Friday, April 29, 2016

Day 12

We are nearing the half-way point and people are floundering. The kids are caving. Popcorn is being popped! I knew I should have gotten that out of the house. Stomaches are growling and teenage boys are standing in front of an open refigerator door saying "there is nothing to eat in this house."

We had a discussion tonight. I asked them if they want to quit. They don't. I asked them if they are sick of eggs, They aren't. I asked them if I am giving them too many vegetables. They said 'no'. 

They want to continue. I want to continue. But I am afraid that if I start to buy them snacks I will eat it. If I start to buy more fruit, I will eat it. I need to re-organize. I need to step back and think some more. I know I can continue. I will let you know what happens. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ending Day 10

I am not sure how I missed day 9, but I did. Must have been all that 'fear' about storms that never materialized!! Thank goodness. Nothing special about day 9.

I think I am feeling more energy. I wake up earlier and can't go back to sleep so I have just been staying up. Not getting much more done. Though today I did mow the yard. On a riding lawnmower!! And I took a nap this afternoon. 

We followed our meal plan today! I made the Elvis burgers for supper. They were delicious. I fried large hamburger patties, covered the top with melted almond butter and fried bananas. A big hit with everyone. Served with sautéed zucchini instead of sweet potato fries. Lucious.

The kids have been snacking on roasted almonds and that helps them get through their day without starving. 

We are 1/3 of the way though!! 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Day 8

The end of day 7 was stressful due to some family things. I felt rather off today. But, I stuck to the plan.

I had my coffee with my new blend of creamer:

1 full can coconut milk
1 egg
2 T coconut oil

Blended with immersion blender.

Not the same as my favorite French Vanilla Cream but it makes my coffee more palatable.
So hooray for me!!

As a side note, did you know coconut oil is good for your skin? And it smells delicious too!!

I packed lunches last night for the kiddos. Harley took chicken, roasted sweet potatoes and grilled asparagus. Darian had the same, but he substituted his chicken for peppercorn roast beef!

I slept in this morning (poor sleep the night before) and I had a brunch of left over fritatta with my coffee.

Our dinner tonight was a chicken stir-fry. Delicious. Everyone ate it heartily. I served it over cauliflower rice. It didn't fool me into believing it was rice. But it sure was good. This is the first time I have made and eaten a stir fry since Richard had his stroke on September 11, 2012. We were at the table eating a stir fry when it happened. 

Any way, we are on to day 9 even though I am really, really craving bread today!!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Days 6 and 7

We finished the weekend with a few hiccups. I sprinkled Parmesan cheese on our sautéed zucchini on Saturday night. Horrors! It's not the end of the road. We are going to continue right on. And, as I sit here in front of this computer screen I am drinking a vodka tonic. Alcohol is not allowed on the program. According to the RULES of Whole 30 we are supposed to start over. But you know what? We aren't going to. We are just going to continue moving ahead.

My menu plan for this week is going to be:

Monday: Breakfast will be Fritatta & tangerines

Lunch: Pot roast with roasted sweet potatoes and asparagus.

Dinner: Stir fried vegetables with chicken

Tuesday: Breakfast Fritatta and peaches

Lunch: Meatball sub sandwiches with carrots and celery sticks

Dinner: Salman cakes, California Blend vegetables, Boiled cabbage

Wednesday: Breakfast Eggs & Hash

Lunch: Large Salad with chicken and eggs

Dinner: Elvis Burgers Sweet Potato Fries

Thursday: Breakfast Hash & Orange

Lunch: Chicken Salad, almonds, cucumber slices

Dinner: Hamburger Patty with Fried Eggs

Friday: Breakfast Egg Muffins

Lunch: Beef stew

Dinner: Spaghetti squash with spaghetti sauce

Saturday: Breakfast scrambled eggs with beef

Lunch: Taco Salad

Dinner: Roast beef, potatoes, carrots

Sunday: Breakfast Sausage, eggs, hash browns

Lunch: Salad

Dinner: Steak, sweet potatoes, summer squash

Friday, April 22, 2016

Day Five!!

Today was the end of five days eating clean. I have made it five whole days!! Yipee. It hasn't really been that hard either. Hopefully it will continue to not be hard. I tend to quit when things get hard to do.

The kids really liked the egg muffins I made yesterday.  I thought I made enough for several mornings I didn't. Because they really liked them. But I will NEVER again cook them in muffin tins. I was advised not to use the paper liners, so I didn't. And that tin was impossible to get clean. So I threw it away. Yikes!!

Tonight I fried sweet potatoes and apples in coconut oil for Darian and I for supper. We ate them next to our hamburger steak. I used an Oriental Spice and they were delicious. I think I am starting to feel more comfortable with seasonings. I don't want to ruin anything because these vegetables are expensive!! Harley had another date tonight and she didn't eat at home. In fact, she didn't eat clean at all. But I told her it wasn't the end of the world and she can start over tomorrow!!

Justin and Paige will be here this weekend. Justin is all about clean eating. We will see how Paige handles this!

On to day six!!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Day Four Headache

We made it through day four. It was a messed up day. The kids had their breakfast Frittatas and fresh strawberries. I woke up with a horrible headache. Made myself a cup of hot tea. I have to figure out what I am going to do about my coffee. I love coffee and I love it with French Vanilla Cream. I want to just buy a bottle of the cream and say to heck with the Whole 30 Challenge. But I don't want to be a quitter like that. I knew it would be hard. And it is only 30 days. Maybe I'll go back to trying the coconut milk and cinnamon again!!

Anyway, I lay back down after my hot tea and slept a bit and when I woke up the second time the headache was better. I ate my chicken salad, which I thought was delicious. However, neither of the kids liked the chicken salad. They want me to add some dill to the dressing next time I make it. (That is how I make the homemade ranch). So we will get that a try.

Then Darian and his girl came home just as I took the Egg muffins out of the over and promptly ate 3 of them. What the heck?? It's okay because he was going to a band concert and they went out for salad for dinner afterwards. Harley and I enjoyed our dinner of hamburger steak, baked sweet potatoes, California vegetables. 

I also made a Crockpot full of Vegetable Beef soup today. They will take it for their lunch tomorrow. Darian came home after the band concert and ate a bowl of it too! Today he is letting me know that he needs to eat more!!

All in all we are doing okay. So far we haven't strayed from the plan. Well, Harley and I haven't! Darian tries to stay on point with us, but he has strayed a bit!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

End of Day Three

We made it through day three. They warned us that this might be a bad. Below you will find a copy of my Whole 30 Daily. This is a daily email I paid for. They send it early in the morning each day. It is supposed to boost me along. I thought some of you who are following along would like to see one of the emails!

The only symptom any of us felt today was being tired. Both kids overslept this morning and said they drug through the day. Darian had a Marine drill tonight with some drill instructors from San Diego so he went a bit off the eating plan. But it's okay because he worked out hard!! I am still tweaking out menus to make it all a bit easier. I am thinking that once I get seven meals we really like that is what we are just going to eat over and over each week. I need this to be a bit easier on the budget!! Off to day 4!
  • Possible Side Effects
  • The Cranky Testimonial
  • Take a Nap
  • Listen to Your Body?
  • Grieve If You Must
  • Feed a Cold

Welcome to Day 3!

Did you think changing your life would be all sunshine, rainbows, and ponies? Today’s the day when we talk about the not-so-pretty (but totally temporary) side of the Whole30, and let you know that everything we suspect you’re experiencing right now is normal, expected, and a healthy part of your transition.
We know this part may not feel so good, but once you make it through today’s Whole30 Daily, you’ll have a much better understanding of what your body and brain are going through, and how to ease your way through the rough patches that are an inevitable part of your first week.
We’ll be honest – it’s not always easy, but it’s always 100% worth it. Hang in there with us, and we’ll help see you through to better days… which, by the way, are just around the corner. Trust us.
Have a great Day 3!

Possible Side Effects

It’s day three, and you might not be feeling quite so bright and shiny today. Remember we said the first week is full of ups and downs? Today, we want to talk about some potential downs you may be experiencing, and give you some light at the end of your tired, cranky, rumbly-tummy tunnel.
·         Tired: You’re probably more tired and lethargic today. This is your body adapting to its new fuel source – fat – and transitioning out of your old “sugar-burner” days. (We’ll talk about this more on Day 6, when you’ve had some more time to adjust.) This is normal, and will resolve quickly, as long as you do your part to help. Sleep lots. Take naps. Take time off from the gym, or make it a “half-intensity” week. Don’t lean too heavily on caffeine or sugar from fruit to see you through mid-afternoon slumps. Basically, be patient, accept this is a normal part of your transition, and don’t expect any personal bests in the gym, or miraculous energy highs this week. Those things will come in due time, we assure you.
·         Cranky/Moody: At this point, you may be kind of cranky about the foods you “can’t” eat. Your brain is probably throwing tantrums; missing sugar, cookies, cheese, or wine. The fact that you’re tired isn’t helping your mood, either. We have just one word of advice—patience! This passes within just a few days, as much of it is blood-sugar-regulation related. As your hormones start to get back into balance, your mood will regulate too – and once your energy picks up, your brain stops fighting your efforts, and you start feeling the Whole30 magic, you’ll be brighter and shinier than ever.
·         Detoxin’: You may be experiencing some physical symptoms; the result of your body starting to heal from the damage done by your old less-healthy food choices. Acne and rashes, worsening allergies, and digestive distress are common during this first week. Sometimes, things get worse before they get better, but know this is a common, even healthy stage as your body starts to heal. Be patient—by the second week, these should be largely resolved.

The Hungry/Cranky/Craving Testimonial

Here is one client’s Whole30 experience, from CrossFit Littleton:
“I didn’t think that my food choices made much of a difference, so I figured giving them up shouldn’t be a big deal either. As they say, the first week or two were the hardest. It makes me cranky to have food taken away from me. Day three was my worst. There wasn’t anything happy, and no one could do anything right. I craved the forbidden foods, more out of habit than desire.
By the end of week two, I had lost a significant amount of weight. I also noticed that I was not experiencing those afternoon lulls in energy. I wasn’t experiencing those ‘must nap now’ thoughts. I noticed I wasn’t experiencing the ‘food highs’ either. (You know food highs, when you have had too much sugar or caffeine and you feel kind of jittery?)
I am now at the end of the 30 days. Despite being sure that this wasn’t going to change how I ate, I am now a complete believer in the Whole30. If you are looking to lose weight, gain energy and feel better, give it a try.”
-- Stacy, Englewood, CO

Power Nap

If you’re tired during this transitional period, consider a good old-fashioned power-nap. Retire to your bed, the couch in your office, even your car if you really need to catch some quick ZZZ’s to see you through the day. Here are some of our best tips for ensuring successful mid-day nappy-time.
·         Time of day. Sleep experts say that 2 or 3 p.m. is the ideal nap hour — late enough to fit into your natural siesta zone, but early enough that it will not interfere with your nightly sleep.
·         Length. A good nap length is somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes. This will give you the restorative benefits of sleep without the lethargy or grogginess — what sleep experts call “sleep drunkenness.” Naps as short as 5 minutes could be effective for some people.
·         Environment. Learn how to control the environment to get the most out of power naps. Turn out all of the lights and close the doors and windows. If there’s lots of noise, plug your ears with cotton balls or ear plugs. You might also want to keep a dark-colored mask with you to block out all light.
·         Set an Alarm. If you’re tired enough to take a nap, you will probably not magically wake up on your own accord. So set an alarm, both to avoid the grogginess of a long nap and to make sure you don’t sleep through anything important.
·         Be Honest. If you still feel the need for a nap two weeks from now, think about your context. Are you only sleeping five or six hours a night? Are you eating enough? While a 20-minute nap is a good refresher, it will not make up for lack of sleep or calories.

Listen To Your Body?

Is your stomach (and brain) sending you mixed messages this week? You’re hungry all the time! You’re never hungry at all! You’re dying for sweets after dinner, even though you’re still full from your meal! These are all normal and expected.
As much as “diet experts” tell you to listen to your body, until you’ve been eating Good Food for a while, you simply can’t always trust the messages your body is sending you. Right now, your hormones are still out of balance, your brain is still craving, and your energy levels probably aren’t where they need to be. This keeps your hunger mechanism out of whack, which means you may need to override it for the time being.
If you’re always hungry, it’s okay to eat more, because all of the food you are eating is healthy! We’ll talk tomorrow about how to distinguish hunger from cravings, but as long as you’re not falling face-first into a pile of dried fruit or a jar of nut butter, if you’re hungry, eat!
If you’re never hungry at all, you must stick to our minimum of three meals a day, as outlined in It Starts With Food. Your hunger will catch back up with you soon enough, but for now, make sure you’re well nourished, even if your body isn’t telling you to eat.
By the end of your Whole30, your body will be speaking the truth like never before—and you’ll be able to listen to (and trust!) the signals it’s trying to send you. Which is a good thing, because your body knows better than anyone or anything what you need to keep you healthy.

Grieve If You Must

It’s okay to grieve for the foods you’ve left behind. You might curse them, or remember them fondly. You may absolutely love them from afar, in your memory, or in your dreams.
Just don’t eat them.
Whole9’s own Robin Strathdee wrote a fun article on the Five Stages of Food Grief. Read, grieve, and know that you are not alone.

From Carb-Flu To Real-Flu

It’s not uncommon for folks to catch the bug or cold that’s going around during the first week of their Whole30. Your immune system is working hard right now to help you heal, and it may be too distracted or overworked to be able to fight off a bacterial or viral invader.
If you do come down with something: you’ll probably need some sick-time comfort foods to see you through—but those foods shouldn’t include sugary ginger-ales, whole wheat crackers, or dry toast. (We know better now, right?)
  • Club soda or mineral water: The bubbles help you burp, which can make your stomach feel better, and both provide much-needed hydration.
  • You don’t need crackers: Try carb-dense veggies like sweet potato, butternut squash or pumpkin instead of Saltines as easy-to-digest calorie source for your queasy stomach.
  • Ginger and apples: An old cruise ship remedy to help battle nausea – fresh or pickled ginger and sliced apples.
  • Homemade bone broth: Beef, chicken, or veggie all help with a sore throat, warm you up from the chills, and keep you well nourished.
  • Scrambled eggs: The simplicity, digestibility, and comfort of an egg cannot be underestimated. Protein and fat will make you feel better and help your body re-build itself. Eat alongside mashed sweet potatoes or mashed cauliflower to add some quality carbs.
  • Coconut oil: A few extra tablespoons of coconut oil can help shorten the duration of an illness. The lauric acid in coconut oil is thought to dissolve the lipid coating around some viruses and make them more susceptible to attack by the immune system.
For more information, read these articles on how to feed a cold, Whole30-style:

How did you do today?

Every day, we ask you, "How did you do?" If you ate clean, congratulations! If you didn't, we start the 30 days over again tomorrow.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Day Two Was Easy Too!

We have now completed day two. I am not going to go on and on about how hungry I was last night before I went to bed. I just went to the fridge and made me a bowl of salad with Tessemae Lemon Garlic dressing. You can buy any of these at Amazon but I lucked out that my grocery store had some. They are a tiny bit pricey but Whole 30 compliant. Then I had a few carrot sticks and I was good to go.

Harley said she woke up 'starving' this morning so she came out and had her Fritatta and banana before she got ready for school. Usually she eats after she is ready! Darian said he didn't notice any differences.

They both took a huge salad with sliced chicken and hard-boiled eggs and home-made Ranch Dressing to school to eat. I ate my salad when I got up. Just skipped breakfast and went right to salad for brunch. I drank a cup of hot vanilla Chai black tea. Just let that coffee go today! I also made up another batch of ranch dressing so we won't run out!

For supper we had baked chicken breast which I just brushed with melted ghee (it is cultured sweet cream used as a butter substitute. I purchased it a while back from Amazon in preparation for this journey. Not too bad! I only use a smidgen because it, too, is pricey! Then I rubbed in salt, pepper, garlic salt, smoked paprika. Yum! Served with roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli. We all ate until we were stuffed. I have enough leftover chicken for the chicken salad later this week.

I cooked up tomorrow's breakfast while I was fixing dinner. And packed Darian and Harley's lunches, with their help. I'll tell you about those tomorrow. I have tweaked the menu some. Don't we all do that??

So far, so good. I am saying we have two days success under our belts!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Day One-Our thoughts!!

Day one is almost in the history books!! Of course it wasn't really challenging yet. 

Darian and Harley usually eat at school for both breakfast and lunch. Today they ate breakfast at home and packed their lunch for school. Harley said that she was really, really hungry by the time lunch came around. And that her lunch tasted fantastic. Darian said he didn't notice anything unusual. Doesn't that sound just like a man??

I don't get up early in the mornings so I ate my breakfast closer to noon and didn't have the lunch. Sometimes I will probably eat the lunch for breakfast and skip the breakfast. Maybe if I start getting up earlier in the day I'll get back on a 3 meal a day routine. But for now this works!

Years ago, when eating avocados first came into fashion in my part of the world (in the 1970's) I ate them several times. And every time I got sick. Like in vomiting type sick. So, I stayed away from avocados. Recently I have been having tiny tastes of guacamole or a bite of avocado when the kids would have some. Not sick!! So I didn't think a thing of having a slice of avocado with my frittata this morning. Until about an hour later. Then I was sick! I am truly giving up avocados for good now. How many times do you have to kick an old mule in the head to give them some sense??

Supper with the spaghetti sauce and spaghetti squash was delicious. We each ate a half of squash and that is a lot!! I was stuffed to the gills. Have you ever eaten spaghetti squash? We used to serve it to the elders at the nursing home. They loved it! I have never made my own sauce either. Always bought it in the jar and spiced it up with extras. This recipe was very good! And makes a lot. 

Looking over the menu for the rest of the week: I am going to move meals around a bit. Didn't notice how many times I was serving chicken so close together. And Harley says she isn't eating fish twice in one day!! LOL

On to day Two!!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Day 0-Countdown

We are ready to go!! Today I spent the day getting everything ready. And these kids ate all day long!!

I made a Frittata, following the recipe I linked in the previous post. Let me tell you how delicious it is! Because it is! Hope I actually have enough for two breakfasts since everyone had to sample! I am glad they liked it though.

I also cut up a bunch of carrots and celery and julienned them and put them in beautiful blue mason jars in the fridge. Ready to go for when we get the munchies. Wow, all this cutting and peeling is a big job. But I have learned, from reading, that it is so necessary to be prepared. Also, hard boiled a dozen eggs.

I made a big batch of very yummy meatballs. We will use these for snacks if the kids are really, really hungry. They can have a meatball along with their carrots and celery. LOL! That should tide them over for dinner. 

A big baking dish of boneless, skinless chicken thighs were cooked with herbs and lemon wedges and a pan of roasted sweet potatoes. They looked so good! So, that is what we had for dinner tonight!! 

But what was most amazing to me was the homemade mayonnaise we whipped up. I bought a new Kitchen-aid stick blender just for this purpose. And my thumbs hurt from holding in the button for such a long period of time. Have you ever made homemade mayo? It was amazing to see an egg and olive oil turn into mayo. I added a variety of spices and created a lovely 'ranch' dressing. I am sure I'll have to make more of this before the week is out. Because I can see Darian across the room with a plate of celery sticks and ranch dressing. 

Day one begins in the morning with breakfast. I tried my coffee today with some coconut milk! Eh...not as good as the vanilla creamer, but it will work for the next 30 days. Or I will learn to drink my coffee black again!!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Our First Week's Meal Plan

We are getting ready to start eating clean!
Our First Whole 30 Meal will be Sunday evening and then we are off to the races on Monday. Wish us luck!! We will succeed. Tomorrow we are taking pictures and measurements. I won't be sharing those here. I don't think. Heck, I might!! Who knows. 
Here is our menu plan for week one.


  Breakfast...Sausage Frittata with avocado & Berries 

       Lunch...Chicken Thigh, Roasted sweet potatoes, Veggies

  Dinner...Spaghetti squash with ground beef and tomato sauce


  Breakfast...Leftover Frittata, Banana

  Lunch...Large Protein Salad with Homemade Ranch dressing and boiled eggs

  Dinner...Roasted Chicken breasts with roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli


  Breakfast...Sweet Potato Broccoli Egg Hash

  Lunch...Meatball Endive Sandwich with spaghetti sauce, carrot/celery sticks

  Dinner...Large salad with sliced chicken and eggs 

  Breakfast...Egg Muffin, apricots

  Lunch...Chicken Salad with almonds & strawberries

  Dinner...Hamburger steak, roasted sweet potatoes Squeaky Clean Coleslaw


  Breakfast...Egg muffins, peaches

  Lunch...Vegetable Beef Soup

  Dinner...Hamburger Steak, Fried Sweet potatoes and apples, broccoli


  Breakfast...Scrambled eggs with leftover brisket, Pineapple


  Dinner...Pan Roasted Lemon Chicken Brussels Sprouts and roasted white potatoes


  Breakfast...Fried eggs with Baked sweet potatoes

  Lunch...Taco Salad

  Dinner...Grilled steak, fresh asparagus, grilled zucchini

I will keep hard boiled eggs, meatballs, and Lara bars, pickles and olives on hand for when the kids are starving (or think they are).