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The Whole30 is still going well.  I am not bored yet and have actually made some tasty discoveries.  It’s amazing how going outside the box of your norm opens the door for things you never would have ever considered, much less tried.  I have said it before and I will say it again, I feel like I was depriving my taste buds BEFORE I made all these dietary changes.  I know that the vast majority of people who know what I don’t eat, think “oh my goodness, you can’t eat this or that?!”  But I enjoy food now more than ever before.  …If you can’t already tell.  ;)

Day2:

Breakfast:  Savory Pumpkin Torte (SPT), Orange, Almond Butter-Banana-Chocolate Milkshake (1/4 c Almond Butter, 1 1/2 Frozen Banana, 2 Tbsp Cacao Powder, 1 1/2 – 2 c Almond milk)

Snack:  Sweet potato chips (this is a little indulgence I allowed myself for starting this whole30 gig, I am not exactly hard-core folks)

Lunch:  Leftover pork tenderloin and mashed sweet potatoes

Snack:  Watermelon, sweet potato chips

Dinner:  Italian meatballs over kale (this was one of my awesome discoveries:  put a bed of kale down, plop a big steamy spoonful or two of meatballs and sauce on top, and it softens the kale and the flavors go really well together!), broccoli and watermelon

Day3:

Breakfast:  SPT, Almond Butter-Banana-Chocolate Milkshake (ABC Milkshake), watermelon

Lunch:  Salad: Spinach, hard boiled eggs, bacon, tomatoes w/Apple cider dressing (olive oil, apple cider vinegar, apple juice, salt & pepper-another fantastic discovery!), small bowl of meatballs

Snack:  Sweet potato chips

Dinner:  Leftover meatballs, kale, and pork tenderloin

Snack:  Grapes, pistachios

Day4:

Breakfast:  SPT, Chocolate Blueberry Milkshake

Lunch:  Meatballs, half of an apple

Snack:  Nitrate-free turkey lunch meat, apple with almond butter, small slice of SPT (obviously I didn’t eat enough for lunch…oh and I ate lunch at 10:45 before kid pick-up and errands)

Dinner:  Jerk Chicken with Roasted Pineapple, Spinach and tomato salad with Apple cider dressing, watermelon

Snack:  Dried cherries (I tried to resist, I really did…those things are so yummy and I seriously don’t know why they would ever add sugar to them.  I like Peeled.)

Day5:

Breakfast:  SPT, 2 apple slices, Chocolate Blueberry Milkshake

Lunch:  Leftover Jerk Chicken, Spinach, tomato, cucumber salad with Apple cider dressing

Snack:  Small bowl of Cinnamon Faux-st Crunch Cereal ( I made this for tomorrow morning but I couldn’t wait.  :)  Charlotte and Henry like this too) with Almond milk.

Dinner:  Stir-fry over cauliflower “rice”

Observations and notes:  I am still eating more fruit than I would like, BUT I am still pretty proud of myself for going this many days without a nibble of chocolate here and nibble of chocolate there(okay, okay!  maybe more than a nibble) and eating half of the baked goods I make all by myself…in one day.

I still feel like I am hungry a lot of the time, but I have been able to skip a snack here and there which is pretty huge.  Not that I am trying to lose weight by any means, but I am trying to eat in a way that satisfies for longer periods of time.

Planning and having lots for leftovers has made this week pretty easy for me.  It has been helpful having something to eat whenever I got hungry without having to search and scrounge.

I don’t really feel any different at this point…maybe just a little “cleaner” on the inside.  :)