Week 1: Homemade
Not a challenge. At all. We don't eat out, except for our monthly date night and family pizza outings (Ok, so we do eat out, but not like grab McDonalds multiple times a week eating out....). Right after I started the challenge, my old manager reached out to me, and told me I was taking her somewhere fun in the city for dinner. She was sick of the burb dining when she came to town. Sorry, cannot resist that. ;) We enjoyed a lovely dinner at Pizzeria Lola, where I've been wanting to go for the past couple years, and that was that. The rest of the week was homemade.
|Special lunch made by hubby. Don't normally eat a lot of bread / cheese, so this was extra delish. Toasted artisan bread, cheddar cheese, tomato, mixed greens, and avocado.|
Week 2: Vegetarian
Again, not a challenge. In fact, I LOVE it. I think I've been a wanna-be vegetarian my whole life. When I was little I used to chew and chew and chew my meat, and then complain about not being able to swallow it. I would sneak away to the bathroom, and spit it out in the garbage. Fast forward 20 some years, and Mack does the same exact thing. Hilarious. Sometimes I really do think he is a little me (except that he looks exactly like Jeremy. ;) He is pretty sneaky, too. I give him credit. He is being a little more open to at least TRYING new foods. Especially after I explain to him that he'll never grow if all he wants to eat is apples and crackers. Haha.
We've been especially short on time lately. (I wonder why?) ;) I made a HUGE pot of Vegetarian Chili, and we've been enjoying it all week. I love it. Better than meaty chili for sure. (I used 8 cans of beans. A pretty assortment.)
|Corn tortillas with avocado, salt, and mixed green (my fav snack), with veggies and hummus, and water with apple cider vinegar. *Google the benefits of ACV if you don't know!|
|We've been home 4 out of the 5 days this week with the tummy flu in the little ones. So excited to see this one have an appetite again. Her fav foods (besides sweets haha) are tomatoes and black beans.|
I had been doing a mostly Paleo-type meal plan since May of 2014. The Whole30 I completed in May really made me think more about what I was putting into my body, and how it made me feel. (It makes all other food challenges (juice cleanse!) SO much easier, too!)
I like the idea of the Whole30 rules. It is a good elimination diet, as it allows you to really see how your body reacts to these foods when you add them back in.
- No processed foods.
- No dairy.
- No soy.
- No sugar (limited fruit).
- No grains (at all).
- No alcohol.
- No legumes / peanuts. (Peanuts are legumes, you know.)
- Lots of veggies.
- Lots of good fat (coconut oil, coconut, avocado, nuts).
Except this one. I just couldn't get on board.
- Lots of meat.
What have I changed in my overall eating plan since completing Whole30?
- Limited / eliminated processed foods
- Eliminated dairy
- Limited alcohol
- Added good fats to my diet
- Eat way more veggies
- Eliminated sugar (except for fruit...and special occasion treats)
- Replaced peanut butter with almond butter. (Sunflower butter for kids. Cheaper)
- Added legumes back in. I LOVE beans and lentils and hummus. And I feel light and healthy after eating.
- Added occasional grains (corn tortillas for Mexican night, rice in our rice cooker)
- Started drinking coffee again (I know, I know. I made it through the hard part, but then I got my first sort-of cold in over a year, and I was so exhausted for a week that I caved. I freakin love coffee.)
My rule is, don't just eliminate, or it will feel like you a depriving yourself...or just making "can't eat this rules." I like to find new and exciting (or expensive, as my hubby likes to describe them) foods. Perhaps some new smoothie additions, or trying a new produce that I haven't tried.
I am excited to learn more and more about different ways of eating. Our instructors are really focusing on finding the foods that you feel GREAT when you eat. Not just physically, but mentally / emotionally / spiritually, etc. And this is probably different for everyone....so you gotta just try it all!
Next week: Vegan. (Shouldn't be a challenge, since I haven't been eating dairy, so the only thing I'll be cutting out is eggs. I do eat a lot of eggs, though....)