My 68 Day Challenge; The Whole30

To successfully achieve a goal you should spend 80% of your time in planning to ensure that the 20% you spend executing can be done with excellence.  Planning on successfully completing the Whole30 program I started my planning by reading the book It Starts With Food.

After reading this book, with an open mind, I believe that adjusting your diet for 30 days can make you feel better, sleep better, think better, and perform better.  If you want to lose weight, that is an added benefit.

It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected WaysIt Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways by Dallas Hartwig
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is absolutely fascinating.
To those who gave it very skeptical reviews, I ask . . .why did you buy this book in the first place? Did you not read the description first?
I will be gifting this book frequently.

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I’m doing the Whole30 as part of a great program sponsored by my employer The 68 Day Challenge.  It’s open to the public.  Check it out!

My Whole30 Challenge

The top reason I have stayed with the same employer for over 20 years (dating myself) is that it is so great to work for a company with tremendous opportunity that encourages you to grow as a person.  Several years ago they made it even more fun to do so with the 68 Day Challenge.  Check it out here on Facebook:  The 68 Day Challenge.

W9 Manifesto-for-FB-Cover NEWThe challenge I am taking on this year – the Whole30 Program.  30 days of cleaner eating for better health.  No grains, beans, dairy, added sugar, and alcohol for 30 days.  What is  attractive about this program?
First, anyone can do just about anything for only 30 days.  Next, I love this philosophy that eating healthy is easy, it’s the psychology that gets in the way.

So, the challenge is 68 days and the program is only 30.  No worries.  This isn’t a program to jump right into.  The first few steps that I am working on now:

  1. emptying my pantry of temptation
  2. reading It Starts with Food
  3. meal planning –  for family members on the plan and those not on the plan
  4. schedule planning  

This last one, schedule planning, has actually been the hardest part so far.  Why make this program more difficult by trying to do it when there is extra temptation and will power busters?  We’ve (I’m lucky that my husband agreed to go along on this journey) moved our start date from February 23rd (the day after my husbands birthday)  to January 4th (let’s stop talking and get started) to January 8th (really, you have 2 business dinners this week).

Cook Chicken Once for Four Easy Meals

“I wanted to figure out why I was so busy, but I couldn’t find the time to do it.” 
― Todd Stocker

Busy families like ours can still eat great with a little planning.  With one great ingredient and some creative thinking you can go far.  By pure accident I found my new favorite chicken marinade.  I was all set in my mind on how I was going to marinade chicken and at the last second my hubby cried out, “don’t put an acid in the marinade”. Crap!  I was going to use citrus.  What now?

I had just found a new salad dressing I had never seen before, Bolthouse Farms Cilantro Avocado Yogurt Dressing, with only 40 calories per serving.  What the heck, I thought, I might as well try it.

It’s a new favorite!

At night:

Slice 4 chicken breasts horizontally into strips.
Place in plastic bag.
Pour in Cilantro Avocado dressing
Marinade over night.

The next day:
Using a grill pan and medium heat, grill the chicken. (the small pieces only take about 2-3 minutes per side)

Lunch one:
Chicken sandwiches.  I would totally play up the flavors in the dressing and top this sandwich with fresh avocado.

Dinner one:
Chicken tacos or quesadillas.

Lunch two:
Use the chicken to top your favorite salad

Breakfast:
Chicken hash topped with fried eggs

Chicken Hash
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Ingredients

  • Chicken breast – cut horizontally into strips
  • Bolthouse Farms Cilantro Avocado Yogurt Dressing (for marinade)
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Slap Ya Mama seasoning (spicy creole seasoning)

Instructions

  • Marinate chicken overnight in dressing
  • Grill chicken in grill pan on medium heat
  • (I make extra chicken and use it in many meals, then just use the leftovers in this dish)
  • Cut potatoes into cubes
  • Heat olive oil in fry pan – medium high
  • Add potatoes
  • Cook until brown on all sides
  • Season with Salt and Slap Ya Mama
  • Add peppers and onions
  • Cook until veggies are soft and onions begin to slightly caramelize
  • Serves 4
  • Top each serving with 2 fried eggs

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