“And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our own feet, and learn to be at home.” -Wendell Berry
ASK MEG: (For real. Ask me anything!)
Just a quick question in preparation… – is there a book/site I can use that provides foods to eat and more importantly how to make it? As a disclaimer I am a pretty bad cook so the simpler the better for me.”
I would definitely look into two books to start. The first is the book we referenced in the seminar – Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo. I really like it because it’s not only a good resource (as in, lots of information about the “why” of all the stuff we talked about and more), there are a bazillion recipes. Furthermore, the recipes are mostly very simple AND Diane really gets into the nitty gritty for people who are very unfamiliar with cooking (like, how to chop an onion [ed. note, I really really didn't know before reading this book that there was a "way" to chop an onion. Please tell me I'm not alone.]). She also actually has a bunch of full 30 day meal plans completely written out that cross-reference with all the recipes AND corresponding shopping lists on her blog. So, to say it’s comprehensive is an understatement. It retails for $40, but I think you can get it on Amazon for less than that.The second book is Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan. We have lots of copies of this at the gym that you can buy if you don’t want to wait. Mel’s book is great because again, most of the recipes are very simple but offer a TON of variety, including a lot of ethnic flavors that I love! Specifically, Mel has a big section of things called “hot plates” which basically involves a ton of simple and FAST combinations of meats, veggies, and spices that you can mix and match depending on what flavors you’re in the mood for. As in – not every meal has to be a 4 hour, 100 step process. So I also like that one for beginners.Finally – there are about six million blogs out there as well – Mel Joulwan’s blog is www.theclothesmakethegirl.com (and is very organized by food type), there’s the Food Lover’s Primal Palate, and Nom Nom Paleo. Mark’s Daily Apple has a ton of recipes, just keep in mind that he often includes full fat dairy, so just be aware that it’s a thing you may need to tweak if dairy isn’t in your plan right now.If it helps, I’m definitely not a gourmet cook in the least, and most of my meals are “things piled on top of things that seem like they’d taste good together.” My go to breakfast is simple – eggs, bacon and wilted greens. A common lunch is ground beef, turkey or lamb with whatever season I have around (Trader Joe’s taco seasoning usually makes an appearance if ground beef is involved), a microwaved potato with butter or coconut oil depending on if I’m eating dairy, and some baby spinach with whatever salad stuff I have in the fridge. If I am feeling creative or have extra time (rare), I try a new recipe for dinner but most often I’m grabbing meat out of the crockpot and pairing it with vegetables again. (Do you have a crockpot? You should, they are a non-cooker’s best friend).Your mileage may vary with the above. I know that I can eat the same thing for a few days in a row before I need to change it up, and as long as things are spicy I’m usually happy. I have pretty simple tastes. So, if you’re concerned about this being complicated, I assure you it doesn’t have to be, although the recipes are certainly out there if you want to get adventurous.Hope this helps!
Please weigh in, guys! What’s your favorite cookbook or your go-to blog for new recipes? And let me know how Day 2 went for you in the comments!
PS: If you’re not a part of the CFCC EATS Facebook group yet, get on over here. We are extremely entertaining. Also, food porn.
PPS: Don’t forget that this Thursday at 6:30pm (and the next three Thursdays as well!) will be a Q&A sessions at the gym! Come hang out and ask us about anything BCCC related that’s been challenging (or successful, we like that too!) Details to come.
For you to consider as you pack your lunch tonight - The Five Stages of Food Grief.
My own accountability for today:
1. I had 1 cup of coffee this morning (on plan for this week). It was delicious.
2. I probably didn’t eat enough and I did eat lunch at my computer GAH! (But what I ate was delicious, speaking of “things piled on top of things that seem like they’d taste good together” – pastured ground turkey from Fair Food Farmstand, bell peppers, and potatoes all scrambled together. Nom.)
3. I didn’t train! Gah!
4. Gotta get that kimchi with dinner tonight.
5. Didn’t have any fruit today and didn’t really crave sugar at all. Or cheese, so that’s good.