Lent Whole40 - Week 2

 

I'm feeling that Tiger Blood this week! It pounced on me suddenly on Day 15 - the first time I've felt that sudden surge in energy! In all of my other Whole30s, it's been very gradual, where I look back on the past week and go "oh yeah! I did have some more energy!" But this time, it was the textbook "someone flipped the switch" with my energy. Only took me 4 Whole30s to get here! There are always NSVs to be had, it's a beautiful thing. 

And it couldn't have come at a better time because it's school vacation so...yeah.

What am I doing with all of this energy? Well, I'm sleeping more! Yup, when I have more energy I tire myself out and then fall down like a very tired toddler at bedtime. I'm out like a light. And I wake up with energy. Basically, I turn into a toddler. 

I'm also... 

- going to the gym more often 

- playing with my kiddos

- cleaning all the things like a delirious pregnant woman (without the discomfort of pregnancy! win. win.)

- I'm going on adventures with my boys (pics below!)

On Monday, a friend and I drove to Boston and took our kids to the Boston Children's Museum. Let me tell you why this is amazing- 

The old me would NEVER do this. I would think about all the germs on the train. All the possible ways we could crash and die on the highways. TRAFFIC. Crying kids. Not having enough food. Running out of water. Getting stuck on the T. Public violence somewhere (isn't this sad, that this has to be a worry now?). I haven't even counted all of the ways the museum would have horrified me. 

The new me? The me who is working on her anxiety, praying more, and doing Whole30 round 4 and feeling the Tiger Blood? She said - and I quote - "BRING IT. ROAR."

I felt energy in my body and peace in my heart. I would be with a good and trustworthy friend and I knew whatever mishaps happened along the way, we would laugh and talk about it for a long time. Above all, I thought of my boys, and how much fun they would have at the museum. It's such a joy to see true excitement in the eyes of your loved ones. 

With lots of packed food (details below), prayers, and a Starbucks coffee, we got through the day with no scrapes, only 1 sudden potty stop, 2 scratched rims, and 1 almost accident. But ZERO traffic!

Top row: spilled spinach to start off my week; actual items for sale - FOR REAL.; my grocery store now carries Primal Kitchen!!!   Middle Row: I tried making poached haddock and it turned into tomato sauce with chunks of haddock instead (it was delicious though); "mommy, I drew you the ocean" <3 ; spilled coffee to continue my week.   Last row: Did you know it was national chili day last week?! I made a pork chili topped with green onions, delish; I had a rare, magical, unicorn moment to myself at  Book and Bar . I went straight to the poetry aisle with my decaf Americano. Later, I bought this local magazine, Good Fat, because my talented friend Theresa is published in it - you should buy it too! ; superheros at Target. They find deals just like their Super Mom. 

Top row: spilled spinach to start off my week; actual items for sale - FOR REAL.; my grocery store now carries Primal Kitchen!!! 

Middle Row: I tried making poached haddock and it turned into tomato sauce with chunks of haddock instead (it was delicious though); "mommy, I drew you the ocean" <3 ; spilled coffee to continue my week. 

Last row: Did you know it was national chili day last week?! I made a pork chili topped with green onions, delish; I had a rare, magical, unicorn moment to myself at Book and Bar. I went straight to the poetry aisle with my decaf Americano. Later, I bought this local magazine, Good Fat, because my talented friend Theresa is published in it - you should buy it too! ; superheros at Target. They find deals just like their Super Mom. 

So, let me you about what I packed for my Whole30 lunch to the museum. It was a last minute decision to go to the museum, so my meal prep came in handy. The meal wasn't picture worthy (also, children's museum), but here's what I packed for the entire trip: 

Lunch: 

shredded chicken with Tessemae's lemon garlic marinade on a bed of spinach; sweet potato salad with dijon mustard and mayo; avocado chunks. Can of seltzer, as usual. 

Snack: RX Bar, can of pineapple slices (check your labels!), and cashews. 

This kept me going all day, until 6pm when I got home and had a big bowl of white chicken chili that I cooked the day before (meal prep - and Instant Pot -  for the win!) 

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On the Lenten Front, my fast from social media got tough this week. One thing that surprises me every time I do this is that I still get mad at my kids. Imagine that?! Moms get lots of guilt for too much screen time taking up our patience that would otherwise be for our kids. 

Newsflash: KIDS DRIVE YOU CRAZY NO MATTER WHAT!

I'm not condoning using screen time as an excuse for negativity towards children. But I am saying that it released me from some pressure I was feeling to "not be on my phone so much" - I'm learning that behind the social media anxiety, I'm just a mom who needs to find ways to stay present and stay positive with her handsome, silly boys.

God constantly surprises me with all of these pearls of wisdom that I can use to make me a better version of myself. <3 

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Have a great week! 

amanda 

OH! 

I got a hair cut :) 

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Lent Whole40 - Week 1

Sometimes putting the brakes on let’s you see things more clearly
— Transformers: Rescue Bots (Netflix)

My week started in a beautiful, solemn way: Ash Wednesday. This is a day of prayer and fasthing, when you receive ashes on your forehead with the prayer, "You are dust, and to dust you shall return." What a humbling reminder as we enter into the dessert of Lent. And a Whole40. 

Many people have asked me why I'm doing another round of Whole30. The answer is as simple and as complicated as "because I feel like I need to." My diet is healthy - you all see my pictures! But lately, my approach to food hasn't been healthy. I run to chocolate and wine when I've had a bad day. I've lost track of how I assess whether a food is healthy or not. I say "yes" to treats before I can say "no." These slips happen here and there, and snowball into the feeling of chaos that's all too familiar to me. When I feel that my food choices are happening without my awareness, I need to stop and reassess where I am in my food freedom journey and, if need be, come back to center, come back to Whole30. 

It's very similar with my Lenten sacrifice, a social media fast. I've done this before. Each time, it's because I feel out of control with it. It chains us but we don't know we're slaves until we try to walk away and tug against our cuffs. This is good practice for me to turn inward, be still, and listen. 

One of the most beautiful consequences of this sacrifice: I spend more time with my family. My brain isn't flooded with images of delicious foods or someone's beautifully decorated home. It's filled with Transformers, tic tac toe games, and lots of questions like "why don't lions fly?" It's hard, but the beauty was there, just waiting for me. 

The hardest part is Whole30-ing believe it or not! This is my 4th round. I practically eat Whole30 all the time, but for some reason as soon as I tell my brain,

We’re doing this!
— me

it replies,

I want sugar!
— my brain

Days 1-3 found me battling a lot of cravings, even for dessert, which I never have. Weekends are hard because that's when we tend to let loose a bit, but I'm used to this so I took a deep breath and reminded myself, you do not need a waffle to tell you that it's Sunday. Then I eat my tasty Whole30 meal and tell my brain, "I told you so!" It's one of my favorite Non-Scale Victories. 

My focus right now is to surrender to the process of Whole30 and Lent, and trust that my transformation is happening. I'll update you next week! 

-amanda

P.S. I used the Whole30 Fast & Easy book these last two weeks for my meal planning and everything I've tried has been so easy and so, so, SO delicious. Especially the Balsamic Chicken. Seriously, you need it in your life. I also zested a mandarin orange for the first time - have you ever tried it? Those little suckers are hard to get at! 

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The Best Vegetarian Soup Recipe

If you're observing Lent, there are many vegetarian meals ahead! When you add the challenge of Whole30, it can seem daunting to find recipes that will satisfy you. 

Never fear, this recipe right here is easy and so filling. Make these few edits to make it compliant and I'm sure you'll add this to your meal planning rotation! 

Modifications: 

1. Use ghee instead of butter

2. Check your chicken stock labels!

https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/butternut_squash_apple_soup/

Enjoy!