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Megan did the spring Challenge without a kitchen!Over the next few weeks we’ll share a few Spring Into Summer Challenge participant’s personal accounts of their experience and what they learned. We can all learn from each other and we hope you find this series helpful in your pursuit to better your health and nutrition.

First up, Megan!

Why Did You Do the Challenge?
Jamie (Megan’s husband) and I signed up for the Spring Food Challenge while watching whales and sipping mai tais on the beach during the final days of our Hawaiian vacation. We were feeling gross because we had hit every shave ice stand on the island as well as a Tony Roma’s pre-packaged ribs and other high quality food from Costco. We needed a kick in the butt to get back into the paleo mindset.

So we left paradise and launched right into the spring food challenge.

After one week on the challenge, we ran into an unforeseen obstacle.
The first week of the challenge was hard, but we were hanging tough and rocking the challenge. On the second week we got thrown a complete curveball. Our ice maker malfunctioned and flooded our kitchen and part of the basement. Suddenly, we had a crew of people descend upon our house to assess damage and dry everything out. After a week of drying, they removed the flooring, lower cabinets, counters, oven/stove top, dishwasher and sink. Just like that, we no longer had a kitchen to prep or cook meals in. We had only a grill and a microwave.

This brought up the question. Could we maintain a strict paleo diet with a very limited kitchen?

For us, past paleo success required us to prepare large quantities of food ahead of time. But, our lack of a kitchen sink made doing dishes a nightmare and any large scale cooking ventures were a complete pain. We had to decide if it was realistic to try to continue with the food challenge or just bail entirely.

In the end, we decided we should at least try. We had only two more weeks of completely strict paleo and then there was a little more flexibility with win meals. I bought an electric skillet and an induction hotplate with the idea we could boil eggs etc. We took it one week at at a time and I am proud to say, I made it through six weeks following the program!

Then we made the decision to stop.

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