Happy New Year everyone (a little delayed)! In this New Year, I’ve decided to hit the reset button in more ways than one. First of all, I’ve taken what has been a much too long break from the blog. It wasn’t intentional, but during the break I visited Italy, Kentucky, and New York, ran my very first marathon and was able to get a lot of inspiration for the blog. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll notice the blog got a much-needed face lift as well!
The second reset button is on my eating habits. Stress at work and busy schedules has caused us to eat quick meals that aren’t exactly the healthiest. Think those gluten-free goodies like rice pasta, frozen pizzas (which have really come a long way), and corn dogs. Yes, I’ve been eating like a child lately. It’s taken a toll on my body, energy and motivation. After seeing some of my celiac running crew take on the Whole30 challenge, my husband and I decided it was time for us to try the same. We’re just starting day two, and the hangover hasn’t quite hit yet.
Not sure what the Whole30 is? Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system. It’s a 30 day program in which sugar, grains, dairy and legumes are completely eliminated from your diet. It’s not every day that you find a program that allows you to eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. One of the main premises is to eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed.
So what’s been the hardest thing so far? Not being able to put our hazelnut creamer in our coffee! I drink usually 2-3 cups of coffee every morning, and that little bit of creamer makes it taste just perfect. We experimented with coconut milk on day 1, but it just wasn’t right. Today we tried a teaspoon of pureed coconut (coconut manna by Nutiva) topped with cinnamon, and that was much more bearable. I’m hoping to get myself to a point where I only need the cinnamon by the time this is over. We really enjoyed the first day of Whole30 meals, I posted the Chicken & Zucchini Poppers recipe we used for dinner in case anyone wants it!
Here’s a look at how we started day 1…