We made it!!! Woohoo!!!! Day 30!!!!!
Seriously, this was a hard 30 days. Normally we plan our whole30′s when we will be home, when there are no holidays, and when extra curricular activities will be low. Haha, did we get that wrong on our whole30! We sold our house, we traveled to Houston for 4 days, we went house hunting which was extremely stressful, we’re packing our now unorganized house, and have our lives thrown upside down. What a time to be on a whole30! Actually, it ended up being a great time and we all did a great job of keeping each other on track.
Here’s how we did on our last day:
Breakfast was my favorite comfort food of all time and a great way to end our whole30. Chorizo and eggs!
2 days left! Can’t believe we’re already here and that we have held on even through a super stressful few weeks. I know many people that say as soon as they get through a stressful period they will then work on being healthy. People! Don’t wait! It might sound harder but honestly you will be able to deal with the stress so much easier if your body is feeling it’s best. Don’t wait unit the perfect time, or the beginning of the week or month, start now. Start now!!!
Breakfast today was a goodie we tried when going egg free and it’s now a regular that we love. Curried chicken and carrots!
I woke up this morning feeling under the weather. Thankfully we all know what good foods to eat that the hubs had it under control.
Breakfast was leftovers from yesterday, so glad to have had them!
Although we are under a good amount of stress right now with moving, I can only imagine how much worse it would be if we felt awful too. I am so glad we hit the reset button when we did. Eating right gets us equipped for the day and allows us to make good decisions without being foggy or having big bellies. I highly recommend it!
Breakfast this morning is a simple styrofoam plate of bacon and eggs. To keep from doing a bunch of dishes while trying to pack I made a huge amount of eggs and bacon today, to last for hopefully a few days.
We’re finally getting back to normal! Of course, our normal is a little off to begin with but hey, it works for us!
We ate breakfast this morning as an appraiser walked around our house. It was interesting to say the least. He commented quite a few times on how well my kids eat which was pretty funny. Levi probably ate about 4 or 5 eggs on his own and 4 pieces of sausage. You can only imagine how much the other two ate. It was a pretty darn good breakfast if I do say so myself. Plain old sausage and eggs. Haha.
Talk about a lack of energy today. After running around like crazy people for the last few days we are worn out today! No time to rest though. The appraiser is coming tomorrow and our messy house needs to get clean. Talk about a day of basic eating. Breakfast was fruit. Yep, that’s it, fruit. We have zero food in the house except for the leftover fruit we had brought with us to Houston. So we ate fruit.
Last night I defrosted some frozen spaghetti chili to last us the next couple days, perfect plan. I always think spaghetti tastes even better as leftovers, and it really does.
Time to go home! We’re on our way back to NOLA today. This will be our last drive “home” to New Orleans although we will absolutely be coming back to visit. Especially when we finally get our diabetic alert dog we will be coming back to show him off to all of our amazing supporters. I can’t wait for that day!
We started off with a great breakfast of eggs and bacon. The kids took it upon themselves to make a “fruit cocktail” for all of us. They were too cute.
Today was a day of waiting….and waiting…..and waiting some more. I’ll tell you what, being under a massive amount of stress and eating only whole30 approved foods is NOT easy. As we sat in our realtors office and drooled over the jar of cookies, and the jar of candy, and the other jar of candy, and the pitcher of pink lemonade, it was NOT easy! But we did it. I will say that it is easier to make the right decisions when your whole family is making the same decision. If my kids were eating candy while I tried to have self-control on my own, that self-control would turn into a deep lack of self-control quickly. When all of us are saying no we all are strong together. Doesn’t get any better.
Breakfast this morning was a sausage, eggs and fruit. A simple, healthy way to start off the day, complete with salsa in our eggs. Hey, we’re in Texas!
Day 2 of house hunting! We looked at 12 houses yesterday and looking at 12 more today. Making sure we have covered our bases for sure. Thankfully, we are eating well and my ginormous box of homemade trail mix has been serving us well.
Brandon’s best friend from college lives here in Houston so we’ve been staying with him and his precious wife Ashley…and their 2 adorable children. It’s been a blast and they’ve gone out of their way to have whole30 approved food available for us.
Breakfast this morning was eggs with salsa, sausage and fruit. Oh yeah, and coffee! Wonderful breakfast with wonderful friends.
It’s Sunday, the start of a new week and the start of a new season for our Whole Family.
We found out late last week that Brandon was offered the wonderful job we had been praying for….in Houston, TX. We couldn’t be more excited as we start this new adventure and can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for us in this new town. We will miss our friends and all of the wonderful people we have met through Jeremiah’s fundraising, but we are fully confident that this is where the Lord is leading our family. It’s bittersweet of course, but also amazingly faith-building as we rely on the Lord in a very, very real and constant way.
So what are we up to today? We’re house hunting! On a Whole30! This trip was not expected in the slightest when we started our whole30 and we only decided to head out of town with a days notice. Did I meal plan? Um…no. I have no idea when, where or what we’ll be eating. All I know is that we’ll be staying on track with our whole30 and hunting and gathering as we go. Stay tuned for some creative dishes!
Here’s breakfast on the go: Hard boiled eggs, broccoli, pepperoni, a banana and a dose of It Starts With Food. Perfect!
Okay guys. This is the one and only day of this whole30 that I kept such pitiful, embarrassing records and ate so strange that I have absolutely nothing to show for it. I can say without a doubt that we stayed on the whole30 train and did great, but we also had zero direction and zero pizzaz.
Here’s the lowdown.
Thank God it’s Friday! I actually didn’t realize it was Friday until the evening which just shows how much I needed it to be Friday. Haha. We kept it simple at breakfast and used up the meats we had left before shopping at the Farmers Market on Saturday. I made chorizo and eggs with what chorizo we had left and ham and eggs with the ham that was left. Of course, I picked the chorizo….and vitamins. Cute, huh?
We’ve been enjoying going to the summer movies and today was the last movie showing, Kung Fu Panda. Instead of popcorn and candy we went for a snack of sushi. Perfect!
We had a few options left for breakfast this morning and all ended up eating something different. I chose the rest of the hawaiian chicken and it was just as good as the other day.
Can I say again that making meals ahead of time is so great?! Try it, you will really like it!
Day 17 already?! The time is flying….well, sometimes. How’s it going for you? We are getting into a groove and Whole30 has pretty much become the norm around here, which is fantastic. We had been testing the waters off the wagon before this whole30 and Brandon and I are both glad to be back on it with happy tummies. Crossing our fingers that we remember how great we feel when temptations arise!
Yesterday I cooked a bunch of meals and I am sooooo glad I did. I forgot about pre-cooking and how much easier it makes the next couple of days. There were 3 options for breakfast today and we chose to go with the cabbage and sausage. Surprisingly my kids love this dish although they have no idea how great it is for them too.
Lunch was…well….you can decide for yourself. Continue reading
I spent a while today prepping, cooking, chopping, mixing, freezing and storing food for the next few days. Yes, it took some time, and a good amount of dishes (thankfully my trusty dishwasher, Brandon, cleans them for me), but I feel so accomplished to have a refrigerator full of great food for all different meals. Here’s the count:
-Cabbage and Sausage Stir Fry
-Homemade Chicken Stock
-Serving sizes of fresh salmon bagged and frozen
Sometimes it feels like these whole30 days are going by rather slowly and yet then I look up and…we’re halfway through!
I am so proud of all of us and how great we are doing. No, the desire to eat onion rings or red beans and rice or ice cream hasn’t gone away, but we are loving the great food we are eating and how we feel eating it. I’ll tell you what, when our family says we’re going to do something, we do it. And we do it with style.
We’re spending more quality time together, we’re in the word, we’re sleeping better, we’re exercising, we’re feeling better, Jeremiah’s numbers are doing well, and Brandon’s tummy is quickly going down. We are so blessed to be where we are and beyond thankful for the season God has us in. Blessing after blessing has been poured on our undeserving heads these past few weeks and we are humbled and thankful for them. Some you know of, some we will share with you later.
The main blessing? The strengthening of our family. We have purposefully been spending quality time together and it’s been wonderful. We’ve been playing games, reading, cooking, cleaning and resting…together. If you are running around so busy that you only get a few precious minutes with your family at the end of the day, I urge you to see what can be moved around to remedy that immediately. It’s a beautiful thing how time spent with your family can do so much, just by being together. Try it, you’ll like it!
So how did our day 15 go? It was Whole30 approved, that’s for sure!
Breakfast was a casserole of eggs, steak and asparagus. We’re cutting back on Jeremiah’s egg consumption so he had a bowl of salmon and veggies.
I know you know but I’m going to say it again just for good measure: we successfully made it through another great day of eating whole30 approved foods and we feel great!
One of our goals with this whole30 was to be together as a family more. It’s really cool to see that actually happening. Today was a day spent together, not by chance, or after a busy week, but a day spent together after many days spent together. And I think it ‘s growing on us.
The kids are playing together nicely, Brandon’s on the floor with them every evening, we’re having a great time cheering on team USA together, and we’re making wise decisions together as a family. I’ve got to say my most favorite, and selfish, part of this togetherness is the agreement Brandon and I made. Since I’m doing 95% of the cooking and it is creating a huge amount of dishes Brandon offered to be my dishwasher.
It’s working great and it’s really nice to be working together. Hint, hunt guys! Brandon has also been enjoying grilling lately, as we all have. Just another way we are all working together.
Breakfast today was my have and one you’ve seen a lot of, and will continue to see, chorizo and eggs. Although we have brought eggs back into our diet, when it comes to Jeremiah I am still limiting his eggs. He is trying to hold in his excitement because he isn’t fond of eggs to begin with. So breakfast for Jeremiah was leftover salmon with the leftovers from lunch yesterday.
Although the hubs and I both would consider this to be our hardest Whole30, we really are doing well and staying on track. We’re pretty pitiful at times, drooling over ridiculous McDonald’s commercials, but then other times staring at Brandon’s vanishing belly and passing around high fives. We could have our own reality show really. It would be epic. Haha.
One of the most important things that has helped us stay on track in our whole30 eating has been making a meal plan. I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a plan! Granted, we don’t always stick to it to the T, but that’s not the point.
Here’s the point: if I have planned out 15 meals for the week that means I have the ingredients in my house for 15 meals. If I end up moving these meals around or pushing them back to another day, fine. But never in this week will I look in the fridge or the pantry and think “there’s nothing good to eat”. There is always something good to eat! I am always prepared and fully stocked and it’s great!
If you are wanting to eat healthy, wanting to change your habits, wanting to feel better…. have a plan! Here’s mine:
Week 3 Meal Plan
Let me preface today with….it’s Saturday! Today was not a great day for gourmet meals, at least for breakfast and lunch, but it doesn’t have to be. We ate good food, had a fun day, and still feel great. What more do we need?
Breakfast was such a hodgepodge of whatever you could get your hands on and whenever you decided to wake up that pictures didn’t happen. I grabbed a banana and ran out the door to the farmers market and the gym. When I got home Brandon left for the gym, after doing a sink-full of dishes and eating an orange with sliced ham. I told you it wasn’t glamourous, but we ate!
When we were all home again and sitting around the table playing Monopoly I made a very quick snack that was devoured in a matter of seconds. Perfect mid-morning snack of smoked salmon and kiwi!
Jeremiah, my 8 year old, loves dates. We go to the movies, he brings dates. We bring out dessert, he eats dates. We go to Sam’s Club and you better believe he is going to remind the mess out of me until I get him more dates. So when we’re trying to think of a fun appetizer Jeremiah’s first idea for an ingredient is dates!
If you’ve never had dates before and this idea seems like one you would normally pass on, don’t. Give these a try and believe me, your whole family will absolutely LOVE them. I wasn’t sure how they would turn out but let me tell you, they are amazing. My mouth is watering just thinking about them! The combination of flavors and textures work together perfectly to make the world’s best bite of goodness. And of course, this recipe is super simple.
Posted in Desserts, July '12 | Whole30, Snacks
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