Mayonnaise – that luscious condiment that we love to put on sandwiches, burgers, and sometimes even on french fries. Let’s not forget that it is an essential component of potato salad, egg salad, chicken salad, and even a cake or two. Did you know that the creamy white sauce was enjoyed as far back as 1756 in Spain? Back then it was made with real ingredients. Today we are sold bottles of “real mayonnaise,” but there are a few ingredients that I am sure that the original never had such as soybean oil and calcium disodium edta.
What is really surprising is just how easy it is to make mayo at home. I recently made my first batch, thanks to the book It Starts With Food. I made my mayo just a bit different than directions, but the results were the same. I placed all of the ingredients in a jar and used my immersion blender to whip up my mayo in under a minute.
- 1-1/4 cup of light olive oil, divided
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 to 1 lemon, juiced
- Place the egg, 1/4 cup of olive oil, mustard powder, and salt in a mixing bowl, blender, or food processor. Mix thoroughly.
- While the food processor or blender is running (or while mixing in a bowl with a stick blender), slowly drizzle in the remaining cup of olive oil.
- After you’ve added all the oil and the mixture has emulsified, add lemon juice to taste, stirring gently with a spoon to incorporate.
Recipe reprinted with permission.
It was pretty neat watching the oil and eggs go from separate states to a creamy all-purpose spread. For me, though, it was a little on the plain side. I feel certain that the addition of a few herbs and/or spices would easily remedy that.
It Starts With Food
It Starts With Food was written by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, the creators of the Whole 30 program. Dallas, a Certified Sports Nutitionist, licensed physical therapist, and functional medicine practitioner, specializes in addressing the underlying causes of disease using a systems-oriented approach. Melissa, also a Certified Sports Nutritionist as well as a RKC-certified kettlebell instructor, specializes in helping people change their relationship with food and create lifelong, healthy habits. They created their program in 2009 and first published their book in 2012.
They have created a program that helps people figure out their own optimal diet. For 30 days, participants eliminate grains, dairy, sugar, alcohol, legumes, and a few other things. Don’t worry, though, because after you have completed the program there is a re-introductory period. During this period, which lasts 10 days, legumes, non-gluten grains, dairy, and gluten-containing grains are phased back into the diet. The elimination of those foods for 30 days and re-introduction period allows one to learn whether or not those foods have an adverse effect on their health.
Many people have grown so accustomed to the inflammation, cravings, and physiological damage of favorite foods that they are unaware of what is happening to their bodies. It is time that we stop dismissing common ailments, such as rheumatoid arthritis, as inevitable because of aging. Why not try eliminating certain foods from our diet to see if they are the cause? Some people who have followed the Whole30 program have seen improvements in their conditions.
Dallas and Melissa write, “The food you eat either makes you more healthy or less healthy. Those are your options.” The choice is yours. Sadly, I think that most of us don’t realize – or have forgotten – which foods are good and which are bad. It Starts With Food explains why some foods that we are told are good for us really aren’t. (There are 20 pages of master references in the back of the book if you want to verify the information for yourself.)
I followed the diet for 5 days. My husband, who was not following the diet, lost 4 pounds in the first 3 days just from eating the Whole30 Compliant dinners that I made. Lucky guy! I plan on completing the program for the entire 30 days – as soon as I get a chance. I have a few books to review and some serious menu planning to do first. Speaking of which, I am working on finding Whole30 compliant recipes to add to my Pinterest board. If you know of any feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments below and I will try to add it.
- Whole30 Downloads (Includes: Program Rules, Shopping List, Meal Planning Template, Guide to Grocery Shopping, Seasonal Produce Guide, Pantry Stocking Guide, Guide to Sneaky Sugars, Good Meat Guide, Dining Guide, Travel Guide, Guide to Off-Roading, Vegetarian/Vegan Shopping List, Autoimmune Shopping List, Low-FODMAP Shopping List, Low-Histamine Shopping List)
- The Official “Can I Have…” Guide to the Whole 30
- Tips for Prepping and Stocking Your Kitchen
At this point, I am convinced that this is the best diet out there. It’s not easy. Processed foods are everywhere. It takes work, but it is worth it.