Lent: Weeks 5 & 6

Welp… the Whole30 has pretty much died in these here parts.  I think spring break was really the nail in the coffin.  However, it’s left me very conscious of what I’m consuming and has led me to consistently make better choices about my diet, which is what I’d hoped to get out of it anyways.  I’m really enjoying eating well because I WANT to, not because I have to.  It’s surprisingly freeing.

If you’re interested, here are some of the things I’ve been doing differently since Whole30:

  • Eating more veggies – doing the Whole30 really made me aware of how few vegetables I was actually eating.  Now I always try to cram in as many as I can!
  • Choosing fruit as a side – this is mainly for fast food.  For example, instead of getting fries at Chick Fil A, usually I’ll get a fruit cup with my grilled nuggets.
  • Eating more protein – I’ve been tracking my macronutrients using MyFitnessPal, and one thing I noticed is that I really struggle to get in an adequate amount of protein.  One way I’ve been addressing this is by eating 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt mixed with a scoop of chocolate protein powder for breakfast.  It tastes good and has over 30 grams of protein, and I noticed that not only does it keep me full until lunch, it also helps keep me focused and alert for the rest of the day!
  • Avoiding junk food at the cafeteria – although I’m allowing myself treats now, I’m trying to use them as just that: treats.  That means no ice cream in the cafeteria just because.
  • Fitbit – I just got this for my birthday and I love it!  It helps me track how many steps I’ve taken and how well I sleep, to name just a couple of its many features.

Overall, I feel that although I didn’t complete the Whole30, I did get most of the results I was hoping for.  If you’re considering giving it a shot, I’d strongly recommend it!

Paleo Banana Bread {no added sweetener}

My ongoing attempt at some semblance of a paleo diet has prompted me to look for healthier versions of foods I enjoy.  The idea behind this banana bread recipe was sparked from the classic paleo banana-egg pancake idea.  (In case you haven’t seen it, it’s literally a banana and 2 eggs blended to make pancake batter.)  It turned out way better than I had hoped, and it’s perfect for all sorts of special dietary restrictions – it’s grain free, dairy free, paleo, and unsweetened.  If you’re not hardcore paleo, I find this absolutely delicious with honey and butter.

Paleo Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 4 overripe bananas
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

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Process

  • Preheat oven to 350 and grease a bread pan.
  • Place eggs, bananas, oil, and vanilla in a blender or food processor and blend well.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients and pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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I hope you’ll give this recipe a shot!  It’s so simple and healthy and has quickly become a new favorite of mine.  Enjoy!

Lent: Weeks 3 & 4

Well guys, my computer was out of commission last weekend so this post will have to combine the pas 2 weeks.

Honestly, I haven’t been sticking to the plan very strictly.  Spring Sing and spring break happened back-to-back, making it really hard to eat only Whole30 approved foods.  However, I’m still at least attempting to keep with it, which I think is the important part.  Hopefully it will be easier from here on out.

Really, that’s what has been on my mind these couple of weeks in a spiritual way as well.  It’s helped to remind me that although we will never be perfect, it’s imperative not to use that as an excuse to give up.  Even when things don’t go as planned, the best thing you can do is to get back on track as quickly as possible.

And that’s really all I have for this post!  I know it’s a short one but it’s spring break and I don’t feel like thinking too hard.  See you guys next weekend!