Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cumin Spiced Tilapia and Hello Whole 30!

Yesterday started out like any other day, but it ended with my commitment to eat a super strict Paleo diet for 30 days. How did this happen, you ask? I'm really not sure, myself. :)

If you aren't familiar with Whole30, according to the website, it is a "short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, calm systemic inflammation and put an end to unhealthy cravings, habits, and relationships with food." You can learn more about which foods to eat and which are off limits here. I have read about the Whole30 before and followed Cassie at Chow Bella recently as she completed her first Whole30. I was intrigued, but felt like I am active enough and eat well enough most of the time that some treats here and there weren't really hurting me.

But for some reason last night I began to look at it differently. Kevin and I have been doing this Paleo thing for about a year now. When I think back on how much better I look, feel and perform I really can't believe how much difference a year can make. If I can feel that much better by eliminating most grains, dairy and legumes from my diet, I started to wonder how good I could feel if I took it to the next level. No sweeteners, nothing I can't pronounce and maybe a little less almond butter. :) What could it hurt? Absolutely nothing!

I didn't even give myself one last day of treats and sweets to get used to the idea. I went to bed last night with the intention of starting my Whole30 this morning. And I'm not alone! Kevin is going to join me, as well as Brent and Heather from Virginia is for Hunter Gatherers and Brittanie from Three Diets. One Dinner!

I am already wondering if, after 30 days, this will just be my new way of eating. It will all depend on how I feel. I didn't weight myself or take all of my measurements before starting so I can compare them with my measurements when I finish. That isn't why I am doing this. I am pretty happy with the way I look, I am more concerned about how I feel. I am really excited to see what comes out of all this.

On that note, the blog will most likely become a little more Whole30 focused for the next month. I hope to put together some grocery lists and meal planning tips to share with you, as well as some new recipes. Speaking of recipes, Momma What I Gather (ummm, my Mom) came up with this awesome pan cooked tilapia recipe and loves me so much she cooked it for us this week! We try to get together at least once a week for dinner.

Since my Mom is so nice (must run in the family) she shared the recipe with me so I could share it with you. She seasoned the tilapia with cumin and lemon juice and then topped it with chopped cabbage and red bell peppers. It tasted great-very fresh and light!

Have you ever completed a Whole30? How did you feel?

Cumin Spiced Tilapia
Serves - 4
Prep Time - 10 minutes
Cook Time - 15 minutes
Total Time - 25 minutes

1 tbsp olive oil
4 tilapia filets
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp cumin
Juice of one lemon
8 button mushrooms, sliced
1 cup shredded cabbage
1 red bell pepper, diced

-Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.

-Sprinkle both sides of fish fillets with salt, black pepper and cumin. Squeeze lemon juice over filets.

-When skillet is hot, add tilapia filets and mushrooms and sauté for 8 minutes, flipping halfway through. Fish is cooked through when it flakes easily with a fork.

-Place tilapia filets and mushrooms on a plate. Top with shredded cabbage and red bell peppers.