August 25, 2019
Yesterday was such an unexpectedly fun day! I started off my Saturday morning by taking an 8 AM circuit training class while Sam went on a local hike with Sir George. I thought it was just going to be a regular day so I went grocery shopping and bought a ton of ingredients to make tacos, baba ganoush, and keto blueberry smoothies. I thought we were just gonna go home after that so I could cook and blog.
So we quickly stopped by the house to put all the groceries in the fridge and then we headed out to Jackelyn and Nick’s place, which unfortunately is like 40-45 min away even on a Saturday morning. That’s LA for you. We used to live so close, so hangouts and dinners were super convenient, but then…
Last summer Sam and I found our dream house! 🙂
Every time we’re at home I seriously feel like I am actually AT HOME. I feel so relaxed. I feel so happy. And I feel so removed from the craziness of LA. We are no longer in the city – city, so getting into “LA Proper” as they call it means we have to suffer through the traffic. As much as I HATE, like absolutely HATE driving into the city, the trade off is worth it. Having to not pay for parking meters all the time and being able to actually drive up to a grocery store and walk in without having to push a button to get a parking pass is so incredibly amazing. I love the suburbs life. But I do miss being close to my sister!
Anyway after the drive, we met up with Jackelyn and Nick at a local diner and it was so cute! I felt like we were stepping back into the 50s or something. I got an omelette with mushrooms, spinach, onions, and sausage. I traded the house potatoes and toast for a side salad. I also asked for fresh salsa in place of the ketchup.
Oh and before I forget, here is my Fit Journal entry:
The page got wet from the frozen veggies I tossed on top of it yesterday!
After brunch, as we were walking back to Jackelyn and Nick’s place, something green caught my eye. I saw this huge plush avocado in the window! It was the BIGGEST avocado I have ever seen in my entire life. So I forced everyone to go inside the shop so I could get a closer look at the avocado. I mean…
LOOK AT THIS AVOCADO!!!
I kid you not, I was going to buy this plush avocado for myself – ya know, cuz I work hard and that’s how I wanna spend my money! But then, I looked at the tag and…
The avocado was $250.
So I took some pics and boomerangs for Instagram and then we left 😉
So even though we had just eaten, Jackelyn and I kinda have bottomless pits for stomachs so we felt like we wanted to have smoothies. So went into Lassens and I got myself the blueberry keto smoothie and Jackelyn got the Paleo peach.
OK, so for those of you who are reading my blog post yesterday, remember that when I was ending the post I told you that I might win Settlers of Catan?
Well, I need to back this up and say that I absolutely suck at Settlers of Catan and really basically any “board game”. Jackelyn and Sam always win. I ALWAYS lose. Somehow, I am cursed with the worst rolls on my die and quite possibly not the best strategy :). Anyway, yesterday Nick had been ahead the entire game (he made sure everyone knew that too lol) and I wasn’t doing too bad myself. So get this – just before Nick was about to win the entire game, I pulled out a couple ninja moves and swooped in last minute to claim VICTORY!!!!!!
And you guys! The craziest thing is that I was playing Settlers of Catan while actually blogging on my computer. LOL.
After the game all four of us decided to get massages. I usually never stray from my usual masseuse but whatever. Saturdays are for spontaneity right?
I’m so glad I did it because my massage actually ended up being so good! I always get myself a deep tissue. And when I say deep, I mean I need you to go REALLY DEEP. As in…I need you to dig your elbow into my skin and drag it all the way down the length of my back. It doesn’t matter how much I’m grimacing, the slow torture brings me into total bliss.
Self care checked off for the week!
After massages, we all stopped by a new boba shop that apparently makes their boba fresh by hand. Sam ordered a Matcha shake and it looked so delicious. Normally I would have wanted a sip (I mean matcha milkshakes are my ultimate YOLO), but honestly guys, I’ve been feeling so solid with my 90 day journey that I wasn’t even tempted to try any! Big victory for me!!
Even though I know that one sip wouldn’t have affected me, I went back to the “why” behind why I am doing this 90 day journey. A big part of it is building my mental strength – to not be swayed but what others are doing or saying or in this case, eating. I honestly can feel myself getting physically and mentally stronger as I get into week two of this 90 day journey. And it feels so empowering.
But who said you can’t eat fun foods on keto! (Well, lazy keto in my case.) Look what I found!
An ice cream with only 5 g of net carbs??? Hmmm. I had to buy it.
By the way for those of you who are curious how you should be calculating net carbs this is how you do it:
Net carbs = total carbs – fiber – 1/2 (sugar alcohols)
I read that low carbers typically subtract 100% of sugar alcohols but keto-ers subtract 1/2 to be safe. So I did half!
The reason why you can subtract fiber and sugar alcohols is because they are supposed to be indigestible carbs.
So how did it taste?
Surprisingly REALLY GOOD!!!! Omg I was blown away. It was creamy and the sweetness didn’t taste fake. I had never seen the ice cream brand Rebel before, but it’s legit guys. They had a few other flavors like strawberry, chocolate, and peanut butter too. I’ll need to try it next time!
For dinner, I cooked up some cauliflower risotto. This pack came with asparagus and mushrooms.
I also made myself some chicken drumsticks and poured a ton of sriracha all over everything…but guess what guys? It’s not your normal sriracha!
My friend Michelle of the blog Nom Nom Paleo came out with a better-for-you sriracha!
Check out the ingredients side by side:
First off, you can see that the Nom Nom Paleo Sriracha is sweetened with organic date syrup whereas the regular one uses sugar. Plus it lists tomato, garlic and apple cider vinegar as ingredients – things I actually understand!
So was it good? I was hesitant, because I’ve tried the Trader Joes sriracha and that stuff is no bueno.
Guys, the Nom Nom Paleo sriracha is VERY GOOD. It tastes nearly identical to the “real” sriracha, but in a weird way, almost better? Maybe it’s sweeter. I am not sure. But it is so good.
I think you can find it at your local Whole Foods! Let me know if you end up trying it!
I also had a side salad with some Tessamae‘s lemon pepper dressing. This dressing is great if you’re on Whole30. There’s never any dairy or added sugars in it.
Can’t wait to write to you again tomorrow! Hope you’re having a great weekend.