2 Weeks In…
It has officially been 2 weeks since the start of our 30-day detox. Now is the time to tell you about how this whole detox is doing in our households.
It has been 2 weeks with no meat and I have to say, this has been really easy for me so far. I found some awesome “mock” meat and only one that I wasn’t a fan of. I haven’t really had a craving for meat however, I really enjoy the smell of BBQ in the summer days. Speaking of BBQ’s, we haven’t been to a social one yet. We BBQ at my in-laws weekly and at that time we BBQ’ed a whole tilapia that turned out so good! We just know that when we do show up to a BBQ, make sure we bring our own protein to throw on the grill.
I cook almost every night and I have enjoyed coming up with alternative meals that include seafood or a mock meat. The hardest meal of the day for me is lunch. For lunch, I use to enjoy a little sandwich, tacos, or sticky rice with chicken. Now, I have been turning to tuna and crackers, loaded nachos, or a cheese fruit and veggie platter. Surprisingly, salads have NOT taken over our lives and I know my husband is grateful for that. Evan’s hardest meal has been breakfast. He cooks breakfast every day and usually includes some type of meat. These past 2 weeks, we have eaten lots of different variations of avocado toast, potatoes, and eggs. The only mock meat we didn’t like was an apple, maple breakfast sausage. The texture was similar to dirt once you bit it and the taste was sweet and unpleasant. Definitely not buying that one anymore. We have yet to try all the mock meat I bought at the beginning of this challenge but I am excited to incorporate them into our meals.
We’re feeling great! Given, I always feel pretty good but I have noticed that I sleep better and have more energy throughout the day. I am excited to keep up with this detox challenge and still see it possibly being part of my life.
We are two weeks in and my husband George has made it without beef! In the 8 years, we have been together I have never seen him go longer than a week without beef, so I am extremely proud of him! Just a few weeks after we started this detox we went to a BBQ and I really thought George was going to cave and eat a burger, but he opted for a vegan sausage instead. He has learned quite a bit over the past few weeks. Cooking more chicken for dinner and replacing his burger fix with chicken options has really opened his eyes to just how much beef he was consuming. He has complained about losing a little weight so he is figuring other ways to get the filling protein his body craves after a workout. As for me, not eating chips and crackers has been the toughest challenge. Giving up bread was pretty easy for me but I love snacking so I have had to find some alternatives. I have been eating plantain “chips” to get my chip fix and they do the trick. I eat them with salsa and it really fills my need for something crunchy. Giving up desserts has been a piece of cake ( you like how I did that ) but I am looking forward to when I can have a sweet snack after this detox is over. Rice is also something that I miss SO much but I am getting by without it. The first week I was a little more tired than usual. Due to my body not getting that sugar from all the carbs but the second week was much easier. I feel lighter and not as full throughout the day and my energy levels are increasing back to normal.
All in all this detox has been pretty smooth sailing. Aside from a few moments of weakness when I wanted real chips or a big bowl of rice, I’m hanging in there just fine. Last night George said, “ this diet is stupid. I’m going to get a burger.” But he didn’t give in. He was experiencing a hangry moment and was craving a patty but he ended up making something else. He’s allowed to bitch but he knows that if he does give into that burger that I will call him out! Two more weeks to go!! We got this!!
This detox challenge is almost up and we can’t wait to share more details and recipes with you! Let us know if you’re doing any detox or diet changes and how they’re going. We are always looking forward to tips and advice as well. Happy eating!