Whole30, Here We Come!

The past two days my husband and I have been finalizing our meal plan and shopping list for our journey with the Whole30 program, as well as travelling to 3 different stores (Sprouts, Costco, Market Street) to get everything we need!  Don’t worry, we won’t have to go to 3 stores EVERY week, we just weren’t sure where the best place to find things we’ve never purchased before (avocado oil, ghee, almond flour, grass fed meat) would be.

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If you are not familiar with the Whole30 program, please check out their website: http://whole30.com/  They actually offer everything you need to get started on their site for FREE!  However, Hubby & I listened to the audio book because we needed to hear some of the ‘sciency’ stuff to really get on board.  Boy, it IS convincing!

Here is a list of some of the items we purchased to get started on the program:

Fresh Fruits & Veggies out the wazoo!! We followed the Dirty Dozen rule when choosing organic.
-broccoli, bell peppers of all colors, cabbage, shallots, mandarins, avocados, zucchini, carrots, pears, apples, mushrooms, onions, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, bananas,  spinach, celery

Spices & Seasonings (I’m not much of a cook…which is about to change!…so we needed quite a bit for these new, tasty dishes on the menu!)  We purchased everything organic if that was an option available to us.
– fresh rosemary, sea salt, crushed red pepper, Dijon mustard, dry mustard, smoked paprika, oregano, parsley

Protein.  Organic, free-range, non-GMO, hormone free, grass fed, etc. meat as much as we could possibly find.  Also, no sugar or preservatives added for the few ‘convenience’ meats we purchased, so had to find very specific brands.
-eggs (eggs, and more eggs!), pork shoulder, Penderson’s sugar free bacon, whole chicken, pork shoulder, ground beef, ground turkey, turkey burgers, canned wild caught salmon, chicken strips, beef chuck, Aidell’s chicken & apple sausage, Applegate organic hot dogs

Fats.  So important on this plan, so don’t forget them!  (we already had light tasting olive oil, EVOO olive oil and coconut oil in our pantry)
-avocado oil, guacamole, walnuts, almond butter, ghee (clarified butter), coconut milk

Other.
-beef broth base, chicken bone broth, almond meal, Rooibos tea, and we grabbed a few Epic bars to try.  (interesting is the best way  I can describe the 2 flavors we have already tasted)

We decided not to start on January 1st, but to instead wait until Monday, January 4th.  We’ll be a few days behind everyone else on the #JanuaryWhole30, but we’re okay with that.  We just wanted to get through the last bit of holiday vacation. In fact, I’m looking forward to reading about how it’s going for other people just a few days before I hit the same stage.  There’s a great timeline article to help with what to expect: http://whole30.com/2013/08/revised-timeline/.   However, we know that there is never a #perfecttime to start a program like this.  This month we will have to stay committed through a theatre production meeting at a pizza restaurant, baby shower, 2 life group dinners, our daughter’s first birthday, hubby’s birthday, our 14th wedding anniversary, and 2 weekends of our son’s theatre productions (which is normally FILLED with fast food and meeting friends for dinner).  No sugar, no grains, no dairy, no legumes, no alcohol.  #wecandoit

Yes, I want to lose weight.  More importantly, though, I want to see if eliminating processed foods and sugar from my diet eliminates my daily headaches, back aches, bad skin, dry hair, low energy levels, interrupted sleep and general tummy discomfort.  I will weigh, measure and photograph myself today, and then not step on a scale or pick up a measuring tape until February 3rd.  #nonscalevictories

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Please feel free to ask me any questions you might have, I will do my best to answer or point you in the right direction!  #keepcalmandwhole30on

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