BlogWhole30 Happiness = A Clean Kitchen: Day 22

February 5, 2016by Courtney Elise0

It’s hard to believe that 3 weeks have come & gone! As day 22 comes to an end, I’ve been pondering some repeat questions  I’ve been getting from friends and family.

– How do you stay disciplined?

– Do you still have cravings? 
– Is it worth the extra time and money? 
– What if you don’t feel like cooking? 
– You really can’t have a glass of wine? 
These are great questions, most of which I had myself before starting this journey and I’m sure they will all be answered in blogs to come. 
There’s one that’s stuck with me for several days now. 

What if you don’t feel like cooking?
For starters, because of the nutrient dense food I’ve been fueling my body with, I have far more energy and motivation to cook dinner when I get home.. Or plan. Yes meal planning. A friend told me that I would go through some serious Tupperware and boy have I.  I’ve learned that with planning ahead I set myself up for success. I can make a weeks worth of breakfast in 30-40 minutes which makes my early mornings easy peasy and a lot less stressful. 

The second thing that keeps my inner chef alive, is having a clean kitchen. Before Whole30 I like to think I kept a clean, neat and sanitized kitchen but I was far more lazy. Keeping dishes from after dinner in the sink until the next day, putting off running the dishwasher, cramming in every last utensil until nothing else would fit.  Well, let me tell ya. For me, there’s nothing that drains the motivation and excitement out of cooking more… than a messy kitchen. 

So, I make sure to clean up as I go, and as much as I can before I eat my meal.  I separate leftovers into separate to go containers and store in the fridge. Whole30 goes beyond what you’re eating but how much and how often. Putting the food up before eating dinner is a “closure” deal for me. After I finish my plate there’s nothing else to snack on so I focus on being satisfied. Not every meal needs to make you feel like you’ve just eaten Thanksgiving dinner at your grandmas house. 

My motivation grows each and every day! I’m ready to tackle this last week of my first Whole30 which is just the beginning of the rest of my life! 
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