Very Exciting News and Very Exciting Recipe!
Helloooooo everyone! My sister pointed out how very absent I have been from here and for that I sincerely apologize. As it turns out it’s very hard to plan and create content while also working what I would describe as a pretty stressful job from 8-5 everyday. HOWEVER, I will make no excuses and only tell you that I am working on it. Ok so I actually have a couple exciting pieces of news to report and one delicious recipe for you.
NEWS REPORT NUMBER ONE: I completed the January Whole30!!!!!!
It was hard y’all. Work was like triple the crazy it usually is and there were a lot of nights where everyone and everything was telling me to drag my tired hiney home and fall right into a delicious, velvety bottle of red wine. But I didn’t. And I am really quite proud, because the truth is, no one would have known if I did that. Except Jake, but he loves me enough to lie for me muahaha! As hard as it was, I really was not very tempted to fall flat on my face in the food department – just the wine department. I felt so good and had been tired of feeling not so good, so that helped me power through. Do y’all think maybe I use “so” as my filler word? Perhaps. Anyhoo, here is what was awesome about my Whole30 this round:
- SLEEP – I used to be able to sleep through anything at anytime no matter what. I love sleep. I look forward to it. I take it whenever I can get it. However, at the ripe ol age of 29, sleep sometimes evades me. I sleep like a dadgum baby (not the fussy baby kind, the good baby kind) during Whole30 and quite honestly that is enough for me to clean up my food period.
- ENERGY – The sustained energy you get during Whole30 is unexplainable. Actually, it is explainable. It is explainable by telling you that the normal food you are eating is full of stuff that does not truly FUEL you to give you what you need. Our bodies should naturally want to be awake during the day and actively doing things and I think Whole30 proves that.
- SKIN – My skin cleared up, and my psoriasis cleared up (only had to use prescription shampoo maybe 2 or 3 times all month). This is the first thing people notice and I of course use that as my opening to tell them about everything I have eaten and not eaten in the last however many days.
- WEIGHT LOSS – Oh wait. I did not weigh myself before or after because I have not been happy with what the scale said since the last time I was tragically broken hearted after a break up and my mom had to force feed me Fiber One bars and that was approximately 7 years ago (WOW SEVEN YEARS!? To my sweet Momma, aren’t you glad that phase is over)? Y’all. Get rid of the scale. It does not help you in any way. Unless a doctor has advised you to do this, most of us are better off steering clear. I will say that my pants fit better than before and I felt far less bloated.
NEWS REPORT NUMBER TWO: I AM A WHOLE30 CERTIFIED COACH!!!!!
This means I can officially advise people on what to eat (as they request it of course) as they go through a Whole30. Honestly, I have wanted to do something like this since completing my first Whole30 5 years ago. Food and dysfunctional relationships with food is so engrained in us, especially as women, and I want to help people be free from that! If you are interested in knowing more about this, please comment here or email me at email@example.com for more information. If you have friends or family that you think could be interested or might benefit from the program, please send them my way – or send me their way by emailing me some information on how to reach out. I have a million ideas of where I want to take this, but I do have some official packages put together for those who are interested!
NEWS REPORT NUMBER THREE: I created this delicious coffee creamer recipe for you. Vanilla Cinnamon Coffee Creamer
Confession: Throughout all of my Whole30 rounds, I have never learned to love black coffee. I can stand it, but I do not long for it like I do coffee with a big glug of some kind of creamer in it. As you all know, I love Nutpods and would highly recommend them for anyone trying to get away from dairy in their coffee. However, I have created my own, that I think gives it a run for it’s money. This is technically Whole30 compliant, but because of the date it is pretty sweet, so tread lightly. If y’all make this, please let me know! Tag @graceful_cooking on Insta!
PS these photos are by my amazing sister Hillary of Je Vois Photography
1 1/2 cups raw almonds, soaked in water for about 8 hours
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tsp vanilla extract (check ingredients or leave out
completely for Whole30 compliant)
1 chopped medjool date
1-2 tsp cinnamon
1-1.5ish cups water
Cheese Cloth or Nut Milk Bag
Drain almonds and place all ingredients except additional water into food processor. Pulse until combined. This is going to take some patience. Continue to blend mixture, scraping down sides as you go. Do this for about 10 minutes. Start gradually adding water until it turns into a thick, creamy consistency. This could take up to 20 minutes total – continue scraping down sides as needed. Lay cheese cloth over mesh strainer, set over the mason jar. Pour mixture into the cheese cloth and squeeze until all liquid has been removed and is in mason jar. Keep in fridge 3-5 days!
Some people save the almond mixture grinds, but I haven’t really figured out a great way to use those yet, so I just toss it.