Let me start by clueing you in on a little secret, Tessemae’s did not ask me to make this meatloaf on their behalf, I’m just completely, utterly, obsessed with their products, so I decided to take meatloaf matters into my own hands because I love meatloaf in all tastes and sizes, and I’m not ashamed to say it.  Ok.. get your mind out of the gutter for a second, and lets talk a little bit about Whole30.

So, for those of you who are currently taking the Whole30 challenge and for those of you who are planning to begin on April 1st, don’t get discouraged by the doubters, the haters, or the disbelievers.  The only opinion that matters, is yours.. The End! Now go make this meatloaf!

Just kidding.. so, for those of you who’ve read my story, you know that I decided to take on the Whole30 challenge for a couple of reasons, but one reason in particular was to break my social drinking habit.  So, not only did I have to break the news to some, that I was embarking on a dairy and sugar free, real food journey, but I had to declare that I would be giving up alcohol, and caffeine too.  You would have thought I was delivering worse case scenario news, but the truth is, bad eaters don’t like to lose bad eaters, smokers cling to their smoking buddies, and drinkers want everyone to drink.  It makes them feel better about their own bad habits and keeps them company. You almost feel sorry for them in hindsight, but you also understand where they’re coming from, because you were once the same.  I’m not talking about your friends and family members who have a few and call it a night, I’m talking about your drinking buddies, and you know who they are.

Melissa Hartwig gives you some awesome tips on how to break the news to your friends and family, so you don’t come across as though you’re trying to be better than them or too good for their current lifestyle choices.  I opted to assume the blame when I told everyone I had decided to commit to the Whole30 challenge.. I need to reset, I haven’t been feeling right, I gained a boat load of weight, I’m yo-yo dieting, my cravings are out of control, and I’m drinking way too much, way too often.. and it always helped if I pointed out how great they looked, and how it was time for me to really get back on track.  All of these things were true, but sadly, there are going to be people who will have a lot of negative things to say, or try to talk you out of your decision, or simply don’t think you can do it, so they revert back to the ole’.. if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.  That’s the worst.. you deliver this great news, your super pumped, and you’ve finally got your mind right, and you’re ready to give the next 30 days, everything you’ve got, and there’s dead silence.. you’re like O-K a**hole!

Don’t let the doubters or the haters, bring you down.  Stay strong and embrace your 30 day challenge because anytime you try to better or further yourself, there will always be insecure people who will try to belittle your ideas or make you feel as though you can’t accomplish your goals because you’re not strong or disciplined enough, but the truth is, you can do anything you decide to put your mind too.  First you have to want it, then you have to be willing to work at it, and as long as you are consistent, everything else will fall into place.

Surround yourself with all the awesome Instagram support that’s there to see you through.  Melissa Hartwig is constantly sharing amazing tips, in fact, she’s doing a mini Whole30 as we speak, and so many of your favorite bloggers offer support and recipes to ensure there’s never a dull meal, like nom nom paleo, primal palate, paleomg, and nocrumbsleft, who I’m loving at the moment, and who also inspired me to create a recipe using my favorite Whole30 approved condiments.  Many of their recipes are also available through Real Plans which can be used to provide meal planning and help you stay on course.  I mean, how awesome is that?? You can literally add nom nom’s recipes or paleomg’s to your weekly meal plan, and Real Plans will not only provide a shopping list, but they’ll give you step by step instructions to follow all week long, so you’re not scrounging to find the time.

Whole30 also features guest bloggers from time to time that show you how to whip up anything from simple meals to more elaborate meals if you committed to hosting a dinner party right before you decided to take the plunge.  Whatever you need to get you through the challenge, chances are its either readily available through social media or on the Whole30 website.  Can’t find something?? No problem, shoot Melissa Hartwig a note, and she’ll gladly get back to you.  Carry the book around like the latest James Patterson novel, if you have too, but make sure you show those doubters that you are “in this to win this!” Ha!

Second secret, this is not a paid for Whole30 advertisement, but it did change my life, and I get super excited when I talk about it.  So, stay strong, stay focused, believe in your ability to change old habits whether it’s poor eating habits or otherwise, it’s never too late, use the tools available, and remember.. alcohol is poison! (JK) Now go make this meatloaf!!!

Tessemae's Whole30 Meatloaf

serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, thinly sliced
  • 3 baby bella mushrooms, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon meat & potatoes seasoning by Primal Palate
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup Tessemae’s ketchup
  • coconut oil to grease the baking dish
  • 3 strips of sugar free bacon, cut in half (I use Pederson’s)
  • green onions for garnish

Sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease a 9 x 5 baking pan
  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl accept the bacon (and sauce) and mix until well combined
  • Place mixture in baking pan and smooth into a loaf
  • Place bacon strips on top (tucking edges out) and smooth over again
  • Bake for 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Drizzle sauce on top and sprinkle with green onions

 

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