I’ve decided to take my health into my own hands by starting the Whole30 challenge. For the next 30 days, I will be eating a diet full of fruit, vegetable and organic meat, and a little side of nuts. Why not organic veggies and fruit too? Simply because I can’t afford it.
In order to get prepared for the challenge, I read “It Starts With Food” by Dallas and Mellisa Hartwig. The logic of the book made me want to try the challenge. Throughout the whole book I kept thinking about who could really benefit from this book apart from me, but before I recommend it to anyone, I have to do the challenge myself . I can’t convince anyone if I haven’t tried it!
Secondly I made a menu of what I will be eating for the next week. I already do that, so it wasn’t a confusing process, I’d say it went rather smoothly.
The book had some recipes which I used half of, and Pinterest helped me with the other half. I searched for Paleo recipes and badda-bing badda-boom there they all were, but I had to be careful, not all Paleo recipes are Whole30 compatible. I had to read each recipe out to make sure there were no ‘illegal’ products in the ingredients. Anything that isn’t a Fruit, Veggie, Meat, or nut disqualified the recipe. I suppose some things could have simply been left out – but better ward off temptation! I mainly planned my suppers because I love leftovers for lunch. So there goes two meals. Breakfast is going to be the hardest. I can only have 3 eggs for breakfast for so long, but I didn’t plan anything so far. I’m hoping to fall across something amazing in the next few weeks! I also came across a book called “Well Fed 2: More recipes for people who love to eat” by Melissa Joulwan, which is apparently Whole30 compliant. I immediately went to Chapters to buy it, unfortunately they didn’t have it so ended up ordering it online and will only receive it next week 😦
Next up was finding places where I can buy organic meat. The Farmer’s Market came to mind at once, but what if I needed other meat during the week? I posted on Facebook and got a few recommendations which I immediately investigated.
Finally I had a good last binge before the start of the program. Pizza and cookies!
So here goes!!