Day 172 – 6.21.2011

It’s the last day of my Whole30! I’m not really sure how I’m feeling about it and to be honest, I’m not really craving that piece of chocolate I’ve been saving. In a weird twist, I’m uninspired right now. But at least I wanted to show case all the ingredients that have inspired me to experiment with flavors and cooking for the last 30 days. My spice collection has doubled in size, as has my oil collection.

I’m currently writing a follow-up on the Whole30 and will post that once I’ve got my thoughts coherently typed.

Day 164 – 6.13.2011

One of the responsibilities of the Whole30 nutrition challenge is knowing exactly what goes into your food. This practically eliminates being able to eat at restaurants. Even at the restaurant I work in, I can only eat the steamed broccoli and the baked sweet potatoes because all other veggies are either cooked with corn/vegetable/canola oil or have some other non-approved ingredients added somewhere in the recipe. So for the last 22 days, I’ve cooked every single meal I’ve consumed. Every. Single. Meal. It’s kind of exhausting just thinking about it but I’ve enjoyed the challenge of creating and combining flavors. Recently, I’ve been on a kale kick – it’s such a vibrant green color and its bitterness blends well with my two new favorite spices: paprika and cayenne pepper.