I’m now officially starting week 2 of my Lent Challenge and I have to say I am extremely excited.
As much as I was scared at first and didn’t really know what to eat, it seems like I am now getting tons of recipe ideas and wish that I could stay at home and cook all day for the next month and a half to try them all out.
Yesterday, I went grocery shopping and purchased a whole bunch of food, most of which was vegetables.
I came home with my hands so full of grocery bags, I had to ask my son for help.
Funny thing is he looked at all the bags and said:
Oh, I remember a time when you’d come home from the grocery store and I looked forward to foraging through the bags and discover all the good goodies that were hiding in there. There’s hardly ever anything interesting anymore…
I, on the other hand, felt like a kid on Christmas morning taking all my precious findings out of the bags.
I had so many veggies, I could hardly fit them all in my fridge.
Cabbage, turnip, eggplants, cucumbers, zucchinis, sweet potatoes, coconuts, avocados galore, TONS of mushrooms like shiitake, oyster, enoki and standard button too; collard greens, fresh mint, parsley, even CORIANDER!
Yes, I even bought coriander and fully intend to use it.
Then came the meat.
That would be the one part that feels really, really weird about all this.
I’m used to NOT eating meat AT ALL during Lent. This time, however, it represents my main source of protein, so I have to eat quite a great deal of it. Well, compared to what I’m used to eating, anyway. I usually get most of my protein from dairy (namely whey, Greek yogurt and cottage cheese) as well as egg whites and some meat, mostly skinless, boneless chicken breasts.
But for now, dairy is out. So is protein powder.
I still don’t know how I feel about eating so much meat, but I’m taking this one day at a time. So far, I’m really loving the results…
One of the things that I did notice is that I feel a lot less hungry. I get to eat so much more food in volume, sometimes it almost feels like it’s way too much.
Like this plate here, for instance…
Just look at the size of it, and look at everything that’s on it!
Think I wasn’t full after that?
This fillet of fish was HUGE! Plus, I had 2 full cups of the coleslaw, half a giant bulb of fennel and a good cup of mâche.
I had a hard time finishing my plate, but it was so good and I felt so excited that I was finally getting somewhere and had been able to create a real decent meal that was Whole30 compliant. I’d been eating nothing but boring stuff like hard boiled eggs and dry carrot sticks until then.
At least, that’s what it felt like!
But the more I get into the spirit of this challenge, the more ideas I get and I’m almost starting to feel sad that it’s only 6 weeks…
Oh, and by the way, in case you are wondering, I am feeling super fantastic!
A little bit tired and low on energy at times, and I’ve had occasional headaches as well as a few very minor cravings, but other than that, I’m really doing A-OK!
Let’s hope it stays that way!
I think the key to success is to get excited and think of all the new possibilities instead of focusing on all that you’ve left behind.
Plus, it’s only temporary… I sooo can do this!
What’s 6 weeks, out of a lifetime?