I am on the Whole 30 journey. I will admit to you, I had to begin again. Those damn mellowcreme pumpkins. Why are they not a vegetable?
The truth of the matter is…. I started over because I just wasn’t committed to it. The difficult part for me is what to eat. I am not a creative foodie by nature and I just ran out of interest and ideas. I decided I needed to take this challenge on like I take on every challenge. Full on. That meant getting in there and getting dirty and making the most out of the foods I don’t always eat enough of, those fruits and veggies.
At the end of the day my motivation is my health. After going through what I went through I am more motivated than ever to make sure it never happens again. Was it nutrition related? As I research and look deeper into what we eat and why we eat it….. I am understanding how nutrition plays a role in the development of illness. It’s sad because I really should know this stuff. I am a nurse. A good challenge is something I also enjoy. The idea through this is to really clean out your diet for 30 days. Get rid of grains, refined sugars. Then after 30 days reintroduce things and see how you feel.
When the motivation is there ……. suddenly it becomes important. This is important to me because of my own health. When my health depends on it….. it becomes an easy thing to do.
I never expected cooking to be so. much. FUN! I am not a cooker by nature. My husband is an amazing cook. In the past two weeks not only did I buy a PAN…. I bought an Ove Glove. If that doesn’t say LEGIT COOKER I don’t know what does. This maybe –> #legitcooker
My biggest challenge is what to eat. I have been doing a ton of looking around and … gasp… learning how to cook. I found a few recipes that really have helped me. Here are my favorites:
Spaghetti Squash with veggies and ground turkey.
This one takes about 2 hours to make. I make it on Sundays and I have lunch for a week.
1. Cut a Spaghetti squash in half, and scoop out the seeds. Then place each 1/2 on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees for one hour.
2. Remove from oven and scrape out the innards into a casserole dish. The innards will melt off the skin!
3. While you are cooking the squash brown some ground turkey in a skillet. I like to add some organic taco seasoning. I also dump in red peppers, onions…. anything can go in here. Mushrooms….. you name it.
4. Combine the spaghetti squash and the turkey mix in the casserole dish, and then add some tomato sauce. I am not clever enough to make my own yet. Bake another hour at 350 degrees. Sprinkle a bit of Parmesan cheese on top.
2 Ingredient Pancakes
Click here for this recipe. It’s bananas and eggs. And tastes amazing. This takes less than 5 minutes to make. I make them bigger rather than smaller and they were so good my son…. who is sensory and texture sensitive ate them (major score!). I topped these with powdered peanut butter, which is a must eat if you are a peanut butter scooper. Who isn’t? This has become my breakfast because if I choke down one more whey protein shake in the morning I will choke on it.
You can also blend in some baby spinach. They will turn green but you won’t taste the spinach.
Click here for this recipe from Skratch Labs. It’s actually a popular recipe around the Paleo and non Paleo world alike. It’s another one you can make on Sunday and eat throughout the rest of the week. I like to load mine up with peppers, onions and tomatoes. You can eat them cold or warm and they make a terrific snack or side dish. Perfect for those of us who are on the go.
I actually made these. Curt took a bit out of one.
OG-ish Italian Dressing
I eat a boatload of salad. I always have. My sister makes her own dressing (she lives in France) and I just never knew how. So I looked around the Whole30 site (their resources are amazing) and found this one…. Click here for the recipe. I made it last night and almost fainted with impressiveness of my own abilities. I might throw a damn dinner party someday. I know. Get off the floor!!!! It’s true.
This Whole30 thing has been fun. I am only a few days into my second round, and I feel really good. This time I am better prepared for sure! It’s really amazing how much more enjoyable food can actually be when it’s good food.