Whole30 Day 27 – Potsticker Burgers and Asian Slaw!

I really shouldn’t be counting down, or up on this whole30 because I don’t have any intentions of quitting after 30 days. I plan to keep going!

Anyways I found this recipe for potsticker burgers from CupcakesOMG! and since we love potstickers and Asian inspired foods, this sounded good to us and it was!

My picture didn’t turn out as good as hers but the taste was amazing! There was so much flavor and it really tasted like potstickers!

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I will post the recipe from CupcakesOMG! below and in parenthesis put the changes I made.

  • 2 lbs. ground turkey meat (I used 1.25 pounds ground pork)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. ginger, minced
  • 4 Tbsp. coconut aminos (2 T instead of 4)
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 3 green onions, sliced (2 large green onions)
  • 1.5 cups cole slaw mix (3/4 cup cole slaw mix)
  • 1 egg
  • coconut oil for cooking
Asian Slaw
  • 2 cups cole slaw mix (I added an extra cup of shredded cabbage)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. ginger, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut aminos
  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar (I didn’t have ACV, so used 1 T of white vinegar)
  • 1 tsp. fish sauce (I didn’t add this because I don’t like it)
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. honey (optional)
  • 2-3 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup raisins or dried cherries
  • 2 Tbsp. sunflower seeds

The Asian Slaw was so good, will definitely be making it a regular thing!

I had some potsticker wrappers in the freezer so I added some of the meat mixture to those and made potstickers for Mr. Yummy a.k.a. Husband and he said they were pretty good!

I made the meat mixture ahead of time and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours so that the flavors would mix. I loved the fresh ginger in both the dishes, really added a ton of flavor!

An easy dish to put together, you should try it!

30 Day Squat Challenge Update!

I’m on day 8 of my 30 day squat challenge, today is a rest day. Thank God! I started day 1 with 50 squats and yesterday I was up to 80. Tomorrow I’m doing 100. My legs already feel stronger, it feels good!

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Whole30 and Squat Challenge Update

Today is day 24 of the whole30! But I have no intentions of quitting after the 30 days, I’ve decided to turn this into an everyday thing. Of course following the whole30 strictly for the rest of my life is really not a realistic thing to do. But if I follow it as much as I can and eat this way at home and when I go out and stick to the rules as closely as possible, then I will consider that successful. Will I enjoy some chocolate and a glass of wine and maybe some cheese here and there? Of course! Because I love those things. But I’m at my healthiest and feel my best when I eat those things sparingly. And I’m at a point now where I can do that and it’s not as much of a struggle as it used to be.

I’m on day 4 of my 30 day squat challenge and it has definitely been a challenge! Squats are not something I made part of my workout routine regularly because I just never really thought about them. And right now, my muscles are screaming at me!

Day 1 of the squat challenge, I did 50 squats. Day 2 was 55, day 3 was 60 and today is a rest day. Then tomorrow, it’s 70! On day 30, I should be able to do 250! I’m actually looking forward to that. I’m a competitive person so anytime you give me a challenge, I’m up for it!

Here’s another one of my typical whole30 meals:

Roasted broccoli, chicken and spinach, english cucumber and guacamole

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30 Day Squat Challenge!

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I’ve seen the 30 day plank challenge going around and then I saw this – 30 day squat challenge! Since we’ve targeted our core, why not now target our rear end?! I’m sure everyone would love a better looking butt right? This looks hard (for me) because the most squats I’ve ever done at one time is 30, so starting at 50 might be a little tough. But I’m willing to try it out. I think this can be customized pretty easily, just start at whatever number you want – 10, 20, 30, 80 and add 5 the next day or 10 or however many the chart says to add.

I’m starting tonight, who’s doing it with me?!

Dairy-Free, Grain-Free Pancakes! (And a Whole30 Update)

I have to admit that I cheated on the Whole30 – kinda. Well, technically. The whole30 doesn’t approve of making whole30 versions of foods such as pancakes and pizza and stuff like that, even if the ingredients are whole30 approved. The reason is because the whole point of the Whole30 is to change your relationship with food and the way you use it and the way you see it. A lot of people turn to food for comfort instead of looking at it as fuel for your body. By now, (since I’ve been “rediscovering” my relationship with food for years) I’m pretty much past using food for comfort.

Now, I’m not opposed to a “treat” every now and then! Chocolate never hurt anyone!

Anyways, I made coconut flour pancakes for breakfast because honestly, eggs are getting boring and I’m tired of eating the same thing I ate for dinner, for breakfast. So I used whole30 approved ingredients and had some pancakes with sausage. And it was good, a nice change.

I used coconut flour, coconut milk, cinnamon, vanilla, baking soda and eggs in the “batter” and cooked them in some coconut oil.

This is not the prettiest looking picture but they turned out pretty good!

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Whole30 Update: So far, cutting dairy and gluten out of my diet have made a huge impact on me and the way I feel – mentally, physically and emotionally! I’m able to work out longer and harder at the gym, sleep better and have a clearer mind. It’s been nice and I don’t plan on bringing dairy or gluten back into my life anytime soon! One of the biggest changes I’ve noticed since January 1st is NO HEADACHES! I used to get mild headaches almost daily and painkillers did not make them go away. I haven’t had a headache since before the New Year, it’s pretty amazing! Also, I don’t get stomach aches anymore and my digestive system seems to be working pretty good now, probably TMI, but it’s true and I feel great! 🙂

Italian Pork Quesadilla – Comfort Food Recipe!

So, I’ll just give you a few minutes to take in that picture up there with all it’s gooey, cheesy, pesto-y goodness.

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Done drooling? Okay good.

I’ll get straight to it.

1 burrito size whole wheat, high fiber, low carb tortilla

Shredded Italian style pork

Pesto

Sliced tomato

Italian cheese blend

Parm cheese

red pepper flakes

salt and pepper

So, load it up, fry it up, cut it up! Pretty sure you know how to assemble a quesadilla. If not, there are a million and one videos on You Tube. Here is a good one: Italian Quesadilla Recipe – Laura Vitale

This was amazing, I couldn’t believe how good it was. It was also extremely filling and probably way tooooo much for lunch, which is probably why almost 5 hours later, I’m still full. I’m headed to the gym in an hour or so and then I’ll probably just have a light salad for dinner. If I wasn’t going to the gym, I don’t even think I would be able to eat dinner.

It was so filling and satisfying and delicious. I savored every bite. I love quesadillas. Oh my goodness. That was GOOD!

Fall is in the air!

I think Fall has finally made it to the Northwest and I couldn’t be happier! I took a really nice 3 mile walk this morning and I was COLD and WET because it was foggy and misty. And I enjoyed every second of it, it was refreshing.

When I got home I made myself a cup of coffee and took a low carb pumpkin cream cheese muffin out of the refrigerator (okay, I took 2, they only have 1 gram of sugar and 3 net carbs per muffin!).

And it was so good I had to write a new post about it.

Because it tasted exactly like pumpkin pie, the consistency and texture are almost exact, so how can I call them muffins? Because really, they’re more like pie. So their new name is “Mini Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pies.”

Please go back and check out the recipe and make these! They are really easy to make!

My only recommendation is to eat them cold maybe with a little sugar free whipped cream on top! 😉

Check out this time lapse video of the Pacific Northwest, it makes me proud to call this my home!

Indulgences and Making Up For Them

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Yesterday I spent the day with my mom and had a really fun day! I splurged a lot and had quite a bit of carbs and sugar though. So I’m making up for it by eating tons of fresh veggies (from her garden) all day with some homemade ranch. I also spent two hours at the gym last night and surprised myself by jogging 3.5 miles! The most I’ve ever jogged was 1.5, I spent a total of 2 hrs on the treadmill and went 7.5 miles and burned 1100 calories, it felt so good! And I feel awesome today!

Changes and a Hot Day!

I’m sitting here directly in front of the fan because it’s currently 90 degrees outside and probably hotter in my non air conditioned house. I’m sipping on iced unsweetened green tea instead of my usual iced coffee or coke zero and it feels good.

I’m trying to transition out coffee and soda, at least for awhile, maybe forever. Or at least save them for really special occasions.

I’m very competitive with myself and I’ve made a big goal, a really big goal. I won’t be disappointed if I don’t make it, but I’m hoping I do. I’ve done it before so I know it’s doable. So I’ve been very strict with myself and I’m already feeling better, health wise. If I make my goal, I will let you know all about it, but it’s sort of a personal goal and I’m not sure that I’m willing to share anything else as personal as my last post.

We’ll see. I’m off to the gym then home to make a big yummy salad. I’m sure I’ll post a picture!

Finally Feeling Better!

I haven’t had the flu for awhile and having it this past week made me hope that it’s another long while before it comes back. It was horrible!

Finally got back to the gym and healthy eating, I’m back on the bandwagon and it feels good!

Chicken with spinach, tomatoes and onions

Salad w/ feta and homemade ranch, ground Italian chicken sausage, mustard greens, onions and tomatoes

Changing It Up!

I’ve decided to change it up, my diet and exercise routine have not been as good as they should be.

Everytime I’ve lost weight, it’s been from some fad diet. And sure, they worked. I lost weight each time and I lost it fast. But I also always gained it back and gained it back just as fast.

So I’m just going to be smart about it. Eat less. Eat less bad stuff and more good stuff. It’s common sense!

My goal is to eat about 1200-1500 calories per day and burn at least a total of 2500 calories per week. I want those calories to be mostly lean meat, fruits and veggies. And less carbs, less fat, less sugar and less processed foods.

So far so good! I’ve been doing this for about 2 days and I lost a pound. I think I figured out how to completely beat my plateau!

Anyways, here is a little of what I’ve eaten in the last couple days:

Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt w/ a little splenda, blueberries and raw cashews

About 2 cups raw spinach, 1/4 of a zucchini and one chicken breast(I had this twice, one time I poured hot plain chicken broth over the top and the second one is the next picture)

I used the above spinach, zucchini, chicken mixture and poured the sauce from Chicken Paprikash over the top

I still use some of the Atkins shakes and bars, about one a day – either for breakfast or lunch.

My current weight is 218.6, I’m so close to my goal!