Well, holidays are over folks. If you are like many people at this time of year, you probably indulged a wee bit too much over the last 6 or so weeks. Your “indulge” might look VERY different from someone else’s version of that word. For some it might mean you ate out, maybe even ate fast food, several times this holiday season. For some it might mean you ate gluten or dairy and you normally don’t. For a handful of you really disciplined folks it might just mean you didn’t consume as many veggies as you normally would. For many of you (ahem…me!) it might (just MIGHT!) mean you ate a few (dozen!) cookies or extra sweet treats!! Oh those Christmas cookies….darn you!! No matter what your “indulge” looks like, are you feeling the effects of it now?
So, here we are on January 5. It is back to work, back to school, back to the regular routine. But it doesn’t have to be back to the regular diet. If you are starting this year with a little extra weight or feeling sluggish, your body could probably use a little reset. If you are experiencing a flare of an auto-immune disease like Crohn’s, MS, or Hashimoto’s or a condition like asthma, migraines, joint pain, or depression, if you have seen an upswing in bad behavior from your kids or maybe moodiness in yourself, or if you are recovering from an illness like the flu, maybe your body could use a bigger reset. The bottom line is…how about we give our bodies some much needed TLC to start the year?
A body reset is the reason I am jumping on the January Whole30 program. It’s designed to “put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system….Cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing.” Now, I am not saying you can fully heal in 30 days, but most people never even give themselves that amount of time to actually cut out ALL the foods that could be causing problems and see if it helps. So 30 days is a great start@ After that you will have to decide where to go based on how you feel! And so I ask you…what have you got to lose? It’s only 30 days, and at the end of it either you won’t feel any different or you will (and most likely it will be in a positive way)! The January kick-off officially started on Jan 1. I started today, January 5. You could start tomorrow…or this weekend…or next week! It doesn’t really matter what date you start, just that you do something to start. And it doesn’t have to be this program…there are others. Some are free, some are not. But I figure these wonderful folks have already done the research and put together the basics. And it doesn’t cost A THING!!! Make sure, if you want to try it, that you poke around their website or read their book, and figure out what you can and CAN’T eat to give your body the best shot at resetting and healing! And, if you want to do it along with me, let me know and we can cheer each other on!!
I want to point out that although this temporary reset removes some food groups to accomplish its goals, I no longer believe food avoidance is the best long term way to handle health issues for the general population. Removing a food or food group can be helpful temporarily for healing purposes and it might be absolutely necessary for someone with permanent damage (like Celiac). But, if you don’t have permanent damage, then gut healing should be the goal. All God given food groups have a purpose for our body and when they effect us negatively we need to see that as a symptom that our body that needs healing!!
To make it easy if you want to do this with me, I am even sharing MY Meal plan with you. And I will do that each week for at least the next 4 weeks. I hope to keep it up after that but we will cross that bridge when we get there!! Take parts of it and use it, use it all as is, and just use it as inspiration. You won’t hurt my feeling either way!
One of the cookbooks I reference in my meal plan is the new cookbook by Danielle Walker at Against All Grain called Meals Made Simple. She has a beautiful story of healing from ulcerative colitis through a complete change in her diet. She is one of my favorite bloggers and her recipes have yet to disappoint. You can find many recipes and tons of information on her blog at www.againstallgrain.com. Her cookbooks (her first cookbook is simply titled Against All Grain) are available at most bookstores, and generally at Costco. They are a treat to add to any real food library and I am greatly enjoying working my way through these two books! (I have included Amazon links to both, where it seems like the kindle versions are listed at a great price right now!!)
Without further ado…here is my meal plan for this week. I will try to get next week’s out earlier! I hope you enjoy. As always, please feel free to ask questions!
And here it is in a PDF: Meal Planning Calendar Weekly WHOLE30WK1
Happy and Healthy Cooking!!
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