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Two Die-Hard Foodies Take On The Whole30

Two Die-Hard Foodies Take On The Whole30

DANA: Day 0

So, Whole30 starts tomorrow. Hoooo boy.

This is all especially hilarious since I’m basically a walking food meme. My brain generally runs like one of those Tasty videos where someone’s baking ham & cheese sliders in a baking pan full of butter before smothering them in Béchamel.

I did all my shopping, I planned the next chunk of days’ worth of food. NO, I did not follow recipes, because I am a stubborn ass.

The shopping is HARD. It’s not just sugar and other sweeteners that are in friggin’ everything that makes this shit a beast. Soy products. Soybean oil. Goddamn soy sauce. In SO MANY THINGS. And if by some miracle the condiment you’re scanning has neither a sweetener nor soy, BAM, that shit’s got sulfites. “Surely my simple dijon mustard will be compliant, right?” WRONG, motherfucker, that shit has white wine in it, which means SULFITES. At least a lot of times it’s clearly labeled now and doesn’t make me go, “Wait… is that a sulfite? WTF is a sulfite? Is EVERYTHING a sulfite???”

(I’m really salty — no pun intended — about not being able to have soy sauce. Because the lamest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing some people that coconut amino stuff tastes like soy sauce. IT DOES NOT. However, I think that if I mix some with my expensive new Red Boat fish sauce, it might achieve the desired saltiness.)

Anyhow, I wanted to bring up a couple traps that might get you into trouble during food prep when you’re starting out…

Food-Prep Trap #1: “Hmmm, I’ve got some dishes in the sink… I’ll just wait and do them later, since I’ll be doing dishes after I food prep anyway.” NO. NO, STUPID. NO, LAZY STUPID. Do you really want to add ANY MORE to all the shit you need to do later? THINK, MCFLY. Go into food prep with a clean kitchen or you will deeply resent the extra half-hour.


I went through St. Vincent’s new album twice while I was prepping. It’s so good. But when you hear the second track, “Pills,” come on for the third time, I’m not gonna lie, pills start to sound pretty fucking appealing.

I did basically all my prep for the next handful of days. Hard-boiled eggs, sauteed kale, roasted potatoes, chopped salad fixings, made guacamole, chopped other veggies I need for dinner. But I’m done, it’s cool, I did all of my–

FFS, I still need to spiralize that goddamn butternut squash. That giant motherfucking butternut squash. If spiralizing it was all I needed to do, I’d slap it up on that mini plastic Medieval torture device and get it done ASAP, but no, I still need to peel it. And if you’ve ever peeled and broken down a large butternut squash such as this one is, you’ll know it’s not the kind of thing you want to do with shaky hands and an empty stomach.

So I call a dinner break. When you’re both the foreman and the labor, you get to do that shit.

I had one of my favorite dinners: a Trader Joe’s impulse-buy heat ‘n eat item + wine. (Oh god, I’m not going to get to have wine after hours of food prep next time. Oh god.) I sought out the opposite of what I could eat for the next 30 days — pasta stuffed with cheese, smothered in a mystery sauce, with no meat or eggs in sight. And wine, full of alcohol and sulfites. I don’t have a strong rebellious streak, but food does bring it out in me. Speaking of which brings me to my second trap…

Food-Prep Trap #2: “I’m not hungry for dinner yet, so I’ll just wait until after my food prep–” FUCK NO DON’T DO THIS. Because then you’ll have to stop before you’re done, inevitably. And you’ll sit, and you’ll eat your dinner, and you’ll get a good half hour into an episode of Westworld and writing your dumb blog, then remember UGH, that butternut squash is still sitting there, isn’t it?

You know what. Fuck that squash. I’ll cut it up tomorrow right before I cook it.


5 Replies to “DANA: Day 0”

  • YAAAASSSSS!!! Girl! Welcome to your first DAY! We are HERE in the ARENA. Well, not me (EDITOR’S NOTE: Donnelle starts her Whole30 on Monday Feb. 5th), I’m pacing on the outside of the arena with a non-compliant Trader Joe’s eggnog Greek yogurt that expired two weeks ago but let’s be real “expired” is sometimes more like a “suggestion” when it comes to yogurt.

    That squash looks too big. I don’t want to play that game. I’m probably going to buy all pre-cut b-nut. I’ll spiralize weaker beings.

    Also am v. disappointed to hear coconut aminos are not our savior 🙁

    ALSO THANK YOU FOR REMINDING ME THERE ARE SULFITES IN WINE AS AN INGREDIENT OMG. Was just reviewing my mustard collection this morning and out of like 5 only my French’s Yellow might be compliant. And I don’t even like that guy. (-_-)

    • GIRL, after checking EVERY mustard at TJs, I discovered that the Trader Joe Deli Style Spicy Brown mustard passes the sugar/soybean/sulfite test! I also found that either whoever said TJs had a compliant marinara was lying/mistaken, or the formula has changed. NO DICE there. But I saw one at Ralphs that was compliant, and I’m going back for it. (They had Rao’s too, but I’m just not LA enough to pay $10 for a jar of tomato sauce.)

      • OH GOOD! I love spicy brown mustard! Thanks for the tip!

        I bought the Rao’s. I am that LA.

        It is *magnificent* for a jarred sauce. I will be doling it out *slowly* and *with intention*.

  • Okay, you’re kind of the last person in the universe I’d expect to undertake a challenge like this, because I so enjoy seeing your food-obsessed Facebook posts. And I love that a lot of the junk you’re obsessed with is completely unhealthy, because I can relate. I feel your pain re: food prep and butternut squash (fuck that noise), because I’ve done fitness programs involving food prep before, and I fell hard off that wagon and hit a Chili’s on the way down because I have a toddler and a messy house and enough crap to do with my life already that food prep just isn’t realistic for me (although truth be told, I know people who have toddlers and houses and they still do it, so I guess maybe I’m just lazy). Anyhoo, I love the voice you’ve presented thus far, and I’m looking forward to reading the shit out of this.

    And because I’m a shameless self-promoter, I definitely wouldn’t mind if you read the shit out of my Tom Hanks blog, too. You know, to keep your mind off the sulfites.

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