One of many amazing gifts my wife possesses is her cooking skills. The girl can seriously throw down. But not only can she cook like a true southern bell, she can also cook healthy and it actually be appetizing.
We have gone through a couple of different eating styles since we got married. In the beginning it was “eat whatever we wanted” and that is why I eventually weighed 75 pounds more than I do now. We juiced for a while, then went Plant Based, and now we have found a eating routine that has enabled us to feel the best we have every felt and its called Whole9.
Whole30 is a 30 day nutrition challenge (created by Whole9 in 2009) that focuses on eating a paleo based diet. On this program you eat meat, fish, eggs, TONS and TONS of veggies, reasonable amounts of fruit and lots of good fats.
Its more than just a 30 day challenge but a realistic picture of a healthier lifestyle.
- The Basics:
- No added sugar of any kind, real or artificial.
- No alcohol.
- No grains.
- No legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either.
- No dairy.
- No carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
- No white potatoes.
This is the overall goal of the plan but I have found that each personal trainer differs on their execution of this plan. For example, we made the conscious decision to eat beans because we don’t want to eat meat every meal, especially red meat.
But the real reason I’m sharing with you is because I want to share with you some of my wife’s best meals since we started this Whole30 journey some 30 days ago.
So if you’re up for a challenge grab the book & check out these recipes: