Real Food – Day 4

Uh huh.  Day 4.  Wait….we are ONLY on day 4?!?!

Yesterday’s recap:

High – While I am tired from all of the planning and prepping, my energy level is much higher.  Dave mentioned that he also had more energy the last few days, and that is even with him being sick.

Low – I am VERY irritable.  Perfect timing given the three sick and whiny boys in the house.  Yesterday, after hour number 3 of Dave’s hiccups (I am not kidding), under the guise of being a caring wife, I told him that he should go lay down and rest since he was not feeling well.  He called me out on my passive aggressive attempt to get him and his noisy hiccups out of my general area.  I then told him that I would rip his throat out if he kept it up, and it was in his best interest to remove himself.  As you can imagine, it was quite a proud moment for me, but this caused him to laugh so hard that the hiccups went away!  Lucky for him.

Breakfast went as planned with pancakes and strawberries for the boys.  We added a few antioxidants to our juicy to boost immunity.

For lunch Lucas had beans and rice with pear and blueberries.  Trevor had a pb&j with a side of crying and throwing a fit.  A nap followed VERY shortly after lunch.  Dave and I were pretty full still from breakfast, so I snacked on the remainder of Trevor’s sandwich, a pear and crackers with cream cheese.  Dave had carrots, apples with peanut butter and some pistachios.

Dinner prep was horrendous.  Everyone was hungry, and in my way.  The boys ate sweet potatoes while the enchiladas warmed up in the oven.  Lucas loved the enchiladas, and Trevor had another helping of whining after his sweet potatoes.    Dave and I both thought the enchilada sauce could have used a bit more seasoning, but it was still good.  We also had a side salad with cucumber, almonds, avocado, shredded carrots, pepper and olive oil.  I need to make some yummy salad dressings.  I just ordered this cool tool to help with dressings.


For today, adults did juicy and coffee.  Dave also had a hard boiled egg.  Boys had whole plain yogurt with some maple syrup and pears.  We kept Trevor home from school today since he has a raspy voice and cough.

Dave packed a pb&j, rice and beans and a pear.  I will have an egg with some toast and tangerines.

Dinner will be left over enchiladas.

Score card:

I have lost 1 pound, and Dave has lost 6!  He thinks that he was wearing really heavy clothes when he first weighed himself, so we will see if he keeps losing, or if it levels out.

Real Food – Day 3

Someone thought this was a good idea.  This no sugar/refined oil/processed food thing.  Then, somehow I was convinced that they were right and decided to drink the kool aid.  (Or, the juice as it were since kool aid is technically ALL sugar.)  And that is how I feel on day 3.

Yesterday’s recap.

MAD rush in the morning to fire up juicy, and whip up banana pancakes from scratch.   All while attempting to shower, get two kids fed and get Trevor to school by 8:45.  SO awesome.

Got home from the school shuffle about 10:30, and found Dave eating a peanut butter and honey sandwich.   Clearly the juicy did not satisfy this time, so we may have to consider something more in the mornings with our juice.

Lucas loved his refried beans and rice, and had some avocado too.  Trevor went for a staple of whole plain yogurt, avocado and a few bites of beans and rice.

Since Dave already ate (ish) I packed up the left over fish and rice for me to take to work.  Forgot the dang lemon, so it was just as amazing as the night before.  (Insert sarcasm)  Left the cut up veggies/ranch for Dave to snack on since he was home not feeling well.

When I got home from work, the chicken was warming in the crockpot, and falling off the bone.  SO good!  We made salads with a small amount of chicken, egg, avocado, shredded cheese and homemade ranch.  Dave and I had a parenting class to attend in the eve, so we ate our salads in the car.  Lucas had cheese, chicken and sweet potatoes, while Trevor had banana, cheese and sweet potatoes.

On the way home from our class, we stopped to get some more kale and oranges for juicy, milk and half and half.  There is not enough space here to describe my acute LONGING for coffeemate.  Another day…

Lesson learned from day 2.  It is ill advised to begin your 10 days of real food adventure the day after Easter.  You will find that every place you turn, someone is trying to pawn off their left over candy and chocolate eggs.  They will be left in the break room at work, or brought to your parenting class for “snacks.”   Must.stay.the.course

Today’s plan…

We started with juicy and defrosted zucchini muffins for the big kids.  The minions got left over pancakes and strawberries.



Dave is home sick again today.  He will be sipping on some chicken stock that cooked all night in the crockpot, and we also plan on eating some refried beans/rice, and possibly a pb&j.  We will see how the day shakes out.  Something delish for the kiddos.  NO clue what…

Dinner will be chicken enchiladas using the remaining chicken from last night with a side salad.  I found some great whole corn tortillas at whole foods, but  I am SUCH a flour-tortillas-in-my-enchiladas kind of gal, that I hope I am not in for a huge let down.  I plan to feed the boys the enchiladas too with some sweet potato, but that may be a dream.

Staying flexible and determined.

BTW: Super excited about my new CSA delivery!  You can even have them deliver eggs, meat, cheese and dairy products!  New box will be on my porch first thing in the morning.  YAY!!!

Real Food – Day 2

I want to begin by recapping how we fared yesterday.

The juice kept both of us quite satisfied until 11ish when the snackies began. I came to work equipped with carrot and celery sticks, so we were able to stay away from the vending machine and bowl of candy sitting at the reception desk. Dave and I work together, so it makes it easier to only pack one bag.

For lunch we ate our cute little quiches along with a pear and some strawberries. I used the link for the recipe, but made mine in cupcake tins which allowed me to bring a few, and save a few for later. They also freeze really well.

I was doing ok until a meeting with my boss in the afternoon. Another bowl FULL of candy in her office. I covered it with my notebook. Out of sight…

Dinner was just meh. The fish was good, but the rice was drrrrrryyyyyy, and the asparagus was slightly undercooked. I like my veggies crispy, but these bordered on raw. Mental note to whip up some sort of yummy sauce next time. After dinner, I usually have something sweet, so instead I had a few strawberries.

On the docket for today.

Juice in the morning again, and the boys got whole wheat pancakes with sliced pear. I may or may not have swiped a pancake.


Lunch for the adults will be left overs from dinner with a fresh lemon squeezed on top to add some flavor. Dave stayed home today with a bit of a cold, so I brought rice cakes with peanut butter, as well as cucumber and carrots with homemade ranch for snacks. The boys will get some refried beans that cooked overnight in the crock pot, with avocado and cut up asparagus.

After a quick washing, the crock pot was put back to use for tonight’s dinner. Whole chicken (purchased from a local farmer at the farmers market) will cook all day then get shredded for chicken salad tonight. The remainder of the chicken will be used for chicken enchiladas on Wednesday. I also plan to steam some artichokes. No mayo for dipping. Sniff.

In related news, we both weighed in last night. While the starting weights will not be shared, I will certainly be sharing any poundage that is shed.

Let’s hope I can avoid the candy bowls today.

Real Food – Day 1

And so it begins…

It seems like I have been prepping for weeks.  Both with actual food prep, and mental preparation.  I hear that it is all about being organized, and planning.  We shall see if I have done enough.

To help with breakfasts, I purchased a new shiny toy!  Behold…JUICY!

Day 1

This morning I used juicy to make breakfast for me and Dave.  It included apples, pear, cucumber, kale, spinach, celery, carrots, kiwi and an orange!  Oh, and I slipped in some chia seed.  The boys both had (previously frozen) defrosted zucchini muffins, banana and Lucas also had whole plain yogurt sweetened with homemade applesauce.  Off to a good start right?!?!  I can say that at 9am on Day 1!

I tried my best to explain to our nanny that the boys are going to be on a bit of a modified diet today, and that all snacks would have to be fruit or triscuits.  Yes, triscuits are an OK real food option surprisingly.   She seemed to understand.  :/

For the boys’ lunch, I made brown rice with veggie sauce containing pureed asparagus and zucchini.  They both really like this dish.  For me and Dave, I packed cut carrots and celery with hummus dip, strawberries, pear and cute little individual cheese quiches made with whole wheat crust.


We made some flounder last night sauteed in lemon, butter and garlic, and will have that tonight for dinner with brown rice and steamed asparagus.

Wish us luck!