It has been one week of eating only eggs, chicken, bread, apples, sweet potatoes, avocado, and spinach. That’s right folks. I’m eating only 7 foods for thirty days.
If you missed last week’s entry about this fast, let me catch you up. (Or you can click here to read the entire post.) My beloved hubby and I are fasting for 30 days by only eating 7 different foods. Only water to drink. No seasonings other than salt, pepper, olive oil (sparingly) and cooking spray. This concept is inspired by Jen Hatmaker’s book “7: The Experimental Mutiny Against Excess.” In short, it has two main purposes: to seek after God at a deeper level and to restore a heart of gratitude for all the incredible choices we have in this world.
We started on June 4, so we are one week into our experience. In two words: EPIC. CHALLENGING.
The first two days kinda sucked. Like, a lot. My beloved and I both had a headache, which honestly was to be expected. We were no longer drinking any caffeine. Plus, I was probably going through sugar withdrawal.
But once we made it through Monday and Tuesday? It has been epic. We are using the extra time that we would have normally spent grocery shopping/cooking/discussing what’s for supper to spend time in prayer and in the word.
Additionally, this has been awesome for our food budget. Great for our heart. And our physical bodies feel pretty incredible.
PLUS (yes, it goes on) God has brought out my hidden gift for creative and resourceful cooking. Seriously, I have created more shockingly tasty meals with limited foods than I have in my entire adult life. Here’s a brief glimpse of some of my creations:
- Power breakfast sandwich– egg, avocado, shredded chicken on toast
- Eggs & toast
- French toast with unsweetened applesauce
- Scromlet– scrambled eggs, spinach, shredded chicken
- Fritatta– eggs baked with shredded chicken & spinach with avocado on top
- Spinach salad including any/all of the following– shredded chicken, avocado, spinach, apple, hard boiled egg, salt, pepper, olive oil
- Sweet Potato Chicken soup– chicken stock, chicken, sweet potatoes, salt/pepper (BEST. INVENTION. EVER.)
- Baked Chicken dredged in egg and coated in bread crumbs
- Egg/chicken/avocado salad sandwich (It looks a little funny but tastes fine)
- Dried apple chips (homemade)
- Toast with unsweetened applesauce
- Hard Boiled egg
- Croutons (homemade)
- Apple Leather (it’s like a fruit roll up, homemade out of applesauce put in the dehydrator)
God has really brought about a new, refreshed and grateful heart in the both of us. He has also revealed how I turn to food when I am stressed– but now I am turning to Him first. Here’s to returning to our First Love!
So in short, it’s going great. Definitely still challenging every time I pass by a Starbucks or see free oranges for the taking at the gym. (And don’t get me started on the Diet Dr. Pepper situation.) But guess what… I have one more surprise for you.
I am doing a giveaway at the end of this experience. The prize will be… well, a surprise. (But it won’t be lame. I promise.)
To enter, you can share this post via Facebook, Twitter, email etc. You can like my Facebook page if you haven’t already done so. But to make it an “official” entry, leave a comment below with your guess of how many eggs my husband and I will consume by the end of this fast. (Hint: We like eggs.)
Random, I know. But hey, don’t judge me– I haven’t had any sugar or caffeine for a week. Plus, I think it is going to be eggstremely entertaining.
What do you think so far? We would love your feedback–leave a comment (and your eggsact guess) below.
Loving this Jesus eggsperience,
“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” –John 6:35