Whole 30 Recipes

This week on I started a Whole 30 (an eating plan where you eliminate all inflammatory foods to reboot your digestive system) and I started Boot Camp. I didn’t intend to start both on the same day, it is just kind of the way it worked out!

I feel good and like I have accomplished something this week.  I have fueled my body with foods that are good for it, and have challenged my body with three boot camp sessions.  I can’t wait to see how much better and stronger I feel at the end of the month!

Now almost a week in, I wanted to share some of my favorite recipes so far. It takes a little bit to research and planning to do a Whole 30 and I figured I might as well share in case it benefits any of you in any way!

Three clear winners:
1. Mushroom Onion Quiche Bites – the great thing is you could substitute the mushrooms and onions with any veggies that you like for unlimited variations

2. Sweet Potato Hash – I didn’t have the same herbs as she did, but use anything that speaks to you! Or just use salt/pepper. It is great either way!

3. Pesto Pork Burgers with Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes

Others that were pretty good:
Slow Cooker Chicken, Sweet Potato and Kale Stew – This one was pretty good, but there is a reason I have never ever seen a recipe with more than 1Tbs of tomato paste (and why haven’t they figured out how to make 1Tbs packages for tomato paste so you don’t have to waste the entire rest of the can?!? But I digress…). Changes I would make next time: 1Tbs only of tomato paste + 1 can of diced tomatoes + maybe a little more chicken stock

Zucchini Carrot Spiced Muffins – It’s challenging to create baked goods that rival those used with flour, sugar and butter, so you just have to not compare them that way. But this is a pretty good non-inflamitory recipe.

As I continue through the program, I’ll continue to post the recipes I find that I really like.  I would also love to hear from you!  Tell me in the comments below what your favorite Whole-30-compliant recipes are!

Happy Labor Day Weekend!


Progress and Setbacks

So the good news is that the diet is working.  After four or five weeks I went back to the doctor and my cyst has decreased in size from 6.4 to 5.5 sonameters.  That is good news.  I am now incorporating Endovan, a natural supplement into my supplement regimen to see what impact that will have next.

But while I have also made great progress, there have also been some setbacks.  I caught something strange that caused upper abdominal cramps for a couple of days worse than any uterine cramps I have ever had (even worse than those coming off of fertility drugs) accompanied by nausea.  It then progressed into low blood pressure and the lack of energy and stamina that comes from that, and culminated in a very sore throat (but only on the left side!) and more low blood pressure.  During most of this time I did ok on my new clean eating regimen.  Instead of raw vegetable smoothies, lean proteins and cooked veggies, I craved Suja juices.  While I wasn’t drinking them to cleanse, I figured they were at least balanced nutrition when I really wasn’t interested in eating any real food for a week and a half to two weeks.  But it got me off of my routine a little.

And then a huge emotional whamie.  A massive trigger for me that caused me to really struggle for a few days.  I was hurt, I was sad, I was angry.  It brought up a bunch of crap for me that sucked and made me feel terrible.  And while I have been trying to learn the lessons from the situation and heal, it still took me a few days to regain my footing.  All I wanted to eat was comfort food.  Bring on the carbs.  Bring on the sugar.  Bring on the bread.  In all fairness, my worst during this period wasn’t nearly as bad as my worst in the past.  But it still feels like I have gotten off track and my motivation has been really tough to get back.  I have quit putting as much effort into going to the grocery store and cooking.  And I have no desire to make more raw veggie smoothies, despite there being a whole book of recipes to choose from and experiment with.  

At the same time, I know that I have to find my motivation again.  I have to get back on track.  I have to get back to prioritizing my health, and strengthening my immune system and reducing the inflammation and balancing my hormones.  It isn’t something I can do for a month and then revert back to my old habits.  It is something I must do for the long term.  And so this week I will work to make better choices day by day and I will make a plan as to how I will get back on track in earnest by the end of this week.  Perfection is not the objective, a long-term shift toward being healthier and staying out of the OR is the goal.  Setbacks will happen, life happens and that is ok.  I choose to practice self-compassion and kindness and lovingly redirect my energies back into activities that support my long term goals.  And take things one day at a time.  What else is there to do?

When you have suffered setbacks like the ones I have experienced, how do you get back on track?