We did it! We completed the 28 day Abundance Diet eating plan! We are so, SO happy that we did it, even if there were times we were craving a cupcake or french fries. That was all part of the journey. We’ve learned a lot about our eating habits, and just how easy it is to get lazy and go for convenience over quality. We started our day (Sundays are our favorite day of the week) with a run at about 6:00. Wow! You really get to see the beauty that God has created when you’re up that early! 😉 Now, let’s not get hasty and say I’ll be getting up at 6:00 everyday, but it was a gorgeous morning to head out.
We came home, cooled down, stretched, and immediately made our breakfast. On the menu was Quinoa Berry Banana Bowls. I was a little skeptical about a bowl of quinoa, soymilk, and fruit, but it was surprisingly tasty and filled us up and gave us a great hit of protein. Nick added a smidge of PB2 powder to his soymilk which he said added a little bit more sweetness. I might try that next time. Our quinoa was also cold, as we had made it ahead, so I don’t know how it would be if it was hot. More like a porridge or oatmeal, maybe? The fresh berries were great, too.
We then set our sights on making a GIANT batch of kale chips. We made a hybrid recipe of Somer’s and the All-Dressed Kale Chips from Oh She Glows.
We then got ready for the day, and walked over to the local Farmer’s Market. We loaded up on local apples, peaches, cucumber, and green beans. It was a bit of a hot walk home, but it was worth it, and Olive had a great time at the market!
We made up the leftovers for the Nicoise salads for lunch. We kind of improvised as we were trying to use a few things that we had leftover in the fridge. For dinner we heated up the Chile Rellenos Casserole, and then couldn’t wait to enjoy our Luscious Lemon Tarts for dessert.
Wowza. These tarts are delicious! They’re super creamy, and the lemon zest and juice adds just the right amount of tartness. Nick and I both thought that the crust was tasty, but not at all necessary. It would have been great to have more of the creamy goodness! We had a few leftover raspberries from breakfast, and they were a great addition. Every bite was a winner! We’ll most definitely be making these again.
Final thoughts, and what how we’re going to implement what we’ve learned along the way:
1. Even though we didn’t do this diet primarily to lose weight, it was a great “side effect”! Nick lost about 11 lbs, and I lost about 10 lbs. I’m sure that it was mostly from sugar, and all the refined foods we’d been previously enjoying. While we’re not going to go gluten free, we’ll definitely watch our wheat intake, and try to choose better whole grains that keep us from feeling bloated and blah. We aren’t going to give up sugar entirely, either, but we’ve come to appreciate alternative sweeteners, and dates are our new best friends!
2. We’ve also learned that we’ll snack on what we have in the house. So we’re planning to keep the pantry stocked with healthy snacks, like kale chips and Somer’s gluten free cheesy crackers, with loads of fresh veggies and fruits in the fridge. We will definitely enjoy a sweet treat now and again, but maybe we’ll just have 1 cookie, instead of 3 or 4. 😉
3. Sunday has been our day to prepare for the week ahead. Getting dressings made, soups prepared, and veggies prepped. That’s something we’ll definitely keep doing. It makes the week SO MUCH BETTER! There are no last minute “oh, shoot!” moments, and we both know what’s the fridge to grab for lunch. Occasionally it made Sunday afternoons a little hectic, but it was a worth is for an easy breezy week.
4. While we made weekly meal plans before this plan, we’ll definitely do a better job of sticking to what we’ve chosen. We’re planning to stick with a few soups, and various salads throughout the week for lunches. For dinner, we’ve decided to stick with a more whole foods approach, and only occasionally add in a processed item. For example, this week we’re having BBQ Soy Curls (we made our own BBQ sauce), with homemade coleslaw, homemade baked beans (using our own homemade BBQ sauce), and steamed green beans for a weekday dinner.
5. Moderation is the key. Giving up things that we love – like cupcakes, cookies, and french fries – just isn’t something we want to do. But! We know that we can have those things as a special treat, and completely enjoy them. As long as our diet is mostly a clean, whole foods diet, we’ll be good to go.
6. We probably won’t do another 28 days in the future, but doing a week or so would be a great kick start to get us back on track if we should need it.
7. Oh! The biggest takeaway! WE LOVE SMOOTHIES FOR BREAKFAST!! We are totally planning to have smoothies throughout the week, and then enjoy a “special” breakfast on the weekends. Somer’s smoothie recipes are great, and a great starting to point for us to make up some of our own. We always feel full in the morning, and love how easy it easy it is to load up on leafy greens.
Thanks for following along with us these past 28 days. I’m sure there were times that the posts felt a bit boring or monotonous, but we tried to be as honest as we could. We didn’t always want to do it, and there were times we wanted to quit. But we also learned the value of sticking it out, and our bodies are the better for it!