Whole30 Week 1

Why beat around the bush?  It’s what I’m doing, and I’m doing it with amazing friends.  All of us need a push to get our health back on track and I REALLY missed cooking!

I write this as I finish my lunch of pesto chicken with cinnamon baked pumpkin, parsnip, leek, and garlic.  FREAKING DELICIOUS I TELL YOU!

Now just to clarify – THIS IS NOT A DIET.  It’s a lifestyle plan to eat less shit.  I said it. SHIT.  Even if you’re ‘eating healthy’ check out your labels, incidental sugars, dairy.  I’m just as guilty as the next person.  I thought I was doing well with pre-made, nice and easy, delivered to your door meals.  They might be low carb, low fat, low sugar balanced meals but almost every single one had a sugar and dairy of some sort.

Now don’t go thinking ‘Oh she’s so brainwashed by this Hartwig pair’ because as far as I’m concerned, I didn’t know a lot about it so I researched (I use the term researched loosely – I love blogs and Insta feeds for real time opinions).  I didn’t just read the testimonials on their website.  From what I gathered, more than a few people fall off the wagon because there is a lot of NO on the list and it’s things we consume every day thinking it’s ok for us – BUT – it’s not that hard!  If you stop and think about it, 4 simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry make up taco or fajita seasoning, yet the packet of powder is full of sugar and sodium.  What really grabbed me was the good fats, and how (apart from being omnivorous) it was so similar to what I did with a nutritionist years ago to see why my body was being an asshole.

I went down the Google rabbithole of recipes.  I started to drool.  I started to crave the rush I get when I cook and create something amazing.  And I was stunned over and over again at the variety of recipes and how different people have made this program work for them!

I said yes to my friends and got on the Whole30 bandwagon.  Which you don’t actually have to pay for unless you want a meal plan – if you’re not sure, DO THE PLAN!  I didn’t, because I’m creative and love cooking and trying new foods.  I’m comfortable with throwing ‘allowed’ ingredients together and making magic happen for my taste buds.

I would have to say my favourite part of this program so far is there is no counting calories, no weighing portion sizes, no eat this many times a day, no drill sergeant, no meal plans.  It’s just wholesome good food that YOU like to eat!  Protein, veggies, fat. Simple, right?

Here’s what came of my first week of shopping, you tell me if it’s a ‘diet’:

  • Banana chia pudding
  • Coconut and cacao bliss balls
  • Roast pork (with the crackle, and I cooked all my veggies in DRIPPING)
  • Pesto chicken
  • Cinnamon roasted veg
  • Sweet potato and zucchini latkes with poached eggs and baby spinach
  • Spicy Thai Pumpkin soup
  • Sweet potato crisps

And with a few extra ingredients I will also be making halved and roasted sweet potato to add chilli beef, or salsa, avocado and poached egg.  I’m also going to braise the leftover pork roast so it’s super melty soft, and wrap that deliciousness up in lettuce with fajita spiced onion and capsicum.

WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?  I made my own veggie stock for the first time EVER and it was damn delicious (see pics below).

I’m on Day 4, and although the prep is intensive, it’s one afternoon, and an easy week ahead!  I call that a win for those of us with crazy lives!

This is the day 4 & 5 expectation.  Surprisingly, I am not feeling it!

day-4-5

If you want to follow my daily journey, follow me on Instagram and Twitter, and I will update this page periodically through the month!

For now, I leave you with some foodie pics!

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