Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Planning is the Key!

Like almost everything you are successful with in life, you need a plan. That is what I am trying to do here. We need to be successful with this. I am giving it my best shot. So are my two side kicks. (Paige says she will be bringing her own food when she comes on the weekends) LOL!

I am looking at the calendar for the month of March. I want to know what obstacles might be in our way. There are no birthdays to celebrate. The only holiday will be Easter and that shouldn't be a huge problem. (I'll slip a note to the Easter bunny and let him know we aren't eating candy this year. But plenty of hard boiled eggs will be okay).

We have no traveling planned. I don't have any plans for lunches or days away from home. So it is on to the first 7 day plan! And then I will decide if I want to just do the same 7 days over times 4. Or if I am going to experiment with different recipes.

I have ordered some Tessame salad dressings and sauces from Amazon. Also some Ghee (clarified butter) because I have decided making it for myself doesn't sound like something I want to do.

Plan, plan, I forgetting anything???

Next I am making the shopping list and posting the menu plan for our first week! Stay tuned

Cleaning out the Bad Stuff

Planning and preparation will make this a bit easier to do. I am not kidding myself here. Giving up sour cream, butter, cheese and bread will not be easy! But in the long run we will know what is making us feel sluggish. What is causing our skin to break out. And what keeps us awake at night. So this next step is crucial to our success.

It is time to rid the house of all the things that aren't on the plan. I am not buying some of those things now, in the weeks leading up to our change-over. So that will make this step a bit easier. I have a box set aside to fill with cans and boxes of things in the pantry that will be donated to our local food bank. Leftover, open, crackers, chips, cookies, will go out into the yard for the critters that fly and scamper on the ground. The birds and the squirrels will love this part! Probably so will the opossum and our new friend, Randy Raccoon that I have seen visiting in the past couple days.

During this step I am also going to plan at least a week's worth of meals. The kids will be taking their lunches and
Whole 30 lunches
eating breakfast at home. I will plan for that too! To start with we are just going to do the easy thing....meat, fish, chicken, eggs along with vegetables and salad. Fruit for dessert if we feel we need that. I have some ideas in my head for some healthy snacks if we feel we need them.

I am hungry just typing all this. And there's some left-over ice cream that needs eating.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Moving Right Along to Step Four

Step four is all about rounding up the support troops. This would be hard if I were trying to do it alone. Darian and Harley are thinking it is going to be a good thing. They know that we will get more energy, clearer skin, sleep better at night, and maybe even shed some pounds. All things that we, as a family, have decided we want.

When I am ready to start I plan to subscribe to the Whole 30 daily newsletter. This is NOT free, it costs $14.95. But I believe it will be worthwhile. For 31 days they will deliver a daily newspaper to my inbox to cheer me on. To support us and guide us and give us tough love when we need it. I won't sign up yet. But I will just before our start date!! You can go here if you'd like to see a sample of the Whole 30 Daily.

I have already signed up for the Whole 30 forum, which is free! I haven't started participating yet. But I will.
  It will be there I can ask questions, get the answers, and support that we will need!  I have "liked" their Facebook page and am already getting news in my daily newsfeed. I think it is possible that I might follow on Instagram because I hear they have some awesome pictures of wonderful meals!

And you, my dear friends and readers are invited to cheer us on too!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

We are Making the Comittment

Step one of the Whole 30 is learning everything I can about the program. Check!

Step two is Reading the Book. Check!

Step Three: This is where I am today. I am ready to commit to the program. I am ready to announce our start date! And now I am ready to go public.

That is what this post is all about. We are ready. We will start in March. And I have registered on the Whole 30 forum so I will have the support we will be needing!! Yay me!!

Next I will take you through step 4. Do I have anyone excited yet about doing a Whole 30?

You can visit the Whole 30 website here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What Are The Rules

I don't know about keeping calm, but we are sure going to try to follow the rules. Here are a brief overview of the rules according to the book Whole 30 and the website Whole 30.

1) Eat real food. This means the fewer the ingredients, the better the food. Meats, vegetables, fruits, fats.

2) Don't eat or drink sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, carrageenan, MSG or sulfites, and do not try to re-create baked goods or junk foods with approved ingredients.

3) Do not weigh yourself at anytime during the 30 days. And do not measure yourself either. This is not supposed to be about weight loss.

4) Exceptions to the rules are: clarified butter or Ghee is okay. Fruit juice as a sweetener is okay. Legumes like green beans, sugar snap peas and snow peas are okay. Any type of vinegar is okay unless it has added sugar. And salt is okay.

The focus is on good food. We won't be weighing or measuring anything. We won't count calories. We are not going to stress about organic, grass-fed, pastured, or free range anything.

It's only 30 days. We are fully committed. It shouldn't be Hard! We are not even considering the possibility of slipping up. We won't eat anything we don't want to eat. (well the kids might, because I will have to encourage them to try different things). It will require a bit of effort to be prepared. Grocery shopping, planning, and preparing will be a challenge in the early days.

But we can do it!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Journey is Beginning

Before we made our New Year's Goals we talked about how we wanted to get healthy in 2016. We set our start date for March (after Harley is finished with basketball season). This gives me plenty of time to do my reading and planning. The things that are necessary for success I think.

So I purchased the Nook Book Whole 30 by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig and I have been studying. I also read from the Blogs Whole 30 and my friend Lisa's blog Real Life Paleo. It was actually Lisa who inspired me to try Whole 30 and then move into Paleo as the second step.

I am very excited for this new adventure. So are Darian and Harley. Justin and Paige are supportive of us even though Paige has wondered what she will have to eat when she comes to visit. The one thing she has always loved about granny's house is all the junk food. Her mom is into healthy eating and there isn't much junk food there. And now there won't be much here. Strike that! There won't be any here!!

The rules of Whole 30 are pretty intense. I will write about them on my next post. Get ready, Get set, here we go!