Whole30 (#2) for Immunity
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Recently I was diagnosed with a common autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto's, chronic inflammation of the thyroid. I know, I rolled my eyes too when I got the news of antibodies present in my blood, antibodies whose levels are gradually going up. After a follow up blood draw, and the news that selenium intake and mild diet changes didn't affect my levels, I decided to go full elimination (well not full, that's just too crazy for someone with the lower levels I'm experiencing.)

In lieu of jumping on a medical train, I'm adjusting diet and limiting stress (is that possible?) and retesting my blood levels in a few weeks. I've read and been told that eliminating gluten and dairy is a great first step, so I figured why not get rid of booze and sugar while I'm at it? I'm crossing my fingers diet helps reduce the inflammation and I can avoid taking drugs to aid my issue. 

I love being in control, hence a Whole30, or my version of it. 

Egg white scramble with turkey sausage, tomato and fresh basil ~ Heat a tbsp olive oil over medium heat and brown sausage, remove from pan. Add cut tomatoes to hot pan and cook for a minute, return sausage to pan, cover in beaten egg whites (or whole eggs) and scramble for about 1-2 minutes. Top with freshly torn basil. 

Egg white scramble with turkey sausage, tomato and fresh basil ~ Heat a tbsp olive oil over medium heat and brown sausage, remove from pan. Add cut tomatoes to hot pan and cook for a minute, return sausage to pan, cover in beaten egg whites (or whole eggs) and scramble for about 1-2 minutes. Top with freshly torn basil. 

I'm sharing my previous two weeks of recipes and a shopping guide to successfully complete the first half of your Whole30. I'm currently on Day 17, over halfway!! I'll share more recipes at the end as well. I finished a Whole30 last year and felt nothing short of amazing and 11 pounds lighter upon completion - read here about my first experience. Yes you're going to feel tired, you'll feel bloated, and you'll feel like you climbed Mt. Shasta once you're done. But it'll be worth it. Just don't celebrate with a whole bottle of champagne. Start with a glass! And make sure you slowly reintroduce foods. I'm serious. 

Zoodles with Turkey Bolognese ~ with a spiralizer, spin four zucchini into zoodles to whatever width you prefer, add a nice layer of salt and let them sweat in a colander over the sink while you make the sauce. For the sauce, heat a tbsp of olive oil over medium/high heat and brown your turkey (or chicken or beef). Remove from pan and drain excess fat, if any. Add another glug of olive oil and one finely chopped onion along with 3 cloves chopped garlic, cook for about 3 minutes. Add meat back to pan, along with a 28 oz can hand crushed tomatoes. Add salt and pepper and chopped herbs like basil, thyme, oregano, and parsley to pot and simmer for 30 minutes. Heat another pan with a tbsp olive oil and add zoodles, cook briefly to heat. Top noodles with sauce, fresh basil and crushed red pepper flake. 

Zoodles with Turkey Bolognese ~ with a spiralizer, spin four zucchini into zoodles to whatever width you prefer, add a nice layer of salt and let them sweat in a colander over the sink while you make the sauce. For the sauce, heat a tbsp of olive oil over medium/high heat and brown your turkey (or chicken or beef). Remove from pan and drain excess fat, if any. Add another glug of olive oil and one finely chopped onion along with 3 cloves chopped garlic, cook for about 3 minutes. Add meat back to pan, along with a 28 oz can hand crushed tomatoes. Add salt and pepper and chopped herbs like basil, thyme, oregano, and parsley to pot and simmer for 30 minutes. Heat another pan with a tbsp olive oil and add zoodles, cook briefly to heat. Top noodles with sauce, fresh basil and crushed red pepper flake. 

I'm a huge fan of zucchini, especially since I now get a weekly box of fruits, vegetables, and eggs from Out of the Box Collective. Can't suggest their produce enough for Southern Californians. If you struggle to make it to the Sunday farmer's markets while chasing your two insane kids around the neighborhood, this service is for you. 

Chicken Stir Fry ~ (Substitute coconut aminos for soy sauce, or Tamari for gluten free) recipe here. 

Chicken Stir Fry ~ (Substitute coconut aminos for soy sauce, or Tamari for gluten free) recipe here

Malibu Salad ~ Enjoy a light salad with crunchy Romaine lettuce, fresh tomatoes, cut cucumber and celery, shredded carrots, rotisserie chicken, peaches and Whole30 approved prosciutto. Add some salt pepper and use mustard for dipping! And always avocado if you have one. 

Malibu Salad ~ Enjoy a light salad with crunchy Romaine lettuce, fresh tomatoes, cut cucumber and celery, shredded carrots, rotisserie chicken, peaches and Whole30 approved prosciutto. Add some salt pepper and use mustard for dipping! And always avocado if you have one. 

Summer is a very busy time for us, as I'm sure it is for most peeps, whether you have kids or not. Either you're having way too much fun at the beach sipping on Rose' and balancing when to visit your therapist or pilates class (jerk) or you're managing four schedules, two adult's jobs, nannys, a social life, laundry and feeding humans. I'm the latter, clearly. And sometimes a plate of grab-and-go goodies does the trick. We get to spend time here and there in Malibu with Sam's parents, so Pearly always spoils us with the freshest of ingredients. And blue and white everything. 

Pretty and pretty easy ~ soft scrambled farmer's market eggs with fresh strawberries and blueberries along with a Califia Farms unsweetened almond milk cappuccino. Breakfast doesn't have to be hard, but can be hearty. Heat olive oil on medium / low heat and slowly scramble eggs until softly formed, don't overcook. Season with salt and pepper. Add avocado for a yummy fat. 

Pretty and pretty easy ~ soft scrambled farmer's market eggs with fresh strawberries and blueberries along with a Califia Farms unsweetened almond milk cappuccino. Breakfast doesn't have to be hard, but can be hearty. Heat olive oil on medium / low heat and slowly scramble eggs until softly formed, don't overcook. Season with salt and pepper. Add avocado for a yummy fat. 

Roasted sweet potatoes with over-easy egg and avocado ~ YES, you can have sweet and regular potatoes!!!! Cut sweet potato into cubes and combine with a few glugs of olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme. Roast for 30-40 minutes at 400 degrees (I like them crispy). Top sweet potatoes with over-easy egg and fresh avocado. Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flake.

Roasted sweet potatoes with over-easy egg and avocado ~ YES, you can have sweet and regular potatoes!!!! Cut sweet potato into cubes and combine with a few glugs of olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme. Roast for 30-40 minutes at 400 degrees (I like them crispy). Top sweet potatoes with over-easy egg and fresh avocado. Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flake.

This kind of detox really doesn't seem like you're missing much. Once you get into the groove, you forget that grains, gluten, a glass of wine, and cheese (the hardest for me) aren't in your system (kind of). You just feel so damn good, and so full, that it doesn't phase you. I swear. And It isn't forever. It's just 30 days. Don't forget that you're being good to yourself today. Also be reminded you will sleep the way your body is meant to... well, long and heavy. And you won't wake up in the middle of the night. Without sugar... I swear it's the enemy... our bodies are free. 

Whole30 Greek Salad ~ In a bowl, combine Romaine (or leafy greens), cut tomato, red pepper, cucumber, black olives, red onion, cooked chicken, avocado and top with slivered almonds. For your dressing, combine, 3 tbsp olive oil with 1.5 tbsp of balsamic oil, a dollop of mustard, salt and pepper and emulsify until combined. Or you can use a store bought balsamic vinaigrette without sugar added like Tessemea's. 

Whole30 Greek Salad ~ In a bowl, combine Romaine (or leafy greens), cut tomato, red pepper, cucumber, black olives, red onion, cooked chicken, avocado and top with slivered almonds. For your dressing, combine, 3 tbsp olive oil with 1.5 tbsp of balsamic oil, a dollop of mustard, salt and pepper and emulsify until combined. Or you can use a store bought balsamic vinaigrette without sugar added like Tessemea's. 

When I have an organizing job (yes, I do that too), I always take my lunch with me so I don't have to stop for a break. The hours fly by when you're helping someone purge, and a quick salad is easy to chomp on while reorganizing a pantry. Grab some almonds and an apple and you're good until dinner. 

Take it easy on the nuts. They are NOT a low calorie food. 

Malibu Salad 2 ~ Another Malibu spread. I'm obsessed with pickles and olives. Don't be afraid to use these as your salt. Crisp romaine lettuce, fresh peaches, cut carrots and pickles, served with smashed avocado with lime, salt and pepper. I make little wraps with the ingredients. A Whole30 taco! And I never forget a La Croix. Why didn't I buy stock?

Malibu Salad 2 ~ Another Malibu spread. I'm obsessed with pickles and olives. Don't be afraid to use these as your salt. Crisp romaine lettuce, fresh peaches, cut carrots and pickles, served with smashed avocado with lime, salt and pepper. I make little wraps with the ingredients. A Whole30 taco! And I never forget a La Croix. Why didn't I buy stock?

Baked eggs with leeks, mushrooms and thyme ~ Another oldie but goodie. Don't overcook the egg if you like them runny. Top with fresh thyme, salt and pepper. Recipe here. Make sure your hot sauce is sugar-free. 

Baked eggs with leeks, mushrooms and thyme ~ Another oldie but goodie. Don't overcook the egg if you like them runny. Top with fresh thyme, salt and pepper. Recipe here. Make sure your hot sauce is sugar-free. 

I forget how much I love mushrooms sometimes. They aren't a go-to for me, like tomatoes or cabbage, carrots or even beets. The earthiness works so well with the fatty, runny egg and one of my favorite onion flavors, leeks. And thyme, all the time (dork). 

Cedar planked salmon with cucumber jalapeño salad ~ Soak your cedar plank for as long as possible, at least 6 hours. Heat your grill. Generously salt and pepper both sides of salmon and place on cedar plank, skin side down. Grill for 13-16 minutes, but don't overcook. Salad recipe here. Make brown rice if you're gluten not grain-free. For tomatoes and asparagus, combine 3 tbsp olive oil with three minced cloves of garlic, salt and pepper. Quickly whisk for about 30 seconds. Combine with both asparagus and tomatoes and place on cooking sheet. Roast for 18 minutes on 400 degrees while salmon cooks on the grill. 

Cedar planked salmon with cucumber jalapeño salad ~ Soak your cedar plank for as long as possible, at least 6 hours. Heat your grill. Generously salt and pepper both sides of salmon and place on cedar plank, skin side down. Grill for 13-16 minutes, but don't overcook. Salad recipe here. Make brown rice if you're gluten not grain-free. For tomatoes and asparagus, combine 3 tbsp olive oil with three minced cloves of garlic, salt and pepper. Quickly whisk for about 30 seconds. Combine with both asparagus and tomatoes and place on cooking sheet. Roast for 18 minutes on 400 degrees while salmon cooks on the grill. 

It seems like a lot of eggs. It is. They're my favorite. Just take a break when you can. No one ever said you can't have salad for breakfast. 

Spinach frittata with turkey bacon and tomatoes ~ This can last you a few meals, by the way. heat oven to 400 degrees. Bring 1 tbsp olive oil to medium heat and add turkey sausage until cooked through. Remove from pan. Add a little more olive oil, add tomatoes and cook for one minute, add spinach and cook until wilted, another minute. Add sausage back to pan and combine. In a bowl, beat 6-9 eggs (depending on how thick you'd like your frittata) with salt and pepper. Add to pan and coat all ingredients evenly. Cook on medium low until egg sets. Place in oven for 18-25 minutes, until egg is set and cooked through. Remove and let cool slightly. Serve with salsa and / or hot sauce and avocado (of course). 

Spinach frittata with turkey bacon and tomatoes ~ This can last you a few meals, by the way. heat oven to 400 degrees. Bring 1 tbsp olive oil to medium heat and add turkey sausage until cooked through. Remove from pan. Add a little more olive oil, add tomatoes and cook for one minute, add spinach and cook until wilted, another minute. Add sausage back to pan and combine. In a bowl, beat 6-9 eggs (depending on how thick you'd like your frittata) with salt and pepper. Add to pan and coat all ingredients evenly. Cook on medium low until egg sets. Place in oven for 18-25 minutes, until egg is set and cooked through. Remove and let cool slightly. Serve with salsa and / or hot sauce and avocado (of course). 

I love any combination of frittata as you can grab it from the fridge, heat it up quickly and run out the door with your robe on, hair wet, and no bra. If you want to know what most mornings look like around here, there you go. 

Turkey Chili (with or without white beans) ~ Skip the shredded cheddar, sour cream and corn chips and you're Whole30 compliant. And then cry. Turkey chili recipe here, but leave out the white beans. And cry again. 

Turkey Chili (with or without white beans) ~ Skip the shredded cheddar, sour cream and corn chips and you're Whole30 compliant. And then cry. Turkey chili recipe here, but leave out the white beans. And cry again. 

Let's not forget soups. You can have soup for almost every meal here if you want. The next few weeks I'm going to play around with some new soup ideas. It's been a stretch to go there, since it's been 110 freaking degrees this week. And without a baguette to dip, my heart breaks a little. But this turkey chili is extremely filling and can last a few meals, like the frittata. 

I hope these recipe inspire you to give the Whole30 a try. Or at least give hope that this kind of detox is possible. In the meantime, while you're deciding whether or not to commit, eat that chili with beans and cheese, sour cream and a beer. Do it for me. 

Below is a shopping list to get you started. Beware of Whole30 snacks like nuts, dried fruit, Larabars, and Power Snacks. These calories will creep up on you and aid in bloating. 

See you in two weeks, with a glass of wine. 

2 week Whole30 Shopping List

Proteins:

  • 2 dozen organic brown eggs
  • 2 lbs. ground turkey / beef / chicken (or combination)
  • 1 cooked rotisserie chicken
  • 1 lb. turkey sausage
  • 1.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken
  • 1.5 lbs. wild salmon
  • prosciutto
  • 1 lb. sliced deli chicken (no sugar)

Vegetables / Fruits:

  • tomatoes
  • 4-6 zucchini
  • 2 large onions
  • head garlic
  • head green cabbage
  • shredded carrots
  • 3 red peppers
  • scallions
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • spinach
  • mushrooms - large cremini or button
  • 2 leeks
  • romaine lettuce
  • 2 cucumbers
  • celery
  • avocado (at least 3)
  • bunch asparagus
  • jalapeno
  • lemons / limes
  • strawberries / blueberries
  • 3-4 peaches
  • cantaloupe

Spices / Herbs / Pantry

  • basil
  • cilantro
  • thyme
  • cedar planks
  • coconut aminos
  • almond milk
  • almonds / variety of nuts
  • olives

EAT UP!!!!

And let me know how it's going please. I LOVE COMMENTS!!!!