The last two weeks have been interesting. They haven’t been hard, we have just had to explain our food choices a number of times. Like when you meet friends for a beer and order water and coffee instead. Or when Thanksgiving dinner arrives on the table and you stick to salad and turkey and the hot vegetables, instead of the mashed potatoes and the delicious rolls you helped bake.
Ordering at a restaurant is interesting, I generally start with “if it tastes great, leave it off” – that gets a laugh and then they listen to what you actually want to eat. I had a chef come out to see what I was really looking for in my butter choice for my lobster.
But then after you’ve ordered, most want to know why. So we explain that we are on a limited food plan right now, and here is why. The aches and pains we normally see are gone, getting up in the morning is easier, we are dropping pounds, my skin is perfect, our digestive systems are working like a champ, my blood pressure is getting back to the normal range, in general, we feel good.
There have been moments when I want something simpler. I want to just make a sandwich or eat a bowl of cereal. It’s not that I want those foods, necessarily, I just want meal prep to be easy. But I also know that we are eating clean. There are no chemicals in foods that need to be chopped.
In the morning I prep breakfast and lunch together. A fruit bowl first with fresh raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, banana, pineapple, grapes and melons. Then the mushrooms, onions, spinach that will end up in the eggs. It’s easy to chop extra for the salad that we will have for lunch and just get that out of the way. And if you haven’t found Larabars yet…check in to those. Not all flavors are made without sugar, but those that are, are delicious.
In the afternoon, I Pinterest “Whole30” and my meat choice, you have to actually read the recipes to get those that truly fit, but I have found some good ones. The Chipotle Chicken Soup and the Savory Sweet Potatoes are two of my favorite. Minor adjustments made to each to keep the Whole30, but worth it.
So downsides…we talk about poop a lot. Although, I think we talked about poop a lot before, just in a negative way. Now we practically high five leaving the bathroom. If you are an adult male, this probably means more to you than most of my readers, I know it means a lot to my husband.
Downside number two….I’m ready to be skinny, I mean, geez, I have walked 23.86 miles, gone to two yoga classes and eaten appropriately for 14 days. I should be skinny by now, right? Nevermind that I’ve eaten inappropriately for in excess of 11,000 days, fourteen ought to fix it. This is why they don’t let you step on the scales during the whole 30. Makes sense.