I’ve been absent from this space and now, post wedding planning, post wedding and post holidays, I feel like I am finally settling back into a routine.
I didn’t want to believe the many well-intentioned friends who shared with me that post-wedding blues are a phenomenon – the big event is over, now what? And yet – here I am, noting that I have been feeling a little bit of that exact sentiment since the wedding. One of the biggest days of your life and it’s gone in a flash.
It was a wonderful day – a day to see friends I hadn’t seen in a long time, old family friends who have since moved away and family that I don’t get to visit with very often. And there is something about standing up in front of all of those you love and affirming that this – this person is your chosen – for the rest of your life.
Thank you to all those of you who were able to be there with us. It was a marvelous day.
But on to the new year and revisiting this space!
As part of a reset after the holidays and the wedding, we are doing Whole30 for the third time. It’s always amazing now, having done an intense Whole30 now three times, how great the feeling is to cook fresh, whole meals that are helping to reinstill those healthy habits.
If you’ve not ever done Whole30, the best resource, is obviously www.whole30.com. Lots of great information on why this is a method that works and why you should consider trying a lifestyle change like this! I personally am always amazed at how good I feel – much like when I went gluten-free. I didn’t realize how BAD I felt until I cut it out of my diet.
So – with that in mind, if you’re interested in trying out a switch to Whole30, here are a few of my tips/tricks for success and survival! And up front, you have to be willing to put in the time and do the work. It is a lot of work, but it’s worth it, I promise.
- Read the book. I’m serious. It will help you understand why things are set up the way they are and what you’re trying to accomplish.
- Plan out your meals. I created this tool that works well for me. It gives me space to plan the meals plus a notes and prep area. Feel free to borrow it! Copy it and make it your own.
- In the vein of planning (because planning is crucial to not just randomly ordering pizza on a snowy night) – try and do all your prep and shopping for the week on Saturday or Sunday. I like to organize my grocery list by the way my store is laid out. #turningintomom
- READ the recipes from beginning to end before you start! And make note of anything that tripped you up the first time you made it or special notes you want to remember (i.e. this only makes enough for one meal, etc.).
- Mise en place! Mise en place (MEEZ ahn plahs) is a French term for having all your ingredients measured, cut, peeled, sliced, grated, etc. before you start cooking. Pans are prepared. Mixing bowls, tools and equipment set out. It is a technique chefs use to assemble meals so quickly and effortlessly. DO IT. You won’t be sorry.
- Have fun! You will learn how to be a better cook and how to eat better on a more consistent basis. The food is GOOD. Don’t think of it as depriving yourself, but simply as eating delicious things every day.
A few books I’ve found particularly useful are:
The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom
The Whole30 Cookbook: 150 Delicious and Totally Compliant Recipes to Help You Succeed with the Whole30 and Beyond
Whole30 Fast & Easy
Well Fed Weeknights: Complete Paleo Meals in 45 Minutes or Less
Stay tuned for more dinner plans and tips as we work our way through these 30 days!
What are your tips and tricks for Whole30?