So it is day 10 of my Whole30 and I am beginning to feel like I am losing some weight and seeing a change when I look in the mirror. I feel like my face looks thinner, and my stomach is less bloated. YAY! I can’t wait to see how I look 20 days from now. Obviously, I am not expecting ginormous changes, but I like what I see so far, so keep it coming! This past week seemed to drag and drag, and I am thankful that it is over. Here is what I ate the past 2 days….
Day 9: My friend from work gave me a ride this morning, since the battery on my Jeep was still dead. We got to work and immediately felt stressed and wanted to go back home. Sad, I know. I munched on an apple while I worked on some paperwork and faxing, but it didn’t really satisfy my hunger. Thankfully we saw a bunch of lovely and adorable patients, which always makes the day better as well as go by quicker. For lunch, I packed a pork chop with some green beans, olive oil, and adobo seasoning. I had some roasted almonds and raw cashews as a snack, and then a clementine too. This lunch was much more satisfying than the plain green beans I had packed the day before, lol. I don’t even remember what the rest of the day was like because I was just glad to go home and be done for the week! When I got home, Tom heated up the rest of our left overs: butternut shepherd’s pie for me and pork chops with apples and onions for him. Finally, all our leftovers are gone! It was nice to always have something prepared and ready to eat though. We had a relaxing evening and I finished the night with apple slices, almond butter, and raisins. Pretty boring Thursday if you ask me.
Day 10: Today, I slept in as late as I wanted. This week was absolute torture, and I told Tom yesterday, do not wake me up until I am ready. I just needed the extra sleep because we have a lot planned this month, and I don’t know when I will be able to get it. I woke up, kind of on the wrong side of the bed. I just felt kind of grumpy, and it actually was probably because I had overslept… jeesh! I chose to make a nice big brunch for Tom and I, as he was working from home and hadn’t eaten yet (it was after 11am). I decided to cook up some shaved steak with onions, mushrooms, green bell peppers, diced tomatoes, and garlic. Usually we have this for dinner, but I put the mixture into some omelets for a nice brunch option. They were delicious as usual, and super filling. I also had an iced coffee with coconut milk alongside the omelet.
After we ate, I called AAA because I needed to get my battery replaced. They said it would be a few hours, so I worked on uploading my new “Polished Penguins” Nail Art Tutorial. By the time I had finished, the guy was here to fix my car, which took no time at all. I spent the rest of the afternoon and start of the evening working on Valentine’s Day nail art ideas, which will be coming soon! They are so adorable, I cannot wait to share them with you! I really wasn’t even that hungry, but around 8:00pm we decided to have some dinner. I heated some of the steak and veggie mixture, and fried up some eggs to put on top of it. Usually when I make the steak and veggie mixture, we make the biscuits from the “Primal Cravings” cookbook, and have primal Philly cheese steaks. They are SO good, but obviously I cannot eat that right now. It was still a very tasty supper without the biscuits, and the recipe for it will be at the end of this post.
After dinner, we watched “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery”, which is one of the greatest movies of all time. I snacked on a tangerine and half a banana with some almond butter and raisins. I didn’t really eat much today, so I was pretty hungry during the movie. Now I am typing up this late blog post and going to bed in a few. Tomorrow we are visiting my best friend, her fiancée, and their pup! We are picking up one of my other best friends on the way, so we have to get up earlier than we normally would on the weekend. Not sure what the plans are for food tomorrow, so it will be interesting to see what we end up eating. I will have to pack some snacks just to be safe, because we aren’t familiar with the area they live in.
Well, I will talk to you guys in a couple days. Have a great weekend and be sure to check out the steak recipe below 🙂
Shaved Steak with mixed Veggies
1 lb shaved steak (you could definitely use chicken or pork for this if you prefer)
2 yellow onions, diced
2 green bell peppers, seeds removed and diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
8-oz mushrooms, roughly chopped
1/4 cup diced tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste
coconut oil for the pan
Melt the coconut oil over medium-low heat in a large pan, and toss in the onions, peppers, and garlic. Cook this until the onions and peppers begin to soften, stirring often so the garlic does not burn. Now, mix in the mushrooms and cook until everything is soft and beginning to brown. I put a cover over the pan for about 5 minutes to help steam the peppers, since I don’t like when they are al dente. Once the veggies begin to brown, push them to the outside of the pan, to create a ring. In the middle of the veggies, you can add your steak. See below.
I like to cook the meat like this because it helps give it added flavor from the vegetables, and the veggies also get to stay warm at the same time. I find that cooking it like this helps to cut down on the added seasoning that is needed too. Cook your meat in the middle until it is no longer pink and then stir to combine everything in the pan. At this point, I added in what was left of a can of diced tomatoes I had in my fridge, but you can add in as much or as little as you like. I then seasoned everything with a little salt and pepper, and that was it. This dish can be used in so many different ways. It would be delicious over cauliflower rice, as a sandwich like I mentioned earlier, or baked in a crustless quiche! I enjoy dishes like this because you can make a big batch, and then use it to create a bunch of different meals. I hope you enjoy!