My Experience with Whole30 Part 1.

 

photo by Laura Austin

 

Embarking on Whole 30 was a journey that infultrated my life with new knowledge and experiences. And I do hope that what I share adds value to you and the effectiveness of my ethos.

Like many, come January I wanted to shift the way I had been eating but my reasons for choosing the start off the new year was not part of a resolution to lose weight or because I over did it on pie. Deciding to cross off every vice and preferred comfort food seems daunting but I had genuine curiosity of the impact. Would my skin clear up, bloating disappear, anxiety decrease, crave less sugar, sleep better, have more energy?

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Cauliflower Two Ways: Tabouleh and Shawarma

 

There was a time in the not too distant past that the potato was, hands down, the most versatile vegetable.

The sheer catalog of delicious things we could make with them is impressive.  Some of my favs include baked potatoes, skillet potatoes, hash browns, alcohol, french fries, mashed potatoes, tator tots, potato salad, chips, latkas and scallop potatoes.  Not too mention several gluten free items like pasta and bread.

Without doubt this root vegetable is one resourceful, all purpose starchy plant.

But then Cauliflower hit the scene and was like “move over spud there is a new stud in town.”

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7 Products and Food Items I Will Only Buy Organic

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Living a healthy lifestyle is a choice but not one that comes for free. Organic food and products are often more expensive then their conventional counterparts which is why its sometimes necessary to pick and choose what you’re willing to fork over extra cash for.

Below is a list of 7 of my non-negotioables that I  believe are worth the extra dollar dollar bills, ya’ll. Of course there are more but these are the main ones that I will always buy organic and natural.

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Potato Salad with Kale, Olives & Tomatoes Whole30 Approved

 

White potatoes have always been a comfort food for me. And while I typically do not eat them often, since being on Whole 30 I have enjoyed them a couple times a week. They helped me get through the days where I was having cravings or feeling limited in what I could eat.

As of writing this I have 4 days left! Throughout the weeks I have experienced so many shifts and changes in my body and mood that I will share about in a seperate blog post. This has been an awesome journey and I am very excited to have a glass of wine to celebrate the completion very soon. Until then, more delicious potato salad will do.

This recipe is quick, great hot or cold and keeps well for 3-4 days in the fridge. I hope you love it!

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Why Weighing Yourself Feeds Your Food Obsession

Recently, I’ve recieved some messages asking what my opinions were on scales and weighing ourself. Since this is also a hot topic with some of my clients I figured it deserved a blog post.

When we are obsessed with being a certain weight we are going to be obsessed with food. The two do not each occur in a vacuum.

The two feed off each other.

Our obsession with food increases every time we step on the scale.

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Willpower and Self Control Are Not The Answer

Hi Babes! Today’s post is about why self control and willpower are not the answer to our food obsessed problems. I know, bummer, we always think that is the key but it’s not.

If you are consumed by thoughts about food, like it takes everything in you to not eat the entire box of oreos in one sitting, while hiding in your room so no one can see, this post is for you.

If you are constantly thinking about what you should eat, what you shouldn’t eat, when your next meal is all the while day dreaming about pillowly soft cake donuts, this post is for you.

Typically what happens is we will be going along our merry way, eating the “OK” foods on our list when something happens. We get stressed, or sad, or anxious so we end up going straight to the freezer and start binge eating ice cream out of the carton while still standing up.

Been there, done that….,

When we realize that we have broke our diet we feel monumental amounts of shame and guilt, so we decide to eat everything in site because our “diet” starts again tomorrow.

Sound familiar?

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The Single Most Important Distinction if You Want to Lose Weight and Stop Dieting

Oh hello 🙂 Today I am going to drop some very important knowledge on you.

Brace yourself, it is a doozy. But it is the single most important distinction you need to learn if you want to change your life and your health.

Lasting weightloss and overall health, no matter who you are or how old you are, is about consistency not intensity.  

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5 Minute Sesame Carrot Salad and Some Whole 30 Updates

 

Hiiii!

How is everyone’s 2018 going? Gosh is it going. We are through the first half of January and I feel as though time is just flying bye, bye, bye.

At the same time, I am doing Whole 30 and I do sort of miss wine, chocolate and toast so another 14 days without them sort of feels like a looong time when I look at it that way.

You know what I mean?

That said I am inspired and excited to continue with this journey because of my commitment to strengthening the connection between the foods I eat and how I feel. Hello BODY WISDOM!

As a Holistic Health Coach, I believe that having personal experience using different tools allows me to be more of service to the people I work with. It’s why I tried Intermittent Fasting last year and why I am trying this elimination diet right now.

Knowledge of these tools to change your health and relationship with food is valuable but actual hands on experience experience is worth tenfold which is why I am trying things out for myself.

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Two Lists to Change Your Relationship With Food, Plus A Free Printable

 

Hiiii beautifuls!

I was recently listening to the lastest episode of The Him & Her Podcast from The Skinny Confidential. Each week Micheal and Lauryn share a tip of the week that are generally pretty useful. Lauryn’s most recent tip was inspired by and adapted from Seth Godin and it was about making two lists.

Just two. That’s it.

As I was listening to it I immediately knew that I wanted to make those lists for myself and create two new ones for those of you who are in the process of creating a healthy and balanced relationship with food and your body. Its a journey that takes time and practice, and these lists are a tool that you can add to your food freedom tool belt.

Before I dive into the lists about changing your relationship with food, lets take a look at the original idea incase you want to do both exercises.

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Do These 6 Things to Avoid Getting Sick

Hi friends!

It seems like this season peopleall around me have been hit hard with colds and flus.

Just last week while in the emergency room with my boyfriend the nurse mentioned that she had never seen so many cases in her history in the ER. At times they were so backed up that she wasn’t sure how they would manage to see everyone and given that so many I know and love are sick I knew this wasn’t an exaggeration.

While I didnt always have the best immune system, aside from hangovers and food poisoning,  I have managed to avoid getting sick for the last seven years. It might seem like magic but its not.

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