What I Ate Wednesday – The Food Freedom Edition

After cutting my Whole60 short, I decided I was ready to attempt to live in my Food Freedom. This time, I felt so much more prepared and it turns out, I was! I have been making choices with zero guilt and it’s been taking less and less time to weigh and evaluate if something is or isn’t worth it. If I make a decision and it turns out I was wrong, guess what?! I just move on…The thing is, I typically make choices driven by the guidelines of Whole30 with some non-compliant foods sprinkled in. Here’s a day in the life of a SAHM living life after Whole30!

Meal 1

I love eggs. I also love making one breakfast for my two boys, and myself so we often eat scrambled eggs. It’s so much easier to make a big batch than get them set up and then have to handle making another breakfast. So, this morning, we had scrambled eggs. The kids had a slice of wheat toast, but I had mixed greens, halved grape tomatoes with a slice of bacon cut and sprinkled over. I dressed my salad with EVOO and balsamic vinegar.

Meal 2

We had a friend and her son come over for lunch and threw together chicken bacon wraps. I had some mayo in there for healthy fat (it’s hiding, I promise!) and sliced some cucumbers on the side for extra veggies on the side. This was an awesome easy lunch and my friend had a traditional sandwich with bread. It was no problem to make both sandwiches and everyone was happy.

Meal 3

Summer in New Hampshire means that when the humidity is under control we have the grill fired up. Now that I’m not on a round, I’m a super fan of having a cheeseburger rather than a plain hamburger. Dairy in small quantities is fine for me, and something I can say yes to because it’s worth it for me. Ketchup is another worth it addition in my life after Whole30. I am much more conservative with my usage, but nothing replaces good old-fashioned Heinz for me. Sorry, not sorry. I will probably always have my burger over greens from now on because I haven’t found a roll that is worth it and it’s an easy way to get veggies in. My kids prefer raw veggies to cooked, so we sliced up an orange pepper and put some pickles on the side and we were good to go.

I am continuing to stick to the three square meals a day and limit my snacking, because doing some real observation of my habits during Whole30 showed me I don’t snack because I’m hungry, but usually because I’m emotional or out of boredom. So, there you have it! What did you eat today!?

What I Ate Wednesday

Hello, Whole 30 friends! Here’s a look at WHAT I ATE on Day #2 of my mini Whole 30 reset. I completed a Whole 75 in March and have been living my Food Freedom since. For me, that is mostly all Whole 30 food with a little added sugar, a tiny bit of alcohol (I drink 1/100 of what I used to – I have NO tolerance anymore!) and some legumes in the form of edamame hummus from Trader Joe’s!

I did enjoy some of my daughter’s 5th birthday cake – and after having some leftover cake another two times after her birthday (Is there anything better than frozen birthday cake?? And yes, it was worth it!) I decided to do a mini reset to show the Sugar Dragon who’s boss.

I will probably reset for around 10 days but I’m not sure. I plan to take it as it goes based on how I am feeling.

So, here we go…welcome to my day!

BREAKFAST

I am up at my usual 5 am to get working on the blog, reply to posts in the Facebook group, and send off some emails for my real job! I have a cup of coffee with Califia Farms Unsweetened Better Half and some Gather Superfoods Ghee to get my day started.

After I shower, blow dry my hair, do my makeup, and wake up my daughter, I sit down with her and have breakfast. On today’s plate: Eggs scrambled with coconut milk, carrot noodles seasoned with Tiny Little Chef’s House Blend, avocado, apple chicken sausage sautéed with green apple and onion, oven baked crispy green beans and carrots, and Thyme & Joy’s Thousand Island dressing. YUM! It’s a big plate but I know I have a long morning ahead of me. At work, I have a second cup of coffee (DECAF!) with some more Califia Farms Better Half that I bring to work in this awesome container.

PRE-WORKOUT

I get to the gym later than I planned today so I grab a quick pre-workout snack before I hit the treadmill. I have a small baggie of raw cashews and a pack of The New Primal’s BBQ Beef Thins. Fat + Protein = YES! I run 3.1 sweaty miles on the treadmill, take a quick shower, and then it’s lunch at my desk.

LUNCH

For my lunch, I have a piece of Thyme & Joy’s Buffalo Chicken Frittata made with The New Primal’s new Medium Buffalo Sauce and some more crispy green beans and carrots. No shame in lunch eaten cold from a Tupperware! I wash it down with a DELICIOUS can of Grapefruit bubly sparkling water.

DINNER

After coming home from work and picking up my daughter, leftovers are LIFE for dinner. I have a modified version of leftover Thyme & Joy Paleo Hamburger Skillet with Thousand Island Dressing. I layer the leftover ground beef on iceberg lettuce and add crumbled sugar-free bacon, leftover roasted potatoes, compliant pickle slices, and the Thousand Island Dressing. On the side: A mix of berries and some more Grapefruit bubly sparkling water!

While I clean up the kitchen, (and yes, I am using paper plates because my dishwasher broke and I am not getting a new one for another week or so), I pack my daughter’s lunch for tomorrow. For me, I may grab a compliant salad tomorrow at Sweetgreen near work – or I may pack my lunch in the morning. To be determined!

For now, the kitchen’s closed and I relax knowing that I fed my body well today!

What was the best thing that YOU ate today?

What I Ate Wednesday

Today was another busy day of stay-at-home parenting with my three littles. I absolutely love starting my day early. I love the quiet of the morning, having coffee, dreaming of how awesome my garden is going to be this summer and… studying for my grad school classes (not exactly as romantic as I wish it were but hey, it’s quiet in the morning and studying during the day is a joke).

I have never had an issue with my appetite being too suppressed by coffee so it is my first go to. A huge mug of steaming hot black coffee. I have always had my coffee black, since I was 16, so this is not a struggle I have. I am thankful for that.

I never really get the chance to eat breakfast until about 8:30 or 9am. This morning I had a delicious egg scramble with salad. I generally eat salad with every meal because its easy and I love it. The eggs were scrambled with a little bit of coconut milk and sautéed baby bellas and onions which I sautéed in bulk a few days ago. Add in salt and some nutritional yeast and bam. An awesome breakfast scramble.

Lunch was lettuce wrap sandwiches. Homemade mayo, Plainsville turkey, pickle slivers, the rest of the tomatoes I had in the house and a little bit of avocado. My eyes were bigger than my stomach and I totally overate. It was delicious, and I could have done with a little bit less.

Dinner was leftover from last night: cauliflower rice, coconut curry beef and green beans from the Whole 30 cookbook and salad with dump ranch. I added in 2 Swedish meatballs I made earlier in the day from Paleo Running Mama because I needed to up the protein.

Positives today: Energy has been up all day despite dragging the last couple of days. I stayed compliant (day 19 of 60) and my food was delicious. One of my 3 year-olds loved the lettuce wraps. That is a win for any mama!

Cons: I didn’t drink enough water which is probably why I overate at lunch.