Friday, January 6, 2017

Embarking on the Whole 30 Journey... With Breakfast Hash

 


Hello 2017!  Hello "New Year, New Me".

I vowed I wasn't going to overhaul my life this year.  I wasn't going to make a "big change".  I like the ME that I am.  I don't need a new "me".

So,  I decided that I was going to pick a few things to improve where I needed to and focus on having more fun.  Living a little bit more.  Take more trips. Love harder.  Laugh more.  Give my kids so many snuggles that by 2018 they were sick of me!  And be a really good wife.  You know, one that doesn't complain about the trash not being taken out, because there are bigger things to worry about.

The one big thing this January 2nd that I decided to improve was my nutrition.  Let's face it.  November happened.  Then December happened.  Then New Year's Eve.  Did you see the Champagne Margaritas?  The bloat settled in like a blustery winter storm.  And I needed a jumpstart to move it out.   So my first step was deciding to complete Whole 30.  No cheats.  No treats.  Just doing the things, following the program, and not complaining.  As Whole 30 says in their book, "It's not hard.  Beating cancer is hard.  Birthing a baby is hard.  Losing a parent is hard.  Drinking your coffee black is not hard."

So... What's Whole 30?
If you're not familiar, here's the gist.  No sugar.  No wheat/grains.  No alcohol.  No beans. No dairy. No peanut butter.  For 30 days.  Get the book if you're serious about it though.  But we can do anything for 30 days, right?  Even that no peanut butter, no wine part.  I know, I had my reservations, but it's worth a go, at the very least for the experience I'll gain and because, frankly, my relationship with food has become a little more than friendly lately.  Like I invited food over for Netflix and chill and we chilled two bottles of wine, drank them both, ate a box of Girl Scout cookies, a bag of buttered popcorn, and made a late night run for Jack in the Box.

So on Saturday, I prepped. I planned. I grocery shopped.  We had one last New Year's Eve hoorah and began on Monday the 2nd.  And started the day with this delicious breakfast hash.

But What About Carbs?
I love carbs.  I can't give up carbs.  But on Whole 30 you don't.  You just eat different forms of them.  No more oats.  No more waffles, I know, right?  No pancakes.  Breads.  Muffins.  But this body of mine has struggled with some inflammation as of late and again, we can do anything for 30 days.  So I whipped up this delicious Breakfast Hash using eggs, shredded sweet potatoes, and some veggies and wouldn't you know, it turned out amazing.  And I had a happy husband too.  See, being a good wife already!

I know we're just getting into the meat and potatoes (pun intended) of these 30 days, but I'm prepared for what's ahead.  I'm confident I can switch up my meals.  That I'll see a change, and we'll start this year stronger than ever before.




Whole 30 Approved Breakfast Hash:

Ingredients:
1 dozen eggs (6 whole, 6 whites)
1/4 c liquid egg whites 
2 medium sweet potatoes
1 green pepper, diced
1/4 tbsp diced onion
1-2 c spinach, optional 
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
Sea salt
Black pepper 

Directions: 
Mix eggs and yolks until scrambled.  Spray a skillet with extra virgin olive oil spray.  Pour eggs into skillet.  Add pepper and onion.  Add spices.  Stir on medium heat for 2-3minutes.  Add sweet potatoes.  Cook another 2-3 minutes.  Add spinach. Stir until eggs are cooked and spinach wilts.  
Top with whole 30 approved salsa or hot sauce.  And some berries on the side.  Enjoy!  

This turned out amazing and I've made it twice this week.  This will definitely be a staple in our nutrition over the next few weeks.  Stay tuned for more recipes!  

If you have any questions or would like to be added to my Whole 30 tips and tricks group, please email me at fitmommyashley@gmail.com or find me on Facebook here.

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