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We made it! We successfully finished the Whole30 challenge! Thank for following along with us on this journey. I know that knowing I was going to report to you made a huge difference in me actually completing the entire 30 days.
I’m going to jump into our week recap, then talk results and the ever pressing question of what comes next?
Sunday, January 24: It was a busy day as most Sundays are, but we did get in a short 2 mile run, cleaned the house, and got a nap between church and small group. Small group was “Cereal Night”. Everybody brings their favorite box of cereal. Matt and I ate our paleo granola with cashew milk. This might not be 100% in the spirit of Whole30 challenge, but it is compliant ingredients. We figured joining in the fun festivities with something we actually like to eat was the most important thing for this event.
And can I just say that I love this granola? Dates sweeten the mix and cinnamon pumps up the flavor. The granola can be a little pricey to make (I buy these pepitas and sunflower seeds), but we don’t eat a lot of it and it is a fun snack every now and then.
Monday, January 25: I set forth to make exercise a priority this week since my energy levels were up. Today I ran 2 miles. I can tell it’s easier than it was a month ago! We had slow cooker coconut ginger chicken again for dinner. My family LOVES this. But for some reason when I smell it cook all day it gets to me. It’s not the usual flavors that we eat. And when I eat it, it is good, but I mostly make it for my family who all devour it.
Tuesday, January 26: Days seem to be moving quickly and my will power is strong. We made cupcakes today (recipe testing for a friend making a cookbook). The kids ate one, confirmed they were amazing, and within 30 minutes I had them delivered to two friends’ houses. Safely out of my reach. 🙂 Hamburgers for dinner. Always a good choice but I miss ketchup. And if you are looking for Whole30 side dishes, we have the best!
By the way, since I can’t eat donuts and iced coffee, I wear donuts and iced coffee pajamas. They make me happy. 🙂
Wednesday, January 27: Today was a little hard. We had to test a chocolate peanut butter recipe. And for all of the recipes that we’ve made the past month, this was the one that I wanted the most during the moment. I haven’t had sugar for 26 days, so it wasn’t super hard to say no, I just really wanted to taste just a little bite. I need to test the recipe again so I think I’m going to wait until after we’re done with this thing. 🙂 We had a pork chop & potato dinner. It’s a recipe that Maddie created. When she made it the first time it was absolutely perfect, but we haven’t been able to replicate it to such perfection to share with you yet. This is the second time we’ve made it and I’m still nailing down the baking technique.
Thursday, January 28: My breakfasts this week have been broccoli and homemade turkey sausage. The first Whole30 we did, I ate this every morning for breakfast. I’m glad I’ve waited until the last few days to start eating it this time. I like it, but I know I’ll get tired of it and be ready for my breakfast hash again soon. Part of my Whole30 Challenge prep was to make up a bunch of turkey sausage patties and throw them in the freezer fully cooked. This makes breakfast easy. I just pull them out, microwave them and steam some broccoli in Ziploc steam bags for a simple breakfast.
We had taco salads for dinner tonight. The kids threw this together quickly while I was out. Lettuce, tomato, peppers, onion, taco meat with my homemade taco seasoning. It was good. But I missed my cheese and sour cream on top.
Friday, January 29: Today was difficult. I’m ready to be done. I think I’ve realized I have cabin fever. Although I am completely a homebody and would rather be home than out partying in crowds, I’m ready to get out and do fun things in warmer weather with the kids. Remind me of this when we have track meets every.single.night this spring. 🙂
Breakfast and lunch were boring (more sausage and broccoli), so I made homemade buffalo chicken nuggets and skillet potatoes for dinner. I ran 2 ½ miles during the day so I was super hungry at night. And although I was tired and didn’t feel like prepping dinner, I did it, it tasted delicious, and my belly felt full.
Saturday, January 30: Saturdays call for bacon! I had bacon and stir-fry veggies for breakfast. When Whole30’ing, I’ve always struggled with getting bored at the end. To the point of wanting to quit. I mean, 28 days is just as good as 30, right? I was determined this time to not give up even one meal early.
I headed out to the store and picked up a cut of beef that I have maybe bought once before in my life: sliced steak for fajitas. When we go out to Mexican restaurants, Matt and I almost always get steak fajitas, so I knew he’d be excited about this meal. We topped the fajitas and sautéed veggies with fresh pico de gallo, avocado, and put it all over cauliflower rice. I was going to take a picture, but we devoured it too quickly.
Sunday, January 31: The last day! We knew Sunday wouldn’t be too difficult, just because it is a busy day for us. We had garlic bacon pot roast for lunch. Not too much wrong with that. Knowing that this was our last day made it fly by!
And that’s really about it.
I don’t eat much bread unless it is homemade and straight from the oven. Otherwise I can pass it up. There was only once or twice that I had to turn down fresh biscuits and warm bread with soup. And I thought I’d miss cheese more than I did. At the most I missed parmesan on my spaghetti.
So all in all I’d say I did fairly well not missing the foods that so often I eat without even thinking twice.
I already know from previous Whole30 challenges that corn bothers me. I can eat a small amount of it with no worries, but if I eat too much, it bothers my stomach. I’d love to find out what is making the skin break out on my neck. I don’t know if I’ll have enough dedication to do the re-entry that Whole30 recommends. Mostly because we have a Florida vacation coming up and all bets are off when we are on vacation.
But I promise I’ll do the best I can.
Read about our other weeks!
The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom
It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways
The Paleo Kitchen: Finding Primal Joy in Modern Cooking
Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat
I just made the meatballs and sauce and hI eye are to die for!!! My kids are swimming right now and I brought some out for them to try. They have been gone for about 5 minutes and they keep coming back asking for more and then get disappointed every time I tell them they already ate them all. I do have one question though… The meatballs seem a little tough. Is this because I used pork instead of turkey or is it because we are eating them right from the oven and they didn’t simmer in the sauce? I… Read more »
I’m so glad you mentioned the skin irritations on your neck. I’ve had that too for a while now and am wondering if it might be too much caffeine. Whole30 has completely changed my life and I noticed the same thing with my nails! They used to break and car and now they are so much stronger. Thanks for sharing your journey. I loved reading through everything!