Week 2 was almost harder than Week 1 because the novelty of this thing has officially worn off. I’m a good bit into Week 3 and I just kind of feel over it. Nothing is really exciting about it anymore and 30 days is starting to feel like a loooongggg time. That being said, I’m still 98% committed to Whole30 (the once a week glass of wine is non-negotiable. sorryI’mnotsorry) and I have seen improvements in my skin, sleep patterns – confirmed by my FitBit’s sleep tracker, weight, and body shape. I’m headed to a conference in Alaska soon and I’m a half concerned I’ll miss out on a rare treat and half terrified to reintroduce the restricted foods. I’m committed to doing my best, but if there is some crazy amazing can-only-get-it-in-Alaska dessert, I’m going to eat it. Hopefully there is just mountains of seafood being handed out by the Deadliest Catch guys. That’s what I’m expecting, Alaska, so you better not disappoint!
In other news I hosted book club this week and thankfully several other ladies are grain/dairy free or paleo or working on their own Whole30. I STRESSED over what to make because very technically appetizers shouldn’t be eaten during Whole30 – they aren’t part of a meal, you eat them mindlessly, and (usually/hopefully/deliciously) they are covered in cheese.
After extensive Pinterest-ing, I just decided to get plantain chips (technically compliant), guacamole, salsa, cut up veggies, and strawberries and then make two little apps that just tiny meals really: BLT Bites and Sausage stuffed mushrooms.
You can see the BLT bites below: just halved grape tomatoes with a little romaine lettuce and a generous square of bacon. (It is HARD to find compliant bacon. Try looking for packages that say “uncured” or “no sugar cure.” Those are your safest bet.) They took about 20 minutes to make and were delicious. They looked so cute too – I definitely would bring them to a party even if I wasn’t doing Whole30.
I forgot to take a picture of the the mushrooms before A) they were mostly gone and B) all the good light was gone. Sorry they kind of look gross here, but they were also very delicious and very very easy. I just removed the stems from button mushrooms, cooked them in the oven at 375 while I browned the sausage (spicy Italian from the farmer’s market! One of my favorite compliant foods because it is packed with flavor) with some chopped onions and the chopped mushroom stems. When the sausage was almost cooked I just pulled the pan of mushrooms out of the oven, scooped in the sausage mixture, and then pooped it all back in the over for maybe 15? 20? minutes. Into everything was brown and delicious looking. I would normally top them with parmesan or nutritional yeast, but they were delicious as is.
I chose The Fault in Our Stars by John Green mostly because I had already read and loved it. Plus, most of the ladies are busy mamas so a shorter book without a seriously complicated story was most likely to actually be read/finished. We all agreed it was worth the read and even worth the price of a movie ticket . We’ll be headed to see it in theaters in a week or two – after all the crying teens see it. (SN: If I was rich I’d rent out the whole theater so that I could see a movie with a few people. Nothing grinds my gears like a noisy/messy/inconsiderate theater-goer.) It’s gotten phenomenal reviews, so I’m really excited. I expected most critics to pan it as a teenage cry-fest, but it’s looking more and more like the next Notebook.