menu monday: low cooking motivation

For whatever reason, it happens from time to time, I have zero interest in cooking this weekend. I find if I indulge myself I’m usually back to pouring over cookbooks and planning very quickly, so I just go with it. This might be the most boring meal plan I’ve posted, but it’s honest.

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Casablanca Carrots are a new WF2 recipe we’ll be trying this week. They aren’t a recipe available on Mel’s site, but I did find Cumin-Roasted Carrots which seem pretty similar. I love the shape she’s used for this recipe, you can almost pretend they are french fries! And Golden Cauliflower Soup is back in the breakfast rotation. I’m a little tired of hardboiled eggs so I grabbed chorizo sausages to accompany my soup.

I’m hoping this week we make a huge dent in the Paleo meals so I can have my indoor freezer space back. I’m holding off on ordering more offal as I really don’t have room to store it right now. Our chest freezer is still packed with the lamb, cow, and pork from the fall, plus a ton of pork fat I have for rendering. But clearly that’s a story for another day.

21 Day Sugar Detox Update

The two big updates this week are skin and weight. I was hoping it would be sleep, but wow did the time change really effect both Greg and me. We slept terribly the first part of the week. Is this just getting old? I don’t remember it ever being so impactful before.

I was pleasantly surprised when I finally remembered to weight myself on Saturday morning (day 13) and saw that I was down six pounds. That is just crazy. Every time I do a Whole30 I lose exactly four pounds. I absolutely love the Whole30, but I think what is making the difference in the 21DSD is forbidden fruit. We have a lot of free fruit in my office as well as a store just a block away that sells Larabars. While on the Whole30, when I get bored I can justify fruit and Larabar eating, but I can’t on the 21DSD. I have really been having to ensure that I eat big enough meals to not snack because there is nothing that is 21DSD compliant at work. On occasion I’ve had a handful of almonds or a Chomps meat stick as a snack, but for the most part I’m snack free and have really been conquering my bored eating issues by finding other solutions.

My skin is looking great, which is awesome. Always one of my favorite results of really clean eating. The only thing I’m frustrated about is not making any progress on my weird eyelid problem. I don’t think I mentioned it, but since we were in Hawaii in November I have been dealing with eczema on my eyelids. I’m pretty sure I know why it started, but I haven’t been able to get rid of it. I was hoping the 21DSD would help, but as of day 11 it was actually a little worse than when I started. (It has varied in severity for four months so I don’t think the 21DSD is making it any worse.) On Thursday I started taking my fermented cod liver oil again (it is so foul I had stopped taking it) and am going to try that for a week to see how it helps. If that doesn’t work then I’ll probably try some sort of autoimmune protocol for a few weeks. It’s itchy and the fear that it will jump to somewhere more noticeable on my face is driving me to find a solution.

5 Tips for Eating Real Food When You Lack Motivation

1. Raid your freezer. A prime reason why I stock away leftovers in the freezer is so that when I’m too busy to cook, or just plain uninterested in doing so, I can easily grab a meal from the freezer and go. I don’t have a magic formula, but I do keep an eye on what’s in the freezer that’s ready to eat (post defrosting, of course) and try to always make sure there’s at least something.

2. Accept a week of simple food. Buy a roast chicken and a bag of pre chopped salad. Eat tuna from a can with a side of olives. Scramble eggs for dinner. Food doesn’t always have to be amazing but it should (almost) always be nourishing. Putting gas in your car is not an exciting experience and sometimes putting food in your body doesn’t have to be either. Get it done in the simplest way possible and move on.

3. Stock some prepared food. Food that you can just eat with zero effort. In our house it is Chomps meat sticks and baby food sweet potatoes. (The Paleo meals will be short lived option for us since they just didn’t work well for the purpose I was hoping). I have in the past eaten a jar of baby food sweet potato and a meat stick and called it dinner. I wouldn’t recommend this daily, but sometimes it happens and it’s better than fast food.

4. Have a few take out places you trust. This weekend we had Thai on Friday night. I had bought a rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods on my way home from work (I try to do grocery shopping Friday afternoon so it’s done before I get home for the weekend) and I was even too lazy to make simple veggie sides. I sent Greg out for Thai; curry over a side order of steamed veggies instead of rice and I was 21DSD compliant with no effort on my part. It’s helpful to have a sweet husband in this situation, but GrubHub or a phone call work as well.

5. Do not force yourself to go big. When I try to force myself out of my slump by buying a bunch of groceries, assuming I’ll cook them if they are there, I end up spending money on food that’s going to get wasted. Instead I try to use these times to clean out the fridge, freezer and pantry. Use up the odds and ends and see what I can make meals out of when it seems as if there is no food. I assure you I’ve never gone hungry.

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