I started looking into how to increase Vitamin B and what I need to eat to lower cholesterol (I refuse to take meds for something I can control). And Whole30 keeps popping up. I look at the restrictions--no dairy, no grains, no sugar, no legumes, and no alcohol. For 30 days.
My kids were in Michigan for their summer visit with dad. So, why not? I decided to give it a try. First big adjustment I had to make was to make myself eat breakfast, with protein and vegetables, not just fruit. I never would have thought to eat asparagus or cauliflower with my eggs before this. What a wonderful discovery. I felt very tired and had weird cravings by day 6. I was ready to quit. My husband had been cheating during his lunch. But we kept going for a couple more days. I found recipes on Pinterest and NomNomPaleo became my go-to source. I loved our meals and they way I was feeling. Unfortunately, with Day 9 came a migraine. I caved and took to Excederin and got a coffee from Starbucks. I live in a town with a very limited selection of healthy eating options out and was not cooking dinner. My husband and I had sushi. I am a Whole30 failure. Neither of us were ready to start over at Day 1. But we did agree to stay Paleo/Primal, I'm not yet sure of the difference. We have been successful with this plan and have not suffered at all.
I just had my 3 month blood work done to recheck all of my levels. My B12 was right on and cholesterol was fine. I have been eating eggs everyday and my cholesterol went down, guess I disproved that myth. I do, now, take a Vitamin B12 supplement too. I wake up every morning to a spray from Garden of Life and apparently it has helped. But what's crazy is I'm down TWO clothing sizes and have lost twenty pounds.
We have another trip to New Orleans planned for Thanksgiving. So I may attempt another Whole30 after the Holidays. But for now, I leave you with a couple pictures and recipes of pure paleo deliciousness for breakfast and dessert. YUM!
Quick and Easy Breakfast of turkey bacon(Wellshire Peppered is my favorite, thought not Whole30), scrambled eggs with kale/garlic/onion/tumeric/s&p, sweet potatoes (leftover from dinner), plated with avocado(well limed) and cherry tomatoes. Okay, so easy and delicious, and such a better way to kick off my day than a piece of peanut butter toast and a banana.
But here is the killer! My husband's birthday was at the beginning of the month and he asked for a Pecan Pie. Yeah right, say Goodbye to Karo Syrup. But I pulled it off! No Karo Syrup. No Grains. and No Sugar. And it, too, was delicious. Check out the recipe below.
Paleo Pecan Pie
For the Crust
2.5 cups of almond flour
1 TBSP of coconut flour
A splash of very cold water
3-4 grinds of sea salt
3 TBSP ghee (not melted)
Mix all of the ingredients and roll into a tight ball, pack it as tightly as possible. It took me several attempts. Then roll the dough between two sheets of parchment paper until it's the size of a 9-inch pie pan and press it in. If it cracks in spots (mine did), just press together. You're going to cover it up with all things good. Bake for 10 minutes at 325.
1 egg white--save the yolk for brushing on the crust
Half a cup of Coconut Palm Sugar
Half a cup of Organic Maple Syrup
3 TBSP Melted Ghee
A Splash of Mexican Vanilla
2 cups of Pecan Halves
Whisk together all of the ingredients and pour into your crust. I saved out some of the pecans to arrange on the top. Bake for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees then cover the crust with foil and bake for 5 more minutes--it may take a little longer to not jiggle.
Try it! It's delicious. I found a recipe for a bacon crusted pecan pie from Predominately Paleo that I'll be trying next!