I haven’t decided what I am going to eat/drink first because for some reason the pressure feels too great. I also feel like it might be counterintuitive to celebrate with food. So many feelings yet to process. But yeah! 30 days, man. Wow.
What did you eat/drink first when you went through the Whole30 journey?
How did you feel when you did it??
We haven’t talked about the weight part yet, because it’s kind of a big deal.
I lost 10 lbs. in 30 days.
10 lbs. of padding I had to protect me from my feelings.
Ten pounds gone because I was a better advocate for myself.
I said no to certain things because
I have willpower.
I said no because I am putting myself first.
I am going slow
because I am worth the effort.
Ten pounds lost by being mindful.
30 days of saying YES to myself and NO to bad habits.
Ten pounds lost by making the right choices because
I am not rushing into things.
I am allowing myself to feel feelings and when they’re too much,
I learn how to make a quiet space for myself
so I can RESET. I must breathe. I can’t hold my breath.
I am finally learning that I MUST slow down.
Slowing down is hard for someone with my intensity.
When I don’t slow down, my body retaliates.
I have learned that to go slow, I must sacrifice certain things.
The more I know
the easier it is to make those sacrifices because
I AM WORTH THE EFFORT.
I can evaluate my choices and be better at controlling my
Knowing myself, means understanding my impulses because
they’re mostly rooted in feelings.
Numbing my feelings just adds more stress to my life.
I am in the process rewriting the story.
Creating better habits is KEY.
Habits with impact. Habits that will help me reset when I need to
More soon. Still feeling all the feelings!
There’s a doughnut downstairs on the counter I have to contend with.
Imagine you’re on your way home from work. You’re frantic. You need to make dinner and you want all of the people you have to feed to be happy. You’ve worked all day and the LAST THING you want to hear is complaining. That’s when you make a “Choose Your Own Adventure” meal! How do you do that? Well you provide a bunch of options so everyone can customize dinner to their own taste. The best quick weeknight meals are the ones where everyone gets what they want. That’s why Taco Night & Burger Night are both so popular at my house.
Let me show you how you can turn Soup Night into something much more!
OK. Are you ready to see 8 different combinations? Let’s go!
This version has pomegranate seeds for sweetness, green onions for a sharp bite, bacon for a smoky/salty vibe and a swirl of sour cream to make even CREAMIER!
This version is similar to the one above but we add cranberry sauce and caramelized onions!
It tastes like Thanksgiving!
We go for a Thai inspired soup with this one. Stir in some curry powder, drizzle some sriracha on top and finish with toasted coconut and fresh cilantro! I bet a little coconut cream would be divine in there.
When I think of Autumn, I think of butternut squash and SAGE! Browned butter makes everything better, doesn’t it? I fried some sage in the browned butter and it made its way into the butternut squash soup!
Autumn dreams are made of this combination.
Let’s turn it into a Mexican inspired soup! Here we have salsa, cilantro, cheese, sour cream, chili powder and hot sauce. Don’t forget the tortilla chips!
Bread + cheese + soup = YAAAAAAS
Here I topped crostini with blue cheese & caramelized onions. Now that I’m looking at this I am sure a balsamic reduction drizzle would be a good addition!
We combine candied walnuts with the fried sage, a drizzle of browned butter, candied walnuts and creme fraiche. We add a little pomegranate seeds for extra fun.
This one is one of my favorites because the blue cheese and spinach wilts into the soup. Candied walnuts for an extra crunchy surprise!
Other toppings that would be awesome:
grilled cheese sandwich cut up into little pieces
There you have it. Butternut Squash Soup 8 Ways.
Hope this inspires you to have a soup party with toppings in your near future!
This post was produced in partnership with Imagine®. As always, all opinions are my own.
Why is this starting to sound morbid. It’s not!!!!!
I HAVE 6 DAYS LEFT. WAHOOOOOOOOO. I am almost done.
WE ARE IN THE HOME STRETCH.
Part of me wondered why I shared this journey with you. Is it annoying? Is it boring? Do you think I am crazy? Don’t answer that.
I am sharing this process because I want to be accountable for my actions. I want to say I am going to do something and DO IT. Having you involved in the process means I have more motivation to keep it going.
My willpower is stronger as a result.
So, thank you.
I believe that this is proof that we build better connections when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable.
This week I’ve been working on:
What I learned most during week 3 was this:
I have incredible willpower. What I need to manage is my impulse control. Through this process, I am starting to understand what kind of habits and patterns I’ve created for myself. Slowly, I am figuring out ways to fix them. I am loving how less stressed I am about food because I don’t eat the things that triggered my anxiety.
What is impulse control?
-failure to resist a temptation, urge or impulse that may harm oneself or others.
When I am stressed, it is much harder for me to control my impulses (like drinking alcohol or having a carb party). Taking the time to understand what my impulses are has helped me make better choices around food. Impulses come from feelings and I HAVE SO MANY OF THEM throughout the day while I am rushing around-doing too many things at once. Instead of understanding how I am feeling and WHY I am feeling a certain way, I tend to self-medicate by swallowing my feelings.
Impulse control can be managed by slowing myself down.
I am learning how to tell myself —in a gentle way— that it’s OK to eat certain things but I need to be aware of how much I am eating. AKA DON’T GO OVERBOARD.
Before I would say things with a mean/angry/jerk voice.
That jerk voice is definitely not a voice I would EVER use for anyone I loved.
When I am not surrounding myself with distractions, I can CLEARLY think about the food choices I will make based on the structure I have for myself right now.
Before, I impulsively ate my face off because I had no structure/no limits/no boundaries.
before (said in a frantic/jerk voice):
omg there’s cake
i want cake
omg i should just have a sliver
but then i’ll just want another slice
just get the bigger piece, Tracy
WHOA YOU JUST ATE THE BIGGER PIECE
HOW DID THAT HAPPEN. WERE YOUR EYES CLOSED?!
but that bigger piece WASN’T ENOUGH.
have another slice! make it SMALLLLLLLL
oh. you did it. wow. OK. So WOW. Ummm.
how are you gonna work this off?
what do you have to sacrifice today to feel OK ABOUT EATING ALL THAT CAKE?
YOU DONT EVEN LIKE CAKE.
WHAT DID YOU DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO??!!
WE WERE SUPPOSED TO BE HEALTHY TODAY
now (said in a loving, supportive mom voice):
Take a deep breath
Examine the situation
How will cake make you feel? Can you have a little or would you be happy with fruit?
Do you even like cake?
Make the choice that will make you feel best.
PROCEED, you got this.
What else is up this week?
I had a few moments this week when I went CRAZY on a bag of plaintain chips. BECAUSE OLD HABITS DIE HARD. Just because I can eat something within this “structure,” doesn’t mean I can eat ALLLLLLLLLLL of it. If I want to end this program feeling lighter, I have to pay attention my portion control.
Last weekend I spent 7+ hours at a family party where everyone was drinking (too) much wine and eating crazy good food. I put kombucha in a wine glass… I ate a lot of salami and nuts. I made some solid choices and I put myself in a quiet place every time I felt like I couldn’t handle being around so many people/temptations.
Sometimes you just gotta walk away and give yourself some time and space.
LIKE SERIOUSLY. GO INTO ANOTHER ROOM. COLLECT YOUR THOUGHTS.
.I threw my back out. Felt sorry for myself. Crawled into the kitchen and still made good choices. Laid in bed with a heating pad while my husband drank a hot toddy RIGHT NEXT TO ME. The jealousy! It was cold out! I wanted a hot toddy. I made myself tea. EVERYTHING WAS FIIIIIIIINE.
OK. That’s all for now. 6 more days!
BTW- I am working on a bigger post to show you all the foods I’ve eaten and what I’m into.
I’m writing this on the floor of my bedroom right now. I threw out my back. I want to eat a sleeve of Oreos only because I went down some rabbit how on buzzfeed where someone jammed a fork in the creamy filling of an Oreo and dunked it into a glass of milk. Now I want to eat all the Oreos. Also, that’s a pretty awesome technique.
As I write this on my floor of my bedroom with back pain, I’m on day 22 of the Whole30. Someone told me that they were super sick of eggs by this point. Fortunately I figured out how to make this apple “oatmeal” on day 5 and I’ve been alternating it into my meal prep for the weeks. I haven’t had enough eggs to be sick of them yet. WAHOOOO.
Not only is this Whole30 compliant, but it’s vegan and gluten free with no added sugar. It tastes like a cross between apple sauce and oatmeal. The soaked cashews in the mix give it that same bite you get with oatmeal and it’s nice and thick to boot! It’s great served cold as a snack in the afternoon, but I like warm with bananas, raisins and nuts. I think tomorrow I might stir in a scoop of almond butter and coconut flakes.