My niece over at Hangin’ By A Thread texted me last week a picture of this book, Whole30, with the description: This is my December.
Hmm. Not one to let a challenge go by, (without further investigation) I jumped on board saying, “Hey! I’ll do it with you. It’s only 30 days, right? No big deal that it’s December.” So off I trotted to pick up the book.
I then posted on Facebook (because it’s not a commitment until it’s on Facebook, right?!) that I was checking this out and it might be fun. I was in a bit of a food rut and looking for some kitchen inspiration anyway.
I began reading just the preface and loved the snarky tone right away. I love it when authors tell it like it is with some tough love. This is full of it! If they are going to say, “Don’t eat this!” making me laugh is the least they can do.
After getting the gist of what our December was going to be like, I headed off to the grocery to do a “toe in the water” test. Much of what is described in the book is how we try to eat most of the time anyway, with just a few tweaks, mainly legumes and dairy. I’m in south Texas – beans are in abundance! But hey, for 30 days – who cares? If beans are a culprit of bloating, why not eliminate them and see what happens? As I read further, that’s what much of this Whole30 deal is about. It’s a reset button on your digestive system. Sure, one could eat this way indefinitely, but it’s really more of a way to eliminate sugar and processed foods to see what happens in your body. Acne, diabetes, bloating, energy and sleep levels, and so much more are shown to improve without dairy, legumes and grains. Now, I’m not doing this for the rest of my life. I will have flour again. I’m not doing this to lose weight. I’m not a Paleo convert. (No one needs to stage a nutrition intervention!) I’m still not a fan of long-term elimination of entire macronutrient food groups, unless directed to do so by your doctor or dietician. But what a fun experiment for 30 days!! Let’s just see what happens! (At the very least, we’ll come away with a few new meal ideas in our repertoire!)
After unloading the groceries and rearranging the fridge to accommodate all that yummy produce, my daughter and I set to work. She loves to help in the kitchen and a Kitchen Sink Stir Fry provides lots of opportunities to do just that!
It was a hit! Mushrooms, bean sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, chicken, garlic, cabbage and Brussels sprouts was what we had, so that’s what we used! Hannah even liked the Brussels sprouts! We simply sautéed the chicken with the minced garlic in
Coconut Aminos (a soy sauce alternative, can be found in most grocery stores, typically in the gluten free section) and sesame oil. It was tasty, filling, but didn’t make us feel like taking a nap!
This morning was a mental health/recharge day for me. I had a nice long run with my fur babies. I’m working on next week’s programming for my clients, and general housekeeping junk. (You know, the really exciting stuff like laundry and dishes.)
Pausing for lunch, I decided to try my hand at a brunchy scramble. I love scrambles and stir-fries because of the single pan to clean up, and it’s also a great way to incorporate a TON of veggies, not to mention clean out the fridge of odds and ends!
Starting with a couple of strips of bacon (uncured, not made with sugar), diced bell peppers, cubed butternut squash, and a handful of Brussels sprouts were added.
Then some mushrooms and julienned zucchini joined the party. (My little julienne peeler is the bomb! Love that thing for zucchini noodles, carrots for salad – it’s amazing!) Two scrambled eggs made it complete!
Finishing up with sliced avocado and some halved cherry tomatoes, let’s just say I’m glad I enjoyed this alone, because sharing this deliciousness wasn’t gonna happen!
I think it’s safe to say I’m probably not going to miss my morning toast over the next month! Here’s to diving in to the next 30 days!