I had mentioned in my last post that I was introducing Whole 30/Paleo recipes to my parents while I was visiting. I am happy to say that they have embraced it! They tried it for 3 weeks and after the first week (adjustment time!), felt great. My mom has type 2 diabetes, and she has observed improvements in her blood sugar numbers, which is wonderful! Another thing she noticed is that her eyesight has improved. She says that her glasses are now blurry. Crazy, right? We asked her doctor if it is possible for eyesight to change, and she said that sometimes a change in medication can cause a change in metabolism, which can cause changes in vision. How’s that for an example of how food is just as powerful a medicine as any prescription! Also goes to show that when you try something like Whole 30, you have to focus on how it affects you. Everyone is different! My dad says that he feels his energy is steady throughout his workday and is no longer “crashing” in the afternoon. He also reports sleeping better than he has in years!
I’m so thrilled they gave it a shot. The thing that stood out to them most was that they didn’t feel hungry. They both lost a few pounds during the 3 week trial! They were so surprised that they felt satisfied with what we were eating, and it did not include fillers like grains, beans, or bread. They felt that it is a change they can stick with long term. It is a sustainable lifestyle change. It was more of a “trial” Whole 30 for them, since it was only 3 weeks. It was helpful that I was visiting so I could help them with basic recipes, meal prepping, etc. If you are new to it, all of that stuff can be overwhelming. They are planning on doing a full blown Whole 30 soon. Here are links to some of my staple recipes, as well as new recipes that we tried and liked. A few I’ve shared before, but some are new. We also kept it simple for many meals, combining high quality meats, veggies, fats, and fruit. Enjoy!
1. Meatloaf and Roasted Brussels Sprouts from Everyday Paleo: Everyone loved this meatloaf! My two year old ate two slices by himself!
2. Pad Thai from The Clothes Make the Girl: This is a great dish for when you want yummy, filling comfort food. It has all the elements of great pad thai!
3. Tomato Cream Chicken Sausage “Pasta” from PaleOMG: Very, very easy to make recipe. Also includes lots of spinach.
4. Homemade Mayo from The Clothes Make the Girl: We used this as a dipping sauce and to make tuna, chicken, and egg salads.
5. Coconut Milk Coffee Creamer from Fast Paleo: It is paleo, not W30 (probably considered SWYPO) but a good substitute if you just aren’t ready to quit creamer. Sometimes it takes baby steps, people 😉 It is so delicious in your coffee, tea, or as a topping for fruit. Once you refrigerate it, it sets to a thick whipped cream consistency.
6. Southwest Omelet Muffins from Paleogasm cookbook, Recipe Rx blog: These are a great breakfast option!
7. Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry and Red Curry with Chicken and Veggies from meal templates in It Starts with Food. Buy the book to get the recipes!