Whole30 Day 17: All Hail the Plantain Chip!

I’m not a huge snacker when the sun is up, I’m really not. I can generally go through the entire workday with only having a piece of fruit or a beautiful cut-up red bell pepper in between meals. When snacking gets me is at night.

“Hi, I’m Caroline, and I’m a night snacker.”

“Hi Caroline.”

Anyway, I’m also not generally a “sweet” snacker; and am much more susceptible to savory treats. As those of you who are doing it well know, Whole30 presents some challenges for us savory snackers. What is there, really? Nuts, olives….um, nuts? Continue reading

Whole30 Day 16: The New Cookbook is Assembled With Pins

I adore cookbooks. I really do. I could buy SO MANY COOKBOOKS. I love paging through a well-designed cookbook with devastatingly beautiful (and mouth-watering) recipes. It’s super inspiring and makes me want to do a cookup the likes of which has heretofore never been seen.

And then the moment passes. And the cookbook goes back on the shelf. And I promptly forget about it. Continue reading

Whole30 Day 15: Halfway to More Awesome

Whooo-hooo! Day 15’s in the books! Halfway there! Cue the balloons! Release the confetti! Halfway there! Halfway there! Halfway there!

Um, that’s great and all, but halfway WHERE? Halfway through 30 days, sure, but is that really what I’m measuring? More and more, I think not.

More and more, I think there is no halfway point to this effort, because this isn’t really a 30 day sprint, as originally advertised. This is a lifestyle change. The 30 days is just a palatable chunk that’s not overly scary on the outside. It’s simply a doable time period in which to diligently and very intentionally change your deeply ingrained (and often deeply unhealthy) habits. Continue reading

Whole30 Day 14: A Rainy Sunday In the Kitchen With Felix

Wow, I was a beast in the kitchen yesterday. I got so much done. I was completely exhausted by the time the evening rolled around, but it was completely satisfying at the same time. Maybe it’s just me, but I’d contend that Whole30 changes how you use your weekend. It becomes a strategic time, ripe with possibilities for efficiencies in meal planning. Sunday seems to be my most productive day, and yesterday, considering it was pouring down rain and there wasn’t anything better to do than to watch history being made via YouTube, was ripe for a meal-prep fiesta. Continue reading

Whole30 Day 13: Keep Your Edges Sharp

Happy Sunday! I just sharpened all the knives in my kitchen! Whooo! Might not sound like anything worth blogging about, but — and I’m hoping any cooking enthusiasts who agree will back me up here — it’s a singularly satisfying feeling to put a beautiful, new edge on a faithful Wusthof kitchen implement. And, as I was running the six or so knives through our new Edgeware Pro Edge Elite Electric Knife Sharpener*, I realized how integral a good set of sharp knives actually is to an effort like Whole30. There’s a lot of chopping, y’all. A LOT. And I tried to imagine getting through these 30 days with a set of dull or cheap (or dull AND cheap) knives. It made me shudder. I’m sure it’s doable, but pleasant? Nuh-uh. Continue reading

Whole30 Day 12: Looking Beyond the 30

I’m very pleased to say that I think this whole Paleo-type method of eating is likely to stick in our household. I sidled up to Ron at the stove last night as he was pan frying some Gyro brats from Jim’s Meat Market, and I was sauteeing some spinach in coconut oil. I put my arm around my man and said, “I like this way of eating.”

And he said, “Yeah, I do, too.”

And I said, “I could see eating like this pretty often even after Whole30.”

And he said, “Yep, me too.”

Now, most of you don’t know my husband, but I took that as a pretty ringing endorsement. He’s not the most verbose of dudes. So, even that succinct exchange is promising. It’s a good, good sign. Does that mean we’ll never eat non-Paleo food? No, probably not. But what I think it does mean is that we’ll lean toward eating this way. Continue reading

Whole30 Day 11: Getting Up On My Soapbox

Today’s blog post is less about me, and more about you. Because, you know, I love ya. It’s where I turn into your worried mother, or your nagging wife, or your know-it-all sister. Sounds great, right! You can’t wait to read on! But please, read on. Today, I want to attempt to impress something upon you that I fully intend to be for your own good (told you I’d sound like your mother!). It’s something that might just extend your life, provided you stay out of the path of city buses and marauding jungle cats.

I want you to think about drastically, and I mean DRASTICALLY, cutting down your sugar intake.

*Grabbing you around the knees*

*Blocking the door*

*Not letting you run away*

I know, I know — it’s like I just suggested that you skip Christmas or quit petting puppies, but honestly, I’m having a bit of an epiphany here on thisĀ Whole30 adventure. I’m learning stuff. I’m opening my eyes and turning my face to some serious science that is, bit by bit, proving, at a fairly damning level, that excess sugar is a drug, like cocaine or heroin. And, even worse, it gets to the level of being a poison. It’s hella bad, lovies. Continue reading