I am 2 days away from my first complete Paleo 30 days challenge.
Overall the experience was amazing and I have not missed any of the foods I've given up.
The only slip-up I've made which isn't really huge is that I have developed a strong like/obsession for Medjool Dates. If you don't know what those are then be happy. They're seriously addictive and delicious. I need to lay off of them for real.
So what do I do after I'm done with the 30 days? Well I plan to do the Whole30 but only for the next 3 weeks, so for 21 days I will be super strict about what I eat. I'll delve into it more when I begin.
With the Paleo challenge I was making Paleo approved muffins and pancakes with coconut flour. Although they were healthy and good for me, I feel that they were a substitute for the real thing and I wasn't really challenging myself.
With the Whole30, I'll be pushing myself a little harder to be mindful of everything I put into my body. I want this to be a new way of life for me and really going the extra mile will help me to make it a habit.
Anyway, I wanted to share with you some of the yummy meals I prepared this week.
|Cauliflower Rice with Spinach served with Grilled Chicken and Pineapple|
|Sweet Potato Bacon Hash|
|Cauliflower Rice, Chicken with Peppers and Pineapple|
|Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce|
Everything was super easy to make, nothing took longer than 45 minutes start to finish.
I absolutely love the cauliflower rice. It's easy to make if you have a food processor, even one of those little cheap ones which is what I have works great.
You rice it uncooked and then sauté a little onion in ghee and add the rice. Cook for about 7 minutes stirring to get it evenly done, add a dash of sea salt and there you have a healthy side dish. You can get creative with it. I add fresh spinach to mine when I want a little fanciness.
You can make fried rice. I haven't done this yet but it's on my list of to-do's.
Spaghetti Squash is also another favorite of mine. Easy, simple and filling.
I sauté it with spinach sometimes or just serve it as I would pasta, with some meat sauce made from scratch.
This week I experimented with baking. Made some Banana Walnut muffins. They were so good I felt guilty for eating them.
I wish I could take all the credit for these but I found the recipe on this wonderful website with tons of recipes that are Paleo friendly.
If you're at a loss for meal ideas check out the site, you won't be disappointed.
Ok, so I will stop here. I could go on and on about food. I just love it that much.
Stay tuned for my Whole30 experience. Should be interesting. No more yummy pancakes or muffins for a while. Wish me luck!
Have a great week.