Bacon, Eggs and “Grits”

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Today feels so much like a Sunday to me since I’ve had the past two days off from work. I keep looking at the clock to see how much longer I have until Downton Abbey comes on and then I realize I have 3 more days to wait! I’m looking forward to going to work tomorrow. I thought about how it’d be nice to have one more day off but then I realized it would be followed by the weekend and that would be 5 days off in a row. Although, now that I typed that, it kind of sounds like a nice vacay. The past two days have not been very “vacay” since we have pretty much stayed at home and avoided driving. I actually think the roads were a lot better yesterday than today.

I woke up today around the exact same time I woke up yesterday morning. Kind of cool! I took my time this morning making my breakfast because I usually don’t have a lot of time in the morning to do so. I wanted to take full advantage of my last Snow Day! I had a head of cauliflower in the fridge that I’ve had for a while and decided to make “grits” and eggs. It also gave me another excuse to use my fancy double-pot boiler/strainer thingy that we got for a wedding gift.

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I chopped the head into little florets and brought my fancy kitchen pot of water to a boil. I then boiled the cauliflower for a good 15 minutes. After draining the pot, I poured the florets to my Ninja blender (this fancy kitchen gadget was thanks to QVC’s easy pay on a rainy day!).

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I then added some ghee to the blender and pulsed that bad boy until the cauliflower looked like this:

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Sorry about that picture. The cauliflower was still very hot from its boil and had steamed up the camera.

I then cooked some paleo bacon in my favorite handy-dandy cast iron and fried some eggs (can you tell I love eggs, sunny side up?!).

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And then, I mixed it all up!

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Mmmmm….reliving all of that makes me want some more for dinner! Well, I have no more cauliflower and won’t go drive on the roads to get any, so it will have to wait until another day. I really wish I had some shrimp on hand, too, so I could make mock “shrimp and grits”….and fried eggs (of course). Just more inspiration for next time!

This morning’s loop around the neighborhood was not as winter “wonderland-y” as it was yesterday. All of the snow had melted and turned into ice that left me in desperate need for some ice skates. Lady wasn’t pleased either; it was a mess! I thought about going to the gym and getting some cardio in to help with the cabin fever, but the gym was closed! It was probably for the best since the roads were so bad anyway, even though we live really close by. Instead, I popped in another workout DVD and busted out some Kenpo X from my Dad’s P90X DVD set that I borrowed without him knowing.

I can’t believe today was Day 5. I feel good, but I know there is more greatness to come. At the end of my last Whole30 I felt like I was just starting to reap the benefits of all of my hard work. I can’t wait to feel that way again!

Wintery Wednesday

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You all should be very impressed that I even know what day it is today. Without having to go to work to keep me regimented, I’m impressed with myself for even blogging right now. I seriously almost just fell asleep on the couch while watching reruns of Modern Family. I actually thought I’d already have published a blog post by now today with the winter wonderland that has closed down our city, but today was surprisingly pretty productive!

I woke up at 5 AM to feed our Lady dog and quickly looked outside to see if it snowed last night. I must have still been half asleep because I initially didn’t see anything. I then opened the front door and was happy to see SNOW! I asked Lady if she wanted to go outside and she dramatically ran the other day like a Southern Belle diva dog. I didn’t think I was going to fall back asleep but to my surprise I woke back up a little before 8 AM. The benefits of amazing sleep that so many Whole30-ers rave about is so awesome. I’ve always been a morning person and I love having that time of the day alone to myself with my cup of coffee–so, usually if Lady wakes me up at 5 in the morning to eat breakfast, I just accept the fact that I won’t be able to fall back asleep while I turn the coffee pot on. But, now! Now, I am unexpectedly falling back asleep and it is pretty awesome! My husband doesn’t have to complain about me making too much noise in the morning either.

So, once I woke up I brewed some fresh local NC coffee. I never, ever, ever thought I could like black coffee. This was another unexpected benefit of completing a Whole30: finding out that I really enjoy the taste of black coffee. It was the perfect start to a cold snow day. I yanked the crock pot out of the kitchen cabinet and threw in some sliced onion with a pork loin roast. I sprinkled some spices on it (black pepper, sea salt, coriander, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, and parsley) and turned it on low.

We then took a beautiful winter wonderland walk outside. We eventually coaxed Lady into going outside and she ended up having a blast. She ran, she slid, she rolled, and then she tried to eat the snow. We did a nice 20 minute walk, which ended up being the perfect time to go back inside-before my thumb froze off my hand from taking so many pics on my iPhone.

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After the walk I drank more coffee (usually I only have one cup a day–this snow apocalypse¬†has me turning rogue) and made a delicious breakfast: onions, kale, and paleo bacon (no sugar added) cooked in ghee with two fried eggs.

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Around the afternoon time I felt like I was sitting on the couch too much so I got a little house cleaning done. I then motivated myself to pop in a Jillian Michaels DVD and bust out some 30 Day Shred. I felt so energized afterwards that I hopped in the shower, changed, put some boots on, and braved the roads! I took the very short drive over the bridge to go to the Boardwalk in hopes to see some beach snow! The roads weren’t bad at all. It was much more difficult walking on the boardwalk to get to the beach. I felt like I was rollerskating at times while sliding on the ice and had to hold onto the handrail! My efforts were well worth finding beach snow!

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I also got another good 20 minute walk in! Snow Day, Shmo Day! Too bad I overcooked the Crock Pot Pork. Damn you, Snow Day! It was still pretty damn tasty, just pretty damn chewy as well.

All in all, an awesome day to end Day 4! And, tomorrow has officially been named Snow Day, Part II! This has got to be one of the best work weeks I’ve had in a while.

Soup for Snow Day

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Today is day 3 of¬†Whole30 and I can already feel some improvements in my body, albeit they are slight. Two weeks ago, it was my last few days of my first Whole30 and I went for a run outside in the cold. I usually can’t run in the cold without my joints throbbing during and afterwards. I also usually can’t run a few miles suddenly without slowly building up my endurance because of my ankle. In 2010, I ran a half marathon and got tendinitis in my right ankle. I’ve been able to run on it since, but usually not without wearing an ankle brace and not without it swelling up afterwards.The last time I had run before this time was probably a month and a half ago, so this was a pretty remarkable improvement. Now, flash forward to a week later from that 3 mile run that I ran two weeks ago and that brings us to last week (still with me?), when I was revisiting the land of chocolate, potato chips, peanut butter, and bread. Did I feel like shit? Yes. Did I crave sugar every single second? Yes. Did I go for another run? NO! In fact I didn’t do any real exercise because my ankle flared up like an alien laid an egg in my foot (that is a very weird analogy I understand). Not only that, but it throbbed constantly, which is something it hasn’t done in years. It’s like the Whole30 had cleared up the inflammation in my ankle so much that when I introduced my body back to processed crap, my ankle was even more sensitive to its effects.

So, anyway–the point of my ankle antics is to say that on Day 3, I can already feel how much better my ankle feels and looks. I’ve even been able to get some cardio in on it and it has been just fine. In fact, my hubby and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary (of dating-date-versary?) so we went out and did something we have never done together–rollerskating! It was “Cheap Skate” (get it?!) on Monday nights, so that is what we did. I was worried about how my ankle would hold up, but thanks to not even 72 hours of Whole30 I didn’t have to cancel our surprise date!

In other exciting news, tomorrow is an official Snow Day! More like “Snow” Day though since it hasn’t even really snowed yet. Although I do believe we have received some “freezing rain.” That is pretty much equivalent to snow here in Southeastern NC though. I stopped by one of my favorite local hole-in-the-wall grocery stores on my way home from work to pick up some soup for tonight and tomorrow. Check out the Veggie Wagon if you’re ever in the neighborhood! They make some delicious soups all from scratch and I found two that were Whole30 compliant. Tonight I had “Creamy Cashew Tomato Soup”. The ingredients are simple and all pronounceable: “Fresh tomatoes, Vegetable Stock (water, onion, mushroom, carrot, celery, tomatoes, black pepper, garlic, spices), Onions, Cashew Cream (raw cashews, water), Olive Oil, Garlic, Sea Salt, Xanthum Gum.” Doesn’t “Cashew Cream” just sound like something you want bottled up waiting for you in your fridge?! I’m going to make it my goal to make some homemade cashew cream this year….I wrote it. So there it is. The other soup flavor is Butternut Squash. It’s going to be hard to choose which one is my favorite.

I noticed that because of all of the “snow” excitement, I really found myself looking for reasons to go to the store and buy some beer and pizza and celebrate. Now that I think of it, I really wouldn’t be celebrating anything though would I?–Congrats, you don’t have to go in to work tomorrow?! Congrats, it is going to precipitate tomorrow, which may or may not be snow?! It is so clear to see how I self-sabotage myself in hindsight! Instead, I splurged on the home-made soup ($5 a pint is definitely considered a “splurge”). For dinner tonight I threw the soup in a pot with some cooked chicken and kale and voila! I’m glad I opted for the latter.

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soupTune in tomorrow to see how productive I can be on a “Snow” Day.