Apple Tarts

My Extended Whole30 Reintroduction

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With Whole30, my reintroduction phase was what I was most excited for.  It also is what made me see the value of Whole30.  By the time day 30 of Whole30 hit, I wasn’t feeling that Whole30 had really benefited me, and I was frustrated that I didn’t feel big changes. My extended Whole30 reintroduction period allowed me to see the value by figuring out what my body liked and didn’t like.  By having those additional days after reintroducing foods, it made me see the difference in how I felt when eating certain foods versus being on Whole30.

Healthy Turkey Meatloaf with Thai seasoning

Healthy Thai Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

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This is my healthy turkey meatloaf, spiced with some Thai curry spices to give it a new twist.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not convinced that meatloaf needs a new twist–I love meatloaf!  It might be the stereotypical meal from the 1960s, but I’m still a fan of it today.  The problem is, it tends to be high in fat.  With this recipe, I wanted to make a dish that was low fat and something different than the standard meatloaf of my youth.  My healthy turkey meatloaf recipe was born.

Being positive has become a new form of moral correctness

The Pitfalls of Positivity

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When I listened to Susan David’s recent TED talk, The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage (below), it really spoke to me. One thing I love about the online fitness community is how positive everyone is. Everyone is supportive of one another’s goals, encouraging when someone hits a roadblock, and always positive. But, there’s also a good amount of false positivity, where some people don’t believe it’s helpful to be sad, or angry, or have any non-positive thoughts. Dr. David refers to this kind of positivity as “a new form of moral correctness.” She’s absolutely right, and it’s absurd.

Whole30 Kung Pao Chicken

Award-Winning* Whole30 Kung Pao Chicken

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Whole30 Kung Pao Chicken - This clean-eating version of the take out classic has layers of spicy, sweet, and sour flavors. It's easy to make a hit with everyone (it even won an award!)

Whole30 Kung Pao Chicken
When doing Whole30, there aren’t really options for eating Chinese food from restaurants, even if you are careful.  Soy sauce is in practically everything, a lot of foods are fried, and the sauces are sweetened.  I missed not having Chinese food, and knew there had to be a way to make some of my favorite dishes Whole30 compliant.  I made this Whole30 Kung Pao Chicken for a Whole30 Chinese New Year potluck, and this won best dish for the evening.  It even won a bag of kale!  What better award is there to win than a bag of kale?  I made kale chips, and patted myself on the back while I ate them.

Whole30 Moroccan Chicken Salad

Whole30 Week 4 in Review: So Glad It’s Over

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I’m officially done with Whole30!  These are words I never thought I would say, both before I attempted Whole30 and while I was doing it. Of course, it’s not really over because I still have the re-introduction period, but I finished those 30 days of eating clean (and limited) foods.  I plan on writing more in depth about it later, but here’s the skinny.

Do I feel that it was worth it?

Raw beef with pepper and salt

Whole30 Week 3 in Review: What I Ate, and How I Felt

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In my third week of Whole30, I:

  • Realized my joints are not as inflamed
  • Have significantly less pain in my neck (residual from a herniated disc)
  • Successfully stopped myself from sticking my face into a cake and eating all of it (like I wanted)
  • Realized that my acne has improved

The question I get asked the most is, “Do you have more energy?”

Taco Soup - Second Week of Whole30

Whole30 Week 2 in Review: When Cravings Strike

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Week 2 of Whole30 is when the cravings hit me.  After not having many in the first week, I thought that I must be so strong-willed to not even have cravings in my second week of Whole30.  Turns out, that was not the case at all.  I had very, very strong cravings.  Also, my bloating came back, which I think might be related to the sausage I ate most mornings.  By the end of the week, I decided to change what I was eating for breakfast to see if that was the case, and I think it was.

The question I get asked the most from people is how different I feel doing Whole30. 

Drunken Noodles

Whole30 Cravings Are Real

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Okay, I know I said that I wasn’t really having strong cravings in my first week of Whole30, and I really didn’t.  But boy, on Day 10, the Whole30 cravings hit me HARD.  All I could think about was rice, and rice noodles, and how much I wanted Pad Kee Mao.  Rice is a weird thing for me to crave, because usually, I will crave bread.  On Days 10 and 11, though, I mainly wanted rice and rice products.  All I could think about was the texture of biting into those wide rice noodles.  

Buffalo chicken with cumin carrot salad

Whole30 Week 1 in Review: Ready, Set, GO!

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I’ve tracked everything I could think of for my first week of Whole30, and I’ve broken out day by day how I felt, what I ate, and what exercise I did–and the dreams I had about food.  If you’re considering doing a Whole30, this is what the first week was like for me, what I ate, and how many calories I consumed.  I’m already feeling better!

New Year, Same Me: My 2018 Goals

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In order to get things done, you need to have a plan.  I don’t look at these as resolutions, but more as a blueprint of tasks I need to do to get what I want.  Most of these are fitness and wellness related, but I’m also sharing my professional and financial goals as well.