Biggest Challenge Update

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Biggest Challenge Update

Well hello friends!  Are you back to check on me and see how we’re doing on the biggest challenge ever?  I am ready to give you an update.   If this is your first time visiting, welcome and let me bring you up to speed.  I convinced hubby to join me for the Whole 30 challenge.  I am pretty sure he didn’t completely know what he was getting into, but wanted to support me.

For those of you that don’t know, the Whole 30 is basically 30 days with no dairy, grains, sugar, or alcohol.  There are a few other small “rules,” but those are the biggies.  It’s pretty straightforward and easy to learn the dos and don’ts.  However, removing those few items from your diet completely, really means removing A LOT of stuff that you normally consume.

yes and no food list for the whole 30

I would consider us to eat a pretty healthy diet.  Of course, it needed improvement, but we don’t do much fast food ~ that’s pretty rare.  We generally eat at home with dinners of some sort of grilled meat and veggies.  However, as the start date approached, I began to realize that sugar was in fact going to be hard for me.  I don’t think I’m ‘addicted’ to sugar, but I also didn’t realize how much was in the foods I ate.  So, sugar I figured would be kinda hard.  The other food I was particularly worried about is dairy.  #cheeselover  #cheeseandcrackersaremyfavorite

So, how’s it been going?  Well, so far, we’ve been doing pretty well.  Day 2 for me was not hard, but I did feel tired ~really tired~come home and lay on the couch tired.  The first few days I did feel like I wanted something sweet (something like a Hershey Kiss), but it wasn’t too bad.  I do miss my morning coffee with creamer.  I cannot drink it black. #notworthit  Outside of that, it’s been really easy to stick to this plan. AND, I am eating WAY more food that I did before so I have not ever been hungry.

 

Whole 30 logo for the biggest challenge ever.

 

Our daily breakfast has been eggs.  I’ve mixed it up with eggs and sausage, eggs with tomatoes and kale, I even added leftover taco meat to scrambled eggs one morning.  Ole’!  I even tried a breakfast casserole that would be easy to make ahead and heat up each morning.  You can find that yummy recipe here.

Lunches are a bit of a challenge because I have to really plan ahead.  I can’t just grab anything.  Most days I did a protein and a veggie.  I am LOVING riced cauliflower!  My favorite lunch so far was mixing up some leftover grilled tuna with avocado, tomato, celery, and boiled egg.  I tossed it with the homemade mayo from the Whole 30 cookbook.  It was delicious.  SO, I made another protein salad with leftover chicken, veggies, and chopped apple.

 

whole30 cookbook

Dinners have been okay.  This is an area I need to work on, but I’ve NEVER been good at making dinner.  Usually, I’m too tired to care and just throw something together.  Now, I have to really think about it.  I will say though, my kids have eaten all this food too and have had no complaints.  Here’s what we had each day for dinner:

  1. Grilled tuna, roasted green beans, and berries.
  2.  Grilled chicken salads with lots of veggies and hardboiled eggs.
  3. Roast chicken with roasted potatoes and fresh veggies.
  4. We tried the pork chops recipe from the cookbook with homemade applesauce.  This was a favorite meal for all of us.  Whole 30 or not – this dinner was good!
  5. Spaghetti squash with meat sauce from the cookbook and salad.  Easy Peasy.
  6.  Chicken Apple Sausage and the roasted butternut squash and kale recipe from the book.  This recipe is good, but I felt like it used too much Ghee.  Next time, I’ll cut it by a 1/3.
  7. Slow cooker brisket with roasted green beans.

All things considered, I’d say this plan is not too hard to stick to and will be easy to incorporate as a lifestyle change.  I feel like I could live mostly on this plan and just venture off on occasion.  Admittedly though, I do miss a glass of wine or a cocktail.  We are feeling good, and hubby has said that he feels like now when he wakes up in the morning, he’s ready to get up.  He is wide awake.  This is DEFINITELY a change. 🙂  So, we’re going to keep going with this.  Tune in next week to see if we’re still on the wagon and get our thoughts about week 2.

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