Robyn is all smiles…..ALWAYS!
This is a old post from our first Whole30 challenge that I thought might be worth posting again…..
The other day I passed along some tips on how to handle some of those “haters” that you might come across during your CFR 2011 Whole30 Challenge, but that was more focused on those outside the home. What do you do when there are people living in your house that just don’t understand the caveman way? Of course we need to respect the choices of others just as much as we want them to respect ours, but how does one stay successful snacking on kale chips and guacamole when your other half is going to town on that pint of Ben & Jerry’s?!
This is my second Whole30 and having Lauren on board this time has made it much easier, BUT it wasn’t always this way. Last time, I did the Whole30 alone, and after that I’ve been living a pretty consistent Paleo lifestyle, so the two CAN co-exist! However, to do this you will need to make some “modifications” to your kitchen. I kinda did this behind the scenes and of course NOW she is going to know why I moved everything, BUT I wanted to share some of my experiences with the hopes of giving you guys some ideas. Don’t worry I will TRY to keep it brief!
1) Divide up your pantry and/or food cabinets. The “outta site, outta mind” is true. So having those Doritos right next to your Coconut Flakes is no bueno! Sure you might go past it once or twice, but why should you even have to! Just NEATLY place all those processed goodies on their own shelf away from your Paleo friendly supplies. It helps if you put the “other” stuff on a higher shelf so you can’t see it, but if you have kids in the house or a shorter spouse that might stir the pot. If you can get away with it…great! If not, just compromise!
2) Divide up the shelves in the fridge. This one is a little more tricky unless you have one of those cool, newer units with all those funky shelving options. Your not gonna be able to keep the “other” stuff out of sight, but you can place it into different shelves and drawers. I don’t know about you, but having the refrigerated thin mints next to my oranges is NOT COOL! Move things around. It will make sense, but note….DO NOT HIDE THINGS….you’ve been warned!
3) Learn to cook! There are TONS of amazing Paleo recipes out there…try them! I promise you that when they get to the table and see some Paleo Chili (try Mel’s Fav Chili) or Spinach Stuffed Chicken with Bacon they will not be complaining, let alone, even realize that you have casually omitted some things. If you go with the grilled chicken, steamed veggies and almonds route, you are indeed Paleo and Whole30 compliant, but the others are not going to eat that and you will only last so long looking at their pizza….just sayin…..
So there you have it. I know it is a very short list, but these 3 things have made all the difference in my house. I gotta be honest here though, I indeed can and did cook, but after tasting how awesome some of the paleo recipes were, Lauren started to take it upon herself to make some of her own and has been a Paleo cookin pro ever since. She makes Mel’s Fav Chili like no one else can! And we lived happily ever after….the end.
WOD – 10/5/11
30 Bodyweight back squats
Run 1 mile
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