Hello Week 4

Some aspects of the Whole30 plan are similar to the paleo diet.  Paleolithic man was of a hunter-gatherer society.  So, in keeping with the spirit of things we went on a hunting trip to gather supplies for our eating regimen.  At Walmart.

Not the best location for hunting-gathering but when you’re rural you do the best you can.  Indeed, there was more hunting than gathering.  Always on the lookout for new ingredients we still found goodies.

One of my favorite finds was this:

In addition to surprises like finding the same brand of ghee we got at Lucky’s Market, we found this:

Did you see that price per ounce?  Do you know how much meat we can buy for 11.98?  We needed a vanilla bean for a recipe but it’s more economical to find a new recipe.

We left Walmart and headed straight to our local grocery store where we found other surprises.  Like unsweetened flaked coconut and plantains.

And this:

I have made my peace with flavored waters.  I can now taste a faint sweetness in them.  In addition to the La Croix coconut water I tried the orange Bubly.  It was good but the coconut was so smooth and yummy.

Funny thing about the flavored waters.  They are sparkling which I define as fizzy.  Not a fan of the fizz.  I prefer to pour them into a glass and stir most of the bubbles away.  It’s not uncommon for me to let them go flat.  I was trying to discern the taste of a flat one and realized, after several sips, I was drinking plain water.

When we got home sister asked me to mix up a batch of snack mix from the nuts and fruit we had foraged.

We hope you enjoy.

Snack Mix

Good as a stand alone snack or sprinkled over a main dish.


  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup unsweetened toasted coconut flakes


  • Measure ingredients into a large bowl.  Toss with hands to mix.  Pour into an airtight container.


Measurements are for approximation.  Use more or less of each ingredient according to your personal taste.  Nuts bought in bulk are better than packaged nuts.  If you can't find toasted coconut, untoasted coconut flakes work equally as well.


Homemade Larabar Bites

Larabars are the creation of Lara Merriken.  The whole food natural fruit and nut bars are gluten free, dairy free, made from 2 to 9 ingredients and contain no GMO.

They can be used as an emergency meal or as a snack if you’re hungry but never as a substitute for a candy bar.  Caving in to a sugar craving defeats the spirit of the Whole30 mindset and can awaken what is referred to as your sugar dragon.  Once you wake up that baby you’ll have a dickens of a time getting it to go back to sleep.

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What Just Happened?

What is this?  We have 3 weeks of Whole30 behind us and everything has been positive.  I wake up on week 4 and the first thing I notice is how bad I feel?  NOW my aches have returned?  NOW my thoughts are scrambled?  NOW I look like I’m smuggling innertubes under my shirt?  Well, actually, I look like that all the time.  But it really bothered me this morning!

What in the world was going on here?  I’ve gotten so used to waking up feeling good this really took the wind out of my sails.  After days of carefully monitoring my blood sugar so it didn’t bottom out, it was high.  My neck hurt, my fingers were stiff . . . about the only thing that didn’t hurt was my hair – which I tried to part with the back side of the comb.  Several times.

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Looking Back: Week 3

At the end of week 3 we are over the halfway point of our Whole30 journey.  We’re not only past the halfway mark of 30 days, we’re halfway past the 40 days of Lent.  We’re feeling good, eating good food and not craving anything.  We stay satisfied between meals, we’re not always wanting ‘something,’ and we’re not missing anything we gave up. 


Okay.  I once felt sad when walking by the dairy case at the grocery store but only while the milk was in sight.  I haven’t missed it at all.

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Let’s Start with Breakfast

Breakfast is a must on Whole30.  It wasn’t something I was consistent at.  But aside from how much better I feel eating three meals a day, it’s one of the rules.  In order to have a successful Whole30 you have to follow the rules.

There aren’t a ton of rules but they are strict.  You do not eat or drink certain things; you do not recreate your treats with compliant ingredients, no cauliflower pizza crust here; you stay off of the scale and step away from the tape measure. Continue reading “Let’s Start with Breakfast”

Was that Tiger Blood?

I am still having to remind myself not to step on the scales.  There is an entire section of the book devoted to not getting on the scales and why.  In my head it’s not as loud as the scales calling.  We have doctor appointments in a few weeks.  I promise you, and me, that I won’t look when I weigh in.

Hear that?  La-la-la-la-la!  I’m trying not to.  It’s the tape measure beckoning me from the hiding place I stashed it in.  In reading back through the book, it clearly states not to measure during the Whole30.  Unless you didn’t take your measurements before you started, leave that tape measure alone. Continue reading “Was that Tiger Blood?”

Taste and See

“The more you taste of My goodness, the less you will crave any temporary temptation.”  This is from my devotional this morning and speaks of the deliverance of God.  As I read the line over and over the closer connected to my Whole30 it became.  The more I taste of fresh fruits and vegetables the less I care about manufactured food.  A simple analogy but strong in faith and dependence on God to bless this journey.

We’re well into week three now.  I was reading back through the book to see where we line up with the Whole30 timeline.  I know my Whole30 isn’t going to look exactly like the book.  My Whole30 doesn’t even look like sister’s Whole30 and we’re doing this together.  We didn’t have the same starting weight, the same metabolism, the same health issues and the same reactions to certain foods.  Your Whole30 experience will be unique to you. Continue reading “Taste and See”

Layer 4, Fresh Tomato Salsa & Layer 5, Guacamole

Today concludes the series of recipes for homemade Whole30 bowl ala Chipotle.  

I’ve included the recipe for both the salsa and guacamole in one blog. because the ingredient lists are similar.  Both use diced tomatoes, lime juice, purple or red onion and cilantro.  I used the lime juice in both recipes.  I chose not to use the onion in the guacamole because I thought it would be too overpowering with the salsa.  See below for comments about cilantro. Continue reading “Layer 4, Fresh Tomato Salsa & Layer 5, Guacamole”