Whole30 Splurges Update

tessemaesauceAs mentioned in my recent Whole30 Round Two: Half Way Point, I had invested in a few additional splurges to help me with my food prep repertoire. Earlier this week, Matty’s BBQ Sauce, Lemon Chesapeake Marinade, and Italian Salad Dressing arrived from Tessemae. I immediately made some Whole30 friendly Chicken Fingers (recipe compliments of my awesome cousin’s TGIPaleo website; look under SPECIAL DIETS via horizontal menu bar and scroll down to choose Whole30) and used Matty’s BBQ sauce as a dip. Delicious with a capital D! I have missed BBQ sauce a bit; between making my own homemade sunshine sauce and mayonnaise, I tessemaecardget a little lazy and this hit the spot. I have already used the Italian Dressing which is great and look forward to the Lemon Chesapeake dressing for my Whole30 crab cakes. By the way, I loved the handwritten postcard that came with my stuff picturing the Tessemae crew on the front. Made me smile as they look like a fun group!

freezerPaleoMy BIG SPLURGE arrived Wednesday at the perfect time! Completely spent after a hard workout, as I pulled into my driveway, I see the delivery from Premade Paleo sitting at my front door!! Opening the box revealed a styrofoam cooler packed with ice and my 10-day supply of frozen breakfasts, lunches, and dinners which I quickly transferred to my freezer because I was just so excited to start eating! By the way, what you see in the picture above shows only my breakfast and lunch meals. The dinner meals are located in the other pull-out shelf above not pictured.

premadepaleoMy first meal? Cocoa-spiced pork loin with cauliflower and mushrooms. Fabulous!  For breakfast this morning, I thoroughly enjoyed the well-seasoned, flavorful Turkey Skillet dish.  Since I knew today’s work schedule would press me for time, I packed the Chicken Roja with Vegetables in Chimichurri Sauce for lunch. Easy to briskettprepare at work and very, very good. Finally, this evening I had the Braised Coffee Brisket with Sautéed Swiss Chard and Parsnips for dinner (pictured to the left).  While I was skeptical about how pre-packaged food like this would taste, after four damn good meals, I am very satisfied with my PreMade Paleo investment as it has been money well spent. Bon Appetite and continued luck to all of you on your own Whole30 Journey!

Get Healthier Today! How To Start Your Own Whole30

doing-the-whole30Intrigued by my second round of The Whole30 Adventure, a few of my followers wanted to know if the program was spelled out online or if you had to buy the book It Starts With Food. The Whole30 program has always been made available for free online since 2009 at the Whole9 website.  During my first Whole30 Adventure (Feb 10 – March 12), I simply downloaded the following PDFs from the website as follows:

1. The Whole30 Program: what is Whole30 and an outline of how to follow the program. Scroll down toward the bottom to print off PDF version of Whole30 Program. Very nice!

2. Quick Start Guide

3. Grocery Guide

4. Shopping List (this was so key for me, love it, love it, love it)

5. Sneaky Sugars (totally used this in the beginning to help read labels to ensure that the ingredients used to cook are void of real and/or artificial sugar; very eye-opening.  You will be amazed how much sugar is in ingredients).

your_30_day_challengeBy using the five PDFs, I followed the program for 30 days (see Mission Accomplished). A huge help was the daily e-newsletter I paid for; this is not required (less than $20) but was a huge help to me, particularly during those days I just needed go-for-it-saidaonlinea little “You Go Girl!” pep talk and/or some tips, recipes or additional resource links. After my first round, per the recommendations of my two cousins (who  successfully completed their own Whole30 programs), I bought and read It Starts With Food and was re-inspired to repeat the program.  Another great resource that is not required for you to get healthier today by starting your very own Whole30 adventure!