When it comes to building good habits and following a healthy lifestyle, I typically take an all or nothing approach.
In the past, when I’ve decided to Whole30, my determination was a thing to behold; there was no burrito, brownie or cheesecake known to man that could take my eye off the prize.
I’m going to chalk it up to the Irish on my dad’s side.
Lately, however, things haven’t been so black and white.
Some weekends, you fall completely off the ol’ wagon have a slice (or three) of Costco pizza to keep the milkshake your hubby brought you company and you have to restart.
Let’s face it, sometimes it happens.
Maybe it didn’t used to happen, but in today’s season of sleep deprivation and a 1-year-old who has slept through the night exactly twice in his entire life, wifing, commuting, working and generally trying to be a productive member of society, I’m going to cut myself some slack.
The key is, if you happen to swan dive off the wagon, acknowledge it and get back on.
For my restart, I took a page out of The Real Food Dietician’s recipe book and gave their “Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Spaghetti Squash” a spin.
[Side Note: Is it just me or is spaghetti squash the HARDEST THING IN THE WORLD to cut? I swear, if I ever have a major kitchen accident, it’s going to involve a spaghetti squash. I’ll be sitting there, arm amputated at the elbow and with an eye twitch and raised Santoku knife and will shout, “At least I showed that spaghetti squash who is boss!”]
I got my squash sliced and roasted without any major bodily damage.
Probably because The Man heard what I was about to do and took my knife away from me.
I made a couple of tweaks to their recipe because 1) I didn’t have any Tessemae’s Mild Buffalo Sauce and 2) I didn’t have any ghee or Frank’s Red Hot Sauce to make the DYI version of Buffalo Sauce.
As everything else, my hunt for compliant Buffalo Sauce led me to the wonderful world of Amazon where I found Steve’s PaleoGoods PaleoChef Buffalo Wing Sauce. Without skipping a beat, I ordered the sauce, Prime got it here two days later and today, I went to town adding a liberal dousing all over my shredded chicken and spaghetti squash.
Then I tasted it and got a definite hint of sweetness.
Maybe it was the fact that I was looking for Buffalo Sauce at 5 a.m., maybe I just wasn’t paying attention — regardless — somehow, I missed the fact that the fifth ingredient was honey. So not Whole30, but absolutely delicious and legitimately paleo with completely pronounceable ingredients. WIN.
Anyway, now my restart needs a restart.
I would say tomorrow is going to be that day, but I’ve got leftovers and they’re delicious.
Rather than focusing on getting back to my Whole30, this week is going to be focused on making generally good choices and getting to the gym at least three times after my flu-induced hiatus.
Fingers crossed that a little “sweat equity” does the trick because y’all, I got my new swimsuit in the mail and I did a silent scream when I tried it on.
… actually, I’m not 100 percent sure it was silent.