Day 14: B4D

Anyone else love breakfast for dinner? It’s one of my favorite things to make. It’s quick and easy and always tasty. 

Fried eggs with Sautéed Asparagus and a Sweet Potato

All delicious on there own. Even better together. Runny egg yolks. Slightly crunchy asparagus. Warm sweet potato. 

I throughly enjoyed it. Not sure if the Boyfriend shares my sentiments.

Breakfast this morning was boiled eggs and a mix of blueberries and Bing cherries. Lunch was lean. Turkey lettuce wraps with spicy brown mustard and guacamole, sliced cucumbers and red bell peppers. 

I’ll probably be starving come 5 o’clock. But I’ll make due. I’ve been craving Mexican food so I think I’ll make a Whole30 twist on fajitas. I’m excited about it. 

15 days tomorrow. Halfway. Holy crap, that’s exciting. 

Day 13: Ranch Chicken Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Cold Cucumber Salad

Last night’s supper was phenomenal. Whole30 or not, we are until we about popped. The boyfriend had two full plates, which is the biggest compliment to any dish I make. 

For the ranch chicken burgers, you need: 

  • 1 pound ground chicken 
  • Dried dill
  • Dried parsley
  • Garlic powder 
  • Onion powder 
  • Salt 
  • Pepper

Combine herbs and spices. Using your hands, mix the seasoning into the ground chicken until well combined. Grill until burgers are done and juices run clear. 

This made five burgers. Smaller parties. 

For the onions:

  • 1/2 onion, sliced 
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ghee

Melt ghee in hot pan. Add onions salt and pepper. Turn heat to low and let onions cook slowly until they take on a golden brown color. 

I topped our ranch chicken burgers with guacamole and caramelized onions. I baked some sweet potatoes. And thanks to The Boyfriend’s mom, I have a new favorite summer salad

For the cold cucumber salad, you need:

  • Cucumbers, diced
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Bell peppers, sliced
  • Basil, julienned 
  • Red wine vinegar, to taste
  • Homemade dry rub, recipe below

Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate until cold. Veggies taste better the longer they sit in the spice and vinegar mixture. 

For the dry rub:

Combine all the following to your taste preference.

  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Dried parsley 

Just the right amount of flavor and heat. So good. We’ve been putting this on everything. 

I’m feeling more alert when I wake up in the morning, and that feeling is lasting throughout the day. My skin is looking amazing. Hardly any breakouts. My tummy is still having a little trouble, but it may just be from the sheer volume of food I ate yesterday. 

I am flexing my creativity muscles in the kitchen, and I feel more empowered after making my own breakfast sausage. 

We are going to try to go out to eat this week to have that experience. It’s crazy to think I’ve prepared 39 meals in the last 13 days. I grocery shop 2-3 times per week. Every meal is thoughtfully prepared. Every snack is packed by my own hands. 

I also had a dream about a gigantic cinnamon roll. It was gooey and delicious and I woke up feeling slightly guilty for cheating on Whole30 in my dreams. But apparently that happens. The emotional connection to food is strong. Stronger than you realize until you give up things you never had to. 

If you’ve done Whole30, or any diet or life change, share how you navigated the emotional connections your have to food. I find this to be the most interesting observation in my own journey. 

Day 10: Double Digits

Y’all, the chicken legs I made tonight were amazing. I found a dry rub on Pinterest that was Whole30 approved. 

What you need:

  • Coconut oil
  • Paprika 
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder 
  • Parsley 
  • Red pepper flakes

Coat the chicken in the paste-like mixture. The coconut oil will melt when it hits the grill so watch for flare-ups. Grill the chicken legs for 45 minutes to an hour on medium to medium-high heat. 

I also threw the one squash we grew on the grill with onions and red bell pepper, and I made another pack of mushrooms with Balsalmic vinegar. 

So. Good. 

The boyfriend and I felt like we were eating normal food. All the food I’ve made so far has been normal. But we can’t just go out somewhere and grab a drink and a bite to eat. 

I tried to go to Chipotle today, but they cook everything in rice bran oil. Not compliant. Saddest day. All I could eat is the guacamole or salsa. 

Lunch today was leftovers from last night. And breakfast was a couple of egg muffins with a side of mixed berries. All good things. 

Still a touch of a stomach ache. Not as tired. But I remain in a constant state of annoyance at everyone else eating whatever they want. Hopefully, this will pass, and I’ll enter into a state of euphoria. 

Day 9: Let Me Eat Out

I want someone else to cook for me. I just need a break from the kitchen. So. Much. Cooking. 

But everything has been tasting good. I’m just ready for a night out and drinks and tacos. 

Breakfast today was egg muffins with salsa. I mixed homemade pesto into this batch. Very tasty. 

Lunch was leftovers from last night’s dinner. A pork chop and half a sweet potato. Not pretty, but full of flavor. 

Dinner tonight was a winner.  I found Whole30 compliant chicken sausage at the store. Life. Saver. Especially when I’m in no mood for cooking. I had pre-sliced onions ready to go, and I sliced some wilted bell peppers to add to the mix. 

The fresh green beans were sautéed in coconut oil, garlic and good Balsalmic vinegar. The vinegar created a sweet sauce. Totally delicious. 

The boyfriend had a day like I had yesterday. He was basically a zombie. Came home from work and laid down. 

I’m feeling back to normal, but with more alertness and energy. I am thankful tomorrow we will enter double digits. And I’m thankful for the chicken sausage. And I’m thankful for beer. Even though I can’t drink it right now. 

I will. Soon. 

Day 8: Whoa Is Me

After three days of feeling great, I’m back to feeling like crap. The book said this would happen. But my Superman mentality said that won’t happen to me. 

Last night I had a terrible stomach ache. So painful. I did cook supper and boil eggs for breakfast. But supper wasn’t my favorite. 

Avocado turkey burger with sautéed broccoli. I took two bites of the burger and knew it was NOT what I wanted.  The boyfriend ate his wrapped in lettuce and topped with salsa. We both thought cheese would make it delightful. 

Breakfast today was two boiled eggs and a handful of delicious strawberries. 

Snacks so far have been an apple with cashew butter. 

I was so happy to be out of the funk. And this new funk is powerful. I’m so tired. But at least my mind isn’t foggy like it was before. 

It’s the first day I’ve thought incessantly about breakfast biscuits for the cafeteria at my office. I can’t even go in there. Makes me too sad/annoyed that I can’t have the biscuit of my dreams. 

So there’s that. 

The book says it’s all normal. The psychological effects of elimination are starting to rear its ugly head. 

So I’ll go back to work and try my best to not face plant into my desk.