Since several members are starting Whole30 today, we thought we'd help you out by posting a recipe that could work for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Since veggies are a must during your Whole30, (they are your main source of carbs), you will be spending a great deal of time with them. They can be a bit time consuming to cut up, so we recommend knocking that step out the night before you need them in a recipe. So here it is step by step:
STEP 1: 2 T. olive oil, 1 green pepper, 1/2 red pepper, 10 mushrooms, 1/2 red onion 1 tsp. garlic. Add all that to a deep skillet and saute until they start to soften. STEP 2: Add to the skillet: 1 sweeet potato (cubed), 1 tsp. cumin, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1 tbsp. coconut aminos (yes it is Whole30 compliant, and it tastes like soy sauce. Look for it at the Healthy Life Market at Drug Emporium), and 1 tbsp. water. Cover and simmer for about 7 min. STEP 3: Add to the skillet: 1/2 c. cherry tomatoes, 1 c. diced zucchini, 1/2 c. yellow squash and 1 c. swiss chard torn into pieces (you could also use spinach here). Saute until the last three ingredients are slightly softened.
For a really hearty meal, you could also add browned ground beef or sausage at the end. We always recommend that when you spend some time making a meal, make sure you make extra to eat as a meal the next day.
Join in on a new Whole30 Challenge starting Wednesday, September 25th.
So are you thinking you may want to give it a shot, but have no idea what it is? We believe that nutrition is the foundation of any good fitness program, and the gateway to optimal health. Certain foods groups (like dairy, grains and legumes) are probably having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent? Do you have aches and pains that cannot be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you work out? Do you have some sort of condition that medication hasn't helped? These foods may be directly related to the foods you eat. So how do you know if these foods are affecting you?
You stop eating them. Cut out all the inflammatory, gut-disrupting, calorie-dense but nutritionally sparse food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. For 30 days you eat high quality meat, seafood and eggs, plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit and healthy sources of dietary fats - it's that simple. You eat three big, healthy, balanced meals a day and a small pre-workout and post-workout snack. The first week is the hardest, but then, as reported by members who have done the Whole30, over the next weeks you will find your energy levels go up, you sleep better, allergy symptoms improve, hair, skin and nails look great and your crossfit performance improves, among other benefits.
If you are interested in learning more about it, a 90-page guide is available on CD in the office for members. The guide includes the Whole30 plan, shopping lists, recipes, FAQ and a resources section. Get it Tuesday because the challenge begins Wednesday!