Friday, March 31, 2017

Cecilia: 24 Months

This is the last time we have to do this, right mama?
I wonder what kind of mischief I can get up to today!
wow mama, look at the balloons!
mama, did you know it's my birthday?!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Cecilia: 23 Months

"mommy, I don't know about this picture thing."

"Rush's feet are very interesting!"


"Doesn't everyone play with Playdoh in their sparkly dress?"

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Whole 30: Why I Quit on Day 18

I ended up going radio silent on the Whole 30 thing rather quickly, and an explanation is in order

I quit.

I'm a quitter.

The thought of giving up began to percolate up in my mind about Day 14 when I had to skip my long run. My formerly content and very regular digestive system which wasn't pleased with this Whole 30 thing had edged into a full-on revolt. I was peeved. I haven't skipped or missed a run since last July. I love to run and Whole 30 was screwing that up. That combined with the fact that I was cooking (and cleaning up the dishes from cooking) from the time that I got up until about an hour before I went to bed on top of all my other mom and house manager duties on my non-work days? Whole 30 was rapidly eroding my will to complete the full duration.

On the way home from Zumba the following Thursday night, I completely talked myself into giving up. In my life so far, I've lost large chunks of weight twice and been successful in maintaining those losses. I know how to eat for my body and my health. I mean, hell, I even quoted the post when I posted about Whole 30 originally, calling myself hypocritical for doing the program. Even knowing and saying that, it's easy to get caught up in the hype sometimes.

My personal takeaways from my measly 18 days of Whole 30 are as follows:
  • I learned that I need to quit my snack habit and start eating bigger meals. I found that I thought about food less during the day and wasn't as focused on the next time I could eat.
  • Spaghetti squash is actually pretty tasty.
  • Homemade mayonnaise is easy to make and I'm happy to add another recipe to my repertoire of weird things I can make from scratch.
  • I didn't miss peanut butter and much as I thought I would, which was pretty surprising to me.

Lest you think that I'm against Whole 30, I'm not. I actually think highly of the program and would recommend it to someone who is looking to improve their relationship with food. It can help you understand some of the detrimental effects certain food groups can have on your body. It also forces you to learn how to cook for yourself (and possibly others), which is a skill that I think has immense importance in your overall health and is vastly undervalued due to the amount of convenience food available to us.

But would I do it again? No, definitely not.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Cecilia: 22 Months

this is how you smile, right mommy?
*death stare*
look how cute I am, mommy!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Whole 30: Days 1-7

When I looked at the proposed meal plan for the first week of Whole 30 in the book, I laughed. First of all, brisket, seriously? That cut is no longer dirt cheap and are you guys trying to make my food budget go out of control? No, I will not cook this brisket. Secondly, this is a lot of food preparation and cooking for one single week. I already cook for myself enough to know that is simply not how I roll and is one of the fastest ways for me to burn out on this Whole 30 thing. Thus, I made my own meal plan:

It's a running joke in this household that I rarely stick to my weekly meal plans but surprisingly enough, I managed to stay mostly on plan this first week. Probably because falling back to peanut butter and jelly was absolutely not an option.

The general consensus (Eric has been eating the dinners) is that the food is adequate. The only meal that we both thought was awful was the Walnut Crusted Pork Tenderloin on a bed of salad greens and doused in a quarter cup of homemade balsamic vinaigrette which was not emulsified properly so I ended up with an oil slick and wilted salad greens. Next week's meal plan will deviate from the recipes in the book because I found nom nom paleo.

As far as the symptoms the book says you might experience, I haven't had any of them. That's not a huge surprise to me because my diet is, this last holiday season aside, pretty clean.

7 days down, 23 more days to go!

P.S. I've been sharing pics almost daily of what I've been eating on my Instagram!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Whole 30 Prep: Ghee

This isn't the first time we've had ghee in the house, though this is the first time that I've made it. While there are many methods for ghee making out there on the internet, the oven method from Cook's Illustrated is my favorite due to the hands off nature of it.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Whole 30

I'll admit me doing Whole 30 is, in fact, kinda-sorta hypocritical given how I wrote about deprivation being the enemy in this post last year. But, it's only 30 days and I'm curious, so I'm giving it a go.

For anyone who doesn't know what Whole 30 is, here's a quick overview of the program.
For 30 days, do not consume the following:
  • Added sugars, artifical or real
  • Alcohol
  • Grains in any form
  • Legumes
  • Dairy
  • Carrageenan, MSG or Added Sulfites
  • Recreated baked goods, treats or junk foods
If you're interested in learning more about it, their website is full of helpful information. 

Stay tuned for more Whole 30 posts!