One of the stipulations of Whole30 is that it's not Whole365, BUT you can do more than 30 days if you feel like your body is not ready to reintroduce the foods you have omitted from it for a month. My 30 days are over tomorrow, but I know that I am not ready to have a plate of pancakes on Wednesday and I plan to do a longer period. I know I am going to have alcohol on my birthday, so I guess I am doing a Whole40. I have to say I actually REALLY like the foods I am eating. I don't really miss anything except the occasional grain. This morning after my walk I really wanted oatmeal for breakfast. I know that I still plan to eat the whole30 acceptable foods 90% of the time. The meals I have been having this month are so good, and you don't have to restrict or count calories you just eat the acceptable foods when you're hungry so it is actually a lot easier for me to maintain than counting calories. So I have ten more days before my birthday and then anniversary trip where I am not going to worry about whole30 restrictions. But on June 25th I will probably go back to Whole30 rules of eating until the next big celebration that I feel is worthy of "cheating" for which I think will be TCDA because... Hot Joy.
THIS WEEKS AMAZING WHOLE30 MEALS
I made baked almond crusted chicken tenders and served it with spinach, strawberries, avocado, and a dressing made of mustard and balsamic.
This chicken is seriously THE BEST I actually like it better than traditional fried chicken. It is so good. Coat a baking sheet with coconut oil, dip your chicken in beaten egg then into crushed almonds and bake at 350 for 20 minutes, flip, and bake an additional 15-20.
Also my new favorite is the roasted veggie box at Kroger. Its pre-chopped and washed onion, zucchini, summer squash, carrots, and butternut squash. It's so easy to just throw it on the baking sheet with some coconut oil and roast at 420 for maybe 35 minutes. It makes so much so I have had it several times this past week.
It is great for breakfast with an egg on top.
For lunch I wrapped asparagus in prosciutto and baked til crispy.
Sauteed zucchini and summer squash with baked catfish.
Mango chunks with toasted coconut for breakfast.
Kroger's simple truth organic steaks are actually pretty affordable.
I cooked up this one and served it with avocado and some of my roasted veggies.
More prosciutto wrapped asparagus and a side of peach slices.
Now for a few comparison photos!
Face -Yesterday vs. December
Profile March vs. June
These photos, the fact that I am back in my size 16 clothes from 2012, and the energy I have are all serious motivation to continue pushing forward with eating healthy AND delicious foods.