Day One of a 30 Day Challenge …

My 4th “WHOLE 30”

On Friday of last week I began what I think is my 4th “WHOLE 30”.  If you are not familiar with it, I highly recommend it.  You will get any question answered that you can imagine on the new website, whole30.com.  This time around is a bit different for me because I have several friends and family joining in the challenge.  I will post some updates in another week or two – right now we are all in a sort of sugar detox phase, so I’ll be brief.  Here is what the squeaky-clean food of a day in the life of my 30 Day Challenge looks like:

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A Day of Clean Eating!

Breakfast:  Two Natural Pork Sausage Patties (no sugar/no nitrites), Two Cage free Organic Extra Large Brown Eggs (scrambled in my favorite iron skillet) with a side of organic broccoli-slaw that I pan fried along with the eggs.

Lunch: A steamy bowl of Hearty-Tasty-Paleo Chicken SOUP that I recently blogged about and some crunchy organic carrot sticks, dipped in organic guacamole that I found at Costco on my last trip.  YUM!

Dinner:  Citrus Chicken (the recipe is on page 266 of “It Starts with Food” by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig) served with some organic bell pepper strips and organic broccoli-slaw that I dressed with olive oil and vinegar.  Delish … and very satisfying 🙂

Day one was easy!  Hope the next 29 are as well!!!

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Why organic food?

I realize you might be asking “Just what inspired you to become an all-organic girl?”  Well, first … I viewed a 20 minute story about food allergies that really rang true with me:

“TEDxMileHigh – Robyn O’Brien – Patriotism on a Plate

And then, I happened upon a documentary called “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives (2012)”.  I first found a short summary on youtube, but it has disappeared 😦

The full movie, however, is definitely worth a watch.   I caught it at a free screening at my local library.  I was amazed by the links to allergies, disease, fertility issues and more … that remain largely unknown by the general public.   You can find information on the full movie at Netflix, or abridged versions (and information on free screenings around the country) on gmoawareness.org or responsibletechnology.org.  Below is a link to AMAZON, where you can purchase the DVD:

http://www.amazon.com/Genetic-Roulette-The-Gamble-Lives/dp/B0096DP4CG

In between, I have also watched a number of other documentaries including “KING CORN” (you can view it on YouTube as a trailer or a full length film) and many others that are now available online at “TOP DOCUMENTARY FILMS“.  I encourage you to give them a view.

EYES WIDE OPEN, now!

The real eye opener for me is that Genetically Modified food is hidden in almost all of the foods we “normally” eat and not only are they NOT nutritious, but our bodies cannot process them- and a growing number of people (including me) believe they are toxic. So if you want to eliminate them you have to give up all the “normal” food we eat (pop, chips, bread, crackers, cereal, cereal bars, salad dressings, condiments, cookies etc). And go back to food as it occurs in nature.

Since I found this information, I buy organic meats and eggs and produce … Not much else :). I’m also VERY picky about the oils I choose because there are GMO’s in almost all of them if they are not labeled specifically ORGANIC or NON-GMO.   I have adopted my basics from the paleo plan, and you can view the specifics at http://www.whole9life.com. Go to testimonials – it is pretty impressive 😊

So … I work toward a Pure Paleo and Mostly Organic diet …. food inspired by and Nourished by Nature!