It’s time I learned to cook.

In the past two days my mind has been on all things Paleo. I realize that my next few posts might be food-related, so feel free to just press “delete”. For one thing, thinking about this 30-day challenge is getting me through the TWW, so I consider that a success, at least. I’ve pondered whether I should start a whole new blog, dedicated to health/food, rather than just pregnancy, but I’m not confident yet that I’m actually going to stick to this, so for now, my only blog gets all the topics! I do have a tab at the top of the blog, however, for Paleo foods, and I will add the recipes and posts to that category as I go.

I’m excited. Until then, I’m eating every “not approved” food possible, which I really should stop doing. But I’m excited. 2 days to go.

I went Paleo for a few weeks, a few months ago. It didn’t last because #1 – I didn’t follow it 100%. I kept my ketchup, salad dressings, butter….I drew the line at certain things. And #2 – I got really sick of the same.damn.foods. prepared the same way every day. I think most people who are looking at trying Paleo for the first time think along those same lines. Eggs for breakfast again? Grilled chicken, grilled chicken, grilled chicken. On a salad. Occasional nuts and fruit. That’s it.

I’m a horrible cook. And a lazy one, too. When I went Paleo, I didn’t even try. I wanted the simplest recipes possible, and that meant cooking those foods the same way every day. I couldn’t handle it!

This time, I’ve found resources. Wonderful resources. I don’t know how I missed them the first time around.

Theclothesmakethegirl has an awesome Paleo blog, and she came out with her own cookbook, which looks phenomenal, and I purchased it yesterday. Her recipes look doable and delicious, and she comes up with ideas that are way past my uncreative mind. Such as this post. Or this one. Anyway, Mel’s blog is where it’s at. Along with her cookbook.

Also on the list of amazing Paleo resources is the blog Nom Nom Paleo. She has equally amazing recipes, and she has done the Whole 30 challenge twice. Even better, she posted pictures and descriptions of everything she ate every day of the challenge. I’m inspired to try this recipe, for sure.

Lastly, there’s the website The Foodee Project. It has what appears to be really tasty recipes, along with grocery lists and things like that.

My current issue is that I still suck at cooking. Like, it’s probably painful to watch me in a kitchen. I can’t find which measuring cup I need, I spill things, I certainly can’t multitask…it’s a big mess. And I want to cook these recipes. I have a feeling it’ll take me triple the time it should to make a single thing. Luckily for me, this 30 day challenge is during the summer. I’m not working. Time to learn to cook.

The other issue I have is in regards to shopping, or money. So many recipes, I notice, have these spices and oils I’ve never even heard of. My husband loves to cook, we have a lot of specialty ingredients, but even these, we don’t have. We have to go to Whole Foods to get them, which, first of all, isn’t exactly close by, and also, they cost a lot. I’m kind of cheap, by the way. Okay, really cheap. I don’t want to buy an $8 bottle of some random oily-thing, because it’s probably good only for that one recipe, and the bloggers who do this are practically professional chefs. Of course they would have this on hand. I guess what I’m saying is, we will be planning out our meals on Saturdays (did I mention my husband is doing this with me?) and heading out to the store. But every Saturday, I don’t really want to spend a ton of money, buying every single ingredient needed. I don’t know. I’m just cheap.

I guess I’ll have to get over it, because this is happening. I’m doing it. I keep repeating – I can do anything for 30 days. That’s all. I’m not committed to a day more, and the night of the 29th, my reward is my birthday treat. I’ve already been pondering what I want….I’m thinking 24 flavors soft serve ice cream, blackberry, loaded up with rainbow sprinkles. Yum. But for 30 days prior, I can go cold-turkey. Right?

I know a couple of you showed interest in joining in. I think the coolest way to put us all together is if you were able to share any recipes or tips you have found that work for you, and I will do the same. Then there are others of you out there (ahem, SS) who aren’t going to do this challenge exactly, but you want to try incorporating aspects of it, like dinner meals. Go for it – and share with us what works and what doesn’t! I sometimes forget that this isn’t completely new to me, as I’ve been gluten-free for so long I don’t miss it in the slightest.

So anyway, for those of you with no interest in any of this, I apologize, I’m straying from the given topic of the blog here. But in the TWW, it’s so nice to take my mind off of what might be and replace it with something I can actually control!

Those of you who have done Paleo, or anything like it, are there any resources that you found really helped you stay committed, as well as provided you with good recipes? What worked for you, and what didn’t?

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10 thoughts on “It’s time I learned to cook.

  1. Kate @ Infertile First Mom says:

    Hey. I have not and probably will not be doing that diet, but I just wanted to mention that trader joes has oils and other higher priced items for much much less than whole foods ( or even regular grocery stores). If you have one anywhere around you, it’s worth a long drive. I drive an hour to mine and stock up every now and then.
    Best of luck with the diet, the learning to cook (it’s fun!), and, of course, surviving the TWW!

  2. Melissa Joulwan says:

    Best wishes for your switch to paleo! I’m so glad you got Well Fed — let it help you 🙂

    As for being a bad cook, if you make food you like to eat, you are a GOOD cook. Just take your time, follow the instructions, and try to have fun with it. Really. If you like the end result, you win! As for special ingredients, if you stock up on a few things — coconut aminos is a big one — and a few key spices, you’ll be in good shape. Hit me with email (listed on my site) if you have specific questions.

    Happy cooking!
    Melissa

  3. Sunny says:

    I will be taking a long drive down the coast tomorrow from San Fran to LA. I am using that time to decide what on Earth I’m going to do about my diet…I know it needs to change dramatically, but I am frankly scared of the withdrawl symptoms! I remember how amazing my body felt with no dairy, gluten, caffeine, or alcohol. It will definitely help to have a support system out there, and I *think* I can do it this time around, but I may be emailing you occasionally for help!

    • futuresoccermom says:

      Oh man, do this challenge, for real!! You will feel so great. I know you have a stomach like mine. I also find that I do better when I know others who are on it too, so we could help each other!

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