It’s a snow day!!! YAY! It has basically been snowing every other day where I live, so my office has had a lot of no shows. My preceptor decided to let us have the day off, so I chose to use this day for some recipe development. Since Tom was working from home today, I decided I would make a big breakfast for us. I had 1 leftover sweet potato and 2 carrots from when I made crockpot veggie soup because Tom was sick, so I used them to make a hash. I also added some bacon to it, which made it even tastier, and I served it up with fried eggs (I put a little cheddar cheese on top of Tom’s which is pictured. I left the cheese off of mine). The recipe will be at the end of the post because I wanted to let you guys know how I have been doing post-Whole30.
I have been eating primally since I finished my Whole30, meaning I have been eating mostly Paleo foods, with the exception of dairy. I did have a few cheats when we went out to dinner to celebrate my success. We went to my favorite restaurant for dinner on Saturday, and I had some bread with olive oil, as well as a coffee milk stout, which was OUT OF THIS WORLD. It was a limited edition beer, with only a few cans left in the whole state, so I had to have it! We also ended up getting dessert, which I ate slowly over the next 2 days. Overall, I didn’t feel sick, which I was surprised by. I did get a couple tiny headaches above my right eye, but that was pretty much it. However, as the days have gone by, I notice I’m not sleeping as soundly, and I wake up a lot more tired that before. Tuesday, I also noticed my stomach was not as comfortable as it had been. I felt bloated and full, which I think was probably related to the dessert, beer, and dairy I had been having.
All of this actually made me feel good, because it makes me not want to eat “poorly”, which is what I have always wanted. When I look at the foods I used to eat, like cheese, Paleo-friendly potato chips, or other things that were not Whole30, I don’t really want to eat them. To me, that says my Whole30 was definitely a success, and it set me on the right path. Fitness related, I’ve started a 30-day plank challenge, to help with my core strength, so I will let you know how that goes. So far so good! To help me stay on this healthy path, I purchased 2 new books on the Kindle app the other night.
The first was “The 21 Day Sugar Detox”, which I read in 2 days and absolutely loved. It is like a Paleo nutrition-for-dummies kind of read, which I think is great for people who are just starting out. I actually started it on Super Bowl Sunday, and I tweeted the author, Diane Sanfilippo, letting her know what my game night plans were. She actually responded to me, which made me fan-girl, lol! I am planning on participating in a 21dsd in the next few weeks myself, and there are a ton of amazing recipes in the book to get me started. The whole goal of the detox, is to reset your body’s perspective of what is sweet, so that you don’t crave bad carbs as often. I don’t crave cakes and ice cream as much as before my Whole30, but I do get a craving every once in a while, and I also crave sweet fruits, like mango or pineapple, which are loaded with sugars. I think it will be great for me to complete the 21 dsd. I will let you guys know when I am starting, that way you can join in if you are interested!
The second book I bought was “Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans”. I love Nom Nom Paleo’s blog, so when she came out with a cookbook, I knew I had to have it. The recipes look amazing, and she is a really funny writer, so it is not only a great cookbook, but enjoyable to read. There is a lot of Asian influence in her cooking, which is intriguing to me, because I never really cook with those flavors. I can’t wait to dive in!
Well, there is my update. I also wanted to let you all know I reached 50 followers on Instagram today! YAHOO! It may not seem like that many, but I started out with only 12 or so, so I am ecstatic! Remember you can follow me (@polishedandpaleo) by clicking the “Instagram” link on my main menu. That being said, I am participating in a February nail art challenge, where I will be posting new nail art every couple of days. I will post them all here once the challenge is finished, but if you want to see it as the month goes by, follow me along. I posted my second design yesterday, and it was my most liked yet, so I figured I would share it with you guys earlier than the rest. It is a super duper simple design, so I was shocked when so many people liked it! I guess more complicated isn’t always better, so I will keep that in mind for the future. Hope you guys like it and remember to check out my recipe at the end!
Carrot, Sweet Potato, and Bacon Hash Recipe
2 carrots, peeled and grated
1 sweet potato, peeled and grated
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 yellow onion, diced
3-4 slices of cooked thick cut bacon, cut into 1/4-inch slices
Seasonings to taste (I used salt, pepper, granulated garlic, and onion powder)
3 tablespoons of bacon fat, ghee, or coconut oil
Melt your fat of choice over medium heat in a large frying pan. Add in the onions and garlic and let them cook for 3 minutes, stirring often so the garlic does not burn. Add in your sweet potato and carrots, and stir to combine. I used the largest grate on my box grater for the veggies. (I used whatever veggies I had in my kitchen, but I think turnips, parsnips, zucchini, or even white potatoes would be great in this.) Once those have cooked for about 4 minutes, add in the bacon and your seasonings and stir to combine. Cook until the hash is tender but not mushy, about 10 minutes total. Serve this with eggs, sausage, steaks, burgers, or whatever else you like! This is definitely an “any time of day” meal option. Enjoy 🙂