Week 2 Day 4

Breakfast: Banana

Lunch: Chicken sausage, eggplant chips

Dinner: Beef roast, carrots, mashed potatoes

Another weak breakfast, I think because coffee fills me up (almonds too) and then I get my morning motivation and start jumping around to all the tasks I need to accomplish that day and my mind is completely taken off food. Figuring out what works for you is the most important thing because everyone has a different schedule and life and one way of eating is not going to work for every individual situation. If you feel better eating six smaller meals in a day, then eat six meals. If you work better eating two large meals a day, then do that!

Let me talk about this a little more. You have to listen to your body. If you’re hungry, you have to eat. If you’re feeling sleepy in the middle of the day, you might need to eat. Brain fog? Irritable? Hangry is a real thing! Food controls so much of our emotions and the way we feel so if you’re feeding it garbage (or maybe just not enough!) you’re not going to feel great. There are so many different ideas about how you should eat and when and that can be overwhelming so I like to follow a couple guidelines. I eat when I’m hungry and I try to make sure I have a protein source, a carb source, and a vegetable with every meal, that way I know all my nutritional bases are covered. Even when not doing a Whole30 I use whole foods, avoiding packaged products the majority of the time. If I do use something packaged I make sure the ingredients list is squeaky clean or pretty close. Becoming familiar with ingredient lists and nutrition labels is the best thing you can do when wanting to be healthier or lose weight.

Chicken sausage is a product that can have all kinds of added ingredients in it. I found this one and had with some mustard, and I used this recipe for the eggplant chips. I found eggplant on sale, but wasn’t sure what I would do with it as it’s not something I buy regularly (but it’s always fun to try out new things!). I wanted to use a recipe that included turmeric because I had recently bought some after reading about all the nutritional benefits it has. I didn’t use sage, oregano, or thyme because I didn’t have them on hand. Okay so I burned most of the chips. The ones that didn’t burn were probably cooked too long too, they tasted okay, but not my favorite thing. I might try these again one day and watch them as they cook, maybe they will be better ugh.

I love the feeling of knowing I have something cooking in the Crock Pot and I won’t have to do any work when dinner time rolls around. I put in the roast and added salt & pepper and then put in carrots that I chopped in to thick pieces. I put a little water in the bottom of the slow cooker, turned it on low and let it sit for about 6 hours; it’s ready when the carrots are soft and the meat falls apart easy. I made mashed potatoes with red potatoes, clarified butter, and coconut milk and served the beef and carrots on top. The ultimate comfort meal.

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