Confession time, friends. We had our first goof up on Whole30 compliance today.
Absentmindedly, I licked a grain of rice off my finger and Kraft licked a tiny drop of yogurt off his hand (both times while serving the kiddos) earlier last week, but we haven’t made a mistake other than that.
Today I made hamburgers topped with avocado and salsa. We used Trader Joe’s Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa. 😱 It is NOT Whole30 compliant! I almost expected sirens to go off and a trap door to open and swallow up this offensive salsa. We didn’t realize it until we were done with dinner. Kraft just happened to be reading the ingredients. At most we ate 2 tablespoons of it.
And you know what? I couldn’t care less. And I am a total rule-follower. I really am. It pains me to not follow the rules.
Whole30 makes a huge deal about no cheating whatsoever. They emphasize it to the point that I was reading through a forum and a poor woman was beside herself. She thought that a certain something she had used was not compliant, but out of the entire casserole, they had only added a tablespoon of the Whole30-illegal substance. This poor scrupulous woman vowed that they had each only eaten a little piece and that it was now in the trashcan and please, please, please don’t tell her that she has to start her Whole30 over.
Ok, people, let’s all just take a deep breath for a sec and remember the big picture here. They are serious about no cheating but to me that means no giving in and having bread slathered in butter because it’s been seducing you all day. I think these tiny little honest mistakes just mean we’re human. Sure, we need to really read and research what is compliant and non-compliant and we need to work hard to make sure everything we are eating is compliant, but I don’t think one pepperoni that contains dextrose is going to make or break your Whole30. And for the love of all that is good and holy, don’t throw out an entire casserole! I’m positive some neighbor, friend, person on the corner would love some homemade food. We might be focusing on our health and our eating, but that doesn’t mean that for 30 days we turn a blind eye to the rest of humanity.
And for the record,
Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde ✅
Trader Joe’s Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa❌
(And if you’re wondering, we gave the rest of the salsa to our neighbor who was only too glad to take it. Being a neighbor of someone doing the Whole30 has great benefits 🙂 )
- Skillet Eggs
- 1/2 an Apple and Almond Butter
- 1 Breakfast Turkey Sausage Patty
- Sweet Potato Noodle and Apple Spinach Salad – This takes a while to make, especially if you’re like me and new to spiralizing but it is totally worth the time.
Kraft LOVED this salad so much (which makes 2 really huge salads, btw) that at some point during lunch, I looked over at his plate compared to mine and this is what it looked like:
- Hamburger Patty
- 1/2 an Avocado
- Salsa (of death)
- 1/2 a Baked Potato
How We Felt:
Kraft is really doing great. He is getting through the day without any problem. I am still really struggling. Come 3:30pm, I need a nap, like for realsies. Today one of my kiddos had me on the floor playing birthday party and at some point the birthday party included laying down on the ground and pretending to sleep (which I was all too happy to oblige) and I actually dozed off for a second. My head had just touched the ground and I was out. Again, not sure if it’s the bad sleep this week or diet.
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