As someone who isn’t exactly thrilled about Mondays, I just can’t bring myself to say: “Happy Monday,” instead I’ll just say good morning and I hope you have as good a Monday as any. I’ve mentioned it before but, just a little reminder, the Monday Blues are a real thing. Be careful not to catch them, a big bowl of ice cream can cure it though. However, in light of this post, I will not be having ANY ice cream until these thirty days are up. That’s four more Mondays! How will I survive?! Ok. The real story here is that the Whole30, for us, is going great so far! We have stuck to the rules and can already feel changes in our bodies. For me, specifically, I can’t really feel a difference autoimmune disease-wise; but, we’re only on day eight so there’s still plenty of time to tell.
Surprisingly, the food is actually pretty good. We only had two meals that were flops and had to choke them down… Otherwise, the rest were delicious. Who knew real food actually tasted so good? Well, we do now and are looking forward to getting outside of our box and seeing what else we might like.
Especially for you lovely readers, a food diary of some of our win meals from this week! I can’t take credit for any of these recipes, I’ve stuck pretty closely to Whole30.com’s blog, Pinterest, and another Paleo food blog for meal ideas.
As you can imagine, breakfast is eggs, eggs, and more eggs. That works for us because that’s typically what we’d do on a regular day anyways. If you’re interested in doing this be prepared to eat a lot of eggs. I didn’t plan on sharing anything about eggs because everyone knows what scrambled, fried, hardboiled, etc. eggs look like.
Chicken Nuggets with Balsamic Ketchup: These were amazing and made the house smell heavenly! I would’ve never thought that using coconut shreds as breading could taste so good! This was a meal on the first day and after eating this, I felt confident that if the food was this good, we can definitely do this!
Chicken Broccoli Bake: I am not usually a fan of broccoli but, this was amazing! And, even better, I discovered that I actually like broccoli! I had never had sweet potatoes before either, and those turned out amazing as well. This will definitely be a repeater in the coming weeks.
Paleo Mayo: Mayo-haters, you can skip this one. So, some of the recipes call for mayonnaise and it is extremely difficult to find compliant mayo at the local grocery store. We used the linked recipe and, I kid you not, it tastes exactly like the olive oil mayo you can buy at the store and was very, very easy to make.
Pulled Pork Sliders: We had slow cooked a pork shoulder for dinner one night, so ended up using the meat as leftovers for lunch the next day. I Pinterested, of course, to see if I could find something easy that we could use the pork for and bingo. The sweet potato “bread” did take a little while to make; but, it turned out really good and was the perfect way to repurpose the meat.
Taco Salad: Now this was amazing. Using whole ingredients made everything so fresh, while the flavor combinations complimented each other perfectly. This one here is easy to make in a pinch and is actually on the menu again this week!
Hopefully closing in on the last week or so, we’ll have made some of our own recipes and variations. For now, we aren’t super confident in making things up on our own so we’re really grateful that there are so many people out there taking the whole30 challenge or eating a Paleo diet; and blogging about it. If it weren’t for them, it’d be the blind leading the blind over here! Another thing I am finding is how much I really love actually knowing every single thing I am putting in my body. Especially when homemaking condiments that taste just as good and the ingredients contain only real food. With week one down, I’d highly recommend anyone to take this challenge! In the mean time I expect everybody to enjoy a hot fudge sunday, I’ll be living vicariously through you!
Thanks for reading! xx