If you’ve been paying attention, the previous two weeks of my Whole 30 were a little…challenging. Whole 30 Week 3 was surprisingly chill. I’ve reached the phase where I’m actually getting used to this. I’m not struggling as much as I though it would by week 3. I mean, I still want a quesadilla and a chocolate martini, but I don’t need them. I’m finding that fruit gets sweeter the longer I go without real sugar. I even started checking the wrapper on a coconut LARA Bar because the first bite tasted so sweet to me. Sweet potatoes taste sweeter too and don’t even get me started on pineapple!
Our biggest challenge in Whole 30 Week 3 was the surprise potluck.
We’ve been pretty solitary, just because we have had to schedule all our meals so that we have leftovers. It’s hard to do spontaneous social activities with a strict meal plan. We allow ourselves one date night a week to eat out, but there are only a handful of places we can go. We had to challenge ourselves this week to incorporate Whole 30 eating into some social eating.
This Sunday, The Hubs attended a lunch cookout to celebrate our worship pastor’s last Sunday at our church. The Hubs plays guitar on the praise team at church, and we often joke that we never would have met without the worship pastor. Still, when the word was passed around that everyone was meeting after church for lunch (bring a side!), we maybe panicked a little. I didn’t know what we would be able to eat at this gathering. Similarly, we didn’t have a great Whole 30 recipe we could just throw together to bring. When we got married, we moved about 30 minutes away from our church instead of the usual 8 minutes. Going home to cook something was out of the question. Instead, we ran to the store and then commandeered my parent’s kitchen.
I’ll admit, we may have looked at out phones during church in an attempt to figure out a recipe. Usually if The Hubs sees me on my phone in church I’ll get a sharp “tsk!” and a “no juego con eso!” This time, we was helping me search for some recipe we could use. We ultimately decided to us a recipe we found for Pineapple Cucumber Salad. Quick, easy, and Whole 30 Approved.
At the party, we were able to eat our salad with burgers without the bun and fruits and veggies. We brought some La Croix so we wouldn’t be tempted by the sodas and sweet teas going around. We also grabbed a bag of pistachios from the store to eat while everyone else was munching. Our salad went over well, and nobody told us it was gross or anything. It ended up being a really fun time, because we got to meet us with another couple who was doing Whole 30. We shared tips and encouragement, while everyone else at the table gave us horrified looks for giving up bread and sugar for that long.
Overall, I’d call our potluck a success. The Hubs even made the same salad and took it in to work for a potluck there. It’s a winner for sure. Did you ever run into the surprise social event on Whole 30? How did you handle it?
Whole 30 Week 3 Win:
Paleo Pad Thai ( So good! I think we’ve made this once a week since we first had it)
Whole 30 Week 3 Fail:
Whole 30 Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs(Again, not the recipe’s fault. Just too much fat on a short rib for my taste. Also, short ribs are expensive. And we cooked them too long.)
Whole 30 Week 3 Tips and Tricks:
- Sugar free sun butter is hard to find! Whole Foods sell it, but be careful! The same brand has one with sugar and one “organic” version without sugar. Go for the organic one.
- I used to hate spaghetti squash because it was so watery, but that was before I knew how to cook it. Since then, we learned that spaghetti squash cooks well face up and broiled. It gets less watery that way. It’s great in the paleo pad thai!
- You can throw an egg into sweet potato hash browns to make them stick together better.
- The bacon at Origin Kitchen in Dallas is packed in sugar. I emailed them and asked. Also, they will ask you if you had a reservation, despite you being the first people to show up for the night (The restaurant was literally empty. It was almost creepy.).