Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup

  We’ve been on a bit of a diet journey these past two weeks as we endeavor to keep Jacob off prednisone during this allergy season. We started on the Whole30 about ten days ago and saw an almost immediate impact. We were able to cut down some of his medication and we also saw his symptoms — watery eyes, runny nose, swelling, and cough — lessen. But there were a couple of symptoms – like a rash he generally develops – that weren’t abating. So when we visited our doctor a few days into the program, we were sure to ask about dietary adjustments. It was then that I was reminded that both Jacob and I do not do well on nuts. In fact, Jacob is allergic to a number of different types of nuts. I have been on this health journey for quite some time and am just a few months away from finishing my health coaching certificate and yet, somehow, I overlooked the fact that my son and I weren’t going to do well on a diet that used nuts so much! We immediately made some changes. We gave up on the nuts – and our kids’ favorite Larabars – in favor of adding back beans to our diet. We also brought in certified gluten free oats so Jacob would have some options for breakfast (he can’t stand eggs). With these changes we seem to be doing okay. Jacob’s symptoms have stabilized into a certain zone we are comfortable with for now. We’ll just have to see if staying consistent with the diet for a week...
Chunky Chicken Vegetable Soup & the Whole30

Chunky Chicken Vegetable Soup & the Whole30

    The Pyle family is embarking on a Whole 30 for 28 days! We’ve cut it to 28 so that we don’t run right over Jacob’s birthday. While we are firm believers in the power of a clean diet, we still enjoy our sweets and delicacies when we celebrate a person or event (once in a while!). So we’re cutting the program two days short so we can celebrate Jacob with an amazing cake of some sort (yet to be determined). One of the first things I think about whenever I consider a new eating plan is how I will adjust some of our family’s favorite recipes. My traditional chicken and rice soup is one of those recipes. We cannot live without it in some form or fashion, so it was the first one I looked at updating. In terms of making it Whole30 compliant, all I had to do was remove the rice or noodles and cut the veggies a little bigger to compensate for the lack of chew brought in by the grain. If you want to convert this back into the traditional version, add 2/3 cup of uncooked rice towards the end and let it simmer until done. Or egg noodles. Whatever you prefer. But let’s not dream too much about that as we head into the Whole30. Just a tip: the lemon juice at the end MAKES it! So don’t leave it out. Different people like different amounts of acidity. So while it’s essential to add the acidity, how much you like is a personal preference. I call for 1/2 a lemon’s worth, but...