Breakfast: Boiled Egg, Lara Bar
Lunch: Grilled Chicken Salad (grilled chicken, boiled egg, bell peppers, onion, raisins, sunflower seeds, balsamic vinegar and olive oil)
Snack: Carrot Sticks, Banana Chips
Dinner: Jerk Pork (see my post from Days 4-6 for my spice mix), Sweet Potato Chips and Guacamole
Breakfast: Boiled Egg, Lara Bar
Lunch: Jerk Pork, Carrot Sticks, Apple Sauce
Snack: Almonds & Raisins, Sweet Potato Chips
Dinner: Salad (Pulled Chicken, Jicama, Red Onions, Carrots, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Lime)
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, 1/4 sausage patty (greasy and questionably compliant)
Lunch: Hot Dog (no bun, also questionable), Mango
Snacks: Almonds & Raisins, Banana Chips
Dinner: Grilled Cheese (not even questionable– 100% not compliant)
God bless sweet potatoes! I’ve had a hankering for something crunchy (that wasn’t bananas) and on Day 28 I nailed sweet potato chips (recipe below). 2 sweet potatoes yielded enough my side dish on Day 29, definitely a snack at work on 28, and a snack or two while in the Keys.
Now, in the interest of full transparency—although Day 29 and 30 started off with good intentions, overall it was a bust. On Day 30 Jon had two short films premiering at the Key West Film Festival and once it show time, celebratory shots were poured and that was officially a wrap for all our efforts!! It was an unfortunate defeat– but I certainly don’t regret it. On the one hand, we were SO CLOSE. But the other hand though, I’m SO proud of Jon for sticking to the diet as long as he did! Granted, I was just along for the ride but he definitely earned some slack! To be on the radio, talking about his films like a pro, then follow it up with two premieres—I mean, come on!
So, how does the story end? Well surprisingly, after the glasses clinked, our previous abstinence from booze became quite a conversation starter! Why dieting and lifestyle changes are taboo subject matter I’ll never understand— but as we shared about our Whole 30 experience, one by one our Key West family started sharing their war stories and efforts. Turns out, one of the couples have been on a vegan path for the past 6 months! Even though it was just a few minutes, it was really awesome to hear each of our friends spreading the gospel on what’s been working for them lately.
The reality of it is, none of us are perfect. In fact, I can tell you for certain that all of Jon and my meals from here are on out will not be clean. But at this point— our awareness is heightened, which is incredibly valuable. We made a conscious effort to eat whole foods and saw the impact it had on our mind, body and soul. Our recipes will not be retired and we now have the tools to eat clean and eat well as often as possible. The key to sustaining ourselves on this earth is not about revolving through cycles of Whole 30, or Atkins, or juicing; running everyday or doing sit ups before bed– it’s just about taking care of ourselves and embracing the idea of continued improvement.
I appreciate you joining our journey and I wish you the best of luck in all your endeavors! For recipes, hacks and encouragement just check out the rest of the blog! And yes, I did lose 5lbs and Jon dropped 20 🙂 .
S W E E T P O T A T O C H I P S
2 Sweet potatoes
1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
Salt to taste
- Heat oven to 200 degrees
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper (unless your pan is typically on really good non-stick behavior— my surprisingly was).
- With a sharp knife, slice potatoes as thin as possible into discs. When complete, put potato slices into a plastic bag and toss with olive oil and salt.
- Place potatoes on the baking plan without overlapping. Let this cook for 45 – 50 minutes. At this point, they will start to dehydrate and you can scoop them up with a spatula and flip each chip over. Let this continue to bake for another 30 to 40 minutes or so, but be sure to check in!
- When you remove the chips from the oven don’t be surprised if some still look a little soft. They will crisp up when they reach room temp!