The. End.

Well The 30 days have come to an end although I dropped off the face of the blogsphere, I have been adherent to the Whole 30 the whole time!  The last two weeks have been a blur of work, family, sick babies and financial stress but everyone keeps commenting on how great I look, so I’m living off of that.  I’m undecided if I will continue the Whole30 for another month, or follow a 90% Paleo approach just yet.  I can tell you that I’ve really missed my Thai food this summer, but I have a sneaking suspicion it’s not Whole30 Approved anyways!


My husband and I plan on trying a No Spend September.  My husband has already vowed to give up his daily dose of Tim Horton’s and coffee altogether for the month while I vow to forgo any unnecessary spending. I’ll post the official results of my Whole30 on Monday once I’ve finished all my work, catch up on sleep and maybe lose a bit of the swelling in my hands and feet due to small amounts of sleep and large amount of running up and down the halls at work.  That’s all for now as I go from a 12 hour shift to 5 hours of sleep and another 8 hour shift!  Bleurk!

Day 16

Breakfast: Scotch Egg and Kale

Lunch: Leftover Lemon Artichoke Chicken

Supper: Bacon and Apple Smothered Pork Chops 

A few people have asked about the Scotch Eggs the recipe is here

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The Egg Yolk slightly fell out

Scotch Eggs are delicious, if you have never tried one please do!  Generally a Scotch egg is a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, coated in bread crumbs and baked or sometimes deep-fried.  There are claims of the Scotch Egg being invented in the mid 1700’s and appeared in printed recipes around the early 1800’s.  The name is believed to come from ‘scotched’ meaning processed which refers to the meat wrapping around the egg and coated in breadcrumbs. 

In the UK they are readily available in supermarkets, convenience shops and fuel stations and are a common picnic food.  While in America you can probably find scotch eggs on British Style pub menus… with Ranch sauce, not very British!

There are tons of recipes out there from Paleo to Jamie Oliver (who prefers his yolks runny).

I’ve never tried any other than Melissa Joulwan from The Clothes Makes the Girl and author of my two favorite cookbooks: Well Fed and Well Fed:2

Mrs. Joulwan’s recipe obviously does not incorporate breadcrumbs but instead uses fried pork rinds which I also haven’t tried.  I’m a huge fan of it the way I’ve been eating it for the last 4-5 months; why change something you already love?

Day 15 – Midway!

Breakfast: Scotch Eggs

Post Workout Snack: Salmon Cakes

Lunch: Sushi!

Supper: Left Over Kalua Pork + Mashed Cauliflower/Potatoes

Earlier this week I made lunch plans with a friend, trying to figure out what we would have for lunch she suggested getting some Thai take-out or Sushi.  When I told her that I was re-doing the Whole30 we had a bit of a blank for takeout ideas, so I suggested we made our own sushi!  It was delicious! 

We hydrated the Nori sheets with mashed up avocado and added smoked salmon, shrimp, cucumber and mangoes to them.  We made 10 rolls and served them with roasted sesame seeds and coconut aminos, yum!  There were no fancy tools involved in making these, we just hand rolled them and cut them up (albeit with rather dull knives).

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Day 14

Breakfast: Scotch Egg

Snack: Apple with Almond&Hazelnut Butter

Lunch: Left over shepherd’s pie

Supper: Lemon & Artichoke Chicken (Practical Paleo) with Brussels Sprouts

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This was delicious, but the smell was AMAZING!

Today was a super hard day.  It was slow at work and my lack of sleep is catching up with me!  I sat around doing a lot of waiting, so every few minutes I had my mouth wide open in a yawn!  It was just brutal!

I had to get some coconut amino for Sushi that I’ll be making tomorrow and my go to store the Corn Crib, was out! I almost had a freakout!  Luckily we have more than one Natural Food Store in Moncton and I was able to get it from Sequoia.   I called Sequoia in advanced to make sure I wasn’t cruising all over town for nothing, and sure enough there was ‘A’ bottle left.  The lady was kind enough to put it aside for me, and when I got there I didn’t have to look around for it. 

Now I’m not sure if I don’t speak clearly enough, or maybe I pronounce my name awkwardly but everyone always messes it up.  For a while at work one of the girls called me Louis or Lois.  I often get Lise but the girl at Sequoia wrote Malise on the bag.  Maybe I need to record myself saying my name and work on my pronunciation.  It’s bad enough I have to spell my last name or be told how my maiden name is actually pronounced, now I have to work on my first name?  Maybe I’ll just go by my middle name from now on!

Day 13

Breakfast: Scotch Egg

Snack: Apple with Almond Hazelnut butter

Lunch: Shepherd’s Pie

Supper + Post Workout Meal: Slow Cooker Kalua Pig, Carrots, Mashed Potatoes and cauliflower

This Slow Cooker Kalua Pig (from the Nom Nom Paleo cookbook or the link above) requires slow cooking for 16 hours!  Which means that if I want it to be ready for supper at 6pm, I need to put it on at 2am.  There’s obviously no way I’m staying up that late, and since I’m working until 4 anyways, I might as well set up an alarm to turn the slow cooker on. 

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It would be nice to have a programmable Slow Cooker, but my brother bought me this one a few years ago and it works wonders so I’m not getting a different one!  Besides, it takes less than a minute to take the pot out of the fridge put it in the cooker and turn it to low!

I was unable to find the Alea Red Hawaiian Salt in stores and also unwilling to pay $23.90 online to buy and ship it to my house.  The recipe does say that you can use any coarse salt, so I used coarse sea salt.  I’m sure it would taste all sorts of different with the Hawaiian Salt, but lets be honest.  $25 for salt?  No thanks!

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The Roast was beautiful!  Salty and juicy even Z had a few pieces before she realized she was eating something other than fruit!  This is probably my favorite use of the slow cooker!  I know the meat will never be an inedible powdery substance even when cooked for 16 hours!  Plus I was able to walk the dogs when I got home from work supper was already taken care of!

Day 11 & 12

Monday August 11

Breakfast – Scotch Egg

Snack – Apple & Almond and Cashew Butter

Lunch – Spaghetti Squash Bolognese

Supper – Chorizo Meatballs, mashed potatoes and carrots

Post Workout Snack – Meatballs and mashed potatoes

Tuesday August 12

Breakfast – Scotch Egg and left over carrots

Snack – Apple, Pear and Peach salad

Lunch – Spaghetti Squash Bolognese

Supper – Shepherd’s Pie

I’ve been slacking in the photo department, I do apologize, especially for the Shepherd’s Pie!  It is by far the best Paleo discovery in the whole entire world!  Cauliflower instead of Mashed Potatoes – absolutely to die for!  I could eat it for days!

Last Monday after my workout I did a Yoga class.  I have been waiting to do this Yoga class since my birthday when it was free and I was sick!  I’ve done Yoga in the past, but this was a little harder because I had just done a workout and my arms were tired, so holding poses was a little more effort than it probably was meant to be.

My favorite part about Yoga is the relaxation at the end though.  I wish I could bring my sleeping bag and go to sleep after Yoga.  It’s the most relaxed a person can ever be.

I’m supposed to do a private yoga session at a friend’s house in the upcoming weeks, maybe I’ll suggest bringing Sleeping bags and having a sleepover! 😉

Day 10

Breakfast – Bacon Eggs and Cucumbers

Lunch – Left over Chicken, Broccoli, Cauliflower Hot plate

Supper – Spaghetti Squash Bolognese

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I absolutely love Sundays when I’m not working!  We drive around, go see things get shopping done cook food, it’s just a wonderful family day!

I didn’t get much done in the sense of food prep today but I did make a super awesome Bolognese sauce from Practical Paleo.  I was skeptical due to the small amount of ingredients, but sometimes the simplest recipes are the best!  unfortunately I was too much in a hurry to take a photo of the bolognese!  Just trust that it was amazing!

I have a family reunion in a couple of weeks and I keep thinking of all the foods I’ll be missing out on – corn on the cob, Mexican salad, sandwiches etc.  I know I have to focus on what I can have not what I’m missing out on and I need to redefine my relationship with food.  It’s in moments like family reunions that I notice where my bad food habits come from.  I associate food with family and comfort.  When we have a family gathering we make it about food.  Although family is something I miss a lot being far away in the city, seeing people is what I should be looking forward to!