Sorry. Vanilla Ice.
I couldn’t help myself!
I’ve encountered a lot of problems in the past 10 days – holy crap! I am 10 days into the Whole30 Challenge! and I’ve started to try and solve my problems with innovative solutions. Sometimes, they worked. And sometimes they didn’t. But here’s some of the recent problems in my life, and how I’ve attempted to solve them….
Problem: Not having coffee creamer (i.e. Peppermint Mocha – my true love!)
Solution: Using natural coconut milk. And flavored coffee (hello, pumpkin spice!) – it’s not as sweet as I’m used to, but it’s better than drinking it black.
Almost as good. (not quite.)
Problem: Running out of food. Going to the grocery store 4 times last week.
Solution: Go to the grocery store and buy more food. In fact- Join Costco! – and purchase food in bulk. Cook and freeze as much of it as possible. Don’t waste time going to the store multiple times if you don’t need to.
The Costco Haul.
Pre-Cooked Ground Beef.
So far, I love love LOVE Costco and can’t wait to continue to explore the food options they have – especially the deals on meat and produce. What a cool place!!
Problem: Not eating enough fruits and veggies.
Solution: Buy more fruits and veggies. Buy them from Costco!! Bonus – bulk produce that will last at least an entire week. Win-Win.
Problem: Worried that my food will be “boring” – i.e. lacking sauce, taste, etc.
Solution: Find some Whole30 – friendly foods to use. Salsa? Perfect! Olive spread? AMEN! The olive spread is simply chopped olives and oil. Amazing!! love, love, love this in salads, with eggs, or over chicken. Delish!!
My new loves.
Problem: Too many dishes to wash by hand.
Solution: Install a dishwasher. Okay, okay. It’s really not that easy. When Jay and I bought this house last year, one of our main complaints was that it didn’t have a dishwasher. And so, Jay and I have been talking about making some kitchen updates (i.e. installing a dishwasher) for a while. We found one, in good condition, on craigslist. The only problem? We were eliminating cabinet space. The compromise was to find an island with shelves to store my pots and pans.
After it was assembled (and I absolutely LOVE the additional counter-top space), we tore out the drawer and cabinet below the counter-top. As first-time home-owners, it was frightening to tear apart our kitchen! After the demolition and the dishwasher slid under the counter, I was SO GLAD we did it!
Jay and I will still have to actually hook up the dishwasher (hot water, waste return, electric – probably with the help of a professional), and build the framing to secure the dishwasher and close up the gaps on either side.
I cannot wait to have a functional dishwasher in our house!!
Solving problems. Moving forward. I’ve still been struggling to tackle some of the emotional eating issues… I’ll plan to post about those in the next few days. In the mean-time, I’m enjoying the food on the Whole30 plan and feeling better and better each day!