Alright everyone - long post coming at yah about my @whole30 experience.
I really started because my friend @cnnmeyers was starting. I had heard about it before but honestly thought it would be impossible. I love cheese, I love bread, I also love sugar, the voice in my head said you are never going to be able to do this. You have a kid, businesses to run, you’re too busy. But 30ish days later I am so glad I said yes and embarked on my #Whole30 journey. •
Main takeaways I learned throughout the process. —> Focus on what you CAN have rather than on what you CAN’T
Not only is this good advice for Whole30, also a good motto for life. Once I started finding recipes with things that were #whole30approved I didn’t feel like I was missing out on foods that weren’t allowed. (Except on Easter, not having #cadburyeggs was a struggle) —> I didn’t have to count calories
This was huge for me. I hate counting calories as it brings me back to a dark place in my life when I had an eating disorder. I have the type of personality that tends to go overboard and become obsessive, hence the eating disorder. However, with Whole30 you just eat real food 3x per day, with snacks, if you work out. You are eating to fuel your body not for comfort or to combat stress or anything else. There are guidelines on the amount of carbs, protein, fat to eat every day, and I would say I stuck to it for the most part, but when I didn’t, it didn’t cause me anxiety, which with my eating disorder past, was huge. —> I have SO much energy
Most people that know me know that I am a fairly energetic person. So to say that I had even MORE energy on Whole30 is kinds crayyy. On Whole30, I slept better, and because of that I had even more energy to take on the day. Also, when you aren’t eating crap you gain a lot of energy, too. I feel focused, less moody, and happier. I am a fairly driven person and I felt even more compelled to get sh*! done. My workouts were better. I could push harder and recover faster. I was more flexible during stretch and experienced less joint pain.
I told you this was long - continued in comments 😊👍🏼
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Sacred Frankincense: toning & clarifying benefits. Nourishes dry skin. All around winner when it comes to skin health. 😊
Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood: I will save up my ER points for months to get this little baby. Kinda syrupy in texture, it will hydrate your skin like none other! Smoothes out those wrinkles & rolls back the clock on aging. This is also a POWERFUL sleep oil. But I notice that my skin GLOWS when I add this to my homemade serums. So I use it with my carrier oil to make it last as long as possible. 😎
Frankincense: powerful astringent, meaning it helps protect skin cells. It can be used to help reduce acne blemishes, the appearance of large pores, prevent wrinkles, and it even helps lift and tighten skin to naturally slow signs of aging! This is one of those oils that is in the most expensive skin care products out there & for good reason! If you haven’t used it on your skin yet, start and watch what happens! 😍 I pop a roller on the top of this one and roll it all over my face and neck and love inhaling it’s grounding scent before bed. 😴
Copiaba: I love this oil for redness! It’s so earthy and mellow! Just a few drops on the palms of your skin smoothed over your face will calm it right down. It’s such a crowd pleaser. 💆🏼 Lemon: my favorite, go-to oil for blemishes! 🍋
Just a drop on each one and they’re noticeably smaller in the morning. Fantastic for lightening dark spots. Just remember that it’s photosensitive which means you don’t want to go out in direct sunlight after applying it! ☀️ I am getting ready to try out the ART Toner & ART Masque that YL offers so I’ll report back and let you know how those go. But in the meantime, lavish your skin with some love and let me know how it likes it! 💕
Also…if you want to know my favorite facial carrier oil: rosehip is the WAY TO GO. 😭 Your skin will love it.
#Whole30 Day 6. Meal 2. The superintendent paid for all the teacher’s lunches at our cook out since we are doing an earth day field day. I couldn’t have everything, but I was able to make it work 🙌. I had a grilled burger and carrots and passed on the bun, milk, chips & push pop. And then had a cutie and some nuts when I got back to my class.
Ok #Whole30ers and people who use vanilla bean powder,
When I add my vanilla bean powder to my coffee it doesn't blend in. FYI, I use an immersion blender. Is this common for vanilla bean powder or am I using a poor quality product? #help#whole30#paleo#thanksalatte
Day five of this mini-Whole30 reset! 🎉 I might actually keep going a bit longer depending on how tomorrow pans out at the W.E.L.L. Summit (is anyone else attending?! I’d love to meet ya!). If I can stay compliant, I will. If not, it won’t be the end of the world and I’ll just go back to eating as close to Whole30 on Sunday and so forth to keep helping me with my shoulder. How’s everyone doing?! How are you feeling? Are you ending it after today or are you going to keep going? Let me know. Happy Friday! #miniwhole30#aprilwhole30#whole30
Note to self, don’t stand in front of light source when taking a picture 😂 Oh well, I was in a hurry!
We went to the Heat game last night so I figured, let’s do a healthier version of stadium food. Sweet potato fries seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder in the oven at 425 and turned when they start to burn. And @littlebitsof_realfood garlic pistachio crusted chicken tenders. These were super tasty and a good alternative if you want to make a chicken tender without any kind of flour. She also has a recipe on her site for regular whole30 tenders that I love. Had these with some @tessemaes ketchup & bbq sauce 😋
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🦋 Take a moment right now and check in with yourself.
🐞 Do you feel good?
🐝 Do you have pain?
🐥 Do you feel tight and stiff?
🐡 Now, ask yourself why I am dealing with the above? You don’t have to. When you move well, everything in life will be better.
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another delicious mess 🤙🏼// final serving of monday’s shepherd’s pie plus a big scoop of the roasted veggies I made last night (carrots, brussels, zucchini, scallop squash). it has been QUITE the week, eh? this is the first weekend in a long time that isn’t jam-packed with social plans and I am looking forward to a couple relaxing, easy-going days. rain on the forecast means a lot of studying, reading, and netflix in my future! what is everyone else up to?
I had already dropped around 15 lbs from 205 when I got back in the gym to train for the Livestrong Challenge in August of last year. After my ride in October, my weight started creeping back up even though I continued to work out 4-5 days per week. @tracydbailey convinced me to do Whole30 with her two months ago and the result have been amazing! The red dot on the chart below is where I was when we started #whole30 . You can see the significant weight loss, but the bigger benefit to me is that it has resolved some chronic stomach issues I've been suffering through for the last 7 years. @whole30 @livestrong @ragbrai
Happy Friday Everyone! Today’s lunch was a struggle to throw together this morning. By Friday pretty much all of my delicious meal prepped recipes have been devoured. For this exact reason, I keep some frozen veggies on hand and always have plain baked chicken in the fridge. Today’s lunch wasn’t anything overly exciting but this kale squash combo got the job done. Here’s to another week down and sticking to my protein and veggies only diet today. #weekend#whole30homies#whole30#lunch#holykale#healthoverwealth#lifewithtandp#foodie#makeyourlunchcount#friyay
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And guess what, our Classic Almond Butter is Whole 30 compliant (!) so you can drizzle it on anything & everything...like this plate of 🍓s & 🥥!
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This was so easy and so good that I made it again. Plus, it’s still soup weather here 😐 It’s cauliflower, bone broth, carrots, celery, onion and hot sauce cooked and then puréed. Added in cooked shredded chicken and garnished with 0.5 oz sour cream/ coconut cream and 0.25 oz pumpkin seeds ( together equals a fat serving) and some fresh cilantro. Buffalo chicken soup 😋
All my support today goes to @jamieoliver campaign #AdEnough to force government to restrict junk food advertisement targeting children. I generally think any marketing campaigns aimed at children is a hit below the belt but let's start with junk food first 🤷🏼♀️. Nutrient dense diet is crucial at young age and currently children are being bombarded with this sort of ads on tv screens, billboards and bus stops which undermines messages parents try so hard to put in place. The more junk food they see, the more they crave it! Currently the only blocker is covering their eyes! 👀🤦🏼♀️ Let's make some noise beautiful people, we need the government to step in. Simply share a selfie covering your eyes with "AdEnough" hashtag....and feel free to tag @TheresaMay or any other politicians 😉😘
Royal Hawaiian Orchards roasted macadamia nuts. Although these nuts are high in calories, they are packed full of "good" fats, antioxidants and minerals. The problem is that they are so good, you really need to portion control so that you don't eat too many in one sitting. It's a great snack to eat with jerky and a little dried fruit.
When you start eating healthy, you tend to cook a lot more! 🍳
But isn't it nice to not have to do dishes every once in a while? To be able to just go out and eat and be done? 😍
Eating out doesn't have to mean eating unhealthy 👌🏼 Search 'healthy lunches' in #GoogleMaps or find a juicery if you can! Depending on where you live, there could be a lot of options you've never tried! 🌄
You can also modify foods 💪🏼 Order grilled chicken, skip the buns, or sweet potato fries instead of regular 🍠
This is one of my favorite spots in #KansasCity , this bowl had butternut squash and spinach and all the green goodness 💚 plus it's right next to an amazing workout studio @fusionfitnesskc!
What are your favorite healthy spots for eating out? 😻 #eatouthealthy