It’s funny how doing things that are good for you can feel like work. You’d think that taking good care if yourself would be easy – second nature. But dammit, that is not the case. I am terrible at taking care of myself.
For years I’ve had digestion issues. I would go out to dinner with friends only to spend the rest of the evening incredibly uncomfortable. I would have a second latte knowing full well that the extra caffeine and extra milk would make me feel poopy. I would make cookies and then eat 1/2 of them and nap to recover. And I did all these things because I kept thinking – other people eat this, drink this and they feel fine! Why shouldn’t I?! I don’t want to deprive myself of this delicious experience!
I thought- maybe I have a gluten intolerance or maybe diary is the problem. And I would stop eating both for a time. And I would feel a bit better. And think..Hey! I’m fine! I can eat whatever I want! And the cycle would begin again.
But you know what. I don’t have time for this sh&* anymore. 4 months ago I gave birth to the worlds cutest baby girl (seriously, check the record books, she’s SUPER cute). And I love her with my whole heart. And I don’t want to spend time away from her because I’ve got an upset stomach. And I don’t want to be too tired to play with her because my sugars crashed. And I don’t want to teach her that it’s OK to eat whatever you want because it’s comforting even if it makes you sick. So this month I’m taking a step to treating myself better. Because I want to feel good.
Today I start the Whole30 – a 30 day program of eating whole foods. You can read more about the process on the website – Whole30. And I definitely recommend the book – It Starts with Food. It’s full of science-y stuff about what food does to your body. It makes you wonder how 99% of Americans manage to drag there butts off the couch each day.
It won’t be easy but neither is feeling lousy.
Here is what I plan to eat this week:
- Breakfast: Spinach and Beef Frittata and cuties – recipe for the frittata can be found in the book but a good copy-cat can be found on Stupid Easy Paleo
- Lunch: Big chicken salad and an apple – Spinach, carrots, cucumbers, avocado and chicken
- Dinner: Pork chops with mashed sweet potatoes and roasted brussell sprouts
- Breakfast: Leftover frittata – Hakuna frittata!
- Lunch: Big chicken salad
- Dinner: Lettuce Tacos- taco seasoned ground beef, avocado, salsa, bell peppers and onions served in a romance lettuce leaf
- Breakfast: Skilled Poached Eggs and Monkey Salad – recipes for both at Good Cheap Eats
- Lunch: Leftover lettuce tacos
- Dinner: Turkey meatloaf with roasted potatoes and carrots- meatloaf recipe available at Primal Palate
- Breakfast: Skillet Poached Eggs and Monkey Salad
- Lunch: Leftover meatloaf and salad
- Dinner: Curried Cream of Broccoli Soup with Roasted Chicken – soup recipe at Nom Nom Paleo
- Breakfast: Mexican Omelet- bell peppers, onion, avocado and salsa (and eggs, duh)
- Lunch: Leftover soup and chicken
- Dinner: Big Chicken Salad
- Breakfast: Mexican Omelet
- Lunch: Big Chicken Salad
- Dinner: Chipotle – it’s date night! We’re going big!
- Breakfast: Fried Egg Sammies- recipe available on the Whole30 site, I’m super excited for this one!
- Lunch/Dinner – TBD, it’s grocery day!
Ready, set, heal!