As it is my first year of blogging which means sharing my cooking adventures with few more people than my family, there is quite a bit of room for reflecting at the end of this year. But even though there are definitely things that I think I could’ve done different, things that didn’t go very well (ehm, my first attempt for flax-seed flour goodies?) and things I could’ve improve, I prefer to think mainly about the good stuff. Why should we beat ourselves for something we didn’t achieve just because one year is ending? There is gonna be plenty of room to do our best the next year too. So let’s just cast aside the “unsuccessful” days (things are usually for a reason, right?) and focus on the bright side. What are your achievements this year? What are you really proud of? I would love to hear from you.
I already said it here several times, but I just can’t stress enough about how my relationship with food changed over last few months. And how impressed I am by that. Mostly that I’m grateful to the Whole30 for this change. Yeah, I think I just need to say it few more times. But it’s funny because during the program I didn’t feel like there is a difference. I felt like I was already eating healthy before that anyway. Yet now, six months after, I wouldn’t even look at some things I used to eat before.
This recipe always takes me straight to my childhood. Because I just loved all the types of spreads and remoulades as a kid. Especially the ones with mayonnaise. Czech people would actually spread almost anything over their slice of bread. My husband still can’t believe how many different spreads, remoulades, relishes, pates etc. we have. But some of them can include quite some nasties, especially when store bought. Luckily that’s not the case with this homemade Celeriac Remoulade. I don’t have to remove it out of my diet even as a food conscious adult. Because it needs only few whole ingredients, actually making for a very healthy treat. Combine it with my Grain Free Pumpernickel Bread and light meal can be served in matter of minutes.
I’ve already admitted here several times that I have a weakness for baked goodies. Especially bread of any kind. But now more than ever I am aware of what I’m eating and how often. And I am thankful for this awakening to the Whole30 I did this May. When I did the programme I had a feeling that nothing changed. But when I look back there is so many things that changed for me. Not only I am a bit leaner (nice bonus) and I have almost zero stomach aches (very usual for me before) but I know what I can afford and what is just too much for me. And I’m even more interested in nutrition than before. So yes, I would have normal bread every now and then, because I know that small amounts of gluten doesn’t upset me. But I also know that there is not much nutrition in those baked goodies. That’s why I made this Grain Free Pumpernickel Bread to accompany my favourite spreads. It’s full of Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fibre, protein and other nutrients and of course tastes great, especially when slightly toasted.
I can’t believe the weekend is almost over again. Last month and a half just flew by, I swear. But I love it. I’m quite busy with my new job and settling in the new life, but I wouldn’t change a thing about it. It feels so right at this moment. However I still don’t post as much as I would like. But I’m getting better with my schedule these days. I think that what also helps is that I try to make as much food prep and batch cook during one of my days off. So I can make sure that we will still eat healthy during the week, even when we are short on time. And that we can use the precious time we have left to enjoy ourselves. Or write a blog post 🙂
Holy crackers, I made it! I didn’t die as I suspected. I survived all the 30 days without grains, dairy, legumes, alcohol and sugar! Instead of that I focused on whole nutrient foods, like meat and veggies, with occasional little treat in form of nuts and fruits. And it wasn’t so bad after all. What seemed really hard at the beginning turned out to be pretty easy over the time. The hunger faded away. The cravings got smaller. And even though I had 3 (sometimes 4) meals a day, I don’t have the urge to eat every 2 hours anymore.
OMG, only one more day and I am done with this thing. Oh, and I am ready. I am so ready. Well, not that I’m gonna stuff my face with donuts and fries the first day after this program. But I’m definitely excited about the fact that I won’t have to worry about the little things. And finally – I would be able to eat out! In a restaurant, people! While not making the staff uncomfortable and confused, just ordering from the menu (hopefully) like all the other customers. This is super exciting.
Day 28 was probably the laziest from the entire Whole30. I was still bit sick and tired so I just spent all day at home, doing nothing. Well, I actually wrote about the two previous days. Which is a quite an achievement for me due to the condition I was in this whole weekend. And also considering the fact that typing still takes a bit of time for me. I should finally find some course for that. Although I keep talking about it for few years, I’m still using maximum 4 fingers to type, while desperately searching for the letters on the keyboard all the time. I am bit old school in some things, I know.
I felt a bit better this Saturday morning, as the flu seemed slowly giving in. And I think it was because I drunk lots of the bone broth, ate balanced meals and relaxed the whole day on Friday. Well ok, maybe it was because I was super excited about going to few inspections of the available apartments I found on Day 25. My body was just brimming with adrenaline. I couldn’t even fell asleep the night before because I was imagining on of these apartments will be our new place. Our home.
Okay, I know that I’m kinda slacking the daily updates about how the Whole30 changes (or not) my life, as the end of it is coming closer. But just you know I actually had a pretty nice schedule for myself this weekend, including the daily journal, few recipes and a self study. Because I also decided that there is time to learn new things and signed up for an online course. However, you probably know how things work when you have a perfect plan, scheduled to every minute. I was able to post one recipe on the Friday morning (for the delicious Ajvar relish, if you did not notice yet) before I dropped off with a flu.