Whole 30 Meals Day 4

January 6, 2015

Whole 30 day 4

Whole 30 going strong! Day 4 was a good one. Here’s what I ate:

Breakfast was some salmon and a hard boiled egg. Some veggies and a half a banana with almond butter. I always have breakfast with a class of water and hot black tea. I also take a buttload of doctor recommended EPA/DHA. First two pills of the day at breakfast!

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Lunch was grilled chicken, sweet potatoes, an assortment of veggies, and cashews and blueberries. Tasting the rainbow with this meal!

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I got a little hungry in the late afternoon and dinner was going to be really late. So I had an apple and more nuts with some peppermint tea.

Day 4 Snack

Dinner was steamed broccoli and boiled red potatoes topped with a delicious mess of Italian Meatloaf! Oh, and applesauce on the side. Just apples in that stuff, folks!

Day 4 Dinner

I experimented with hash browns this morning. They turned out black. But fairly tasty. I think I have some things to learn about potatoes. See you tomorrow with day 5!

Get caught up on the Whole 30 Series:

Why I Do Whole 30s, Whole 30 Prep Talk, Whole 30 Meals Day 1-3

Whole 30 Meals Days 1-3

January 5, 2015

Days 1-3

When I started my first Whole 30, which ultimately led to a Paleo lifestyle, I often thought, “What the heck am I supposed to eat?!” I mean, sandwiches are out, pasta is out, CHEESE is out. This can make meal planning tricky.

Domestically Made is here to help! I’ll be sharing exactly what I eat during my January 2015 Whole 30 that started January 2nd. I’m doing this with the hope of helping YOU! Meal planning is tough. Meal planning without cheese is even tougher.

Day 1

As I said here, my first couple of days of this Whole 30 were ill-prepped and sad. So, I’ll share with you some of the meals I ate during my last Whole 30.

Breakfast was two scrambled eggs with red peppers, almonds and blackberries (need more veggies here!)

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Lunch was carrots, red peppers and celery, egg salad served with butter leaves, more blackberries, red potatoes topped with ghee, salt/pepper and chives, with almond butter on the side.

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Dinner that night was Chipotle. I had a salad with chicken and fajita veggies, (both are cooked with Rice Bran Oil, which technically isn’t Whole 30 compliant. But try Barbacoa or Carnitas, which are cooked with sunflower oil) tomato salsa and hot red chili salsa, and topped with guac and more lettuce.

Day 2

Breakfast was 2 eggs with guac and salsa, a sausage patty, half a grapefruit and some almonds.

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Lunch was the same as Day 1, minus the potatoes and almond butter, plus more veggies and cashews.

Dinner (and this is actually what I ate on Day 2) was a grilled chicken breast (seasoned with paprika, garlic and onion powder, salt and pepper), a baked potato with ghee and pepper, and cucumbers mixed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper. Plus a bit of apple.

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Day 3

Breakfast was eggs and salsa, a sausage patty, half a banana and a veggie stir fry (red and green peppers, onions and garlic)

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Lunch was tuna salad and lettuce, a hard boiled egg, carrots and red peppers, half a banana and a few blackberries.

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Dinner (again, what I actually ate on Day 3) was steak and a sweet potato with ghee and cinnamon, green beans and blueberries.

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And we’re all caught up! I’ll share what I ate on Day 4 tomorrow!

Whole 30 Prep Talk

January 5, 2015

Whole 30 Prep Talk

So, hopefully some of you are considering doing a Whole 30 sometime soon! Probably most of my readers did not start one on the 1st like a lot of people around the internet did. I didn’t either. The plan was to start today, but when Kevin and I realized that would mean another Whole 30 Super Bowl, we started it on the 2nd (yikes – kale chips did not cut it last year). And that meant we weren’t very prepared and our meals were very sad for a couple of days. But don’t let that happen to you!

For anyone new to the Whole 30 or any sort of detox program, I suggest that you start on a Monday. And spend the weekend preparing. Because all good things start on a Monday, right?!

In that spirit, I thought I’d share some ideas that have worked for me:

Before doing my first Whole 30, I spent weeks looking over the Whole 30 website, getting as much information as I could. Knowledge and preparation are key to Whole 30 success. Sure, it takes dedication–but you really need to know what you’re getting yourself into.

Print out and keep the following downloadable guides close at hand.

The Program Rules

Meal Planning Template

Shopping List

While you’re at it, check out all the Whole 30 downloadable guides.

Read and re-read the 8 Steps the Whole 30 website lays out for newbies.

Plan out your first week of Whole 30 compliant meals. (The over-planner in me wanted to plan out 30 days of meals. Don’t do that. You’ll learn things about what works and what doesn’t during that first week).

Start reading Paleo cooking blogs (my favorites include Nom Nom Paleo, The Clothes Make The Girl, and PaleOMG) and maybe even pick up a few Paleo cook books. Just remember that there is no making Paleo-fied goodies on a Whole 30. So Paleo Chocolate Chip cookies are off limits. Save them for day 31.

Do a big meal prep afternoon on the Sunday before you start. Yesterday, I cooked a bunch of sweet potatoes to have on hand for lunches. I chopped up cauliflower, carrots, red peppers, and cucumbers for lunches and snacks. I grated potatoes for Kevin’s morning hash browns. And I made a big veggie stir fry to eat with our breakfasts. I also often like to make a crock pot chicken for the week. And if you are the really busy sort, you can brown up ground beef and cook veggies for instant meals.

Later today I’ll be sharing meal ideas for days 1-3!

Why I Do Whole 30s, and Why You Should Too

December 29, 2014

Eat Whole30

Do you want to lose weight? Do you get frequent headaches? Digestive issues? Acne or other skin conditions? Need that afternoon nap everyday? Have an autoimmune disease? High blood pressure or cholesterol? Can’t get rid of that bloated feeling? Allergies? Diabetes?

If you’re anything like me, you said yes to at least one of those. That’s why I’d like to talk about the Whole 30 program by Whole 9.

Do the Whole 30

The concept is simple: No sugar, grains, dairy, legumes, alcohol, or additives for 30 days. But you DO get to eat meat, fruit and veggies, eggs, seafood, and lots of yummy (healthy) fat. Read the rules here. (And, if you are like me, you’ll want to know why you can’t eat grains and dairy. So read all about that here. Or grab the book It Starts with Food.)

The first time I did a Whole 30, my weight-loss efforts had plateaued, and I was looking for something to kick-start it back up and lose the last 15 pounds. I had successfully lost 35 pounds by counting calories and working out daily, but my weight hadn’t moved in the last year. By completing a Whole 30 and regularly eating a Paleo diet, I was able to lose the last 15 pounds–and I’ve kept it off.

The second time I completed a Whole 30, my body was being devastated by endometriosis, and I was looking for relief.

Kevin and I have been trying to eat a Paleo died for about a year now. And for the last 5 months, we’ve eaten a regular Paleo diet (with some exceptions). During this time, my two Whole 30s have taught me that I have an unhealthy emotional attachment to sugar and processed grains. That grains do a horrible number on my digestive tract. That dairy makes my stomach hurt. Sugar goes straight to my head and gives me a headache. And that peanut butter is not my friend. I have learned that my body craves leafy greens and a juicy piece of meat just like my dehydrated body craves water. And that a good amount of fat (I’m looking at you, guacamole!) does miracles for my body. And when I get what my body craves, my energy level goes through the roof.

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I’ve been battling the effects of endometriosis for probably 15 years now. Besides what you would typically imagine endometriosis to cause, I was dealing with a number of digestive issues. You see, I had an impressively deep pocket of endo in my pelvic lining near my bowels. I believe this made for some very angry bowels, resulting in constant daily pain in my lower right and often left abdomen. That, and I’ve been chronically constipated since Thanksgiving of 2012. Nbd. Just kidding. This is a big honking deal. So when Whole 30 came into my life and I finally had some relief, it was HUGE.

It wasn’t until I had surgery to remove the endo and after I recovered for a couple of months that I started to see the huge affects that food had on me. With a Paleo diet, I can now control my digestive issues, my pain levels, my constipation issues, and my bladder issues (yep, I deal with that too). While I’m not 100% better, I believe that good food and time will make all the difference.

So after eating a bit too much junk during the holiday season and feeling a bit too crappy, I need a re-boot. And this is where Whole 30 comes in.

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So join me! Every day starting in January, I’ll be posting what I’m eating and sharing some tips along the way! So be on the lookout for lots of preparation and food ideas. Kevin and I won’t be starting until January 5th, so if you’d like to join along, you have some time to prepare!

As the Whole 9 creators like to say: “It changed our lives, and we want it to change yours too.”

Non-Dairy Peppermint Hot Chocolate

December 23, 2014

Non Dairy Hot Chocolate

Thought I’d share a treat with you today! I use this when I need a little warm pick-me-up at the end of the day. I often get cold and bummed out in our house (maybe a little SAD), and this helps me to come back into a warm and happy place!

This time of year, I long for a peppermint hot chocolate from Starbucks. But dang, all that dairy and sugar does not do well in my stomach. So this is a perfect alternative.

I usually just make a single serving of this at a time. Right in the mug. I just fill up my mug with coconut milk (it’s about a cup and a 1/4 (you could also use almond milk)) and heat it up in the microwave (or on the stove). I then add about a Tbsp of cocoa, a tsp of honey and a 1/2 tsp of peppermint exact. Delish.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Since this hot chocolate is not overly sweet, you could definitely serve this alongside some Paleo chocolate chip cookies.

Christmas Cookies and Hot Chocolate

Enjoy!

Non-Dairy Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup coconut milk (or almond milk)
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp honey (more if you like it sweeter)
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract (less if you aren’t a huge peppermint fan)
Instructions
  1. Heat up the coconut milk
  2. Whisk in cocoa powder, honey and peppermint extract

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

December 21, 2014

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Confession time. I like cookies. A lot. I could eat a shameful number of them in one sitting. But since starting on a Paleo diet and being more mindful about my eating habits, I haven’t been eating too many cookies. But, it’s Christmas, so cookies!

I was planning on putting aside the Paleo for Christmas and making those delicious cookies with Crisco (*Crisco*) in them. But once I started pulling out the recipes, I realized I couldn’t do it. I just couldn’t do it.

And along came these paleo chocolate chip cookies that are every bit as good as the traditional flour, butter and brown sugar cookies!

Jar of Cookies

They are chewy and chocolatey, and you could easily sit down and eat 5. Although, you shouldn’t. Savor one and share with a friend.

Christmas Cookies and Hot Chocolate

I served these cookies up with dairy-free peppermint hot chocolate (recipe to come!) for a perfect Christmas time treat!

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I used unblanched almond meal/flour, because that’s what I had on hand. But if you use blanched almond flour, I would think these cookies would appear less grainy, more “normal.” I also used Nestle chocolate chips, because the store in which to buy Enjoy Life chocolate chips is farther away, and I was being lazy. But you should use Enjoy Life. Skip the questionable ingredients.

These cookies are quick and easy to whip up. And only make 12, so you don’t have to worry about over indulging for days on end.

And if you’d like to spend an afternoon baking Christmas cookies, try out these Paleo cookie recipes from around the web:

Coconut Flour Shortbread Cookies from the Pink Sprinkle

Soft and Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies from PaleOMG

Paleo Sugar Cookies form A Girl Worth Saving

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 12 Cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 & 1/4 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Enjoy Life chocolate morsels
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, salt and baking soda
  3. In a separate bowl, mix coconut oil, honey and vanilla extract until well blended
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until well blended
  5. Mix in chocolate chips
  6. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and add 12 spoonfuls of batter on to baking sheet. Cookies will spread, so give them space
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes

Source: Livin Paleo Cuisine

Dreidel Makeover with Vinyl Stencils

December 15, 2014

Traditions are a changin’. Life happens and sometimes you need to go with the flow. And then dump a little glitter in the flow.

This year, my parents have decided to celebrate Hanukkah instead of Christmas. Changing things up a bit. And because decorations are my favorite part of this time of year (that and cookies and carols and buying gifts and wrapping gifts), I thought I’d help my mom out and make a couple of things to help decorate her home.

Enter the dreidel:

Dreidel Makeover

Mom plans to put these out on the dining room table during our last night of Hanukkah/Christmas Eve dinner. She bought a couple of packages of dreidels at Bed Bath and Beyond. They looked like this:

Colorful Dreidels Before

I said, “No, Mom. That won’t do!” And so I took them home and turned them into this:

Classy Dreidels After

Much better, I think.

I scoured the internet for the best Hebrew font (“best” measured by how easily I could craft with it) and found this one. I then used this handy dreidel game guide to figure out exactly which characters I needed to use. No small task.

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And I cut out my stencils using my Silhouette!

Vinyl Stencils

The Silhouette handled these tiny Hebrew characters like a pro.

I spray painted the dreidels silver. It took some holiday patience to let the first side dry before flipping the dreidels over to apply more paint. I didn’t have that patience for the first batch and they turned out a bit more gloopy.

But only the prettiest ones for the camera.

All four dreidel sides

I took my vinyl stencils and carefully painted the characters on in black. I used craft paint, so each side dried quickly. No patience necessary there.

Silver dreidels

I loved the way they turned out and think they’ll look pretty classy on the dinner table!

Pair of dreidels

I had previously made this “Happy Hanukkah” burlap bunting for my mom’s birthday. I used a similar stencil method to make these.

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And if you are interested in some more fun Hanukkah decor, check out my Hanukkah Inspirations favorites on Etsy!