Whole30, Paleo, and Gluten Free
I grew up in a household that ate Fattoush and Tabbouleh. I love those Middle Eastern flavors especially during the peak of the summer, when everything is fresh at the Farmer’s Markets. After going gluten free, I made modifications so that I could get the same flavors. I sometimes would toast gluten free bread for Fattoush or use quinoa instead of bulgur wheat for Tabbouleh. This recipe eliminates the grains completely and focuses on the flavors of the herbs and vegetables. I eat it all of the time; alone or as a side dish. This salad can be made in bigger batches. It keeps well for a few days and gets better the longer it sits.
10 oz of San Marzano grape tomatoes sliced in half
1 cup of diced red onion
1/2 cup of chopped parsley
1/4 cup of chopped mint
1 cup of fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1 good pinch of kosher salt
1 teaspoon of cumin
1 teaspoon of allspice
Notes: Pairs well with Whole30 Middle Eastern Kafta Meatballs
Whole30, Paleo, Gluten Free, Grain Free, and Dairy Free
If you want a quick and easy meal….this one is for you. If you like wings but don’t have the time or energy this is for you. If you want a one pot dish that is versatile and re-heats well for leftovers, this is the dish for you. SO delish!
Whole 30, Paleo, And Gluten Free
Kafta is something I ate all of the time growing up. It would often be made almost like a meatloaf or on skewers. I modified it a bit for convenience, and made it into meatballs. I also used ground beef and ground pork mixed together, instead of ground lamb. I usually make the meatballs really big. One or two is all you need for a meal. These meatballs freeze really well as well.
This recipe makes 12 large meatballs
Whole30, Paleo, and Gluten Free
This meal came to me after a few days of being snowed in. I used my pantry items from Thrive Market to create this meal along with a few spices, I had and some vegetables. This sauce could be made many different ways, adding vegetables or shrimp etc. It is very versatile and tasty!
Note: This easily could be thinned out with chicken stock to make a “carbonara” type consistency. You could add more bacon at the end.
Whole30, Paleo, Dairy Free, Grain Free and Gluten Free
This is comfort food for me. My Mom would make the recipe from an old Betty Crocker Cookbook. It has a tomato base unlike many stroganoff recipes. It was my choice for my birthday meal for years. As an adult, I would make it but tweak it with a homemade spicy ketchup. Now that I follow a gluten free diet, I wanted to make an adaptation that would be both gluten free and Whole30. While it does not look exactly like traditional beef stroganoff, it definitely has the flavors.
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So the day has arrived. I have just completed my third round of Whole30. I am proud, I must admit. I never thought this would be something I could stick with. I have been on every diet/ weight loss program/health lifestyle program out there. The parameters of Whole30 have given me control; the changes I see in myself are immeasurable.
I am going to just put this out there for those that do not know much about Whole30. It is not a diet or a weight loss program. For me it has been a lifestyle change; a reset in so many ways. That being said, I have lost weight. I know that is not the focus of the program, and I do not believe it should be. In fact, for the first time in as long as I can remember, I have not weighed myself like a crazy person (sometimes several times a day). I actually have my scale out in my garage so I will not be tempted to go out there…lol But, I have noticeably lost weight over time. I have changed sizes in clothing, my clothes are continuously loose which is a foreign concept for me. So, after 3 rounds…I finally did weigh myself. I have lost a significant amount. Now, let me be very clear. I have A LOT of weight to lose to get to a healthy point. For years no matter what I tried, I was not able to keep the weight off long term. I would lose some and then gain it back and then some. I am also in my early 40’s and it is harder to lose weight. However, believe it or not, the other benefits of the Whole30 that I have seen in myself outweigh the weight loss.
I cannot begin to try to describe how I felt for years. I was able to “fake it’ really well. I felt completely different from everyone around me. My life was exhausting. I was always having some sort of symptom; bloating, mouth swelling, hair loss, reflux, insomnia, chronic pain, inflammation, acne, eczema, depression, anxiety, panic attacks , mental fogginess. ..just to name a few. I often felt like I was in a “gray space” where everything was going on around me. I was part of things, but not completely. I now recognize how much food sensitivities and allergies have impacted my life and well-being. Whole30 has helped me identify many more “triggers”. I feel like a veil has been lifted. My mind is clear, and my body is functioning more productively. I have more sustained energy throughout the day. I am more in tune with myself than ever. I do attribute this to Whole30 as well as other healthy habits I have incorporated as well.
I have had hormone issues for years. Since the age of 17 to be exact. I have had cysts, fibroids, imbalances, numerous procedures and surgeries. My cycle when not on a pill has always been erratic and to be frank, my time of the month was often; hellish. I feel like my hormones are more in check, I am regulated, and don’t have debilitating pain that often ensues when a cyst forms , bursts, or feel terrible during a period.
My skin is better. I have actually gone out a few times without foundation on, which is craziness. I have been wearing a tinted moisturizer most other days. My rosacea is better, I have not had any bad breakouts, and my eczema has been better. With Celiac Disease, often comes hair loss. I have a crazy amount of thick hair so while this never impacted me from a balding standpoint, but hair is always shedding all over the place. I still notice some, but not nearly the amount that there once was. I am not pulling handfuls of hair out anymore after running a brush through it.
Last but not least, but, for me the most impactful. I am sleeping better than I have in …maybe forever. While I do not get 8-9 hours a night, the hours that I do get are with further interruptions, restlessness etc. I feel more rested. This is an area that I will continue to work to improve on. Insomnia was once such a debilitating part of my life…to have some handle on it without the use of any kind of medication, is amazing!
So, all in all… a positive experience. I did tweak things a bit this round.
I do plan to continue with another round of Whole30. I will be documenting my journey (especially the yummy food) on Instagram @eternalworkinprogressgal , and on Twitter and Facebook as well. Everyone has their own path. Some of us tread water for a really long time. It is nice to finally feel like I am swimming again.
Whole30, Paleo, Grain Free, Dairy Free, and Gluten Free
This recipe came together out of desperation. It is a sort of hash/stir fry fusion. I had a friend pop by for lunch unexpectedly while I was doing a Whole30. Not wanting to order out, I decided to rummage through my refrigerator and throw odds and ends together. In the end, it tasted really good and was super easy.
Note: This can be served as is or with a fried egg on top. I have had it both ways and it was good either way.