Last Week’s Eats – Whole 30 Week 3

I’m so ready for this be to over.  It’s so weird.  I feel amazing but at the same time I am so sick of feeling restricted and limiting foods.  Some time between Week 1 and Week 2 I became terrified about what to do when this is over.  Specifically, I wasn’t sure how to go about reintroducing foods and in what order.  When I started this thing I knew I’d be finished just before Thanksgiving and I naively thought I’d be able to eat whatever I wanted on Thanksgiving Day.  I didn’t realize that there was a process for reintroducing foods back into my diet (to see what, if anything, bothers me).  I thought a lot about it and decided I really didn’t want to be restricted on Thanksgiving, so I have decided to start the reintroduction process during the last 10 days of my Whole 30.  I realize that this isn’t how it’s supposed to be done but I don’t care.  I want to follow the process of slowing introducing foods and be completely done with it before the holidays. Plus, it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t find some way to cheat! As I type this I have already tried a few foods.  I ate peanut butter over the weekend and this morning I tried dairy (in the form of whole milk in my coffee).   I didn’t have any reaction to the peanut butter.  We will see about dairy.  

Here are some of my meals from last week!

Breakfasts:

Granola with almond milk, banana and strawberries.

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Scrambled eggs and Applegate chicken + apple sausages.  For some reason I can’t handle scrambled eggs lately… but fried eggs still taste good to me!  The sausages were so gross.  I typically like Applegate sausage so not sure what happened but these tasted very funky and I had to throw them out.

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Fried eggs and leftovers Brussels sprouts and potatoes.

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Lunches:

This was a working lunch and I got carry-out from three different places (yes I am crazy).  I was STARVING and wanted to eat everything.  I got the kale salad from Three Carrots, a cup vegan cauliflower soup from Soupremacy and I felt like I needed protein so I got a steak taco and just ate the meat out of it.  Such a random lunch but it was so good!

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Another working lunch – this was leftovers of butternut squash soup and a green salad with pomegranate and pumpkin seeds and a smashed potato.

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 Leftovers of Brussels sprouts and an Aidell’s chicken sausage (sick to death of Aidell’s sausages!).

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Mixed greens salad with pomegranate seeds, HB egg and potato salad I whipped up on the fly using boiled potatoes I had in the fridge + champagne vinegar + dijon mustard.

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Leftover chili and sunshine!

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Dinners:

This meal was bomb.  I got a new cookbook called A New Way to Dinner by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs.  Not only is the book beautiful, it’s full of meal plans based on weekend meal prep, which you know I already love to do.  I made the crispy chicken thighs and garlicky greens from the book and also made my trusty smashed potatoes.   Since it was election night I wanted to be festive, so I picked up some shrimp cocktail at the store (I made my own sauce using Tessamae’s ketchup and prepared horseradish).  

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I made paleo chili again.  As Hazel would say, it’s yummy in my tummy!  I had a little kale salad leftover from lunch and I served it up on the side.

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Another night I made a sheet pan dinner of sausages and Brussels sprouts (roasted with olive oil and s+p on high heat for about 20 minutes).  Done and done!

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Here’s a sad story for you.  We had euchre club on Friday night.  Everyone was drinking beer and eating awesome food and I drank a Dasani and ate crudite.  I made this yummy shepherd’s pie for dinner and ate a little before we went to euchre club.  

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