I know this blog is coming to you all a little late, but here it is: a recap of our Whole30 experience! And, to make things even sweeter, I’m adding in a little recipe for you that you’ll love!
As you probably remember, week 1 of the Whole30 was
pure hell not the easiest thing I’ve ever done. But, here’s what they tell you when you start, “This is not hard. Quitting smoking is hard; fighting cancer is hard. You can give up refined sugar and carbs for 30 days, no problem.” So , I kept these wise words with me wherever I went and they REALLY changed my mental state on this cleanse. After the cravings and withdrawal subsided (i literally had flu-like symptoms one night from the sugar detox), for the most part, things became SO routine that I couldn’t remember a time before the Whole30!
I got so used to making my two eggs, avocado and tomato in the morning & began to eagerly anticipate my salads at lunch. Dinner was the best though. I would go all out. Jalapeño, grass-fed burgers with a fried egg, Coconut, lime Cauliflower “rice” and Proscuitto, pesto chicken were amongst my favorites.
I wont lie to you though, there were MANY hard moments on this cleanse. Thankfully my husband let me convince him to try the Whole30, so there was no temptation at home since we were both on the same page (embarrassing flashback to one week earlier when I made him eat his chocolate in the kitchen and NOT anywhere near me, so I wouldn’t be tempted to take a bite….or 10). Hell, maybe he did the Whole30 so I wouldn’t boss him around anymore. Whatever his reasoning, it helped me out!
I promised you all that I’d tell you about his favorite recipe from this cleanse: Paleo Avocado Chicken Salad.
Enriched with Omega-3 fatty acids and TONS of flavor, this chicken salad will leave you satisfied and smiling.
It’s SUPER simple and takes all of 5 minutes to combine all of the ingredients. QUICK TIP: I kept several pre-cooked chicken breasts in the fridge during the 30 days, to make life easier.
- 2 cups of cooked chicken, shredded or cubed
- 1 large ripe avocado, peeled, depitted and mashed with a fork
- ½ cup of green apple, finely chopped in ½ to ¼ inch cubes
- ¼ cup of red seedless grapes, cut in half
- 2 tablespoons of raw walnuts, chopped
- 2 tablespoons of raisins (or cran raisins)
- 2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- juice of 1 lime
- salt to taste
- Let’s talk first how you can cook your chicken. I usually throw in 3-4 breasts in the crock pot and cook on low for 7 hours with a mere ½ cup of broth, water, healthy marinade or sometimes even nothing. I know many people feel uneasy about not putting a lot of liquid in a crock pot with fear of burning or drying out the protein but I am here to tell you, you do not need a lot of liquid. Proteins cooked in slow cookers usually release enough liquid in the cooking process. If you do not have enough time to slow cook your chicken, you can always bake your chicken in the oven for 25 minutes at 350 degrees sprayed with a little olive oil or if you are really pressed for time, I just run out and get a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and shred it.
- Once you have your chicken situation square, de-pit your ripe avocado and mash your avocado to somewhat of a chunky/ creamy consistency.
- Chop up your apples, grapes, cilantro, and walnuts.
- In a big bowl add your shredded chicken, creamy avocado and all your fix ins you chopped in step 3 in addition to the raisins. Once you mix everything, add the juice of your lime and some salt and blend altogether.
- You are done, viola, eat it up. I usually eat it plain or scoop it over a bed of lettuce. Either way you cannot go wrong.
(Recipe from Ourfullplate.com)
I would encourage anyone to try this cleanse. It will awaken your taste buds, challenge you in new ways, and give open up a whole new world of energy and creativity that you never thought existed.
You can also check out my ever growing Pinterest board “Real Food” for more Whole30/Paleo recipes:http://www.pinterest.com/mrscela/.
GOOD LUCK and HAPPY EATING!