First of all, before I forget, prices go up tomorrow night (at 11:59 p.m. CST) for the Dirty Girl Mud Run.
If you were thinking about doing it, sign up today! If you use the code FLBLOGGUEST you will get 20% off as well. I’ll be in the 8:30 a.m. wave with team Mud Bloggin’.
[Disclosure: my registration for Dirty Girl was comp’d in exchange for helping them spread the word]
So over the weekend I started getting ready for my Whole 30 adventure. By “getting ready”, I mostly mean eating carbs and drinking alcohol. Whoops. I have definitely set myself up for the biggest carb flu ever.
Chewie came home from his luxurious pet resort on Saturday.
We sure did miss him, but I know he had fun at Love My Dog, as evidenced by the daily log and photographs that they sent home with him. He’s smiling in all of the photos, I think.
In their comments they said that he has a big personality.
Saturday night I got together with a bunch of my girlfriends to watch Magic Mike.
I had margaritas and a ton of carbs, including pizza, crab Rangoon, and the carb-alicious sushi that was my contribution to the evening’s goodies.
Thanks for having us over Paula! I have missed hanging out with these ladies lately.
On Sunday the preparations for the Whole 30 started in earnest. While making breakfast for the boys, I boiled a dozen eggs to use throughout the week.
Having eggs already boiled and peeled makes things so much easier. Cal likes hard-boiled eggs also, so he’ll eat them for breakfasts as well. A dozen eggs fit perfectly into a quart-sized Ziploc.
I decided that I would make a trip to the new Whole Foods in Carrollwood to stock up on approved foods for the week.
Before I left I checked the store’s events calendar and saw that they were having a smoothie tasting while we would be there.
They had samples of both their Kalicious smoothie and their Very Berry smoothie.
The boys were surprised, but they liked the Kalicious better than the Very Berry!
During the “event”, smoothies were BOGO 50%, so I let the boys each get a smoothie as an afternoon snack. Having been converted to green smoothie lovers, they decided to get “Green Dream” smoothies, which have apple and pineapple instead of banana and lemon.
They loved them.
I spent all of my Christmas money on the highest quality meats that I could find at Whole Foods…
as well as on some specialty items that I guess will become my staples for the next thirty days.
Once we got home I dived into one of my new cookbooks, Paleo Comfort Foods, a gift from my awesome mother-in-law, and made a couple of recipes.
As you can see, there are lots of things I want to make out of this cookbook.
I made paleo mayonnaise…
and three pounds of homemade breakfast sausage.
I couldn’t get all organic, pastured meats, but I got the highest quality of everything that I could. I’m not aiming for THE MOST PERFECT WHOLE30 EVER. I’m aiming to not knowingly break any of the rules and to do the best I can with all the helpful suggestions. The rules themselves are simple…
but some of the suggested details get pretty complex. For my first Whole 30, I’m going to try not to get bogged down in the details and focus on the RULES.
To continue my set up for the week, I roasted some butternut squash and sweet potatoes. When I pierced the butternut squash, it cried.
So after all of that, I was as ready as I was going to be. We spent the evening eating pizza and enjoying the last few hours of our holiday break. Farewell grains, dairy, legumes, and alcohol. Consume you again one day.
After prepping all that sausage I divided it into half-pound portions and froze most of it. I kept out a portion to make for breakfasts this morning.
The boys liked it! I had it for my breakfast also (I’ll be chronically my Whole30 food on the blog, hopefully, so more on that later), and I think it is really good. It has some heat, but that is totally adjustable depending on how much cayenne you add.
This morning Chewie and I walked Mack to school.
Back to the usual routine. Stay tuned for way too many Whole 30 updates. Unless I kill someone and have to go on the lam.
[Disclosure: I was given free samples of GoGo Squeez to try, as well as some to give away.]