Week 2 Completed: Whole30 for the Piepers

I have graduated to a weekly Whole30 post.

  1. have been crazy busy and squeezing it in daily it getting difficult
  2. we have been making favorite meals that I have already shared
  3. I don’t have a lot of new insight. It really feels like we’ve been eating this way forever!

Time has been a huge change for me. Eating Whole30 is not quick, fast, on-the-go foods. They are good, nutritious, healthy food that take time to prepare and eat. Although this may seem like a disadvantage, I feel like it has been a bonus.

  • It has created more meal times as a family.
  • It encourages us to get up earlier.
  • We’ve been able to get a good start to our day.

I have had some great Crockpot meals! I loved Creamy Chicken Soup (I added 16oz of chopped up mushrooms and 3 C spinach.) Tomorrow I’m going to cook a whole chicken with garlic, onions, lemons and spices. After the meal is over I’ll put bones and skin back in the crockpot with water and cook overnight to make chicken stock. I did just run across a Jambalaya Crockpot recipe that I think I’ll try next week.

Now to Easter… I think I will make:

- A roasted leg of lamb with mint pesto
- Deviled eggs with homemade mayo, paprika, (some topped with fresh jalapeño)
Twice baked sweet potatoes topped with pecans
- sautéed mushrooms and garlic with fresh herbs

One last random though, Kim, Katie and I are going to The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo. I’m so very excited to go. I will be planning to bring most of my food to I don’t get tempted! Stay tuned for posts next week.

Recipes:

Jumbalaya Crockpot Recipe

Twice baked Sweet pot

Any other suggestions for Easter Menu?

Be Blessed!

Day 10: Whole30 for the Piepers

Love talking to my family and friends about the Whole30. I am far from an expert. But I do know how I’m feeling better and loving the recipes. It makes me smile when my friends try the recipes and love them too.

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Meal 1: Hardboiled eggs, orange and almonds

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Meal 2: Tuna fish salad on spinach

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Meal 3: http://cultivatingtrio.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/whole30-stuffed-cabbage-recipe.jpg(This is one of my kids favorites!)
Snacks: Peanuts and sweet peppers

Energy levels: More even over the whole day
Sleep: good
Gut issues: same
Hormonal issues: same
Focus: same

Daily Take-away:  I shouldn’t guess what my kids will like or not like. The meals that I think they will love, don’t get rave reviews; but the ones that I think will be voted “so-so,” are the ones that they LOVE and are their favorites!

Recipe:

Whole30 Stuffed Cabbage recipe

So, I’m starting to think about Easter. We will still be on the Whole30 over the holiday. I want to start new traditions for our holidays that don’t revolve around. Any ideas?

Be Blessed!

Day 09: Whole30 for the Piepers

Well I’ve been feeling great. It’s 11:00 pm and this is my “snack time.” It used to be one or two squares of dark chocolate, chips, popcorn or a scoop or two of ice cream. Now, my snack is dates and pecans, grapes and almonds or a Larabar. It’s all about the choices.

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Meal 1: Hard Boiled Eggs, orange and sweet peppers

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Meal 2: Tuna Salad on Spinach

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Meal 3: Citrus Chicken, Brussel sprouts and Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
Snacks: Orange and almonds

Energy levels: the afternoon energy drop has gone away
Sleep: good
Gut issues: same
Hormonal issues: same
Focus: same

Daily Take-away: Cooking takes time. Prep, Prep, Prep… My kids would quickly grab some fruit for a snack before veggies. As I thought about it, the reason was because most fruits are grab and go. Veggies usually need to be cut, pealed or chopped before they are easily eaten. So, as  make my meals I spent an extra 10-15 minutes prepping veggies for snacks.

What are some of your kids favorite veggies to snack on?

Be Blessed!

 

Day 08: Whole30 for the Piepers

Happy April’s Fool’s Day! All I have to say is that the Whole30 is no JOKE! If you’ve ever thought that you would like to try it, you should! It’s well worth the sacrifice. 30 days is do-able. There is a end. It’s long enough to start feeling the good effects of eating healthy. I’m so glad that we are doing the Whole30!

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Meal 1: Mushroom, Onion Frattata

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Meal 2: Asian Beef and Broccoli
Meal 3: 10-Minute Chili

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Snacks: http://cultivatingtrio.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/whole30-banana-blueberry-smoothie-recipe.jpg

Energy levels: Same
Sleep: Good
Gut issues: same
Hormonal issues: I’m on Day2 of my period and I had the worst cramps since childbirth… hormone levels must be changing.
Focus: same

Daily Take-away: Love this blog by Heather Sanders. I have been reading her blog for about a year. She started the Whole30 and blogged about it. That’s where I got inspired. Check her out here. She is on Day 22… there is hope! :)

Recipe:

Whole30 Asian Beef & Broccoli recipe

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Whole30 banana blueberry smoothie recipe

Let me know if you have a great recipe. The kid’s favorite meal so far is the  10-Minute Chili.

 

Day 07: Whole30 for the Piepers

I’m such a bad blogger!!! I totally keep on forgetting to take pictures of our meals. I’m so sorry!! (The next time I make the Beef Roast I’ll take a picture and put it in.)

Whole30 Meal Planning

I did find some FREE Whole30 resources to share with you. They are awesome!

Meal 1: Mushroom, Onion Frattata
Meal 2: Leftover Chicken on a Salad with Mango Salsa
Meal 3: Beef Roast with Sweet Potato Hash
Snacks: Mashed banana with cocoa powder

Energy levels: same
Sleep: same
Gut issues: getting better
Hormonal issues: same
Focus: some of the teens seem to have better focus

Daily Take-away:

-Eating healthy is expensive. But that shouldn’t be a reason not to do the Whole30. When I’m planning my week of meals, I check out what protein is on sale this week. From there, I see what we still have in the fridge that need to be eaten up. I make my list. The first store I go to is Aldi. I get whatever I can there; I just have to be careful to read ingredients. Lot’s of things have sugar in them. Then I’ll get the rest at our local grocery store.

-My youngest is having the hardest time with this last week. He’s 10 and a good eater. He tries everything. I think he is just worried that he will never have candy or ice cream again. ;) The older girls have grasped the bigger picture. They don’t always like it but they do understand it.

Recipe:

whole30 Beef Roast

Have a Blessed Day!

 

Day 06: Whole30 for the Piepers

We had a good, sunny Saturday. Greg spray-painted the outline in our backyard for our garden that we will be putting in this spring. We are getting ready for the Whole30 this summer with our own grown veggies.

Meal 1: Melon, Banana Muffin and Veggie Omelet
Meal 2: Left over Grilled Chicken and Steamed Veggies

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Meal 3: Salmon Salad with Mango Salsa
Snacks: Nuts, Apples and Hard Boiled Eggs

Energy levels: Seems to be the same, back to normal for kids
Sleep: I’m sleeping better, waking at 6:30 rested and refreshed
Gut issues: slightly bloated
Hormonal issues: same
Focus: same

Daily Take-away: Being outside and active is a great way to get your mind off things you can’t eat! A nice walk, a few min shooing hoops or even a bike ride.

Recipes:

Mango salsa

What’s your favorite outside activity to do alone or as a family?

Be Blessed!

 

 

Day 05: Whole30 for the Piepers

So the older girls went to a party with typical party food, chips, pizza, candy, soda, etc… They brought veggies & Sweet Potato Chips to share. They also age right before they left. I guess seeing and smelling the pizza was the worst. But other than that they said they kept busy, didn’t hangout by the food and it was all good. Also, the host of the party made them smoothies with coconut milk… how considerate is that!?!

 

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Meal 1: Hard Boiled Eggs, Zucchini, Sweet Peppers and a Banana Muffin
Meal 2: Chicken, Carrot, Sweet Potato, Onion Soup
Meal 3: Mediterranean Grilled Chicken with grilled Zucchini, Mushrooms and steamed Cauliflower

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Snacks: Almond Butter Bites

Energy levels: same
Sleep: better, more dreams
Gut issues: feeling gassy and bloated
Hormonal issues: same
Focus: same

Daily Take-away:

  • Always bring snacks! It’s inevitable that you are going to be in a situation that you are tempted. If you have a healthy choice with you it is easier to say “no.”
  • Surround your self with friends that support you and the healthier choices that you are trying to make. If possible, have friends join you on your journey. We have a family that is doing the Whole30 with us! (Thank you Coady Family!! You are a blessing to us!) Even if we never cook or eat a meal together this month, it helps me to know that they are making the same hard choices that we are. We share favorite recipes and the ones that flop. Even my kids got to go to the party with a friend to support them and make the same choices that they had to.

Recipe:

whole30 almond butter bite recipe

Do you think it gets easier to be surrounded by food that you can’t have or is it always a struggle?

Be Blessed!