Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan
Our weather was glorious this week! Temps in the high 70’s, low 80’s for multiple days. My house was 77 one night and we still had flannel sheets on our bed. It was quite confusing but lovely.
Though the 3 am boob sweat situation got a bit out of hand.
Troy and I took the next step in building our new strawberry towers this week. We were able to get two up and going before the tiny raving lunatic woke up from his nap.
I took lots of photos and notes along the way. I’ll share all the details in a future post if the new seedlings survive the season.
We start Whole30 on Tuesday! I’m personally motivated to do this for a multiple of reasons.
- I adore a challenge. Love one. I’ll randomly give up a type of food for a month or so just to see if I can. Anyone remember when I gave up swearing for Lent and replaced all swear words with “meerkat”? Just try to scream “mother meerkater” and not giggle. Impossible!
- Resetting my sweet tooth which I do a few times a year.
- Supporting Troy while we try to see if we can figure out some health challenges.
- See if maybe, just maybe it helps my lifelong habit of being a shitty sleeper.
What I am not looking to achieve with the Whole30:
- Identifying food sensitivities in myself. Been there, done that. I can and do eat anything. I have a goat gut.
- Lose weight. I have been the same weight for 10 years minus being pregnant and then when I was dairy-free while nursing Jack and dropped a disgusting amount of weight. Thank goodness I understand nutrition better now!
- My clothes fit, I feel comfortable with where I am, with who I am, and I’m strong as an um, strong…thing(?). I routinely walk 15-20k steps per day, haul 50-pound chicken feed bags around, and can shovel composted chicken shit with the best of them. (Who is them??).
- This body carried two healthy babies, kept them fed, cared for a terminally ill parent, and makes it possible for me to get up each and every day at 5 am excited and motivated to work. It’s rad.
- And it likes Nutella.
When I was in corporate recruiting in Los Angeles, my company had an Operating Principle of “Openness to the 1%”. Translated from corporate speak that means “I’m 99% certain I am right but I will hold off on my victory dance for a moment while I listen to your side of things”.
I don’t really think Whole30 is all it is cracked up to be. I don’t think I’m going to develop the power of tiger blood in week two. But honestly, how cool would that be?
I’ve been dairy-free for nine months while nursing Jack and two months while nursing Bennett. I was gluten-free for three months while nursing Jack and in the last eight weeks of my pregnancy with Bennett. I’ve been sugar-free for weeks at a time (six is the record) for a random assortment of reasons.
But I have never been “free” of all things at one time. This could get interesting!
I’m declaring it right now that I’m not 100% following their rules and guidelines. I’m a rule follower by nature (I went to the school where my mom taught and my dad worked at juvenile detention. YOU tell me you’d get in trouble!) but I think some of these rules are super stupid.
There is a saying in the Whole30 community called Sex With Your Pants On (SWYPO). Their marketing department is brilliant. Basically, it means trying to find acceptable Whole30 foods and repurposing them into “banned” foods. So not mixing bananas and eggs into a faux pancake because pancakes are forbidden.
Essentially they’re trying to make sure you aren’t cheating the game. It’s supposed to be a full system reset. Which I get and support.
But here is the thing. They don’t allow for candy bars but will approve certain Lara Bars in some instances (they don’t encourage them). Store-bought chips and fries while dining out are off the table, but homemade fries are ok. And no breaded chicken but you can dredge chicken in almond flour and fry it.
Pasta of any kind is banned but sweet potato or veggie noodles are fine. Aren’t those things all technically whole food replacements for banned items?
Alcohol is banned including vanilla extract. But Troy and I don’t drink, so removing vanilla from our eating won’t actually be resetting anything. Cashew cream is frowned upon because it is seen as a replacement for dairy-cream items. But we eat cashew cream-based things already so it isn’t like we’re gaming the system or anything.
Basically, I’m doing this Whole30 in spirit with giving us room to not be dumb and too hypocritical.
A few weeks ago I sent out an email to everyone who is on my mailing list. In that email, I offered to set up Skype calls with the first five readers who responded.
Truth be told as soon as I hit “send” I started having so many second thoughts. What if no one signed up? What if everyone thought it was a dumb idea? What if I was super awkward on the calls?
In the end, I had so many people sign up that I just kept pushing the calls into May. I couldn’t say no! I’m halfway done with the scheduled calls and I am having SO MUCH FUN.
Oh my goodness, I so look forward to my chats with you all. I initially estimated about 35 minutes, but I find that 50 minutes has been the shortest one so far. We just can’t stop talking! A few readers have gotten to say hi to Troy and Bennett. One lucky reader (hi Brenda) even got to chat with Jack and my nephew Parker).
After one call that lasted over 90 minutes, Troy said “you guys were talking like you were friends”, to which I responded “we are friends. Duh”.
Seriously, I have the best job. I love you dorks so much!
Chicken-related dirty puns? Oh my, how well you all know me. This photo made me laugh each and every time one of you sent it to me. I love these!
On Sustainable Cooks This Week:
Corrin posted this review of these spuds on Facebook:
I have been making these since you first (I’m assuming) posted these years ago. OMGoodness these are wonderful! I usually steal all the crispy garlic bits from my kiddos spuds! Yum!!!!!
Check out this review on the IP Orange Chicken from Paulette, a reader who has already made it:
Just made this tonight. We practically licked the skillet clean! Our oranges weren’t very sweet, so I added a little sweetener. I really like how the baking soda helped the texture of the chicken too! Who knew? Served it with riced cauliflower. Thank you so much, Sarah!! I’ve already forwarded the recipe to my sisters.
The Five Most Popular Posts This Week:
- How to Plant Garlic – Step by Step
- Three Ingredient Lotion Bars (I feel like some of your moms are getting lotion bars for Mother’s Day. This post has been pinned a bunch this week!)
- Unique Ideas For Mom (another one that got a decent amount of pins!)
- The World’s Second Best Baked Potatoes
- Beginner Quilts: Cheater Quilts
Monday:: Takeout. I’m eating alllllll fried rice before Whole30 starts!
Tuesday:: A quick breakfast so Troy and Jack can head out to baseball. Eggs, pancakes, and bacon or sausage for the boys. Eggs, bacon/sausage, and fruit for Troy and I.
Wednesday:: Roasted chicken, roasted veg, salad, and biscuits for the boys. Jack is supposed to have practice but we’re skipping it. His game the night before is in a town 30 minutes away and doesn’t even start until 6 and lasts for over two hours. And then his coach wants to have practice the next night? Eff that noise. He’s “sick” that day friend. These kids are NINE.
Thursday:: Salad with leftover chicken for us and leftover biscuits for the boys.
Friday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and movie night. Troy and I will have leftovers of the Whole30 persuasion.
Saturday:: (bat a thon) Salmon Cakes, roasted veg, and salmon.
Sunday:: Family dinner
What We Bought This Week:
Smith Brother’s Farms: $18.05
Fred Meyer: $66.14
Our local butcher: $14.73
What are you having this week?