By Steph Farrar
Wow them in the end. That's always been my goal. On stage, finish with your best song; on the track, score with your fastest 400 yard dash of the season; on New Year's, compliment your love with the best toast of the year.
And on a cleanse, finish strong. Don't cheat.
Because if you do, you will regret it.
There's a sick satisfaction with bragging rights. You've worked hard, you need recognition, you crave attention. Maybe that's why you did this whole thing to begin with?
Or perhaps that is what your life has been about... attention? The world is a stage, yes?
Let's get back to food. 30 days of really good food. I hope I made this look easy. Because it is; it was. And it will be the next time I do (we do) another Whole30. I've decided to stick to this food plan, loosely. Yes, I will tear off a bite of that ridiculously good pretzel bread and warm butter before my Alaskan King crab and sautéed spinach, Yes, I will have a gorgeous glass of Cab with it. Yes, a bite of cheesecake every now and then. But moderately...proudly.
Deprivation is one thing. And it's no good. Take something away from yourself and all you will do is obsess over its loss.
But moderate with balance, realize you're not "missing" anything, and know it's only 30 days. It's meditative, restorative.
Ever since I was little, I've always romanticized the notion of 'being a writer.' Actually, I romanticize most aspirations in my life, but tend to focus more on the end result, rather than the journey.
I wanna be a writer, go on a book tour, sign autographs, high five strangers; I wanna be a rock star, sell millions of albums, tour the world, fly my friends to special vacations on yachts; I wanna host a cooking show, spread my love of gathering, drink wine like an Italian, listen to jazz while slow roasting lamb.
Wait, that last one... that's gonna happen. And I'll romanticize it until it's a reality.
I think life is a process of figuring out the joy thing... where do we get it from? Do we just pull it up like an onion from the soil and cross our fingers it makes a great base for life? Do we search for it with intent and purpose, or just let it arrive?
Some people thrive on wellness and exercise, some cleanses and nutrition, some alcohol and drugs, some parenting, some addicited to work. It's taken me this long, after being an athlete, a bartender, a singer, a songwriter, an actor, an assistant, a home cook, an organizer... (shit) to land in a spot that feels just right. Start with the heart of the home. the kitchen. And move out from there.
I'm missing my Whole30, something to obsess over daily, a focus. When I'm not working or writing, cooking or parenting, I feel a void. I had to take a break from organizing to let my body heal. Cause I'm old.
All I wanna do is feed people. Manual labor hurts.
Breakfast above. Lunch below. Dinner follows.
And a few more ideas before you decide to join this Whole30 journey...
Turns out diet can help reduce inflammation. Over the last 30 days, my thyroid levels have gone down, my overall sleep has set records in my life, and my general attitude about food has shifted.
This stuff really works.
It's only 30 days, remember?
2 week Whole30 Shopping List
1 dozen organic brown eggs
1/2 lb. deveined shrimp
2 lbs. ground turkey / beef / chicken (or combination)
1 packet chicken apple sausage
8 oz. turkey sausage
1.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken
1.5 lbs. wild salmon
1/2 lb. ahi tuna
1 pork tenderloin
8 oz diced pancetta
Vegetables / Fruits:
2 large onions
head green cabbage
white and green asparagus
3 red peppers
2 sweet potatoes
avocado (at least 3)
lemons / limes
strawberries / blueberries
Spices / Herbs / Pantry:
almonds / hazelnuts