A Whole30 July 4 Celebration

The Whole30® Program, created by Whole9

So, July 4 was Day 17 of my first Whole30. It turned out to be rather successful as well (even giving my husband the thumbs-up to bring beer, bread, and tortilla chips into the house . . . resulting in no temptation to me!).

Dinner consisted of a grilled grass-fed beef burger with caramelized onions, homemade guacamole, and a slice of fresh tomato; a roasted sweet potato; and steamed spinach. Dessert was a smal bowl of fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries).

Recipes after the jump.

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My Whole30

Wow! So, over one month has passed since my last post, but I return to say that I have successfully restarted! Today is Day 11 of my first Whole30.

The Whole30® Program, created by Whole9

As promised and as planned, I started gearing up towards the end of May and into the beginning of June (translation: began weaning myself off the occasional candy fix and tortilla chips at the Mexican restaurant). After returning from a brief business trip, my eating turned to business: enter the Whole30.

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Time to Restart

Well, the name of this blog is – after all – “trying for paleo.” Let’s just say that the last little bit truly has been trying. No excuses; just an admission that I have not eaten well lately. I will add that I feel the difference – eating like crap makes you feel like crap.

But enough of all of that – it is time to restart; time to find my way back to paleo. This time around, I think I will give myself a good kick and try a Whole30. I’m still in the planning stages for it and plan to ramp up this coming week. My goal is to start my Whole30 in June. I have a business trip planned earlier in the month and am not sure how practical it is to complete a Whole30 while traveling – so it may wait until I return. I also just discovered that a Crossfit box nearby will be hosting a Whole9 seminar and plan to attend that.

Part of my research involved finding Whole30 approved partners to help me through. Premade Paleo is one. It is a meal delivery service based out of Atlanta that offers nationwide delivery of Whole30 approved meals. I received my starter pack today – a giant box filled with all sorts of frozen proteins and vegetable sides. Quite the variety too! Stay tuned to this spot for a summary of the meals. Assuming that they’re tasty, they really could make the Whole30 process much easier.

Preliminary Paleo Recipes

My first official foray into cooking paleo-friendly meals began with a delicious (let me say that again, delicious) recipe from the awesome site, Nom Nom Paleo. In fact, the blog dedicated the month of January to a Whole30, and posted new recipes for each day! (Here’s the round-up post.) Where did I start? Day 20: Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs.

Korean Short Ribs

For those of you who are not rib connoisseurs – which, for the record, includes me – here is your down and dirty lesson on the different types of ribs, courtesy of Saveur Magazine:

  • Spare ribs: Pork ribs cut as near the bone as possible from the belly of the pig;
  • Baby back ribs: Pork ribs from the loin on either side of the spine; lean, quick-cooking;
  • Short ribs: Beef ribs taken from the bottom of the rib cage; can be cut individually or as a slab containing several bones.

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Trying a Blog and Trying for Paleo

This blog isn’t going to be anything fancy – at least to start. We’ll see where it goes and whether I actually post. This past October (2012), I was researching gyms in the area and specifically looking for some higher-end gyms that also offered pools. Although I couldn’t find any near by, I did come across a number of reviews and discussions for nearby Crossfit “boxes.”

I’ve heard Crossfit mentioned here and there over the last couple of years and did catch some of last year’s Crossfit Games on ESPN. I thought … what the heck? And signed up for the “Foundations” course at my local box – Ballston Crossfit. It is a 2-week/3 days per week introductory course to the foundational moves of Crossfit. I started, and I was hooked!

My first, official WoD (Crossfit lingo for “Workout of the Day”) was specially developed by the owner of BCF in honor of Hurricane Sandy (this was as the Hurricane moved up the East coast, brought rain and winds to the D.C. metro area, and closed schools, the government, and most places in the private sector – before bringing utter destruction to New Jersey and New York). The “Hurricane Sandy” WoD was certainly one way to be introduced into Crossfit. Yes, I did significantly scale that workout 🙂

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