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!

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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 6.2

 

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs and Kale with Macadamia and Raisins

Post Workout Meal: 2 Salmon Cakes

Lunch: Left over chicken with Carrots and Green Beans

Supper: Ground Pork ‘Hot Plate’

August 6

I wore a sleeveless shirt to the gym today.  To celebrate Girls month Crossfit Moncton had some sweet ‘Lift Like a Girl’ Pink tank tops ordered.  I couldn’t wait to get it, but it wasn’t until the month was over that they arrived.  Regardless- I. Wore. It. In. Public.  Well to the gym which I suppose is still in public.  One of my biggest insecurities is of my arms, so to wear it on a day where we were doing Overhead Squats is really a huge step for me.  I’m sure no one cares or gave it a second thought, but let me tell you I was extremely self concious for the entire hour I was there.  But I lived and my day was fine and no one made fun of me (publicly), so there! Take that insecurities!

So the gym- I got a PR, I did the hardest workout I’ve ever done, it was good.

Supper is a ‘Hot Plate’ combination inspired from Well Fed.  I love the idea behind Hot Plates which is basically just a protein with veggies and add some spices.  The book has 10 Ethnic varieties with a few different combinations each.  I based mine on a Chinese hot plate by using ‘Best Stir Fry Sauce Ever’ recipe with ground pork, broccoli and a sweet Orange Pepper.  It was a little too spicy for my dear husband but I thought it was perfect!  These are a really great way to use up your left over vegetable and frozen meat!  I will definitely be using these more in the future!

Also on an exciting note, I discovered The Clothes Make The Girl has a Facebook page and I went on gushing about how much I love her cookbooks and read on:

fbI love Melissa Joulwan!  Can’t wait for 2016!!

Day 5.2

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and Kale with Macadamia and Raisins

Lunch: Left Over Salmon

Supper: Dijon Chicken green beans and carrots

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I finally got back to the gym this morning and on a strength day too!  I can already feel the pull in my leg muscles!

Because of the holiday and work this week I’ll be going for 3 consecutive days, which terrifies me a little, but I’m sure it’ll work out just fine.

I haven’t done proper groceries this week so tonight’s supper was kind of a make as you go.  We had chicken breast coated in Dijon mustard and baked in the oven at 450 for 20 minutes.  It wasn’t anything particularly spectacular but it was food on the table!  I didn’t spend much time snacking today, I had a cherry here and a cucumber there but otherwise I didn’t feel hungry and I was busy enough with Z and finances that I didn’t really think about food all that much. 

I’ve always wanted to try the whole Freezer Meals to save some time and money.  I’m not sure it really saves money but I once made 3 meals for the week in one day and found myself amazed at how much more time I had to do other thing while our dinner warmed up in the microwave (oh please I would be lost without a microwave!)  But what I really want to try though is the 30 days of freezer meals.  How awesome would it be to have a whole month of little cooking and dishes?  I’ve never really liked the meal plans that I found cause most of them required beans.  I’m not a picky eater but beans are not something I enjoy eating.  Now that I’m doing Whole30 I have another excuse not to eat them!

I did find this website called Once a Month Meals and they have a special menu for Paleo Nuts like me!  I’m pretty thrilled but… you have to pay to access the menus.  womp. womp.  I’ll have to do some research and I’m sure there are things that wouldn’t be 100% Whole30 approved but I’ve been known to leave things out when I feel it’s unnecessary.  I would love to hear from you if you’ve tried out the site and what you thought of the recipes!  Please convince me and my husband that its worth it! 🙂

Day 3.2

Breakfast: 2 fried eggs, 2 slices of bacon and a cup of Kale

Snack: Cherries

Lunch: Roasted Chicken & Gravy and Cinnamon Chili Sweet Potatoes (If you haven’t tried these yet, I don’t know what you’re waiting for!)

Dinner: Meatza

Bed Time Snack: Peppermint Tea and cucumbers

Sunny Side Up!

Sunny Side Up!

Meatza

Meatza

Someone questioned my Paleoness today and sent me into a bit of panic.  But I reread select areas of It Starts With Food to reassure myself.  Although there is a plethora of Carbohydrates that can be found in fruit and vegetable, Paleo is viewed as a no/low carb ‘diet’.  It’s true that it scared me when I read post-Workout meals and saw sandwiches, wraps, granola, and quinoa!  “I can’t have ANY of those!” I panicked, but according to ISWF “Restoring [my] health is more important than fueling [my] athletic performance” at this time.  Meaning it’s more important for me to have protein after a workout than carbohydrates.  I do however bring my salmon cakes to the gym with me and eat them post workout.  Along the way I also found this great PDF Guide to dense Carbohydrate sources courtesy of Practical Paleo (which I now own and need to finish reading).

Overall better day already!  Looking forward to hitting the gym soon though!

 

I unfortunately couldn’t get the day off to go roadtrippin’ but fear not, the mushroom chips did not go to waste, I ate them all! I could hardly contain myself!  I feel I’ll need to buy multiple packages of King Oyster Mushroom to fuel this addiction!  Maybe its best to stay away for a while! 

 

& Beyond (day 31)

First day  officially off of the Whole30, I celebrated by having some company for tea and weighing myself. 

I lost 3.2kgs in the last 30 days without losing any inches.  I’m still quite happy about the amount of weight lost, I have never in my life lost that amount of weight in any given time!  (excluding when I had my daughter obviously)

Meal 1 

2 boiled eggs and Kale with olives and bacon.  

Meal 2

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A friend I hadn’t seen in almost a year came by bearing gifts this morning.  I was proud to show her my collection of Tea from David’s Tea.  She chose a spearmint tea and I had a couple peppermint teas, then we talked non stop for 2 hours.  I decided to keep her for lunch as I tried a recipe from Well Fed 2 using left over ribs from yesterday called Faux Pho.  It was very good!  I wish I had remembered to chop up some cilantro or had some fish sauce, but it was good nonetheless. Z was a perfect little doll the whole time too. She played with her toys, came in and out of the kitchen for some attention, then back to her toys. We hardly heard her until lunch.  

I was sad S. had to leave after lunch, but she had to get to work! I feel like we could have gone on talking all afternoon.  

I deep cleaned the living room while Z was sleeping and watched a few episodes of Dawson’s Creek on Netflix, my current guilty pleasure!

Meal 3

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Fiesta Pork Chops and Green Beans with Sizzled Garlic.  

I couldn’t find any canned mild green pepper so I simply used a couple of Jalapeno.  When I tasted the pork chops it was muy picante, but I realize I hadn’t properly washed my hands after handling the peppers.  This recipe was a success even with my husband.  The onions, spices and peppers just blended so well together, it will probably become a regular dinner dish in our home!  The green beans I have made before and they were just as good this time as before.  The cumin and green beans mix so well together.  I think I could replace using 5 cloves of garlic with garlic infused olive oil.  It might save a little bit of time!

This week will be my last at the crossfit prep course, it will also be busy with cleaning the house thoroughly and preparing for Z’s 1 year birthday party! I’m so excited for this week!

Go me!

 

Day 17

If you think I’m going to say I had hard boiled eggs this morning, you’d be wrong!  I made an omelette with the left over pork and some tomatoes.  I also had half an avocado on the side.  I started to eat it before I remembered to take a photo, so sorry!  It was quite delicious.  I still can’t believe how good that pork was!  Z was more interested in the avocado than the omelette, but so long as she’s eating something I’m ok with it!

I was feeling particularly productive today, I went up in the attic and sorted through all the baby clothes that I have been given.  I put them in the appropriate containers by age and bagged everything I wasn’t going to use so I can bring it to Value Village.  I also made a list of things Z had enough of so when someone asks me what she needs for bday/christmas I’ll have my answer ready.  Z played patiently in her crib while I did all this.

Meal 2

I had left over Pork and Green Collards from yesterday

Z went down for a nap and the productivity continued, I pinned the hem of my pants (which I’ve been meaning to do for the last 2 years) pinned some wet bags for Z’s babysitter, and pinned a cushion cover I want to make from an old T-Shirt I just can’t throw out.  I also finally figured out how to use my Snap plier to install snaps on Z’s Velcro diapers.  So easy!  Goodbye velcro!

Meal 3

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The Spinach is kind of taking over the plate!

I made No Fuss Salmon Cakes from ‘It Starts With Food‘ with some Mashed Cauliflower Puree from ‘Well Fed 2‘, and a simple spinach salad with cashews and raisins (I know I’m kind of into raisins this week aren’t I?)  I was really surprised at how good the Salmon cakes were! I would eat this every week, and they may just be the perfect post workout snack too!  As the book says it could be called Protein-Carb-Fat cakes.  Its perfect!  The Cauliflower was good too, but a little too runny.  I think next time I’ll put half of the coconut milk required.

After supper, Z and I went for a quick 20 minute walk, and she went down for the night!  Hubs and I will try to cram in a couple episodes of Supernatural before we head off to bed!

That’s all for day 17!