Oh, y'all, this week was so much harder than the first two. I hadn't really missed wine too much, but this week challenged me socially. Early in the week I had a blogger happy hour where I had to refuse wine, Friday night I went on a date with the hubs and the only place to sit was at the bar (there bar where the bartender liked us so much he gave us free drinks), and Saturday we celebrated a friends birthday at a local brewery. I mean, Lordy. I am happy to report that I held strong though, and did not give in!
Other than the whole wine thing though, I'm feeling so incredible! Truly! I have lost a little bit of weight which wasn't the intention, but I'm not mad about it because I did have a little baby weight leftover to lose. But mainly I just feel good. I have so much more energy now and don't feel bloated. I think I've said the bloated thing in my week 1 review and my week 2 review, but it's the most mind-blowing part for me. I mean I feel like my body looks totally different and fits so much better in my clothes.
On top of feeling good, I've stopped craving all the junk I was eating. I'm not reaching for a hershey kiss after dinner (that was my ritual) or scouring the pantry for some goldfish (another weakness) to munch on. I guess it is true that if you do anything long enough it eventually becomes a habit and in this case the habit is eating well.
Confession: this week was real crazy for us after work, so my meals were quite boring. I promise I'll do better next week for you guys and for my family, haha.
WHOLE30 WEEK 3 MEALS:
- MONDAY: Paleo Taco Bowl - this recipe was awesome. This is one of those recipes that's good to keep tucked in your back pocket for nights where you either haven't planned a meal out or you don't have a lot of time. It's super easy to make, doesn't require a lot of ingredients, doesn't take a lot of time and is so tasty!
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- TUESDAY: The hubby went to see a movie this night and I stayed back with the girls so I was on my own for dinner. I ended up just making a salad from things I already had in my fridge - spinach and iceberg lettuce, grilled chicken, sliced onion, sliced peppers, and a red wine vinegar and olive oil dressing. Boring, but good.
- WEDNESDAY: Avo Tuna - I'm sure there's a recipe out there somewhere for this, but I learned it from my mom and it's super simple. I needed a quick meal this night as we were meeting with our church small group so I simple mixed a can of tuna with a soft, mashed avocado in place of mayo. I also had some apple slices with almond butter. Not the most glamorous, but it got the job done. 🙂
- THURSDAY: Chicken and Cauliflower Fried Rice - this was a make shift meal for sure. By the time we got the girls down to bed we didn't have the energy to make anything involved. So, the hubs just marinated some chicken in an asian marinade (no idea what he put in it), and then we made cauliflower fried rice to go with it. NOTE: with the fried rice I recommend using cauliflower that is already riced (fresh or frozen), and substitute the soy sauce for coconut aminos.
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- FRIDAY: Roast Beef Salad - So this was date night for us. We went to The Blind Butcher here in Dallas and it really was kind of tough to find something I could eat. I ended up settling on their Roast Beef Salad and although I had to omit some things, I think it would be so easy to recreate. Their salad came with butter lettuce, shaved roast beef, potatoes, duck fried potato fries, and a horseradish dressing. I omitted the potatoes, fries and dressing, but think if you were making this at home you could just add some pan roasted potato chunks and get the same effect! Bugger lettuce is also so tasty and a great change up from iceberg or spinach.
- SATURDAY: Chipotle Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps with Avocado Aoili - holy moly. This was so, so good! I don't think I could love slow cookers any more this year. I mean they just make your house smell so dang good! This meal was great though because there is so much depth to the flavor and it makes a ton! We used Boston Lettuce for our wraps and it was perfect. My hubby is a big meat and bread lover and we both agreed that the meat and avocado combo would be too much with bread even if you eat bread. We highly recommend this recipe and are so pumped that we have leftovers!
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