2012 Week by Week

Month: July, 2012

Whole 30 #2: Day 16


Day 16 breakfast


Today I made a quick 2 egg omelet and topped it with some salsa.


Day 16 lunch


I was supposed to cook this catfish for dinner on Friday but we did something else. Meanwhile it was just sitting in the fridge. I knew if I didn’t use it soon I’d lose it. So today I crusted it in coconut flour and Old Bay seasoning and fried it in bacon grease. I served it with sliced cucumbers and some lactofermented ginger carrots.


Day 16 dinner


My husband ate the other piece of catfish for dinner so I was free to eat all the meatballs for dinner. These are just ground beef fried til done and tossed in some of the vegetable gravy I made last week. A simple salad rounds out my plate.


Whole 30 #2: Day 15

Yay I’m halfway done! This one feels longer, but that’s probably because I actually started it on July 5th and not on the 16th when I rebooted. Doesn’t matter, I feel great!


Day 15 lunch

Yesterday I met a friend for lunch at Capital Club 16, a restaurant I had been wanting to try since it opened 2 years ago. I ordered the Hungry Wolf salad minus the cheese and left off the dressing (too mustardy for me). It was yummy! I’d like to go back sometime when I can eat their schnitzel.


Day 15 dinner

I cooked dinner last night! It was the first time in a while. We had pork chops, green beans with a spicy curry sauce, and sliced tomatoes.

Whole 30 #2: Day 14

Yesterday we ate out twice and both times I got beautiful paleo(ish) plates.


Day 14 lunch

Here in NC we are blessed with abundant pulled pork bbq that doesn’t come slathered in sugary sauces. I had a plate of smoky pulled pork, roasted veggies, and sweet potato fries at The Pit. Unfortunately they sprinkle brown sugar on their sweet potato fries. They’re not the only restaurant we’ve found that does that but I don’t understand it at all. Note to self: order the fries with no sugar next time.


Day 14 dinner

For dinner we met friends at Torero’s, one of our favorite Mexican restaurants. I ordered the pork carnitas with no rice or beans and it was perfect. The plates at Torero’s are huge (fork for scale), so when you order no rice or beans they load you up with lettuce and pico de gallo. Fabulous dinner. I couldn’t finish it.

You may have noticed that I switched cameras on my phone. I did this because I have started submitting things to Foodspotting and I wanted the photos on there to be clearer. Check it out!

Whole 30 #2: Day 13

Another day of bad choices, but at least today I actually tried.


I didn’t take a photo, but I brought a dish of warm pineapple chunks with shredded coconut to a breakfast meeting. That was just about the only thing I could eat there, as well as a couple of strawberries and the inside of a slice of spinach quiche (which was kind of cheesy).


No photo here, either. We were invited to the first birthday party of a kid that I watch for a living so we were at the mercy of our hosts for food. I did well and had deli meat with lettuce and tomato for the majority of my meal, but as the party went on I snuck in some cheese, a potato chip, and even some birthday cake and ice cream. It took 6 hours for my body to recover and actually feel hungry again.


Day 13 dinner


Here is my attempt to get back on track (served on my rooster tray) — the end of the salsa chicken with guacamole and a bowl of my pineapple with coconut. I just hope it holds me until lunch tomorrow.

Whole 30 #2: Day 12

What can I say about today? It started poorly and kind of fell apart.


None. Mistake #1. I had two major errands in the morning and didn’t take the time to eat even though I had something prepared.


Day 12 lunch


Salsa chicken with guacamole. Still delicious and filling, but any day that starts with no breakfast is mostly doomed.


Before I show you my dinner photo, let me explain what happened last night. Every night this week my husband has been working up at his dad’s house and I have brought dinner to him. Last night, though, I stayed home. As a result, I didn’t make the dinner I had planned for us both and instead ordered out.

Day 12 dinner


The good: it is possible to get a paleo-ish dinner delivered to my house. The bad: It isn’t remotely Whole 30 compliant (especially if you cave and eat the pita).

Whole 30 #2: Day 11


Day 11 breakfast


Another serving of my salmon and tomato frittata. It smells a bit like cat food but it tastes good.


Day 11 lunch


Last serving of Mel’s chocolate chili over mashed sweet potato. I’m sad to see that go away.


Day 11 dinner


Pork chops topped with some of Saturday’s fruit compote with a side of onions & peppers and a salad with fig vinaigrette. I’m more and more convinced that our fancy fig vinegar is really sugary. Last night we were both having some serious sugar cravings after dinner, and I notice that I frequently do after eating that vinegar.

Whole 30 #2: Day 10

Hey, I’m 1/3rd of the way through my Whole 30! I’m going to formally wrap it up on August 15th, the end of the Dormition Fast. This will be my first time trying a Whole 30 through a (modified) fast so I’m interested to see how it will go.

Speaking of fasting, I apologize in advance to my Orthodox readers for today’s dinner photo. We had meat that was going to go bad, and I forgot to buy the ingredients for my planned Wednesday dinner, so I went ahead and cooked it.


Day 10 breakfast


Another Wednesday, another apple and coffee at Panera.


Day 10 lunch


Salsa chicken with guacamole. Yum. This is a photo of my seconds.


Day 10 dinner


Braised beef short ribs in pureed veggie gravy over sweet potato fries with a side of green beans. This is probably the largest Whole 30 dinner I have ever made. My husband loved it.

Whole 30 #2: Day 9


Day 9 breakfast


This doesn’t look like much, but it was 1/4 of a tasty salmon and tomato frittata (that I left in the oven too long).


Day 9 lunch


Mel’s chocolate chili over half a mashed sweet potato. I think my husband and I could eat this every day and be completely happy.


Day 9 dinner


Another batch of spicy stuffed poblanos, except this time I added diced eggplant to the ground beef stuffing. I have to squeeze in the veggies we don’t love somehow now that we can’t have lasagna.

Whole 30 #2: Day 8

It’s week 2! I can tell that I am losing weight like crazy but I am resolved to not check the scale until this Whole 30 is over.


Day 8 breakfast

Banana and chocolate “pudding”? “ice cream”? Whatever you call it, I dig it.


Day 8 lunch

Mel’s chocolate chili on half a baked sweet potato. You will be seeing this one again this week.

After lunch I had a Lara bar just because I found one in my pantry.


Day 8 dinner

The old standby: salsa chicken with guacamole. All pretense of this being a salad has gone out the window. This is great as it is. You’ll be seeing this one again, too. I followed it up with a perfectly ripe yellow peach.

Today was a good food day. It is times like this that I feel like I could eat this way forever.

Whole 30 #2: Day 7

It might be better to just not speak of this day, but I’ll confess my transgressions to you anyway.


None, which is normal on Sundays.


Day 7 lunch


We had a quick lunch of burgers with guacamole and tomato to fortify us before a friend’s party in the afternoon.


I went completely off the rails at the party. There was pizza and biscuits and wine and juice and I ate it all. As a result, I was horribly full for the next 7 hours and have been suffering in various ways. Suffice it to say that it was totally not worth it.

Tonight I cooked our lunches for the week so we can get a good start on Monday morning.