Exactly a week from today, my boyfriend and I started the Whole 30 food day challenge. This challenge is basically the Paleo (Caveman) Diet, but last for 30 days and you eliminate foods that contain sugar, dairy, legumes and grain as research has shown some of these foods can have a negative impact on certain populations and/or just aren’t that healthy for you…How do you know which populations?!?! That’s where the 30 day detox comes into play and you later re-introduce the different groups back into your diet one at a time so you can experience the effects they might have (bloating, headaches, fatigue, nausea ect).
I chose to do this food challenge after I read the book “It Starts With Food” which explains the negative impacts food can have on you down to the cellular level. The research seemed sound and heck ….I can do anything for 30 days right?!? Plus a self-experimentation seems kinda fun?!?!?
With this being said, I wanted to share some of the Paleo friendly meals we have been eating =)
Pepper Crusted Seared Blue Fin Ahi Tuna (on a side note: blue-fin tuna is slightly pricey if that’s an issue… 1/2 pound was about $22 bucks)
-1/2 pound Blue Fin Ahi Tuna
-2-3 TBS of crushed Whole pepper ( coarsely ground pepper)
-1-2 TBS of clarified butter or GHEE
-1 TBS of minced garlic
SAUCE (since soy sauce is not paleo friendly)
-4- TBS of Balsamic Vinargette
-6- TBS of lemon juice
– 1 tsp of minced garlic
Combine all of sauce ingredients into sauce pan and simmer on low-medium heat until sauce is reduced by half
Eric didn’t do this part but you can season you tuna steaks with some cayenne pepper and/ or paprika it ya want to spice things up a bit
– place 1 tbs of ghee into sauce pan with pepper and roast for about 2-3 minutes and set aside to cool for a minute (this is obviously more than 2 TBS of pepper, but we didn’t need all of this). Once cooled, evenly coat the tuna steaks with the freshly ground black pepper, and gently press it in, so that it adheres to the surface, being careful not to smash the flesh.
– add another TBS of GHEE into skillet and place on heat on high.. When you see small wisps of smoke, add the tuna to the pan and sear the steaks for about 1 minute per side (this is sushi grade tuna peeps so we are just basically getting it warm to eat raw=)
Roasted Asparagus: click on the following link previosly posted on this blog about Roasted Veggies
After the tuna and asparagus was done I placed a bit of avocado on the plate for some good fat and flave!
To Drink we had mint basil water which straight from the plants on the back porch!
I hope you enjoy this meal as much as we did!
Have you done the 30 day food challenge before?? If so, I would love to know some of your favorite recipes =)