Seriously, I feel like I wander back and forth between kill me! and oh this is easy. I’m not sure if that is due to the food I’m making or what, but I’m perturbed at myself at this point.
Anyway after looking over the Whole30 Reintroduction Plan I was left feeling a little, well, disappointed I guess. I know I had expressed concern on Days 12-14 about falling off the wagon on Day 31, but I think the real truth is I was looking forward to this being DONE! I didn’t realize the reintro plan still had me on the Whole30. ugh
Ok, so let me break it down. Within the span of 10 days I will have reintroduced all the food groups BUT 6 of those 10 days I am still on Whole30. Anyway, here is an example of how to bring the food groups back in:
- Day 1: Evaluate legumes, while keeping the rest of your diet Whole30 compliant. Then, go back to the Whole30 for the next two days, and see how things go.
- Day 4: Evaluate non-gluten grains*, while keeping the rest of your diet Whole30 compliant. Then, return to the Whole30 for the next two days, and see how things go.
- Day 7: Evaluate dairy, while keeping the rest of your diet Whole30 compliant. Then, return to the Whole30 for the next two days, and see how things go.
- Day 10: Evaluate gluten-containing grains*, while keeping the rest of your diet Whole30 compliant. Then, return to the Whole30 for the next two days, and see how things go.
So, uh yea, it’s more like the Whole37….
However, I may have made a breakthrough. I ordered a paleo cookbook by Juli Bauer from the blog paleOMG. This is her new cookbook entitled Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook: Over 100 Gluten-Free Recipes to Help You Shine from Within. I am happy to report I was super inspired after reading the introduction. Juli is funny and REAL, which is awesome. Honestly while reading it I felt like I was talking to a friend (but I think she gets that a lot).
The recipes seem fairly easy for a non-cook such as myself. Most of it, like cauliflower rice, is something I’ve tried while on the Whole30 so I don’t have big concerns about variations in ingredients. In fact, some of the recipes I can not wait to try! Like ALL the desserts!
When I began this daring journey I thought about it as kind of a science experiment to see if I noticed a difference. For the first couple of weeks I kept detailed notes. What I’ve found to be the common threads so far are:
- Sustained energy throughout the day
- I fall asleep faster and I sleep better
- I don’t need as much sleep to feel spry the next day (like 5.5 to 6 hours is my norm lately and that’s working fine)
- I feel like I have a kind of glow now, that I didn’t have before
So I am going to take the same approach with the reintro; I’m going back to detailed notes to be able to truly evaluate how each of the groups affect me. I suspect legumes and non-gluten grains will be fine. I’m thinking dairy for sure, and maybe gluten, will give me issues.
Ok- so before I leave you, I want to tell you about a recipe I have renovated. Way back on Day 4 I made a little dish I called Sweet Potato Hash. It was good, and I have had it a few times since then, but let me just say that name no longer does it justice! The new version is an awesome, sweet, warming treat that I have aptly named Blueberry Heaven! OMG it’s sooo good!
Here are the ingredients. There is no real measuring, I just throw in what looks like the appropriate amount of each item to balance all the flavors.
- Cubed sweet potatoes (I use frozen from Whole Foods or WalMart)
- 2 bananas
First I melt the ghee in the pan, and then toss in the sweet potatoes. While those are warming, and getting just the tiniest bit of brown on the corners, I cut up the bananas and add them to the pan. I add some cinnamon, stir it around, then let simmer for a few minutes. At this point the banana is browned and the sweet potatoes are perfect. Then I add some pecans, and finally grace the pan with fresh, organic blueberries!
I stir it all together, throw on some more cinnamon, and let it reduce just for a few minutes. This gives the blueberries an opportunity to kind of, melt, I guess.
I give it all a final stir and into the bowl it goes. OMG why would I ever eat dessert with added sugar again?! Seriously, this was amazeballs!
Ok friends, back to the grind. See you at the end of day 24.
As always, thanks for being here. You truly are instrumental in my journey.