Thoughts on #Whole30Tuesday, September 15, 2015
|Collard Green Wraps with Peri Peri Roasted Chicken, Mango and Peppers|
I promised my followers that I'd share my feelings about my first Whole 30, so my blog seemed like the best place to do that where everybody can read it. If you have any questions about my experience, please ask away in the comments. For questions about the program, I'll refer you to the Whole 30 website which has a wealth of information and discussion forums.
With three days left on Whole 30, I'm feeling better than ever. I didn't think I'd get through a whole month without sugar, let alone dairy, gluten, alcohol, legumes or soy products. As a comfort food cook, that's a ton of challenging ingredient restrictions. But as somebody who admittedly struggles with making healthy food choices, it was the best thing I've ever done for myself. The first week on the program was bleak. Not because of the food - I honestly had no issues with figuring out what to eat. It was the sugar withdrawals. I experienced more discomfort than I ever did quitting smoking. Besides feeling insatiably hungry all the time, I had headaches, fatigue, and was flat out moody. Ok, more than usual. Towards the end of the first week though, those symptoms subsided quite a bit. I found myself enjoying meals that were relatively guilt free and I didn't really have to go out of my way to cook differently than I would normally. I stayed away from most condiments unless I made them myself, as it quickly became evident that sugar and soy are sneaky little ingredients found in just about every ingredient label I read. Breakfast was a little disappointing with the absence of bread, sausage and bacon (sugar free cured and smoked pork is almost impossible to find) so I usually had dinner leftovers when I wasn't feeling particularly excited about eggs. I did finally locate some "paleo bacon" about halfway through my Whole 30 but by then it wasn't really something I felt that I needed all the time. I treated myself to a truffle chicken sausage breakfast last weekend that more than made up for the rest of the month!
|Truffle Chicken Sausage with Balsamic Roasted Grapes, Duck Fat Potatoes and Fried Eggs|
|Moroccan Stewed Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potato and Squash, Cauliflower "Couscous"|
|Five Spice & Coffee Roasted Lamb Ribs with Gremolata|
|Stir Fried Eggplant and Okra|
|Coconut Curry Beef Stir Fry & Cabbage|