W30 Round 2, Day 19: Fresh Air FTW

I wasn’t sure what to make and then I spied the last of the mushrooms that I had leftover from that spinach-egg bake. They were still good! So I made a quick spinach-mushroom egg scramble with those mushrooms and a handful of baby spinach. Halved an avocado that was MUCH prettier than yesterday’s, a sprinkle of Tony’s, and then I skimmed a little fruit off the top of my kids’ plates. Another hectic morning! I feel so much better when I wake up just a little bit earlier than usual – like 10 minutes – and have a full meal. Sets the tone for the day.

Spinach-Mushroom Scramble + Hal an Avocado w Tony’s + Banana & Strawberries & Blueberries & Mango

Nutpods latté. I’m down to the Original flavor and while it’s great, I miss my French Vanilla. I thought it was coming today, but nope. Not until tomorrow. 😢

I know what it is now. This entire week I’ve been coming in to the warm apartment from the cold outside and I just want something to warm me up. And salmon cakes, although lovely warm, have not been what I’ve had in mind. Tomorrow I’m planning on being home before and during the lunch hour and it’s really the last day for the salmon before they need to go to the freezer. BUT TODAY. Today I felt like a big bowl of the Paleo Pad Thai leftovers. I’m continuing to keep an eye on making a healthy plate at each meal so without substantial carbs at breakfast and no plans for carbs at dinner this was a perfect meal for lunch. But now it’s gone. Sad Maggie.

Leftover Paleo Pad Thai

I had that enormous bowl of lunch at about 12noon so again, around 3pm I was hungry but I waited. At 4pm we hit the playground so I had a Chomp Stick and half of the Cherry Pie Lärabar I had packed. Because I didn’t restock the half-Lärabar stash in my bag! Shame. I did that right when I got home.

Protein & fat w a touch of sweet. Sounds like a good afternoon to me.

I have been looking forward to this meal ever since I bought that big hunk of beef at Whole Foods on Monday. Nom Nom Paleo’s Pressure Cooker Mexican Beef!!! Every time I make this I have to physically remove the serving dish from the table so that we stop overeating the meat. I mean… Plus it’s an Instant Pot recipe. And ready IN LESS THAN AN HOUR. C’mon. Just get the ingredients and go. You probably have most of them anyway. And if you don’t have an Instant Pot it’s still absolutely worth taking the time to make the Oven-Braised Mexican Beef version. That’s how I made it until I got the Instant Pot during Amazon’s Black Friday sale last year.

For sides my husband and kids wanted rice so I was happy to make them a pot of that while the broccoli roasted in olive oil and Primal Palate’s Adobo Seasoning. Instead of the white rice my family was having I quickly cooked up a skillet of cauli-rice, which I may or may not have forgotten about and burnt ever so slightly… I do miss rice when we have meals like this and that’s something I’m curious about during Reintroduction. But between last night’s Smoky Bacon Chicken Thighs and tonight’s Mexican Beef I’m feeling very well fed.

Pressure Cooker Mexican Beef + Cauli-Rice + Roasted Broccoli

**WARNING** For all you Whole30ers out there (and anyone who wants to avoid additives): I went to use my chili powder and on a whim checked the label. Not Whole30 compliant because of something called “organic rice concentrate.” I looked it up and it’s an “organic” way of preventing caking. Where most commercial brands like McCormick’s use sodium dioxide this is an “organic” alternative. But still derived from rice. So a no go for the Whole30. That meant that at the last minute I looked up a Homemade Chili Powder recipe, threw it together, and went with it. Honestly couldn’t tell the difference. The spice blend made enough for the recipe plus an entire spice jar’s worth so that’s nice to have going forward.

My chili powder almost took me down on Day 19!

I took stock of the fridge/freezer situation and I’m good through the weekend. That being said, my family will need to get fed. My husband will want to give input into the weekend meals so we’ll figure that out tomorrow or Saturday. For now I have:
No-Fuss Salmon Cakes
Smoky Bacon Chicken Thighs
Mexican Beef + Roasted Broccoli
++ Shredded Chicken, Curried Broccoli-Cauliflower Soup, Various greens, Proteins in the freezer, etc.

I do think I’ve hit the Tiger Blood 🐯💉stage now, it’s just not a light switch and boundless energy for me. I’m a mom to 2 small(ish) kids for the love. Even if I’ve had a good night’s sleep I’ll still trade one of them for a nap. But I wake up and do my thing. I do have the energy to get through the entire day without wanting to curl up in a ball or chug coffee at 3pm. Several friends have commented that I just look good, happy, comfortable. And speaking of that, the comfort of my clothes does not fluctuate after a meal, or even throughout the day. My husband just asked me tonight, after a once over, “So how much weight have you lost?” (I don’t know – that scale’s put away for another 10 days.) My stomach, although not flat, doesn’t bloat. It’s crazy. IT’S SO FREEING. These are huge NSVs (non-scale victories) for me. I’m happy with what I’m doing and where I’m going with this, so the journey continues.

My “something for myself” today was meeting up with a friend for a walk in Central Park. The weather was GORGEOUS just before lunch today so my coffee date and I skipped the coffee and went right into the park to walk The Reservoir. We had such a nice time during that first loop that we tacked on ANOTHER loop. We ended up walking a total of 3.2 miles and over 8,000 steps in a little over an hour. I can’t even tell you how wonderful and refreshing it was to walk and talk with a friend, uninterrupted, for and hour+. A great reminder to pick up the phone and make a date. It’s good for the part of the heart workouts don’t take care of.

Morning: A study in neutrals. Afternoon: PaRTy!

Tomorrow marks Day 20, which means I’ll be 2/3s of the way there with 10 more days to go. SAY WHA?! Remember that “Failing to plan is planning to fail” part of STARTING a Whole30? Well I think it’s just as important to plan the ENDING of one too. How do I want to do Reintroduction? What foods do I not care about doing without? What foods do I miss enough to test (parm, rice, I’m lookin’ at you)? What will be my new boundaries? These are all things I’m thinking about and jotting down notes on so that when Day 31 comes I’m not paralyzed by fear.

Well on THAT cheery note, sweet dreams! 😂😐


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