whole 30: week 2

Welp, we survived the second week of Whole 30, and I'm happy to say it went better than the first. Here's what I've noticed this week:

  • Cravings have mostly disappeared.
  • Dizzy/shaky spells have also vanished. No longer needing "snacks" in between meals to manage this.
  • Still feeling like I have more energy, feel more alert, and sleeping better.

Here's what we ate last week:

I haven't talked much about breakfast, which most every day consists of eggs in some fashion. Sometimes fried, others scrambled, usually topped with salsa or hot sauce. This week, I made some sausage and had Josh grill it and O.M.G. y'all. You need this recipe in your life (...but if you make it, cut wayyyy back on the salt. Thankfully, I'd read the reviews that recommended this). Also, I've started *almost* enjoying my coffee with Nutpods French Vanilla creamer, and after I blend in my Warrior Strong Wellness Collagen Peptides and Bone Broth Superfood Protein, it *almost* tastes like a cappuccino.

For lunches, Josh butterflied and grilled a bunch of chicken breasts, seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic, and paprika. Then we made up big salads for the week with a mix of spinach and romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes, Pederson's bacon, boiled eggs, and topped with Primal Kitchen Caesar dressing.

Monday: Leftover pork chops from the weekend.

Tuesday: Bunless burgers, seasoned with Montreal Smoky Steak Seasoning and coconut aminos, served with Triad local Niki's Pickles, fresh tomatoes, and skillet potatoes with onions cooked in a mixture of ghee and olive oil

Wednesday: Leftovers.

Thursday: Egg Roll in a Bowl over cauliflower rice with homemade Chinese spicy mustard. This is definitely the most "meh" meal we've had on Whole30. It just seemed like something was missing.

Friday: Dinner out at Zoe's. This time, I had the salmon skewers with Moroccan harissa with grilled potato salad (omg so good) and roasted veg.

Saturday: Clear out of eggs (we've seriously gone through like 2+ cartons a week), on Saturday, I whipped up what turned out to be a delicious little breakfast "porridge" of sorts: 2 bananas, fried in ghee and cinnamon, then pour in a splash of (compliant) almond milk to deglaze the pan. Serve topped with unsweetened coconut and raw mixed nuts (I found these at Target).

I was most concerned about this weekend, because I had won tickets to the races at VIR (thanks to the ladies at Triad Moms on Main!) and had no clue how we would manage to eat there. It actually proved not so difficult, and I wasn't even super tempted by all the treats that were available. We decided to go with the Porchetta food truck - I had a Cuban, from which I removed the bread and cheese, Josh had chicken tacos sans tortilla, and we shared some homemade rosemary potato chips. I'm sure it wasn't all 100% compliant, but we were pretty darn proud of ourselves. Miles, on the other hand, had ALL the bread and cheese and topped it all off with homemade strawberry ice cream with sprinkles.

Toddler with Lamborghini at VIR IMSA Series
Dad and Son at VIR IMSA Series

Saturday night, I chopped up all the leftover chicken from the week's lunch prep and whipped up some buffalo chicken salad (using Primal Kitchen mayo, Frank's, and lots of celery) and had that on salads with this really delicious homemade ranch recipe (I added in a little unsweetened coconut milk to thin it out).

Sunday: Grilled New York Strip steaks with roasted balsamic baby carrots and brussel sprouts.

Now, I just have one more full week before reintroducing stuff back into my diet. Week 3, we're coming for ya!

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whole 30: week 1

Sometime in the last six or so weeks, Josh got the harebrained idea that we should do a Whole 30. No sugar. No grains. No dairy. You know the drill.

Now mind you, I've asked this man no less than three times over the course of the past TWO YEARS to do this with me, and he has refused each and every time. *insert eye roll* BUT, since he had finally agreed (now that it was his idea), I decided to go along with it. The only requirement was that we absolutely could NOT start until after our trip to New Orleans the first weekend of August (because CAFE DU MONDE BEIGNETS, Y'ALL). So last Monday(ish), we embarked on our Whole 30(ish) journey. The first ish being due to the face that someone (me) forgot that corn is a grain (yeah, yeah... I know it's listed right there in the main rules... GIMME A BREAK), and the second ish because I'm going on a Bachelorette weekend to Nashville Labor Day weekend to celebrate my friend Megan AND LIFE IS JUST TO SHORT TO BE HEALTHY LIVING AT A TIME LIKE THAT.

Quite honestly, the eating hasn't been so bad. Our meals have actually been quite delicious for the most part. The main changes/impacts I've noticed so far have been:

  • INTENSE sugar cravings for the first three or so days. Like wanting all the sugary, junky treats within a five mile radius.
  • Almost immediate loss of water weight/bloating... my clothes suddenly fit much better. Not complaining about that.
  • Dizzy/shaky feeling between meals - even though I'm not hungry at all. I haven't exactly pinpointed the cause of this, but it seems to be helped by having a smaller meal/snack in-between the main meals. I have this happen normally even when I'm not on this special eating plan, but usually only if I'm actually ravenously hungry. If anyone else who has experienced this on Whole 30 has any insight here, I'm all ears.
  • Increased energy, especially in the afternoon when I typically crash. This is definitely a win with a toddler in the house.

While eating on the plan during the week proved to be fairly easy, Josh and I both agreed that following it on the weekend was much harder. We'll often pick up a treat (like the amazing seasonal watermelon milkshake from CookOut that is only sold THROUGH THE MONTHS OF JULY AND AUGUST... hold me) or decide to go out to dinner on a whim on weekends when we're already out and about, and that's just not as feasible on Whole 30.

If you're interested, here's what we ate this week:

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Monday: Baked salmon with an AMAZING mango salsa (and the forbidden corn... oops)

Tuesday: leftovers from Monday, with a baked sweet potato instead of the bad corn

Wednesday: Dinner out at Zoe's. They have several Whole 30 approved menu items. I had the shrimp skewers with harissa sauce and potato salad.

Thursday: Threw together a dinner of turkey burgers that I already had in the freezer from Trader Joe's topped with guacamole and a fried egg, served with roasted sweet potatoes

Friday: Instant Pot beef and broccoli over cauliflower rice

Weekend: Rao's Marinara with ground beef and butternut squash noodles served with a side salad with Primal Kitchen caesar dressing

Salad with carnitas, fresh salsa, tomatillo salsa, and guacamole from Chipotle

Pork chops marinated in coconut aminos and Montreal steak seasoning served with herb roasted red onion, carrots, and apples.

For lunches last week, I made up a big batch of chicken salad with Primal Kitchen Mayo, Guilden's Spicy Brown Mustard, grapes, and celery and had it over spinach topped with pecans, tomatoes, and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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Now, we're onto week two. Have you done a Whole 30? If so, what are your best tips and favorite recipes? 

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looking back at 2017

Wow. You guys. I can't believe it's been over six months since I filled this space with fresh words. Getting back to writing is at the top of my goals for 2018, so watch out.

In the spirit of the new year, I really just wanted to recap 2017 because IT WAS SUCH A CRAZY YEAR. In some ways, it seems like it didn't even happen or like I've been in a time warp. We started the year in Europe and ended it back in our North Carolina home just as we'd left it.

Bizarre.

Here goes...

My mom visited, and I turned 30 in Italy cooking and drinking Chianti in a Tuscan villa.

Celebrated German Carnival with crazy parades right outside our door and a costume party.

Fell in love with San Sebastian on a Spanish adventure with our friends from London.

Twirled through Mirabell Gardens reenacting The Sound of Music with a lifelong best friend.

Returned permanently to our home in North Carolina, where we discovered our new rhythm that involved having to get in a car to go everywhere, American playgrounds, and shopping carts in grocery stores.

After sicknesses and adjusting to living in a new place, FINALLY got Miles back to sleeping through the night in his own crib in his own room. All the thanks to the Sleep Lady and her amazing book for this precious miracle.

Traveled to Charleston for a sweet little family vacay where Miles fell in love with the aquarium.

Had our first adults-only weekend away as we celebrated our friends' wedding in Maryland.

Surprised one of my best friends by showing up at her house for the weekend in Cleveland.

Our baby boy turned TWO. Just HOW?!?!

Read a total of 15+ books for the year, which is no small feat with a toddler!

Celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas with our families, saw dear friends (and got to meet their sweet new babies), laughed, loved, cried, and just overall lived the hell out of 2017. There'll certainly never be another year like it.

2017YearInReview-Elizabeth Glessner

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