My Great Big Whole 30 Meal Record


This is what I am eating while doing Whole 30, as well as my thoughts on each meal in italics.


3 eggs, fried over-medium (in ghee), served over a handful of spinach; 1 Aidell’s Chicken and Apple Sausage link; 1 cup of mixed berries OR monkey salad (1 sliced banana, small handful cashews, coconut flakes)

Thoughts: This was the go-to breakfast. Got it down to a science every morning. LOVE the sausage!



** Tuna salad (tuna, 3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped green onions, diced seedless grapes, homemade mayo), served on butter lettuce leaves; Sliced apple with spoonful of almond butter

Thoughts: This was good. Be careful about using light tasting olive oil in your mayo, otherwise it is super strong flavored.

** Salad mix with 1/2 avacado, tomatoes, chopped hard-boiled egg, sliced orange, shredded chicken, and Tessemae’s dressing; Sliced apple with spoonful of almond butter

Thoughts: Very good. I’m not a salad fan, but this was good. Party Boy liked it, but missed the shredded cheese.

** Chicken Avocado Roll-ups

Thoughts: Good. I made three, but two was plenty! Party Boy ate all three, but he even commented that it was bordering on too much food.



** Lemon Pepper Chicken, grilled; Dinner Salad; Carrots, cooked

Thoughts: Really, really good. We will be adding this one to our regular dinner rotation.

** Baked Tilapia; Dinner Salad; Baked Sweet Potatoes (made in crock pot)

Thoughts: I put way too much Tony Chachere’s on the fish. It was SPICY. The sweet potatoes were delish.

** Spaghetti Squash; Homemade marinara (2 lbs. ground beef, 4 cans crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, Oregano); Dinner Salad

Thoughts: Really good. I actually like the sauce better than the canned stuff, so will probably continue to make my own. The spaghetti squash was really good, but it wasn’t spaghetti. So, I’ll probably use it more often, but still have the real stuff occasionally as a treat meal.

** Paleo Almond Chicken Fingers; Sauteed zucchini and squash

Thoughts: I loved the breading on the chicken fingers. Loved. It. But, I accidentally overcooked the chicken, so it was drier than I would have liked. Totally my fault and I plan to make these again because they were really delicious.

** Hamburgers (we make our own patties with egg and Worcestershire sauce – a Whole 30 no-no. So, I made my own using this recipe); oven baked potato wedges with homemade ketchup.

Thoughts: The burgers were really, really good. I kind of liked them better with the homemade Worcestershire sauce. The wedges were okay, I need a little more practice and probably different potatoes to get them crispy. The ketchup won’t win any “I can’t believe it’s not Heinz” contests, but it was really tasty. The tomato flavor really came through.

** Taco Salad (used this recipe for the seasoning, which I layered over lettuce and topped with pico de gallo) with Creamy Avacado-Cilantro Dressing

Thoughts: O.M.G. I LOVED this meal. LOVEEEEED. Like had two helpings, loved. Granted I had a very small bowl to start, but it was soooooooo good. And that dressing – delicious!


Daily | Whole 30 Day 6


It’s Friday and that alone bears celebrating! Yay!

So, we’ve made it to day 6. Here’s some thoughts as we near the end of the first week of Whole 30:

  • Party Boy is chickened out. The man is ready for some other form of protein. It’s not that we’ve had a ton of chicken. And not in the same form. There’s been shredded chicken in his lunch salads, but that’s hardly the star of the show. Anyway, I am going to plan some other sources of protein to mix it up next week.
  • I went to bed with a pretty terrible head ache on Tuesday. I got up after tossing and turning for a couple of hours and took some Tylenol (Whole 30 asks that you stay away from NSAIDs if possible – doctors orders trump Whole 30 of course! – so while Advil is my usual go-to, Tylenol worked just fine.) and laid back down. The headache subsided and I slept pretty well after that.
  • Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in the afternoon we would both just start to d.r.a.g. I can only speak for myself in severity, but I could hardly keep my eyes open. Thursday was way better, with absolutely no lag in the afternoon. Hoping that becomes a habit, because in the past I would usually go grab coffee or a snack to keep going. I’d love to give that horrible habit up!
  • I haven’t really had a physical need to snack, except for a couple of times. Once, I just ignored the cues and waited til my next meal – dinner. That was probably a mistake as I was CRANKY by the time dinner was ready. The next time it happened I chose to have a piece of fruit and a little bit of almond butter. I made it to dinner much easier, without the crankiness.
  • I am not leaving much left behind at mealtimes. But I also don’t go back for seconds. I am full after the first plate of food – half the plate with veggies, a bit of protein, and a healthy fat. No seconds needed. And usually my plate is pretty clean.
  • On that note, we went to Le Madeleine for dinner on Wednesday. Me and a couple of my friends meet for Wednesday dinner every week (or as often as we can). Le Madeleine will make you an omelette anytime, so that’s what I got. It came with a croissant the size of my face, but I passed that off to Chaos. I had like three bites of omelette on my plat when one of the busboys came by and asked if he could take my plate. Ummmm, no. I want every bite thankyouverymuch. Resisted the urge to slap his hand away.
  • We are on our 7th carton of eggs this week. So, I bought the kids cereal. It’s the lowest sugar cereal that I thought they would actually eat. So far, so good. And it cut our egg consumption considerably.
  • I have slept SOOOOO GOOOD the past couple of nights. Like, fall into bed, fall asleep in less than 10 minutes sleep. I can’t even remember having that happen without some serious outside all day in the sun work days. So nice. And I wake up easier too.

And that about wraps it up. I am working on a Whole 30 Food Diary that I will publish tomorrow and update with everything that we’ve eaten this month as we go through it.

Daily | Whole 30 Day 2+3


It’s the morning of day 3.  Hanging in there, folks. I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t difficult. Because it is difficult.

I think we all have this idea that we don’t eat that much sugar, but the reality is that there’s a lot of sugar out there that we don’t even know we’re eating. I figured that out when I went shopping on Sunday. Sugar in pickles? Really?!?

Anyway, yesterday was good. The hardest part was not just picking something up for dinner after evening activities. I had to come home and cook and deal with the three little children dancing around begging for snacks and food in the 20 minutes it took me to get dinner on the table. I won’t lie, the lack of sugar makes me a little short tempered, but I am proud to say that I gritted my teeth and powered through. Nobody died. I didn’t even yell. Yay me!

Both Party Boy and I ended up with an afternoon cup of coffee yesterday. By about 2 p.m. we were sitting in the office barely able to stay awake. Let me tell you, if you can drink a cup of coffee with coconut milk (after drinking the way we have for years – creamer with a splash of coffee) you REALLY need the caffeine. So, two cups of coffee with coconut milk and cinnamon. Which tastes like death. [Note: I did find that it was better using French Vanilla coffee. Plain coffee? Urgh]

The biggest issue I have had so far is appropriately estimating how much food we would eat. I had to run to Whole Foods this morning for more salad dressing and eggs. I picked up more coconut milk and coconut aminos while I was there. Bonus! I got to use Apple Pay for the first time. Loved it!

So, so far, so good, I guess. I’ve had a mild headache this morning. It comes and goes. Drinking more water…

Oh! Here’s a real positive: I have stopped buying cereal for the kids (mainly because I was afraid I would “trip and fall” face first into the cereal box with my mouth open…). Now they have to eat eggs for breakfast. I scramble them each two eggs and they eat, then start their school work. Attitudes are MUCH improved (no sugar crash?) and school work is being done in record time-ish.

So if nothing else? There’s that.

Daily | Whole 30 Day 1


So, we didn’t actually start Whole 30 on the 1st. That was a judgement call based on what the Whole 30 means, and their instructions. We needed a time that we wouldn’t be tempted, there wouldn’t be any celebrations, etc. so I decided that starting the day before our anniversary and 2 days before a big date night wouldn’t be the smartest thing. I don’t need extra pressure eating out right at the beginning.

We started yesterday, January 4th. I won’t lie, it wasn’t easy starting on a Sunday. Getting up earlier to make breakfast and still get everyone out the door on time? Ugh. We did it, though. Note: I need to build in more time so I don’t come home from church to a messy kitchen. 


This will be an everyday breakfast. I don’t have the energy to come up with 30 different breakfasts. We may mix it up a little on Saturdays, but this will be the go-to.

Three eggs over-easy (fried in clarified butter, aka ghee – from Costco), served over a handful of spinach. One Aidell’s Chicken and Apple Sausage. One half-cup of mixed berries. I had coffee with coconut milk – gross, but I drank it – trying a new way of making it this morning. Party Boy had water with lemon.


Tuna salad (tuna, green onions, chopped grapes) with homemade mayo. I used this method and it turned out great and was super-easy. Note: I had to use regular olive oil instead of lighter tasting because I couldn’t get the lighter oil open and I had 4 people crying and dying from hunger standing around me. I made it work. The mayo was a little strong though, so I didn’t use a whole lot in the tuna. Chief complaint: “The tuna is dry. How can something from the ocean be dry?”

Served the tuna on butter lettuce with grape tomatoes. Apple slices with almond butter. Water. Also a homemade pickle – because store pickles had high fructose corn syrup in them. What?!?


Lemon-pepper chicken from Stupid Easy Paleo (we grilled ours), carrots, salad with tomatoes, avacado, cashews, almonds, and Tessemae’s Zesty Ranch (from Whole Foods). All was delicious.

Thoughts: My kids complained for days when I said we’d be doing this because they know that I won’t cook two meals. And then today they gobbled up everything I put out. So….

Party Boy is a little more on board. He has always equated eating better with deprivation and hunger pangs. But that is not the point of this plan. It’s about cutting out sugar and other additives. Making better food choices. So, he was full after each meal and a happy camper. He misses cheese.

I’m good so far. I am braced for the detox that I know is probably coming. I’ll update later this week.


January Daily | Whole 30


It was back before Thanksgiving that I sat down with Party Boy and talked to him about doing the Whole 30 challenge. He was on-board, and we had a good talk about obstacles that we’ve had in the past and what needs to change to have success this time.

Long story short, we fail to plan.

Okay, I fail to plan.

Since I knew we’d be doing this challenge, I spent the month of December (the least busy and stressful month of the year right?) planning, planning, planning. I’m one of those Mom’s that won’t cook multiple meals, so the kids have to eat what we eat. Finding kid friendly meals and snacks was super important.

I also needed to find foods that were easy to prepare ahead and have meals ready when we get home from evening activities. Because if I don’t do that we wind up eating pizza, which I found was not Whole 30 approved. At least the way we like to eat it.

Just a note, this is probably the only month that I will be really intent on doing my Daily on the weekends. Most months I’ll be satisfied if I can get my Daily done Monday – Friday, but I’ll talk more about that in February.


Daily is my One Little Word® for 2015. I choose one major goal every month and do a little toward that goal every day for one month. You can see all of my Daily posts here.

One Little Word 2015 | Daily

I mentioned yesterday that I was somewhat disappointed that I hadn’t set any goals for my word in 2014. I decided that 2015 needed a whole new direction. And, like usual, I’d been getting hints to that direction in what I’ve read and watched lately.

2015’s word is completely different in that I chose it (or it chose me, depending on how you look at it) specifically to set goals.



It really started simmering this summer when Elise Blaha Cripe did a post on her monthly goals. Then I participated in a challenge in November that required a little bit of daily work. I noticed that in doing that one thing every day in November I improved my performance in that area in such an obvious way. Then in December I was getting frustrated with some of my kitchen cabinets and I thought, “I could probably get this all squared away if I just did a cabinet a day.”

And a light bulb went off.

I sat down with a notebook and knocked out a theme for every month in a matter of 20 minutes. It was that quick. That easy. And that meant to be.

Most importantly, I am excited. Will I be blogging daily? I don’t know. I want to share my progress and challenges, but probably not every day. My plan is to check in on each month’s goal, share some scrapbook pages here and there and post little bits of everyday life as they show up. We’ll see what that adds up to…

One Little Word | Discover

Time again to wrap-up my One Little Word® for the year. 2014 was the year of discovery (discover) for me. How’d I do?



I didn’t set any real, measureable goals, which was both good and bad. The good? It left me free to really explore the word. The bad? I can’t really gauge how I did with my word.

Maybe I just needed a year to wander, and if that’s the case, then this was definitely that year. I started 2014 in Nashville, TN. There were oodles of day trips and another big trip to Maui. Definitely a year for discovering new places, new foods, and new experiences.

I also discovered a new love for my garden, which was bigger and produced a large volume of vegetables. Then I discovered that weeding is not fun and pretty soon the garden looked like a jungle.

I discovered the value of challenging yourself.

Lots of little discoveries. A few big ones. It was a year to discover. So, in that way, I guess it was a successful year.

Just for fun, I went back and looked up my OLW’s from years past:

2008 – Joy

2009 – Wonder

2010 – Reach

2011 – Focus

2012 – Create

2013 – Story

2014 – Discover

One thing really stands out to me from all of the OLW posts that I have written and it is this: Every word that I have chosen has taken on a new meaning throughout the year. It never ends up meaning what I thought it would mean on January 1.

Here’s to new words, new experiences, and a new year. Welcome 2015!

The One Little Word concept was started by Ali Edwards. You can read more about it on Ali’s Blog.

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