Sunday, August 11, 2019

Whole30 in the City

But, wait. You don't live on a farm and your garden is usually unsuccessful so how can you participate in Whole30 because isn't that doesn't that require organic foods grass-fed beef and so on? It may shock you to know but just because you live within a town or city limits doesn't mean you aren't health-conscious especially when it comes to food. One thing I love about this area of the low-country is our easy access to organic foods.

We use the grill as much as possible in the summertime. BBQ chicken
and veggies on the grill are great for Whole30 detoxing.
Yes, the BBQ sauce is Whole30 compliant.
In the Charleston area, there are three farmers markets within no more than 20 minutes to visit on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. And if you don't mind driving a little further and by further I mean no more than 45 minutes you can also travel to Summerville or Goose Creek.

Sweet potatoes are in nearly every recipe I have
found for the Whole30 plan. Be careful not
to slice your finger. Like I did. Ouch.
If that's not enough we also have local farmers who are South Carolina certified organic and one who also raises their animals in a way that's free of hormones and antibiotic-free.

Roasted spicy sweet potatoes and chicken on zoodles!
Now, don't faint but we also have Whole Foods and Trader Joe's and all our grocery stores sell organic veggies and grass-fed beef as well as offering organic, cage-free poultry options AND each store gives us locally grown options.  Oh, and we actually have neighbors in our neighborhood who are gracious enough to share eggs from their chickens from time to time.

Potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, and
grass-fed beef with seasonings. So good!

So, though they are super cool, you don't have to be a farmer or homesteader to live and eat healthily.

There are several organic farms in our are but I have two favorites, Joseph Fields Farm on John's Island and the Johnson Family Farm in McClellanville. The first one I always seek out at the farmers' markets and grocery stores because it's way too trafficky to get to them and I'm not sure they have people visit their farm. The second one is just about 30 minutes up 17 North and we do visit them. You can buy their veggies, meat, eggs, and dairy from their farm store and everything is grown right there on site. We enjoy taking Lula Mae and Opie out there.

The husband/dad of the Johnson Family Farm was diagnosed with cancer a mere 3 weeks or so ago and everyone is amazed and proud of how the community has come out to harvest, weed, prepare for fall planting, taking animals to wherever they take them for processing (and yes, it's right here in SC), tending the store, and all other things farm-related. Honestly, it's almost overwhelming but I love how we not only have access to good, clean foods but the community also lends a hand to help farmers keep it going.

And THAT is how you do Whole30 when you live within the town/city limits.


This is one of my favorite breakfasts so far.
I took left-over loaded sweet potato taco skillet
from supper and added eggs, avocado slices,
and grapes and BAM! Breakfast!
Coming soon- the differences I'm noticing following Whole30.

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  1. BOOM! I like that comment...since we are 80 miles from the biggest city (Buffalo or Rochester) we are pretty much small town or even country living. I miss living on a farm and told hubby there is a lot to think about--just saying. Even maybe a move out of state in the future. Just keeping it real. The food looks really good and my motto is fresh is always best.

    The grandkids are adorable, smiles.

    1. We live in a town but it isn't small anymore. I do love that we have so many options, though. I'm not sure I have what it takes to live on a farm but I sure do admire those who do. Thank you!

  2. Way to go on doing Whole30! Your meals look delicious.

    1. They really are. I'm not sure I love all the meal prep because I've been out of that since the last lovely got out on her own. LOL I do have to prep when the grands are over, though so I guess I shouldn't mind doing it for myself. :)

  3. Looking forward to learning about what you have noticed so far!

  4. I barely eat lately and rarely eat good healthy food

  5. I am very curious at how you are feeling. I have eaten this way now for two years. I liked it so much once I got to the end of the 30 days. Once I learned how to cook that way. I just love all of the fresh food. I did have such withdrawal when I started. It felt like I had the flu for three weeks. :)


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