UPDATE: we did not make it through our Whole 30! It's hard and life got in the way! We learned a lot and will try again soon. Don't worry, we'll bring you along with us :-)
You may have seen on Facebook that my family and I are (attempting) to complete a Whole 30 this month. If you're not familiar with Whole 30, read about it and you'll most likely be terrified and want to go hide under a table with a death grip on a bag of cookies (or loaf of bread, block of cheese, etc.).
Here's a short and sweet (not really, because NO SUGAR!) overview of the program: For thirty days, you eat meat, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats. I will say there are a lot of things you CAN eat, but for the most part you'll be shopping the perimeter of the grocery store and making everything you eat at home, from scratch. There won't be any sugar, grains, dairy, legumes, alcohol, or preservatives on our plates which means little things like ketchup, salad dressing, or beef broth have to be made at home (seriously, why is there sugar in beef broth?!).
We're not doing this as a means to lose weight - in fact, the program is intentional about not focusing on that. For a lot of people, January is a time to set goals and start fresh. That's what we're doing! Eating “clean” 100% of the time will help reset our food choices and the way we think about the food that we eat. Believe me, I'm not saying we are never eating cookies again nor do I think eating cookies is a bad thing (especially homemade ones)! So much of baking, cooking, and eating is about community and relationships and that's what I love most about it. I mean, my goodness, I have a business centered around sweets and it’s been an amazing way to meet people, learn stories, and share in the joy of decorating. Please don’t stop eating cookies!
So, our family dinners will look a little different during January and I won’t be sipping on a cup of apple cider during cookie class (or “taste testing” the cookie dough before its baked), but the fellowship and love of community will still be there and that’s what’s important.
Whole 30 isn’t something that we decided to try overnight. It really does take time to prepare – both in the kitchen (holy moly it’s a lot of prep!) and mentally (seriously, my brain is currently saying please feed me cake, cookies, or just give me a bag of sugar and a spoon). It’s also a tough love kind of program – if you mess up (even on Day 29), you start all over at Day 1. Whole 30 isn’t supposed to be a Whole 365. We will all be eating cookies, cheese, and bread again but we’re hoping after our experience, it’ll give us some insight into the way our bodies respond to these things and help us make better choices when eating “non compliant” foods. I’m definitely of the belief that homemade is always better than store bought (in taste and definitely in ingredients) and that’s why everything we make here is from scratch – Whole 30 food or not.
We’d love for you to follow our journey and we’ll be sharing recipes, meal plans, feelings, and frustrations throughout. I’ve had several people ask for Farmer and the Dail to offer Whole 30 or healthy cooking classes, and while I’m no expert (cookies are my jam!), this may be the perfect segue into that because I’d love to teach you how to make homemade mayo and how to spirillize some zucchini into “zoodles,” while also teaching you how to decorate the most sugary buttery cookie too! :-)
Talk to me! Is Whole 30 something you would try? Would you be interested in cooking classes (both healthy and not so healthy – it’s all about balance, right?!)? Tell us what you think or just leave some words of encouragement because we may need it!
Full disclosure: Pictures 1 and 3 above are from our first round of Whole 30 which actually turned out to be a Whole 4. For real. This is hard but we're trying again! Boom!