- clarified butter made from (grass fed) cow's milk
- Whole 30 compliant because the milk solids are removed
- great for cooking, it tolerates high heat
- tastes delicious
- doesn't need to be refrigerated
- is a hassle to make
Ghee is pricey compared to butter - about double the cost - expect to pay $10 - $12 for a 13 oz. jar. But the price is well worth it because I don't like making Ghee, it's a tedious task and makes a mess. However, if you'd like to make your own Ghee, here's a recipe.
I've tried a lot of different brands, and some of them have a strange indescribable funky taste. I have no idea why. My favorite brand is Organic Valley, I actually love it, even more so than full-fat butter.
Snacking is basically not allowed on Whole 30, it's not encouraged anyhow. We are suppose to be retraining our bodies to eat three meals a day and feel satisfied and our minds need to learn to ignore snacking cues that arise from habit or boredom. In my case that's watching TV at night. The minute I sit down my brain thinks chips, nuts, ice cream.
The following recipe is not awesome, but there's not much that is compliant to snack on. I don't consider raw veggies, olives or salami much of a snack, but that's about all you can have on Whole 30. Nuts are allowed and will help satisfy the snack urge. They're also good to have in your purse or car, along with a meat stick and a piece of fruit, in case you find yourself stuck someplace...
A soak in the tub with epsom salts and eucalyptus essential oil last night got me through it, but it was a rough one. I went to bed hungry and pissed off at the world that I've gained 10 lbs. over the Holidays because I lack willpower.
Here's something that I know to be essential to staying compliant on Whole 30 - quick and easy meals, meals I can make for just myself, in a hurry because I worked late or I need to get to the soap shop and I'm starving. So I will share two of those meals with you today, in case you're thinking Whole 30 is too restrictive. Truth is Whole 30 IS restrictive, but with some planning and a list in hand before hitting the grocery store you can do it. If I can, you can,...
Carb withdrawal is real, friends. The Sugar Dragon doesn't give up easy.
I woke up with an even worse headache than I knew I was going to have because I've done Whole 30 twice before. In fact, it was actually the headache the woke me at 7:00am. I have zero energy and an entire days worth of work in front of me. My Whole 30 Day To Day journal (which I strongly suggest you get) "Welcome To Day 2" chapter says 94.3% of us will have a headache, feel foggy, lightheaded and lethargic today because "the amount of suck you are feeling today will be in direct proportion to the amount of junk you were eating before you started Whole 30". I have a doozy because well, Carba-Palooza.
I don't have much energy right now to type, so I will...
I don't make New Years resolutions, they tend to be grandiose ideas with unattainble goals that just set me up for failure. Instead I set realistic goals for myself throughout the year and try to stay on track. Living my best healthy-self life is one of those goals and clean eating is an absolute essential piece of that goal. However, since September my food choices and eating habits have been terrible, I am officially off track. When Johnny moved to college, my whole life and household routine was turned upside down. Eating well was the first thing out the door.
So I made up my mind in late December to start Whole 30 - this will be my third round. I'm thinking of this as a Control/Alt/Delete on my body, a cleanse and an opportunity to start over from scratch. I...
In nursing school, I was taught that the number one way to prevent the spread of disease is hand-washing. And much to my surprise, I also learned that I had not been washing my hands properly all of my life. Soap is important, but what's actually more important is the action, the vigorous rubbing of all surfaces to mechanically remove dirt and germs.
Here is how the World Health Organization recommends handwashing be carried out:
If you're a liquid hand soap user, below is an all-natural DIY recipe that's inexpensive, so easy and a great alternative to the commercial gunk that you buy at the store.
This recipe is a wonderful project to do with your kids, especially at Holiday time, when they can give this soap as a gift. Amazon sells the foaming dispensers and Dr. Bronner's...
Dinnertime often sneaks up on me. Suddenly it's 6:00 pm and I'm starving. But when I'm tired from working all day, cooking feels like a big deal that I don't care to tackle.
Up until a few years ago, that mindset is how I'd end up eating junk-laden foods like frozen pizza, Kraft Mac & Cheese, Chinese carry-out and my dirty little secret addiction: a drive-thru Big Mac and fries wolfed down in the car on the ride back home. And now the empty nest dragon is trying to hurl me back into these old habits.
The key to breaking that bad habit has been to come up with meals that I can prep, cook, and have on my table in under 30 minutes. By "on the table" I mean, eat standing up at my kitchen island, another empty nest gut-punch because sitting alone at...
I'm Day 18 Empty Nest and here to report that although I am better, I am not great.
First, let me tell you that my son has adjusted to college life even better than I had ever imagined, I've never seen him happier. And I am so very grateful. I raised him to be an independent thinker, not afraid to take risks, kind, brave, optimistic, and with an understanding that the whole wide world is his for the taking if he is willing to do the work. But shit, it's hard to watch that play out now.
Yes, I am proud of him, happy he is only an hour away, glad that he got into a good school, and blah, blah, blah. But I like him a lot and I miss him a lot. It's really that simple.
There have been so many things these past two-plus weeks that I've...
Homemade pasta sauce, made from homegrown tomatoes, is far superior to anything you're going to buy in a grocery store. If you don't grow tomatoes, head to the Farmers Market this week and buy them because tomatoes are in season and at their peak in August. I use a combination of any and all of the tomatoes I've grown, paying no attention to what the experts say are the "best" for sauce (ie: Romas). They're all good!
I found this recipe years ago online, I wish I could remember the source, but I can't. It's got a kick, so if you do not like a bit of heat, omit the red pepper flakes. And if you like a lot of heat, add more. Yes, this recipe is a lot of work but if you love fresh...
Just like my grandmother and my mother before me, I've been "putting up pickles" for as long as I can remember. Over the years, I've tried a lot of different recipes and spices but I always come back to this recipe, our family recipe. It's a traditional dill pickle recipe that is not too tart, or too salty, or bland.
Head to the farmers market now, this week! "Pickles", which are cucumbers that are not fully grown, are in season but won't be much longer. Look for cucumbers that are ideally no more than 3 inches long and were freshly picked that day or the day before. 12 pounds of cukes will yeild 10 quarts of dill pickles. The cukes should feel firm and crisp, not limp or rubbery, which indicates they were picked several days ago. As soon as you...