Whole30

Hello 2017, lovely to meet you. The past few months have been rather indulgent to say the least. I know it seems rather cliché but I really do find that January is the perfect time for a hard reset, not only with my eating habits but my overall lifestyle as well. The last six weeks of the year are more often than not, filled with holiday cheer, decadent meals & drinking – oh so much drinking. Don’t get me wrong – Christmas is MY JAM and I’m super sad to put all of that away for the next 326 or so days – but I’m ready & my body is definitely ready for a change. Cue Whole30; “a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings & habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system” (As defined on Whole30
Since this will be our 2nd round of Whole30 (we completed our 1st round around this time last year) I’m coming in feeling much more confident, prepared & ready to journey through these next 30 days. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing my weekly menu plans as well as meal prep tips to help those who are on this journey for the 1st time. As always, please feel free to reach out with any question or comments you may have – happy to help! 
For those not familiar with Whole30 – I highly recommend checking out Whole30 – for all the ins & outs of the program – they even have lists of approved products, grocery list ideas & an online community for support & tips. Additionally they have a ton of great cookbook options – although I’ve been quite happy with what I’ve been able to find via Pinterest – and no, they aren’t paying me to write this post, not yet at least 😉
Whole30 Basics: 
Avoid
  • Sugar: this includes real or artificial – no maple syrup, honey, agave, NADA! You’ll be surprised with the type of products companies sneak sugar into – make sure to read your labels!
    • Natural sweeteners like honey are one of the only major differences between the Whole30 program & a Paleo lifestyle (Paleo allows for the honey) – I will say if this lifestyle was ever something I was going to attempt long-term I would lean towards Paleo over Whole30 as I see nothing wrong with using honey as a natural sweetener. 
  • Grains: this includes wheat, oats, corn, rice, quinoa, etc. 
  • Legumes: this includes beans of all kinds, peas, lentils, peanuts & peanut butter. This also includes soy.
    • Now soy is one of the hardest things for me – we love to cook Asian food at home & soy is staple in a lot of my meals – but hey, you can do anything for 30 days right?!
  • Dairy: this includes milk, cream, cheese, yogurt & sour cream – clarified butter (ghee) is allowed (praise the lord!)
    • It’s funny, dairy is actually way easier for me to omit than I ever thought it would be! 
  • Carrageenan, MSG or Sulfites: watch your labels for these. 
  • And finally …. NO ALCOHOL
    • I know y’all, I KNOW. Now if you’re a fan of our Instagram page fear not – The Farmer will be on this FOOD journey with me but will continue to craft his killer libations for those days when you just can’t 😉
Let me guess, you’re asking yourself well, what CAN I eat?
Loads of things actually, including meat, seafood, eggs, tons of veggies, fruit & GOOD fats from fruit, oils, nuts & seeds. If it’s your 1st round of Whole30 – check out the Whole30 shopping list for a HUGE list of options ranging from proteins, vegetables, fruits, fats, spices, pantry items and drinks. 
Whole30 can be hard, VERY hard – especially in social situations, but there are things you can do to prepare & be successful during your 30 days. I would say learning how to meal prep & LOVING IT is KEY for being successful during this program. Over the next few weeks in addition to my weekly menu I’ll share meal prep ideas & recipes including roasted veggies, paleo meatballs & homemade mayo. 
I think I would go as far as to say that without meal prep & planning our meals ahead The Farmer & I wouldn’t be successful on this program – sooner or later the lazy factor would set in & we’d end up cheating. 
Meal prep can be as easy as an hour or two on Sunday morning while you’re enjoying a cup (or two!) of coffee. My weekly staples while on the program are a dozen or so hard boiled eggs, a tray of roasted root vegetables, a tray of mini (compliant) turkey meatballs  & plenty of pre-prepped fruit & veggies to snack on as needed. Additionally, I plan all 3 meals for both The Farmer & I (like usual) – to ensure I’m ahead of the game. 
Speaking of – here’s what’s cooking this week on the farm:
Monday (Day 1) 
  • Brekkie: Chia Pudding 
  • Lunch: Salad 
  • Dinner: Paleo Meatballs & Roasted Root Veggies 
Tuesday (Day 2)
  • Brekkie: Chia Pudding 
  • Lunch: Salad 
  • Dinner: Salmon & Roasted Root Veggies 
Wednesday (Day 3) 
  • Brekkie: Chia Pudding 
  • Lunch: Salad 
  • Dinner: Paleo Taco Skillet (recipe coming soon!)
Thursday (Day 4)
  • Brekkie: Chia Pudding 
  • Lunch: Salad 
  • Dinner: Tilapia & Green Beans (one of the only approved legumes!) 
Friday (Day 5)
  • Brekkie: Chia Pudding 
  • Lunch: Salad 
  • Dinner: Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers
Saturday (Day 6)
  • Brekkie: Egg Bake (recipe coming soon!) 
  • Lunch: Salad 
  • Dinner: Pot Roast (recipe coming soon!) 
Sunday (Day 7) 
  • Brekkie: Eggs/Bacon or Chia Pudding 
  • Lunch: Salad 
  • Dinner: Beef Stew (with Pot Roast lefties!) 
Noting to prepare for the week above I cooked off the following items Sunday morning to help get us ready for the work week – 
  • One dozen hard boiled eggs 
  • One tray of roasted root veggies 
  • One tray of mini (compliant) turkey meatballs (recipe coming soon!)
  • Two days worth of Chia Pudding 
Well y’all there you have it – whether it’s your 1st Whole30 or you’re a returning “vet” like us – planning ahead is key to being successful on this program. I’m looking forward to sharing tips & tricks over the next 30 days & posting some delicious recipes to boot! 

 

Bon Appétit! 

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