2012 Week by Week

Whole 30 2013 – Day 30

We sort of made it! If you don’t count all the times I ate stuff I wasn’t supposed to, then yay it’s day 30!



I forgot to add salt to my mug macaroon so it was kind of unsatisfying. This would be a theme today.



Leftover ribs and some carrots. I snacked on almonds in the afternoon.


I kind of didn’t eat dinner today. Around 5pm I snacked on the last of the sausages we ate a few days ago, and they ended up being more filling than I anticipated.


Later I celebrated the end of the day with a bowl of the old date, coconut, almond and cocoa standby. Now my husband and I are going to have some coffee with a bit of Irish cream because we can’t take it anymore.

Happy Whole 30, everyone! Thanks for reading.


Whole 30 2013 – Day 29

Yesterday I tried to get back on track after my Superbowl transgressions.



Mug macaroon, as usual.



Leftover chicken wings and stuffed sweet potatoes. I ate more sweet potatoes in the afternoon and snacked on some almonds.



Overcooked london broil with onions, green beans, and the end of the salad from a few days ago.

Whole 30 2013 – Day 28

aka Superbowl Sunday

aka Temptation Alley

I tried my best to plan enough various Superbowl snacks so that I wouldn’t go off the rails, but… you’ll see what happened.



A quick lunch of local breakfast sausage and scrambled eggs. No veggies. Whoops.



Here was our spread. I made chicken wings and ribs, bought the veggie tray, and put out some almonds. I also provided tortilla chips and salsa but since I know that corn does bad things to me it is easy for me to avoid them. Friends brought mac & cheese (I ate one noodle), sweet potato skins with bacon & cheese (I had a few), pesto pizza (ugh, I had a slice), and a box of Thin Mints (don’t even get me started).

I thought I was going to be so strong, but as the night wore on and the food stayed out it became way too easy to wander by the food table and pop a cookie every now and then. I’m paying for it this morning, but not too dramatically.

On the plus side, I’ve got chicken wings and ribs leftover for lunches this week.

Two more days!

Whole 30 2013 – Day 27

The last weekend of the Whole 30!


I had church Saturday morning and needed to run an errand to a local farmer’s market afterward. All morning I had been thinking that I would go get that Thai chicken salad from Panera for lunch, but I eventually decided against it. So I found myself at the farmer’s market with no plan and a few minutes to kill while I waited for the person I was meeting. While browsing around I was excited to find this —


I scrutinized the ingredients before buying it but couldn’t find anything forbidden on the Whole 30. Here they are: almonds, organic dates, organic sunflower seeds, organic pepitas, black sesame seeds, cocoa, organic fair trade coffee, vanilla bean, himalayan salt

Awesome. right? I was expecting it to be chewy because of the dates but the bar was pleasantly crunchy and it hit the spot.

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Mug macaroon, my old lazy person standby.



Chicken & apple sausages, cabbage sauteed with onions and red pepper, and a giant fresh local lettuce salad (picked that morning).



Old faithful – dates, almonds, coconut, cocoa powder

Whole 30 2013 – Day 26

We’re winding down and wearing thin here at the end of the Whole 30. Our thoughts are starting to turn to what kind of food rules will be sustainable for the future. I’m looking forward to sharing our results with you on Wednesday. Even my husband, who hasn’t been doing this very seriously, is shrinking.



I used my last egg in this mug macaroon.



The end of yesterday’s curry. I usually don’t eat red meat on Fridays, but remember what I said about wearing thin? That also includes our food options.



My husband was craving pizza and we didn’t have much food in the house last night, so we went out. I ordered this pecan crusted chicken salad. It has all sorts of forbidden foods in it, but it was pretty great and that pile of spinach made it super healthy.

Some people do the Whole 30 to discover how they react to certain foods when they are reintroduced. I have done this before and I know, for the most part, what sets me off. Gluten isn’t too bad for me, but corn, yellow oils, dairy, and sugar kind of are. Throughout the Whole 30 I have eaten bits of bread here and there as part of church, so I knew a little bit of breading on my chicken wouldn’t hurt. Little bits of cheese don’t hurt too much, either. I may be totally trying to justify my salad choice right now. The fact remains that we are a bit tired of this Whole 30 and I am trying to make the best choices I can without diving head first into a whole chocolate cake.

Whole 30 2013 – Day 25

Today I had to get up extra early for a long day with kids. My days with kids are weird. I don’t usually eat with them because I’m not eating the same things they are. I end up eating breakfast before they get here, lunch while they’re napping, and dinner after they leave. This morning kids got here so early that I made my breakfast while they were eating theirs, and I managed to get some bites in between the various things they needed from me after they went off to play. Tomorrow is going to be even weirder, but we’ll talk about that after it happens.



A particularly eggy mug macaroon.



I whipped up a quick curry with ground beef, tomatoes, and green beans. It isn’t very tasty but it held me all afternoon.



My husband made us a late dinner of steak, salad, the end of the green beans, and a sweet potato. If you recognize that steak from Monday it is because we accidentally defrosted twice as many steaks as we needed. So we ate grassfed t-bones twice in one week. Life is hard.

Whole 30 2013 – Day 24



Yep, that was breakfast.



Same as last night’s dinner.



Lunch wasn’t enough, so I made myself a mug macaroon in the afternoon.



This may look a lot like my lunch, but it was 10 times better. Turns out that when you let the professionals cook their traditional food it is better than when you just pour jarred salsa on some chicken and call it a day.

Whole 30 2013 – Day 23



I kind of love my breakfast mug macaroon. It’s nice to have a quick, easy bowl of warm bready pudding in the morning. It is also really filling.



Leftovers! Roast pork, mashed garlic cauliflower, and green beans.



Salsa chicken over salad with guacamole. I had to be quiet while cooking because my husband was recording a podcast in the next room. If you listen to it you might hear me banging a couple of pans around. I’ll post the link when there is one.



The old delicious standby.

Whole 30 2013 – Day 22

Today we’re back home and back on track.





Meat sauce and an egg. Yum.


I picked some pieces of pork roast out of the fridge for an afternoon snack.



T-bone steak, roasted butternut squash, and a salad.



Dates, walnuts, coconut, and cocoa powder. Like God intended.

Whole 30 2013 – Day 21

This is the day I slipped completely off the rails.



A small plate of fruits and veggies after church. I skipped right over the platters of cakes.



Our hosts made us lunch, but it was pretty Whole 30 compliant because they are total health nuts. There was a bit of cheese in both the chicken and the salad, but everything else was great.

Then we went out for coffee and I had 2 mochas and 4 chocolate covered coffee beans. Bzzrt!



We went to Ikea on the way out of town and ate swedish meatballs with gravy, lingonberry jam, and mashed potatoes and split a chicken caesar salad on the side.


When we got home we split the end of the car snacks.