I might have really fallen off my rocker this time. I’ve been known to dive headfirst into “projects” in the past without really thinking things through, but it doesn’t usually involve anything as critically important (or wonderful) as the foods I eat. I decided on a whim a few days ago to commit to the Whole 30 program for the month of January. What is Whole 30, you ask? Well, in a nutshell, it is committing for 30 days to eat only real, unprocessed, whole foods. That translates to meat/protein, tons of veggies, fruit, and healthy fats. That’s it. As I am a self-proclaimed sugar addict and wine lover, it has taken me a few days to wrap my brain around preparing for Whole 30.
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30 days without any cookies…or bread…or crackers…or tortillas…or CHEESE is pretty much going to rock my world. But I decided right away that I had to stop thinking about all the stuff I would be missing, and get excited about all the great things that are going to come along with eating this way for 30 days. After the initial detox is over (which hopefully will only last for a few days), I’m looking forward to increased energy, better sleep, clearer skin, and hopefully shedding a few pounds. Two months ago I began working out 4-5 days a week doing “Boot Camp” with Cutthroat Fitness. The workouts are AMAZING. We meet at 5:30am at the park near my house, and we work HARD for an hour. After two months, I notice myself getting much, MUCH stronger but not much slimmer…especially around the middle. This all leads me to believe that my enjoyment of wine and my love of baked goods is probably largely to blame. Boo. Turns out, in reading the book It Starts with Food, that there are about a million other benefits to eating this way that I had no idea about. If you are interested in the science behind the madness that is Whole 30, you should definitely take a look at the book. It was a New York Times bestseller, so I guess a bunch of other people found the info as fascinating as I do. So how does one actually go about planning to eat this way? After all, there is NOTHING convenient about Whole 30. It requires lots of cooking and prep work. So I sat down for an hour or so yesterday and mapped out my first week. With a plan for the week and a grocery list, I feel a little more prepared to dive into this. Here’s a look at my first week.
I needed to see all in one place what I would be eating for all three meals, PLUS the prep work that I have to do to streamline this whole thing. With it all on paper, I feel ready! Below you will find links to the recipes I’m using. None of them are my own. Thank GOD for Pinterest! I hope that the awesome bloggers who came up with all these delicious recipes will inspire you to give Whole 30 a try. What do you think? Wanna give it a go? I figure I can do just about anything for 30 days…right?
Recipes I’ll be making during my first week of Whole 30:
- The Bomb Paleo Chili from Poor Paleo
- Carnitas Lettuce Wraps from Mom on Timeout
- Sweet Potato Hash from Nom Nom Paleo
- Zucchini Latkes from I Breathe…I’m Hungry
- Buffalo Stuffed Peppers from Primally Inspired
- Chicken Stock from Homespun Sprout
- Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole from From this Kitchen Table
- Grilled Chimichurri Flank Steak from The Comfort of Cooking
- Monkey Salad from Good Cheap Eats
- Zucchini Chicken Poppers from One Lovely Life
- Squeeky Clean Boeuf Bourgignon from The Healthy Foodie
So there you have it. Week 1 of my Whole 30 challenge mapped out and ready to go. I’m hoping that prepping batch prepping and freezing leftovers for later lunches will cut down on the work load a bit. Stay tuned for the results of my first week!
Are you already doing Whole 30 in January? Please let me know and keep me posted on your progress on the Homespun Sprout Facebook page. I think we will all need as much encouragement and support as we can get!
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