Biggest Challenge Completed

Biggest Challenge Completed

 

Well friends, we did it.  Mr. Louise Marie and I made it through the Whole 30.  Free at last!….to drink some wine. 🙂  I feel super good about seeing the challenge all the way through.  I also feel pretty good in general.  Mr. LM is feeling good too and will be having his blood work done tomorrow to see if his numbers have changed.  #fingerscrossed  So, what now?

crossing the finish line

Well, both Mr. LM and myself feel like this is not something that would be hard to maintain or keep doing in general.  However, we also both agree thatwe would like to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine on occasion.  We would also like to have cheese or pasta sometimes.  Still, this diet would not be hard to do outside of those occasions.  So, I am hoping to live a Whole30 lifestyle in a loose sense.

Whole 30 logo for the biggest challenge ever.

Regarding food, neither of us have had any terrible cravings or missed anything in particular.  However, the last few days we have both felt unsatisfied.  It sounds weird to say we aren’t hungry and don’t have a craving, but still feel like we aren’t satisfied.  I think a small piece of chocolate would have helped with that. 🙂  We have definitely felt better eating more veggies and healthier in general.  That’s a good thing.  Also, we’ve learned there are some easy substitutions we can make to be healthier and not feel like we are making a sacrifice.  I for one could have riced cauliflower all the time and not miss rice at all.

yes and no food list for the whole 30

 

While we don’t have any official numbers to report to anyone yet.  I can say both of us have looser fitting clothes.  It’s not dramatic, but everything feels much more comfortable.  I also think movement in general feels easier ~ not as many aches and pains.  Perhaps the best benefit is that Mr. LM has not reported heartburn in 28 days.  That is incredible.  It was waking him up almost every night.  I’ll make sure to give you an update when we have official medical effects to report.

 

For our last week, we were seriously just limping to the finish line…kind of over eating the same old thing and not feeling too motivated to cook a bunch.  I stuck with the breakfast casserole and love it.  That’s one that I will continue to do.  Lunches were  a lot of leftovers from dinners and a couple of days I had riced cauliflower with chicken or fish.  Dinners were some of the same old basics.  However, we did try fried “rice” with chicken one night.  That was pretty good.

whole30 cookbook

Here’s how we made it:

Chicken Fried Rice (cauliflower)

  • Saute onion and chopped carrot in avocado oil until the onions are translucent.  Just a few minutes.cauliflower rice
  • Add in riced cauliflower along with a very little bit of sesame oil and garlic.  Saute, stirring occasionally over medium high heat for about 6 minutes.
  • Add pre-cooked chicken and continue to cook for about 4 more minutes.  While it’s cooking, make a ‘hole’ in the center of the pan and drop an egg or two into the hole.  As it starts to cook, stir it up to break the yolks.  When the egg is done, toss it with the rest of the chicken and rice.
  • Top with green onions for garnish.
  • We also used Coconut Aminos on top.

This was really delicious.  However, we did kind of wish we had an eggroll to go with it.  🙂

So, as this challenge comes to an end, we just need to read the chapter on re-introducing foods.  I can guarantee you the first thing will be red wine.  Have you tried the Whole 30?  I would definitely recommend it.  It was not too hard to do, and I really feel like Mr. LM and I bonded by battling through it together.  I would love to hear from you if you have any words of wisdom for us as we move on to the next phase.

 

Until next time~

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