Mike had the great idea to come up with a monthly “challenge” for ourselves to keep life interesting, getting us to try new things in different areas, each month. August was the first one, and we challenged ourselves to go very low carb. I’ve realized this is a very loose term and can mean different things to different people. For us, it meant eating less than about 100 carbs a day (down from 250-300 in our “normal” diet). We kept dairy and fruit in moderation, but said goodbye to bread, rice, pastas and sweet treats, among other things.
|Almond flour pancakes, eggs and bacon!|
It was pretty eye-opening! We already ate fairly “clean”without much in the way of processed foods, but clearly we knew there were things we were eating that weren’t good for us. We had situations at restaurants where we were “those” people, ordering burgers without buns and subbing veggies for fries. Snacks were completely different and we ate DOZENS upon dozens of eggs for breakfast.
Results are in! We both saw great results over the month, including 11 pounds down for Mike and 8.5 down for me!! Woot! We have decided to “carry over” a great deal of what we applied in August! Clearly its effective for us. We ate a TON more veggies, nuts and meats than we do normally, and our grocery budget took a bit of a hit. I’ll be working on trying to keep that down this coming month. It’s definitely true, eating more healthfully costs more.
Highlights: spaghetti squash! Zucchini noodles! Almond flour pancakes! Mini pepper nachos!
Here’s a bunch of recipes below that we tried this month! Enjoy if you’re looking for something new.
Most days are listed below. Meals not listed were mostly salads or we weren’t eating at home. We still ate low carb out, but ate things like bunless burgers or pizza toppings/cheese 🙂
Day 5: Grilled porterhouse steak, sweet corn and mashed cauliflower
Day 6: Tomato Basil Chicken
Day 7: Grilled Tilapia Bowls with Chipotle Avocado Cream (omit quinoa)
Day 9: Chicken Cacciatore
Day 10: Taco Chili
Day 13: Philly Cheese Chicken
Day 18: White Chicken Chili
Day 20: Grain free banana pancakes, with eggs and bacon
Day 21: Bacon wrapped chicken (we used rosemary)
Day 22: Healthier meatballs with veggies with zucchini pasta and marinara
Day 23: Italian Buffalo Chicken
Day 24: Banana Almond Flour Muffins
Day 26: Coconut Lime Chicken
Day 29: Italian Sausage Spinach Penne (without the pasta and with spaghetti squash)