I've decided that the secret to success with this challenge is planning. It takes the stress out of figuring out what we're going to eat for a meal that meets all the criteria if I plan, shop and prepare some foods ahead.
Here is what we ate today. I don't know that I will include pictures every day, because a lot of days we will eat the same things, but I thought it would be fun to do it today.
Breakfast Casserole - delish! This will last for 3-4 breakfasts for each of us, I think. We'll see. It's basically 10 eggs, a carton of mushrooms, a few handfuls of spinach and ground chicken apple sausage from Sprouts. I would eat this even if we weren't on a diet - the sausage added a ton of flavor. Next time I would layer a little different, putting the spinach on the bottom, but overall it was really good. Baked at 350 for about 30 minutes.
Also had half a banana and coffee with coconut milk (more on that below).
Lunch - I think just looking at this salad made me feel healthy. Spinach, carrots, bell peppers, avocado and a dressing of lime juice, salt, pepper and a touch of olive oil. The picture shows two portions.
We also had a version of Paleo Chili - ground beef, crushed tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers with approved taco seasoning. It was okay. For my taste, I would probably trade the crushed tomatoes for tomato juice and throw in mushrooms and black olives. It was really more like tomato sauce you would eat on pasta than chili because Russ has a slight aversion to chili (long story). It's a great idea for lunch, though, because we had a lot of leftovers and it will be super easy to reheat.
Dinner: grilled boneless pork chop (with salt and pepper), steamed broccoli and sweet potato "chips" made in the oven with olive oil, cayenne pepper and garlic salt.
Today's snack: cashews
Things I learned today:
1) Coffee with coconut milk looks like yummy coffee with fun creamer, but in reality tastes like a milder, watered-down black coffee. I'm okay with this for now. I think by the end I will either drink black coffee or may give it up altogether (for the 30 days).
2) Chopping vegetables or doing any other prep the night before is super helpful.
3) Read labels - it's amazing how many things have some form of sugar.
4) Have approved snacks ready so when you get hungry in between meals you don't have to think about it too hard.