Is it already the start of week 4? I was talking to my husband and kids last night and they were shocked to learn that I haven't had ketchup in 20 days. I LOVE ketchup. Seriously. I love it on eggs, chicken, pretty much if anything can be dipped in a condiment, I'm dipping it in ketchup. I've been this way since I was a little girl and without a doubt this has been the longest I've ever gone without my beloved ketchup.
When we were in New York City they had a piece of ketchup artwork and I had to get my photo taken with it. I have ketchup issues.
That's the first thing I'm missing on the Whole 30. I'm also missing beans; black beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans.
But on the plus side...I have learned to tolerate black coffee.
And have rediscovered how freaking fantastic REAL eggs are! Thanks to Nom Nom Paleo for teaching me how to make the perfect hard boiled egg!
And last, but certainly not least is my new found love for sweet potatoes and yams. I've made a sweet potato hash every week and eat it for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner nearly every day. It's become a staple in our diet (me and the husband.)
I don't miss the sugars at all (unless you count ketchup) and it's been over 2 months since I've had a diet soda or any sort of artificial sweetener at all.
I'm feeling great, and will easily be able to keep this up after the official Whole 30 is over. Except for ketchup, beans, and beer. I'll be adding those back in to my diet, though I will really try to limit the ketchup since it has so much sugar. I don't eat junk food, fast food, processed food and haven't for over 4 years, so I didn't have to "give those up" when I started the Whole 30 because I was already living a fairly clean lifestyle.
We did well last week with eating up all the ground turkey, but I have a lot of shrimp, salmon, tilapia, and chicken breast, so this weeks meal plans will focus on those items as the main dishes.
Monday: Sauteed shrimp with onions and cherry tomatoes
Tuesday: Chicken Fajitas
Wednesday: Salmon Patties
Thursday: Breakfast for dinner: eggs, sweet potato hash
Friday: Blackened Pork Chops James has a request for pork chops, so I will make these for him and the kids.
And there you have it! Week 4 will be done! We usually have leftovers on the weekend, though on Sunday May 5th, we're heading off for an awesome SUP adventure! We're going to be paddling with the manatees with Manatee Paddle in Crystal River! We need to be there at 9am, so we'll need to eat a nice hearty breakfast before we leave, and then I'll pack a cooler with healthy snacks, which is something I do regardless, and for lunch I'm sure I can find a salad and a sweet potato at nearly any restaurant
If you have followed or are following the Whole 30 what the HARDEST food/drink/condiment for you to give up?? The ketchup one really surprised me. I knew beer and beans would be somewhat of a challenge..but ketchup? That one snuck up on me.