#13 A Challenge You’ve Overcome
So – thinking about this there’s only one logical thing to write about at the moment. And I’ve not completely overcome it, but I only have 8 days left and am going strong. I cannot believe that I have done this Whole30. It has really opening my eyes to the fact that YEP I TOTALLY CAN EAT HEALTHY. I plan on continuing to eat at least Paleo with a few cheat days here and there. I’m so grateful that I accepted and am kicking this challenges BUTT.
So, HOW am I doing this? The real key is meal prep. Do you have to plan elaborate meals every night? NOPE. Just get some protein, veggies, and fruit on your plate and call it a day. I found that cooking a bunch of meat on Sunday (salt and peppered chicken, steak, etc) made it really easy to just grab and go with lunches and make the meat into easy dinners. Also, for breakfast, I usually stick to egg muffins. Sometimes, if I have time, I switch it up. Or, gasp, I even eat dinner leftovers instead of something egg based.
A few of my favorite Whole 30 recipes:
This African dish doesn’t exactly LOOK delicious, but I promise you, it totally is and we’ve eaten this since BEFORE Whole30 in our house and mmm mmm mmm! Might have to make some tomorrow!
ROASTED SPAGHETTI SQUASH & WHOLE30 TOMATO SAUCE
I cannot tell you how much I love spaghetti squash. I could literally eat it every day, if only it didn’t take an hour to cook the squash. I definitely recommend making double the sauce, that way you save yourself time there too! I used the recipes straight from The Whole 30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom book, but THIS one is similar.
SMOKED PAPRIKA ROASTED SALMON
I wouldn’t recommend coating your salmon as thick as in the picture above, but honestly, it was still insanely good. Add some garlic roasted asparagus and YUMMY.
Speaking of asparagus…. Preheat your oven to 400′. Cut the woody ends off of a pound of asparagus and put into a large bowl. Add about 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 4 cloves of minced garlic, and a table spoon of salt. Mix together (with your clean hands!) ensuring to coat the spears. Spread on a large baking sheet and bake 15 to 20 minutes. SO GOOD GUYS. And, if you’re NOT doing Whole30 and really want to have a party in your MOUTH – sprinkle with some grated Parmesan cheese after you spread the spears out on the pan. #thingsIcouldeatfordays
So there you go! I am sooooo grateful for my blogger friends for a) introducing me to Whole30, b) giving me the inspiration to try it for myself and c) cheer me on on this journey. I have learned so much about my eating habits over the last 22 days. Its been an enlightening month and one that has made me feel AMAZING. If you’re thinking about trying to do your own Whole30, DO IT. I would most definitely have The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom on hand and read it from cover to cover! It will motivate you, prepare you, warn you, and appease your fears! I cannot believe I’ve come this far guys! YES!
What’s a challenge that you’ve overcome? I wanna hear about it so I can internet high five you!!!