I am on the last day of The Whole30 food plan but it is not the last day for me. This professional chef and celebration artist is a believer!
I have to say that in the past I have been very protective of my profession and very skeptical of any so called “diet” that limited any food to anybody. I have always preached “moderation” not “elimination”but that is part of the change I am embracing. I have clients that eat every trend going: raw, vegan,paleo, Whole30, vegetarian and the list goes on… with many variations.
I have to say that most culinary training does not include in depth nutritional training. I am constantly educating myself; usually in the form of trial and error ( or in this case success) on myself. Today is about success and new beginnings which I think is appropriate on Ash Wednesday.
Whether you are religious or not Lent has always been a time of renewal.
40 days to challenge yourself to start something better in your life. There are always so many reasons not to start. Find just one reason to start.
I think that the number one reason people give themselves is that they do not cook so I am going to help with that if you follow along. I am thinking today that if you can buy or borrow the book “It Starts With Food” by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig start there.. Before you do anything else , read it….. from cover to cover.
When I teach my cooking classes the first thing I teach is to read the recipe before you try to produce it. I know this sounds basic( I can hear your sarcasm right now) but how many times have you raced to the store to buy something you forgot for a recipe you want to make?
If you want to be successful you have to prep the right way.
Our chef mantra..prep prep prep and then prep some more!
I believe that in the next 40 days you could read this book, prep for the plan and finish it in time for Easter Sunday! I know it is difficult and I know there will be people you love who will tell you that you are crazy.. It has been happening to me for the last 30 days. That’s why I decided to start and finish it myself…
my promise to you is that I will follow along with you for the next 40 days with my easy, delicious recipes that I have created to keep myself inspired along my journey.
3. clear the clutter from your pantry and refrigerator
4. read labels, you will notice all of the hidden junk in food you thought was good for you.
5. thirty days later you will have some significant change in your life…….. actually it will be many changes♥
One that I have had that is so exciting for me is that for the first time in 10 years my ears are almost clear. I have had all kinds of tests and treatments to clear my ear canals but nothing has worked.. as a result I can be a very loud talker…this makes me smile because I am constantly being told how loud I am, Good thing though. I never need a microphone when I speak to people. All kidding aside, I am so amazed and grateful. some times the pain in my ears was unbearable but now that is almost ancient history!
Let me know that you are following along and let’s help each other.
today’s tidbit: If you think you can’t do this whole plan after you have read it in its entirety then just pick one place to start.. a biggie would be to clear all processed food from your life.. period!
Have a Delicious Day……. I am on my way to my garden to shop for lunch ♦
Organic grapefruit sections, blueberries, bananas & strawberries sprinkled with unsweetened coconut flakes.