Whole30: Days 10-11

Catching up here!

Day 10:

Sarah:

B – 2 eggs over hard and an orange
L – 2 meatloaf minis and a peach
D – Homemade, paleo-friendly orange chicken with roasted broccoli
S – Handful of nuts, raw veggies (Cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, radishes), 2 apple chips, dried fig, banana

Lindsey:

B – Banana
L – 2 apples, salad greens
D – Baked chicken, boiled sweet potato, and roasted okra
S – Almond and banana and almond slices in almond milk

Caitlin:

B – Pineapple, strawberries, walnuts
L – Pepper and onions wrapped in cracked pepper turkey, orange, dried fruit
D – Pepper steak and bacon
S – Peach

Day 11:

Sarah:B – 2 eggs over hard and an orange
L – Sweet potato (nuked in the microwave in her office…genius!), raw veggies (the usual)
D – Eggplant Pizzas (no cheese, topped with onions, pepper, tomatoes, and zucchini) and a small salad
S – Boiled egg, a few nuts, 4-5 apple chips

Lindsey:B – Banana
L – Apple and almonds
D – Egg frittata with chicken, onions, and peppers
(Note: this is NOT how you should eat on Paleo…I’m out of food and energy to cook thanks to the start of the fall semester)

Caitlin:B – Strawberries, pineapple, walnuts and 2 slices of bacon
L – Left-over pepper steak, orange
D – Fajitas (only ate steak and veggies, prepared appropriately)

The award for Day 11 goes to Caitlin, who had dinner with friends at a local Mexican restaurant and watched people eat chips, queso, beans, and rice, AND DRINK MARGARITAS, and didn’t even think about cheating…ok, maybe she thought about it, but she didn’t:)

Well, folks, our favorite time of the year is upon us – college football season.  As always, we will be cheering on the Florida State Seminoles but with much less booze and late-night Taco Bell.

Next post: Paleo Tailgating

SALICA

Whole30: Day 9

So…life caught up with me yesterday and I failed at blogging! To make up for it, here is a picture of my new cat (I took her to work yesterday):

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Anyways, here is the delicious food we ate yesterday:

Sarah:

B – 2 egg bake with sausage and spinach
L – salad w/ radishes and one meatloaf mini, orange and half a kiwi
Dinner-ish – boiled egg, handful of nuts, and raw veggies (carrots, radishes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper)
S – Larabar

Lindsey:

B – Banana
L – 2 boiled eggs and a bunch of grapes
S – 2 apples, banana and almond slices in almond milk
(Please note that this is NOT the way to eat on Paleo.  My day was way to busy and I’m proud that I didn’t follow my instinct into a fast food drive through but also need to remember to pack snacks for the day)

Caitlin:

B – Strawberries, pineapples, walnuts
L – Leftover almond floured chicken on spinach w/olives, cucumbers, carrots, oil and vinegar
D – STEAK! w/ sweet mash
S – Dried fruit and orange

Whole30: Day 8, and the time I had to detox my cat

Kimmy loves to creep up on me, and sleep on my head

Ok – a serious story for your Monday evening, an allegory if you will. I have a cat named Ola Kimmy. I got her from a friend of my sisters (I can hardly say no to an animal) and she’s a very small cat. So small that we misjudged her age and didn’t get her fixed in time. So I also have three of Kimmy’s children (all are spayed now).

Kimmy is kind of an annoying cat. She meows a lot and is pretty creepy – like I’ll suddenly turn around in my house to find her perched on top of something staring at me. One day, however, Kimmy’s behavior became more erratic and weird than usual. She started meowing louder and more frequently, really more like a scream. Soon she stopped eating her cat food and got really, really skinny. She got a wild look in her eye. Then I kept finding her hiding behind a large fruit basket on our counter (cats on the counter are a big no-no in our house).

One day, when I went to shoo her off of the counter, I noticed lots of aluminum wrappers strewn about where she had been perched. They were empty and crinkled and I rolled my eyes at how nasty my husband was for leaving candy wrappers on the counter when the trashcan is two feet away. The next day, Kimmy is back on the counter in the same spot and this time, when I approached her, I could see that SHE was actually eating something in an aluminum wrapper – old Easter chocolate, forgotten about in the bottom of our fruit basket. I shood her away, cleaned up her mess, and googled what happens to cats who eat chocolate.

The trash my husband got blamed for

The trash my husband got blamed for

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Busted

 

Basically, chocolate is like meth for cats. It causes irritability, excitability, weight loss (due to refusal to eat cat food) or weight gain (if they eat too much), seizures, and possibly even death. So I removed all chocolate from open areas of the house and set about detoxing my drug-head cat. The first couple of days were difficult. She wouldn’t eat and just screamed a whole bunch. I finally got her to eat a little canned food (not what they typically get) and within a week, she was back to eating her normal stuff and drinking water. Within a couple of weeks, she had gotten back to a healthy looking weight and became more calm and quieter. Now, she’s back to her normal, slightly irritating old self again.

My sisters still refer to her as Crackhead Kimmy behind her back but Kitty Detox was a serious business in our house for a few weeks. But really, Kimmy’s story can teach us the importance of thinking about what we put in our bodies and noticing the effects. Since starting Whole30, I can’t pass up reading a label and I’m truly horrified that most of what I used to consume isn’t even food. My new mantra for food ingredients is this: If you can’t pronounce it and have never seen it, don’t eat it. We really have to start thinking about what we consume.

My sweet Ola Kimmy, back to normal again:)

My sweet Ola Kimmy, back to normal again:)

And to do that, here’s a list of the ten most common “food” additives and the harmful affects they have on our bodies:

http://rense.com/general86/ppos.htm

P.S. I know you guys are probably picking up the phone to call animal protective services right now, but I also had another food emergency when my dog ate half a pack of Oreos. The vet assured me that she may have diarrhea but would otherwise be fine because Oreos actually don’t have much chocolate in them at all. In fact, chocolate and cocoa are pretty far down on the list of ingredients – behind HFCS, of course.

TL;DR: I detoxed my addict cat and here’s what we ate today:

Sarah:

B – scrambled egg bake with spinach and sausage
L – t was a fridge cleaning-out day so – leftover taco mix and cauliflower, burnt okra, and half an apple (I shared one with Tom, who joined me for lunch today)
D – turkey meatloaf minis and mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon and a little almond milk
S – a handful of nuts, boiled egg, and 2-3 homemade apple chips

Lindsey:

B – banana
L – salad greens w/ carrots and honeydew slices
D – pork sausage
S – grapefruit, 2 boiled eggs

Caitlin:

B – banana, walnuts, and almond milk ( i cant stop!) l
L – leftover almond breaded chicken strips with sweet potato fries and paleo ketchup
D – paleo shepards pie
S – dried fruit and an orange

SALICA

HAPPY MONDAY, Y’ALL!!!

It’s Day 8 of Whole30 and the first day of fall semester (I teach college-level Humanities)! I’m feeling great today – lots and lots of energy and excitement! I hope you all are having a great Monday too and if you aren’t this oughta cheer you up:

The Paleo Sisters love Labyrinth, and David Bowie, and this song. Enjoy!

SALICA

One more thing before bed

I can’t fall asleep because school starts tomorrow and even though I’m teaching and not taking classes, I’m still a big ‘ol nerd about the first day of school (second only to Christmas morning). So, I was perusing my fb photos and came across this gem:

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I told y’all Caitlin likes to send ugly pics. This was clearly pre-Paleo and, full disclosure, we all kinda miss pizza. When we move to 80/20 in a few weeks, you can bet we’ll be posting paleo pizza recipes!

Good night!

SALICA

Whole30: Day 7, or Self-Deprecating Sunday

So, I woke this morning to the following text from my mother: “You need to put some hideous photos on your blog. Otherwise folks won’t follow you.” Taking this advice into consideration, and after checking with my sisters first, we’ve decided that today’s blog would be entitled “Self-deprecating Sunday.”

Or, as Sarah, suggested, “No Shower Sunday.” In other words, don’t be fooled by the carefully selected photographs on our About page or opening blog. When it comes to weekends, we compete with each other on who can last the longest without a shower. Gross, I know. But the truth is, I’m writing this now still in my pajamas and my car hasn’t moved in three days. I can’t even tell you where a brush is in my house.

So to celebrate ONE WEEK of Whole30, I present to you what each of us ate today and “hideous” pictures of us eating!

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Sarah

Sarah and I both teach college-level courses. Those courses start tomorrow, which means we spent the better part of today finishing syllabi.  Here’s Sarah snacking on strawberries while working. Sarah also has a four-year-old daughter, who happily offered an audience (featured around the laptop) for her to bounce ideas off of.

Sarah:

B – two eggs over hard, two locally made sausage patties (to die for)
L – spinach salad with strawberries, roasted pecans, and balsamic vinegar; dried fig
D – gr. beef, onion, bell pepper, and zucchini sautéed with chili powder, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, cayenne, cumin, and natural sea salt, served over roasted cauliflower (we were craving tacos)
S – handful of nuts and raisins; strawberries; cherry tomatoes

If they finish in time I might have a couple of the cinnamon apple chips I’m (read: Tom) making.

Note: I feel amazing!!! (finally)

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Lindsey

I try to make a habit of no makeup or hair brushing during the weekends (who am I kidding? there are lots of days when I don’t brush my hair) and thankfully I have the kind of husband who comes in from fishing and cooks a delicious lunch for me anyways!

Lindsey:

B – Naval orange
L – Two fried eggs and BACON! (Thanks, HUBS!)
D – Two hamburger patties, burnt okra, baked asparagus, and fruit salad (strawberries, blueberries, and grapes)
S – Cucumber slices, almond milk, banana slices, and almond slices

Caitlin

Caitlin

By far, Caitlin takes the best/worst food pictures.  She actually loves to send us ugly pictures all the time – perhaps I’ll share a few in a later post. Here she is enjoying her lettuce wrap from lunch. In addition to all the texts we’ve been sharing about what we’re eating, we’ve also enjoyed hearing about what her new cat, Finn, is eating…now that he is eating.  Cait got a really sweet deal this week when she fell in love and adopted Finn on Free Adoption Day at our local shelter. The very next day sweet Finn stopped eating and after a very expensive over-night stay at the vet, started getting treatments for a respiratory infection and ulcers.  So much for a FREE adoption, right? But we are all happy to learn that Finn has been nursed back to ok health and is scarfing down everything in site.

Caitlin:

B – bacon and an orange
L – lettuce wrap with cracked pepper turkey, peppers, onions, oil & vinegar dried fruit
D – breaded (with almond flour) buffalo chicken salad with celery and carrots
S – orange, almond milk, banana, almonds, all natural fruit roll

So, there you have it. A typical, no-shower Sunday for the Paleo Sisters. Oh, and one more thing…

Cait asked me to share this adorbs pic of her kitty, Finn, sharing a cozy bed with big sis, Messi:)

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SALICA

Whole30: Day 6

Saturday August 24th

Sarah:

B -Egg scramble with spinach and leftover cilantro turkey burger
L – Red leaf salad with grapes, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, carrots, radishes, and chicken
D – Baked buffalo wings (see recipe below) with roasted brussel sprouts
S – Cantaloupe and handful of nuts and raisins, almond milk, nuts, and banana

Sarah's Paleo buffalo wings: mix equal parts coconut oil and Franks red hot sauce; add garlic powder and ground red pepper to taste; mix in bowl and add the chickies. Coat and baked at 320 for 40 min or as our grandmother says, "until done." WARNING: As Sarah discovered at dinner, coconut oil has a really low burn temp - keep an eye out of you'll be eating in a smoke-filled room.

Sarah’s Paleo buffalo wings: mix equal parts coconut oil and Franks red hot sauce; add garlic powder and ground red pepper to taste; mix in bowl and add the chickies. Coat and baked at 320 for 40 min or as our grandmother says, “until done.” WARNING: As Sarah discovered at dinner, coconut oil has a really low burn temp – keep an eye out of you’ll be eating in a smoke-filled room.

Lindsey:

B – Banana, 2 boiled eggs
L – Naval orange, Almond milk with apples and walnuts
D – Stir-fry Chicken (boneless, skinless breasts) with asparagus, eggs, and almonds on a bed of spinach and arugula; baked sweet potato chips; side of strawberries and blueberries (the husband LOVED this meal)

Lindsey's delicious, non-paleo-husband-approved, dinner:)

Lindsey’s delicious, non-paleo-husband-approved, dinner:)

Caitlin:

Brunch (she slept in today) – Fried egg over hard, 2 strips of bacon, zucchini hash browns, and an orange
D – Italian turkey sausage link with a cup of onions, green peppers, and red peppers
S – Banana, almond milk, and walnuts, naval orange (already soooo good in Florida right now!)

SALICA

Tip of the Day: Do you know how to peel a banana?