Tales of A Paleo Mom

April Challenge and Minute Mayo Recipe

So I am at it again with the challenge thing.  But April is going to be different…really!  Instead of going at it alone, I am doing a squat challenge with my sister and a few friends (if they all commit!).  Working out with others is a great way to stay motivated and committed, or at least I am hoping it is :).  So I will be starting tomorrow morning with 30 squats…definitely doable.

About a year ago, I tried making mayonnaise using my food processor and blender.  Both appliances got too warm and broke the emulsion (I think that’s what it’s called!), so I gave up after two failed attempts.  Then I found a few recipes using an immersion blender and discovered how easy it was to make homemade mayo using this method.   I love making this mayo.  It is super easy and tasty!  My husband likes this homemade mayo better than “regular” processed one on grocer store shelves.  The best part it is there are only a few ingredients which are staples in most kitchens, and it really takes 1 minute to whip up.

Minute Mayo Recipe (Whole 30 friendly)

What you need…

  • 1 large egg, at room temperature (I have also used an egg out of the fridge and it worked fine.)
  • juice from half of a lemon
  • squirt of Dijon mustard (about a tsp.)
  • 1/2-1 tsp. of salt
  • 1 cup mild tasting oil (I use walnut oil.  Be careful not to make with regular olive oil…it doesn’t taste all that great.  If using olive oil, get the light kind.  You’ll thank me!)

What to do…

  1. In an immersion blender cup/container thing, crack the egg.  Add the lemon juice (watch for seeds!), mustard and salt.
  2. Place the immersion blender into the cup/container and begin to blend.
  3. With the blender running, slowly pour in the oil.  It will take 10-15 seconds before it begins to emulsify.  Keep pouring the oil until all has been added.
  4. Continue to blend until all the oil has been combined.
  5. Place in a container and refrigerate.

Some people say it can be kept in the fridge for one week and others say up to three weeks.  When it starts to smell funky or tastes weird, it’s time to make a new batch…if it lasts that long.

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Weekly Meal Plan – Week of March 30th

Here are the meals planned for the week…

Week of March 29th30th (oops!)

  • Sunday:  burgers (buffalo burger for me), sweet potato fries, roasted Brussels sprouts and artichokes
  • Monday:  Balsamic Chicken, sauteed green beans, green salad
  • Tuesday:  Sausage, Artichokes, and Sun-dried Tomatoes with Pasta (zucchini pasta for me)
  • Wednesday:  Roasted Chicken Pieces
  • Thursday:  Pork Tenderloin for the family but not me since it has honey in it
  • Friday:  ?
  • Saturday:  out

Today, while out shopping, I sent my daughter a picture of the prepared salads from Costco she keeps asking me to buy.  The rest of the family is technically done with their healthy eating 30 day challenge tomorrow, so Sarah had asked for the salads for lunch because her BFF brings them for lunch and “they look so good!”  Her reply to the picture, “No I changed my mind.  I’m just going to keep eating turkey rollups.”  :)  No argument from me!

And about the healthy eating 30 day challenge…overall, I would say it was pretty successful. It turned out that the family ate healthy during the week (for the most part, husband went off more than the kids during week) and then on the weekends they got to chose what they wanted.  Most of the time, it turned out only to be Saturday night’s meal which wasn’t too bad.  We talked about the challenge over the last few days, and they want to continue to eat healthy during the week and then be allowed to make their own choices on the weekend which I think is fine for now.

Workouts have been few and far between if any.  I ran twice this week (I think) and that’s it.  I am hoping this next week slows down and I get a few lifting workouts in there.  It is hard when there is a lot going on at school and with the kids.  I just can’t get up at 5:15 right now to workout on the side yard in the cold and dark.  Maybe once things start to warm up.

Hoping this week is a little less hectic!

Off to fix dinner and prep mayo and Sweet Potato Sausage Breakfast Casserole (with homemade sausage) for this week’s breakfast.

 

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Whole 30 – Day 2

I successfully made it through Day 1…barely.   After my lunch post, we had had to lock down at school which caused much chaos for students and teachers.  It’s a long story but made for an exciting and anxiety causing afternoon.  Following work, there was a bridal shower for one of my coworkers at Sonoma Chicken Coop.  I wasn’t looking forward to going but knew it was the right thing to do.  It had plates of appetizers which consisted of icky, greasy food “stuff” , so I opted to watch everyone eat and drink while I sipped water.  I even drove home with a red velvet cupcake in my hand (for my husband) without sneaking even a small nibble.  Dinner was boring…sauteed chicken and salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  I was still hungry, so I ate a handful of pistachios.

After doing the dishes, I decided to make myself a cup of mint chocolate tea with coconut milk.  I was hoping this would hit the spot for “a treat” after dinner but it didn’t really do the trick.  I ended up eating a few more pistachios and an orange.  All in all…day 1 was a success!

Today…Day 2….hmm…I had nothing to pack for lunch which could have lead to me calling the WHOLE thing off (that’s my bad attempt at humor!).  I decided that wasn’t an option.  I am committed to doing this!  Meal 1 was easy to take care, and I decided to throw Applegate salami into Meal 2 bag and planned on running out for something else like a salad or something.  I ended up picking up sugar snap peas, baby carrots, and guac.   Once I got back to school, the salami wasn’t sounding like a great choice, so I had 2 hard-boiled eggs which I had left in the fridge overnight and my veggies and guac. along with a banana.  I can’t repeat enough how important prepping is…need to practice what I preach ;)  I will definitely be prepping this weekend.

I did wake up with a headache this morning which went away about 10:00 and I felt a bit nauseous for about a half hour.  Not sure if it’s related to changing my diet…it’s only been one day!  I did sleep all night without waking up sweating to death so I was happy about that!

That’s it.

Nothing too exciting.

I think I will wrap up my day by having a cup of red velvet chocolate tea in a bit, meal planning and prepping my grocery list, before calling it a night.

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Quick Update…Whole 30 Day 1

Day 1 of the Whole 30 and it’s going fairly well so far.

Meal 1: 2 scrambled eggs with spinach cooked in coconut oil, black coffee
Meal 2: leftover roasted chicken, sautéed green beans with garlic and olive oil, orange

I didn’t eat breakfast within one hour of waking and had to force myself to choke it down.  I just wasn’t hungry.  It was a hectic morning with the executive team walking through our classrooms.  As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I have had a few hectic days which has lead to beginning my second Whole 30.   Things should be slowing down I am hoping.

Crossing my fingers and toes I make smart choices the rest of the day!

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A WHOLE Lot of Help Needed….

The last two days have been rough…

Yesterday, I was on a field trip from 10:15-1:55 (early dismissal-thank goodness). There were 84 students from third and fourth grades and only two teachers.  We did have lots of parent chaperones which definitely helped, but some parents are not comfortable speaking up if needed.  No one got lost, and the students behaved themselves for the most part :)  I forgot how much I hate riding on a school bus packed with LOUD children!

Following the field trip, we had a staff meeting where we went over training on how to administer the new assessment (CAASPP)  since shifting to Common Core this year.  My brain went into shutdown mode, and I was done for the day after that.  UNTIL…I found out that the GATE test I was administering the following day to all 3rd grade students still needed to be picked up by ME!  This was my first year giving the test, so I really had no idea what I was doing.  I missed the training due to conferences, so I had no idea that I was responsible for picking up the tests.  I called the district office, contacted the person in charge to confirm she was still there, and then rushed over before she left for the day.  While my brain was done, I still had more work to do after dinner and packing lunches for the next day.  Since I needed to be out of the class for the day to do the testing, I still needed to prep and type up sub plans.  I finally made it to bed at 11:45pm.

Oops…I left one thing out…I didn’t eat anything until 2:00pm.  I had my usual cup of coffee with coconut milk and a little coconut sugar.  I was too busy making sure everything was prepped for the field trip.  The students had to eat lunch at 9:45 am since we weren’t allowed to bring food or snacks with us.  I just wasn’t hungry, so I ended up eating once the students had been dismissed and I had a chance to sit down for a minute at our staff meeting.  After rushing around to pick up the tests, I was on anxiety overload and started eating anything and everything in sight.  After dinner, I consumed large amounts of sugar.  I went to bed on a sugar high and had a hard time sleeping.

Today, I got to school after picking up pencils and brain food (Goldfish?  not my idea of brain food) for testing and needed to finish copying materials for the sub.  I quickly went over the plans with the sub, and I headed into the first classroom to give the GATE test.  Again, I didn’t eat breakfast because I was nervous about giving the test for the first time and was prepping for my sub and the test at the same time.  I tested three classes of 30 students back to back, but it wasn’t bad at all once I made it through the first group.  Lunch finally rolled around and I was able to sit down around 1:00 pm to eat some leftovers from Monday night’s dinner.  I left school briefly to watch my son’s play at school and then headed back for a planning meeting with my teammates.  On my way home, I stopped by Target to get sheets for my daughter’s new bed and grabbed a couple other items.  Got home and started snacking, snacking, snacking…ate dinner..then more snacking, snacking, snacking…

And no working out….

And…this is kind of gross…but I am SWEATING to death at night again…

The executive team will be coming to our school tomorrow for a meet and greet in addition to observing our classrooms…YIKES!…another nerve-wracking morning!

While I am not beating myself up over my poor food choices, I clearly need to get myself back on track.  I know everyone slips up now and again, but my slip ups can turn into downhill catastrophes quickly.  I feel like at least I know what is going on and why and maybe I can get things back under control.  So how am I going to do that you may be asking???

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I have to.  I don’t see any other way to get things under control without following some sort of “plan”.  In the past, I said I wouldn’t do another Whole 30 or Sugar Detox, but the truth is sometimes you just need to reset your body and get healthy again.

I will not be cleaning out my house of off limit foods because I am the only one who will be doing this.  My mother in law still eats her “regular” diet and while the rest of the family is eating healthier, many of the items they are eating aren’t allowed on the Whole30.  I think this will be the biggest challenge along with food prep.  But I know I can do it because I did it once before!

So Whole30 starts tomorrow…

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Weekly Meal Plan

Super quick…then off to bed…

  • Sunday:  my MIL invited my parents over, so she was in charge of dinner – steak, marinaded chicken, oven roasted potatoes, asparagus, spinach salad, garlic bread with brownies and ice cream for dessert
  • Monday:  Paleo Pizza Casserole from onceamonthmeals.com <——love that I found this site over the weekend…excited to try some of the meals and maybe prep by freezing a few we like
  • Tuesday:  Brick Roasted Chicken
  • Wednesday:  Pork Tenderloin
  • Thursday:  Coffee Marinaded Steak Fajitas from PaleOMG.com…prepped this for last week and stuck in freezer which turned out to save me a night of figuring out what to make this week :)

Not sure what the rest of the week will look like…I have some ground beef so maybe meatloaf or burgers on Friday or Saturday.  We shall see.

I was planning on starting a Whole 30 this morning, but not having stuff in the house and having stuff in the house we should not is making it really hard to commit.  I am thinking maybe during April I will try which would be give over a week to get things lined up and figured out. The new site I found Once A  Month Meals has a spot for recipes for Whole 30 which will probably be my go to.  Meanwhile, I am just working to get back on track.  I seem to have a good day and then things fall apart.

Setting a goal for tomorrow (was going to be for the week but starting small) – eat three meals starting with Meal 1 before leaving the house and drinking plenty of water, no snacking once I get home from work or after dinner

 

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Recipes I Have Made and You Should Too

Just a quick post because I wanted to be in bed an hour ago…

Not my recipes, but they are delicious and you should make them now…seriously!

Current favorite…Cinnamon French Toast Panna Cotta from Stupid Easy Paleo – I have been eating mine without the bacony goodness because I am too lazy to throw it in the oven.  Next time, which will be tomorrow because I at ate it all in two days…myself…no sharing.

Best Banana Bread ever…Coffee Cake Banana Bread from PaleOMG (random thought…why call it coffee cake if there’s no coffee in it???) – Everyone likes it (even my mother-in-law) which is actually not a good thing.  Less for me :(

Weird but I loved it…Broccoli Bread from Purely Twins – sometimes you just need to try something new…ate this today for lunch with Applegate ham and LOVED it!  AND…my broccoli HATING husband ate this (his whole piece) and said it wasn’t that bad – that’s huge.  I successfully got him to eat a green veggie without gagging!

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March Challenge Update and Weekly Menu Plan

So…things are going.  Overall, I would say the family is making healthier choices, but we are still a long way from where I would love everyone to be.  Baby steps…baby steps.

My daughter, Sarah, worked on a school project at her friend’s house on Wednesday night.  She was invited to stay for dinner which ended up being takeout from In and Out Burger.  When I picked her up, she was super excited to share that she did not order fries or a milkshake (which would have been her normal order) and just got the burger.  She is my carb girl, so of course she ordered it with the bun.   I told her I was impressed that she thought about what she was ordering and was able to think about what would be better choices.  I left it at that.  Baby steps…baby steps.

My son went home with a friend on Thursday due to parent teacher conferences.  They went to Taco Bell.  No comment.

My husband is trying but has had quite a few meals out for a variety of reasons.  I know it is not easy for him (or the rest of the family for that matte) but he is trying…kind of.

Me…I have realized that I am too hard on myself and need to stop beating myself up over things and just move on.  Last week was not a great week as far as my eating, but not for the reasons above like my family.  It was a really stressful week last week – report cards and parent teacher conferences.  I ended up not eating enough during the day which resulted in nighttime binge eating.  I ALWAYS woke up feeling crappy the next day…which then resulted in not eating until lunch time and the pattern continued.  I am back on track for the most part after the last two days.  I set a goal for myself for the upcoming week.  This week my mini goal is to make sure that I eat breakfast within the first two hours of waking up.  Preparation is going to be key :)

In all honesty though, the family is eating healthier overall and that’s a good thing.  Makes me a happy mama :)

Weekly Menu for the Week of March 16

  • Sunday:  Prosciutto Pesto Chicken Roulade (with cheese for the others) from againstallgrain.com
  • Monday:  London Broil with Rosemary Vegetables from Against All Grain
  • Tuesday:  Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Sauce
  • Wednesday:  Pork Tenderloin
  • Thursday:  Coffee Marinaded Steak Fajitas from OMG.  That’s Paleo?
  • Friday…
  • Saturday…

Off to finish my grocery list, shop, meal prep, squeeze in a Strong Curves workout and enjoy a bit of sunshine!

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Stitch Fix #4

I realized I never posted my third “fix”  but that’s okay because I didn’t like any.of.it!  My sister and I were supposed to get together for that one and do a photo shoot, but it happened to be the weekend my daughter broke her ankle.  It just wasn’t meant to be.

It still is exciting to get my box in the mail.  Not as exciting as the first couple times, but I am always interested in seeing what the stylist has picked out.  I received it on Saturday morning and opened it while on the phone with my sister.  A couple of the items looked promising, but I didn’t get them tried on until late Sunday night.  Here’s what was picked out…(Sorry in advance for my lack of posing.  I hate taking pictures,and it doesn’t help when my thirteen year old keeps telling me that I am standing weird!)

RD Style…Gallagher Ombre Knit Sweater $68 – LOVE IT!  I love the color and it is super comfortable.  The back is kind of an open knit, so I have to wear a tank underneath.  I wasn’t crazy about the price…but I REALLY liked it.  I wore it today to work and got a few compliments on the color :)  Keeper.

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Under Skies, Marlo Striped Knit Sweater Dress $68 – YUCK!  Olive green.  Horizontal stripes.  Enough said.  Not a keeper.

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Ughhhh……yuck!

Fun2Fun, Montreal Arrow Printed Henley Blouse, $48 – I love the style of these tops.  My only issue is they seem to develop static cling once I put them on which is annoying.  I loved the way it looked and fit.  Keeper.

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Kut From The Kloth, Simmons Bootcut Jeans $98 – I really liked the way these fit and, again, super comfortable.  I have A LOT of jeans, and I just purchased a nice pair of to wear out.  The price was a bit much…so…Not a keeper (which I am kind of bummed they went back)

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My daughter told me to stop standing so weird and do something with my fingers like the peace sign…that’s all I could come up with!

Jill Michael, Marietta Nugget V Necklace, $48 – I was a little disappointed when I saw that I had gotten jewelry since I had requested no jewelry.  I am not a huge jewelry fan.  On a daily basis, I wear my wedding ring, engagement ring, diamond stud earrings (which are always in), and a necklace that my husband bought me last year with charms engraved with the kids’ names.  That’s it.  When I opened the box, the necklace was simple, and I was still sure it was going to go back.  I almost stuck it right into the return bag, but remembering that I said I would try everything on that was sent to me, I put the necklace on.  LOVED IT!  It is really simple, but I am a simple kind of gal, so it is perfect.  I have already worn it to work this week twice :)  Keeper.

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Nothing special, but it is just my style….simple.

So overall, I am really happy with the items that I have kept.  My sister and I agree that the service would be better if you had the same stylist each time, so they could become familiar with your particular likes and dislikes.  I debated about waiting until late Spring to do my next fix, but decided against it and have another coming at the beginning of April.  It will be a birthday present to myself!  I did add a note that I do not want dresses or jeans.  The dresses in my “fix” have not been cute at all and, as mentioned before, I have too many pairs of jeans.  I am hoping they include some “springy” items in my next shipment!

Note: If you are thinking about trying Stitch Fix, please feel free to use the links in the post.  I was not paid for this post, however, the links to Stitch Fix are my affiliate links, so if you buy something using that link, I get a credit on my next Fix, and I will love you forever because I desperately need fashionable clothes. :)

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Happy Birthday Dad and Weekly Menu Plan

My dad turned 70 today!

To celebrate his birthday, my sister, brother in law, dad and I ran a 5k.  My goal was to run the whole thing, and I am happy to announce that I did it!

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Headed for the finish line!

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After the race..with our photographer and cheerleader, my mom

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My sister and I

On the flip side, I was a little disappointed that my pace was 10:49 per mile (slow poke!), but you have to start somewhere I guess.

The race my dad really wants the gang to do is The Wharf to Wharf in Santa Cruz which is a 10k on July 27.  The original discussion was to run that one to celebrate his birthday.  Then this race popped up on his actual birthday, so we decided to do this one too.  This was just a warm-up race.  (I am in TrOuBle!)  I need to start training now ;)  Eeeek!

Weekly Menu Plan (Parent-Teacher conference week means it’s a slow cooker week!  All recipes are from “Easy Paleo Slow Cooker” by Arsy Vartanian – it was a free ebook on Amazon a few weeks ago and lifesaver for this busy week!)

  • Sunday:  dinner out with family to celebrate my dad’s birthday
  • Monday:  Chicken Verde
  • Tuesday:  Smoky BBQ Beef Brisket – from Scratch!
  • Wednesday:  my mother in law is cooking dinner
  • Thursday:  Chicken, Artichokes, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • Friday:  Paleo Pizza night? (we may sneak out of town-my husband has a long weekend)

Later this week, I will be posting about my Stitch Fix #4.  I am still trying to decide which items to keep and which to send back…

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