I am happy to report that I survived my first week. Dare I say….it was not as bad as I thought!
Here are a few things to report from the week:
- I do still need coffee. Turns out coffee is actually good with just whole milk or half and half. Who knew!?
- By the end of day 2, I was a jerk and my belly was not happy with me. I gave up my fiber supplement for the month as it contains sugar. (This was an unexplainable loss folks.) I was back to feeling “normal” in both my attitude and digestion by day 4.
- Could it be possible that my complexion is improving already? I did also switch to a cool new night creme, so it could be a coincidence. Regardless, several people have made comments.
- It is REALLY hard to be the only one in my house that is doing this. Dave’s food journey is his food journey, so I did not force him to give this a go. Cooking something different for my boys (hubs included), or a modified version of what I have been eating is pretty rough. Most nights, I have served what I have served what I have served, and Dave got to benefit from a healthier meal.
- I am SUPER grateful for my local butcher (go pay him a visit please and support local!), and my CSA because they both allow me the option to keep fresh, high quality food on hand. I might even incorporate the farmer’s market next weekend.
Recap on things I ate last week:
- Breakfasts went well. Nothing life changing. I did significantly under-boil close to a dozen pastured eggs, which was a crushing blow. Besides that, I have not been challenged by my options. Oatmeal with whole milk and applesauce carried me through.
- Lunch was mostly left-overs and salads. Generally, I struggle with getting my lunch packed up before heading out for the day, then find myself snacking on unhealthy things while I am out. This week, I realized that it only takes a few minutes to plan ahead, and bring both snacks and a hearty lunch. Victory. When I was home for lunch, it usually looked something like this:
- I stuck to the dinner plan. Wins included my very favorite whole chicken in my crock pot which fed us for a few nights, and also was added to a few lunch salads throughout the week, meatballs (seared in bacon grease, then baked through), chopped salad with quinoa/apples/sweet potatoes, and the chipotle chicken sweet potatoes (no image because I ate them too fast). All recipe links are in previous week’s menu.
- The only dinner that was not a hit was the pho/shrimp soup. I put in too many spices that competed with the flavor of my broth, and it was HOT that evening which made consuming soup less than ideal. I might try it again with some corrections.
Here is what is on the menu for this week. Only including links to dinners. I will post what worked and did not work for breakfast/lunch in my recap next week.
Monday: Steak fajitas. I will have this without tortillas, maybe over salad or rice. I will use the meat for lunch the first few days of the week. I got a massive portion to supply meat for a few meals and lunches. Cook once, eat multiple times y’all.
Tuesday: Fajita bowl with leftover steak, beans, avocado, cheese.
Wednesday: Salmon with mango/avocado salsa and zucchini spears.
Thursday: Chicken avocado burgers. I will have some yummy artichokes to accompany the burgers.
Friday: Quinoa with paprika chicken and asparagus
Saturday: Fish tacos in lettuce wraps. You guys, this fish with the avocado sauce is SO amazing. I typically make fresh corn tortillas, but not this go-round.
Sunday: This will be an adventure, but going to give some crockpot curry beef stew a try. I adore this blogger, and almost everything I make from her collection is awesome.
Share your favorite clean recipes in the comments if you have found things that you love.
Eat well this week friends!