My kids were off school for a long weekend in October. I thought it would be a perfect time to head for the mountains to catch some fall foliage. They both wanted to go to the beach. If you have ever tried to persuade a ten and fifteen-year-old, you know where we ended up – the beach. Myrtle Beach was our ultimate destination.
I’m glad we did because the beach was absolutely beautiful and we all but had it to ourselves!
From the moment I thought about going away, I was a little nervous. This would be my first road trip while doing the Whole30. I have my local restaurant scene mapped out and know what I can eat at Chipotle, Zoe’s Kitchen, Clean Eatz and a few other restaurants but Myrtle Beach was unchartered territory and from what I could tell none of my favorite, safe restaurants were close to our hotel.
I packed a cooler full of my go-to Whole30 approved snacks for the trip. RX Bars, Justin’s Nut Butter, Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel, DNX Bars, Imagine Bone Broth, Applegate Farms Sausage, cashews, almonds, avocados, cucumbers, and apples.
We went out to lunch on our first day and I ordered as Whole30 compliant as I could. When we left the restaurant I asked my daughter and Whole30 partner, Taylor, if she enjoyed her meal. She told me it was ok but she preferred the meals we have been eating at home from the Whole30 Cookbook and Pinterest. I was so happy to hear that because it was exactly how I felt. Funny thing is, I know I would have enjoyed the restaurant meal pre Whole30!
We went out to eat two more times while at the beach and pretty much had the same experience as above. I left two of the restaurants feeling overly full, tired, and uncomfortable. I haven’t felt like this in almost two months and didn’t like it. Funny thing is, I’m all but certain I wouldn’t have thought anything of feeling this way a few months ago.
I found myself wanting to get back to our beach condo so I could eat my healthy Whole30 snacks.
Could 52 days of the Whole30 have changed my eating habits and taste buds this much? Based on my experiences this weekend, I would have to say yes.
I called my Husband, Tony, on the way home from the beach and all but begged him to have some Whole30 comfort food waiting for the kids and me when we got home. I suggested my favorite Whole30 Chicken Pot Pie Soup or a recipe for Whole30 Shepherd’s Pie I saw on Pinterest. He outdid himself with the Whole30 Shepherd’s Pie. It was delicious and absolutely hit the spot!
My biggest take away from this for anyone who would like to eat healthily but feels like they can’t do it because they will feel deprived doesn’t even have to think twice about it. Within a few weeks, your tastes buds will change and you and your family will crave the new healthy foods.