Things I’ve learned (so far) on the Whole30:

  1. Doing the Whole30 together as a couple is good for your relationship. You become teammates, fans, encouragers, etc. Plus you have something new to talk about and be excited about together.
  2. My husband can cook! Technically I knew this, but also technically, he didn’t do much cooking. We’ve had to pull together to make it through this week and he’s had to do his fair share of cooking to get his meals ready for the workday.
  3. Doing the dishes isn’t that bad! I’ve maligned dish-washing for years. It’s always been Jason’s job to do the dishes and I would occasionally pitch in when necessary. Lately I’d been trying to do more, especially on his long work days, but this week I’ve washed at least as many dishes as he has. Sharing the load is really working for us. I wonder if that will continue post-Whole30?
  4. Sweet potatoes can be tasty. I’m not a big sweet potato fan. I would eat them as a kid at holiday meals, but let’s be honest – I was eating them because they were essentially dessert with their marshmallows and butter and brown sugar, etc. etc. This week I’ve needed them for energy and hormone stability and I’ve discovered that I really like them with coconut butter. By the way, don’t bother with the expensive store-bought coconut butter (see below for “recipe”). Make your own!
  5. It’s hard to do the Whole30 on a small grocery budget. It would be possible for sure, so if you’re in that camp go ahead and do it. But make sure you plan ahead! Calculate how many ounces and cups and such of food you’ll need for all your meals for the week and make sure you only buy what you need. We are happy to invest money from other areas of the budget (the unused liquor and eating-out budgets), plus other money if necessary. In the end it’s cheaper than doctor’s bills and medicines.
  6. I do not like eating meat very much. I sure hope I find that some of the plant proteins don’t bother me in the reintroduction phase because eating this much meat is a beating.
  7. I’m not an alcoholic. I really did know that already, but that nightly whiskey sure was nice to have. It turns out I was drinking it just because I like it. I’ve had no cravings for whiskey after dinner and without afternoon caffeine I haven’t even been stressed out. Now that afternoon Dr. Pepper or Coke on the other hand…

Coconut Butter

1 Bag of Shredded, Unsweetened Raw Coconut

Pour the bag of coconut into your food processor. Turn it on. Set the timer for 10 minutes. Find something else to do for those 10 minutes. Or stand and watch in awe as that blade transforms your coconut into butter. When the timer goes off, pour the coconut butter into a jar or container. Lick the spoon. And the food processor bowl. And the blade. Just kidding on that last one.

Besides mashing into your roasted sweet potato, coconut butter is delicious mixed into homemade almond butter (which you make the same way) and makes it easier to spread. You can leave it as is or also add in some unsweetened cocoa powder. If you’re not on the Whole30 you could add in some fair-trade chocolate chips or dark chocolate.