Tales of A Paleo Mom

Whole 30 (attempting again!) and Unsloppy Joes Meat Mixture Recipe

I had planned on writing a long post about handling my stomach issues, but that has all changed. So instead you get the short version, a quick what’s going on now and then a recipe if you stick around that long.

Short version…At the end of May, I started doing a “leaky gut” protocol which I learned about online. I bought a bunch of supplements and started taking them. Shortly after, I talked with a nutritionist-in-training who agreed with what I was taking and thought I should also take HCl for low stomach acid. So I started taking that as well. And I was feeling good. My stomach was “normal-ish”, but I was consumed with taking pills three times a day and it was not cheap. We went on several vacations, and I did pretty well hauling all 7 of my bottle with me even to Hawaii. It was the last vacation that messed things up with a bit of drinking and a lot of eating…some not so healthy. During the last vacation, my stomach did okay and I just gradually stopped taking the pills because I just got lazy.  My stomach has been acting up a bit but that’s because it doesn’t like the crap I’m eating.  Point taken, Stomach, and it’s time for a change 🙂

What’s going on now…The last three days I have been attempting my 2nd Whole 30. I think this might be attempt number 6 or 7. I have had three good days of eating. I don’t think I am eating enough which has been a problem in the past I think, but no slip ups yet. The thought of having something like a little sugar in my coffee or a little dark chocolate has crossed my mind but I have been able to distract myself with things other than food. I am trying to eat more fats but that is another area I need to work on too. So far so good though.  And no more P90X3.  Back to real weights for me…Strong Curves.

Recipe…My son loves Unsloppy Joes and had requested them several times over the last couple weeks. It is basically Sloppy Joe mix rolled up in a croissant with cheese sprinkled on it and then baked. That ain’t going on my plate! Instead, I made the sloppy Joe mix from scratch and served mine over half a baked potato and used the rest to make the Unsloppy Joes for the rest of the gang. Everyone was happy!

Unsloppy Joes Meat Mixture

What you need…

  • 1 lb. grassfed ground beef
  • 1 Tb. coconut oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1 14 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 TB. ancho chile powder
  • 1/2 heaping tsp. of cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste

What to do…

  1. Heat coconut oil in frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Once the oil is warm, add onion, bell pepper and crushed garlic.  Saute until soft, approximately 7-8 minutes.
  3. Add the ground beef and cook.
  4. Once the meat has been cooked, add the tomato sauce, chile powder, cumin and salt and pepper.  Stir to combine.
  5. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Yum!  If I wasn’t doing a Whole 30, I probably would have topped mine with a little raw cheddar cheese….mmmmmm!

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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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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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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???


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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