Hello hello!! How are you all on this fine afternoon? I just finished lunch so I’m pretty happy.

I wanted to do a quick recap of what exactly the Whole30 is, why I’m doing it, and how I’m doing it. I’ve had a few people ask me questions about it and a few others who want to try it as well.

The Whole30 nutrition plan is based on of Dallas and Melissa Hartwig’s extensive research on how the typical american diet affects our insides. Both have exceptional credentials and a few years ago decided to create the Whole9 group. As the Whole9 home page states, “Whole9 is a community focused on health, fitness, balance and sanity, all built on a foundation of real food and healthy nutritional habits.” It sounds really simple, and actually it is. Their book It Starts With Food clearly outlines (in terms all of us can understand) why certain foods (specifically dairy, grains, legumes, sugar, alcohol, processed foods, etc) create systemic inflammation throughout our bodies and what that looks and feels like to the normal population. The book then outlines the Whole30 nutrition plan: a diet in which brings us back to our human roots, avoiding foods that our great grandparents wouldn’t recognize and avoiding the majority of the food American’s consume. Protein, vegetables, fruit, healthy fats. It really is that simple. Their book and website provide detailed guides on how to stock up your pantry and refrigerator to create the optimal environment for us to succeed in. Dallas and Melissa also give us basic recipes to play with as we begin our journey. I opted to purchase Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan. Her cook book is whole30 approved, creative, beautiful, and delicious. I’m already meal planning my recipes throughout that and so far Well Fed does not disappoint.

Onto Day 3! This morning I woke up to my alarm slightly tired (as I only got about 5 hours of sleep) but awake in only 20 minutes after waking up. For me this is pretty good. I didn’t require coffee, but I had a cup this morning anyway. My breakfasts over the last few days look something like this: 1 1/2 -2 cups vegetable (broccoli this morning) heated up in my saute pan with salt and pepper. I add in 2 chopped all natural pork sausage links and scramble with two eggs. This morning I had some extra roasted kale so I added that in as well. This meal leaves me completely satisfied for hours and tastes pretty good too.

Lunch today was Chipotle! Yep, you heard me. Chipotle is Whole30 approved. Well, not every at Chipotle is Whole30, but a lot of it is. Here’s the scoop: Chipotle offers salads now that you can get anyway you like. Start with a big bed of lettuce and move right along to your protein. I opt for double meal servings (mostly becuase yo unever really know how much you’re going to get from the servers there. Some under pour, and some way over pour. The way I look at it, it reduces the amount of time I have to ask for more, and I keep the line moving). Today I got chicken and carnitas. Yep carnitas! Here’s why, straight from the Chipotle website: “Naturally raised pork seasoned with thyme, bay, juniper berries and cracked black pepper. Braised until meltingly tender.” And their chicken? “Marinated overnight in our smoky, spicy chipotle pepper adobo, then grilled. The char marks impart a subtle caramelized flavor.” Top that with some mild salsa (Chopped red, ripe sweet tomatoes, mixed with red onions, jalapeño peppers and freshly chopped cilantro) and guacamole (Hand mashed, ripe Hass avocados, mixed with freshly chopped cilantro, red onions, jalapeño peppers, citrus juice, salt and selected spices) and you’re good to go! A Whole30 approved meal. Here is what you look for when creating your optimal Whole30 meal: the majority of your plate is veggies, you have between 4-6 ounces of protein (for women) or 1-2 palm fulls, and a portion of healthy fat. Avocados you can have 1/2- 1 portion. See how easy that is. And again, it’s totally filling.

It takes time, but you will learn to appreciate the reasoning behind this when you feel the difference eating real, nutritious food makes. And the more you understand the science behind this plan the more successful you will be. Because it makes sense. And if it doesn’t, give it a try. The positive changes to your body might be all you need 🙂

As you read through It Starts with Food and Well Fed you may be daunted by the amount of protein, veggies, fruits, and fats you have to buy to keep yourself fed. I was at first, but I did some exploring and found some great tips and tools that I want to share with you all tomorrow. So stay tuned for how I navigate Costco and fill my fridge, freezer, and pantry with real food.

Until next time…

Keep cool my babeeeeesssssssssss <— high five if you know this reference