I’m DONE, I’m FREE!!! Yipee!!!

Just wanted to acknowledge that on here…and celebrate with some housemates over a cup of frozen yogurt 🙂

Thoughts, reintroduction plans, and lessons learned will be posted shortly.

For all of you out there still on Whole30, keep it up!! It is only 30 days, you CAN make it!!

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Experiments that have become a part of daily life

Cooking is a passion. Hands down. But after this season, it will be nice to not be in the kitchen as much….at least for a week or two. I have been so busy with life (and food prep…womp) these past two weeks that I was just made aware I have not posted any  culinary experiments in a while. Some were great. Some were awful. Here are some pictures of the outcomes.:


Image Sweet Potato chipotle soup. One of the most AMAZING soups ever. And only 3 ingredients. Sweet potatoes, chicken broth, and coconut milk. For mine, I added a lot of southwest chipotle seasoning, avocado, and turkey bacon. This will stay as a regular meal even after Whole30 is over. ImageImage


Recipe found here:



Breakfasts of egg scrambles: 2 eggs, zucchini, squash, onions, mushrooms, green peppers, spinach, grilled chicken, avocado, and salsa. 


steak, shrimp, and mushrooms with asparagus and grapes. 





Sweet potato, asparagus, and mushroom/steak/shrimp meal 



Sweet potatoes stuffed with spinach and chicken topped with a homemade pasta sauce. 



Original recipe found here; I did some minor adjustments to mine though




Cauliflower “Alfredo” sauce This overall was not worth the effort that was placed it in. The sauce was ok, but nothing spectacular. I ended up just pouring the runny sauce over some steamed vegetables and made a decent lunch out of it.

Recipe inspiration found here:





of course there have been the last minute mornings for food… this one was a hard boiled egg, sweet potato fries from the night before, and a clementine from a housemate. 🙂 Image  

Snacks: Sunbutter and banana. 




This would be my 3rd attempt at making mayo/ranch dressing. This one came out the best, but if you are expecting the rich and creamy taste of ranch dressing, it will never really happen. My lesson learned was just to be thankful for having something and to appreciate the new taste for what it was instead of comparing it to something that I could not have on the Whole 30. Image


1 large egg

2 TBSP lemon juice

1/4 cup plus 1 cup light tasting olive oil

1/2 tsp dry mustard 

1/2 tsp salt

Place the egg and the lemon juice in a blender or food processor (I used a mixer), cover, and allow to come to room temperature, 30 minutes. Add 1/4 cup oil, mustard, and salt, blend on medium speed until the ingredients are combined. With the motor running, drizzle in the remaining 1 cup oil in a very thin stream; this should take about 2-3 minutes. Store covered in the fridge. 

The two others I attempted came from:

they might work better for you.



Crockpot orange chicken.

Very good overall. It uses a lot of orange juice, and the flavor is very evident. 




2 large carrots, peeled and sliced about 1/2-inch thick
2 large red or green bell peppers, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
8 ounces orange juice concentrate
2 cups Mandarin orange segments or fresh orange segments
2 Green onions, chopped
Put carrots, peppers, garlic, then the chicken, ginger, salt, pepper & frozen orange juice in Crockpot. Cover and cook on LOW 4 to 6 hours. Top with orange segments and green onions. Serve chicken liquid in gravy boat, if desired.

Chicken and Shrimp Stir Fry 



Chicken (cooked), thawed shrimp (cooked), frozen stir fry vegetables, coconut animos

Saute meat and vegetables together till hot. Add animos until desired flavor is reached and serve. That simple. 

The next four weeks will continue to be a challenge as I introduce only one food group at a time and observe the effects on my body, while maintaining the rest of the Whole30. I cannot with words tell you how excited I am about the first food group I am allowed to reintroduce……DAIRY! Wanna know why??? Two simple, yet mountain-singing worthy words: Frozen. Yogurt. 


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Food for the soul


“Jeshurun grew fat and kicked; filled with food, he became heavy and sleek. He abandoned the God who made him and rejected the Rock his Savior….You deserted the Rock who fathered you; you forgot the God who gave you birth.”  Deuteronomy 32:15, 18.


I was doing some cross referencing while reading about some Messianic scripture a few days ago and came across this verse in the midst of it. This particular verse resonated with my soul. Jeshurun, which in the case of this, was referring to the “upright one”, that is the people of Israel. The LORD had blessed them and made them prosper. Then it was overdone. The people grew fat from indulgence, believed that they were satisfied fully in God’s blessings alone, and then rejected Him as their Savior. How often do we find ourselves more content with what God has given us than just having Him alone? I can say that is a constant struggle for myself. Food is one of those things. We can overindulge in it and become so satisfied with the pleasure it brings us… through cooking, enjoying the company of friends that come with it, or simply just eating. But we forget so easily that the God gave us this food to sustain us and to make us strong to fulfill His purposes for us…not to make it an idol in place of Him. These past few weeks have been a time of processing that truth. I cannot just go to food to satisfy me anymore (mainly because all of my old comfort foods are 100% not allowed), and I never seem to leave fully satisfied from eating. At first it was a frustrating concept, but not it has been a comforting one to know that this satisfaction must come from the Lord, and the Lord alone. 

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….I am halfway there?

(Written April 30th)

Halfway Point

Monday marked the halfway point of Whole30! It is hard to believe that it is only downhill from here. To Celebrate, I caved and bought the book where all this came from “It Starts with Food”. Websites are great. Blogs are awesome. But I crave to know from the source answers to restriction questions.  After making it past the hangover phase and initial withdrawal of the first week or so, now I desire to know “why?”. Why no beans? Why no snacking? These are just a few.

I am learning that this is a springboard to a lifetime of learning healthy habits and having a good relationship with food. That I won’t be on this elimination diet forever. That is not the idea. It is a restart. Upon reflection, I have come to appreciate the boundaries. If someone brings in candy to work (which has literally happened Everyday this week), I have to say no. There is no way around it. Whole30 says no sugar, so no sugar. It is easy to blame saying no on a bunch of rules. But what is going to happen on day 31, when the rules are over? What will be my excuse? Will I give in to the peer pressure? I have only two more weeks to make that decision.

These past two weeks have been hard, but good. Hard still breaking old habits. Having rice with curry. Or enjoying a glass of wine with housemates. Spending more money than I ever want to on food. But good. Discovering newfound energy. Less stomach pain and discomfort. I get to be in the kitchen with purpose. To experience a glimpse of life into the reality of having a food allergy….or better yet, multiple food allergies.

Each day as the end draws closer seems to get just a bit easier. My body feels better. My housemates are telling me that I look thinner (though I beg to differ….part of the program is no weighing yourself until it is over, so we shall see then). I crave running and exercise. Did you get that last one? I crave exercise. Insane. I know now that there truly is a correlation with the food I was taking in and the way it was making my body feel. I thought I was eating healthy overall. And maybe I was for the average American. But for my body, not so much. The first two weeks after Whole30 is the reintroduction phase. This is where you introduce one food group at a time for 3-5 days and evaluate the way your body reacts to it, then eliminate it and start on the next food group. I am looking forward to that part most. I want to know what is causing the pain, the fogginess, and the grogginess that was occurring every day. If it is dairy, that stinks. But, I don’t want the way I am feeling now to go away, so dare I say, so long ice cream. It goes the same with gluten. Though thankfully, I have dear friends with wonderful bread-making talents and a plethora of gluten-free products on the market these days.


Two weeks down, two weeks to go.

He has brought me thus far, and already my Joy is unspeakable.

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Testing Boundaries

I never have been one to eat out much. Too expensive. I enjoy cooking. I am a snob about food. Many reasons. But, like every other bad desire coming out of the woodwork these past few weeks, going out to eat has surfaced. And with it comes new challenges. I have eaten out 4 times in the past two weeks, and it has been…..dare I say…fun. I get to be a modern day Sherlock Holmes scanning menus and interrogating waitstaff for food clues. There is a thrill that comes with it. Here are the results of those adventures:


Breakfast power bowl from Panera’s Hidden menu. The entire menu is based on a slow carb model and influence of a Panera Exec, Scott Davis. All of it is Whole30 approved except for the hummus on one of the lunch salads. This breakfast bowl has spinach, turkey, egg whites, red peppers, and basil pesto.


Chick-fli-A Grilled nuggets and mustard with a fruit side salad. Topped off with an unsweetened iced tea


Cheddars: Grilled chicken and shrimp with diced tomatoes and pineapple. Steamed broccoli and carrots.

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The Glad Surrender

Embracing discipline

Sharing some inserts from a crucial book to my current walk with the Lord:

“LORD why do you not answer my prayer and take away my desire to eat?”

“Then what would you have to do?”

“I saw at once that I had a responsibility. I wouldn’t have any had I no temptation to eat. I realized God was not going to make it easy for me—I had to start disciplining myself and trust Him to help me with my decision”

Does discipline save us?

No. It is Christ who saves us.

Discipline is not my claim on Christ, but the evidence if His claim on me.

Discipline, for a Christian, begins with the body.

It is our living sacrifice. Our spiritual act of worship.

Our habits hold us. We must be broken of these to be free for the Lord’s service.

We cannot give our hearts to God and keep our bodies for ourselves.

Reasons for discipline in the form or food restriction/fasting:

  • It helps us identify with the hungry. Who we are easy to forget
  • It draws us into prayer
  • It softens us to God’s plans and callings
  • It makes us reflect
  • It is used greatly by the Holy Spirit

I am starting to feel it this week. The ache inside. The battle within my being raging on between staying strong and giving in. Not for specific foods or cravings. But for reasons. Reasons for why I am doing this. Are they good enough?  Is He good enough to stick this out for? Is denying myself a typical diet for the sake of growing closer to the LORD worth it?

Of course it is. Nothing else compares.

Day to day though, that decision does not seem as easy.


What I have found most surprising is that self-control is the hardest in social circles. Especially in those of people who love and care about you. This was an unheard thought. I assumed that being around people while partaking in this would bring forth encouragement and accountability. And yes, it has. But there is this entirely different level of learning how to adjust to your “new” diet and their normal one.

This weekend was the birthday of a dear friend. I got to make a few cakes for his celebration. (It was a blast actually because he is gluten-free so I got to experiment with different recipes to find a good one that fit the criteria, yet was still yummy). I anticipated not being able to taste test the cakes (I used a not-so-eager housemate for this one) and it turned out well. But what I did not anticipate was the actual celebration that came later. The cake. The ice cream. The laughter and lighthearted-ness. All wonderful things. All based in the kitchen. Around food that was “not allowed”.  It was not as easy as I imagined it to be. The hard part was not saying “no” to food (that again, was a lot easier than I thought), but answering the questions over and over “why are you not eating?” or “Is it really that serious? You can’t cheat even for one day?” Unknowingly, the kind and sweet comments of friends became seeds of doubt that, if not quickly cut off, would grow deep.  Confession and prayer became staples of those hours.

Discipline does not only happen with physically saying “no” and refraining. It must be refined in thought as well. I want to be able to look back from this and say I was glad to surrender these things to the LORD to draw nearer in truth and understanding.

Lesson learned.


“You do not belong to yourselves. You were bought at a price. Then honor God in your body.”

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You make beautiful things out of dust



Things of death and despise

hopeless things

dead things

with no life left


show closing everything in silence

skeletons on the surface

but underneath


Wonders are being performed

and then all at once

Spring bursts forth, color alit

all where it seemed hopeless

“Except a corn of wheat fall

into the ground and die,

it abideth alone.

But if it die,

it bringeth forth much fruit”

I asked God to water it,

there in its darkness

and transform the dead into fruit

water me LORD.

He has brought me this far, and already my joy is unspeakable

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