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The Whole 30, Days 14-28

First, I have to apologize that my posting has been so sporadic for the past 2 weeks! I got a bit busy with this: And this: Followed by this: Well, and then this: inaccurate credit Then I was mentioned here: And by the end of this past week I was like this: Click Here! So, after chilling out yesterday and getting a good night’s sleep, I’m ready to carry on with the regularly scheduled programming! I took lots of pictures of meals that I will share with you; but, many are repeats of the past meals so they are not that exciting. What is exciting is that The Whole 30 no longer feels like this strange science experiment I’m doing; it just feels like part of my life. I would venture to guess that making these changes feel like part of your life is part of the goal of doing The Whole 30 (Dallas and Melissa are so smart, and so sneaky). They snuck right into my brain and convinced it that it doesn’t NEED anything! It just WANTS everything. I would have told you that by age 41 I knew the difference between needs and wants (and in most areas I do); but, when it comes to food and drink, I think we are all a bit confused. We are confused because we take something that is a true biological need (food and drink) and layer all sorts of wants over top of it (Paleo chocolate cake, NorCal Margaritas, Organic creamer, a bit of sugar in the coffee, a glass of wine (or three) with dinner, lots of good cheese on the big healthy salad). And we feel really justified in our reasoning behind consuming these items (I had a stressful day and I need a glass of wine […]

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The Whole 30, Days 9-13

Hi everyone! This week kind of got away from me, and I wasn’t as good about posting meals every day; but, I did take some photos, and I had a breakthrough in my understanding of why I am doing The Whole 30. Breakfasts this week were a bit easier, thanks to some planning ahead. The Nutty Blueberry Protein Balls from Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals were a fast, tasty way to start off the day with my coffee (funny, maybe I am adapting to not having sugar because my coffee doesn’t taste as bad as it did the first week). The other amazing food item that has made my week easier is Primal Pacs. If you haven’t tried these, stop reading this and go order some right now! I have been eating beef jerky for the past 7-8 months; but, I never really loved it before. This beef jerky is so good! The Primal Pacs have Organic Grass Fed/Grass Finished beef jerky, mango, macadamia nuts, Marcona Almonds, cranberries and spices. They have The Whole 30 blessing, they travel well and they rock! You can tell I love them (I even lick the bag!) I have begged the indoor climbing gym (Sportrock) to sell these at the front desk for the gluten free Paleo crowd and they are looking into it – they got in touch with the Paleo Pacs peeps yesterday. Yea, networking! My other breakfasts this week included eggs and sausages Banana, avocado with olive oil, macadamias and sausages Lunches were either Primal Pacs or leftovers from dinner the night before with the random baked sweet potato or butternut squash on the side. On to dinners! Burgers with butternut squash and lettuce buns (no photo). Beef with carrots, celery, onions, demi glace and rosemary (heaven!) poor […]

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5 Reasons to See a Physical Therapist Before You Are “Injured”

This article was originally posted on Hi Everyone! My name is Ann!. You might have spotted me on Twitter, or check out my website.  I’m excited to do a guest post for Steph here at 321delish. I am a physical therapist in private practice in Alexandria, VA. Like Steph, I was born and raised in N.J. and was a beach lifeguard and competitive swimmer who turned to triathlons after swimming in college. I initially got interested in Sports Medicine because I struggled with chronic shoulder pain throughout my swimming career. After 20 years in this field, I can honestly say that I still love what I do, and I’m excited to share some thoughts with you. Today I want to address the misconception that physical therapy is only necessary as treatment for injury or post-surgery rehabilitation. I will share 5 of the ways that a physical therapist can help you stay healthy to reach your fitness and active lifestyle goals. 5 Reasons to See a Physical Therapist Before You Are “Injured” You have a nagging problem that gets your attention only during training sessions. You may be fine doing all of your normal activities: walking up and down stairs, driving, strolling through D.C.; but, every time you get into your workout, you get that same nagging discomfort. Don’t wait; come in to see a physical therapist as soon as you are aware that something is not right. You may need joint mobilization, or specific stretching or exercises to get you back to feeling good again. Early treatment can prevent it from becoming a chronic problem. loans in delawarewhen required You are looking to buy a new pair of running shoes, but you are not sure which type to purchase. We can take a look at your overall posture, and then specifically […]

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The Whole 30, Days 6, 7 & 8

I made it through my first weekend on The Whole 30! This is just a quick summary of the past 3 days. Friday morning started out with the usual rush to work. I grabbed a Lara Bar (we can eat some dates according to Dallas! Yea!), a banana and poured a can of coconut milk in a glass. I ate while driving to work. I would not recommend this breakfast or method of eating to anyone, I was just in a hurry (and it was compliant with Whole 30).  I ate a quick lunch at my desk (the last salmon patty and an apple). We were running out to a friend’s house Friday night, so we had a quick dinner of beef tenderloin and sautéed veggies. online payday loans coloradobad credit quick cash loan   It was interesting being out socially on The Whole 30. I was fine drinking water with lemon; but, I got peppered with questions about why I was doing what I was doing. Trying to explain the ins and outs of this to people at a party is not much fun. Most folks really can’t comprehend why you would want to deny yourself certain foods, especially when they think you are “fit enough”, “thin enough”, “already healthy”, or my favorite “so restrictive with what you eat already.” It’s my policy to avoid being the one to bring the topic of food up in a group, and to only discuss it with people who are really seeking information to make a change. Everyone else just wants to argue with me, and I don’t enjoy that. I never want to act judgmental as food is a very personal thing. On Saturday morning I made a smoothie and some eggs to have with my black coffee. Simple, but good. […]

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The Whole 30, Day 5

I have nothing terribly exciting to say today; so, just a quick post. I am finding that breakfast is the hardest meal to make well rounded and healthy (only because I am trying to do 8,000 things in the morning before I leave to see patients!) When I had a dozen hard boiled eggs ready to go in the beginning of the week, it was a no brainer, but we ate those quickly. My usual breakfast pre-Whole 30 was a Primal Fuel shake on the way to work. We ordered the Primal Fuel from Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple. It is a really healthy shake, made with coconut milk, but since I’m not positive its Whole 30 compliant I have been making my own smoothies in the blender. So, this morning (again) I had a smoothie on the way to work, and also ½ salmon patty from dinner.                                                                             I worked all day, so lunch was another full salmon patty, an apple and macadamias. Dinner was one of my favorite meals – Dave’s burgers! My hubby makes the best burger ever. We ate them on lettuce buns (as usual!) with sweet potatoes topped with ghee. Dave put the condiments on my plate, but I ended up only using a tiny bit of mustard, since the catsup had sugar in it (grrrr…..even though it is organic). easy approval personal loan My goal over the weekend is to do more cooking so that I have easy to grab breakfast meals next week. Are you doing The Whole 30? If so, leave me a comment so I can hear how you are doing!

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