Another Whole 30

Technically, I’m only STARTING another Whole 30, rather than ‘doing’ another one, because I didn’t finish ‘doing’ the last one, nor the one before that, nor the one before that, nor … you get the idea.

Why didn’t I finish?  I decided my desire for a quinoa cracker was worth more than my desire to finally finish a Whole 30.  In hindsight, that seems silly, but it made sense at the time.  One of my goals was to break the cycle of bad eating and drinking habits, which I did, until about 2 weeks later, when I started on my bad habits again (chocolate and wine being the most notable).

I’ve just come back from a spectacularly enjoyable 2 weeks in San Francisco, where I ate and drank whatever took my fancy, and I fancied a plentiful array of varied things (though mainly soft corn tacos with pulled pork, washed down with a margarita).  My exercise routine was awesome at least; I walked almost everywhere, which meant up all those damn (but very pretty) hills.  I also made it to San Francisco Crossfit which was one of the highlights of the trip.  I’m totally in love with San Francisco – and not just because of SFCF although that does have somewhat to do with it 🙂

Anyhow, back to my reason for doing another Whole 30 and how I’m going to go about it a little differently this time.   Continue reading

The Great Jerky Experiment – Update

I’ve been making jerky on and off for a year now.  I still always worry that it wont turn out properly, and I’ll kill someone because they’ve eaten not-quite-dehydrated-enough ‘raw’ meat.  Mortality count at the time of posting: 0.

In one of my earlier posts I hypothesised that maple syrup (or sweetener in general) was fairly essential to making tasty jerky.  Recent experiments have proved otherwise.  This is a good thing because I can make Whole 30 compliant jerky quite easily.

This is how I now make my jerky: Continue reading

I <3 Mayo

This Whole 30, I subscribed to the Whole30 daily email in an attempt to keep me on track.  There have been some very useful tips and today’s email (Day 17) has some fantastic ideas for what to do with one of my favourite food accessories … home-made olive oil mayonnaise.  I often end up eating it by the spoonful; it’s that good.  Here’s a summary of what they suggest: Continue reading

Melting In Melbourne

It’s disgustingly hot at the moment – we’re in the middle of 4 consecutive days over 40C/104F.

I’m also in the middle of a Whole 30 challenge.  The hardest part has been resisting sugar laden icy poles and sorbet.  I’ve been making smoothies with frozen banana or pineapple (plus cacao powder, cocoa nibs, coconut cream, goji berries and water) and green juices (one green apple, lots of kale, cucumber, ginger, mint, lemon).  I try not to have more than one of these a day to try to keep my sugar intake low … I’m not quite succeeding, as yummy scrummy nectarines and blueberries are in season.

A fantastic chilled Whole 30 recipe is Nom Nom Paleo’s Continue reading

Ras el Chipotle Meatballs

It’s been a looong time since I last made meatballs.  I remember them being a bit fiddly, so I usually just end up making a bolognaise-type sauce with mince instead.  Fortunately, I decided to give them another go, and it turns out they can be quite easy and worth the little bit of extra effort.

Ras el Chipotle Meatballs

Ras el Chipotle Meatballs

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Your Diet is NOT a Lifestyle

Great article from @Humans Are Not Broken

“Think more about life and less about style.  I don’t want my gravestone to say: He lived a paleo lifestyle”

“You are the sum total of all of your actions, thoughts, decisions, likes, dislikes, triumphs, defeats, aspirations, regrets, and everything else that you can squeeze in between the maternity ward and the crematorium.”

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Chris Kresser | Beyond Paleo: moving from a “paleo diet” to a “paleo template”

I love this idea of Paleo as a template.  I don’t believe that one rule applies to all – it definitely comes down to what works best for you. Education is key; making informed decisions about what you put in your mouth. For instance, I’ll happily eat small amounts of properly prepared legumes, but I understand the reasons why a lot of Paleo people wont touch them. “The only way to figure out what an optimal diet is for you is to experiment and observe. “