Happy Cyber Monday!
I’ve never taken part in any of the Black Friday madness or Cyber Monday festivities, but seeing as online is my preferred way to shop and I still have a partial Amazon gift card burning in my virtual bank account… I may check out the goods today!
More importantly though, we are home. All three of us had delightful colds while we were in Atlanta, and we are still pushing through them. Obviously air travel, sleeping in different beds, and a drastic menu change for four days did not help to stifle the sniffles.
I’m truly thrilled to start this Monday with my green juice. I’m sure my body is like, WHOA, live enzymes? Vitamins? For ME? Poor body. I also added a spoonful of melted coconut oil to the juice, which was a bland but doable blend of apple, celery, ginger, lemon, and a handful of baby spinach. The coconut oil really gets things moving through your system, if you know what I mean – which I discovered last Tuesday when I tried it for the first time.
Hubs and I are starting a quickie round of Whole30™ today to cleanse our bodies between holidays. We are actually kind of excited about it, which should tell you something about how we ate last week! The only difference from last time is I won’t be Xing out the butter or occasional raw dairy. There’s a couple reasons for that.
First – I love butter.
Second – I put my first order in for a farm share two weeks ago, and included is a nice pint of raw heavy cream. That’s not going to go to waste, people!
About the farm share – I’m ridiculously excited about it. I recently devoured Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, and then heard her lecture in school, and I’ve been struck by how much sense she makes, and how well this new cog of information fits into what I want to be doing for my family. I was fortunate enough to meet someone who invited me to be a member of a farm share in Pennsylvania, that operates by the Nourishing Traditions guidelines. They even ferment vegetables, make pure mayonaise, ketchup, and soaked/sprouted fresh bread. As I’m not ready yet to tackle fermentation or bread making, this felt like a pure gold baby. I’m beyond excited to start Eli on raw milk – I’ve ordered cow and goat. He’s been thriving on goat milk since he turned 1, but I can only find lightly pasteurized here in MD.
Speaking of, time to tend to my mittles!
He’s done with his bottle now. 🙂
Have a great Monday – and if you’re shopping, may the deals pour their love upon you!
So, this is the best. I cannot imagine why I never made an omelette with a sweeter side before. I was really missing out, but don’t worry, I’ll be making up for lost time!
I used frozen blueberries. Wyman. They are my favorite and I always have a big bag in the freezer. Blueberries are probably the one and only thing I prefer frozen to fresh. You could use fresh though, just cook them a little longer I think. It’s hard to go wrong.
This recipe is whole30 compliant if you cook the omelette in ghee or olive oil and omit the added sweetener.
- 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 tsp coconut crystals (or sucanat, brown sugar, etc)
- 1 overflowing tbsp nut butter of choice (I used Justin’s Almond Butter)
- 2 organic eggs
- 1 pat butter
Over medium heat, put your blueberries, sweetener, and a touch of water in a sauce pan. Stir it up, keep it on medium heat to warm through.
Beat those eggs like you mean it.
Butter that pan like you mean it. Medium heat in a 12 inch skillet.
Let it heat up fully.
Check on your blueberries for a moment. Raise heat up high for a few seconds, then put it on low and keep it there.
Pour in your eggs. Let it cook for about 2 minutes – the edges will look a little bubbly and if you move the pan around a bit it should slide easily. Flip it.
Careful not to burn it. Burn omelette is yuck. Cook a little longer then flip onto your plate.
Fill your omelette with your nut butter. Maybe I lied about the quantity. Let your heart be your guide.
Pour your blueberries over the omelette.
A warm, smooshy welcome back to these guys:
Coconut milk in coffee works. It really does. But I missed my creamer.
Ghee is not butter.
So, we survived. Actually, we did more than survive, we thrived on the Whole30 plan. For me personally:
- Digestion improved seriously. My tummy was never really bloated.
- I felt “lighter” somehow. Never bogged down after eating.
- Throughout the entire 30 days I did have moments of lightheadedness. They passed quickly.
- My appetite reduced a bit; I was never hungry in between meals.
- Not sure that my sweet tooth really went away. I will say that my cravings for sweets stopped raging, but I did miss my chocolate.
- No cravings for things like bread and pasta at all.
In terms of results, I lost 6 lbs. Mind you, I had gained 5 lbs over the course of our Sonoma vacation and the days after it, where we continued to be little piggies. So number wise, this puts me about where I was before.
However, I lost 2 inches from my belly and 1 inch from my waist. I can definitely see my love handle area has smoothed out and I’m loose in my pants. So my pants are a loose 6 now, but I’m not quite ready to squeeze into 4s.
I sucked it up and here is a picture. I know I love before and afters.
The thing about my body now, is my belly is such a bowl of jelly. That’s what happens when you grow an 8 lb baby in there, gain 60 lbs and then lose it all in a relatively short period of time. It’s just sadness sometimes. But, it’s progressively getting better. And that’s something to be happy about!
Was it hard?
It wasn’t hard. The biggest challenge for me was the fact that we couldn’t drink. In social situations, I suck at sipping on club soda. That’s just how it is! But I stayed strong and I’m glad for it.
Cooking increased quite a bit for me, as I am now making meals for myself, Eli and Hubs, in addition to lunches for hubs to take to work. Mostly. This simply takes a little planning and some momentum. In the swing of things, it’s no big deal. A couple days away, and it’s a small mountain climb up, but I get there eventually.
In the past, I’ve always preferred eating out to eating in. That’s changed in a big way for me. I love preparing our meals, knowing exactly what’s going into them, and seeing the results that simple, real, nourishing food gives you.
Hubs did great. I was really impressed with him, especially because he had to travel a lot and go to functions where there was free wine. He really stuck to his guns and it paid off! As of this morning, he’s down 9 lbs in those 30 days. His pants are super loose. He’s happy!
Well, clearly, butter and cream are back for me.
Both of us are bringing back wine, but not spirits, and we aren’t going to be knocking back a bottle every night either. I think Hubs has some thing going on where he’s only going to let himself have a glass or two if he’s worked out that day. For me, I’ll just try to be moderate. Like, no day drinking. 🙂 Just kidding. Sort of.
I’ll continue to make our meals at home using the Whole30 guidelines for the most part. It’s healthy and after 30 days, I’ve got it down pat. This way, 90% if not more of our food will be awesome; that allows for the occasional not so great thing.
As far as sugar goes, I’m not going to be putting sweetened condensed milk back into the rotation, I promise you! Just the thought sounds kind of gross now. I am liking Coconut crystals, as they are not highly processed and contain a good amount of vitamins and minerals – and taste good. I think I’ll be sticking with that and Stevia, when needed.
In conclusion, this was a great 30 days for us. I could see doing this annually as a way to “reset” yourself and clean out any bad habits that have built up over the year.
We’ll be continuing as I said, with the few modifications. Hubs still has about 20 lbs he’d like to shed, and like I’ve said before, I’d love to lose about 7-8 lbs myself. Not a huge rush though.
If you have any questions about the Whole30 program or weightloss in general, throw ’em at me!
We’re leaving town again this weekend to visit family in CT. So, you know how it goes with me, traveling and blogging… 🙂
A post will be coming at you with a FABULOUS recipe though. Tomorrow morning!
Like I said, we went to Pennsylvania Thursday and Friday, and Friday evening came home to my sis and her puppy visiting. It’s been a whirlwind few days! Let’s see if I can recap the fun stuff for ya.
Hotel room bottle washing. Can opener included for weight. Always a good time.
Apples, cashew butter, and Sammy. Who desperately needs a haircut.
This Guava Go Crib = best baby money we’ve spent since the Ergo carrier. I don’t randomly plug products on here, but this has changed the game for us. It is inflatable, packs into a light little backpack and includes a pump. I can inflate it and have it nap ready is under 3 minutes. And it’s so sturdy! Having used various Pack N Plays while traveling, I can tell you Eli finds this MUCH comfier. And if you’ve ever traveled with a Pack N Play… Well, a 5 lb backpack is a dreamboat.
Sammy roughing it.
Eli also roughing it.
My boys looking gorg.
It’s been a minute since I’ve traveled with Eli. I think I was traumatized from the last time, which I think was Atlanta, where he really didn’t sleep at all. Sleeping is important. For all. He was really great though. I was able to get him his morning nap both days, and he was a total champ on Thursday when we went from house to house, in and out of the carseat, straight through his nap time. And he slept decently in the hotel too. I really appreciated it.
Funny story – I loved being at the hotel. While Eli napped in the other room, I had no kitchen to clean, no endless to-do list to get done, no NOTHING. I didn’t even blog, people. I relaxed for a hot minute, and it was amazing. Sammy is a bit of a spazz at hotels, but other than that, it was so restful. I even managed to grocery shop and prepare us a nice dinner Thursday night. No drive-thru for these peeps!
Speaking of food… What day is it anyway? Day 27!
We are doing it! The booze situation was a little hard this weekend, as it would have been nice to enjoy a cocktail or two with my sis, but, all is going well. I can definitely tell that Hubs has lost a lot of weight. I’m excited to see the number for him, because I’m sure it’s going to be great. He seems to be shrinking before my eyes! Personally, I don’t feel much smaller. Not bloated for sure, and have shed the Sonoma Trip weight definitely, but I don’t think anything major. We’ll see though.
I’ll be back atcha Monday! I hope you’re all having a great Sunday!
It’s only Wednesday and it feels like it ought to be Friday… Ah, joy.
I’ve had to sacrifice my typical blogging time this week to clean the house, take Littles to the doctor, interview listing agents, and school work. Hubs and I may be getting ready to make a move soon, it all really depends on the housing market here in MD. The move is happening at some point, the question is – now or in 2013? Regardless, I’ve been busy around here! Yikes!
Update on the Whole30… We are on day 23. It’s going really well! I don’t feel like any weight has melted off of me, but that’s probably because my body likes the weight it’s at. Like I’ve said before, I’ll probably have to get serious with food AND exercise if I want to get to a lower weight. Not sure that I do!
I’m already excited for wine though. Especially since the new Crate and Barrel catalog arrived…
I love wine and cheese parties, even if the party is just me and Hubs 🙂
I also love everything Crate and Barrel does. You’d never know it if you saw my house.
So, I’ve been cleaning. And I even have a helper.
He’s the eraser to my pencil. Good thing he’s cute.
My sis is coming to visit this weekend with her PUPPA!
We haven’t seen her in a long time, so we are super excited!
And… Thursday and Friday we’ll be in Pennsylvania scoping out the territory. More details on that when we know if this is really happening. But here’s a hint:
So, suffice to say, I’ll be a little bizzy the next few days. I’ll try to take good pictures of interesting things and share them with you though. In the mean time, I hope you have tried pumpkin pie in a bowl. I can’t stop eating it. Eli too!
Happy Hump day!
This weather is THE BEST. I love it. Love it loveit. Eli and I have been on at least three walks a day.
The best thing about the Fall though, of course, are lattes flavored according to the season. And perhaps with chocolate too. I definitely used to be a Starbucks girl when it comes to Lattes, and I actually blame them for craving Pumpkin Spice lattes once the little nip gets into the air. That’s some excellent marketing.
However, even if I were not doing with dairy or sugar currently, I would not be indulging in a Starbucks latte for two reasons:
- $$$$ ?!
- It’s so easy to make at home and so much better for you.
So, I’m posting this recipe as I made it this morning, which is completely Whole30 compliant. If you don’t have any dietary restrictions, I’ve put notes in there for ya.
Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Latte
Note: You can make this with regular coffee too. No problem. Brew it strong!
- 1 serving espresso
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (you can use any milk you like, but the creamier the better!)
- 1 heaping TSP canned pumpkin
- Dash of Pumpkin Spice (if you don’t have it, mix cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice together in a little bowl, then add a dash of THAT)
- 1 TSP coco powder, unsweetened (optional, if you don’t want a chocolate pumpkin spice latte, just omit)
- Sweetener of choice (or no sweetener at all)
Start with your espresso, or coffee. Put it in a blender. ANY blender. I’m serious.
Coconut milk (or whatever milk)
Sweetener if you’re using it
Take a little sip. Is it perfection? If not, add more something, like milk or sweetener or pumpkin or spice. Whir whir again.
In all likelihood, your latte is now cold. You can nuke it or warm it up on the stove top. You can just guess which one I did.
You probably guessed right.
And voila! Delish!
Now, you probably noticed that I threw all the ingredients into the Magic Bullet and called it a latte. If that offends you, I totally understand. 10.5 months ago it would have offended me as well. But I’ve seen some things, man.
I use my Magic Bullet pretty much only for coffee these days. That’s really all it’s good for. If you’re interested in making a more traditional latte, here’s the method I use when I have more than 3 minutes to spare.
Heat up your milk of choice, VERY hot.
Make your espresso or coffee.
Put your milk and seasonings in your blender. If you’re making the above latte, that would be your pumpkin, spice, chocolate, and sweetener. Blend it up A LOT. It’ll get foamy.
Gently pour the mixture into your espresso or coffee. This will be perfect, trust me.
I hope you enjoy!