- I had fun experimenting with new-to-me ingredients such as quinoa, sake and hemp seeds.
- I learned some new techniques. Oatmeal made on the stove top is supremely better than heating it up in the microwave. And roasting chicken with a little garlic and salt under the skin makes the meat so tasty.
- As a tried and true cereal girl, it was fun to have so much variety in the morning. Who knew I liked smoked salmon?
- I got a lot of ideas for healthy snack options. Pear drizzled with goat cheese and honey?
- I rarely felt hungry.
- I never felt bloated or gross.
- I lost 2 pounds!
- The dinners were often too much work for a weeknight, after a full day in the office. Sometimes I was cooking for an hour, or it just got hectic making all those side dishes.
- Considering all the work involved, some of the meals were a bit bland, and there were too many plain green salads for lunch.
- The amount of prep work was intense. Most mornings, I was often cutting up this or marinating that to save me time later. It wasn't hard, but it sucked up a big part of my day.
- For every meal, I dirtied twice as many dishes as usual. Dan, who usually does the dishes, reminded me of this fact every night.
- Going to parties where I couldn't eat anything was tough.