W30 Round 2, Day 15: Rounded the Corner
WHAT I ATE
Ooooo, so excited for a Sunday breakfast! I love a little extra time on the weekends to really pull a nice plate together. I reheated half of a baked sweet potato while the Brussels sprouts cooked in some ghee on the stove top. Once those were finished I cooked up 2 crispy fried eggs and added them to the plate. I stole some mango chunks I cut up for the kids again and added blueberries to finish the container. Hellooooo gorgeous! Not pictured, my Nutpods French Vanilla latté. Because Sunday.
That was a pretty big breakfast but I was still damn hungry for a nibble around 10:30am. What? I didn’t feel like a steak dinner so I treated it as a craving and not real hunger. Do I need to add more protein at breakfast? This is a great example of what I consider a TON of food that hit that sweet spot of what I thought would be enough to last but not enough to make me uncomfortably full. Hmm.
Clearly I was planning this one since about, oh, 10:30am. I went to warm up the salmon cakes from Hu Kitchen and when I looked at the ingredient list one last time I saw something that wasn’t on the list at the restaurant: “Paleo Hu bread croutons.” Well crap. I had planned on prepping the No-Fuss Salmon Cakes from The Whole30 Book this week but it looked like that was going to be lunch. They come together really quickly – about 10 minutes hands-on time and 30 minutes in the oven – so it was easy work but shall we check on the time? Yea. By the time I ate it was 1:45pm and I was ravenous. I had 3 salmon cakes and a big bowl of leftover Curried Cream of Broccoli & Cauliflower soup and that hit the spot.
And btw, I did call Hu Kitchen about the salmon cake ingredients and they seemed to check out but I’d rather see the list first hand.
Nada. Didn’t need it!
We ended up staying in the apartment all day – like we did not leave once – so my husband thought it’d be fun to take the kids out to dinner. Some fresh air for them, someone else preparing our meal? Sounded good to us. It did NOT sound good to kids who didn’t get out of their jammies all day. 😐 My husband and I also wanted to each get a workout in so we decided tag each other in and out for that and order in from the restaurant we were planning on going to anyway. What sort of Jedi mind tricks did those kids learn over our winter break Star Wars marathon?! The
bar restaurant we were ordering from really had nothing that would work for me. Even my go-to plain burger was questionable at best. (I talked the hostess over the phone and explained I was doing a Whole30. She suggested I pass.) I ordered everyone food and then just cleaned out the fridge. I plated up the Chicken Satay from Against All Grain and the Swiss Chard with Raisins, Pine Nuts and Porkitos PLUS the other half of the baked sweet potato. The almond butter dipping sauce was gone a few days ago so I just added an almond butter drizzle to both the chicken and the sweet potato and called it. My husband had a glass of wine and while I would usually have some with him I made a little something for myself instead. LaCroix cherry-lime + a splash of clean cranberry-apple juice + a lime wedge. I felt fancy AF and stayed on the plan.
WHAT I PREPPED
Homemade mayo. I’M COMIN’ FOR YA. After a brutal failed attempt this week – that my InstaStories peeps got to see – I knew my jar of mayo from the start of the Whole30 was done. I’m not down with flirting with food poisoning so I’d rather just start fresh with a new jar for what will probably last the remainder of the month. Plus I wanted to have some tartar sauce for the salmon cakes and I needed this stuff! I tried a different approach and put all of the ingredients, regardless of temperature, in the stick blender jar and just let it sit out at room temp for about 45 minutes to an hour. You know, let everyone get to know each other before I blitz them into oblivion. AND IT WORKED. So this is how I’ll be doing homemade mayo from now on.
I also did my meal planning thing and wrote up the grocery list. I can’t handle Whole Foods in NYC on a Sunday so I’ll get to the store early tomorrow. I spent the better part of the day trying to source Whole30-approved bacon that didn’t have to be meet a minimum for a reasonable delivery fee. It’s not something I’m craving as a stand-alone but there are several things I’d like to make that would just be so much better with bacon. Finally FINALLY I spoke with the person who orders for my local Whole Foods and they’re getting the shipment tonight that includes my bacon. Which means I’m the early bird gettin’ that worm in the morning!
HOW I FEEL
I’m feelin’ it y’all. I like how it feels to take care of myself. I like how the longer I do it the easier it gets. I like how the easier it gets the less of a big deal it is. My husband has been tremendously supportive this time around. We’ve both made lifestyle changes in the past few years so we’re more understanding of each others’ needs in the food and gym departments. My kids, while they don’t entirely understand the Whole30, have asked lots of questions along the way and that’s led to many many conversations about healthy eating and taking care of our bodies.
And to that end I got a quick workout in before dinner. I had wanted to run up to my gym and do some strength (namely power cleans or snatches) AND conditioning but I just didn’t have the time. So I took my 25 lbs. kettlebell and my ab mat down to our basement gym and knocked out this little conditioning number, with a 1/2 mile treadmill warm-up and cool down. The original workout is a screenshot from InstaStories but I’m not exactly sure who posted it because it’s gone! I think it was Alexia Clark. Doesn’t look bad on paper but the 3 rounds of 20 burpees! 😙💨. That’s 60 total 😳.
Made that grocery list, time to check it twice and get some sleep!