Monday, January 18, 2016

Whole30 - Week 2 Recap

We are officially more than halfway through our 30 day journey! This past week was easier than the first. We got into a groove with cooking and felt much better than week 1. I still get tired in the evenings, but I'm waking up feeling refreshed, sleeping well, and feeling energized all day.

The toughest part of this week was going out to eat. I managed to avoid this until Monday, January 11... But 11 days in and I had to face a menu. And other people ordering. It was happy hour and wine was $4. But I asked a ton of questions of our poor waiter and ended up getting a burger patty and a fruit cup. With water. And a spoonful of the table guac. It was delicious and I left feeling satisfied. It was hard, but not at all impossible.

Another tough moment was making chocolate chip cookies. I've learned this month already how difficult it is not to lick my fingers or eat crumbs when I'm making things for the kids, but making chocolate chip cookies was terrible. I couldn't lick the whisk or my fingers! It was very hard, especially when the warm cookies came out of the oven, but I didn't cheat at all. I'm proud of that!

We also celebrated Wesley's 4th birthday this week. He had pancakes for his birthday morning and ice cream with Aunt Courtney on his birthday. He brought cupcakes to school and I hope he didn't feel slighted that we didn't eat any at home. We didn't get to do a big meal celebration at a restaurant like we normally do, but we did give him some of his favorite foods this week.

Here's what we ate this week:

Breakfast

  • Hash - On Sunday night I chopped a TON of sweet potatoes and Jarrod turned them into hash with onions, garlic, and kale. We ate them every morning with sausage and an egg. Delicious and very easy! 
Lunch/Dinner
  • Tuna salad - Jarrod made mayonnaise again this week and made a fancy tuna salad with walnuts and pickles over a green salad for lunch all week. 
  • Salads - we both ate traditional green salads with a balsamic dressing
  • Pork Carnitas - Jarrod made delicious pork carnitas on Monday. We ate them on potatoes, with eggs, and with salsa. Delicious! 
  • Coconut Curry Chicken - I fell in love with this recipe last week (FromThe Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom) and made it again this week, but this time I made it in the crockpot with frozen chicken and shredded it. It was incredible. 
  • Veggie bolognese -  I make this recipe a lot and noticed it was Whole30 compatible if I just left out the sweetener... I normally leave out the sweetener, so this wasn't a big loss. I hadn't used nutritional yeast in it before, but decided to go for it this time. I ate it on spaghetti squash and potatoes all week. 
  • Ratatouille - I used the recipe fromThe Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom, but it's pretty basic. I was worried about this one because it's really just vegetables, but it was delicious. We had it with sausage and on it's own. Delicious! 
We kept things very simple this week because I was teaching a class and traveled a lot. I'm looking forward to making another batch of coconut curry chicken... because when you can't eat chocolate chip cookies, it's just about the next best thing! 
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