Focus Forward

Hello, friend.  Sister and I have had such fun during our Whole30 experience.  Trying new recipes and new foods.  Documenting how pretty food can be on Instagram.  Keeping this blog for us, and for you, as we chart our progress.

I shared with you how I had almost reached the ‘Good enough for me’ reaction.  It was a warning for me to stay alert.  But there is a time during Whole30 when ‘good enough’ is perfectly acceptable.  If you are dealing with stress and all you can manage is “a grass fed hotdog on a paper plate” you are completely within compliance.

Something happens when you go on Whole30.  Instead of your focus being slanted toward what you’re not eating, everything revolves around what you can eat.  What you can eat is incredible and the possibilities are endless.  Having a familiar vegetable prepared in a new way is adventurous.  You want to share what you’re eating and see what other Whole30ers have on their plates.  It becomes a sort of camaraderie.

It’s referred to in the Whole30 book as Pinterest-worthy meals.  They don’t have to be.  If you normally eat squash, sweet potato and baked pork chops and it’s nothing special, you’ve just had a Whole30 meal without even trying.

We’re up to our last food reintroduction.  Gluten.  While the idea sister has come up with is new and going to be fun to create, I’m anticipating the after effects more than the meal itself.  I don’t know that I have a problem with gluten.  Sister suspects she may.  We’ll soon find out.

Our reintroduction will officially be over on the 29th.  Sister had asked me earlier when we were supposed to weigh again.  I didn’t answer because I didn’t know.  The books don’t go into that.  But, since they do stress abstinence from the scale, I came up with a plan.  We’ll weigh on the 30th and then at the end of each month.  Sister was in agreement.

We have hunting and foraging trips coming up.  You know what that means.  Walmart.  We’re making our lists and getting ready to stock up our almost empty pantry.

I was searching through my cross stitch book collection, trying to find a particular pattern.  I’ve got a hankerin’ to stitch but I’ve got my druthers set on this particular book.  I did come across many, many patterns concerning food, kitchens and love.

Working through my relationship with food, I was of two mindsets – that’s the way I used to think and that’s the way I still think.  Nothing makes me melt more than when someone likes something I made.  A pretty picture of an apple pie stating ‘baked with love’ carries back to generations of kitchens and baking.  “Happiness is a cookie at grandma’s.”  Who’s been there?

I don’t see a lot of that in our future.  The pictures were so appealing, yet, I could feel a shift in my thought process.  I was drawn to them but they didn’t seem to ‘fit’ anywhere.

Have I had my last piece of pie?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  The lovin’ from the oven is on the far side of things now.  A couple of years ago I was trying to make every type of pound cake I could find a recipe for.  Now I’m centered on those chia seed puddings.  I spent a good portion of the afternoon looking up recipes for new varieties.  I found enough to start a notebook for my collection.   And I’m still on the lookout.   I’m so looking forward to sharing them with you in the weeks to come.

That and overnight oats.  I’ve wanted to try them for a while now.  I just read a quote online that said your only limits are your imagination and perhaps your pantry.  The experimenting sounds like it will be fun.  I’ll be looking up those recipes next.  Possibly calculating how to interchange/combine the oats and the chia seeds.

English Fayre will be here in a week.  It will be our first day off plan in almost two months.  I’ll share with you how our day goes.  We’re looking forward to a great time.


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