Winter the whole30 is coming. Game of Thrones anyone?? Actually, if you started January 1st like me, it’s already here! And I have a whooooole bunch (pun intended) of my favorite recipes and resources for all your January whole30 needs!
I’ve talked about the whole30 on a few occasions before, most recently when I was ranting about New Years Resolutions and how to make smart goals for the upcoming apocalypse brand-spanking new 2015. If you haven’t read It Starts With Food or heard of the program before, here are some great resources to check out:
Buzzfeed’s How to Go Paleo (with some great tips!)
To be fair, grumpy cat is not exactly accurate in my case. I’m definitely one of those
people weirdos that gets excited about doing a whole30 challenge/21 day sugar detox/whatever. Mostly because it’s just easier on my mind to follow a strict meal plan that I know will make me feel good, inside and out. Which has been much easier said than done, these past couple of years. I’ve done a handful of whole30s before, and in the same way that each challenge is different for you based on the season, your goals, your level of activity (once I was training for a crossfit competition, once preparing to be super healthy before a foot surgery, once for a half marathon, and once just lounging on my butt and going on vacation), or any health problems you may be dealing with, each one you learn something different about yourself. Sounds profound but it’s true. You know what I mean if you’ve done one before.
This round, I’m back on the Autoimmune Protocol train. It’s about time too, my whole body has been so out of whack this holiday season from traveling practically all of November and December. And potentially picking up some kind of stomach bug in the Dominican Republic. So yeah, that’s been fun. And exactly why I’m excited to be starting this whole30! So let’s get kickin’, friends.
pro tip #1: meal preparation/planning is KEY.
Go on pinterest and or google “whole30 recipes”. Or check out some stellar whole30-friendly cookbooks like Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, Well Fed & Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat, get a pen and paper, and write down some meal ideas for the week. I like to batch cook and prepare a bunch of things in advance on the weekend (like hard boiled eggs, roast chicken, pulled pork, roasted sweet potatoes, etc.) so I have to cook less during the week!
Oh, and learn to love leftovers. They will make your life easy as pie. Paleo shepherd’s pie, that is.
pro tip #2: Learn to love your slow cooker.
That thing saved my life my first whole30 and ever since. Plus, it helps you with tip #1! Plus, it makes dinner amazingly simple. Chuck some meat in there in the morning with a spice blend, throw the top on and let it go low and slow until you come home from work – BOOM, dinner is done! Some of my favorite slow cooker recipes:
Civilized Caveman’s BBQ Pulled Pork. hands down the BEST bbq pulled pork I’ve EVER had.
pro tip #3: Keep it interesting! Trying out new recipes.
Everybody gets bored of eating the same thing every. single. day. (especially when it’s for a whole month.) Seriously, don’t try that. You’re only setting yourself up for a serious all-of-the-non-whole30 foods binge on day 31. Which can be 10 times worse than a whole-body Charlie Sheen style hangover.
Here are some of my favorite whole30 recipes and resources, for newbies and veterans alike. Every Friday in January, I’ll be doing a link-up with more recipes, resources and tips. Comment below and let me know some of your favorite whole30/autoimmune recipes!
Secret Recipe Guacamole (Avocado Crack Sauce) (AIP – omit peppers)
Bacon Apple Chicken Burgers. (AIP) (leave out cranberry sauce for whole30)
Spaghetti Squash Bolognese. (AIP – swap tomato paste for canned pumpkin)
Pan-Fried Plantains (AIP)
Cauliflower Rice. (AIP)
Chimichurri Sauce. (AIP) to put on everything from proteins, to eggs, to veggies!
What are your favorite whole30 recipes and / or autoimmune protocol recipes? Comment below and let’s share ideas!