Time management is seriously brutal when you’re trying to be as healthy as you can while working full-time at a brand new job. I’ve been spending a lot of time at work trying to learn and become a productive member of the team. Unfortunately, that means there’s less time for exercise, cooking, blogging, and my poor little Tessie dog. I feel so guilty leaving her at home all day by herself. I really just can’t wait until I know what’s what at work so I can bring her in with me. She’ll probably end up sleeping under my desk all day, but at least she won’t be stuck at home.
Whenever I get stressed out I tend to act like a small child. (Sorry Michael!) If left alone, I usually snap out of my funk within a few hours, but tonight I knew that wouldn’t fly. I wanted to be able to relax and enjoy the evening, so I turned to the sure fire bad mood killer that I like to call… drum-roll .. Pop Chops! Yes, that’s right, my Dad! He knows how to call me out on my BS in just the right way as to not upset me more, but instead nip my mood right in the bud. Seriously… Parents are right about everything, too bad I didn’t realize that in high school!
Moving onto our eats for the week thus far. I ended up shifting our weekly menu slightly to save some time last night. We had Hamburger Pie for dinner on both Sunday and Monday, YAY for no cooking! Tonight we made the Skillet Sweet Potato, Sausage, and Spinach Hash which was fantastic! You should definitely try it out.
Alright… I’m off to enjoy what little cuddle time I have left tonight with Tessie… Oh, and I guess Michael too!
Day 18 of our Whole 30 challenge is here and going quite well, other than a couple of interesting side effects. My dreams over the past 2 weeks have been crazy! I’m meaning some serious out there vivid stuff. There’s been several times over the past 2 weeks that I’ve woken up in a panic from whatever it was that was about to happen in my dream. Sort of ready for that to stop, any day now please. The other thing I’ve been noticing is some crazy changes in my appetite. When I get hungry, it’s no joke, like the bottomless pit of hell just made home in my belly. It’s not a sugar crash, it’s just ravenous hunger. Then when I go to eat something, I’m stuffed just a few bites in. What’s up with that? According to the Paleo blogosphere, I’m not the only one to experience such shenanigans. Hopefully by then end of this things will level out.
In other news, Michael started his new job on Monday! I’m so excited for him!
And now for some pictures of our Whole 30 approved meals from the past few days:
We’ve made it to day 4 of our Whole 30 and holy cow, my head! I’ve been suffering from a non-stop headache for the past 2 days and I’m quite ready for it to be gone. Wah! My headache problems have got to be from one of two things: caffeine withdrawal or sugar withdrawal. Can going from 1 cup of coffee a day to zero really wreak that much havoc on my body? I don’t really know…. Which leads us to the other option, sugar. I really had no idea just how much sugar Michael and I have been eating. I guess the little things really do add up. <cough>Wine.<cough> From what I gather on the interwebs, I’m expecting my headache to be gone around the end of the first week. Please Mr. End_Of_First_Week, get here ASAP!
I’ve been snapping some quick pictures of the food Michael and I have been eating the past few days. It’s okay to drool, I won’t judge you.
Not my greatest photography, but you get the point. This is Everyday Paleo’s Pecan Chicken (minus the honey), Brussels Sprout Slaw, and Roasted Sweet Potato Fries.
Sauteed Cod with Mushrooms and Onions, Broiled Asparagus, and a Dijon Mayo Sauce.
Breakfast this morning: Leftover Spaghetti Squash with 2 Eggs. If you’ve never tried eggs poached in marinara (sugar-free of course), you’re really missing out. Delish!
Another Thursday down and we’re that much closer to the weekend! Michael and I are planning on taking a day to trip to Napa this Saturday for some shopping, dining, and wine-ing. Of course, Napa has a draw on its own, but the real reason we’re heading north is to shop! They have a big outlet mall there and I’m a sucker for anything with the words ‘J.Crew’ and ‘outlet’ together. We’re also planning on our first nice dinner out since we started our Back to Basics Paleo ‘cleanse’. I chose ZuZu, a tapas place that seems to have some nice options on the menu. As long as we can avoid gluten, legumes, and most of the dairy I’ll be a happy woman. Hopefully I avoid a repeat of my Chipotle experience…!
Back to Basics: Day 8 Input
This morning started out with some iced coffee with coconut milk plus the usual breakfast of eggs scrambled with veggies and sausage. Unfortunately I didn’t get to finish my coffee because some lady’s nasty hands got all over my straw on the train. The BART was crazy awful busy due to some issues on one of the lines and we were packed in like sardines. Not a pleasant experience.
When I got to work, I couldn’t resist the spread of fresh fruit, so I indulged with some grapes and blueberries.
Lunch was leftovers from last night: pork, broccoli, and latkes. The pork was kind of dry after being microwaved, but it didn’t make me want to gag like that Chicken Adobo. Win.
Around 3:00 today I had my afternoon snack, a Pineapple Upside Down Cake Larabar. Not as good as the new orange flavor, but decent.
For dinner we had some super awesome grilled hotdogs from U.S. Wellness Meats. These babies are grass-fed, have zero nitrates, and contain no added sugar! The side dishes consisted of a cucumber salad and sweet potato fries baked in the oven. Super Yum! For dessert we’re going to have banana ice cream again, my favorite!
Cream cheese and marshmallow flush is my super hero weakness. I mixed these two evil ingredients as a fruit dip for a work potluck, and wow, that stuff gets me. I could eat an entire bowl. The only thing that stops me is the feeling of shame I know would follow that delicious fluffy serving of happiness. No one needs that much sugar, ever, and I should know by now I have to avoid treats like that all together. If I don’t, I end up craving sugary snacks for the next few days. Total relapse.
Last night we made stuffed pork tenderloin, mashed sweet potatoes and kale chips for dinner. I saw the recipe for the tenderloin on EverydayPaleo.com and had to try it. You butterfly a tenderloin, stuff it with basil, sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic, sear it, and then bake it in the oven. For some reason, whenever I make pork tenderloin, I always get the cooking time wrong. Last night was no exception, I took it out after 20 minutes and it had to go back in for 10 more. Oh well. This was also our second attempt at kale chips. They’re definitely not my favorite, but they have a nice crunch.