.”

I knew it was the second book that the Hartwigs had released, but “It Starts with Food” wasn’t as readily available. After doing some flipping through the book, I knew I wanted to try it.

I told Allie about the basic concepts and she seemed interested as well. She texted me last week and asked “when are we starting our clean eating challenge?” I texted back “Monday?”

She came over tonight and we talked at length about the program (which is a clean eating challenge on steroids). We talked through meal planning and how to handle restaurants and challenges (she’s going on vacation in June and I have my brother’s wedding in 2 weeks…). We are a little nervous, but also excited to see how our bodies respond.

We wanted to invite you to join not only this project, but our other projects along the way!

-Lauren