It might seem crazy I know, but after eating only juice for three days, doing the Whole30 challenge felt like I had a ton of options for what I could eat.
What is the Whole30 challenge you ask? The link will give you the details, but in a nutshell it’s eating whole foods for 30 days. This includes as natural as possible meat, fish and eggs, lots of nutrient rich veggies, some fruits, and healthy fats. Not on the list are grains (of any kind, and corn is a grain), dairy, legumes (including peanuts), white potatoes and sugar. Basically, if it’s been processed before you buy it, you can’t eat it.
I finished the challenge yesterday and I can honestly say I feel great! The challenge says not to weigh yourself until the 30 days is over, but I couldn’t help myself because I could tell I had lost weight. That wasn’t really my main goal, but it is a pleasant perk. More importantly I have lots of energy and my stomach and gut is much happier (TMI ?).
Some days have been harder than others, especially since I’ve gone back to work and they keep providing breakfast for us that usually consist of lots of delicious looking bread product, like DONUTS! But, I know how good I feel right now, and I can still remember how yucky I sometimes felt before and it’s pretty strong reinforcement.
I have also discovered some great new recipes while doing the Whole 30 challenge! I had never heard of cauliflower rice before and I experimented a bit with ‘breading’ meat with ground nuts. Both were delicious. The above photo is chicken coated in egg and then almond meal and then baked.
What is cauliflower rice and how to do you make it, you ask? It’s simple, take a head of cauliflower and pulse it in a food processor until it’s the texture of rice or couscous. Warm a little oil (I used coconut) in the bottom of a skillet and then add the cauliflower to it. Simmer for about 3 minutes, turn down the heat and put a lid on the pan and steam another 5 minutes. Add the salt and seasoning you like and you’re done. So easy, delicious and filling. I used this whenever I made stir fry and even made pork fried rice with it.
Now that the 30 day challenge is over, I’m faced with what I want to do next concerning my diet. This week I’m only adding dairy back in and seeing how that goes. I’ll try to keep you updated on how it goes!