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All is well here!
I know I had committed to daily blogging about my journey on the Whole30 challenge, but as usual my blog always takes a back seat. In case you were wondering about the challenge, I am doing fantastic and I can see the finish line. Seven days left! I can hardly believe I’ve last this long, because truthfully I didn’t think anything would change. My history with diets, workouts, and supplements is that they never work, which leaves me believing something is terribly wrong with my body, however within 24 hours of the challenge I felt better. I woke up with a clear head, my energy was up, and I slept through the night without help. I couldn’t believe it was working so fast, and because of the immediate transformation I have yet to cheat, slip up, or feel like giving up.
There are two things that I am missing, which are, coffee-mate and wine. Mornings coffee is like a warm hug when its creamy and wonderful, and some dinners just scream for a paring of red wine. The Whole30 book talks directly to having black coffee and how its not the end of the world and there are harder things. But really, if after almost 30 days my desire is for creamy brown coffee then I think it’s actually hard to only have it black. Some of you are probably thinking, “just give it up” oh no I don’t want to. Taste buds were meant for taste and mine want a creamy coffee (without sugar btw) and rich red wine.
Other then the coffee and wine I am loving eating and cooking. Cooking is more joyful and fulfilling then it has been in years. Any lifestyle change that includes animal fat, protein, and bacon I am a happy girl. My body functions better with meat, which I’ve known, but trying to fit inside someones elses plan for their body had my body spinning its wheals. This challenge is allowing me to create a plan just for me. It’s not based on anyone’s rules or false wisdom. It is based on how I feel. This is truly a gift from God.
Here is my new favorite side: Roasted Yams that will leaving you feeling satisfied through any sugar craving you get.
Yams (the white ones, because I don’t care much for the red), diced
Cinnamon, I don’t measure but sprinkle generously
Paprika, I don’t measure but sprinkle generously
Himalayan coarse salt, as much or as little as you like
Olive Oil, drizzle until lightly coated
Mix everything together and dump onto a sheet pan (I use stoneware)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Place in oven and roast for 20 minutes or until you can smell the magic happening. The yams will caramelize because of their natural sugar with the cinnamon and you’ll feel like you are cheating, but you’re not. Enjoy!
A note about my recipe. I am a cook who uses recipes as guidelines more then actual rules. This drives my husband crazy, but it’s how I cook. There are some recipes that require a strict following, like baking, or boxed mac-n-cheese (husbands rule), but I rarely bake and I we don’t really eat out of a box anymore. If you need more precision google it, someone out there has done the work.
Have a blessed Saturday! If you make this recipe let me know how you like it.