By Kelly Elmore
(Originally posted at Reepicheep's Coracle)
It's super easy to focus on what you can't eat on the Whole30: grains, legumes, dairy, alcohol, added sugar, processed foods, and preservatives. Sometimes Aaron focuses on that (he's kind of picky to begin with) until I want to strangle him with one of the spaghetti noodles that I no longer have another use for. But this post is going to be about what you can eat, what I eat, in fact. I'm going to detail for you what I have eaten on my first 3 days on the Whole30 and some other things I usually eat. I find that it is much easier to eat healthily when I focus on the delicious, health-building foods that I love rather than on the delicious, but damaging foods I sometimes miss.
Lunch at my favorite Brazilian steakhouse, Picanha, to kick off my second Whole30: heaps of rump roast, garlic beef, and top sirloin; a huge spinach salad with pico de gallo and marinated onions, dressed with balsamic vineger and olive oil; and a big glass of water
For supper, I went to Moe's before the Cake concert. I had a bowl of grilled chicken, guacamole, pico de gallo, lettuce, onions, cilantro, jalepenos. More water.
Before I went to bed, I ate a spoonful of coconut butter, which feels like god has personally blessed your tongue.
Before class, I ate a few slices of ham and some coconut butter. I leave EARLY in the morning, so I wasn't all that hungry.
I carried my cooler with me, packed with all my food for my school hours. It included sugar snap peas and guacamole (really excellent made at Whole Foods), chicken stew with onions and tomatoes, a salad of lettuce, red peppers, onions, and tomatoes with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, a sliced up piece of grilled steak, and coconut flakes for snacking.
I drank lots of water and a bottle of kombucha (from the store). I often make my own kombucha, but I am between batches right now. Kombucha is so delicious that I never miss soda at all.
Before I left for work, I ate a large handful of steamed shrimp - Whole Foods will steam and season them for free if you buy the shrimp - and a mouthful of coconut butter (Can you tell I am obsessed with it?).
I took a cooler of food for Livy and me to have at lunch at our homeschool co-op. I ate pepperoni made into little sandwiches with tomato paste, sugar snap peas with guacamole, and half a can of coconut milk. Livy had an orange, some blueberries, ham, sugar snap peas, and guacamole.
When I got home, I had a salad of lettuce, onions, tomatoes, red peppers, and shrimp, dressed with balsamic and olive oil.
Water and one bottle of kombucha today. I may eat something else before I go to bed, but it will probably be shrimp and coconut butter since they are by far the most delicious things in the house right now.
Tonight I am doing a big round of cooking so that I will have lots of freezer foods to take to school. I really like to have a hot lunch. I am making a beef stew with tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, and carrots; grape tomatoes slow-roasted in bacon grease; and spaghetti sauce with beef, red and green peppers, and onions (I just eat it like Italian chili.) I'll make chili on Friday and roast a chicken. With all those meals in the freezer, I can have a hot, hearty lunch at school and not have to eat out. Plus all those things are super yum, especially the spaghetti sauce. For cooking and eating right away, I bought have some cube steak that I will coat in almond flour and fry in lard; I'll probably top that with some fried onions, as well.
For snacking, besides coconut flakes, coconut butter, and occasional nuts, I eat dried tomatoes (from the Just Tomatoes company), hard boiled eggs, and guacamole. I'm not a big snacker, though. I would usually much rather have a smaller portion of a hot meal.
I hope this list gives you some ideas of the kinds of foods that I think are delicious and paleo/Whole30 friendly. When I plan ahead and spend time in the kitchen (and as long as I have my Brazilian steakhouse for treats), I find that I can eat very satisfying foods and not feel too much deprivation and misery. Aaron, I hope you are listening so that I won't have to strangle you after all. :)