Coffee Talk 08.07.16

COFFEE TALK

Hello, friends! Happy Sunday! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend. Ours has been fairly productive.

Friday was my 21st wedding anniversary, and we got a last minute phone call from our favorite restaurant saying that they had a cancellation and were able to fit us in for dinner. We had back-up plans for Saturday night, but I was so glad that we were able to celebrate our anniversary on our actual anniversary. I’m funny like that. I like to celebrate special occasions on the exact date if possible. Since our anniversary fell on a Friday this year, and we had no other plans, I really wanted it to work out. I have no idea why we didn’t think ahead and make reservations in advance, but we tend to fly by the seat of our pants.

We had a great time, dinner was absolutely divine. I had Paella for the first time ever, and it was magnificent. No, I’m not being dramatic. There is just no other way to describe it. I also had a lobster bisque with a mini crabcake, and I swear to you, it took every ounce of restraint not to lick the bowl. Even my salad was spectacular. I also splurged on dessert — something creme brulee-esque with bananas and chocolate. It was all very rich, and I pretty much had to be rolled out to our car afterwards, but it was worth it.

If you’re local, be sure to try the Birchrunville Cafe Store at least once. You won’t regret it. It’s hard to get a reservation, but we almost always get in if we call the week we want to go and get on their wait list. (In fact, we had told them to put us on the wait list for Friday AND Saturday, just to cover our bases, and they called last night to tell us they had a table if we wanted it. We were tempted to go back… ha!)

Here’s a picture my daughter took of us as we were heading out. (Yes, I kept that Joie top!)

Paul and JL anniversary dinner

Yesterday, we got a few photo shoots in and worked around the house. I might have snuck in a couple episodes of Gilmore Girls. And last night we totally gorged on Chinese takeout with friends. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but with that on top of our rich and filling dinner on Friday night, I’m feeling pretty gross this morning.

Ironically, or perhaps it is fitting, we are planning to start the Whole 30 on Monday. At least, I’m going to try to use their recipes as much as I can. I’m not trying to do the exact plan for 30 days with no cheating. I’ve done those types of things before, and while it was a good experience, and it definitely changed my tastebuds for the better, I ended up right back where I started eventually. I mean, obviously, because here I am talking about doing Whole 30. Ha!

But I need some inspiration for getting back to healthier eating habits, and I need to do the menu planning and food prep so I don’t fall back on eating crap because it’s all I have in the house. So my goal is to eat the Whole 30 way as much as possible without giving up a few of my dearly beloved indulgences — like cream in my coffee and a glass of wine with dinner. I’m looking for lifestyle change here, not a cleanse or a diet. Which is also why I’m not setting out to do this for 30 days. I am setting out to do this. Period.

I used to eat super healthy, mostly real, whole foods, and all that jazz. But I’ve gotten busy and lazy and distracted, and it’s taking its toll. I feel bloated and sluggish, and I want to feel good again. If I can drop 5 pounds, all the better, but this is more about losing the bloat and feeling good.

This is the same time of year I did that 21 Day Sugar Detox two years ago, so I guess there’s something about the end of summer that makes me want to get back on track.

I’ve already printed out some recipes and started a grocery list, and this afternoon I’ll go to the store and get stocked up. I hope to have time to do some food prep. Paul wants to do it with me, so we’ll need to get him some lunches prepared ahead. I really should prep mine ahead too. Lunch is the hardest meal for me too. If I don’t have something ready to go, I tend to grab a granola bar so I don’t have to stop working, and then inevitably I’m starving by 4PM, so I snack while I make dinner, and my whole days is shot. I know food prep is key to making this successful, so I’m just going to have to commit to do it.

Have you ever done Whole 30? Please share any good recipes — the simpler, the better. I have been looking some up online but they often have ingredients I don’t like or am not used to, and that is always daunting to me. I’m more likely to do this and stick with it if I can find some easy recipes with familiar ingredients that aren’t time consuming to prepare.

Our biggest road block with eating a paleo-style diet is that I am allergic to avocado and my son is allergic to tree nuts. Almost every paleo and/or Whole 30 recipe has nuts and/or avocado (or so it seems!) Fortunately we love eggs, meat, and most veggies, and I don’t mind cooking with coconut milk. I don’t really drink milk because it upsets my stomach, but I will miss cheese.

Anyway, I’m willing to give it a go and hope this jumpstarts us back into better eating habits.

Okay, I’ve rambled long enough. I better get myself ready for church.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!