I rely on my “notes” app all the time. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized the hard way that I can no longer think to myself “I need to remember to ____” and actually remember it. I absolutely need to write shit down. So I was in my notes app like I am a zillion times a day and I saw one I had written a few months ago and all it said was “Ten Percent Happier.” It caught my attention, and of course I didn’t remember writing it, so I googled the phrase and was directed to a mindfulness meditation website. “So what?” you say. But here’s why it’s cool. 

Last night I meditated.

Again…”so what?” Well... I haven’t meditated for at least 8 years even though I know that I should and that it would be good for me. The fact that I think it's boring is probably the best reason for me to do it, right? Anyway, last night I couldn’t fall asleep so instead of slamming some NyQuil I googled a free 7-minute guided relaxation meditation that was pretty lame, and I started laughing when he said “relax your butt,” but guess what? It worked! What does this have to do with the Whole30, you ask? (Maybe you should relax YOUR butt, geez…) It has everything to do with the Whole30. Keep reading.

The Whole30 is a diet, but it will open up areas of your life you would never imagine could be affected. This is happening big time for me. Putting crap into my body was a way for me to distract myself, usually unintentionally, and sometimes with complete awareness. And it wasn’t until I totally cut out the things that were sabotaging my diet that I was able to realize the grip they had on me physically, mentally, and emotionally. I’m not a psychologist, I count reps for a living, so I’m not going to expand on this phenomenon much further. I just want to say that since I started the program four days ago, I have been wanting to spend more time doing things that are good for my soul, like journaling, taking walks, writing, connecting more with family and friends, and, you guessed it, meditating. 

Enough woo-woo talk. On to food!

The last couple evenings I’ve been pouring myself a glass of kombucha and cooking my ass off. My sis-in-law shared this recipe with me and it’s surprisingly delicious for how simple it is. She prefers ground pork, but I used beef and it rocked.

Chef Cara's Unstuffed Cabbage Roll

2 lbs gound beef

1 large onion, chopped

1 small head cabbage, chopped

2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes

1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce

1/2 cup water

2 cloves garlic, minced

salt and papper

Heat a dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef and onion until browned and crumbly, 5-7 minutes; drain and discard grease. Add cabbage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, garlic, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat and simmer until cabbage is tender, about 30 minutes.