We are so close to the end!!! AHH. I can’t even believe it–it’s been relatively painless and excessively tasty! If you haven’t gone through a Whole 30 yet, you really should get the book “It Starts with Food” (scroll down on the linked page), and do one. I think that every person should experience what it feels like to reach a healthy place nutrition-wise–to see how amazing, energized, and refreshed you can feel. Processed foods and sugar produces inflammation and leads to more aches and pains, and when you go without them, your body finally has some time to heal itself.
I won’t lie, the first Whole 30 was pretty hard for me. But that was in the Whole 30’s infancy, so there was not a lot of online support, information, or recipes available. Nowadays, as long as you make it a priority to plan, your first time through should not be a difficult one.
Before I move onto the meals from the past few days, let me just ask you, what is more important than feeling good, physically? What is more important than good health, restful sleep, and nutritiously fueling your body? This is something that ANYONE can do, and I think everyone should do a Whole 30 at least once, because it can be life-changing to realize how good you can feel when you give your body the good stuff. When you prioritize yourself, your health, and your well-being, you will be amazed at how your body responds. And if you are serious about changing your eating habits, what better way to kick it off?
If it’s important enough to you, you will take the necessary steps to change. You can do this. *steps off nutrition soapbox*
And onto the last several meals we’ve had as we approach…dumdumdum…Day 30 of the Whole 30!
For day 27, we had leftovers. Both Michael and I enjoyed leftovers from day 23, Roast & Mashed Potatoes. It was just as tasty on the warmup.
The veggies are usually a bell pepper, onion (whatever we have), Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, and a handful of spinach. I sprinkle garlic powder, salt, and pepper over all of it and find it to be very tasty. If you prep the veggies (by cutting them all up on Saturday or Sunday) it makes the morning cooking really fast and easy.
For dinner on Day 28, we grilled out. This time, I used the method from Day 17, to flatten each chicken breast out to a similar thickness. This made them cook faster on the grill, and much more evenly–so the chicken was SUPER moist. I stab them with forks, then brush extra virgin olive oil over them, before sprinkling Chicago Steak Seasoning and Barbecue Seasoning over top.
Michael steamed some artichokes, made the Moroccan Dipping Sauce, and then mixed up the lemon butter sauce for the artichokes.
It was quite the feast. We watched the movie, Sully, while DVRing the Superbowl, then fast forwarded our way through the game (I know, blasphemy), to catch the funny commercials. Seeing as there were precious few of those, I was very glad to be able to fast forward at will. Maybe next year companies will try to actually be funny.
We will be starting our re-introduction of foods on Thursday, Day 31 of the Whole 30. I gotta say that I’m looking forward to having some bread. Here’s hoping that it doesn’t bother my stomach! I’ll be documenting all of our meals on that day and then reporting on how we feel after…hopefully all good!