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I’m a Grazer

“MOOOOOO”

Yep- that’s me. I graze just like cows do.

About 5 years ago, pre Whole 30 days, I read an article that talked about eating throughout the day vs. eating 3 meals a day. Something clicked in me that day and I have pretty much done that ever since. I have many friends that laugh at me about always having food with me. It’s true! Now that I’m a grazer, I can’t undo it!

I pretty much eat every 1.5-2 hours without fail. When I was strictly a Grad student and wasn’t working {beyond the work of being a GRAD STUDENT} it was pretty easy. I mean there I was AT HOME and could just walk in the kitchen every few hours and grab something to eat. But being a working woman again has made it challenging. Therefore, planning ahead is ESSENTIAL for me.

If you saw how full my lunch box is on any given day you would probably laugh.

Today’s Whole 30 approved grazing is as follows:

1- strawberries

2- banana

3- apple (Fuji baby!!! love those)

4- raisins

5- 2 pieces of turkey breast lunch meat

6- Avacado. already peeled, cut in half and sprinkled with pepper

7- Larabar. (that’s for mid afternoon… save the best for last, right?)

8- Peaches. (store bought and prepackaged. Probably not the best option but I buy light syrup and I drain it. Sure i’m getting SOME sugar, but not a ton)

9- cashews

That should allow me to survive until I can get home and have a salad at 4:30. That salad will suffice til I can eat dinner!

I don’t eat after 7 pm. Unless I cut up an apple or eat a small of raisins.

So ya see- I’m a grazer. When I attempted this way of eating years ago I instantly dropped some pounds. I am currently not using this way of eating to lose weight, but it does help me to maintain. And frankly, at this point, I wouldn’t know how to do it any other way.

If I DO get a weird stomach cramp or pain I can narrow it down easily and figure out the culprit. Thankfully, when I eat clean like this that doesn’t happen very often!

Thanks for following the journey,

Cara Roxanne

Whole 30 6-11… I’m still on the bandwagon!

Playing catch up, y’all!!!

So here is the deal… it’s going pretty darn good. I mean don’t get me wrong I am not loving every moment of it, BUT, i’m still going strong.

I was so excited to write about my experience!! I felt like this would help me have more accountability and also give me something to look forward to. But as it turns out, life gets busy and as usual, my writing gets fewer and farther between. I will try and catch you up to speed!

Here’s the deal…Breakfast every single day is eggs/bacon/sausage in some capacity. Sometimes its a boiled egg, sometimes its a fried egg, but you get the idea. Eggs every morning!

Lunch: Pretty much without fail it’s a salad or tuna. There isn’t a lot of variation. But i’m okay with that. Before the Whole 30 I pretty much ate the same lunch every day. [Breakfast is somewhat different because typically i would have eggs and bacon the weekends and usually just oatmeal in the morning. ]

Dinner: This is where things get creative. As you will see below, I have to use lettuce instead of grain. So, when we make burgers- I put 2 pieces of lettuce on mine instead of a bun. When I make spaghetti, I use lettuce instead of noodles. Dinner hasn’t been too difficult, honestly. I use the crockpot a lot under normal circumstances and I have been doing that throughout this experience as well. Over the past week we have had:

Spaghetti

Chicken and potatoes in the crockpot

Roast, potatoes and carrots in the crockpot

Burgers

Grilled porkchops and potatoes (no butter… I know, i know…that part is tough)

Grilled chicken salads

Notice the “Just Mayo” above. That is paleo friendly and it works for the whole 30. I have used this instead of regular mayo anytime I need it for tuna or whatever! Super yummy, more expensive, but you honestly cannot taste the difference at ALL!

And the potatoes– look yummy, right? I used salt and pepper, olive oil, and threw them in the oven on 400 for 30 minutes. DELISH!! Now my spaghetti… I found all of these Whole 30 compliant recipes but i’m gonna be real here. I used regular, sugar free, spaghetti sauce from a can. I work, I have a family, and I have done DANG good on this thing… i’m not making my own. Sorry! SO, technically I screwed up but I ain’t even sweating it! It was yummy and I didn’t have the noodles so… I’m calling this another successful dinner.

Take aways:

I miss Stevia in my hot tea. I drink a cup every evening while I watch tv and I miss it. I am still not used to the bitter taste of tea without it.

Black coffee isn’t terrible… but I miss creamer!

Olive and vinegar as a dressing is amazing! I may never buy dressing again.

I can’t tell a difference in anything when I substitute coconut oil. It’s expensive but this may be one of the take aways I keep using longer after these 30 days are up.

My husband has no interest in participating in this challenge… EVER! 🙂 However, everything I have made that was strictly Whole 30, he has loved.

For the rest of the week I will repeat things I have made before. The tacos were amazing and you can find that recipe here and you can read that post here.  I enjoyed the sausage and shrimp dinner that I made previously. (Check that out by clicking here. ) I love tilapia and we haven’t had that in a while so I will probably bake that in the next few days. It’s quick and easy and the ONLY thing that will be different  I won’t be adding butter to my potatoes. 🙂 When I only have to make a minor change that makes me SUPER happy!!!

Worst part– snacks! I am tired of fruit. Isn’t that sad? I will get over it but I could so go for a bowl of popcorn right now.

19 days left! I CAN do this. And more importantly I WILL do this!

For now,

Roxy

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