You guys, it is COLD. Finally! I lucked out and snagged these pictures RIGHT before it started to downpour (again), and I have a feeling that the weather is going to be really temperamental for the next few days. Last night, the torrential rain came in 3-5 minute intervals. Today, I think it’s rained five times since I’ve gotten up, with broken clouds in between. But I love it. As you know, I’ve been really hot through pregnancy so the cool weather is welcome!
If you’ve been around long enough, you know that a few months ago (okay, like… six) Mr. Owl and I embarked on The Whole 30. If you don’t know what that is (most people don’t), I posted about it several times: here, here, here, and here. But we haven’t really kept up on eating that way– Mr. Owl wasn’t fond of it because he lost weight, and I’ve been lazy — and last night, I finally decided I really need to go back to the Paleo way of eating.
For one, I’ve been SO gassy and heartburn-y lately — and I know to some extent that’s just pregnancy, but seriously it’s bad — and cleaning up what I eat will definitely help with that. For two, I want to be providing this baby with the best possible nutrition I can, and eliminating the foods I know cause problems with me — dairy, sugar, and beans especially — will also provide him with good nutrition. For three, I know that eliminating the five problem foods will assist with getting him to nurse when he’s born: my mom experienced a huge issue breast feeding one of my brothers and it was only later she discovered he was dairy intolerant. And if I’m already eating a clean diet by the time he arrives, it’ll be much easier to figure out why he’s having issues if he does have issues with things I eat.
Plus, I really miss the energy and the overall good feeling of not eating the five problematic food groups. I slept better, woke up easier, did more, and felt freer to eat with the knowledge that I was nourishing my body.
Now, I will not be eating all-out strictly paleo. My food will occasionally include white potatoes (which are restricted as they’re starchy, don’t have any nutritious value, and are actually poisonous when raw), honey (strict paleo eaters don’t use any type of sweetener), and grains (because so far as I could tell, they didn’t affect me.) I will also occasionally juice things (not recommended because who seriously eats the same amount of fruit in one sitting as you do when you juice it?) But from today on, I am completely nixing the dairy, cane sugar (includes brown sugar and all other forms of sweeteners aside from honey), and legumes because those three food groups give me indigestion, bad stomach cramps, headaches, tiredness, crankiness, and… other things we won’t go into.
To get ready for this food change, I’ve started to go through all of my cool cookbooks (the ones with recipes from Spain, Italy, France, China, Morocco, Ireland, India, and who knows where else, plus the Well Fed paleo cookbook) and I’m creating a comprehensive list of recipes that don’t need to be modified, or can be easily modified with paleo substitutes (such as almond flour for regular, or coconut/almond milk to replace milk and yogurt, etc) from each cookbook (and there are over 10 of them), and I am categorizing them by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner main dishes, side dishes, soups, snacks, desserts, sauces/dips/toppings). Once I’m done going through all of this, I hope to create weekly menus from now until the baby’s born, and after that I’ll write up grocery lists for each weekly menu.
It’s a massive job, but so far it is REALLY fun. I haven’t utilized my cookbooks as much as I should (some of them, I have never cooked out of), and it’s awesome to go through each one and realize that just because I’m nixing certain popular food groups doesn’t mean I won’t get to eat a wide and mouth-wateringly delicious array of food.
And when I’m done recipe-gathering, categorizing, menu-making, and list-writing, I will be able to easily stick to a clean paleo way of eating that I know will nourish myself and the baby, and I won’t have to do anything other than buy the ingredients and make the food. No more desperately flipping through cookbooks and getting discouraged that I can’t find anything to make or don’t have the ingredients for something!
I am really excited for this. I’ll be sharing my favorite week-to-week recipes, either by posting them here or linking to them online, and I’ll also be posting helpful tips and my own recipes. Looking through all of these books has already given me a plethora of ideas for dishes entirely out of my own head!
If you are curious about paleo and The Whole 30, feel free to email me! Or, you can wander around Whole9Life.com. Here are a few really helpful and informative pages: What is the Whole 30 | Resource page | An intro to Whole 9
And yes, eating this way is completely and totally safe during pregnancy. Why? Because it eliminates problem foods, and it is not a weight loss program. It is a healthy way to eat… forever, through anything, at any time. It doesn’t involve calorie counting, weighing in, crazy weird menus, point counting, nonfat eating, or anything. All it requires is… eat food. Real, healthy, wholesome, nutritious food.
Have any of you ever tried a paleo diet, or heard of the Whole 30? What did you think?
I hope you are all having a beautiful Monday!