Whole30 Half Way Point

Yesterday was the 15th day of my Whole30.

It’s going by really quickly and I can’t say that I’ve felt restricted by it. There have been a few times where I have not been prepared enough and have either gone hungry or had to resort to nuts. I’ve gone to a work event, a charity event, a few social events, and have had friends over. It would have been nice to have a glass of wine in a few of these situations, but I just shrugged it off and went on with my business.

The hardest things I passed up  over the last 15 days were the delicious gourmet cupcakes our friends KII and Becca brought over on Sunday night when they dropped by for a visit. I made Greg take the leftovers to work on Monday. I am hoping that is a good sign – I don’t have a problem with sweets at all, so I’m hoping by that being my biggest obstacle maybe I’ve lessened my addiction to cheesy, salty things. I have not had a strong craving for either of these since I started.

Being prepared and planning ahead have kept me on the straight and narrow. I spend A LOT of time in the kitchen right now, but I’m trying to do most of it on the weekends and in the crock pot. For example, I was able to throw my dinner together tonight in under 15 minutes. I sliced the spaghetti squash in half and put one half in the microwave for ten minutes. I dumped defrosted meat sauce that I made last week in a sauce pan on low while I stir-fried a bag of spinach in clarified butter. I added a little cranberry apple sauce (trial recipe for a Thanksgiving dinner party) that I made last night, and I had a delicious and Whole30 compliant meal ready.

I have 14 days to go, but I’m actually not even really counting. I had to check my calendar over the weekend to see what day I was on. I’m looking forward to a glass of red wine and maybe a slice of pumpkin pie or an egg nog latte sometime in the holiday season. But as of right now, I don’t plan to go out and have either of these the second the clock turns day 31. I’m hoping this 30 days will help me get from 75% healthy eating to more like 90 – 95% going forward.

Over the next two weeks we have friends coming for dinner and we’re hosting Greg’s family for a pre-Thanksgiving dinner. I’m excited to put together two Whole30 compliant meals that non-Paleo peeps find delicious too!

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