Whole 30 Experience: Day Five

So can I just tell you … I successfully stayed away from donuts yesterday AND said no (I might have screamed NO!) when someone offered me a really good chocolate bar.  It’s not my intent to always say no to such things, but I have to admit I’m feeling better and better each day and I want to keep going.  I feel like I might be onto something.

I was a little rage-y this morning, but I kind of always am when I’m running late.  And I maaaaay have snapped at a woman at work, but quite frankly I needed to speak up and she apologized.  So I don’t know if that qualifies?

Anyway!  I’m officially sick of sweet potatoes for breakfast, so I need to come up with something else next week. The headaches appear to be gone and I slept for almost 5 hours straight last night.  Progress!

I’m not going to lie, I’ve definitely thought about bread.  And pizza.  And cheese.  Aaaaaand maybe some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.  But it’s not like I’m holding on for dear life.  I’m not hungry, I like the food I’ve been eating and am ready to try some new recipes next week.

Today I had …

Breakfast:  3 scrambled eggs sauteed with spinach, sweet potato and a banana
Lunch:  Grilled chicken, roasted cauliflower and a bunch of spinach, walnuts and a banana (must get different fruit next week)
Dinner:  Chipotle salad with carnitas, mild salsa and guacamole

Whole 30 Experience: Day Four

I was a little nervous about today, that it may be the start of being angry or feeling like I’m depriving myself when I walked past donuts in the office.  But the day actually went really well.  I’m still a bit tired, and I went for a walk and I felt winded like I had a little cold.  I’m currently battling a headache, which seems to happen after dinner?

I slept a little better last night and I think that’s the part I’m looking forward to the most.  Good, sound sleep.  I hope I hope I hope!

Here’s what was on the menu:

Breakfast:  Sweet potato, 3 scrambled eggs with sauteed spinach and an apple sprinkled with cinnamon.
Lunch:  Chili, 1/2 baked potato and roasted broccoli with a banana and walnuts


Spinach salad with olive oil and lemon juice with grilled chicken and roasted cauliflower.


I made it past donuts but am starting to think a little bit about cheese.  Some new recipes are going to be key next week!

Whole 30 Experience: Day Three

Had a little bit of a headache this morning and didn’t sleep the whole way through the night again, but otherwise am feeling pretty good.  I’m a little afraid of Days 4 and 5 though where apparently I might want to kill everything.  Especially since tomorrow there are supposed to be donuts in my office.  I’m mentally trying to prep and think of a gift I can buy myself on the way home tomorrow for sticking it out.

I think I was feeling so bad before–run down, hating everything, not sleeping and feeling like I had no way out.  So I may just be boosted by some good clean water in my system and healthier foods that are actually helping me function better.  Not to mention I’m not HUNGRY, which has always happened every time I’ve tried to change my eating habits.  So I’ll keep taking things one day at a time.  I’m trying to be INCREDIBLY gentle with myself.


Black coffee
Apple with cinnamon
Two fried eggs in olive oil over a little bit of chili … and maybe a sweet potato?  I can’t remember.


Leftover burger wrapped in a lettuce bun


The most terrible photo ever!  Bowl of chili topped with avocado and hot sauce.  One half baked potato and roasted broccoli.



Whole 30 Experience: Day Two

So I definitely felt the headache today that everyone talks about.  And also that stabby feeling.  That maaaaaay have been justified though.  Especially when I got home to a low battery on a smoke detector and realized (after I changed into my pajamas from my work clothes) that the replacement battery had died.  Did I go to Ace Hardware in my jammies?  You bet your ass I did.  Putting my bra back on felt like the most epic endeavor … I couldn’t even.  So I skipped it.  (You’re welcome.)

I just had dinner though and am feeling better.  Sleep was elusive last night, so getting up this morning was a bit tough.  I thought about gum, a can of Coke, a chocolate chip cookie and I think that’s it?  But I’m not CRAVING anything.  I just want to sleep better and have more energy to hopefully FEEL better, so I’m willing to sacrifice immediate gratification for (hopefully!) the longer term gains.  And 30 days isn’t hard, right?  30 days flies by!

So for breakfast I had:

1 (large) cup of black coffee
Baked sweet potato
2/3 cup of beef chili (more on that tomorrow)
2 fried eggs
1/2 cup of strawberries

Lunch was leftovers from last night (baked chicken fajitas–big big fan), a banana and 1/2 cup of walnuts.

Dinner was so fantastic!

A potato cut into fries with a little olive oil, salt & pepper.  A hamburger with a slick of Dijon mustard, slices of tomato and avocado in a lettuce “bun.”  Super tasty.  Super messy.  Super looking forward to the leftovers for lunch.



I am still feeling a little headachy tonight and am counting down the hours until I can hit the hay.  Fingers crossed I can sleep the whole way through the night!

Whole 30 Experience: Day One

I woke up this morning at about 6:30 and was excited to get started.  Aside from my grocery shop yesterday, the only prep I did was baking sweet potatoes to use for breakfasts.

My plan is to have one breakfast all week, dinner leftovers for lunch and then cook a (hopefully!) easy dinner each night.

And away we go!


Baked sweet potato, 3 eggs scrambled in olive oil with a couple handfuls of spinach, 1/2 an avocado and 1/2 cup of raspberries.  In hindsight I might have been petrified of getting hungry before lunch.  I also had two (very large) cups of black coffee.




I just started getting hungry a bit before 11:30, which is the time I usually go to lunch.  I noticed I wanted to taste something about 1/2 hour before my stomach started grumbling.  I aaalllllmost reached for a piece of gum, but started swigging water with a vengeance instead.  I had salmon cakes (which uh, did not stay cakes) and sauteed cabbage with a sliced banana and some walnuts.  Forgive the steamy photo.



I didn’t get hungry for dinner until well after 5 p.m. which was awesome!  I was worried I’d be starving.  I did feel a little lethargic this afternoon, so I just took a nap for about an hour.


REALLY happy with this recipe.  Baked chicken fajitas.  I doused them in lime juice and served them in lettuce cups with sliced avocado.  I’m going to try the same thing with steak next week.  Absolutely delicious.  And messy! I also had some sliced strawberries.



First impressions:

So far so good.  I know Day 1 is usually a breeze from what I hear, so I’m a little nervous about what awaits me over the next couple weeks.  I haven’t GONE to the bathroom if you know what I mean andIbelieveyoudo.  I took a nice 45 minute walk with my dog, drank about 96 oz of water and am looking forward to a hot shower and good book before bed.  (It’s also my goal to get into better sleeping habits during this challenge.)  I’m really glad I didn’t feel hungry too far in advance of meals and please, this food is beautiful to sit down to.  Look at all the colors!




Whole 30: Panic & Prep


I decided to do the Whole 30 challenge.  A few things have led up to this realization, but it basically has to do with wanting to feel and sleep better.

I feel like I’m under a lot of stress.  I know some of the stress is self inflicted with the food I’m eating and lack of activity to try and combat feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.  In the spirit of controlling what I can, I decided to start with some healthy food to (hopefully!) start healing my body and give me some energy to get through this time.

So I went to the grocery store.
And spent almost $200.
Which seems a little excessive for one person?

I think I’m actually cooking up quite a bit that I’ll be able to freeze and eat later, but it will be a new adventure!  Hopefully an adventure that will have me sleeping soundly, living calmly and feeling much much better.

Stay tuned!

Style Saturday: A Little Effort


And by “a little effort”, I mean a LITTLE effort.  Which again.  Is why I LOVE dresses.  Essentially a big t-shirt that makes it look like you did something great.

Another little trick?  My 3-ingredient make up bag.

1.  Bobbi Brown’s tinted moisturizer.  Makes your skin look even and dewy.

2.  Mascara.  Whatever kind you love?  Like.  Love is a strong word for mascara.

3.  A swipe of Clinique’s chubby stick.  Gives your lips a little punch of color and moisture without screaming LIPSTICK!

Those three things are subtle enough to make it look like you’re au natural without people asking if you’re tired.  Because those people can suck it.  I ran errands in the above ensemble last Saturday and was complimented throughout the day.

Did I spill my secrets and point out my unshaved legs and the fact that I had just pulled on the dress because I didn’t want to do laundry?

NO!  I smiled wide and said a genuine “thank you!”  That’s the beauty of keeping it simple.