I fully intended to get this post finished and published a few days ago, but I have three children and a husband with a new ministry after all and life is quite busy. Not to mention, food prep now takes a bit longer, but making delicious food that is healthy is very rewarding, so no complaints here. Thanks for your patience! 
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Whole30 – What Is It?
I will give you my brief overview of this eating/lifestyle plan, but without doubt you will get much more in depth information at the Whole30 website by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. Whole30 isn’t so much diet as a nutritional program to help eliminate foods that may be irritating ones system and create better eating habits. So for 30 days you are limited to eating real foods and eliminating sugar, grains, dairy and legumes. These food groups often affect people {although not necessarily everyone} negatively in both their health and fitness. By ridding your body of these food groups for 30 days, you restart your system. Generally speaking at the end of the 30 days one begins to reintroduce the eliminated food groups 1 at a time in order to evaluate your body’s reaction.

I had heard of Whole30 months ago and even looked into buying Dallas and Melissa’s book, It Starts With Food, but I kept delaying. In the end, a friend gave it to me as a gift, but I still put off reading it. Mostly because as I said in my last post, I was afraid to give up my beloved sugar. If you read my last post, you already know what finally motivated me to make a change. If you haven’t, you might want to check it out.

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. - Jim Ryan | apaigefromourbook.com

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I started prepping myself on New Years Eve and took the plunge with DAY 1 on January 1st along with most of the rest of Marian’s {Miss Mustard Seed} group. I will say that I technically cheated that day while the hubs and I were out to celebrate my birthday. I had a small portion of a piece of cheesecake and the soup and salad that I ate had 1 non-compliant ingredient. But it was still a victory for me! Prior to committing to this new eating plan, I would have probably eaten a large portion of pasta and then an entire piece of cheesecake by myself. Making that small cheat actually helped me keep going. DAY 3 was the hardest day. I was such a crab and felt so emotional. Things hit the fan when my hubby and father-in-law decided to get pizza take-out for dinner. The smell and seeing the melty cheese got to me and I lost it. No, I didn’t cheat, but I really let my man have it. By bedtime, I knew that my anger was really stemming from the sugar deprivation and that I had allowed my love for certain foods to trump my self control. Wow, can’t wait to get rid of that addiction!
 
I’m thankful to say that DAY 4 was much better. Even though I couldn’t get out of the house and go to church because of sick kids, my attitude was better and I was starting to feel like I had more energy. I knew that the hubs and Thing 1 would eating out with friends after church and Adam even called to see if he could bring me my favorite sandwich. I wasn’t even tempted to cave, I simply thanked him for thinking of me and reminded him that I can’t have those things.

DAY 5 was even better yet. Even though I am still surrounded by goodies {some even still sitting on my desk}, I can honestly say that I haven’t felt tempted by any of them. Peanut butter proves to be something that I hope with all hope I can reintroduce at the end of my 30 days. I LOVE peanut butter. BUT, I might not simply because then I will want bread again and I’m afraid it will go on and on. 


So What  CAN You Eat?!
Most people ask this question when I tell them what I’ve eliminated from my diet. I was there too prior to this change, so I get it. There is actually a lot that I CAN eat! Here is a glimpse of a Whole30 shopping list.
I’m not an overly adventurous eater and often to the chagrin of my husband, more than happy to eat similar things again and again as long and I like the way they taste. At this point in my journey you won’t find inspiring recipes here nor are my meal photos all that thrilling, but my meals are tasty, yummy and good for me! Thus far I’ve been more concerned with having things ready to go or easy to prep so that I won’t be tempted to fall back into bad habits. I’ve been encouraged to read in Marian’s facebook group that I’m not alone in eating basically the same or very similar things day to day. 
Whole30 Shopping List | apaigefromourbook.com

I told you that I tend to eat the same thing! What can I say, I love green beans. I have recently purchased asparagus, spinach, squash, carrots and cucumbers. I am excited to try some of these Whole30 compliant recipes. Chicken thighs are my go-to protein for lunches and dinner. They are easy to prepare in bulk ahead of time by simply seasoning, baking and freezing and they are so much tastier than chicken breasts. I generally freeze a dozen or so and keep a dozen in the fridge. I make my egg muffins in bulk ahead of time as well. Since sausage can be hard to find without high fructose corn syrup in it, I will often simply use browned grass fed beef. I’m planning a trip to Whole Foods this week so I can add sugar free bacon to my list of proteins. I mean, who doesn’t love bacon?! 

I just made some homemade mayo. It’s a bit lemony tasting for my liking, but usable. Next time I will use less lemon juice. This video is a great reference for homemade mayo perfection.

Homemade Mayo | apaigefromourbook.com

There are a few things that I’m doing in conjunction with Whole30 that I truly believe are helping me. More about that soon…
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Thanks to all of you who have given encouraging words and been cheering me on. It means more than you know!
xo - Heidi

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