The last few days have brought some significant changes to my home.
After much discussion, my husband agreed to join me on my second Whole30, which began just a couple of days ago.
Why is this such a big deal?
My husband is a die-hard dairy-loving gluten-eating sugar-binging wonderful man.
Don’t get me wrong…he is fully supportive of our gluten-free household. In fact, once it was realized just how sensitive I am to gluten and how any amount of it in a house with five children was going to find its way into my body, he was the first to say gluten had to go!
That doesn’t mean he stopped eating it though. He just doesn’t eat it at home.
So for him to agree to eat only what I give him and ditch his beloved Monsters and snacks at the local convenience store (yuck!) for an entire 30 days…well, that means a lot!
Forget the fact that I need to wake up an extra 30 minutes earlier to ensure I can feed him a good breakfast before he leaves for work; forget the fact that he protests, often in jest, to the level of health he is now enjoying at every meal (not just dinner anymore!); forget all of this and rejoice with me that he is willing to eliminate the junk and do what is right, both inside and out (at least for the next 30 days but I am aiming for beyond!).
To this point though, I haven’t been able to get my spouse to read either the original e-book The Whole30 Success Guide or our copy of It Starts with Food (ISWF), both written by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig, both containing the vital information regarding Whole30 (although ISWF is far more detailed with both scientific and logical information related to the Whole30 plan. Either way, you are guaranteed a great read).
To counteract this reality, he quizzes me several times a day about what is allowed and what is not allowed, he trusts me to feed him only what is safe and asks me before he eats anything I haven’t directly offered.
His number one complaint? No soda!
Today I stated to him plainly, “You are a sugar addict, a caffeine addict and a carb fiend. I am too. I did this plan all on my own and found success in it. You can do this, I am here to help.”
As a compromise I am doing all I can to offer him drinks, just once a day, that are on-plan but just enough to keep him from getting (as he said) “bored with all this water.”
Today I whipped up a batch of this Cherry-Lime flavored water, first with mineral water then with filtered water. To my surprise the filter water won him over, although I truly enjoyed the fizz from the mineral water.
Reminiscent of those sugar laden drinks found throughout the southern states, this drink is light and refreshing yet free of all the junk you are trying to avoid. Perfect for your Independence Day celebration, I hope you find as much satisfaction in this as we have!
- 1 c Fresh Cherries, halved and pitted
- 1 whole lime, sliced thin
- 1 liter Mineral or Filtered Water
- In a large pitcher, using a wooden spoon or the tamper(er?) from your blender, mash together cherries and lime slices, releasing as much of their natural juice as you can.
- Cover fruit mixture with water and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes before serving (if using mineral water, I recommend serving as soon after as you can because mineral water loses its fizz very quickly).
- Serve over ice.
- Makes 4 servings