Our family changed what we allow on our dinner plates over two years ago when we tried the Whole30 formula. Yes, at first, we craved some of the carbs and sweets we were used to have. These days, however, we actually prefer this way of eating and have lost most of the cravings for the goodies of life.
One thing that increased in our meals were vegetables. Although we do splurge on a baked potato once in awhile, we find the extra vegetables are more filling and tasty. The microwave comes in handy as I only have to clean, season with herbs, toss with olive oil and plan about 15 minutes before serving dinner to cook them. We seldom have any left.
We started eating low-carb about six months ago. I wasn’t looking for a change in eating but picked up the Whole30 Cookbook and was entranced with several of the recipes. My husband figures any investment in a cookbook that makes me happy, is an investment in coming home to tasty and interesting meals. I also noticed that there were a lot of shared ‘lines’ between Paleo and the Whole30 although the Whole30 is a bit stricter. Another cookbook hit my shelves and my ‘expertise’ in cooking around the restrictions is expanding. The interesting result of eating healthier and avoiding a lot of the carbs is that we lose weight without watching our calories and have no cravings for the ‘fun’ but sugary stuff in life. My kitchen prep has taken on a whole new picture. I never thought that we’d be going through five or six pounds of squash a week (and liking it!) or having Kale a staple on our grocery list. A temptation we can enjoy has become Kale chips I make at home.
Since we avoid all except the natural sugars in fruits and vegetables, a favorite dessert is whipped coconut cream with pureed fruits. We feel positively decadent enjoying that layered dessert without the guilt.
Want to check out our addiction? To date, my favorite books are The Whole30, The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom, by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig. Although some of the recipes in this next book have to be adjusted to avoid the sugars, I’ve already made a full Asian meal from Paleo Takeout – Restaurant Favorites Without the Junk by Russ Crandall.
Since the children still at home are over 21 with minds of their own, go figure, huh? We didn’t impose our eating habits on them. Whenever I had spaghetti squash in place of regular pasta, I would make them the regular pasta. The last few meals, the regular pasta was passed by as they started to favor the spaghetti squash.