Whole30: Week 1
Here we go again!
For those of you unfamiliar with the Whole30, I highly encourage you to check it out.
In January 2013, Alex and I started our first 30-day nutritional journey of sorts. For him, it was a great way to lose a few pounds and kick-start a new workout routine. For me, it was more about finding what works for my body (and what doesn’t). It was pretty eye-opening for the both of us. And I won’t lie — it was also a little hard. Although, the folks behind the Whole30 would argue with that. In their program rules, they make it very clear that they take a tough-love approach (which I appreciate):
It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You’ve done harder things than this, and you have no excuse not to complete the program as written. It’s only thirty days, and it’s for the most important health cause on earth – the only physical body you will ever have in this lifetime.
After a year of making mostly good choices about what we ate, we were sold on this whole food lifestyle. Then, after a holiday season filled with treats galore, it was clear we needed to get back on track. So, on January 5, 2014, Whole30 round two began.
I’ll be sharing some of my favorite recipes, tools, and tips during my Whole30. I’d love to hear yours, too!
- Nom Nom Paleo’s Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew — a favorite, probably made once a month over the past year
- Spicy Asian Turkey Chili — adapted for Whole30: no beans, no sriracha, substitute coconut aminos for soy sauce
- PaleOMG’s Almost 5 Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie — better than pasta, and that’s saying a lot for me
- Hamilton Beach Set ‘n’ Forget Programmable Slow Cooker — the MVP of kitchen tools
- Shun 8″ Chef’s Knife — best birthday present ever!
- Forget everything you ever learned about what constitutes “breakfast food” and get used to eating pork stew at 7 a.m.
- Embrace leftovers.
- Avocado goes with everything.