Kill All the Things

I do believe I got to the “Kill All the Things” stage a bit faster than usual. Tuesday, to be precise. You know it’s bad when you can’t even make eye contact for fear that you’ll suddenly transform into a man-eating lioness.

And still, I cooked.

I made a delicious Moroccan Beef Roast and cauliflower rice recipe from the Whole30 Cookbook for dinner and Pumpkin Custard from Louisiana Bride for breakfast the next day.

Wednesday, I began to feel less she-wolf and more average-exhausted-mom. I went out to Picnik because HELLO, THEY HAVE A WHOLE30 MENU. I wonder how many restaurants in the U.S. can say that. We had Sweet Potato Chili from Savory Lotus for dinner, which never disappoints.

Thursday was leftovers for lunch and Nomnompaleo’s Instant Pot Chicken and Gravy with Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts from Detoxinista.

I’m pretty proud of myself that I’ve managed to throw together our meal plan on the fly and stick to this round fairly easily so far. I know hard things are coming, but for now I’m feeling like kind of a pro. And I’m definitely not jinxing myself right now.

Notes on starting a Whole30, wildly unprepared

I made chia pudding.

I made it at 10:30pm, when I was dog-tired and ready to give up before I even started. But, I made a commitment and we were out of eggs. Tip #1 for wrecking a Whole30: begin with no eggs in your house. Or lunch meat. Or coffee. But, I tackled the first meal before I went to bed and felt a lot better for it.

Lunch was an impromptu picnic at a friend’s house. She made chicken salad and I brought the mayo. We rounded it out with some cherry tomatoes, fruit, olives, plantain chips and guac…three moms can put together quite a picnic spread on the fly.

Dinner for the family was a lovely sheet pan of roasted root vegetable and a porkchop/apple skillet. For me, it was a handful of dried nuts and fruit as I ran out the door for practice. Daddy was none too happy with me that I lost track of time and made him finish cooking dinner. But, we did it! We conquered Day 1! Just 29 more to go…

Our Fourth Round of Whole30

We began our FOURTH round of Whole30 today, but yesterday my kids had two fistfuls of candy, chocolate cake, and pizza. Today will be rough.

We began our first Whole30 in July 2014 and it turned my world upside down. I read It Starts with Food and I was ready to challenge myself and my family. Sweet baby cheeses, that was hard! I felt as if I were moving through pea soup every day. After Round 1, I tried to cook mostly at home and mostly well, but slips turn into snowballs and before you know it, you’re at the bottom of the hill again.

Our second Whole30, in June 2016, was a bit more lax since our kids were older and much more adept at whining about food. We had smoothies and banana pancakes for breakfast occasionally. However, we completed a full reintroduction this time and I learned that all beans are out to destroy me. I also began the Nourishaustin (previously wholefamilyfood) Instagram account in 2016 for all the moms who insisted that they could never do a Whole30 with their kids. It’s possible. It’s not easy or fun, but I enjoy a challenge. Also, I may enjoy “torturing” my children.

My third round of Whole30 began when I found out one of the “cool moms” at school had decided to go for it and I chose to tag along for moral support. I failed. I think I made it 25 days? Whoops! I thought I had it down by then, but apparently my resistance to temptation was not nearly as strong as I thought.

I’ve been pep-talking myself for weeks, y’all. I still haven’t done as much planning and prep as I should have, but we’re doing it. Bring on the vegetables!