So here we go! It’s already day two, only 29 more to go!. I have a pretty nice starter recipe for y’all. Baked Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken! Doesn’t sound very ‘diet’ does it? This is why I love Whole30! It’s my kinda food!
For those of you who are asking, ‘What is a Whole30‘? It is 30 days of eating real, unprocessed and nutritionally dense food. Which means avoiding all grains, added sugars, soy, dairy, beans, legumes, alcohol or processed foods. It means eating everything from where it comes from. It means reading every label on everything you buy in the grocery store to be sure it is ‘Whole30 Compliant’. Get used to seeing the phrase”Whole30 Compliant” for the next 30 days. A new word for Websters?
I have been stalking this program for about a year. Initially it was to lose weight, that reason has changed dramatically. I had back fusion surgery in September. It has been nothing short of hell my friends. It isn’t that the surgery went awry, in fact it did everything it was supposed to do. But the nerve in my left leg had been compromised by that nasty disc for so long that it is struggling to come back to life. When you put together the word nerve and struggling, it equals pain…and a lot of it! Nerves are slow healers and mine has the length of my entire leg to get through before it’s done. Most of the nerve pain has settled in my calf, ankle and foot and seems to be quite happy just lingering there. It makes every step painful and it likes to come out at night and play. I think of my leg as an ‘it’. A separate part of my body that just does it’s own thing…I have little or no control over.
Well something has to change. I do believe I will get better but I also believe I can help it along by reducing the inflammation of that nerve. That’s where the Whole30 comes in. The clean and disciplined eating program is said to reduce internal inflammation. I will do most anything to get this over with as quickly as possible and if I all I have to do is eat good food to make that happen…throw me a fork! I’m in!
There are many things that I will never take for granted again. Like hopping in my car to go to the store. Visiting the mall, dining out and at one point even checking the mail. Everything has to be thought out well in advance. How far can I go? How bad will it hurt? How long of a drive? How much can I take? Is there wine when I get there? It is very surprising how much pain a person can really endure. One thing I have learned is we are all a lot stronger than we think.
So, there is my little story and I would be remiss if I did not mention how grateful I am for my husband and daughter. They have shown me love in ways that are simply amazing. If not for them both, and some close friends who made me laugh along the way, I would never be as far as I am, and I have come so far….because of your love. (tears on my keyboard)
But before we all start feeling so sorry for Kathi that it ruins your Mac Nut Chicken experience – let me say that I am enjoying my life. I am starting to get out more and more and doing more and more! The recovery is just so terribly slow and I just want it to hurry up already! I’d like my life back please….I miss you!
Whole30 info: A few websites to get you headed in the right direction, should you want to follow along. There are great meal ideas on Pinterest/Whole30 . A few of my favorite websites are The Healthy Foodie.com and Meatified.com and of course Whole30.com. I love reading the forum. All your ‘can I eat this or that‘ questions will be answered there. I have also started a Laughing Spatula Whole30 Pinterest board here that include a few recipes of my own that are Whole30 compliant along with some additional recipes that sounded pretty yummy.
This is and will always be a recipe blog. It is just going to be a recipe blog of Whole30 compliant foods for the next 30 days. If you are not following the Whole30 plan, please don’t leave me! I promise you great recipes over the next 30 days….Whole30 or not. I am still all about great food!
To kick things up a notch I have several friends and family joining in on the challenge. Looking forward to thier updates! Each person is in a different age category and has different reasons why they are taking on this challenge. Should be interesting and helpful to get different perspectives and see the results after 30 days!
My daughter Rachel and her friend Tracy have decided to follow the 21 Day Fix program...we will be watching their progress as well…may the best diet win!
So this is it….it’s show time! Get out your meat cleavers and wash off those veggies and please, please, let me know how you are doing!
- 3-4 chicken breasts
- 1 4.3 oz can of Macadamia Nuts
- About 2 tablespoons homemade mayonaise
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Pat dry chicken breasts and lay on baking sheet.
- Brush top of chicken breasts with a light coating of mayonnaise.
- Coarsely chop macadamia nuts and sprinkle on top.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until completely cooked through and nuts are lightly brown.
- Serve with a side of mayo and Whole30 dijon mustard for dipping!