What Am I Eating?

The most common question I’ve gotten since announcing my Whole30 is, “What are you eating?”  Or the flip side of that is, “What are you not eating?”

You can check out my menu posts to see what our dinners look like at our house, but below is a list of the basic items that will be part of my daily fare while on the Whole30:

1.  Lean cuts of meat (beef, chicken, pork and seafood will be in rotation for me)

2.  Eggs

3.  Lots and lots of veggies, steamed, roasted, raw, etc

4.  Some fruit

5.  Some nuts and seeds

Now, I like to focus on what I can eat rather than what I can’t, however, what I’m not eating is the list that causes most people to cringe:

1.  Grains, not just gluten, but all grains.  This includes wheat, corn, oats, quinoa and rice, and any other grain that does or does not contain gluten.

2.  Dairy.  No cheese, milk, cream (or non-dairy creamer), yogurt, etc.

3.  Legumes….no peanuts, soy, or beans such as black, pinto and kidney

4.  Added sugar or artificial sweeteners

5.  No processed food-like products

These are the basics of what I’m eating and what I’m avoiding.  I’ll be back in a few days with an update of my first week, which so far, hasn’t been too hard, except for those fresh tortillas at Rosa’s after church on Sunday.  Oh my goodness…..those were hard to resist!


Menu Monday: 7/30/12

This is the end of day three of my Whole30….I’ll post an update soon.  For now I’ll just say that days one and two weren’t bad.   I hit a bit of a wall this afternoon, but I’m feeling better this evening and am looking forward to a better tomorrow.

During the Whole30, my menu plan won’t look much different than it usually does.  Our dinners are pretty much dairy, grain and legume free anyway.  I’m just going to work on adding more veggies to the mix.

Monday:  Sirloin Dijon (a variation of this recipe from Everyday Paleo) with rainbow chard (from my local produce co-op) and roasted brussels sprouts

Tuesday:  Chicken Parmesan with tomato sauce, spaghetti squash and a big salad

Wednesday:  Jambalaya (new recipe from PaleOMG) with steamed broccoli

Thursday:  Steak Tacos (lettuce wraps for me) and baked sweet potatoes

Friday:  Country-style pork ribs with various veggies from the co-op.  I still need a recipe for the ribs…..any suggestions?

My breakfasts are very predictable, several hardboiled eggs and some fruit or scrambled eggs with onion and kale, chard or spinach.

I’ll be working more on planning ahead for my lunches.  Left-overs are pretty standard for me, but I also tend to nibble my way through the lunch hour, or not really eat at all, which is not good.  So I’ve got some left-over bacon-wrapped chicken in the fridge, along with some deli sliced turkey.  I may make a batch of Mexican soup to have on hand as well.

It’s Time

We’ve been on a journey the past few years at our house, slowly but surely adding more and more fresh, whole, nutrient-dense foods to our family diet, and removing those food-products that are packaged, processed and nowhere near their natural beginnings (if they ever had a natural beginning).

During this time, I’ve done a lot of reading about nutrition, and by a lot I mean A LOT.  As in….I’ve neglected my kids while hopping from blogs to research studies and back again on more than one occasion.  One site I keep coming back to is Whole9, a health and wellness community focused on real food.  Their no-nonsense approach to nutrition appeals to me, and their new book, It Starts With Food, has the perfect balance of scientific information and real-life application.

At my local CrossFit gym I’ve often recommended Whole9 to other gym members when asked questions about nutrition, Paleo, Zone, supplements, improving strength and performance, etc. However, I’ve never completed a Whole30, their highly successful 30-day nutritional program to re-set your metabolism and relationship with food.

I’ve thought about it.  I’ve done a nutrition challenge with my fellow gym members, lasting just 2 weeks before caving.  My diet is pretty clean and doesn’t much resemble the SAD (standard American diet) so I never saw a reason to commit to such a strict program.  But there are a few strongholds in my eating choices, and in the past month or so I’ve started to experience some of those old nagging symptoms that caused me to clean up my diet in the first place:  fatigue, headaches, stomach pain and bloating, irritability, dull and acne-prone skin.

And I’m tired of it.  I’m tired of “needing” a Coke each day to ward off a headache and fatigue. I’m tired of relying on caffeine and sugar to feel alert.  I’m tired of having to change into my stretchy pants every afternoon because my stomach seems to have puffed up a size or two since I woke up.

I firmly believe that the answer lies with whole, real, nutrient-dense food.  I believe this from experience……I know that when I eat clean, sleep well, manage my stress appropriately and hit the gym regularly I feel amazing.  And I want that feeling back, and for good.

So, it’s time.  Time to do my first Whole30.  I start tomorrow, Friday, July 27, 2012.

Menu Monday: 7/2/12

We’re about 4 weeks into our summer at the Lackey house, and things have been a bit crazy the last week or so.  I’ve had some loose menu plans in the works, but definitely need to get back to a better planning schedule.  My summer days seem to either drag by painfully slowly, or pass me by at break-neck speed.  In either case, having a plan for meals saves me time, money, and my sanity.

Monday:  Halibut with cilantro sauce and pico de gallo and salad

Tuesday:  Fireworks with family….probably eating out

Wednesday:  Paleo Gumbo with cauli-rice and steamed broccoli

Thursday:  Meatballs with Zughetti and Tomato Sauce (the meatballs will be a version of this recipe, the zughetti is julienned zucchini sautéed in a bit of olive oil)

Friday:  Balsamic Pork Chops with cauli-rice roasted brussels sprouts

Saturday:  Favorite Chicken, bacon-wrapped sweet potato fries, salad

I’m starting to plan a bit more for our lunches lately.  The kids are usually happy with a sandwich or yogurt and fruit, but we’re all starting to get bored with that, so this weekend I’m grilling some extra chicken to have on hand to add to salads or drizzle with balsamic dressing.  I’ll also have some left-over bacon-wrapped chicken thighs for my girls….they love these left over, cold, straight from the fridge. Sounds icky, but they’re actually pretty yummy and way better than PB&J.  I also have lots of raw broccoli florets and baby carrots for the kids to munch on in an effort to up our veggie quota each day.

What’s to eat at your house?