I started with this book.
My review for this book is that I love it! Although I skipped around a lot and haven't read it all the way through yet. When I get excited about something I tend to skip to the facts. But I plan on reading it page by page this month. I've already read a lot about nutrition and how food affects the human body so I was on board pretty quickly. Another book I recommend to people, especially if they are interested in facts, studies and details is called Why we get fat.
I have been following Whole30 on Facebook and after January (a big Whole30 challenge month) I started reading about peoples experience and how it affected their health and overall well being.
To be honest, I have been eating mostly Paleo for about 16 months, but the last 4 or so months it has been a half ass effort at best. I ate way too many dark chocolate covered pomegranates and a few too many fancy coffees. Overall I did good, but I wasn't feeling that great and a little sluggish. Was it my diet or the other things going on in my life? Divorce, injury, kids moving out? Yes, yes and yes!
I decided to give it a try. I read-ish the book, bought a couple of good cook books, tried a few recipes and started taking some of the really crappy stuff out so I didn't go in full on withdrawals.
I'm on day 3. I just want to go back to bed.
Here is the basic rules for Whole30.
I have a freezer full of organic beef and I went to the Utah Natural Meat farm on Saturday to get some more ground beef. While I was there I picked up a couple of dozen eggs too. So fresh and delicious. I signed up for the local Bountiful Baskets and picked up a huge basket full of fruits and veggies. I also precooked chicken, some Asian meatballs, hard boiled some eggs and cut up tons of veggies. That made it possible to eat without cooking much and helped the first few days go better. Even Daniel is on it and eating quite well. Austin was here when I was cutting, slicing, dicing and cooking and he loved everything.
If you want to have some fabulous ideas, menus and recipes I can't tell you how awesome these two sources are. First, Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan. Not only does she give you great recipes but helps you plan a big one hour prepare fest once a week that makes the rest of the week eating a breeze.
I downloaded it off Amazon to my iPad Kindle app.
Another source is an app that I downloaded onto my iPad. I have followed this web site for a while and know she has some great Paleo recipes. This app is the very best I've seen as far as recipes. You can even make a shopping list off of it and the picture instructions are perfect. It's called Nom Nom Paleo. I think it's about 4 dollars for the app.
Most of the recipes are very easy. Michelle Tam is a mom, wife and a full time pharmacist!
I started on March 1st and on my 3rd day I am not hungry but my cravings for sugary sweet things is strong. I miss drinking a Crystal Light. I used that as my sugar fix along with dark chocolate. So today I am cooking a Whole30 approved chili and serving it with steamed spaghetti squash. I'm also going to hard boil a few more eggs and make the "Sunshine Sauce" from Well Fed that tastes a little like a peanut sauce only made with sunflower butter. Daniel and I think it tastes good on EVERYTHING!
Wish me luck! I can't wait to get to day 4-5! Just what I need is to feel super cranky on days when I meet with the accountant about taxes with Matt and a Best Practice meeting for work. Good news is that I have a massage tomorrow that should help.
Have you ever tried a cleansing or special eating plan to clean up your diet?
How did you do it without going crazy?