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How do I feel: Cold nearly kicked, I feel like I’m close to being at a new baseline, if that makes any sense.

Day 7 was pretty uneventful, which was a perfect change from what seems to be my M.O. In an attempt to really get rid of any lingering cold symptoms, I stuck around home and caught up on what I affectionately call “the ugly work.” This, of course, refers to all the actual things that must be done in life to keep the ball moving forward in home, work, hobby, personal life. I know none of us are immune to it, and sometimes it just piles up (literally and figuratively). Additionally, last night I bundled myself up and walked 2 blocks to the movie theater to see August: Osage County after dinner. It was, for me, very moving and a terrific piece of art that left me feeling inspired. When that happens, I try to capitalize on it by working on creative projects. A day at home was the perfect way to make progress.

I realized half way through the day that I really needed to go grocery shopping. It was on my list of things to do Sunday, but with the craziness of the Seahawks game and all my errands taking me through the cut of the action in SoDo and Cap Hill, I decided to make do with what I had at home. That decision always results in one of two things happening (empirically speaking obviously): (1) I eat peanut butter out of the jar with a banana on the couch for dinner, or (2) I MacGyver some insanely good dish out of random leftovers that I will never be able to duplicate. Since I can’t have peanut butter on the Whole30, I was destined for option 2!

Enter my new creation, Southwestern Sweet Potato Hash:

Southwestern Sweet Potato Hash

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I am sort of laughing at myself as I write this because while this dish was actually quite good, and you’ll see what I used for ingredients below in the food diary, I literally have been eating the exact same 5-6 ingredients all week for dinner. It is getting really old, and I only have myself to blame. I bought way too much of the same veggies, and now I must eat them before they go bad. I should know better, and I’m hoping I’ve learned my lesson.

Before I started this experiment, I asked a close friend for his advice and what he felt the hardest part was to maintain success. He mentioned that not having enough veggies is a potential pitfall. Because you’re hungrier more frequently, you actually go through way more veggies than ordinary. Well, he was right. However, I should have diversified. There’s only so much baby bok choy and sweet potatoes one girl can eat, and yet I still have a pile of each staring at me from the crisper bins.

That said, Day 7 was totally fine. I did notice this was the first time I craved anything sweet, which is really abnormal for me. I am NOT a sweets person. I just don’t have a sweet tooth, which I consider very lucky. On the other hand, if I see a plate of salty French fries, get out of my way and keep a close eye on your fingers – I mean business. Alas, we all have our vices, no?

Food Diary:


  • Coffee + almond milk
  • 20 ounces H2O
  • 2 soft boiled eggs (I really hope I never get sick of them – I love them so much and always have, but have never had them every day. And now I’ve mastered the timing and correct method of service, so I’m crossing my fingers this will be something I just love forever)


  • Peppermint tea (16 ounces) x2
  • 1 large Fuji apple
  • 1 avocado mixed with 1 can of Tuna fish
  • Handful of raw almonds


  • Southwestern Sweet Potato Hash: in a cast iron skillet, melt 2Tsp coconut oil and sauté 1/2 yellow onion thinly sliced with 1/2 fresh jalapeno minced (no seeds), and 3 cloves minced garlic. Add 1/2 finely diced sweet potato (I leave the skins on, that’s where all the nutrients are, right Dad?!). Continue cooking on medium low heat for 5-10 minutes till sweet potato is al dente. Add 1/2 chicken breast diced with 1Tsp of a Mexican spice blend. Brown chicken and add 1/4 cup water to deglaze and incorporate the fond. That’s it!
  • After dinner (about 2 hours later) I was feeling like I needed something sweet, so I had a few almonds with dried currants mixed in. That seemed to do the trick.


Lesson of the day: Sometimes less is more, like when I’m produce shopping. I also really wish I had some garnish herbs and veggies around like scallions, cilantro, flat leaf parsley and more olives. That hash would’ve been even better with the addition of even ONE of those.

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