By Steph Farrar
Recently I was diagnosed with a common autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto's, chronic inflammation of the thyroid. I know, I rolled my eyes too when I got the news of antibodies present in my blood, antibodies whose levels are gradually going up. After a follow up blood draw, and the news that selenium intake and mild diet changes didn't affect my levels, I decided to go full elimination (well not full, that's just too crazy for someone with the lower levels I'm experiencing.)
In lieu of jumping on a medical train, I'm adjusting diet and limiting stress (is that possible?) and retesting my blood levels in a few weeks. I've read and been told that eliminating gluten and dairy is a great first step, so I figured why not get rid of booze and sugar while I'm at it? I'm crossing my fingers diet helps reduce the inflammation and I can avoid taking drugs to aid my issue.
I love being in control, hence a Whole30, or my version of it.
I'm sharing my previous two weeks of recipes and a shopping guide to successfully complete the first half of your Whole30. I'm currently on Day 17, over halfway!! I'll share more recipes at the end as well. I finished a Whole30 last year and felt nothing short of amazing and 11 pounds lighter upon completion - read here about my first experience. Yes you're going to feel tired, you'll feel bloated, and you'll feel like you climbed Mt. Shasta once you're done. But it'll be worth it. Just don't celebrate with a whole bottle of champagne. Start with a glass! And make sure you slowly reintroduce foods. I'm serious.
I'm a huge fan of zucchini, especially since I now get a weekly box of fruits, vegetables, and eggs from Out of the Box Collective. Can't suggest their produce enough for Southern Californians. If you struggle to make it to the Sunday farmer's markets while chasing your two insane kids around the neighborhood, this service is for you.
Summer is a very busy time for us, as I'm sure it is for most peeps, whether you have kids or not. Either you're having way too much fun at the beach sipping on Rose' and balancing when to visit your therapist or pilates class (jerk) or you're managing four schedules, two adult's jobs, nannys, a social life, laundry and feeding humans. I'm the latter, clearly. And sometimes a plate of grab-and-go goodies does the trick. We get to spend time here and there in Malibu with Sam's parents, so Pearly always spoils us with the freshest of ingredients. And blue and white everything.
This kind of detox really doesn't seem like you're missing much. Once you get into the groove, you forget that grains, gluten, a glass of wine, and cheese (the hardest for me) aren't in your system (kind of). You just feel so damn good, and so full, that it doesn't phase you. I swear. And It isn't forever. It's just 30 days. Don't forget that you're being good to yourself today. Also be reminded you will sleep the way your body is meant to... well, long and heavy. And you won't wake up in the middle of the night. Without sugar... I swear it's the enemy... our bodies are free.
When I have an organizing job (yes, I do that too), I always take my lunch with me so I don't have to stop for a break. The hours fly by when you're helping someone purge, and a quick salad is easy to chomp on while reorganizing a pantry. Grab some almonds and an apple and you're good until dinner.
Take it easy on the nuts. They are NOT a low calorie food.
I forget how much I love mushrooms sometimes. They aren't a go-to for me, like tomatoes or cabbage, carrots or even beets. The earthiness works so well with the fatty, runny egg and one of my favorite onion flavors, leeks. And thyme, all the time (dork).
It seems like a lot of eggs. It is. They're my favorite. Just take a break when you can. No one ever said you can't have salad for breakfast.
I love any combination of frittata as you can grab it from the fridge, heat it up quickly and run out the door with your robe on, hair wet, and no bra. If you want to know what most mornings look like around here, there you go.
Let's not forget soups. You can have soup for almost every meal here if you want. The next few weeks I'm going to play around with some new soup ideas. It's been a stretch to go there, since it's been 110 freaking degrees this week. And without a baguette to dip, my heart breaks a little. But this turkey chili is extremely filling and can last a few meals, like the frittata.
I hope these recipes inspire you to give the Whole30 a try. Or at least give hope that this kind of detox is possible. In the meantime, while you're deciding whether or not to commit, eat that chili with beans and cheese, sour cream and a beer. Do it for me.
Below is a shopping list to get you started. Beware of Whole30 snacks like nuts, dried fruit, Larabars, and Power Snacks. These calories will creep up on you and aid in bloating.
See you in two weeks, with a glass of wine.
2 week Whole30 Shopping List
2 dozen organic brown eggs
2 lbs. ground turkey / beef / chicken (or combination)
1 cooked rotisserie chicken
1 lb. turkey sausage
1.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken
1.5 lbs. wild salmon
1 lb. sliced deli chicken (no sugar)
Vegetables / Fruits:
2 large onions
head green cabbage
3 red peppers
2 sweet potatoes
mushrooms - large cremini or button
avocado (at least 3)
lemons / limes
strawberries / blueberries
Spices / Herbs / Pantry
almonds / variety of nuts
And let me know how it's going please. I LOVE COMMENTS!!!!