The first month of 2017 wraps up today, and can we just say. . . it’s been a doozy.
With all the holiday hullabaloo, I didn’t even write a December post for What I’m Into, because I was swamped and felt like I was drowning.
What I Read:
The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
There’s been some buzz about this novel and I was intrigued, so I checked it out. My opinion? Meh. It’s supposed to be creepy, scary, unbelievable. Instead it’s plodding and predictable. There are much better novels out there in this genre, if you’re into serial murder mysteries. Start with James Patterson’s Kiss the Girls. It’s a way scarier book, with a much better story line. 2/5 stars
Food Freedom Forever by Melissa Hartwig
This is Hartwig’s follow up book to The Whole 30, and it’s a fantastic read. I read this in preparation for doing another Whole 30 (I finish today!) and I found it to be inspirational, surprisingly funny, and super helpful in learning how to deal with food. It’s practical and authentic and a must read for anyone who’s committed to changing their relationship with food for the better. 4/5 stars
The Circle by Dave Eggers
There are lots of bad reviews of this book floating around, but I enjoyed it. It’s creepy. Think about this: what if Facebook and Twitter took over the world? That’s the scenario you’re seeing in this dystopian novel and the ramifications are terrifying. 4/5 stars
Living Low Carb: Controlled-Carbohydrate Eating for Long-Term Weight Loss by Jonny Bowden
This is a great book for anyone exploring the possibility of low-carb eating. There’s a thorough discussion about all the popular variations of low-carb diets out there, as well as an excellent section about supplements that I found to be extremely helpful. 4/5 stars
What I Watched:
We finally got around to watching Season 5 of Call the Midwife and it was fantastic. If you haven’t yet seen this show, you should seriously start with season one and work your way through. The drama is superb and every episode features the birth of at least one baby. And I cry every time.
What I Ate:
I’m just finishing up my third Whole 30, so I’ve had a month of nothing but delicious whole foods. If you’ve never tried this way of eating, I highly recommend it. It’s a way of giving your body a 30-day reset, and it truly helps break those addictions and cravings that wreak havoc on all of us during the holiday season. During my first Whole 30 two years ago, I gave up Diet Coke and never looked back.
At first, the Whole 30 plan seems very restrictive, but once you discover how delicious real food actually is, it’s so freeing. I can honestly say I haven’t suffered through any hunger pains and I haven’t felt deprived at all during the past 30 days.
Here are a few of my favorite Whole 30 foods that I gobbled up this month:
Smashed Steak Skewers with Cherry Barbecue Sauce (from Nom Nom Paleo)
These are so amazingly delicious. That barbecue sauce it to die for!
Best Breakfast Potatoes Ever (from Pioneer Woman)
Technically not a Whole 30 approved recipe, but if you substitute ghee for the butter, it totally works. And these are delicious ANY time of day!
Turkey Apple Sausage Patties (from The Real Food Dietitians)
Super easy to make, these were a go-to breakfast for me this past month. Yum!
Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs (from What Great Grandma Ate)
Yes, I am among the throngs who received an Instant Pot for Christmas. And I love it!! These tasty little meatballs were delicious! Again, I subbed ghee for the butter to make it Whole 30 compliant. Delicious.
And that pretty much sums up January around here.
What about you? What have you been into and up to this month? I could really use some reading recommendations, so send ’em my way!