Whole30 Day 17

I am on day 17 of the Whole30.  I am so excited because a few other ladies at my church have decided to
join the party.  All those that
have been doing it are reporting great results.
And me?  Well eating healthy is not the issue.  HOWEVER I find that I do a lot of emotional
eating.  I follow the prescribed meal
plan at each meal (protein, veggies, and good fat) and for the most part I am
satisfied until the next meal.  But I
find that if my tenacious toddler pushes the right buttons, or I have a lot to do, I am reaching for
something to snack on (a mini escape if you will), EVEN WHEN I AM NOT HUNGRY!  Sigh. Always something to commit to prayer, so glad God never gets tired of me.  Some of you have asked for recipes, below are a few suggestions.  Enjoy!

  • This website has a list of 31 family recipes for Whole 30.  If that doesn’t work for you, try this website.  I am a big fan of her recipes.
  • Baked sweet potatoes are simple and delicious. Poke holes in unpeeled sweet potatoes and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for a hour or more.  I sometimes bake them for a hour and a half. I find that the longer I bake
    them, the sweeter they are.  Once cooked, top with coconut oil or ghee.  ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!  The longer I go without added sugars, the more I can appreciate the sweetness of the SWEET potato.
  • oven baked sweet plantains These are delicious.  You can also fry them.  I prefer to bake them with either olive or coconut oil because I can pop them in the oven and forget about them.
  • Roasted vegetables are delicious.
  • Green plantain chips are delicious.  Use an oil that is Whole30 approved.  I personally love these with coconut oil.
  • cauliflower rice can be used for stir fry or experiment with different seasonings.
  • Roasted portobella mushroom  you can use this as a “bun” for your hamburgers (may be bending the rules here a little bit).
  • Visit this website for some great condiments recipe.  Or again, you can do a google search on Whole30 condiments.  Pinterest also has some great ideas.
  •  Get a roasting pan and/or crock pot.  Believe me when I say you will not regret
    these purchases.
      I find that when I braise the meat and put it  in crock pot or roasting pan and let it cook for a few hours, the meat is ALWAYS super tender.
  •  When possible try to season meats night
    before.
      This technique combined with
    cooking the meats at low temperatures (I normally do 300 in the oven) always gives great results.
  •  Go easy on the salt.  Experiment with different herbs.  Go crazy with garlic and onions.
  • I learned from the this cookbook that
    adding foods like tomato paste and mushrooms to a dish adds another element of
    flavor, its so true, try it!
  • Challenge yourself to buy a new vegetable each
    time you visit the grocery store.
      Don’t know
    how to cook it, no problem, Google to the rescue.
      I LOVE GOOGLE!  You can find a ton of WHOLE30 approved
    recipes on the internet.  Don’t assume that  because you didn’t like a
    certain vegetable as a child you wont like it as an adult if it is prepared a different way.
     
  • Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night,
    it really makes a big difference in your eating habits.
      If you want more of the scientific
    explanation, Google it.
  • Don’t be too uptight, have fun in the
    kitchen.
      EXPERIMENT!  And if it doesn’t turn out right, there is
    always tomorrow to try again!

If you are doing the Whole30, I would love it if you left a comment to let me know how its going.

Anika Jones

About the Author

Anika Jones

Hello there! I am Anika and I am definitely one of those. Passion oozes from every fiber of my being. I love to love. Sounds cheesy, I know, but I already told you that I am one of those kinds of people. Read on to find out some more interesting facts about me… 1. I love me some Jesus. I love to testify and if you hang around me long enough you may hear me bragging on the awesomeness of God, like how • He gave me a house I couldn't afford • Healed two of my children • Gave me a yes when I wanted to say no 2. I married a younger man…OK, not really. I was 23 while he was 22. My birthday is in April and his in August, but it’s our running joke. Nevertheless, after 13 years of marriage, I happen to love him deeply, and it still makes for a great story. 3. I have experienced the pain of two miscarriages and the joy of delivering 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls). I have both a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Early Childhood Education, which I put to good use staying home with the kiddos. 4. I attend an awesome church where my husband is the Assistant Pastor. I am also a part of a not for profit organization that encourages women to walk in their God given purpose. 5. I am addicted to prayer. 6. I am considered nice by most, definitely extreme by design. I am politically incorrect. 7. I take the scenic route when telling a story, but I promise if you hang on long enough, I eventually get to the punch line. 8. I have great ideas but I sometimes procrastinate. Jesus and I are working on that one. 9. I am guilty of overthinking things (refer to number 8). 10. I am originally from Jamaica. Surprise…sunshine and coconuts are two of my favorite things. 11. I subscribe to the Paleo Diet and actually did a round of Whole 30. 12. I love to experiment in the kitchen. 13. I make an absolute mess when I cook. I try to clean as I go but get distracted with cooking. Go figure. (My family doesn't always enjoy my cooking but I make them eat it anyway.) 14. I love people and enjoy talking to them—even the weird ones. I tried being otherwise but found it doesn't suit me well, so I'm learning to be okay with being me. 15. I have traction alopecia and wear wigs and am crazy enough to believe God for restoring my hair follicles even though the doctors have said otherwise. 16. A movie is considered good only if it makes me cry...more than once. Sound of Music happens to be my all time favorite. 17. I really wish I sang well. I really don't. 18. Telling people about Jesus is my favorite past time. And if I'm not talking about Him, I'm talking about my family or some random health fact I learned on Google. 19. I love redemption stories and happy endings, that’s why I said yes to Jesus. Feel like you know me a little more? Well good! Please continue to stop by my little corner of cyber world. And do leave a comment. Remember I love to talk to people!

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lashanda Lewis

Great post! helped a lot!

    Anika Jones

    Great. I am glad it did!

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