Day 24: Protein Pellets

Today was the best day I’ve had during the Whole30, relating to food specifically.  I found this great recipe for Protein Pellets over at The Clothes Make the Girl.

Protein Pellets

I altered the recipe a bit by using grass-fed ground beef instead of sausage because I’m on a mission to use up the 30+ pounds of grass-fed ground in the freezer.  Also, instead of using the Penzey’s spice she uses, I made two with Penzey’s Arizona Dreaming (freebie from December, woot!), two with Nutritional Yeast Flakes, and one with just ground pepper.  I have no idea which one I ate today, but I ate it with some of this, and it was beyond fantastic.  It was pretty tasty, but what made it fantastic was that it kept me satisfied and super-charged until lunch time.  Usually my stomach starts growling around 11am to alert me to the approach of feeding time, but not so today.  For lunch I had a salad (romaine lettuce, spinach, turkey breast, blueberries, flaxseed meal, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pepitas, green pepper, cucumber, tomatoes and radishes).  For dessert I had more blueberries.  For snacks in the afternoon I had beef jerky and fat guacamole devils (using just two hard boiled eggs and a 100 calorie Wholly Guacamole packet).  For dinner we had tilapia brushed with coconut oil and dusted with shredded coconut, pan-fried plantains in coconut oil, and swiss chard sauteed in olive oil.  Totals: 1455 calories, 83g Fat, 70 Carbs, 106g protein.  This is the closest I’ve gotten to my goals all month.  I have great energy!  If it was summer I would go out for a run right now, but it is too cold and I’m already in my lounge gear. Plus, it be cold outside.

If the two videos I’ve posted haven’t changed your life yet, take a read of this excellent article from Outside Magazine (thanks for the subscription Dad, I love this mag!)  This might just do it.

 

Published in: on January 24, 2011 at 8:05 pm  Comments (1)  

Day 6, Larabar discovery

Today is the day Larabars became an important part of my life.  I’d read in Whole30 discussions across the web that Larabars are Whole30 friendly, and I thought they might make my life a little easier.  So, while I was out running errands today, I stopped by Whole Foods and picked up a nice selection: Coconut Cream Pie, Carrot Cake, Apple Pie, Chocolate Coffee, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate and Banana Bread.  These bars do not contain added sugar of any kind, grains or flour.  In fact, they contain no unpronounceable ingredients.  I know I know.  You’re thinking “Yeah and they probably taste like something off of the forest floor…”  You couldn’t be more wrong!  I tried the Chocolate Mint today (remember my issue yesterday?) and it was fantastic!  Larabars will help make this month a little easier.  I do not intend to eat them everyday.  They are to be used only for special occasions and unbearable cravings.  Check them out for yourself here.  Larabar does not pay me any kind of endorsement fee, I just really love them!

Today was the beginning of my Pre-Weekend.  Since I work three days, Thursday and Friday are my weekend by myself where I get things done around the house and around town.  That way Nick and I can enjoy the actual weekend relaxing and having fun.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get that much done at home today because I spent the afternoon running errands.  I did shovel the driveway since we got a bit of snow earlier in the day and also cooked a rotisserie chicken (I saved the carcass, so stay tuned for a chicken bone stock recipe in the coming weeks!).

Fuel: nitrate-free bacon, coffee, pot roast, carrots, beef bone broth, Chocolate Mint Larabar, cherries, pistachios, ground lamb, squash, tomatoes, green beans, cinnamon, tea

Play: shoveled snow

Published in: on January 6, 2011 at 10:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Day 5, Chocolate attack

In an attempt to quell my PMS chocolate attack, I went to the store and bought a bar of Dagoba Dark Chocolate.  The only ingredient in this bar of chocolate is “organic cacao beans”.  It tasted like poop.  I still want chocolate.

Fuel: hard boiled eggs, coffee, lettuce, green pepper, cucumber, tomato, walnuts, olive oil, vinegar, chicken breast, cauliflower, green beans, pork bone broth, ham, marrow, pecans, blueberries, tilapia, almonds, sweet potatoes, cinnamon, bacon fat, coconut oil, tea, chocolate poop

Play: I will tomorrow.  I swear…

Published in: on January 5, 2011 at 8:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Day 4, Stick-blender love

I think I’m in love with my immersion blender — that’s “stick-blender” for the laymen 🙂  My three top uses are: creaming cauliflower, making soup and making applesauce.  Tonight I was really jonesing for something sweet, like a dessert.  The Whole30 says no to sugar of any kind, including Maple Syrup and Honey.  What is a girl to do?  A girl is to go into her stash of several-month-old apples in her fridge and whip up a delicious Whole30 concoction.  It doesn’t have a name, but if it did it would probably be “Apple Almond Butter Deliciousness that Saved my Sanity” or something like that.  I cored and sliced an apple, added some cinnamon and almond butter and then used my immersion blender to blend it all together.  C’est magnifique!  Even after 4 days, my tastebuds are adjusting and certain fruits taste almost as sickeningly sweet as a Costco cake (vomit) used to.

So, I’m not sure if I mentioned this before, but the new job is part-time, 24 hours per week.  That means that I work three 8-hour days.  Which means tomorrow is my Friday.  Happy “Friday” to me!

Fuel: coconut water, coffee, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, walnuts, avocado, olive oil, vinegar, garlic, green peppers, ham, ham bone stock, cauliflower, green beans, marrow, pecans, blueberries, apple, cinnamon, almond butter, sirloin tip steak, squash, carrots, bacon fat, coconut oil

Play: more filing… I need to re-evaluate my schedule to make time for real play…

Published in: on January 4, 2011 at 8:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Day 1, 2011, Whole30

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope everyone had a wonderful time celebrating and trust you’ve all mostly recovered.  Not only was today Day 1 of 2011 but also Day 1 of the Whole30, my month-long challenge to myself to eat following Paleo guidelines, and not drink alcohol.  So far so good!  We didn’t roll out of bed until 11:30a and then didn’t leave our host/hostess’ house until nearly 1:30p, so the first day was a relatively short one.

Here’s the breakdown:

Fuel:  coffee, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, tuna, walnuts, green pepper, cucumber, vinegar, grass-fed ground beef, onions, ground flax seed, sweet potatoes, olive oil, bacon fat, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic, tea

*Play: None

I hope you’ve all been thinking about the improvements you can make to your life and the lives of those around you in the coming year.  Resolutions are not made to be broken, just like promises.  Promise yourself that in 2011 you will be the best you you can be.  Challenge yourself.  Try new things.  Ditch bad habits and negative energy.  Most of all, have fun and live your life to the fullest!

*Play means exercise.  I prefer to think of it as play.
Published in: on January 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm  Comments (2)  
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I’m baaaaaack!

Kana’s visit last week proved to be way busier than I thought, thus – no blog posts.

We had a wonderful time!  We went to the Natural History Museum at the U of M campus in Ann Arbor,  Lions game (which they won, boo-ya!), Canada for shopping, the Henry Ford Museum, the DIA and lots of shopping and eating.  Her stay here went by so fast!  When I drove her back to the airport Friday, it really seemed like she had just been here one day.  Now she is in NYC and I hope she is enjoying her time there!

Kana and Stacy tailgating before Lions game

Kana and Stacy tailgating before Lions game

Something very exciting happened the day she arrived (besides getting the first floor finished and fully set-up).  I received a call in the afternoon for a job offer!  I’ll be working part-time (24 hours per week) doing office work for an agency that helps children find foster homes.  I start January 3rd.  I think this will be a nice balance of having something to do and make money, but also have plenty of time to do work at home.  Because of this job offer, I had to visit my wonderful doctor last week for an impromptu physical, blood test and tetanus shot.  On Monday.  During the snowstorm and horrible icy roads.  But, I made it there and back without issue, and my blood results came back with flying colors.  My arm still hurts from the tetanus shot though.

Another thing that happened during Kana’s visit is that I ate like absolute crap.  Poutine, sliders, onion rings, Mexican, Italian, Hershey’s kisses, Japanese Kit Kats, honey-flavored pretzels, and so on.  By the end of the week my body was waving the white flag.  “MAKE IT STOP!!!!”  But, it took until today for me to wake up and say “time for a change”.  So I am cleaning up the diet.  Starting January 1st I am doing The Whole30 (http://whole9life.com/2010/05/whole-30-v2/).  If you want to do it with me, by all means!  I almost have my mom on board 😉  As sad as it is for me to admit, the hardest part will be the no alcohol part.  But, I think this will be good for my alcohol moderation.  I have two New Year resolutions: work out and train to be able to ski a 15k race and drink less alcohol.  Last year my resolution was to give up drinking all soda except a root beer here and there.  I had two root beers this year and no other soda.  I kept my resolution last year and I know I can do it again this year.  The Whole30 will help me to start off 2011 on the right foot.

3 days until Christmas!  11 days until 2011 and The Whole30!

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