Thursday, January 12, 2017

Whole 30: Days 1-7

When I looked at the proposed meal plan for the first week of Whole 30 in the book, I laughed. First of all, brisket, seriously? That cut is no longer dirt cheap and are you guys trying to make my food budget go out of control? No, I will not cook this brisket. Secondly, this is a lot of food preparation and cooking for one single week. I already cook for myself enough to know that is simply not how I roll and is one of the fastest ways for me to burn out on this Whole 30 thing. Thus, I made my own meal plan:

It's a running joke in this household that I rarely stick to my weekly meal plans but surprisingly enough, I managed to stay mostly on plan this first week. Probably because falling back to peanut butter and jelly was absolutely not an option.

The general consensus (Eric has been eating the dinners) is that the food is adequate. The only meal that we both thought was awful was the Walnut Crusted Pork Tenderloin on a bed of salad greens and doused in a quarter cup of homemade balsamic vinaigrette which was not emulsified properly so I ended up with an oil slick and wilted salad greens. Next week's meal plan will deviate from the recipes in the book because I found nom nom paleo.

As far as the symptoms the book says you might experience, I haven't had any of them. That's not a huge surprise to me because my diet is, this last holiday season aside, pretty clean.

7 days down, 23 more days to go!

P.S. I've been sharing pics almost daily of what I've been eating on my Instagram!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Whole 30 Prep: Ghee

This isn't the first time we've had ghee in the house, though this is the first time that I've made it. While there are many methods for ghee making out there on the internet, the oven method from Cook's Illustrated is my favorite due to the hands off nature of it.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Whole 30

I'll admit me doing Whole 30 is, in fact, kinda-sorta hypocritical given how I wrote about deprivation being the enemy in this post last year. But, it's only 30 days and I'm curious, so I'm giving it a go.

For anyone who doesn't know what Whole 30 is, here's a quick overview of the program.
For 30 days, do not consume the following:
  • Added sugars, artifical or real
  • Alcohol
  • Grains in any form
  • Legumes
  • Dairy
  • Carrageenan, MSG or Added Sulfites
  • Recreated baked goods, treats or junk foods
If you're interested in learning more about it, their website is full of helpful information. 

Stay tuned for more Whole 30 posts!