OK… so I haven’t posted in a very long time. My apologies! Life hasn’t slowed down; it’s just cruising along in different areas.
So we, I mean I, decided to do the Whole30 for the next 30 days. The family is joining me. “All for one and one for all,” I say! With our busy schedules it would be really hard for me to plan different meals. Some days they are enthusiastic and other days they are apprehensive. But actually overall they are on board.
Ill be posting about the day before, so you don’t miss any of the “good” stuff.
So here is a little background… I’ve been toying with the idea of going gluten free. But never really did anything about it. Then, one of the bloggers I follow said that she was doing the Whole30. I had no idea what it was but I was curious. I checked out the Whole30 website. This is what the Whole30® is:
“Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat – even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you? Strip them from your diet completely. Cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn once and for all how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day to day life, and your long term health. The most important reason to keep reading? This will change your life. We cannot possibly put enough emphasis on this simple fact—the next 30 days will change your life. It will change the way you think about food, it will change your tastes, it will change your habits and your cravings. It could, quite possibly, change the emotional relationship you have with food, and with your body. It has the potential to change the way you eat for the rest of your life. We know this because we did it, and tens of thousands of people have done it since, and it changed our lives (and their lives) in a very permanent fashion.”
After reading that, I was sold! Ordered the book. Talked about it with the family. Created excitement. Skimmed the book (I am far from being an expert!) Scoped out Pintrest for recipe ideas. Read a few blogs… and here we are.
Most everyone I read about doing this talked about a lot of planning. I do love planning but I knew if I took too much time planning that I would never start my 30 days. So after I received my book I decided to start the following Monday. Since we are basketball fans we have been watching March Madness in the evenings. As my husband yells on the couch, I picked out some recipes that looked good. I really didn’t want to have to make a new recipe every day though. My plan is to make a few new recipes but also tweak the ones that my family already likes.
After church on Sunday, I took the girls to see “God Is Not Dead.” (Loved it, I would highly recommend it!) On the way home dropped off the oldest at her Life Group. When I got home I was ready to begin:
Created a menu plan for the week
Picked out 7 dinner meals
- Wrote down all the ingredients that we need in a shopping list
I picked Payge up from Life Group and she was lucky enough to get to go shopping with me. (I’m pretty sure that is exactly what she was thinking.) So we did some shopping… which took maybe 1/2 hour. It was pretty easy to shop when you stay in only two departments in the store: Produce & Meat. 🙂
When we got home we all pitched in to unpack the groceries. We cleaned out the refrigerator, freezer and pantry. Then I made a Frattata for breakfasts this week. Greg also grilled a steak that we can have on our salad for lunch. I packed lunches (Meal 2’s) for Greg and I to have for lunch. I felt pretty pleased with myself. Check our blog out tomorrow to see how it turned out.