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Whole30 Plan Dos and Dont’s

Whole30 Plan

I’m still working on gearing up our meal plan for the Whole30 Plan in January! As part of this preparation, I’ve been referencing the original book on the subject, It Starts With Food. I know that not everyone has read the book so I wanted to give a quick Whole30 Do’s and Don’ts guide to help you get your head ready for the challenge. DO come prepared.   Give yourself plenty of time 1 day per week to do some meal prep for the week ahead. Our plan will be following a Sunday Meal Prep Day but any day that works for you is fine. Every person that has gone through Whole30 will tell you that the hardest part is getting through a strike of hunger when they have no food prepped. Take the time to follow our meal prep guide so that you don’t get stuck! DON’T believe the myth that we have to eat something different during every meal.  One of the basic premises of Whole30 is breaking our chains free from using food to cope with daily life. This one is SO HARD for me because all of our celebrations seem to center around food and I show love by creating elaborate meals for them. But we need to condition our bodies and minds to relying on food for nourishment and healing and not emotional gratification. All that to say, we will repeat some recipes during the meal plan. We will eat leftovers for lunch during the circuit.…

Whole30 Prep- What You Need to Know

whole30 prep

Hi Guys, We are starting a Whole30 circuit on January 4th and I’m so excited! For those of you who aren’t sure what Whole30 is, you can refer to the Whole 30 Website to learn the general “rules” of the plan. Basically, it is a completely primal, non-processed diet that you follow in 30 day intervals. We can eat loads of meat, veggies, nuts, and some fruits. Though you can adopt the diet year-round, it’s pretty difficult to stick to this all day, everyday- especially if you travel or eat out to any extent.  This might sound intimidating or depriving, but if you really get into the thought process- that our bodies don’t physically need grains, dairy, alcohol, etc.- you will be surprised at how much food you REALLY CAN eat. I’m going to do the hard part; create the meal plans, grocery lists, and weekly prepping instructions! I will provide Week 1 on January 1 and our first weekly meal prep will be on January 3.  Before that, we need to make sure that your kitchen is stocked with some tools and ingredients you *might* not already have and *might* not be able to get at a grocery store. Don’t worry; it’s a short list: Zoodler- since noodles are not Whole30 compliant, we will be making our own noodles our of zucchini and squash from time to time. I have this   Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer, Makes Veggie Pasta. It’s definitely not the most glamorous one you can find, but it…

Confessions from a –sometimes- Paleo Dieter

The Paleo Diet

You guys, I really want to lose the baby weight I accumulated from two back to back pregnancies in the past two years. I also REALLY like to eat food. I really like to eat good for me, healthy food. But I also REALLY like to eat not so good for me, homemade pizza and ice cream. And I typically add a few glasses of wine thrown in there to round me out each night. So, for the most part, we do really well. We basically NEVER eat out (Except tonight. Tonight we ordered pizza and it was glorious.), we shop on the outskirts of the grocery store- basically, we buy produce, meats, and dairy products for the babies- and we stick to a modified (because I choose to not live without cheese ALL the time) paleo diet. A lot of people I know are fully committed to this whole paleo lifestyle and have no qualms with the limitations it places on their variety of food. I’m STRIVING to be like those people, but, for now, I’m confessing that I don’t always love this lifestyle we are trying to commit to. So, if you’re thinking about taking the plunge, or maybe you have already and can admit that it’s not all grain-free sunshine and roses, read on! Confession 1 – Coming off of processed foods is a lot like coming off crack (at least what I think it would be like) Your body will actually ache as all the artificial…