Wednesday, July 26, 2017

New Goodie~Forager Cashewgurt

Day 2 of my Whole 30 and it's going well. Here's I did a little video of a haul from Trader Joe's and Whole Foods with some Paleo/Whole 30 staples. Turn up the sound to hear my nasally voice.

My sister turned me on to Forager Cashewgurt, and I was able to find it at Whole Foods. Non-dairy yogurt can be tough to find, especially one with clean ingredients. The coconut stuff from So Delicious is pretty tasty but it's loaded with sugar and I was unable to find one without sugar. 

The cashewgurt fit the bill. Silly name, delicious taste. It's very tangy and you can really taste that mellow, sweet natural flavor of the cashew nut. It's creamy but it's not as thick as Greek style. But it definitely fit the bill because I like the convenience of yogurt and fruit as a snack or light breakfast, especially for work days. I also like that it's made without carrageenan, which is a no-no on Whole 30. Try it and let me know what you think!

I also found Forager Cashew milk at Sprouts Market yesterday, but I haven't opened it yet. I will let you know how it is when I try it.

I bought a beautiful T-bone steak to make tonight, I'll have mine with asparagus, and maybe a small sweet potato depending on my hunger level. One thing about Whole 30, you think you'll be hungry all the time, but you won't. Grains and sweeteners stimulate my appetite, so much so, that it's always a pleasant surprise to not be snacky between meals on this way of eating. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Whole 30

How has it been a whole month since I have posted? Time really gets away from me these days. We're in the dog days of summer here in GA. It's been hot, humid, and alternating between blazing sun and pouring rain. Thank goodness we get monthly mosquito treatments or it wouldn't be safe to leave the house. My knees are doing well, to my delight, and I don't want to jinx anything but my Achilles' may be feeling a bit better and I'm hoping to get back on the rower regularly again.

I've been carrying one well with WW. I hit my four month milestone with the program a couple of weeks ago. The meetings have been proven an invaluable source of support for me and I've made so many wonderful new friends. BUT...

Recently, I feel like I've started slipping into the bad habit of relying too much on sugar free, fat free Frankenfoods, and frankenly (snort) I don't like the way it makes me feel. So, I'm going to embark on a Whole 30, while following the framework of my Weight Watchers tracking. If you're a longtime reader of my blog, you know that I've done this a time or two before. It really strips back to basics the old eating habits and completely resets the palate. There isn't a whole lot of room to hide when you're partaking of protein, good fats, vegetables, and fruits only. I'm also hoping to kick out any remaining inflammation and hopefully wean myself off the meds.

I have plenty of Paleo cookbooks to keep it interesting and delicious at supper so Rob won't feel like I'm trying to starve him. My favorites are the Well Fed series by Melissa Joulwan.* I cook from them all the time because Melissa's flavor profiles are amazing. Her Bahn Mi meatballs are out of bounds delicious! Other resources I have on hand are Practical Paleo, by Diane Sanfillipo, Against all Grain, by Danielle Walker, and Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam. All of these are solid, and the authors have blogs with tons of recipes and information available for free, but I have a thing for cookbooks and can't resist them. 

I'm not going to do a daily chronicle here, but I will be checking in periodically with how I've been feeling, what I've been eating, and how I'm making it work with WW. I'm starting on Tuesday. If you have any questions, as always, comment below and I will do my best to answer them.

Happy Sunday, and have a wonderful week!

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