My 30 Day Challenge

by Joanna

 “The next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not.”

I was inspired by this video to try something new for 30 days.

This month I decided to try to go meatless. Why? To see how my eating habits changed, if I felt better or worse, and just to see if I could do it. Here are my observations:

  1. My eating habits obviously changed, and a little for the better. At first, I thought “oh, this will be easy, there’s so much to eat that doesn’t have meat in it.” While this is true, I don’t have a lot of recipes in my arsenal that are meatless. I wasn’t prepared on day one and ended up eating pasta and french fries. Ummm, not so good. I started looking through cookbooks and my go to recipe websites, I found a handful of recipes that were meatless and that I liked. I ate a lot of soups, including Sassy Salsa Pumpkin Soup and Grandma's Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili, as well as salads, pasta dishes like Weight Watcher’s Stovetop Mac and Cheese, and of course my JoJo Juice, to name a few. In the end, I did eat more vegetables and fruit than I normally do.
  2. I forgot about meat. When you can’t have something, it seems to be all you think about. At first I was craving chicken fajitas, hot dogs, hamburgers, buffalo wings, steak, you name it. But after two weeks, I didn’t even give meat a second thought.
  3. I don’t necessarily feel better. But I didn’t feel worse, either. My energy level still feels the same and weight stayed the same.
  4. I love McDonald’s Premium Southwest salad with the Creamy Southwest dressing. It comes with chicken with lime glaze but I had to take it off, sadly. I used to love the Caesar Salad but they discontinued it a few months ago. Who knew that people didn’t go to McDonald’s for salads?!? I was forced to try something new, and I now have a new favorite when fast food is the only option. At only 240 calories (minus chicken with lime glaze and WITH the dressing), it’s a great option and filling, too.
  5. I love 30 day challenges and I plan on doing more. I’ll try some non-wellness related challenges just to be more well rounded, for instance, a picture-a-day challenge. I also plan on doing a squat challenge, more fruits and vegetable challenge, and a no chocolate challenge. 

What kind of 30 day challenges would you do or have you done? How did you feel at the end?



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