Mondays with Michelle

Hello Lovelies! It’s another Monday with Michelle from michellephilippi.com. I must say I love Sunday nights because I get to read her updates :) So let’s check in!

Counting the hours, my friends, counting the hours!

As I write this I am on day 28 of my 30-day Whole30 journey.  “Journey” seems like such a big and long word for a 30-day eating regimen, but it’s been something, that’s for sure.

This week was rough.  I did not want to eat anything.  Food simply did not appeal to me.  I read on the official Whole30 timeline that this happens, but it happened a week late for me.  I could eat fruit all day long, but even though they are natural sugars, it’s still sugar, so I didn’t do that.  I was sick of vegetables without butter on them.  Meat is starting to taste bland – I was missing cream sauces and barbecue sauce and real ketchup.  So I didn’t eat much.  Thing is though, I was still full and never hungry.  I had been eating my 3 meals a day, but this week I could not choke down 3 meals and did mostly a day meal and a dinner meal.  I was almost in tears one night and I said “I hate food” all whiney and crybabyish.  Never in my life have I not wanted food – hence my problem – LOL  But I powered through.

And as of this writing I have lost 30.8 pounds.
My husband has lost 38.2 pounds.  Holy crap he’s doing so good!  So am I, but dang, he’s a champ.

Kat had asked me how my kids are doing with Whole30.  I would say they are on a modified, more loose version of it.  They eat mostly what we eat, but they still have rice with their dinner, and a glass of milk; and cereal for breakfast.  However, I have noticed their snacking habits have improved.  My son has been eating carrots with peanut butter a lot lately – even with chips and popcorn in the house.  And my daughter made herself a salad yesterday – as a snack.  So the healthy eating is getting through to them and I think that’s fantastic.  My daughter even told me that “technically” they are doing Whole30 too – ha.  Cute, but not even…

Alright.  I have 2 days left – today and tomorrow.  I’ll be back next week with my final report of how I finished and what I did after I finished.

xoxo,
Michelle
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Homemade Paleo Mustard

Hi Lovelies!

I was tweeting about my lunch yesterday and had a request for my Paleo mustard recipe :) So I thought I’d share!

Homemade Mustard

  • 1 cup mustard seeds
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • (Optional) sea salt & pepper, to taste

Take your mustard seeds and place them in a bowl. Mix in the vinegar, water and lemon juice and let it soak (about 8 hours).  Once they’ve absorbed the liquid, I like to blend it in the food processor. You might need to add a little extra vinegar in to get it to the desired consistency..but usually no more than a tablespoon. If you like your mustard really yellow (I Do!) add in some Turmeric.

For a more traditional tasting mustard, add in 1/4 tsp Sea Salt and a drop of sugar.

Love some honey mustard?

Simply add in a little organic honey until it tastes like you like it :)

There you have it :) Mustard with no “secret” flavors or ingredients & 100% Paleo. Your mustard will hit optimal flavor about a week after it’s made and is good to store for about a month. If I seems like a bit much or you’re crunched for time, try Annie’s Naturals. After looking at 4 different brands that claimed to be “organic”, “paleo”..Annie’s is the only one I’ve found to be 100% Paleo.

 

Happy Clean Eating!

XoXo!

One Honey-Mustard-Loving Lemon

 

Mondays with Michelle

It’s another Monday! We’re over halfway through our challenge :) Y’all! I am so excited for you to read Michelle’s guest post! I could hardly wait until this morning to post it. I think you’re going to be as excited as I am so let’s catch up with Michelle from michellephilippi.com

I’m back this week with another Whole30 update. This was my 3rd week – 21 days, just 9 more to go – and I have to say, I am feeling great!

I had read that eating clean would help you sleep better, and truth be told, I didn’t think I had any issue with sleeping.  I get tired, so I go to sleep.  And I’ll let you in on a little secret:  I used to get tired during the day and drive over to the hospital and take a nap in their parking lot.  My midday naps became part of my routine.  But this week, I went over there for my naps twice, and I could not sleep.  Never had that problem.  But now I know why:  I was not tired.  I have great energy now.  I sleep at night and that’s it.  No more nappies during the day.  And with that time and energy I am getting errands done, getting some shopping in, so it doesn’t take away from my family time at night.  Amazing the far-reaching benefits of eating like this.  Who knew?  Not me.

I did have to replenish this week.  So another trip to Trader Joe’s. They had artichokes on the cheap, and we made our own Whole30 mayo to dip them in.  And I tried these yummy little Persian cucumbers.

I was challenged this week when I had to go on a business lunch at Red Robin.  It was a last-minute thing, and I panicked!  I didn’t know what to eat, my boss told me it would be weird if I didn’t eat, so I had to get a plan in place. I ordered a hamburger patty, sliced tomato and avocado, and some fruit.  The second the strawberry got to my mouth, I could smell the sugar, so it was not Whole30 and I ended up not eating it.  They must keep the salad in some syrup or something.  But I was content with my meat and veggies.

Yesterday was Mother’s Day and my husband (who is doing Whole30 with me) made some Whole30 compliant crepes.  We found the recipe online.  They were very eggy, but the coconut milk, or was it coconut oil?  Can’t remember, but they had a little bit of sweetness and I loved the nuttyness of them.  Topped with fruit, and a side of bacon.  It was the closest thing I’ve had to dessert in weeks.

Through 21 days I have lost 25.8 pounds and my husband has lost 31.2 pounds! I am jealous of his weight loss, but I do notice that I eat more fruits than he does, so that’s probably why.  And men and women lose weight differently.  But all things considered, we are doing really really well. 

I’ll catch you here next week with another update!
xoxo,
Michelle

 

Mondays with Michelle

It’s another Monday! We’re over halfway through our challenge :) Y’all! I am so excited for you to read Michelle’s guest post! I could hardly wait until this morning to post it. I think you’re going to be as excited as I am so let’s catch up with Michelle from michellephilippi.com

Hello, Hello!

I’m back today with my weekly Whole30 update. 13 days in as of writing this Sunday morning and I am ready to leap in to the second half of this thing and get it done!  #likeaboss

I can’t say that I notice anything different about myself.  I feel exactly the same.  I had read that eating this way could help you sleep better, and/or do things with your mood and attitude, but I can’t say any of that is true for me.

I haven’t been craving anything sinful, but I have noticed that the last few days when I see a food commercial I immediately think that that’s the first thing I want to have when I am finished with this 30 days.

I am having trouble with vegetables. And because of that I have been eating more fruits instead, which is more carbs and is not what I should be doing.  But I miss butter.  And ranch dressing.  Cooking vegetables in Ghee (clarified butter), or putting Ghee on them is just not the same as butter.  I find myself hating veggies that I used to love like asparagus and zucchini because of the way they taste now with the Ghee.

This week I want to change that and get back to how I did the first week and get a lot more vegetables back in to my days.
Asparagus

As of today I have lost exactly 20 pounds in my first 13 days. My husband has lost 22 pounds.

They say that you aren’t supposed to weigh yourself and I think part of that is because you will go up and down through all this, and the second week and beyond won’t be near as much as the first week, and you can get frustrated.  I’m OK with 20 pounds in 2 weeks!  Although from yesterday to today I did go up a 1/2 a pound and I did do a lot of walking (for me) yesterday, so that’s a little annoying.  But that’s part of why you shouldn’t weigh.  Because if I hadn’t stepped on the scale the entire 30 days and got to the end and found that I had lost 20 pounds in the month, I’d have been dang happy.  Now that I know I am there, I am expecting that end number to be higher than that.  But I need to weigh.  Because I HAVE TO LOSE WEIGHT.  My life depends on it.  For real.

I’m so touched by the support that I am getting from so many people.  My co-workers go out to lunch, and I used to go with them, and they are so proud of me.  One fella went to Sonic and offered to bring me back a water with lemons and limes.  It was the greatest drink!  The support from family, friends and social media buddies means a lot and is so encouraging.
LemonLime

Catch you here next week!
xoxo

Michelle