Three Great Recipes for Whole30

By Whole30 team member and resident outdoor adventurer Jen Kendall Summer is in full swing, and it’s the season to take all of the camping trips, road trips, and trips to the beach that you can fit into three months. As someone who never underestimates the amount of happiness a good camping trip can bring,…

via Whole30 On the Road & Into the Wild (Part 2) — The Whole30® Program

Whole30 Cookbook Preview: One-Pan Herb-Crusted Roasted Salmon With Roasted Broccoli Steak — The Whole30® Program

This is delicious and so good for you.  🙂

There is so much to love about this recipe from The Whole30 Cookbook. It makes the most of fresh, wild-caught salmon fillets, which are in season right now. It’s bursting with spring flavor, featuring herbs and citrus. And most important, it’s a quick, weeknight-friendly dish that only requires one pan. In celebration of salmon season,…

via Whole30 Cookbook Preview: One-Pan Herb-Crusted Roasted Salmon With Roasted Broccoli Steak — The Whole30® Program

Could It Be the Flu?

If I didn’t know better I would swear I have the flu.  I am achy and have a sore throat and I think I have a fever.  I can’t be sure about that because my thermometer has a dead battery.  I never had a problem telling if I had a fever years ago, the thermometers didn’t have batteries.  They were glass and filled with mercury.

Anyway, I have been feeling increasingly worse since I got back from Lexington.  I even gave up a day of sewing with my friend Iris yesterday.  Now that is saying something.  She lives several hours away and is only here a few months out of the year.  They have a family home at the beach and this is one of the months she is here.

I spent Monday cooking for the week and was so tired when I got done that I couldn’t even clean up the kitchen.  Needless to say no one has done it for me so it still waits.  I live alone, so the only one who gets bothered by my mess is me.  Guess what?  It doesn’t bother me a bit today; and if I am no better tomorrow I don’t think it will bother me then either.

Since I started this paleo life style, I do all of my cooking for the week on one day.  At least mostly I do.  I made sweet potato chili, herb fried chicken thighs, baked zucchini, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, and broccoli.  I have salmon and tilapia fillets in the freezer that I thaw right before I cook them.  I always have frozen vegetables in the freezer in case I run out of fresh.

Although I was doubtful that I would get used to doing without certain foods,(wheat and other grains, dairy, legumes) I can honestly say that I am not only used to it, but I don’t miss them.  And, I am feeling so much better.  Well except for whatever crud I have caught right now.  My fibromyalgia has improved immensely and I no longer require insulin for my Type II diabetes.  That’s right, no more insulin.  My A1C is 6.  Not only am I not taking insulin anymore, but I am not taking anything by mouth either.  I am so stoked.  And all I had to do was to teach my body to use fat for energy instead of  carbs.  Easy peasy right?

For anyone who has been having a difficult time losing weight, or has a chronic illness or just wants to get healthy, give Whole 30 a try.  You start with a 30 day challenge and go from there.  Here’s the link:  Whole30.  They have written cookbooks, but the website has delicious recipes for free and they have all the information about the 30 day challenge on the website.  It is free.

There are actually several places to get recipes for the paleo life style.  Here are a few:  Free Paleo Plan RecipesPaleohacks, and Paleo Newbie.  I have taken to experimenting in the kitchen.  Now that I know the types and quality of food I should be eating, and the spices that aid in good health, I become a mad scientist in the kitchen.   I have not ever enjoyed cooking more.  🙂

There are also online markets to purchase needed items for your Paleo diet. Here is the one I use. Thrive Market.  Their prices are good and they ship fast.  I have been very pleased with them so far. Tessemae’s All Natural carries a line of paleo items.

So, if you have been thinking about making a change in your lifestyle, give Paleo a try.

Review: It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways

It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways by Dallas Hartwig
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this as an introduction to my Whole30 Challenge. A beginning to my conversion to the paleo lifestyle. Talk about an eye opener. It’s amazing how much what we think about “healthy” food is really not healthy at all. I found this book full of good information backed up with science. I didn’t have trouble following along with the science because of my background, but I can see how it may get to be confusing. I am sure I will go back to this one from time to time.

I am most interested in lowering my blood sugar and my blood pressure, and am hoping that this change will decrease pain from fibromyalgia. Losing weight is just an added bonus. These are all things this life style change promises. This book lays out the blue print for resetting your body so that you can introduce possible harmful foods into your system to see how they effect your own body.

A New Year’s Resolution? Maybe Just A New Life Style

Every year I resolve to lose weight.  Every year I lose a little, then fall off the diet wagon and gain it back with a couple of pounds extra.  So, after giving my situation some very serious thought, I have decided to adopt the paleo life style.  I know, you think I will just fall off the wagon again, but I think not.  My main problem with staying on a “diet” is simply I was always hungry.  With this lifestyle change I find I am not hungry.  It is based on the foods, not the quantity.

Let me give you a little history.  My youngest daughter Sam and her husband Stephen did something called the Whole30 Challenge.  They both lost weight, but more than that, they both stopped having aches and pains in their joints, stopped having bouts of upset stomach and diarrhea, and generally felt really good.  This challenge is based on the “paleo” foods.  However, during this 30 days you eliminate all sugars, natural and artificial, all grains and breads, including pasta, rice, etc.  This month gives your body a chance to reset itself and stop the inflammation that eating many of these things can cause which is responsible for most of the disease processes going on in our body.

Sam has been after me for quite a while to give it a try because I have diabetes, fribromyalgia, high blood pressure and a few other ailments.  I have been resistant, mainly because her dad would never go for giving up his starches and goodies.  Last week I started reading more about this lifestyle change and I have decided to give it a try.  I officially began on Sunday, January 15, 2017.  However, I started eating this way last week.  I am not hungry, and the food is delicious.  There is a downfall to this change, you need to focus on organic foods, meats that don’t come from animals that are fed antibiotics and grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables.  That can be a problem because often this is more expensive to purchase and it can be hard to find in some areas.  However, I intend to do the best I can to accomplish this change.  My husband died in August, he was only 63 years old.  I am 65 and want to be around a lot more years to enjoy my kids and grandchildren.  I guess you could say my eyes were opened to the pitfalls of poor eating.

I am anxious to see how this works out for me.  If you are interested in trying this, or just want to read up on the challenge, go here.  Whole30 Challenge.