First Week Summary

Whole Living Challenge

The first week went well (minus Valentine’s Day – you can’t attend a cookie party and not eat a few cookies).

The Hardest Part

The afternoons were brutal for me.  I truly have an addiction to sugar (especially chocolate) and my craving is strongest in the afternoons.  I was able to eat fruit after dinner in substitution for dessert, but not in the afternoons.  I found myself thinking about eating something sweet a lot in the afternoons.  I came very close to cheating a few times, but I made it.  The trick will be continuing to limit my sugar intake after this three week detox is complete.

The Best Part

Having every meal of the week planned out ahead of time was great.  I never came home at night without any idea what I was going to make for dinner.  Also, I felt really healthy. It felt good consuming so many veggies, and I really enjoyed it.  My refrigerator looks like the produce section at the grocery store, and it is great.  I really hope to change my cooking habits through this.  I definitely want to incorporate more veggies along with our meals from now on.  I always felt too tired to cook dinner and a veggie side dish, but I am learning new way of making quick veggies, and I plan to keep it up after this is all done.

The Most Surprising Part

Most of the recipes have been really tasty.  I think my favorite so far was the cauliflower stirfry.  I couldn’t believe how much flavor it had with just garlic, ginger, and lemon juice!

Recipe Reviews

Here is what I thought of the recipes I have tried so far:

  • Mango and Tahini Smoothie I really did not enjoy the tahini in this.  The flavor combination just did not work for me.
  • Creamy Broccoli Soup Yum.  Very green.  The avocado made this soup very creamy.  A great addition.  It had nice flavor.
  • Curried Lentil and Sweet Potato Soup This soup was very good.  I ended up making it with red curry powder because I was all out of regular curry powder, and it was really tasty.  It was nice hardy soup.
  • blueberry smoothie This was really good, but next time I think I will leave out the mint.
  • Cauliflower stirfry As I already said, this was one of my favorites.  Definitely a keeper even after this detox is done.
  • Lentil Salad A keeper with a few modifications.  I add some red wine vinegar and topped the salad with sliced avocado.  Much better with these additions!  Also a keeper.
  • Kale and White Bean Soup I felt like this could benefit from more flavor.  I think next time I would make it with veggie broth instead of water.
  • Roasted Chickpeas Good flavor but the texture was too mealy for me.

The plan for Week 2 is coming soon.

Category : Food and Drink