checking in: 20 days into Whole30.

I can't believe it, but we're 20 days into Whole30, with 10 days to go! I'm simultaneously feeling like this:

I am physically feeling great (hence the boxing cat picture)--it's doing my body a world of good to give it a 30 day rest from dairy, grains, sugar, alcohol, and legumes. In these next ten days, we're going to be talking about how to move forward into post-Whole30 life. This much restriction isn't meant to exist for the long-term, but I definitely need to consider what I need to drastically reduce in my diet (or cut out altogether) so that my body can function best and I can feel good in my skin. 

At the same time, I've felt a little bit like a sloth with the whole cooking thing. While I was really into looking for recipes, shopping, and taking the time to prep and cook in the kitchen days one through ten, all that has felt more tiring this second third of the way through. I don't mind eating the same recipes over and over, but some change is nice. But we've done just fine, and are making it work!

Here are a few additional recipes I've cooked this week. You're going to want to check out the link to that green sauce below--it is delicious!

Sweet potato and carrot custard. I baked a second one of these tonight, and am about to dig into it for dessert. This custard is really good with a splash of almond milk and some fresh berries on top.

Sweet potato and carrot custard. I baked a second one of these tonight, and am about to dig into it for dessert. This custard is really good with a splash of almond milk and some fresh berries on top.

I found a crock pot in the apartment we're staying in, and so I threw some beef tips, carrots, onions, and tomatoes in along with beef stock. It wasn't the most flavorful thing we've eaten, but it satisfied our desire for some red meat and veggies.

I found a crock pot in the apartment we're staying in, and so I threw some beef tips, carrots, onions, and tomatoes in along with beef stock. It wasn't the most flavorful thing we've eaten, but it satisfied our desire for some red meat and veggies.

One night I cooked some thin steaks, sauteed some spinach (my new favorite thing for any and every meal!), steamed some potatoes, and made this chimichurri sauce that is so incredibly delicious. (The sauce popped up on my Twitter feed from Melissa Joulwan, who is a whole foods and all-things-paleo diva.) As you can see, we even put it on potatoes! I made a second batch tonight and we're enjoying it on everything.

Chicken avocado burgers with sauteed spinach, beets, and apricot. I found out that I really like beets (and that John won't touch them--so they're all mine! Mwahaha!) this week.

Chicken avocado burgers with sauteed spinach, beets, and apricot. I found out that I really like beets (and that John won't touch them--so they're all mine! Mwahaha!) this week.

Above: Sometimes it's fun to make your food look pretty, even when it's super basic!

Happy weekend, all!