I’m Doing Whole30 #3

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I know I  just finished my second Whole30 in February but it’s never too soon to get back to it. Yesterday was day 1 of my third Whole30 and I’m very excited about my spontaneous decision to start again. Through my previous experiences I learned new things about myself and made huge strides toward my goals. Well, Derby week just happened (no excuse) and I’ve been going out a lot and socializing (re: drinking, a lot.) My only solution for “excessive fun” is Whole30.

After totally dominating two Whole30’s without any slip-ups or cheating, this one will definitely be fun. I don’t feel pressure to meal plan or adjust my social life in order to be successful. I’m just doing it. And, since I have a good hold on how to stick to Whole30, I’m really going to focus on setting and achieving meaningful goals for the next 30 days that will carry over into my everyday life.

I’m going to focus more on recipe development, blogging, and allowing more time for self-exploration. I need to cleanse my life of unnecessary things and get a little more organized. I will be trying out some new workouts, which means I might finally try CrossFit *gasp!*. I’m going to be challenging myself and pushing my self-control to its limits over the next 30 days in order become a better me. And of course, per many inquiries and questions, I plan to educate you all on my view of healthy living and how I do it.

Until then, follow me on Instagram and Twitter to see what I’m doing and eating.

 

H

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Whole30 2.0 – Recap & Results

Today is day 30 of my second Whole30 challenge. I did my first one in September by myself. This time, Solomon joined me. It was so much fun having someone to eat with, talk to about the challenges and new recipes.

The past 30 days have been filled with many tests:

  • At the beginning of the month I volunteered at an event where I had to serve wine all night. If you know me, you know I LOVE wine. But I made it through the event successfully.
  • I went to an all day video shoot in Cincy and made sure to pack plenty of Whole30 options. I ate my homemade spaghetti while everyone else stuffed their faces with pizza. That one was a breeze.
  • Solomon turned 24 this month. Meaning, no birthday cake. Well… being the problem solver that I am, I made Solomon a fruit cake. Literally. A cake made of fresh fruit.
  • And… my best friend moved to NYC the next day. We all went to dinner the weekend before and I took my own chicken and Tessemae’s dressing so I could eat with everyone without compromising my Whole30. Strategic planning my friends. P.s. I miss you Shelb!

Some of my favorite meals this month were mulligatawny stew, spicy ginger-garlic chicken, chicken tortilla-less chicken soup, bora bora fireballs (OMG. AMAZING.) and faux pho. I also made bacon jalapeño deviled eggs and a killer spinach artichoke dip (sans cheese) for SuperBowl Sunday.

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I’m definitely expanding my knowledge about the foods I eat and how they affect my body. Not to mention, I’m becoming a pretty good cook. I do the Whole30 because it is challenging. Not because I’ve “self-diagnosed” myself with gluten intolerance or anything like that. The entire experience, like anything else in life, is mind over matter. I believe you can not grow if you don’t change.

Which leads me to my next point. Cutting my hair was an unplanned, spontaneous move and I am insanely happy with how I feel about it. I’ve had long hair my entire life. My hair has always been a part of me, my look and the way I feel about myself. Constantly challenging myself and making changes is helping me grow into the woman I believe God intends for me to be. I am still young, still learning and making mistakes but I know I’m heading in the right direction of complete self-approval and happiness.

I want to share something that I read the other day. Rachel is someone that I follow on Instagram. She is a wonderful, beautiful person and really hits it home with this post. She posted a picture of herself from the back, in her bikini. Please note, she is a yoga instructor and posts pictures of herelf doing yoga in her bikini. Apparently some people had some negative things to say about her picture. Here is her response:

“Ok. I literally just scrolled through my entire phone looking for a picture, any picture, that shows off my backside…. This was the only one I could find. And do you know why? Because I’ve never given it any thought! And I would never post a photo like this normally. It’s just my butt, and it’s nothing special. But if I would listen to what people comment here on Instagram? It’s small, ugly, non-existent, or what was it someone wrote today… Embarrassing? Gee, thanks! All I can say is wow. WOW. How can something that I use mainly for sitting be such a conversation starter? Well, apparently I should do less sitting and more…. Squatting? Hm. I squat, as in Malasana, to open my hips. I don’t squat as in “move up and down incessantly until your glutes burn” because that does not seem like something I would even remotely enjoy. Sitting, however, I like! Especially if I get to do it while drinking wine, talking, holding hands with someone I love. Squatting to change what I look like? Nah. My backside doesn’t define who I am, and neither does any part of my body. Nor a number on a scale, or the image in the mirror reflected back at me. Because that’s all we see: Reflections. What you see in others is a reflection of how you see yourself. Are you spewing out negative comments about my backside (or anything else that “bothers” you)? Chances are, you spend a whole lotta time worrying about your own. So settle down people. It’s just flesh. It’s just a body. It’s not who you are. I doubt my Caribbean-raised fiancé is marrying me for my Sweden-sized ass as much as I doubt he is marrying me despite of it. Real connection happens way beyond all of this. I say, how about we spend a little more time worrying about the size of our hearts than we do the size of our jeans? I’m going back to my flat-assed evening. Sorry for the rant just felt the need to address all these comments! #love #speakyourtruth #embracewhoyouare”

The 30 days have passed. I feel better, I feel happy and I have the Whole30, the Paleo community and my awesome support system to thank. If you have any questions about food or just want to talk please reach out to me. I’m no nutritional expert but my knowledge is growing daily and I’m very passionate about spreading the love and happiness of eating whole foods and living a fulfilled life.

 

H

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Whole30 2.0 – Week 2 Prep

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Week one is coming to an end and I can definitely say it’s been great. The weekly cook up last Sunday helped so much with my busy schedule. Wednesday, I went to Cincinnati for a video shoot and had no problem staying completely Whole30. I also served alcohol at an event on Saturday for over 5 hours and didn’t taste the wine (I like to call that will power + the fact that it was Sutter Home, bleh!)

Solomon and I stuck to the menu we planned last week and have found some new favorite recipes: mulligatawny stew, sweet & spicy ginger-garlic chicken and the faux pho! I want some now just thinking about it.

Here is our plan for week two:

Grocery List

Produce 

  • Yellow squash (1)
  • Zucchini (5)
  • Green beans (1 lb)
  • Banana peppers (2)
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Avocado (3)
  • Red bell peppers (2)
  • Tomato
  • Spinach
  • Garlic
  • Fresh mint
  • Jalapeños (2)
  • Sweet potatoes (4 lbs)
  • Green apples (2)
  • Scallions
  • Lettuce

Canned/Shelf Life Items

  • Black olives
  • Chicken broth
  • Pecan halves
  • Mustard powder
  • Lemon juice
  • Light olive oil
  • Paprika
  • tomato paste
  • Coconut aminos
  • Coconut milk
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Wild planet canned tuna (4)

MEAT

  • Ground beef (4 lbs)
  • Chicken (4 lbs)
  • Fresh salmon
  • Ground pork

& (1) dozen eggs

Week 2 Meal Options

Breakfast – Eggs & Green apple sausage patties

Lunch – Leftovers, homemade sweet potato soup, Waldorf tuna salad & mediterranean tuna salad.

Dinner –

  • Meatza
  • Shephard’s pie
  • Pineapple chicken curry
  • Zoodles aglio et olio w/ chicken
  • Salmon w/ green beans
  • Sweet potato hash
  • Red chicken curry

Today we cooked/prepared the sweet potato soup, green apple sausages and both tunas.

Follow me on Instagram for tasty pictures of all of these meals and check back next week for a week 2 recap!

Keep Calm & Whole30 on,

 

 

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Whole30 2.0 – Week 1 Prep

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Hello beautiful people,

I know it seems like I just did the Whole30 but I feel like it’s time to get back at it. Sort of a way to help jump start this fancy new year. I’m thrilled to be doing Whole30 again because it really helps keep my mind focused on the right foods and my habits around food. Not to mention, Solomon has decided to do this one with me!

To help you all continue to follow my health food journey I will be posting my weekly grocery list, weekly recipes, how I’m feeling and results after the 30 days. I will also share beyond this Whole30. In February, I will be doing the 21 day sugar detox. Mostly because it’s similar to the Whole30, only not as strict 😉 AND because Solomon got me the 21DSD book for Christmas and the recipes inside are too irresistible to ignore. I’m thinking by the time you all follow me through my second Whole30 you just might want to do the 21DSD with me?

Until then, here is my plan!

Week 1 Grocery List

Produce

  • Jalapeños
  • Bok Choy
  • Zucchini
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Celery
  • Orange (to zest)
  • Apples
  • Cauliflower
  • Red bell pepper
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Green onions
  • Fresh ginger

Canned/Shelf Life Items

  • Garlic powder
  • Fresh garlic
  • Sea salt
  • Tessemae’s Wing Sauce
  • Coconut Oil (unrefined)
  • Beef Broth
  • Chicken Broth
  • Tomato paste
  • Tomato sauce
  • White sesame seeds
  • Red chili flakes
  • Coconut aminos
  • Bay leaves
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Wild Planet canned tuna
  • Curry paste
  • Parsley
  • Coconut flakes
  • Arrowroot powder
  • Curry powder
  • Chili powder
  • Ground all spice
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Coconut Milk
  • Crushed/diced tomatos
  • Santa Cruz Apple Sauce

MEAT

  • Ground beef (2)
  • Chicken breasts (6 lbs)
  • Pork Ribs (2 lbs)
  • Beef stew meat (2 lbs)

& 3 dozen eggs

(I might have forgotten some items on the list because I try to keep the essentials stocked in the pantry.)

Week 1 Meal Options

Breakfast- Eggs, however you like em’. I cook mine in coconut oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper, cayenne and a ton of spinach. We will also have buffalo chicken egg muffins.

Lunch- Left over dinners, Wild Planet tuna, Veggies (raw)

Dinner-

That’s it for week 1! I cooked the buffalo chicken egg muffins, spaghetti meat sauce, spaghetti squash, mulligatawny stew and cinnamon beef stew today (Sunday). The other meals will be made the day of.

Follow me on Instagram for tasty pictures of all of these meals and check back next week for a week 1 recap!

Keep Calm & Whole30 on my friends

 

H

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Whole30 Tips & Tricks

I’m assuming you’re here because you’ve decided to take on the Whole30 Challenge. Or at least do some research before diving in head first. (Which I highly recommend!)

Tips:

First, read everything on Whole9 for rules, regulations and motivation to really get started.

Now…

Get in the right mindset. And stay there. You’re doing this for a reason, right?

Plan an entire weeks meals once a week. Meal planning will save you from feeling completely lost when a craving attacks.

Rid your kitchen of all temptation! Yes, get rid of ALL non-Whole30 foods. NOW.

Go to the grocery and get everything you need once a week. Don’t drive yourself crazy with 7 trips a week. It’s painful and discouraging.

Who cares about the nutrition label. READ THE INGREDIENTS! Don’t try to justify something because you can “kinda” pronounce it.

Stick to your meal plan NO MATTER WHAT.

Make large portions so you have enough for multiple meals.

Stay away from restaurants if this is your first whole30. They use a lot of sneaky ingredients that you can no longer eat.

Work through cravings. They’ll be gone within 5 minutes.

Stay hydrated… with water.

Chew your food and really enjoy it. After all you spend time making it.

Gather a huge variety of recipes before you start. Pick a few every week and the 30 days will fly by.

Stay positive!

And remember, you are what you eat.

Whole30 Emergency Snacks

*Always check the ingredients!!

I’m going to go ahead and tell you to stock up on these essential snacks. They will be your savior over the next 30 days.

Larabars: Apple Pie, Banana Bread, Cocount cream pie, Carrot Cake, Cherry Pie, Pecan Pie

Steve’s Paleo goods

SAnta Cruz Organic Apple Sauce

Gourmet Grass Fed

Paleo Pacs

Hard boiled eggs

Nuts Nuts Nuts

Washed and ready to grab chopped veggies

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Whole30 – Recap & Results

It’s official. I completed my first Whole30 Challenge.

There’s no easy or short way to describe my experience over the last 30 days. I started to become interested in health and food awareness about two years ago. I read the book Wheat Belly which helped me realize that food is being genetically modified, dwarfed and altered in too many ways to count. Once I had this bit of knowledge, I kept digging deeper to learn more. I found it intriguing to go to the grocery and spend endless time reading ingredient labels of my “favorite foods”. It built confidence in my mind knowing what to consume and what to stay away from, but it also created a brick wall of anxiety towards eating processed foods (which is NOT a bad thing). I still didn’t have all of the information I needed and I didn’t know it until now.

I continued to make conscious decisions about the food I ate and mostly ordered “healthy food” at restaurants. I never really considered what is in the food or what it was cooked in.

For example: You can order the chicken from Qdoba on your burrito or even go “healthier” with a burrito bowl (like I used to multiple times a week) but have you ever thought about what is actually in that chicken. If you’re thinking, it’s just chicken, it’s healthy, stop ruining Qdoba for me, Hailey! then you have no idea what is added to your favorite dishes and should start doing some heavy research right NOW. Whether you want to admit it or not, once you learn something, you can’t unlearn it. Check out this allergen information Qdoba provides on their website and tell me you want to go order a chicken burrito right now…

  • CHICKEN

Marinated Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs Containing Up To 11.55% Solution Of Water, Adobo Seasoning For Chicken (See Adobo Seasoning For Chicken), Soybean Oil, Sodium Phosphates. Contains Milk.

  • ADOBO SEASONING

Adobo Seasoning for Chicken Chili Pepper, Salt, Corn Syrup Solids, Sugar, Dehydrated Garlic, Dehydrated Onion, Whey, Spice, Grill Flavor (From Vegetable Oil) And Smoke Flavor, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Less Than 2% Calcium Silicate Added To Prevent Caking. Contains Milk.

  • THREE CHEESE QUESO

Water, Cream (Cream, Milk), Monterey Jack Cheese ([Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes], Water, Milk Fat, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Sodium Hexametaphosphate), American Cheese ([Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes], Water, Milk Fat, Sodium Phosphate, Salt), Roasted Poblano Peppers, Roasted Tomatoes (Tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Citric Acid, Calcium Chloride), Seasoning (Modified Cornstarch, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Artificial Colors [Titanium Dioxide, Extractives Of Paprika], Xanthan Gum, Onion Powder, Spices, Lactose, Paprika, Methyl Cellulose Gum, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Potato Flour, Cocoa Powder, Silicon Dioxide), Jalapeño Peppers, Pasteurized Processed Swiss And American Cheese (Cultured Milk And Skim Milk, Cream, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Sorbic Acid, Enzymes), Cheddar Concentrate (Cheddar, Granular, Semisoft And Blue Cheese [Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes], Water, Sodium Phosphate, Vinegar, Salt), Corn Syrup Solids, Modified Cornstarch, Garlic (Garlic, Water). Contains Milk.

Seriously? WTF is all of that crap in that amazing queso that’s so addicting!!!?? Since I started working at LEAP in February, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve devoured all three of those items plus cheese, sour cream, corn salsa, rice and tortilla chips. It makes me sick just thinking about it. Knowledge is power. Especially knowledge about yourself. NOT what you think to be true. BUT what is really true. By completing the Whole30, I know how processed food effects my body and brain. There is no black and white way that will lead you to this discovery except by doing a Whole30. Appreciating your body, loving it and knowing how to take proper care of it will improve your overall life ten-fold. I firmly stand by the saying “You are what you eat.”

So, I know you’re dying to know, “What much weight did you lose?” “What did you eat?” “Was it hard?” “Isn’t it expensive buying healthy food?” and much more.

1.) I lost 8 lbs over the past 30 days. I am a petite person already and did not work out during my Whole30. I really wanted to focus on the food. Where it comes from. How certain food makes me feel. And most importantly, teach myself how to cook. I AM WOMAN and I can do anything 😉 I do want you to know that I feel much better overall. I’m sleeping better, I’m happier and I feel incredible.

2.) I ate whole food. Meaning, my food came from the earth and animals. Nothing added, nothing subtracted. Just marvelous combinations resulting in delicious meals to nourish my body.

3.) It was hard. But hey, since when is anything worth having easy to get? Life isn’t supposed to be easy. Clearly, it’s next to impossible to get whole, real food served to your anywhere. You have to do it yourself. You have to step WAYYY out of your comfort zone, take the plunge and stay strong. Throughout the 30 days, I kept telling myself I was Whole30 Strong. I have a sweet tooth the size of my head (Solomon likes to remind me daily of how big my head is, figuratively speaking 😉 ) and I like things like Oreos and hot fries and WINE. Every day when my co-workers would go out to lunch I sat at my desk and ate my Whole30 meals. I was okay with it. I knew I was doing something for myself that would only continue to flourish with time and practice. Eating healthy, to me, is comparable to being an athlete. I think of it this way because I am not athletic AT ALL. I’m actually pretty pathetic when it comes to anything sports related. But anyway, an athlete is someone who is really passionate about what they do. They work day in and day out to improve their skills. With time and a lot of practice they begin to live and breath their sport. Healthy living is becoming my sport. No, I’m not perfect. Yes, I ate a few “bad foods” at work today and afterwards I felt like shit. Literally. Foggy head, bloated belly, etc. Totally not worth it. I’d rather be the weird tree-huggin’ weirdo than feel like that every day. Which leads me to the fourth question…

4.) “Isn’t it expensive eating healthy?” Well, let me put it into perspective for you…

1 bag of potato chips = $4.50

Oreos = $3.00

Average fast-food lunch = $10-15

By eliminating the expenses of processed food, you now have money for the healthy food. Fresh produce, clean meat and so on. I hate to break it to you, but on this issue, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. Pick a side and stick with it. Groceries are expensive regardless of your choices. Just make sure you’re making choices that actually benefit your body and don’t just pass through providing no nutritional value.

IF THE INGREDIENT/PRODUCT IS SOMETHING OTHER THAN A REAL FOOD THAT EXISTS, IN THIS NATURAL WORLD, YOU PROBABLY SHOULDN’T BE PUTTING IT IN YOUR BODY.

Doing something like this takes a lot of commitment, will-power and self-control. The beauty of it? After you finish you can’t push the rewind button and erase what you know. That first bite of processed food that goes into your body will immediately remind you of how contaminated “normal” food is.

In the end, it’s about getting over the excuses, admitting you truly don’t know much about the food you consume, educating yourself through every resource you can find, challenging yourself to build a stronger you and making your life the best that it can be. You are the only person who has complete control over you. You are responsible for yourself. And if you have kids and feed a family, you are the one who is nourishing or literally poisoning them with each meal you whip up. As Mary Catherine Gallager would say from the movie Superstar, “Take that and stick it in your back pocket!”

If you have any questions, concerns or just want to talk about making some changes don’t hesitate to connect with me. Remember, there are no stupid questions. This process is about learning. There is no longer a need to feel intimidated by the unknown. Take control and get back what’s yours! (Your body, your health and your mind) And don’t forget, I’m still learning too. I don’t know everything and don’t have all of the answers. I truly feel that there is power in numbers and together anything is possible.

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Whole30 Challenge – Week 3

If there’s one thing you CAN control in your life it’s YOU. You say what you want, do what you want and eat what you want. Every choice you make is your own and there’s always an outcome (good or bad). So when you find yourself complaining about something, whether it’s being in pain, feeling stressed, being overweight or not getting enough sleep, you are the only one who can fix and control it.

My advice? Take control of your life. Be serious and committed to your own happiness and you will find yourself smiling a lot more. And yes, happiness is a huge combination of how you feel about yourself, the relationships you’re in, your actions, attitudes and beliefs, your surroundings and your entire outlook on LIFE.

With that being said, I can’t believe my first Whole30 is almost over. I’m learning so much about myself and food. Learning, growing and challenging yourself really does prove the old saying that “you can do anything you set your mind to.” Imagine that, someone, somewhere was really right. Life is mind over matter. And if you want something bad enough you’ll go after it.

Conquering fear of change is a big factor in improving your life. If you’re afraid to do something and find yourself constantly saying, “I could never do that.” then you really need to push yourself harder. You have no idea what you’re actually capable of (mentally and physically) until you do it and succeed.

Okay, now we can talk about week 3!

The past 7 days have gone really well. I didn’t have any cravings for sweets and slept like a happy baby. I’ve been waking up without snoozing my alarm and feeling energized after breakfast and until lunch. I feel happier each day. I finally got “It Starts With Food” in the mail on Friday and I’m almost finished reading it. This book is wonderful and I highly recommend it.

 

This week I’ve been eating more eggs, veggies and fruit, tuna, baked sweet potatoes, the occasional Larabar and nuts. I finally found an approved sunflower seed butter so I ate that on an apple one day. I made chicken vindaloo on Monday.

I made several pumpkin blueberry smoothies.

I made a chicken veggie curry meal one night. It didn’t turn out the way I thought it would but it was still really tasty.

I also made pumpkin chili!

I made my meal plan the other night for the rest of my Whole30 and will be going to the grocery tomorrow. I will have links to all of my favorite recipes in my recipe index soon. (These things take time people 😉 ) Along with expanding on my Whole30 Tips and Paleo Favorites.

#Whole30Strong

H

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Whole30 Challenge – Week 2

Today marks day 14 of my Whole30 challenge. And I’m coming to a lot of realizations through this experience:

1.) I know how to cook now. I’m not a chef but I definitely don’t have to rely on my mom and boyfriend to cook for me every day anymore.

2.) Cooking yourself a healthy, satisfying meal, is beyond fulfilling.

3.) Meal planning on Sunday is a lifesaver!

4.) And, as much as I’m DYING to eat the candy corn on the kitchen counter, I haven’t touched it. And I am proud of myself for that.

This Whole30 isn’t just about learning how to cook for me. It’s about becoming whole and taking care of myself. While I was cooking dinner the other night I was thinking to myself how whole I actually feel. I can cook great meals that people will eat and enjoy. The funny thing is, I never really tried to cook. I like to bake, but that’s about as far as I’d go. I honestly was completely fine with my amazing-cook boyfriend making my meals for the rest of my life. I was okay with chopping and sauteing occasionally… BUT not anymore. I might just have to get myself a sous chef by the time I’m finished.

Having my family, boyfriend and friends be truly proud of me for cooking and trying new things has made me feel awesome. If you need to do some soul searching and really bring everything full circle, do a Whole30 challenge. They say the Whole30 will change your life, and in two weeks I can already see the change.

This week I’ve been eating some tasty food. For a few meals I ate homemade (bean-less, cheese-less & noodle-less) chili. It was really good without the yummy melty cheese. I made some hard boiled eggs and ate those all week along with tuna, veggies, berries and nuts.

Tuesday, my coworkers and I opened up the garage door by my desk and rolled outside to eat lunch in this beautiful weather we’re having. I love enjoying every unique feature of the agency that makes our work environment so cool.

I also made Asian meatballs with mashed cauliflower which turned out pretty dang good.

I’m sticking with spinach omelets pretty regularly because they are my FAV breakfast meal (besides pancakes 😉 which I most definitely can not eat right now!)

Solomon and I made bun-less burgers with tomato, avocado, lettuce and mustard Friday night.

Saturday morning I made a fabulous frittata. Which also resulted in my first kitchen wound. The frittata was so good we had it for breakfast and lunch. NOTE: Never pull a cast-iron skillet out of the oven with a small towel.

For dinner we had taco salads. And instead of buying those nasty taco seasoning packets which contain wheat, maltodextrin and lord knows what else, I flavored the beef with chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic salt, basil and some lime juice. It tastes even better than the packets.

Oh yeah, while Solomon and I were sitting outside eating our taco salads a beautiful butterfly landed on Solomon’s hand and hung out with us for a while. Of course, I got a picture so I had to share!

This morning I had carrot juice and my spinach omelet then headed out to go hiking at Clifty Falls. I absolutely love going there and have been dying to take Solomon. He was a first timer at the park but somehow ending up showing me 2 new trails. We had a blast running through the creek for miles and ended up burning around 1,600 calories each. We even took a short break on a rock in the creek to enjoy the setting.

BTW Larabars are Whole30 approved. (This makes me extremely happy!)

When we got home, we threw the chicken tandoori I had marinating for almost 24 hours on the grill, watched Breaking Bad and called it a night.

I am feeling amazing after two weeks of Whole30 and can not wait to share my final results with everyone!

#Whole30Strong

 

H

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Whole30 Challenge – Week 1

Hey all,

Today marks days 7 of my Whole30 challenge. It went by fast. But I suppose when you live a busy life it’s hard for it not to. That also means lots of meal planning. Something I’ve never really done before.

This week I felt a little sluggish at times, but not to the point where it affected my daily routine.

So far I’ve been eating:

  • Egg whites with spinach & homemade salsa.
  • Spinach salad with strawberries, oranges and almond slivers. (no dressing, so maybe it wasn’t a salad?)
  • More chicken curry with veggies (My Fav!)
  • A Jimmy Johns Unwich- lettuce wrap, turkey, avocado spread, tomatoes & cucumbers
  • Sweet Potato hash w/ an eggocado
  • Strawberries. blueberries, bananas, broccoli, red bell peppers & squash
  • Chili (meat, tomato paste, onions & spices)
  • Almonds
  • Buddy Fruit apple chips and blended fruit
  • Spaghetti squash (Which is Ah-mazing)
  • And lots & lots of water (at the very least, 64 oz. a day)

I already have each meal planned for the next 7 days and I’m ready to conquer another week of Whole30. Stay tuned for some new recipes and concoctions!

 

H

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I’m Doing The Whole30 Challenge

Almost two years ago I read the book Wheat Belly. It indefinitely changed my views on gluten, wheat and the food industry as a whole. I then went on to watch the movies Food Inc. and Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. I decided to completely eliminate all things processed for two weeks. I lost 8 lbs and my estimate body fat percentage was an impressive 16%. I felt amazing and really tried to stick with it. But… I was a college student, working full-time at an ICE CREAM shop and staying on track was hard. My Paleo obsession has fluctuated over the years but has never diminished. Which leads me to Whole30. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while but kept finding (really valid) excuses as to why I couldn’t.

If you don’t know, Whole30 is eating real food – meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds for 30 days. Here is a helpful shopping list via the program.

So what can’t I eat?

NO added sugar of any kind! (real or artificial) This means… No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc.

NO alcohol, in any form, not even for cooking.

NO grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa.

NO legumes (A.K.A. beans, Duh). This includes black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. (also, NO peanut butter!) *This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, lecithin).

NO dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee.

NO potatoes. (white, red, purple, Yukon gold and fingerling)

This one is the kicker 🙁 NO Paleo-ifying desserts or junk food choices. (I love paleo desserts)

So, today was day two. I’ve been eating egg whites, veggies, curry chicken, nuts, a banana and orange. I also made Sunshine Sauce, which is amazing! I want you all to know that I was at a conference all day today (that I was not Whole30 prepared for) and ate lettuce and an orange while everyone else indulged on pasta, bread sticks AND various cheesecakes!! This is also a “challenge” for me because I do not cook. But my mom said, “If you can read, you can cook.” I’ll be posting pictures of meals on Instagram and blogging about my experience frequently. Maybe I can inspire you to take on the Whole30 Challenge next 😉

 

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Some of my favorite resources:

Nom Nom Paleo

The Clothes Make The Girl

& of course, the Whole9 website.

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