It’s Erin Collins here! I am on a journey to decrease inflammation, get my digestive tract feeling and functioning better, and increase my overall energy. I especially need that third one as keeping up with three little boys requires a great deal of energy! My journey led me to the Whole30 diet. If you haven’t heard what it is about you can check out the details in a link provided at the end of this post.
When I first read the details I was a bit nervous. It seemed way more restrictive than I wanted. No grains!?! But I gave it a go because of all the great testimonials from people who had tried it and broken the sugar and grain addiction. I am glad I did! The diet has turned out to be easier than I had feared it would be and I feel so much better. I have more energy, hop out of bed in the mornings (and I have NEVER been a hopper!) and I don’t feel heavy and bloated after meals. I want to encourage you on this journey should you choose to take on the Whole30 by providing some thoughts and recipes along the way. I have been cooking at home, rather than eating out, a lot more since starting this journey and so I have been experimenting with recipes a bit more…and some have turned out to be delicious. Others…well…how about I promise not to share those ones?
Aaron and I will be beginning another round of the Whole30 on April 1st and would love to have you join us! We can encourage and support one another along the way! Here is the first recipe I will share with you. It’s a tasty, Whole30-compliant salad dressing. See what you think. And send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to give the Whole30 a try with us in April!
Sesame Salad Dressing
2 dates (pitted)
1 small garlic clove
½ cup avocado oil
¼ cup rice vinegar
1 drop lemongrass essential oil*
1 drop lime essential oil
3 tablespoons pure sesame oil
3 tablespoons coconut aminos (tastes like soy sauce but it’s healthier!)
½ teaspoon grated ginger
½ teaspoon salt
dash cayenne pepper
*Make sure you are only using an essential oil that is pure and safe for consumption. Otherwise, you can use a 1/2 teaspoon of homemade lemongrass paste and the juice of 1/2 a fresh lime and get an equally great taste with just a little more work.
Place all the above ingredients in a Vitamix or similar high-powered blender, crank it up to 8 (med-high) and blend until the dates are thoroughly mixed and dressing is emulsified.
Read more about the Whole30 here and see what you think about joining us on April 1st!