Great, now “The Final Countdown” is stuck in my head as I’m sure it will be for you too now. Sorry. Anyway, there are 9 more days left on my Whole30 journey. Some of my friends have been asking me things like…
- “Are you SO excited for this to be over?”
- “Are you going to eat everything in sight when it’s over?”
- “You’re going to eat a whole block of cheese, aren’t you?”
And my answer…drum roll please…NOPE.
I know, shocking. Believe it or not, I actually really like eating this way. Meal prepping can be kind of annoying, but as a borderline control freak, I do enjoy knowing my meals are already decided for me (and by me). It’s been especially helpful since work has kicked into high gear.
I also feel better overall. Going this long without a hangover is a pretty remarkable feeling. As is not having acid reflux, bloating, or that feeling after you eat a huge, unhealthy meal and regret everything. It’s also really great to be free of cravings. Although, the lara bars were getting a little too good, so I had to stop eating them. I am committed to breaking free from my addiction to sweets.
While I’m committed to eating better, I’m certainly not committed to eating better 100% of the time. I’m thinking 80% paleo/19% ‘healthy’/1% ‘I do what I want’. Will I have the occasional cheese plate with a friend? Absolutely. Will I snack of three cheese sticks at work? No. I actually haven’t missed dairy at all (I know – weird). This is more about choosing when a ‘treat’ is worth it. Instead of mindlessly snacking on jelly beans, I would rather save a sweet treat for a trip to Dough (the world’s best donut shop) when friends come to visit. Ok let’s be real, I would totally wait on line at Dough by myself. But the point is, it will be a special occasion and not something I build into my weekend routine.
Drinking, however, is the one thing I have missed. Being at my company party sober was actually a lot of fun…but it would have been more fun if I could have participated in the whiskey tasting. Or had a drink at 3:30pm when our drink cart came out. Or had a whiskey with my boss during our bi-weekly meeting. Geeze…we really drink a lot at my job. The point is that I miss having a drink with coworkers, friends, or sitting on the couch with my boyfriend when we’re snowed in. Although booze will be the first thing I’m going to reintroduce, I’m going to do it (and maintain it – hopefully) in moderation. But I’m not eager to have dairy, gluten, or even…sugar. Pretty much, I just want one drink. Because I’m pretty sure that I would be buzzed off of one at this point.
We’ve got more tasty recipes on the horizon, so make sure to check back for the recipes! This week, we’re all about the single-pan dishes:
- Shrimp, spinach, and sweet potato skillet
- Chicken, apple, sweet potato, and brussel sprout skillet
- Stuffed peppers
- Sausage with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes
- Chicken thighs with bacon, brussel sprouts, and apple