Whole 30 Days 10 and 11: Failure in New York City…But Whole 30 Fries!

Oh, gawd. I am just going to say it. I cheated on my Whole 30.

I know! Fuck! How can I write this blog for you without being absolutely perfect?! Why did I slip up after completing two successful Whole 30s previously? I am a sinner! A deviant! A BIGFATZERO!!!

No, I am not. 

I am an adult. I am an adult who made a conscious and deliberate decision to enjoy an experience in New York City, with some beautiful people.

My loves.
My loves

My cheat items, dear readers? Some drinks, a few bites of dessert items, and sushi.

And, I am not sorry. Not the least bit. 

It was my first time in New York City and I went to Carnegie Deli–and ate veggies and eggs, instead of a big goddamn beautifulsandwichsmotheredincheeseandsauce. I turned down dairy and I said no to crustybreadaliciousness. I said no to a gyro. I said no to a lot of things. And then, I made a choice. I had some drinks, I ate a few bites of dessert and I had some sushi. Because life is too short.

And, with no regrets, I move on. And if you mess up, please don’t beat yourself up. Most likely your slip-up is so minor compared to what you were feeding yourself before. And, because a “perfect” Whole 30 is different for everyone. You are changing habits and that is really fucking difficult. Who really cares if you ate an entire bag of grapes to avoid eating that Snickers? Or if you ate a piece of cake that your 90 year old grandmother baked just for you? Did you regret it? Maybe. But, it is more important that we just accept it and move on and cross the finish line.

Deep breath. Are you with me? Good. 

Now let’s talk Whole 30 Fries. I am really sick of sweet potatoes right now. Like, I cannot even look at a sweet potato’s face without wanting to punch it. And, even though they are now approved, a white potato just seemed really boring. So, the day before I left for NYC, I was meal prepping (I will link recipes I used at the bottom of this post) with my handsome, very understanding dishwasher/talented artist/Sous Chef…

I highly recommend everyone get one of these.
Sous Chef: Will work for food. I highly recommend everyone get one of these.

…and remembered that my Root Cellar Bounty Box contained Jerusalem Artichokes, otherwise known as Sunchokes. The knobby, little tubers are very rich in inulin, a carbohydrate linked with good intestinal health due to its prebiotic (bacteria promoting) properties…and we know how much I love a happy gut! Fair warning though, if your gut isn’t already getting good prebiotics, eating the sunchokes will likely result in some increased…uh…wind. From…the southern region. Which reminds me, I should tell you guys some stories about dating during the Whole 30/eating Paleo. Uh…ahem. Moving on.

You can roast Sunchokes with some fat, herbs and S&P and get some yummy artichoke-ish tasting fries for your Whole 30 Approved Apple Rosemary Turkey Sliders! I enjoy mine with kale and an over easy egg piled on top for a different breakfast option. YUM!!

Roasted Sunchokes (or) Whole 30 Fries

Photography by Drew Piester Photography...don't get spoiled with these photos. You will have to suffer through my shitty camera phone photos most of the time.
Photography by Drew Piester Photography…don’t get spoiled with these photos. You will have to suffer through my shitty camera phone photos most of the time.


1lb sunchokes
1 Tblsp coconut oil or ghee
salt & pepper to taste
herbs of your choice (I dig parsley)


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  • Scrub the sunchokes like a potato to clean
  • Cut into bite sized pieces or into long fries
  • Toss them into a bowl with the oil and S&P to coat
  • Scatter on a baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes
  • Let cool for a few minutes and then sprinkle with fresh herbs
Photo by Drew Piester Photography
Photo by Drew Piester Photography

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 Recipes that I meal prepped this week:
Chocolate Chili: http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2009/02/22/my-favorite-chili-recipe/
Ginger-Lime Chicken Thighs with Sesame Green Beans (my recipe, coming soon)
Curried Cream of Broccoli Soup: http://nomnompaleo.com/post/2345953636/curried-cream-of-broccoli-soup
Whole 30 Dolmas (my recipe, coming soon)
Sweet Potato Hash: http://paleogrubs.com/sweet-potato-hash-recipe
Whole 30 Sunchoke Fries (see above) 


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