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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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Ode to Athleta

Oh, Athleta, how do I love thee, let me count the ways: 1) The Globetrotter Pant – described in the catalog as a super-skinny wrinkle-resistant travel cargo pant. I had high hopes. Boom! They delivered! I would re-write the description like this “Once you put these pants on, you will never, ever want to take them off. They look like skinny jeans but feel like leggings, your butt will look amazing, you can dress them up with heels on New Year’s Eve or wear them to push a Prowler in a seriously sweaty workout. Buy them. Now.” 2) The Mayarasana Bra – soft, lightweight, seamless, anti-odor, anti-bacterial, moisture wicking, and breathable. Adjustable straps that convert from straight to racer back. Best of all, removable cups! Thank you, Athleta, for putting cups in a sports bra that is comfortable enough to wear all day, every day, and supportive enough to wear for work outs. The cups are key here – many low impact sports bras have no liners to hide the headlights! This bra looks great under clothing or all alone in the gym. I love it. I want everyone to know about it. If you are an A or B cup, it will change your life. 3) The Whatever Skort – with a name like that, you have to be intrigued! Described as wicking, quick drying, semi-fitted, rated UPF 50+, and perfect for the adventurista. It’s all that and more. It’s just the right length (long enough to cover your assets but short enough to be cute), the inner shorts are not noticeable, and the skort can be worn for literally, whatever! Dress it up, dress it down, good to go from school drop off in the morning, to work, then to the gym in the evening. 4) The Long […]

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The Whole 30, Day 4

This week is flying by! This morning I was in a rush to get to work, and I made a smoothie as I was running out the door. I put it in my coffee mug, since I no longer enjoy my coffee (geez, thanks Whole 9)   😉 It was the same smoothie as yesterday, and I did have a small cup of black coffee. I liked Whole 9’s Tweet this morning that “If you have to add something to your coffee to make it taste good, you are either drinking poor quality coffee or you really don’t like the taste of coffee.” I have realized this week that I fall into the latter category – I really dislike the taste of coffee. What I really love is the ritual of having something warm and sweet in the morning as I start my day. Before we had a Keurig, Dave made my coffee for me every morning just the way I like it, and it was a special little ritual for us. Even now, if I’m running late, he will still make it. So, I realized that it’s not really the coffee I like, but what it signifies. I think this is a really important realization! So many of our rituals are based around food – we continue them day after day without really thinking about whether they are good for us or not. Doing an intense 30 day focus on eliminating certain foods makes you really look at what you put in your mouth and why you do it. This has been the most valuable lesson yet – to stop and think about what I am doing and whether it supports me in my goal of living a healthy, active lifestyle. I realize that my one cup of coffee in […]

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The Whole 30, Day 3

OK, hold on to your hats. This is earthshattering news: The cat woke me up at 6am and I woke right up, felt fine, and didn’t need to go back to sleep! Anyone who knows me knows that This.Never.Happens. For my entire adult life, I have needed more sleep than anyone else I know (I don’t usually get it; but, I need it to function well). Since being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (5 years ago) this has become even truer. I have not woken up early, ready to function, in forever. When I heard the cat scratching at the door, I thought, “Oh, no! It’s way too early, oh no, oh no.” Then I sat up and realized I felt fine. I let the cat in and stayed in my warm bed for 30 more minutes, eventually getting up because I realized I was ready to start my day! When I came downstairs, Dave looked at me and asked, “Who are you, and what did you do with my wife?!” I tried to explain that I was awake. My eyes were open. My brain was (almost) fully functioning. I was NOT in a horrible mood about being woken up early. What the…..? I did a really hard workout yesterday, so I expected to wake up feeling slightly awful; so this was a pleasant surprise! I realized that I slept better last night than I have since before Thanksgiving. I fell asleep quickly, stayed asleep all night, and woke up happy. Could it be that I haven’t had my usual glass of wine or NorCal Margarita with dinner? The complete absence of any added sugar from my food/drink intake? That I had a great workout and lots of fun meeting a new friend? That I only had one cup of coffee first […]

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