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The Whole30 Aftermath: What Now?

Whole30 The Aftermath

Congratulations: You’ve completed your first Whole30®! I hope that during your journey you learned as much about yourself and your relationship with food as we did. One of the first things most of us asked ourselves on Day 1 was “What are we going to eat as soon as we finish”? My family’s answers ranged anywhere pizza to wine and cheese to Girl Scout Cookies (Thin Mints, please!). As we marked off each Compliant Day, we became less and less fixated on what we would indulge in once our 30 days up and more worried about undoing all the progress we made for one silly meal on Day 31. However, we know that this isn’t meant to be a long-term plan and that we would eventually (intentionally or not) end up eating something that is off-limits. We referred back to Chapter 20 of It Starts With Food to see exactly what is recommended to do on Day 31. The book suggests a slow approach to reintroduction that will help identify food intolerance once and for all. The thing is: some of us don’t have food intolerance. We simply have food addictions (I’m looking at you, pasta) so reintroduction might not physically punish us but might start us on a slippery slope of bad decisions.  Another recommended way to approach life after Whole30® is to adopt a 80/20 or 90/10 lifestyle- 80% (or 90%) of your meals and drinks are compliant while 20% (or 10%) are not. Some people might find…

Whole30 Meal Template- Exactly What to Eat on Whole30

whole30 meal template

When talking to others on the Whole30 Journey, I hear the advice all the time that if we just eat compliant items, we will be fine. While only eating foods that are compliant is DEFINITELY a start, it’s not the point of the Whole30. The idea is to totally nourish your body through the food you put in it; and to do that, we have to be feeding it full of nutrients and vitamins at every meal. Simply eating a steak and potatoes 3 meals a day for 30 days, while technically compliant food choices, will not cure any physical ailments you have and certainly won’t deliver you the Tiger Blood we are all craving.  The Meal Template- a perfectly balanced Whole30 meal combines these components:  Protein: You should have 1-2 palm size servings of protein at each meal to take up abotu 1/33 of your plate.   Veggies: The rest of your plate- 2/3s- should be veggies. Veggies can be sauteed, roasted, baked, dried, raw- basically anyway you can make them, you can eat them   Fat: A small amount of Whole30 approved fat should be added to each meal to keep you fueled and satisfied. Remember, eating good fats DOES NOT make you fat. Adding fats to each meal is easy- you can cook your meat of veggies in ghee or olive oil, throw olives onto your salad, or add coconut milk to your eggs. A little goes a long way so make sure you refer to the…

How to Build Your Dream Home- Part 1

Home Project

About a year ago now, we set out on our home building journey by accident. When our move down to Texas was imminent, we started looking for a house. Because we had previously looking for houses together and are self-proclaimed real estate experts with imaginary awards from HGTV like Most Valuable Viewer and Virtual Renovator of the Year,  we knew exactly what we were looking for in our next home: 4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms Large master suite on main level Large kitchen 2 living spaces and 3 car garage This house in our heads seemed SO perfect and SO well laid out that we just KNEW it was already out there and waiting for us to find it…we would find it within a matter of minutes with a quick search online. 3 months, 1 realtor, and a lot of frustration later, we came to the conclusion that this perfect house didn’t exist…yet.  Since finding a house that was already built didn’t work out for us, we were thrust into the world of building…we’ve learned a lot in the past year that could come in handy if/when you are getting ready to embark on turning your own dream home into a reality.   Step 1: Loan Pre-Approval This is the really boring and really non glamorous part of all real estate transactions. Unless you’ve got cash to buy your land and build your house (high five if you do!), you will need to find a bank or credit union to finance…

30 Thoughts While on Whole30

30 thoughts while on whole30

WOOHOO!! Our family just completed our first Whole30 and I cannot be more excited for the progress we have made. Besides some great weight loss, we have had less digestive issues, better sleep, lower anxiety, better skin, the list goes on! I cannot recommend Whole30 enough for jump starting a healthier way of life or trying to identify any food intolerance you might have. If you’re thinking about doing Whole30, join my Facebook Accountability Group! I will be posting meals and recipes, encouragement, and humor along the way! I thought it would be fun to put together a list of thoughts and events that I experienced during my first 30 days! This has been a really fun experience and being completely intentional with food choices for 30 days was a great    30 Thoughts While on Whole30 1.Wait- I can’t have wine? I don’t remember that part from the book…*references book*… Hmph. No wine it is. 2.What do you mean Fat Free doesn’t equal healthy? 3.I’m just going to watch FED UP on loop until everyone I know agrees to do Whole30 with me. 4.Seriously, this will not be that hard. I can literally do anything for 30 days. 5.FOOD PREP IS THE MOST AMAZING THING ON THE PLANET 6.SO.Many.Eggs. 7.Oatmeal isn’t good for me? Olives are considered a fat? I officially know nothing. 8.Head hurts. My head hurts. WILL IT EVER END? 9.I legitimately cannot live without bacon for 30 days. 10.Thank you, God, for Pederson’s Sugar Free Bacon.…

What’s the Difference: Comparing Whole30 and Paleo

Whole30 vs paleo

Over the past few months I’ve had a lot of people ask me what the difference between Whole30 and Paleo diets are, what are the various advantages and disadvantages to the two, and how to pick which one to try. First, I have to say that I’m not a Whole30 expert, just a follower of the plan! We do stick to a mostly Paleo lifestyle when not on Whole30, but we indulge every now and then..and that’s where the differences of the two start to emerge. All Whole30 recipes are also Paleo but not all Paleo recipes are Whole30 compliant. This for 2 reasons: 1.Paleo allows for “recreations” of foods that aren’t on a Paleo Diet while Whole30 expressly prohibits recreating food that isn’t allowed on the program.     On the Paleo diet, you can create a Cauliflower crusted Pizza or decadent dessert and still be adhering to a Paleo lifestyle. However, while on Whole30, we are meant to physically, psychologically, and emotionally break off our relationships with the food groups we are abstaining from – grains, legumes, dairy, alcohol, sugar- and to do that requires not recreating them out of compliant ingredients. The thought is that, while on Whole30, making a cauliflower crusted pizza is giving in to our mind in that we can’t live without pizza (or something that resembles it).  2.Paleo allows for added sweetener in the form of honey, agave, etc. while Whole30 does not   The Whole30 Program is completely without added sugar or sweeteners…

5 Minute Whole30 Ranch Dressing

Whole 30 Ranch Dressing

Are you missing a few of your old standby meal enhancements during this Whole30 Challenge? ME TOO! This isn’t about a food “crutch”, sometimes a girl just needs some ranch dressing to get through the day. Luckily for us, homemade ranch dressing is just a few ingredients and minutes away! This is a recipe that does REALLY well with an immersion blender. What’s an immersion blender you ask? This little handheld blender that really gets into ALL the ingredients and works them together better than any other device. The great news is these are pretty affordable and SUPER versatile. I use this for making all of my dressings, deviled eggs, mixing up baking recipes when no on Whole30: the possibilities are endless! This is the Immersion Blender that I got from Amazon, and I LOVE IT! If you don’t have an immersion blender and don’t want to invest in one right now, your hand blender will work for this just make sure that you use the lowest setting possible and take a spatula to the sides of your mixing bowl often! If you’re looking for other Whole30 inspiration and don’t know where to start, check out these posts for a few Whole30 Compliant Recipe Roundups! Whole30 Recipes- Breakfast Whole 30 Recipes- Sides and Snacks Whole 30 Recipes- Lunch/Dinner Affiliate Links: Sometimes in my posts you might see my affiliate disclaimer where I tell you that I’m promoting a product and, if you buy the product from clicking my link, I…

Confessions From An Organized Mom

Organized Mom

I saw this article today, “Confessions from a Messy Mom” , and it inspired me to take stock in my current situation of organizational crisis. Nothing about having a messy or disorganized house, car, or meal is appealing to me. I understand that some people are perfectly happy to be messy and I’m perfectly happy for them. For me, things are a little different. In order for my mind to turn off at night, for me to be able to get a full day or work in, for me to be able to enjoy time with my children, I NEED to be organized. I need our house, our cars, our closets, our lives to be organized. I’m trying to come to terms with the fact that I will never be a laid back, go with the flow mom because the only way my laundry list of tasks that need to be completed each day finds itself neatly thrown into my recycling bin each night is with total organization of my life. I have multiple friends whose New Year’s Resolutions are to get and stay more organized in 2016. They want to know what my strategies for keeping organized while working, building a house, and wrangling the babies. I’m working on creating an in depth how-to guide for moms looking to get a little more organized but for now, these are some of my absolute must-knows when it comes to organizing your life: The simplest solution is almost always the best solution Keep…

Christmas Menu 2015

Christmas Menu 2015

If you’ve been visiting my site long then you know that I’m a sucker for a good menu plan. With Christmas now just 9 days away, I’m putting together our Christmas Menu 2015 in great haste. I feel like this has creeped up on me somehow so I’m trying to play catch up! I’m linking to some of my favorite Christmas Recipes for your enjoyment! Before the real meal: I need to start out by telling you that we eat basically all day on Christmas so we just kind of graze our way from one meal to the next. I make sausage balls for breakfast and as soon as we are done opening presents I get out the cheese board and cranberry dip. We eat on that while the rest of the meal prep takes place. Christmas Morning Sausage Balls– I’m all about a quick Christmas breakfast that we can eat while the kids are opening presents so I typically roll up the sausage balls the night before so they can just get thrown in the oven first thing. Or, if you’re up for it, you can cook the sausage balls the night before and just reheat them Christmas morning.  Cheese Plate- Our house loves a good cheese plate. I typically throw these together first thing in the morning so we can snack on it all day. My favorite cheeses for a cheese plate are a mix of hard, soft, strong, and pungent: Sliced Cheddar, Gruyere, Brie, and Parmesan. Next, sweets:…

Knocking Out Common Breast Cancer Myths

Breast Cancer myths

  Knocking Out Common Breast Cancer Myths I recently completed the Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk in support of breast cancer awareness. Throughout the 3 days, 60 miles, and hundreds of people encountered, I was surprised to hear a couple breast cancer myths discussed as if they were factual.  In fact, in our internet driven society, I am surprised that there are still so many myths about breast cancer at all much less in a setting where so many have been personally affected by the disease.  So, in an effort to discredit some popular myths and help spread awareness, I will list some breast cancer myths: Myth: Finding a lump in your breast always leads to breast cancer. Truth: If you discover a persistent lump in your breast or notice any changes in breast tissue, go talk to your doctor.   Though it is important for all women to have consistent self-checks, remember that only a small percentage of lumps will lead to a breast cancer diagnosis. Knowledge is power and you won’t know to ask your doctor about a concerning change if you aren’t performing these checks! Myth: Breast implants can increase your breast cancer risk. Truth: According to modern research, women with breast implants are at no greater risk of getting breast cancer. However, standard mammograms don’t always work as well after implants, so additional X-rays are sometimes needed to more fully examine breast tissue. If you’re considering plastic surgery, be sure to consider Scottsdale AZ breast augmentation for the…

Toddlers: 15 Ridiculous Notions Mine Know to be True

Toddler facts

I have to tell you, I’m in a constant state of confusion with my children:     One day we are potty-trained, the next day we are pooping in the hallway.     One day we eat chicken nuggets, the next day we throw ourselves on the ground at the sight of protein.     One day we LOVE gold glitter shoes, the next day our feet physically cannot be bound by those torture devices. The list goes on. I know that children go through phases and stages and LEEPS and all those things but it seems that lately the only constant is that confusion abounds in this house. I’m pretty sure that they compare notes to make sure all levels of absurdity are handled by at least one of them on a given day. I decided to sit down for a moment and try to peer inside their little toddler reasoning to understand the constant tantrums, fights, and frustration of these two little people. These 15 truths are what seem to be governing their toddler decision-making, and my life, at the moment. 15 Undeniable Truths- as interpreted from the actions of my toddlers: If my sibling is playing with a toy, that toy is the most desirable thing on Earth. Even if said toy has been lodged under the treadmill, forgotten, for over a month. If Mommy is on the phone, she’s not really talking to someone else on the other end; she’s inviting you to grab that phone out…