Whole15…not so much

I think the title says it all really.  I was so gung-ho last time I posted to get on board and clean up my act.  And then this happened.

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Which led to lots of these happening.8

And even a little of this got made.

Homemade Marshmallows!  Coffee flavored

Homemade Marshmallows! Coffee flavored

Ugh!  At least lunch was paleo.  I found these (slightly weird) sweet potato noodles.  Which means I can whip up a 100% paleo friendly bowl of ramen, chock full of vegetables and other bits from the fridge.

4It’s the perfect thing for a snowy day.  Here’s how I made it.  There’s no recipe because it is truly the kind of thing I make to clean out the refrigerator.  I defrosted about a quart of homemade stock.  This time it was turkey stock from our thanksgiving turkey.  I added some sliced ginger, some garlic cloves and if I had had them, I might have added 1 or 2 pods of star anise.  But I didn’t have any, so I didn’t add it.  And it was still good.  Then I soft boiled an egg in the stock (6 min, just let it go).  I drained out the garlic and ginger and then I cooked the noodles in the stock.  They took 5-6 minutes.  I dumped them in a bowl with all the leftover veggies that I collected out of my refrigerator and sautéed sliced mushrooms.

5And voila!  Lunch of champions.  Can’t beat that.

Except maybe with my breakfast this morning.  It was so yummy and a little weird.  I crumbled some really good quality feta, topped it with berries, coconut and almonds, poured almond milk all over it and dug in.

7OMG!  So what if it’s not perfectly paleo?  It was deee-li-cious!  I was hungry surprisingly early today for lunch, but that’s life.  There just wasn’t enough protein there.  Oh well.

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New Camera

An embarrassing number of months ago, I purchased my first grown up camera.  It is a DSLR and came with two different lenses and even a bag and strap.  Ever since, I have let it sit on my dining room table, glaring at me and intimidating me.  Every once in awhile I tell myself not to be scared of an inanimate object and I pick it up and snap a few photos.  They never come out how I hope and I find myself feeling more dejected and decidedly more intimidated than when I picked it up.

Today I’m a tempting the first (of many) steps required to get over my fear.  I finally attached the wireless adapter so that I can get the pictures from the camera to my phone.  When that turned out to be easier but less helpful than expected, I finally plugged the camera into my computer and downloaded all the pictures that I have taken since buying the camera.  Seeing them all in one roll is leaving me feeling a little dejected because they are just as bad or worse than I feared, but I do feel like it is possible that I could learn to use this foreign and confusing object to take the beautiful pictures I see in my mind.

In the meantime, here are some of the pictures that I took.  They are all very amateur and fairly bad, but they can serve as a starting point for improvement.  Enjoy!DSC_0006 DSC_0038 DSC_0070 DSC_0083 DSC_0112 DSC_0146

Clean Up that Eating!

Confession time: I’ve been eating terribly lately.  It started before Thanksgiving and has gotten steadily worse.  Some meals, I attempt to stick to clean eating but inevitably, I’m back to junk by the next meal.   Meal planning has gone out the window and all this week I haven’t felt like cooking for various reasons, so I’ve eaten out 3 nights in a row, even though our refrigerator is overflowing with leftovers.  I feel like crap, I’m grouchy and I haven’t been sleeping well.  So here I am declaring that I will get my act together.  I am going to do 15 days of Whole30.  Do we call it a Whole15?  I don’t know.  I’m just going to do it.  100% clean.  I’m starting today.  I haven’t eaten the prescribed meat+veg+fat today, but I haven’t eaten a single non-Whole30 compliant food today, so I’m declaring today the start date.  I’m scared if I push it off to tomorrow, I won’t do it.  So it starts today.  And then I’ll take a guilt-free break from Christmas to New Years and then January 1, I’m doing a full 30 day Whole30.  That’s how much I believe in the program.  Wish me luck!