The box is gearing up for another healthy eating session beginning June 9. Cliff and I are off to an early start. We began a Whole30 on Monday. Remember, our box is a Whole9 partner gym. Have you ever wondered what Whole9 means? Well, the "9" in Whole9 represents: (1) exercise; (2) nutrition; (3) sleep; (4) stress management; (5) active recovery; (6) injury rehab; (7) fun and play; (8) personal growth; and (9) temperance. The idea is that all of these factors play into a healthy lifestyle.
What’s the Whole30? The creators of the program describe it as “a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, calm systemic inflammation and put an end to unhealthy cravings, habits, and relationships with food.” It seems strict at first, but the real food you eat is delicious, accessible and plentiful.
Here's the skinny...
YES to real food. This means meat, seafood, vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed.
NO to sweeteners of any kind, real or artificial.
NO to alcohol, even in cooking.
NO to grains, legumes, dairy and white potatoes.
NO to carrageenan, MSG or sulfites.
So here’s how you put it into practice. Pick a protein, any protein. Put a palm sized amount on a normal sized dinner plate. Now fill the rest of your plate with any combination of vegetables and a serving size of fat (more on this later). That’s it. There’s nothing complicated about it.
Our kitchen is almost finished! But, we’re still cooking in the basement. During the extended subterranean holiday, I’ve made a lot of this slaw. I think it would be a nice dish for a Memorial Day picnic.
4 T extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lime
3-4 cups shredded purple cabbage
½ medium cucumber, washed with skin on, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
1-2 cloves garlic minced
½ C cilantro, chopped fine
½ medium red bell pepper, chopped
½ yellow or orange bell pepper, chopped
1 large ripe mango, peeled and chopped, pit removed
1-2 avocados, peeled and chopped, pit removed
½ t ground cumin
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Whisk together the olive oil and lime juice in the bottom of a large serving bowl. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and toss to combine. Taste for seasoning.