If you really want to commit to Whole30, you may want to buy the book. It Starts With Food. It’s an easy read and filled with a lot of great testimonials and information. I found it very motivating.
Awesome and helpful links:
http://whole30.com/downloads/book-shopping-list.pdf – Foods you can have. I recommend food shopping more frequently. Don’t overbuy produce. You’ll be sad when half of it goes bad or you realize you hate eating just squash all week.
http://whole30.com/downloads/additives.pdf – The top additives are COMPLETELY OFF LIMITS. Check labels if you’re gonna be bold and search for canned/boxed/packaged stuff. – The bottom list is basically saying eat those items infrequently. You are going to find xantham gum in a lot of canned coconut milks. You’ll also find citric acid in canned tomatoes. Just don’t eat a ton of these ingredients, maybe just a few a day.
** A note about carrageenan. It is totally off limits. It is in almost ALL packaged deli meats.
RECIPES I’VE FAVORITED:
http://stupideasypaleo.com/recipe-index/ – Her recipes are all paleo, but just remember PALEO IS NOT ALWAYS WHOLE30. Just make sure you find the recipes with “W30” next to them.
http://paleoleap.com/hearty-beef-stew/ – This is a good stew. I will make a bunch of it and freeze some for later.
http://everydaypaleo.com/beyond-easy-pulled-pork/ – I will do at least one pork butt every Whole30 I do. Sometimes I do one the first week and one the third. One big shoulder or butt will last a week.
http://stupideasypaleo.com/2013/11/23/paleo-breakfast-sausage-scotch-eggs/ – Just exclude honey. These are the bomb.com.
http://soletshangout.com/curried-shepherds-pie-with-sweet-potato-mash-gluten-free-grain-free-paleo/ – Never made this, but it looks amazing.
http://paleocomfortfoods.com/…/creamy-dairy-free-tomato-so…/ – I did tweak it a little. I added salt and pepper and Braggs aminos. I also blended/puréed the entire contents in my ninja. Made for a thicker texture.
https://instagram.com/p/8Rc2aCOpcE/?taken-by=everytwistedbeam – This has information about ghee. — http://wellnessmama.com/24267/make-ghee/ — You find a block of unsalted Kerrygold butter and melt it on low for basically an eternity. Eventually the dairy/sugar burns up and you strain it. You’ll see in the photo that I use rubber candy molds. That way I can store them and get them out a tablespoon at a time. It’s worth the investment if you like using ghee.
PRODUCTS YOU SHOULD BUY IF YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY:
Hot sauces with few ingredients – Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (Original), Cholula (Original)
http://www.tessemaes.com/collections/all/whole30-approved – You may be able to find these in fancy grocery stores, but I order them online. The balsamic and lemon garlic are fabulous on salads. I have found them at a couple local grocery stores and Whole Foods.
Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Aminos – This is like a magical sweet soy sauce that is W30 compliant and it tastes great in place of soy sauce. Good on basically everything.
Bragg’s Aminos – These are also very good. It’s like a substitute soy sauce, just not as sweet as coconut aminos. Also good on basically everything.
If you have a Costco, you can get these tomato sauces. If you dig hard enough in regular grocery stores, you may find tomato sauces that comply, but it takes a lot of label reading.
PRODUCTS I USE THAT MAKE WHOLE30 LIFE EASIER:
My ghee molds.
A NINJA… But any normal food processor will do.
A crock pot, non stick pans, so on…
QUESTIONS YOU MAY FIND YOURSELF ASKING:
What do I do about coffee creamer? Use coconut milk. Or make almond milk. Making almond milk requires cheesecloth or a nut milk bag. I don’t make it that often because almonds are expensive and I’m cheap. Coconut milk works great as a substitute creamer. Also, no flavored coffee. It has to be plain.
How do I get a healthy fat at every meal? You can cook with coconut oil or ghee and that can be your healthy fat.
Do I have to eat a million eggs a day? I mean you can, but don’t. They’ll get old really quickly. Live on the edge and eat non breakfast foods for breakfast. Eventually, you won’t care anyway!
Do I have to buy organic everything? It is recommended, but it can get a little pricey. I buy normal eggs and I don’t always pick up grass fed, lean, super awesome everything.
But what kind of bacon can I have? Almost all bacon you find will be cured with sugar. This sucks. You can find some “paleo approved” bacon at Whole Foods, but it’s expensive and you may not have a Whole Foods near you. My advice? Just eat regular bacon VERY sparingly.
Why do I feel like I’m hungover the first week? You’re detoxing. It happens to everyone. You may also feel sluggish.
How can I get rid of this dull headache? Hydrate and include potatoes, squash, and root vegetables in your meals. They are a good way to get carbs in and help get rid of possible headaches.
These strawberries are like crack. Can I eat the entire container? No. Although you may want to. Resist!
What do I do when I go out to eat? I typically find a salad and bring my own dressing. You can also order a steak with a plain baked potato. Honestly though, I recommend trying to eat at home as much as possible. It’s not really worth all the trouble until you really know what you’re doing.
COOL THINGS I COOK AND ENJOY:
This is optional to read. Just stuff I’ve found to be quite delicious.
- I bake sweet and regular potatoes ahead of time. I bake about 4 at a time. They keep a while in the fridge. Regular potatoes are delicious cubed up and pan fried with ghee and garlic. This is one of my favorite sides
- Sweet potato hash. Take an uncooked sweet potato and hack it up in a food processor. Pan fry it in coconut oil with some cinnamon and it’s a delicious sweet hash. You can pair with fried eggs and it’s very tasty.
- You can find Whole30 compliant homemade taco spice recipes. Make taco meat and throw it on lettuce with avocado, and some homemade salsa. It’s a game changer. You won’t even miss sour cream and cheese… ok, maybe a little… 🙂
- I wilt spinach as a side because sometimes salad sucks. Wilt in water or oil in a pan. If you want, add coconut aminos and it’s a good way to get your greens in.
- Poached eggs. If you don’t know how to do it, learn! It’s a way to make eggs seem exciting. Scrambled gets old fast.
- You can make date paste. It is a natural sweetener. I add it to some coconut aminos and use as a sweet glaze on ribs or meat. I also mix date paste with almond butter and dip fruit in it.
- Juice an orange, lemon, or lime into a La Croix. Or juice them into regular water. Refreshing and sweet.
- Hot wings. I buy the packs of drums and let them sit in Frank’s overnight. Bake them at 375 for an hour. MMMMM deeeelish. A treat for the weekend!