Through the Paleo diet/lifestyle and the Whole30 my family, friends and I are becoming healthier! We are getting to our healthy weights, moving more, sleeping better and have better energy. We are suffering fewer mild medical issues and are just overall feeling better every day!

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen these days. We cook and enjoy a lot of great food that's both tasty and healthy. I hope you'll find some recipes here that you'll enjoy!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Whole30 January 1!

I'm really excited to be doing another Whole30 in January!  In fact, I feel like I NEED to do it!  Husband is on board and so are some friends.  It's gonna be great!  You should join us!  In fact, I've started a FaceBook group for us!  See you there!

Tips for a successful Whole30:
  1. Plan, plan, plan!  Plan your menu at least a week in advance.
  2. Pre-cook as much as you can over the weekend (or whenever you have the most free time).
  3. Make dishes that have meat & veggies all in one so that you don't have to plan to make a veggie with every meal.
  4. Start stocking up on seasonings now (to avoid a high grocery bill in week 1).
  5. Start stocking up on kitchen basics now (to avoid a high grocery bill in week 1).

I have compiled a list of compliant Whole30 Recipes that I have personally  made and enjoyed.  The list has hyperlinks to each recipe.  Please keep in mind that some minor modifications may be needed in order to be Whole30 compliant (such as using ghee or clarified butter in place of butter...etc.)  Also, some things may be SWYPO for you, such as the banana ice cream.  If that's the case, please don't use those recipes!  If anyone has any recipes that they would like to add to the list, please let me know.  There are a ton of resources on the web for Whole30 recipes including the Recipe Sharing portion Whole9 forum, which I strongly suggest that EVERYONE use!  I browsed that forum every single day of my first Whole30 and I still browse it at least once a week.

I always do a lot of prepping & cooking on Sunday for the following week.  I strongly suggest you make a menu plan each week and do as much of the cooking as possible on one day so that there is always healthy, compliant food available with little or no work required.  Below is a typical sample week that I would do.  This * symbol represents what I will be cooking up ahead over the weekend.  

Week 1 Menu
*BBQ Crockpot Chicken with steamed mixed veggies
*Crockpot Shredded Beef (add lots of onions & peppers to pot or make additional on the side)
Ribeye Steaks with Sweet Potato Fries & homemade mayo
Baked Lemon Pepper Cod with sauteed Asparagus
Shredded Beef with Fried Eggs
*Sausage & Egg Scramble
*Hard Boiled Eggs

Week 1 Shopping List
Whole Chicken
Beef Roast
3lb Ground Beef (or turkey or venison...)
Ribeyes (you can grill extras and use it for lunch the next day)
Pork Sausage (be sure there is no sugar or nitrites/nitrates)
Fresh Wild Caught Cod - I watch for this to be marked down at the grocery store and then buy it and cook it  within a day or two
Mixed Veggies (fresh or frozen)

Bell Peppers
Broth & Stock (I make my own)
Soup Veggies - celery, onion, carrots, zucchini, green beans, whatever you like
Tomato Paste 6oz
Eggs (I buy 4-5 dozen per week!)
Sweet Potatoes

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