Saturday, January 25, 2014

Whole30

Since January 5th, Norm and I have been doing the Whole30. More info here. Basically, it is a 30 day "cleanse" where you commit to absolutely no sugars, no carbs, no grains, no legumes, no dairy, no alcohol and overall - no processed foods. "So what do you eat, exactly?" Well, we eat all sorts! It basically boils down healthy fats, proteins and veggies. 

We started by making ghee! All it is, is clarified butter... you melt butter and boil out the water...

Remove the solids:

 And then you have healthy fat! Use it just like butter...

We eat lots of spices - that we get for ridiculously cheap prices at YOUR DeKalb Farmer's Market. Cumin, curry, thyme, sage, coriander, paprika, cayenne, ginger, oregano, other types of curry powder, fennel... 

Because the Whole30 involves meal planning (lots of it, we always have a meal ready to go in the fridge, so we don't find ourselves with "nothing to eat" and end up making dinner out of sweet potato fries. So on Sundays, we cook!

We sometimes follow recipes like this one - for Turkey and Blueberry Muffins - don't judge. They are delicious. Get the recipe here.

And this Sweet Potato and Pork Breakfast Casserole. Recipe here.

Asian meatballs! The Kindle has come in very handy during this process, because we "Pin" the recipes to Pinterest and then we can easily reference them when it's time to cook.

And for drinking, we have water, black coffee, teas that don't involve sugar and this marvelous drink (Kombucha) we just discovered... can't wait until we are able to mix it with Gin - just kidding... well, not really.

So during this process, we are learning to read labels and leave "not real" food on the shelves. We are also learning to be quite self sufficient by making our own mayo and our own ketchup among other things. We are also discovering amazing flavors and sauces such as the Sunshine Sauce. And through this, we are sleeping better, have more energy, have clearer skin and (drum roll..................) Norm is eating breakfast... which involves kale. WHAT?!?!

Today we are on day 21 and already have developed habits that will stick in this household, like cooking with coconut oil, eating hearty breakfasts and always having a meal ready to go!

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