A bad week and the start of Whole 30

Hibatchi. Swensons. M&Ms.

I usually let myself slip a litttttle but the past couple weeks have been out of control. I felt like I could physically feel myself putting on the pounds, losing energy, and going back into the cycle of eating/depression.  Not fun.  I would see pictures of myself and become completely shut down. I wasn’t becoming the person I want to be and felt like a sorry excuse for someone who is trying to be healthy and teach the rest of the world how to do so.  But we all make mistakes and the only thing we can do is learn from them and bounce back with a vengeance.

I was messing around on my phone and through the wonderful world of Instagram, started checking into “Whole 30”, a program founded by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig authors of It Starts With Food (which I have not read because I JUST read into this the other night).  Their website is whole9life.com, which contains a PLETHORA of great information about their program as well as a ton of testimonials from people who have solved all sorts of health issues by changing their diets. There is a ton of information to be found on the internet but this is one of the best sources I’ve found, especially when you need a little boost to remember why you are doing what you are doing.  One of my favorite quotes from the site is as follows:

“..and it’s for the most important health cause on the earth-the only physical body you will ever have in this lifetime.”

You can check out the site for more specific details but basically the rules are as follows:

*No grains

*No sugar added. This means honey, maple syrup, fake sugar..etc.

*No legumes (including peanuts)

*No dairy

*No additives such as MSG, nitrates, etc.

*No white potatoes

*No PALEOFIED junk food. This means my muffins and biscuits are out.

*No alcohol


The point of this is to reset your metabolism and to rid yourself of the cravings caused from sugar and other unhealthy items we don’t even realize we are physically addicted to.  Basically it’s a 30 day strict paleo cleanse. More specifics are found on the site and they even have a shopping list which comes in super handy.

Day 1. Matt cheated. He had a 7up at work. I, however, did not. I resisted pasta and breadsticks staring me in the face all night at work.  I brought in my own food and made a baked sweet potato and hard-boiled eggs for lunch. 4 grilled chicken wings for dinner with some spinach. Matt has to start over.

Day 2. I woke up and walked in the brisk chilly autumn morning to get us some black coffee. We did some yoga and pushups and I made an acorn squash and kale breakfast.  Went grocery shopping at Krieger’s, an awesome local market in Cuyahoga Falls and came back with a TON of beautiful food.

Stocking up for our Whole30

On to the recipes.  Lunch was just a simple salad with mixed greens: spinach, kale, and arugula with avocado, egg, tomatoes, cashews, a little vinegar and olive oil. Dinner, however, is much more exciting. While gazing into the meat counter window, I see almost hidden in the back Grass-fed boneless short ribs.  $6 something a pound.  I have never cooked shortribs before but being that they were grass-fed (which is usually pretty limited) and a cheap cut I went for it.  Holy shit. They were AMAZING. They are definitely a slow cooker meal and become super tender and delicious after simmering in a broth for hours.

Mixed greens salad and shortribs with asparagus and portobellos

Grass-fed beef boneless shortribs: (double this for 4 people)

1 lb shortribs

1/2 cup brewed coffee

1/2 cup broth or water

1 small onion, sliced

1 clove of garlic, minced

Chiptole chili powder, a pinch or more if  looking for spicy

salt and pepper

Put onion, garlic, broth, and coffee in slow cooker.  Rub the meat with salt, pepper, and sprinkle with chili powder.  Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or slow for 7-8.  I served it with some sauteed mushrooms and asparagus. This was fantastic and Matt even licked his plate after he was finished.

Wish us luck on our 30 day program and I hope you are inspired to check it out for yourself! It is now tea and relax time so I end this post with an adorable photo of my son and I enjoying the great outdoors.

Evan and I hanging out in some roots


One thought on “A bad week and the start of Whole 30

  1. It Starts With Food is an amazing book. Reading it, I could not BELIEVE how much the foods we’ve been taught to think of as “healthy” can fuck us up!! Horrific. We keep talking about trying to do our Whole 30, but it’s difficult to give up some of the cheaper items we fill in with (cereal, etc) when we are struggling so much financially and the truly health stuff is more expensive AND requires more frequent shopping. I also appreciate their system for cutting it all out and then slowly adding back in “to see” what you can tolerate. I’m ok with giving up dairy for 30 days, but not forever. I love my raw milk and I can tell even without a cleanse that it does not affect me in the negative way that pasteurized homogenized milk does. Anyhow – I am excited to see how it goes for you guys! One of these days, I am going to make it happen. Xxo.

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