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What's for dinner?

May 2, 2012 - Kristy MacKaben
I'm truly inspired by one of my best high school friends Heather, who is getting married in July. The girl was already tiny, but she was determined to become healthier. She just finished the Whole30 challenge---a 30-day detoxification diet, which involves ridding your diet of carbs, sugars, dairy and all processed foods. It's all about eating real food. She lost 8 pounds and feels incredible and looks awesome. When I first heard about this crazy challenge, I laughed and immediately said "I could never do something ilke that." I am, trying this crazy diet. I tried a mini version last week, and actually I was never hungry and felt great. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to continue the diet over the weekend. My weekends are for ice cream and Mexican food. Don't take away those pleasures! But, I'm back on it this week. So, I'm thinking maybe it will be just a week by week thing. The hardest part so far has been giving up my diet Pepsi. I usually drink about three cans a day, and it's hard to not have that little boost. I am, however, getting used to the unsweetened iced tea with lemon, which makes my mom laugh because that has been her personal favorite for years. The good thing about this little challenge is it has me eating a lot less processed junk like protein bars and more good stuff like almonds and avacados. You would be surprised how you can trick your senses too. I love rice, but you can't eat it on this diet. So I threw some cauliflour in the food processor, and cooked it in some olive oil. There's my rice! Here's a great recipe for jambalaya, only using ingredients permitted on Whole30.

Ingredients: 1 onion chopped, 1 tbl coconut oil, chopped celery, peppers (red & green) and anything else you want to throw in., 1 lb (approx) chicken breast, shrimp, chicken sausage Simmer in broth (just barely cover all in skillet). Put in a bunch of Frank’s Red Hot sauce. Season to taste.


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