Thursday, March 12, 2015

Day 69

Breakfast:
Omelet, Bacon, Avocado, Orange Juice
Coffee with cream

Lunch:
Rib Steak, Baked Sweet Potato, Steamed Broccoli, Applesauce

Supper:
Did not eat supper. Oops. But I did snack on celery with cashew butter and raisins. Had  an extra cup of decaf coffee with cream

No exercise today.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Day 68

Breakfast:
2 Fried Eggs, 3 pieces Bacon, Avocado, orange juice
Coffee with cream

Lunch:
One Chicken drumstick, Half a baked Sweet Potato, Romanesco, Applesauce

Supper:
Vegetable Beef Soup

More Food:
Handful of Cashews and Raisins
2 Celery with cashew butter and raisins
Half an apple

Exercise: None today

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Day 67

Breakfast:
Fried Egg, Bacon, Coffee with cream

Lunch:
Roasted Chicken Drumsticks, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Steamed Romanesco, Applesauce

Supper:
Chicken Soup

Other Food:
2 Satsumas
Handful of Cashews and Raisins
Dried Apricots
Glass of Apple Juice

Exercise: None
This is not good. I re-read my goals from the first post in January, and it said I would be walking six days a week! Must get back into it.

Day 66

Breakfast:
Omelet and Bacon
Coffee with half n half

Lunch:
Pork Chop, Baked Sweet Potato, Green Beans, Applesauce

Supper:
Chicken Soup

Snacks:
2 Satsumas
Half an Apple
Handful of Cashews and Raisins

Exercise: Walked 1.3 miles

Day 65 - Sunday

Breakfast:
Omelet and Bacon
Coffee with half n half

Lunch:
Beef Stir Fry with Snow Peas, Carrots, and Red Peppers

Supper:
Soup

Exercise: Walked 1.3 miles

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Day 64

Breakfast:
Omelet and Bacon
Coffee with Half n half

Lunch:
Hamburger and Baked Sweet Potato
2 Satsumas
1 Banana

Supper:
Soup
I don't know what to call it. I threw together a bunch of stuff. In coconut oil, I sautéed onion, garlic, and fresh ginger. Added shredded carrots, shredded collards, shredded cabbage, and one chopped up hamburger patty. Also threw in some coconut aminos (soy sauce substitute) and salt. It was tasty!

Snacks:
2 pieces Chocolate, 72% dark
Small glass of Berry Apple Juice
Handful of Cashews, Raisins, and Dried Cranberries

Exercise: None

Day 63

Ooops....I forgot to post!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Day 62

Breakfast:
Handful of Cashews and Raisins
2 cups of Coffee with Half n Half
So much for eating three good meals a day. I had a bad headache this morning, then don't feel like eating. The coffee was helpful, so I had two cups!

Lunch:
Burgers, Roasted Sweet Potato Fries, Green Beans, Applesauce
For the burgers, I mixed one pound of hamburger with one pound of pork, then added about 1/3 c finely diced onion, two minced cloves of garlic, salt and pepper. They were very tasty and not as dry as just beef alone. One neat trick I learned today is to dimple the raw meat with your fingers; it keeps the burgers from shrinking into a thick small patty.

Supper:
Vegetable Beef Soup

Additional Foods:
2 Satsumas
One Half an Apple
1 small glass Berry Apple Juice

Exercise: Walk 1.5 miles
I could not do much more than that, as my legs and ankles are rather sore from yesterday's slight bit of running!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Day 61

I went for a shorter walk today, but I ran some of it! One ankle is sore tonite; I hope it is better in the morning. It felt really good to run a bit.

Breakfast:
Omelet, Bacon, Orange Juice
Coffee with Half n Half

Lunch:
Leftover Rump Roast, Roasted Sweet Potato, Green Beans, Raw Carrots, Applesauce

Supper:
Chicken Soup

Additional Foods:
2 Satsumas
Half an Apple
Handful of Cashews and Raisins

Exercise: Walk/run 1.6 miles

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Day 60

A good day! I think I have finally adjusted to eating three good meals a day with no snacking. I don't think about food nearly as much as I used to. It helps that there is no snacky food in the house, but eating good meals stays with me longer that the poor meals I used to eat.

Breakfast:
Omelet, Bacon, Orange Juice

Lunch:
Leftover Rump Roast, Baked Sweet Potato, Steamed Broccoli, Applesauce

Supper:
Leftover Almond Chicken Soup

Other Foods:
Coffee with Half n Half
Half an Apple

Exercise: Walked 1.25 miles

Monday, March 2, 2015

Day 59

I got really close to eating some chocolate today. I have some Milk Chocolate in the back of the cupboard, saved from December. I've always known it was back there, but never thought about it. Until Now. Daughter has been eating it, and then I really want to eat some too. I did take a teeny tiny nibble off of her piece of chocolate; I was surprised, for it did not taste as good as I expected! And I no longer felt like eating chocolate!

Breakfast:
Omelet, Bacon, Orange Juice

Lunch:
2 Satsumas, a Banana, a Handful of Cashews and Raisins, Coffee with Half n Half

Supper:
Vegetable Beef Soup

Other Foods:
Apple

Exercise: None

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Day 58

The Day I Fall

I made it 57 days without falling to temptation, but today I broke that record. I had a gluten-free brownie. It was not even that tasty. I kept telling myself I don't eat that way anymore, but it had no effect. Did it kill me? No. Am I happy? disappointed? ashamed? No, no, and no. It is just the way it is...I ate a brownie and life goes on. I am looking forwards to tomorrow when I can start a fresh day of healthy eating!

Breakfast:
2 Eggs, Bacon, and Orange Juice

Lunch:
Baked Chicken, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Asparagus

Supper:
Leftover Almond Chicken Soup

Other Foods:
Gluten Free Brownie
Coffee with Half n Half
Half an Apple
1 Satsuma

Exercise: None

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Day 57

I got up very late this morning. Very Late. I skipped breakfast because it was nearly lunchtime. Then I was so busy the whole day that skipping breakfast did not have much effect on me.

Breakfast:
Coffee with Half n Half

Lunch:
Leftover Shepherd's Pie and Applesauce

Supper:
Leftover Mexican Chicken Soup

Other Foods:
Glass of Berry Apple Juice
1 Satsuma
Handful of Grapes
2 Pieces of Dark Chocolate
Half an Apple
Handful of cashews and raisins

Exercise: None

Friday, February 27, 2015

Day 56

I stepped on the scale this morning. I lost four pounds this month. I had hoped for five pounds, but I have not been walking much this week. And I have been snacking on cashews and juice. The juice is empty calories. I need to cut that out.

I was so tempted to feed my cravings for sugar today. I was at the store, looking for something that would satisfy my cravings---like chocolate and peanut butter or yogurt pretzels. Guess what? Nothing looked good to eat.  I said to myself, "Nope, I don't eat that way anymore."  So I went to the car and ate a couple of satsumas. End of story.

Breakfast:
Omelet with prosciutto, orange juice

Lunch:
Shepherd's Pie and Applesauce
My own made up recipe. Chop up leftover rump roast; make a gravy from the drippings, using arrowroot powder as a thickening agent. Add cooked carrots, peas, and corn and chopped meat. Top with mashed Idaho potatoes. Bake until it overflows into the bottom of the oven. It was very tasty, better than when it is made with hamburger.

Supper:
Almond Chicken Soup with Sweet Potato, Collards, and Ginger from
http://www.wholeliving.com 
This is a very unusual and interesting recipe! The almond part is actually almond butter that is swished in at the end. Then serve with lime slices. I liked it!
Other Foods:
Coffee with Half n Half
2 Satsumas
2 pieces of Dark Chocolate  
1 glass of berry apple juice
Handful of cashews
 
Exercise: None
 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Day 55

I am feeling discouraged. Today I felt like I would like to eat a cinnamon roll from Cinnabon. Not with all the gooey cream cheese frosting, but just the cinnamon roll. Of  course, I did not go find one. But I did eat two pieces of dark chocolate.

I think I need to weigh myself every two weeks instead of every four. I think it would be encouraging if I could see that weight is coming off.

I am proud of husband tonite. He said there were donuts at work today, but he did not eat one. And it was not even a struggle. One man asked, are you sure you don't want a donut? Husband replied, "No thanks, I don't eat that way anymore!"

Husband commented that it is one thing to say 'no thank you I am on a diet', and a completely different idea altogether to say 'I don't eat that way any more'. A diet is temporary, with an eventual return to consumption of all foods. A change in lifestyle is more permanent, a commitment to refrain from unhealthy foods permanently. This is a great lesson to remember.


Breakfast:
Hard-boiled Eggs, Bacon, and Orange Juice

Lunch:
Leftovers...Chicken Drumstick, Potatoes, Peas and Carrots, and Applesauce

Supper:
Vegetable Beef Soup

Additional Foods:
Coffee with Half n Half
Handful of Cashews
2 Satsumas
2  small glasses of Juice
2 pieces of Theo's Dark Chocolate

Exercise: Walk 1 mile

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Day 54

I certainly am no longer doing the Whole30 as strictly as before. Adding in a bit of dairy with my coffee in the morning; adding in corn and peas. Today I was eating dried cranberries, realizing they are processed with some sugar.

And yet I feel I am keeping with the spirit of the eating plan. Daughter had a mini bundt cake this afternoon---chocolate chocolate chip. I picked it up for her for free at the new Nothing Bundt Cakes store. All they sell are bundt cakes. There were free samples on the counter, but I was not even tempted to try it. Then Daughter offered me a bite; I took a sniff but said no thank you. It smelled like a typical chocolate cake, but I did not care for a bite. Surprised me!

Breakfast:
Omelet, Bacon, and Orange Juice

Lunch:
Beef Stir-fry with Snow Peas and Carrots

Supper:
Mexican Chicken Soup with Avocado

Snacks:
Coffee with Half n Half
Handful of Cashews with Raisins and Cranberries
A Banana

Exercise: None
Not good. I need to walk again.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Day 53

Breakfast:
Omelet, Bacon, and Orange Juice

Lunch:
Rump Roast, Potatoes,
Green Beans, and Applesauce
The roast was done in the crock pot. I just can't make roast like my mom does.
 
 Supper:
Vegetable Beef Soup
 
Snacks:
Banana
Handful of cashews and cranberries
Glass of berry juice
 
 
Exercise: None

Monday, February 23, 2015

Day 52

I think I will add a category in here, so I can truly track all eat in the day. Snacks--because I do eat fruits and nuts for snacks. I'd like to see how much I actually am eating in a day.

Breakfast:
Omelet, half of an Avocado, half a piece of Bacon, and Orange Juice

Lunch:
Hamburger, Oven Fries, Homemade Ketchup,
Steamed Romanesco, and Applesauce
 I love Romanesco season! It is a cruciferous vegetable that tastes milder and sweeter than cauliflower. The ketchup recipe came from
http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2014/03/06/wf2-recipe-kickass-ketchup/ I did not have figs or dates, so I used 2 T. raisins; it was too sweet. And I did not like the cinnamon in it. Next time I would used half the raisins and omit the cinnamon.

Supper:
Mexican Chicken Soup
The only reason I am calling it Mexican Chicken Soup is because I added Mexican oregano and corn. Yes, corn. I had it in the freezer and so I used it. The soup also had chicken, potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, red pepper, and a jar of tomatoes.

Snacks:
1 cup of coffee with half and half
2 satsumas
a small glass of juice (apple and mixed berry, watered down)
a handful of raisins

Exercise: 90 minutes of gardening in the sunshine!

Day 51

Breakfast:
Omelet and Bacon

Lunch:
Roasted Chicken Drumsticks, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Peas and Carrots, and Applesauce
I decided to add peas back into the diet, simply because I have a bag of them in the freezer. No adverse effects, but I will limit them. Why? I don't know.

Supper:
Hamburger Soup

Exercise: None

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Day 50!

Seems like quite a milestone to me...50 days of eating a whole new way. It feels quite natural now to eat more whole foods and no filler foods. I don't miss eating any of the forbidden foods. I can make daughter toasted bagels and cheese and I have no desire to take a taste. I don't need snacks much because I am not hungry. Eating protein in the morning and for lunch stays with me longer than cold cereal and a sandwich. I reach for a piece of fruit if I am hungry and that is great!

Breakfast:
Omelet and Bacon

Lunch:
Pork Chop, Sweet Potato, Broccoli

Supper:
Chicken Soup

Exercise: None.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Day 49

Breakfast:
Omelet and Bacon

Lunch:
Pork Chop, Baked Sweet Potato, Steamed Broccoli, and Applesauce.
The pork chops are actually cutlets, much thinner. I just fry them in a bit of olive oil and butter, three minutes per side and they are done!

Supper:
Mishmash.
I did not feel like eating soup tonite, so I nibble on this and that. Ate another pork chop; finished off the cherry dessert from last night; had a handful of cashews and raisins; drank a big cup of licorice tea; ate a piece of 85% chocolate. Not at all a supper to brag about.

Exercise: Walked 2.5 miles.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Day 48

"I don't eat that way anymore."

That is what I tell myself when I find temptation moving in. "I used to eat sugar but now I don't." Then I walk away. I don't linger over indecision when seeing something that looks delicious.

Tonite I really wanted a dessert. I have not made anything for dessert for a few weeks. I have frozen organic sweet cherries in the freezer; I made a kind of cherry crisp. An online recipe was the base for my creation. I defrosted the cherries in the microwave, then tossed them with a bit of orange juice and vanilla. There was a lot of liquid; I tossed in some chia seeds. Then for the topping I threw almonds and dates into the little food processor, then added coconut butter. Mmmm, I could have eaten the topping with a spoon! Put it on the top, then baked until it was crispy. Delicious!

Breakfast:
Omelet and Bacon

Lunch:
Mustgo: I had Ham, Broccoli, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, and Applesauce

Supper:
Leftover Hamburger Soup

Exercise: Walk 2.1 miles

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Day 47

I guess I should say that I am not really following the Whole30 anymore. I am still eating whole foods, but I am also eating a few things that are not Whole30 approved. This morning I had a delicious cup of Vanilla Coffee with some half and half in it. I enjoyed it so much, even though dairy is taboo in the Whole30. And tonite I had a small piece of chocolate. Granted, it was Theo's organic 85% dark chocolate, but it does have a bit of cane sugar in it. It, too, was delicious, and I enjoyed it so much.

Breakfast:
Omelet and Ham (which also had some sugar in it, I am quite sure)

Lunch:

Paleo Baked Salmon (www.kitchenmonki.com), Cabbage and Apple Stir Fry (http://paleoleap.com/quick-and-easy-paleo-stir-fries/), Frozen Snow Peas, and Applesauce
I've made the salmon like this before and it is really good. The salmon is topped with onion and tomato, then drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice. Wrap up in tin foil and bake. The onion really does not cook, but the flavor gets into the salmon.
The cabbage was a new recipe. It is stir fried with apple and onion, then chopped almonds get stirred in at the end. It was delicious! I will definitely be making this again!

Supper:
Hamburger Soup (https://greenhsv.wordpress.com)
This is a little different recipe, as it has cauliflower in it. It seemed like it was missing something. Maybe I did not let it cook long enough. There is lots leftover, so I will see how it is after it sits overnight in the fridge!

Exercise: Walk 2.8 miles.
 
 
 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Day 46

I ran out of bacon! Bummer.

Breakfast:
Omelet

Lunch:
T-Bone Steak, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli, and Applesauce

Supper:
Chicken Soup

Exercise: 2 hours of moving rocks.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Day 45

Exactly the same food as yesterday!

Breakfast:
Omelet and Bacon

Lunch:
Barbequed Pork Ribs, Baked Sweet Potato, Raw Carrots and Applesauce.

Supper:
Leftover Vegetable Beef Soup
Exercise: Three hours working in the flower beds.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Day 44

Not much different from yesterday.

Breakfast:
Omelet and Bacon

Lunch:
Barbequed Pork Ribs, Baked Sweet Potato, and Raw Carrots

Supper:
Leftover Vegetable Beef Soup

Exercise: Walk 2.7 miles.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Day 43

I am really struggling. That caramel in the fridge is calling my name. I cannot throw it out, and tonite I have had two small teaspoons of it. Other than that, I am doing fine with the eating plan. At church this morning I brought gluten free pretzels and crackers, gouda cheese, and satsumas. Someone else brought gluten free muffins. I ate only the satsumas, even though the muffins smelled so good!

Breakfast:
Omelet and Bacon

Lunch:
Barbequed Pork Ribs, Baked Sweet Potato, Raw Carrots, and Applesauce.
I made the ribs yesterday; I am not all that fond of barbequed foods. They were ok, but I won't make them again.

Supper:
Leftover Meatball Soup
I added potatoes, more carrots, and celery. Nice and hearty now.

Exercise: Yard work

Friday, February 13, 2015

Day 42

No pics again today. I had sugar today. I made a very small batch of caramel sauce for ice cream; daughter had a friend over for supper and a movie. We have ice cream in the freezer, and it is getting old, so I made the sauce for it. I did lick the spoon afterwards. It tasted really nice. Unfortunately, that is all I can think of now. Husband offered to dump it in the garbage for me. Nope.

Later, daughter did not feel so well after eating so much sugar.

Breakfast:
Scrambled Eggs and Bacon

Lunch:
Ham, leftover Cabbage and Leeks, leftover Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot sticks.
The ham has been in the freezer since November. It was leftover from a spiral cut ham I brought to a gathering. It has sugar in it as well, I am sure. It did not taste as good as it did three months ago, maybe because it has been frozen, or maybe because I did not care for the sugar.

Supper:
Vegetable Beef Soup

Exercise: None

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Day 41

No pictures today. I got up rather late and the whole day has seemed off as a result. Again, I was not hungry for breakfast, but I did have a little to eat.

Breakfast:
A Slice of Bacon and Half of an half-rotten Avocado

Lunch:
Oven-roasted Chicken Drumsticks, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, and Green Beans

Supper:
Leftover Beef Stew

Exercise: Walk 1.5 miles

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Day 40

Had my first "cheat" today. I put one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar in the beef stew tonite. Balsamic vinegar is ok on the Whole30, if you can find it without sulfites, which I have not been able to do. I did some research online, which was a bit confusing. Apparently balsamic vinegar results in sulfites as part of the process; manufacturers will add additional sulfites as well. Whatever. I avoided balsamic vinegar for 39 days, and today is my first official "cheat". I am o.k. with that!

I was not at all hungry when I got up this morning and really did not want to eat anything. But I remember from a post or two ago that I need to eat three meals a day. So I ate something.

Breakfast:
Fried Egg, Avocado, and Bacon
 Lunch:
Leftover Mexican Chicken Soup
 Supper:
Beef Stew
This recipe was from http://www.onelovelylife.com/slow-cooker-beef-stew/. I cooked mine on top of the stove, letting it simmer for about 4 hours. I halved the amount of stew meat but did add extra carrots!It was good, even though I did not really feel like eating.

Exercise: None

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Day 39

Breakfast:
Omelet and Bacon
I added some green onion to the eggs this morning. I think I need to add a few more. I should really see if the chives have come up in the garden, that would be good too!

Lunch:
Chicken, Roasted Sweet Potatoes,
Steamed Red Cabbage, and Applesauce
The chicken was leftover from Sunday; I heated it up in a small skillet in some clarified butter. When hot, I removed the chicken and added chicken bone broth with some parsley, sage, and thyme. I let it reduce to half, then poured it over the chicken. It tasted like Thanksgiving turkey leftovers! The cabbage was an experiment. I had a leek in the fridge, so I chopped it up and threw it in the steamer with the cabbage. It tasted really good, to have that extra bit of flavor in there!

Supper: Sorry, no picture....
Meatball Noodle Soup from http://www.healthstartsinthekitchen.com/2014/01/20/meatball-noodle-soup/
This is a most unusual soup. Just meatballs, a carrot, four mushrooms and a little chopped onion. Serve it over the 'noodles', which is actually spaghetti squash. Well, I like lots of veggies in my soup so I used five carrots and a few more mushrooms. I used beef bone broth for half the liquid. Daughter could not stand the smell of the broth, and she could not eat the soup. Husband and I ate it, but I have to say that the beef bone broth is not the most enticing. It is rather greasy to me, even though I did remove the fat when I made it up a couple of weeks ago. I would not make this soup again. There are leftovers, and I will add potatoes and celery and forget the squash.

Exercise: Walked 3 miles.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Day 38

I keep waiting....
Everyone says when you eat right and exercise, you start to feel really great. Lots of energy. Great sleeping.
I am not experiencing feeling great. I feel weak. I feel tired. When will I feel great?
 
 
Breakfast:
Scrambled Omelet, Bacon, Satsuma
 
 Lunch:
Apple Mustard Pork Burgers, Roasted Butternut
Squash, Steamed Broccoli, and Applesauce
The apple mustard pork burger recipe is found here: http://www.multiplydelicious.com/thefood/2013/01/apple-mustard-pork-burgers/  These were good, daughter especially liked them, but I expected them to be a bit sweeter; no mustard taste at all, which is fine with me! The squash was tossed with olive oil and two cloves minced garlic, then roasted at 425 degrees for 40 minutes. Delicious!
 
Supper:
Leftover Mexican Chicken Soup
Exercise: None, unless you count hauling four large loads of laundry into the Laundromat, then hauling four large loads of wet laundry back home.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Day 37

I must be missing some nutrient in my diet, for I have been experiencing charley horses in my left leg when I am in bed. This is completely new for me, so I am assuming it is the change in diet; I need to do some research to see what I am missing that might be causing this awful condition!
 
My hot flashes are back as well. No where near as severe as last year, but a nuisance for sure. I wonder if it is the diet changes as well?

Breakfast:
 
Omelet and Bacon
I really need to watch the Julia Child's video again. This was a great omelet with creaminess, but it does not look very omelet-y!
 
Lunch:
Roasted Chicken, Baked Sweet Potato,
Beans, and Applesauce (not pictured)
This was a whole chicken, roasted in an oven bag. I set the oven to start while we were in church, and then it was ready to eat when we got home! I remember when I was young, we came home from church and could always smell what was for Sunday dinner!
 
Daughter commented today that she likes eating whole meals for a change (as opposed to pizza or "you-are-on-your-own, fend-for-yourselves" kind of meals). I think it helps that there is nothing to snack on, so when mealtimes come, we are all hungry! I've noticed she is eating whole servings of food, and she is not hungry an hour after eating.  
 
Supper:
Mexican Chicken Soup
 Just as tasty as yesterday! Love this soup!


Exercise: Walked 3 miles!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Day 36

What a thrill this morning to discover than a favorite pair of pants fits again! It is enough to keep me going in this plan to lose weight, exercise and eat right!

Husband and daughter have had no ill effects of adding grain into their diets.

Today was an odd day for eating. I had breakfast and supper, but I missed lunch. Instead I ate some fruit to tide me over until supper. And when I went walking after supper, I got very weak and shaky. I did not have enough fuel in my system to keep going. As a result I came home and ate cashews with raisins and a Larabar. Lesson learned:

Eat three purposeful meals every day!

 

Breakfast:
Omelet, Avocado, and Strawberries
I am trying to learn how to make omelets. I watched a very old YouTube video of Julie Childs teaching how to make omelets. I need a lot more practice. This one looks pretty good, but it did not have the creaminess that I would like it to have.

Supper:
Mexican Chicken Soup
Wow is this a delicious soup! Recipe is found here: http://www.iheartnaptime.net/mexican-chicken-soup/ The cup of cilantro and the lime juice really brought the flavors together.

Exercise: Walk 2.2 miles.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Day 35

Husband and Daughter added grains back into their diets today. This morning it was granola for him and honey nut ohs for her. I am sticking with the program, but now that those cereals are in the house I am feeling like throwing in the towel. I won't, but there is temptation now.

Breakfast:
Scrambled Egg, Avocado, Bacon
 
 Lunch:
Chicken, Steamed Cauliflower,
Roasted Potatoes, and Applesauce
 
I sprinkle half of a chicken breast with salt, pepper, and safe, then it wrapped in prosciutto. Plunk it into a pan coated with olive oil and cooked 5 minutes on each side. I removed the chicken to a dish and covered with foil. Added vegetable broth to the pan and raised the heat to high, scraping up all the browned bits. Let that reduce to half, then add a bit of lemon juice. Spoon over the chicken. It is delicious and very easy to make!
 
 
Supper:
Vegetable Beef Soup
I could eat this soup every night. Sadly, I finished it tonite, so I will have to make some more. Husband and Daughter ate sandwiches with cheese.

I am very curious how the family will feel tomorrow, if eating grain products will have any effect on their digestive systems.

Exercise: None, due to heavy rains today.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Day 34

Breakfast:
Fried Egg, Avocado, Strawberries
 Lunch:
Leftover Shepherd's Pie and Applesauce
 Supper:
Leftover Vegetable Beef Soup
Exercise: None, due to severe sinus headache

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Day 33

Trying something new here today....pictures!

Breakfast:
Egg, Bacon, and Avocado
















Lunch:
Steak, Steamed Broccoli, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, and Applesauce
















I like to brown the steak on both sides, then bake until done. Today I let it bake a little too long and it was a little dry. Still delicious. Sweet potatoes are coated with olive oil, then roasted in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, turning at 10 minute intervals. I must mind portion size with the sweet potatoes-one serving is 18 wedges-for I could keep eating them forever!

Supper:
Vegetable Beef Soup
 
This recipe comes from my Betty Crocker Cookbook, using beef shanks browned in their own marrow. Add water and carrot, celery, onion, peppercorns, cloves, and parsley. Let simmer 3 hours. Strain broth, chop meat, then make the soup. I add onion, carrots, potatoes, celery, a jar of tomatoes, and a jar of beans. Sooo good. I love the abundance of veggies. 
 
Exercise: Walked 2.5 miles
 
P.S. Husband and Daughter report no adverse effects from eating dairy products yesterday.
 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Day 32

Perhaps I should say Day 2, for I am starting another 30 days of eating whole foods. I am having some digestive troubles and I want to get that resolved. This time I am also cutting out all nuts. I am not sure that is what is causing my problems, but I know that if I eat too many nuts, my tongue gets sore. I must have some intolerance to nuts.

Husband and Daughter have begun to reintroduce foods back into their diets. Today it was dairy products. They both ate cheese and ice cream. For the next two days they will monitor their bodies for reactions, while eating the whole foods again.

Here are the results of 30 days of whole foods on our bodies:

Husband starting weight: 214.4 lbs.   
Husband weight after 30 days: 194.2 lbs.
That is a 20 lb. weight loss for him! WOW!

Julie starting weight: 164.1 lbs.
Julie's weight after 30 days: 153.4
I lost 10 lbs! I can't really see it or tell it in the way my clothes fit.

Daughter starting weight: 121.8 lbs.
Daughter weight after 30 days: 117.4 lbs.
She lost 4.4 lbs. She really does not need to lose weight. She is not exercising each day as she is busy with school work.

From this point on, I will report on what I am eating but not what husband and daughter are eating, as they are not following a strict Whole30 plan anymore.

Breakfast:
Tea and Bacon
I know, not the most balanced breakfast, but my personal plumbing system is not happy.

Lunch:
Spaghetti Squash topped with Zucchini, Red Peppers, Onions, and Tomatoes, Applesauce, and Easy Baked Meatballs from  http://thelittlehoneybee.com/2014/06/18/easy-baked-meatballs-paleo/.
The meatballs were rather dry, but the squash made up for it in moistness. I have often made the Zucchini/Pepper/Onion/Tomato sauce for pasta, but it is really tasty on the squash, too!

Supper:
Chicken Acorn Squash Soup from http://www.food.com/recipe/chicken-acorn-squash-soup-153973
Oh, this was delicious! I used half of a Kabocha squash instead of an acorn squash because that is what I had in the house. Instead of chicken broth I used half veggie broth/half water. I was surprised by my daughter; she liked it and ate two bowls!

Exercise: Walked 2.5 miles

Monday, February 2, 2015

Day 31

No reflections for today. I will try to post that tomorrow. Today I have been down with a severe sinus headache.

Breakfast:
Eggs and Bacon

Lunch:
Leftovers...chicken, potatoes, pork chops, baked sweet potato

Supper:
This and That Soup
I had some cooked foods in the fridge to be used. I sautéed some onion, carrots, celery and garlic. Added some chicken bone broth, water, leftover cooked hamburger, leftover cooked chicken, leftover boiled potatoes, a bit of basil, parsley, and a bay leaf. I let it simmer for about 20 minutes. It was delicious, very soothing for my aching head.

Exercise: Walked 1.5 miles

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Day 30

We made it! 30 days of whole foods! I am surprised at how quickly the month has gone by. Tomorrow I will do some reflecting on this experience.

Breakfast:
Egg Casserole and Bacon
For this dish, I put cooked potatoes in a baking dish, then sprinkled cooked hamburger with onions on top. I beat 10 eggs and 2 egg whites, then added some salt and some Mexican Oregano. Pour over the rest and baked it. It was good! I would have liked some avocado and pico de gallo on top.

Superbowl Party:
Roasted Chicken Drumsticks and Roasted Potatoes.
We went to a party and I took Whole30 friendly foods along. We also snacked on nuts and raw veggies. Too bad our team lost.

Snacks:
Bananas, cashews and raisins.

Exercise: None

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Day 29

I think it is safe to say that eating whole foods has not had much effect on the sinus problems each of us faces. While we are not using as much sinus medication as before, we all continue to suffer from stuffed sinuses. I have refrained from using my prescription nasal spray during these 30 days, but I believe I will start up again, as today has been very miserable for me.

It has been a struggle to cook. Because of the septic woes, I am trying to keep dishwashing to a bare minimum. It is hard from me to cook around dirty dishes piled on the counter. Then to catch all water in a dishpan or bucket (then toss outside in the grass---just like the old days!) is such a hassle. Still, we are sticking to the eating plan!

Normally when I am stressed out I would turn to snacking. But even with the furnace out and the septic broken, I am not digging through the cupboards looking for something to eat (mostly because there is nothing there!). I am not dreaming of sweets or baked goods or even chocolate. I don't let myself think that way, but I also don't have that longing either. So this is a big change for me as a result of eating whole foods.

Breakfast:
Hard-boiled Eggs and Bacon

Lunch:
Leftover Shepherd's Pie and Apple Crisp

Supper:
Pork Chops, Roasted Kubota Squash, and Green Beans
I had very thin pork chops that cook quickly in some olive oil. I followed instructions online for cooking the squash. I sliced it open, tossed the seeds, then sliced it. Now, Kubota squash have a very hard rind; I had to use my good knife and pound on it with my meat mallet in order to crack it open. I tossed the slices with coconut oil and salt, then roasted in the oven for half an hour, turning once. The squash was very dry and nearly uneatable. What a disappointment, for it is a very good-tasting squash. Well, I made only half the squash; this week I will try to cook it a completely different way!

Exercise: None

Friday, January 30, 2015

Day 28

Breakfast:
Eggs and Bacon

Lunch:
Asian Mandarin Chicken Salad and leftover Shepherd's Pie

Supper:
Leftover Simple Hamburger Soup and Apple Cherry Crisp

Exercise: Walk 2 miles

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Day 27

Breakfast:
Country Scrambled Eggs and Bacon
I just made up that name. I fried some potatoes with green onion and red pepper, then added eggs and scrambled. With avocado on top, it tasted good.

Lunch:
Asian Mandarin Chicken Salad
Made up that name, too. This was sooooo good. A couple of days ago I sautéed two chicken breasts, sliced thin, in coconut oil and coconut aminos (like soy sauce, without the soy). Today I used the meat in a salad: romaine lettuce, grated carrot, green onion, Satsuma oranges, chicken, and cashews. For dressing I mixed some olive oil, orange juice and zest, sesame oil, coconut aminos, mustard powder, garlic powder and salt. Just have to say it again, it was soooooooo good!

Supper:
Roasted Potatoes and Simple Hamburger Soup
Yep, another made up name. I fried hamburger and onions, then added carrots, celery, tomatoes, thinly sliced red cabbage, parsley, cumin. garlic powder, bone broth, water, and salt. I don't know if it tasted good, for I did not eat any. I am working on soothing my digestive tract with mint tea.

Exercise: Walk 1.5 miles, mostly hills.