The 30th item (clearly I’m going out of order in completion) on my Thirty by 30 list is to eliminate processed food and learn to eat vegetables. This week, I took a tangible step towards that goal, hopefully. I started the Whole Living Challenge. The challenge is structured as a cleanse and detox, which is good, but isn’t exactly my main goal. My goal is to learn to enjoy fruits and vegetables. I don’t right now. When I’m hungry, I don’t think, “A banana sounds good.” I don’t reach for fruit as a snack. I struggle with serving vegetable side dishes with our dinners.
But I want Jaye to have healthier eating habits than I do right now. So clearly, I have to change my eating habits.
For week one of the challenge, I can only eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and oils. During week two, I can add seafood, beans, lentils, and soy. Week three adds gluten-free grains and eggs. I hope that without my more typical snack of carbs available to me, I will change my cravings and start to more naturally choose fruits and vegetables to eat. Fingers crossed.
So far I’ve completed two days. I started yesterday. It’s hard. Fruit and veggies don’t feel like satisfying meal options to me. But I stuck to the plan for which I’m incredibly proud of myself, especially considering that I went to the Cowboys game that evening and resisted fast food and beer while there. (Okay, I had a tiny sip of Laura’s beer while I was choking some trail mix, but I was choking on some trail mix, so that hardly counts).
We have plans for a Settlers Weekend at a beach house in Galveston this weekend, so I may have to allow myself some leeway there. Another thing I’m giving myself total leeway on is the caffeine. I’m paranoid about getting a migraine if I try to go cold turkey on that. So I’m still allowed to drink my one cup of coffee in the morning, but no cream in it, and no drinking more caffeine in a coke or something later.
What I’ve eaten so far:
Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup: I omitted the lentils and broth. I used homegrown tomatoes from my grandma’s garden that I’d frozen earlier in the summer. There was plenty of liquid. I made the soup for both Phil and I on Sunday night. That night we ate it with a super delicious, farewell-for-three-weeks, grilled cheese and canadian bacon sandwich. I ate the soup again for lunch and dinner the next day but sadly with not even toast to dip in it.
Archer Farms Cranberry Trail Mix: It’s hard to find trail mix without chocolate or some other delicious candy mixed in. But this one only had dried cranberries, raisins, nuts, and seeds. Still, it was a bit of a cheat, because the cranberries were sweetened. But I do NOT have time to make my own trail mix.
Minty Pea Dip: This was like hummus, but with green peas instead of garbanzo beans. It was really good. I liked it better than hummus. Would be even better with a chip or cracker or pita bread to spread it on! But still, I ate it for dinner tonight just straight out of the bowl and enjoyed it. I can see making this recipe even after the challenge is over.
Spiced Butternut Squash and Apple Soup: I used some of my precious time sans baby while Jaye was at her Grammy’s house today to make this. It was good, but also made me want toast.
I’ve tried several of the smoothies listed on the website as well, but haven’t enjoyed any of them. To me the smoothie is never even as good as all the ingredients would be separately. The smoothie-fying somehow makes everything taste worse. What am I doing wrong? Anybody have any smoothie advice? Or tried the Whole Living Challenge or a similar detox?