28, 29... and 30!

The sort of mediocre, we were really busy, pretty uneventful, not so grande finale...  And so it is, Matt and Dania successfully completed their Whole30.

This post will be only about the last three days of food and activity.  I will be compiling a full out summary with results, recap, and reflections sometime this week.  I leave for PaleoF(x) tomorrow night and will be pretty busy from now until the weekend.


Saturday was a busy day of cleaning the house and playing in the yard.  Matt's family came over for dinner and we didn't figure they'd want an extra side of dog hair with their meal.  Volt and Miss Ellie spent most of the day outside getting brushed and lazing in the sun while the mountains of hair were vacuumed from every flat (and not so flat) surface of the house.  Matt's meals started with an early lunch.  I made eggs and ground beef for breakfast with a side of wilted spinach and garlic.

Mid-day I snacked on an apple with SunButter and then a half of an English cucumber.  Matt's lunch was leftover Char Siu Pork from Well Fed and a plate of sauteed red cabbage and green beans flavored with the "Best Stir-Fry Sauce Ever"... also from Well Fed.  

For dinner, I chose to make Citrus Carnitas and Cumin Roasted Carrots.  My mother-in-law brought a large fresh salad with their own cheese (on the side), salad dressing, and a loaf of jalapeno cheesie bread "for the carb lovers."  I mixed up a small batch of salad dressing for me and Matt - extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a healthy palmful of Italian seasoning.  The carnitas took about an hour longer than the last time I made them, perhaps I forgot to account for the extra 1.5 pounds of meat this go-around.  Oops!  I offered the rest of the pico de gallo and a bowl of guacamole for sides.  I think the general dining consensus was satisfaction with the zesty crispy hunks of delectable meat.

We had a delightful time chatting with Matt's mom, dad, and youngest sister visiting from Houston.  I'm ashamed to admit what happened next... but it happened... after the family left and after one full episode of our Soprano's marathon, Matt and I both made our way back into the kitchen for a second round of the carnitas and guacamole.  They are just too good.  I'll be back to making the much smaller scale amount of pork next time. 


Sunday breakfast was non-existent.  The time change sort of threw us off.  Matt noshed on a piece of pineapple before heading to church and I had a nice hot mug of Get Clean Detox Tea.  When we arrived home around 2, we dug into a bag of nut mix from Trader Joe's and reheated the Char Siu Pork and some leftover veggies from the fridge.  Cumin-roasted carrots and the remaining roasted asparagus from Thursday.  Seriously - that Char Siu Pork has been fantastic for filling in unplanned meals!  I also snacked on a few dried apples (no added ANYTHINGS, just apples!) from Trader Joe's.  Then I spent a few minutes sauteeing a large pan of green cabbage and cut carrots with a new batch of "The Best Stir-Fry Sauce" ever.  It never hurts to have a bowl of miscellaneous veggies in the fridge prepared and ready to go for the week.


Day 30.  This is the end.  Beautiful friend.  This is the end.  My only friend, the end.

Monday.  Last day.  Matt and I had to leave early to get down to Hollywood for a fantastic business presentation by Google.  I prepared enough wilted spinach and ground beef with scrambled eggs for both of us then filled my 40 oz. Hydro Flask with cold water and we were on our way.  We stopped for coffee and tea at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (imagine that) and then spent the next 6 hours learning about all that Google has to offer for small businesses.  We did not prepare snacks and lunch... so we did the absolute best we could under the circumstances... Thanks to a Yelp! search for "grass-fed" - we ended up eating at GO Burger less than .2 miles from the seminar venue.  We each built our own burger... mine with avocado and egg, Matt's with caramelized onion and - yes - bacon.  No bun.  Side salad.  

We probably fell outside the Whole30 rules on this one... if not, at least bent them 90 degrees.  But it was our 89th meal of the month and I was happy it wasn't a Sierra Mist and soggy french fries.  We stopped at the grocery store on the way home to pick up a few things for dinner and to make sure Matt would be set for his on-going journey with The Whole39BecauseMyWifeIsCrazy.  Roasted chicken and leftover veggies for Matt.  Prosciutto (pork, salt, that's it) and some pineapple and macadamia nuts were it for me.  See?  Totally boring and uneventful.  I had to get to packing for my trip to Paleo Mecca and Matt had some work to take care of.  

So there ya go.  We did it.  I think we did it extremely well.  I can't express how proud I am of my husband.  He did an amazing job and I am so grateful that we shared this experience together.  

...cue fireworks...


  1. despite all the food talk...i'm really proud of both of you.

  2. That means a lot. Thank you. I'm especially proud of Matt for continuing with the good habits even long after we "officially finished".