Day 12, Self-care Day

Sometimes you just need a day. It has been a long week and we both were exhausted. I had planned to drive a truck for the HPP to Columbia, but I decided I needed to stay behind.  Since those plans changed, we decided that we both needed some self-care. I went to get my truck serviced and run a couple of errands and Mary Gwen went to get a pedicure. We met back home to go grocery shopping, then out to eat for a friends birthday. All in all the day was relaxing, and it was much needed.

Day 12:

What went well?

MG-Practing self-care and being prepared at a restaurant.

G-Practing self-care and trying new things to keep our Whole30 new and exciting.

What could have gone better?

MG-Eating meals at a better time.

G-While we were able to remain compliant at the restaurant, I think it probably would have been better to eat before.

What will you do tomorrow?

MG- Meal prep food and try to eat three solid meals

G-Try something new and prep for the upcoming week.

Thingamajig of the Day:

If you have a food allergy or have ever tried to eat healthy at a restaurant you know that finding options can be tough. It is these reasons and more, that we rarely go out to eat while on Whole30. But sometimes you make exceptions. Armed with precooked chicken, LaCroix, and Tessemae’s Creamy Ranch, we were ready. While none of the appetizers were Whole30 approved or modifiable, that didn’t stop our friend from requesting a large plate of celery for us to munch on. Where there is a will, there is a way.

Day 11 – Stick a Fork in me, I’m done.

Honestly, I think we are both drained. We went to the hospital to visit my best friend and one of her babies who has the flu. They should be getting out tomorrow! Yay!! I had eaten lunch late, and by the time we got home, I just wasn’t that hungry for dinner. I ate two eggs and a grapefruit; and Garth had a bowl of shredded chicken. Not the best Whole30 meal and definitely not varied; but alas, it was still Whole30.

Day 11:

What went well?

MG– I went to Starbucks to grab my friend a drink and wasn’t tempted. I’ve definitely felt a difference in my stomach – it seems flatter!

G– I got encouragement from co-workers and was asked to share some of our Whole30 recipes.

What could have gone better?

MG– The past two nights have been off for me on dinner. Last night, just having an RxBar and then tonight, the two eggs and a grapefruit. I need to be more balanced and varied in meals, but I was proud to say that I didn’t grab fast food! And I fell off the water bandwagon. 😦

G– Eating a proper dinner would’ve been a better option than eating a bowl of protein and going to bed.

What will you do tomorrow?

MG– Work on meal prep for the upcoming week and making those balanced with protein, veggies, and healthy fats. Continue my own fun water roller coaster.

G– I think we both need to take a day for some self-care and eat all 3 meals, whether I feel like it or not.

Thingamajig of the Day:

So, for today’s thingamajig, we are going to go out of the norm and share a recipe. Seriously, this is the simplest thing you will ever make! I took this to the friend that I mentioned earlier in the post, and she and her beau raved over it and thought there was some special ingredient. I promise, it’s two ingredients and that’s it!!
Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde Chicken

  • Chicken Breast (make sure it’s compliant – no seasonings or anything. We buy ours at Costco.)
  • Trader Jose’s Salsa Verde (Don’t worry–it’s not spicy, I’m the biggest wimp when it comes to spice! Also, if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, then find a compliant version. I have before at a typical grocery store). 
Put your chicken breasts in a crock pot with half the jar of salsa verde. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-6 hours. Stick a fork in it to make sure it’s done!  Shred and put on salads, tortilla chips (for you guys who aren’t Whole30), or eat by itself! Let us know what you think! 

Day 10, Odd Day=Odd Post

Today just felt odd. The day seems hazy to me, hard to really say much about it. Work went by quickly, then I went off to therapy. Mary Gwen had an emotional day and was home cooking and resting. After therapy I went off to Home Depot to pick up a truck for HPP. I came home, finished cooking and then worked on our new Facebook Page. Mary Gwen went late to visit a friend who’s newborn daughter was in the hospital. We finally went to bed late, just ready for the day to be done.

Day 10:

What went well?

MG– I drank over a half gallon of water and resisted more food in the office.

G-Despite forgetting to eat lunch, I was able to fend off the many office foods of the day.

What could have gone better?

MG– After an emotional day my appetite is off and I am not really hungry.

G-Not eating until late threw off my day, I need to do something to change this.

What will you do tomorrow?

MG-Practice some self care tomorrow after work and make sure to eat all my meals.

G– Eat a bigger breakfast so that I am not hungry when I forget to eat lunch.

Thingamajig of the Day:

I love cooking on the grill! Honestly, there are few times that I won’t grill; snow and rain mean nothing to me. One of my favorite tools for grilling is a quality meat thermometer. There is nothing worse than having a juicy hamburger that is too pink in the center. Lavatools has a great product that is tough and easy to use. If you don’t have a this in your kitchen/grilling arsenal, you need to! It’s also magnetic!