Whole30 1/5

Breakfast: Turkey sausage, diced potatoes, onions, mushrooms, and kale skillet fried in coconut oil.

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Lunch: Leftovers from breakfast with diced tomatoes and yellow squash slices sauteed into the mix.

Dinner: Diced chicken sauteed with lemon juice and cayenne pepper served on Romaine lettuce leaves. Mustard on top with a side of frozen corn from summer.

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I will admit, I am exhausted tonight. I worked on lesson plans and syllabi for the majority of the day. Classes begin again on Monday! Tonight, I found some time to sneak to the gym for a quick workout. I walked/ jogged two miles which was alarmingly difficult.

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Whole30 1/4

Breakfast was hurried this morning because I was called into work early. I was going to bake some egg white bakes in muffin tins but I couldn’t find my muffin tins. I thought it would bake similarly in a sauce pan over the stove (my logic was certainly wrong.) Although it didn’t turn out as planned, it was still a light breakfast that packed a protein punch.

Not pictured: Blackberries as a side and a large cup of coffee

 

Lunch: (not pictured) Cooked chicken breast with chili powder, diced tomato and mushrooms served in a lettuce wrap. It was really flavorful! I didn’t even pine for any dressing.

I will be at work for dinner tonight. The work gals let me know that a pizza party was planned for dinner. The temptations heighten! I am bringing a precooked meal to alleviate the pressure of eating pizza. The lean beef burger is sandwiched between kale and fried mushrooms, onions and yellow squash. As a side I am having raw broccoli and cucumber.

If anyone has any suggestions for Whole30 compliant dips for raw veggies please let me know.

Breakfast/Brunch and Dinner 1/3

Today I slept in till almost eleven o’clock so I decided brunch would suit me nicely. I hollowed out some red and yellow peppers and whipped up:

  1.  2 eggs, a bunch of chopped portabella mushrooms, and some chile powder for taste.
  2. I poured the mixture in and baked at 375 for about 15 minutes.
  3. Super simple and delish!

(I made the yellow pepper a little differently with just putting in two eggs without whipping them. My roommate doesn’t like shrooms.)

If I were to change anything I would let them cook a little longer, and pour out the liquid from the mushrooms about halfway through baking. Mushrooms create some liquid while cooking. I would also perhaps serve a side like potato wedges fried in oil.

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Chile Powder Added for Seasoning
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Cooking for about 15 minutes at 375!
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Mmmmmmm

I am clearly learning more while doing the Whole30 because just a few seconds ago I discovered that I shouldn’t have eaten “brunch.” I learned that one of the goals is to get the body used to three solid meals a day instead of snacking throughout the day or under-eating. (BUT MY VENISON SAUSAGE SNACKS WERE SO GOOD!) So tomorrow I will work on that. I also started to feel a little discouraged because I bought chicken broth that has 1 gram of sugar in it which means it’s a no-go. Buying all of the “right” ingredients can be stressful! Organic is always more expensive and although some of my food is organic, a lot of it isn’t. Price is a huge factor since I am a college student, and I started to question if this was really going to work. You’re not organic enough. This really isn’t something you should be trying right now in your life. My mind was having a little negative moment until I stumbled along a page on the Whole30 site which made me feel much better about everything: http://whole30.com/2015/01/rules-recommendations/

Obviously, it is best to purchase the best organic, grass-fed ingredients. However, that isn’t possible 100% of the time! As long as I am staying away from sugar, alcohol, grains, dairy, and legumes, I am doing okay. I am eating colorful meals full of WHOLE FOODS and I am learning to COOK. (Which is kind of a miracle.)

I’m also kind of juiced that LaCroix AND almond milk are A-Okay for me to be drinking. I do love water but I don’t know if I could stick to only water for 30 days. Anyway… Here’s dinner:

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Spaghetti squash gutted and brushed with coconut oil, salt, and pepper
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Chicken breast, chopped and pan fried in COCONUT OIL
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Fried onion and garlic, in you guessed it: COCONUT OIL!
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Onions, salt, pepper, water, chile powder, and cherry tomatoes. (I added chicken and spinach soon after.)
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Served over spaghetti squash with a side of corn, green beans, and a baked potato with ghee/ coconut oil- not 100% about the ghee tbh.
  • Here’s the RECIPE
    • I subbed out the broth for simple water with spices! I honestly didn’t know what else to do since I don’t have any broth without sugar yet. I used much less water than the required broth and I think it turned out great. My roommates loved it!
    • I would definitely make this again!!!! It does take a while to make though.

-Whole30 January 2017-

It’s January 3rd and it’s my second day doing the Whole30 Program. January 1st was supposed to be my first day but I ended up drinking some Nyquil to ease the severe flu that carried me into 2017. Nyquil has sugar in it and that’s a no no. I have a feeling people will ask me why I’m doing this. I’ve already got “Do you think you’re fat??” from a co-worker. No, I do not think I’m overweight. However, I do eat a lot of processed foods, way too much sugar, and I frequently just eat to eat. That in my eyes, is considered an unhealthy relationship with food so I’m going to be working on changing that this month. Besides, I’ve always been one for the “New Year New Me” challenge which so many people scoff at. I think the new year is a good time to have something to work towards. New beginnings!

Not eating dairy, sugars, grains, alcohol or legumes is going to be a huge challenge for me. I’m the kind of person who comes home from a long day at work to a glass of wine or some fast food. (Or both.) This month is going to make me really focus on what I am eating and force me to think outside of the box with food choices. Thanks to Pinterest, some FB Whole30 Groups, and some friends who are participating, I will hopefully become more food conscious!

Cheers to 2017!

 

4 Day Juice Cleanse

I’ve been back from my European Adventure for a little over two weeks now. I certainly am going through post-traumatic trip nostalgia but I think I’ll be okay. I few great things happened after my return:

  1.  I graduated! So now I have a lovely $20,000 certificate that proclaims I have an English B.A.
  2. I bought a new car (A metallic black 2012 Chevy Cruze) …still trying to come up with a name for it! Black Beauty? Black Beatle? Definitely up for some suggestions…
  3. I am now working full time for REM (a group-home corporation).

Summer 2016 should be exciting and hopefully not too bogged down with work.

Last week one of my friends asked if I wanted to do a “juice cleanse” with her. She used to them often when she was in high school swimming. I have done them before but not really the right way since I cheated literally the entire cleanse with stashed granola bars, beef jerky, etc. I did a little background research to let myself know what I was getting into. Unfortunately, I did the research AFTER purchasing all my juices so hopefully the juices I bought will work!

So… what is the point of a juice cleanse?

Many people turn to cleanses because they feel off—they’re bloated and sluggish, dependent on caffeine and junk food cravings, breaking out,” says Stephanie Middleberg, a New York City-based registered dietitian. “When you eliminate toxins from your system, your entire body feels better and reacts both internally and externally.”

Advocates say juice cleanses made from raw fruits and veggies are safe as long as you check in with your doctor first and keep it to three days at a time. I’ll be doing it for (hopefully) four days. It’s certainly going to be an interesting experience. Wine counts as juice right?! From my understanding it’s important to have juices that are made from real fruits and vegetables with some fiber content as well. All of my juices match this description. There are plenty of “juicing sets” you can buy but they’re all around $50.00 for a five day supply. I’m not about that life. I bought mine from a local store where I got all of my juices for under $30.00. The goal is to drink 6-8 a day so I might have to go out and buy a couple more. Time will tell…

Here’s the juice I bought:

vv.pngI bought a couple different kinds because I get bored pretty quickly with any kind of food so I’m going to assume that will be the same for juice.

Back Row:

  • Good Belly Tropical Green Probiotic Juice
    • Probiotics make your belly feel much better so this is my morning juice.
  • Naked Mighty Mango
    • I got the extra large container so it should enough for an entire day.

Middle Row:

  • Mama Chia (Blackberry Hibiscus and Cherry Lime)
    • The beverages are full of healthy omega-3s, dietary fibers, complete protein, calcium, and magnesium. You get your full day of Omega-3s in every chia drink plus 25% of your dietary fiber and 4 grams of complete protein. Plus they’re super yummy! (Personally,  this is my favorite juice.)
    • Here’s their link: http://www.mammachia.com/
  • Organic Raw Kombucha Lavender No. 3 Juice
  • Bhakti Chai
    • It’s technically not a juice but it is pretty healthy and soooo freaking good.) #noragrets Also, the mission behind Bhakti is really inspiring.

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Front Row:

  • Water with Grade A Maple Syrup, Cayenne Pepper, and lemon
    • I have heard this is a really good detox recipe so I’m going to be drinking a bottle of this a day as well… can’t hurt right? 😉

ddf.pngMy end goal is to have more willpower, feel energized, and to rid my body of any toxins that might be making it difficult to digest and process food.

XOXO

Em

 

Where Have I Been?

Where have I been the last few weeks? I am actually studying abroad in Europe for the next 5 weeks and then traveling in the Netherlands, Germany, and Ireland for the following two! AHHHH! So CRAZY! Anyway I have started a blog called Cheers Love that is much more topic specific to my travels and experiences across the pond. It’s set up sort of like a webzine and I’m focusing mainly on Fashion, Food, Gossip, and Sights. If there’s anything that doesn’t fit those categories I’ll post on here! Follow my travels on Cheers Love and try to contain your jealousy. Here’s a few pics from my travels so far. 🙂

Can Blogs and Wikis Be Merged? #en3177

Mike Caulfield raised the question:

As I’ve been working on Wikity (my own federated wiki inspired project) I’ve been struggling with this question: to what extent is there value in breaking down the wall between blogging and wiki, and to what extent are these two technologies best left to do what they do best?

in his post Can Blogs and Wikis Be Merged?

My answer is “No” because I think it would raise a few issues. Here’s why:

It’s obvious that blogs and wikis are very different on the surface. The first thing that pops into my head when I think of wikis is note-taking, looking at other people’s ideas and notes and collaborating with them as well as others who might want to add ideas or information. When I think of blogging I think of posting for enjoyment, for school, and for raising awareness on certain topics. People can raise their own opinions in the comments but they cannot change anything that I wrote. I think that’s the main thing distinction between blogs and wikis. There are some people who don’t want other people to change what they post. This would be an issue with wikis for some because others can go in and change what you had to say. This is good in some situations- group projects for example. However, I wouldn’t want someone going into my blog and changing what I have to say.

From my understanding of wikity people can “grab” what the original writer posted and drag it into their own post. This would be okay in some ways but it also creates some copyright issues. What if the information posted was under strict copyright laws? Is that infringement? I guess my final answer is that they should be left to be separate. If blogs and wikis were “combined” I would say that there should be “personal” and “public” designs to be used if the two were combined. If someone wanted to let people collaborate with them it could be allowed and if the person didn’t want that they could make it “personal”.

One final thought- Mike’s post was posted on a blog- not a wiki. And not Wikity. Why is that? I think it’s because blogs are a good place to seek answers and other people’s opinions without actual collaboration happening in the actual wiki page. In my opinion blogs are much neater and easier to navigate. This makes them more accessible for the average human being.