I recently finished a Whole30 and spent some time journaling about it every morning. I kept all my favorite recipes and noted lots of tips and ideas along the way. I didn’t want to write about the journey until I completed it – because I was afraid I might not make it! It was HARD! But so worth it in the end. I’m still benefiting from those 30 days as I have given up sugar in my coffee and am very mindful of my eating and what I’m putting in my body.
I chose this Seasoned Salt as the first recipe because it was helpful for many dishes I made while on the Whole30. I sprinkled it on eggs, meat, veggies, and used it in my potato salad (Brian’s favorite thing I made during the 30 days) for that extra something special.
From my journal:
Today is Day One of Whole30! I’m nervous and scared and excited! I’m drinking coffee with no sugar or half-and-half. What? Yep. Here goes: only meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruits, natural fat, nuts, and seeds. No sugar, dairy, grains, alcohol, legumes.
CRAZY STUFF! So, I’m hoping I can do it! I’ve never said “no” to much in my food life, so it will be tough. Lord, I’m going to need your strength!
I don’t want this to solely be about the food or weight loss. I do want to break my sugar addiction (“slay the sugar dragon” in Whole30 terms) and learn to control myself. Maybe I can make 1-2 changes for better health?? Also, there’s a spiritual aspect to this. I know I will need to die to self and rely on God’s strength. Sounds a little trite, but oh so true for me.
I’m grateful for: my husband who is joining me on the journey; children who are healthy and sweet; good friends and family who support me; my body that can move and has very little pain or issues; money to buy the food we will consume. Thank you, Lord.
Breakfast: Coffee with coconut milk. 2 eggs scrambled with 2 pieces of bacon, spinach, and onions. Melon and blueberries.
Lunch: 2 hard-boiled eggs, carrots with guacamole, pistachios.
Snack: plantain chips, cashews
Dinner: coconut shrimp, sauteed zucchini and onion. Banana with almond butter.
Snack: cup of tea with coconut milk
Today was great. The Whole30 people said it would be. Well, I’m riding this high and am going to wake up and do it again tomorrow. I can do this!
- 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teasoon dried chives
- Mix thoroughly and store in an airtight container. This has no additives, so it can clump. I double this recipe because I use it so often!