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Life 88 Days After My Whole30

Saturday, April 30, 2016. Whole30 plus 88 days of Clean Eating.  Mostly.

Let’s see what today brings…

4:00  AM.  It’s raining.  Hard.  Hard enough to wake me up, and wake the 2 dogs.  Jane?  Oblivious.  Me?  Back to sleep after a few minutes.

4:30 AM.  Moggy, our gray stripy tom cat, thinks this is the best time for some attention.  I’m not kidding when I say that this cat is walking on my face and head.  I give the dumb cat some attention, “readjust”, and back to sleep (again) after a few more minutes.

6:30 AM.  Jane’s alarm.  She’s volunteering for a few hours with C5 today.  I’m up, too.  A few cups of black coffee.

8:oo AM.  Breakfast.  I halved and then sliced some small yellow potatoes and cooked them in the TFal ActiFry, sliced (on the bias, as the chef’s would say) some Aidells Chicken and Apple sausages  and heated them in a frying pan just long enough to caramelize a little, and scrambled up some egg whites with my veggie mixed added.  I had to double-up on everything because our son was actually awake AND ate breakfast with me this morning!

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2:00 PM.  Jane’s putting together some avocado deviled eggs for our bi-weekly family dinner.

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Deviled eggs using avocado instead of mayonnaise, threw in some lime juice, cilantro, salt, white pepper, cayenne, and topped with paprika.  Of course, we had to sample them to make sure they were good.  They were.  So here’s what’s interesting – the egg carriers that we have hold 18 egg halves.  I mean, really?!?!  Do the math, egg keeper carrier people!  These egg carriers must have been designed by the same people who sell hotdogs in packs of 10, but hot dog buns in pack of 8.  Conspiracy!!!  Oh, and let’s not forget the Hebrew National hot dogs that come in packs of 7.

So now that I’m on a hotdog rant, check this out:  For appetizers this afternoon, Jane is also making mini corndog muffins.  She’s going with Nathan’s dogs and Jiffy classic corn muffin mix.  Gotta love Pinterest (so I’m told).

Mini Corndogs

80/20 Rule.  Karma Strikes.  Bad Juju. No Mojo.

Unfortunately, these little pieces of crap stuck to the mini muffin tin and wouldn’t release.  Straight into the bin, as Jane would say.  At least we have deviled eggs!

5:00 PM.  Dinner.  Pot roast with carrots and potatoes, and a fruit salad on the side.  Oh, watermelon, how I’ve missed thee.

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There were other foods to be eaten, but I decided to stay in the clean eating groove.  I went back for more watermelon.  Twice.

Whole30 Observation:  Here’s a tip from me to you – Tajín Clásico seasoning on fruit.  Say it like “ta-heen”.  Say it like yum.  It really gives the fruit a nice kick.

And with that, I think I’ll call it quits for tonight.

10:30 PM.  Targeted bed time.  We’ll see about that.

And so goes Step Four: Life After Your Whole30.  Today was a good day.

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Life 87 Days After My Whole30

Friday, April 29, 2016. Whole30 plus 87 days of Clean Eating.  Mostly.

Let’s see what today brings…

4:15  AM.  Alarm.  Awake.  2 cups of black coffee.

5:45 AM.  Breakfast.  Ground beef hash with white and yellow sweet potatoes; one cup of supposed to be scrambled egg whites with one cup of this weeks veggie mix: summer squash and zucchini, red and green peppers, and mushrooms.  I also had a half teaspoon of local bee pollen.

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My eggs ended up in omelette form because I wasn’t paying attention to my cooking.  Look!  Something shiny!  *wanders away*.  It’s like that a lot for me…

And, for the fifth time this week, I’m going with the tried and true green tea this morning for the ride in and office time.

Here’s a side note from us – our friends little girl turned 5, so Jane put together these little cookie pops for her.

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Little Cookie Pops For The Kids

Whole30 Observation:  Cookies = My Kryptonite, Achilles Heel, Samson’s Locks, you name it.  These little pops were made using Oreo’s and Candy Melts.  Oreo’s have always been one of my all-time favorites.  While Jane was making these cookie pops, I didn’t sneak single one.  But I did make an inquiry as to when a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies (with walnuts) might be making an appearance.  So I have Christmas to look forward to, I guess.

The view from my first stop this morning:

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The view from my first stop this morning.  Snow.  In the desert.  At the end of April!

11:00 AM.  I just had to stop in to my office.  Lunch.  Another awesome green salad with half an avocado and leftover brisket, oil and vinegar dressing.  Delicious.

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Lots of running around today.  I had a big bag of carrots and celery to chew on while I was driving around.  I managed to not hit any traffic this afternoon and made it home at a decent time.

4:00 PM.  Snack.  Sliced Red Delicious apple, and a latte made with a double shot of espresso and some steamed almond milk.  I’m feeling much better now that I had some coffee this afternoon!

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5:30 PM.  Dinner.  Leftover encore presentation from last night, just re-packaged.  I diced up and cooked a medium white potato in the TFal ActiFry, sliced up some leftover grilled zucchini, and cubed up a leftover pork chop.  I cooked the spud ’til it was mostly done, threw in the leftover chopped grilled chop and let it get warm, then tossed in the zucchini just long enough to warm through.  Again, all the cooking was done in the ActiFry thing.  Another winner!

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A bowl full o’ goodness.

Early dinner tonight due to us having to get on the road and attend a school event.

So with that, I shall bid you adieu…

10:30 PM.  Targeted bed time.  We’ll see about that.

And so goes Step Four: Life After Your Whole30.  Today was a good day.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016. Whole30 plus 86 days of Clean Eating.  Mostly.

Let’s see what today brings…

3:55 AM.  Awake.  Before the alarm. Arrghhh!!!!  2 cups of black coffee.

5:45 AM.  Breakfast.  Ground beef hash with white and yellow sweet potatoes; one cup of scrambled egg whites with one cup of this weeks veggie mix: summer squash and zucchini, red and green peppers, and mushrooms.  I also had a half teaspoon of local bee pollen.

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I’m going with the tried and true green tea this morning for the ride in and office time.

11:00 AM.  Lunch.  I had a delicious green salad with left over brisket on top.

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The rest of this afternoon will be spent running around town.  No more office time.  Carrots, celery, and apples will be joining me on my travels.

Whole30 Observation:  Or just an observation in general – My coffee groove has been busted again this afternoon, and the universe is out of order.  I may have to kill an espresso later on, probably after dinner.  I really like my afternoon coffee and I feel like I missed a key part of my day when I don’t have one.

6:00 PM.  Dinner.  Grilled pork chops, grilled zucchini spears, and white potatoes cubed up and cooked in the TFal ActiFry.  We’re still going strong with this gadget.  And, as they say in all of the home cooking gadget commercials – “Clean-up’s a breeze!!!” or “Clean-up’s a snap!!!” or something…  All of those potatoes cooked with only 1 tablespoon of oil or ghee, split between the 3 of us.  Not bad.

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Well, that’s about it for now…See you tomorrow.

9:30 PM.  Targeted bed time.

And so goes Step Four: Life After Your Whole30.  Today was a good day.

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Life 85 Days After My Whole30

Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Whole30 plus 85 days of Clean Eating.  Mostly.

Let’s see what today brings…

4:15 AM.  Alarm. Awake.  2 cups of black coffee.

5:45 AM.  Breakfast.  Ground beef hash with white and yellow sweet potatoes; one cup of scrambled egg whites with one cup of this weeks veggie mix: summer squash and zucchini, red and green peppers, and mushrooms.  I also had a half teaspoon of local bee pollen.

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I’ve got some green tea for this morning for the ride in and office time.

11:00 AM.  Lunch.  I had a tasty green salad, left over smothered pork chop, and mashed potatoes made with chicken stock and ghee.  Pretty darn tasty.

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I tried to fluff-up the potatoes with a fork before taking the picture.  I’m not sure what they look like here!

5:00 PM.  Dinner.  Roasted brisket with carrots and potatoes.  Another hit!

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Let’s talk about this gravy for a second – Basically, you take the left over drippings off of the bottom of the pan, along with the other stuff that kind of fell in during the roasting process, which includes lots of onions, and blend them down into a sauce.  This gravy is the best!

That’s about it for now.

9:30 PM.  Targeted bed time.

And so goes Step Four: Life After Your Whole30.  Today was a good day.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Whole30 plus 84 days of Clean Eating.  Mostly.

Let’s see what today brings…

4:15 AM.  Alarm. Awake.  2 cups of black coffee.

I just remembered that I forgot to add a photo and publish the blog last night before bed, so there I was, in the wee hours of the morning, trying to do something other than drink coffee, watch the news or watch Sports Center.

5:45 AM.  Another wonderful breakfast of ground beef hash with white and yellow sweet potatoes; one cup of scrambled egg whites with one cup of this weeks veggie mix: summer squash and zucchini, red and green peppers, and mushrooms.  I also had a half teaspoon of local bee pollen.

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I’ve got some more of that green tea for this morning for the ride in and office time.

8:00 AM.  Acupuncture appointment.  Third one.  Trying to see if that helps with the sinuses.  I’ve also been eating bee pollen every day and having a tablespoon of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar to see if that helps.  Nose job?  Probably next…

11:00 AM.  Lunch.  I had a tasty green salad with half an avocado and a grilled chicken breast on top.  Always good.

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6:00 PM.  Dinner.  Protein-style hamburgers with white sweet potato fries.

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Again with the TFal ActiFry – we’ve been using this a lot lately.  Let’s see if it stays that way…  Also, I made some killer sparkling white tea with Silver Needle white tea and the SodaStream carbonator.  Pour this over some ice and add a slice of lemon, and life is good.

That’s about it for now.

9:30 PM.  Targeted bed time.

And so goes Step Four: Life After Your Whole30.  Today was a good day.

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Monday, April 25, 2016. Whole30 plus 83 days of Clean Eating.  Mostly.

Let’s see what today brings…

4:15 AM.  Alarm. Awake.  2 cups of black coffee.

5:45 AM.  Breakfast.  Ground beef hash with white and yellow sweet potatoes; one cup of scrambled egg whites with one cup of this weeks veggie mix: summer squash and zucchini, red and green peppers, and mushrooms.  I also had a half teaspoon of local bee pollen.

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I’m sticking with the green tea for this week’s morning after coffee but before lunch beverage.  I love this stuff and still have, like, a pound of it left.

1:30 PM  Government bureaucrats made me late for lunch.  I had a killer green salad with half an avocado and an Aidells Chicken and Apple sausage on top. *in my best high-pitched voice* Awesome!!!

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Whole30 Observation:  Clean Eating Observation:  I thought I was going to be in trouble today with my gluten consumption from yesterday – waffles with breakfast, naan with dinner, as well as eating rice with dinner last night.  I made it from 6:00 AM to 1:30 PM without eating anything, and no sudden vicious hunger attack.  So yay.

4:30 PM.  Home.  Snack.  Sliced Red Delicious apple and a double shot of espresso.  I’m out of beef jerky.  I wonder how that happened?  Not bad, though.  The jerky lasted 3 weeks.

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4:45 PM.  Snack V.2.  Caffé Americano.  Molto Buono.

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Pienamente Compatibile

I should have put something in the foreground or background or maybe a saucer for perspective.  That is a 16oz latte mug, btw…

6:30 PM.  Dinner.  Smothered pork chop, mashed potatoes made with ghee and chicken stock, and Italian cut green beans.  Still one of my favorites.

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That’s it for now.

9:30 PM.  Targeted bed time.

And so goes Step Four: Life After Your Whole30.  Today was a good day.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016. Whole30 plus 82 days of Clean Eating.  Mostly.

Let’s see what today brings…

6:30 AM.  Awake.  2 cups of black coffee.

After a trip to Lowe’s, I’m starting yard work and Jane’s starting breakfast.

9:00 AM.  Breakfast.  Scrambled eggs, bacon and waffles.

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OK, so we got a brand new waffle maker for Christmas, and we’ve only used it once.  January 1st, 2016 to be exact.  We were way overdue.  We enjoyed our waffles very much.

Back to yard work for me, and back to cooking for Jane.  For next week, she’s making breakfast hash with ground beef and sweet potatoes; my veggie mix which will consist of summer squash and zucchini, red and green peppers, and mushrooms; Jane’s veggie mix which is zucchini and mushrooms; and she is also putting together a Thai curry sauce for later on tonight.  Seriously, if there was a way I could provide a smell link to what was going on here this morning…  I was working in the front yard and it smelled soooo good from outside, even better inside!

Let’s fast forward a few hours…

6:00 PM.  Dinner.  Chicken Thai curry on Jasmine rice, served with a side of home made naan.  I forgot to take a picture of the naan.  Trust me – it was delicious.

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80/20 Rule.  Again.

So it looks like I invoked the 80/20 rule twice today.  Waffles for breakfast, naan for dinner.  And rice to round it out.  I should be back on track tomorrow.  No guilt.

9:30 PM.  Targeted bed time.

And so goes Step Four: Life After Your Whole30.  Today was a good day.

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