Yesterday marked Day 1 of Mr. Charming and I's Whole 30. For you not familiar with the Whole 30, it's a 30 day nutritional program where you simply eat only whole foods. Vegetables, organic meats, eggs, and some fruits are the staples, while seeds and some nuts are ok. No legumes, no dairy, no grains and no sugar.
We decided to do this together for a few reasons. 1. I want to eventually move to being fully grain free and I thought this would be a good cleanse and reset for my system to not rely so heavily on them as part of my meals, especially breakfast. 2. To do something together, and get back to enjoying the same meals like we did before. and 3. To help our fertility.
For breakfast on day one, I prepared us baked sweet potatoes, topped with organic spinach, sea salt and an over-medium egg drizzled with olive oil. It was amazing and filling, and being able to have sweet potato every once in a while helps curb the sugar cravings that will inevitably come, because, it's me. And my sugar dragon is a beast.
After breakfast we hopped in the car and went to the local pumpkin patch. I had never done a corn maze, and there were two, a small one and a large one, so we did the small one, took some photos and headed out to peruse the book store. (I could spend all day in a Barnes & Noble if you let me.) It's still neat to be able to see work I've done on the bookstore shelves. It's been a dream of mine since I was a little girl, (that and win a Grammy). And sometimes I have to pinch myself. I'm so blessed to do what I love and am glad I took the leap of faith to do it.
Sometimes when we think we've got it all figured out, or know the path we're "supposed to be on", something happens, the road shifts, or gets blocked off, and we must detour, and though it can be scary, sometimes it can lead to such great blessings and other dreams coming true.
After the bookstore we took Charlie, (our new baby schnauzer) to a local shopping centers Howl-O-Ween event. The event was for dogs who wanted to trick-or-treat the shops and get treats! Yes I have become that dog-mom. For now he is my baby. So he gets trick-or-treating. And treats.
Late afternoon we returned home to meal two of our Whole 30 in which I made a "Burger Salad". Grass fed beef with peppers and garlic, cherry tomatoes and avocado topped romaine lettuce. It was delicious.
Tonight's dinner is pictured in the Eat Real Food photo I had made for Instagram, and it was delicious! Pork chops drizzled with a natural BBQ sauce, with a side of carrots and organic potato and leek soup.
I'd love to hear who else is doing or has done a Whole 30 and what your favorite meal was? :)
Here's to Happy & Healthy eating all season long!
Welcome! My name is Mandi & I hope you stay in this happy little space a while. I'm a Christian, a wife to my Mr. Charming, mama to baby Greyson, healthy food-lover, traveler, professional journalist and Personal Nutritionist who hopes to inspire others with my story...
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