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Favorite Whole 30 Recipes

Listen,  you don’t have to be doing Whole30 to enjoy these recipes!!! These are all tried and true recipes that I have made during my last two rounds of Whole30 and have been in regular meal planning rotation ever since. These are husband approved as well. Just sayin’.

Sweet Potato Nachos – No one said you had to give up your favorite foods while doing Whole30. These are freaking amazing! AMAZING!!!

Addictive and Healthy Nachos- you will want to make these nachos over, and over, and over…

Whole 30 Buffalo Ranch Chicken Meatballs – Chris loved these for lunches, and if you pair with a veggie, make a great dinner option too.

Days 22-23 and #Whole30 Buffalo Ranch Chicken Meatballs - Living Low Carb One Day At A Time

Spinach Zucchini Ravioli – These will make you think you are eating a real pasta dish without any of the guilt.

No Flour - Spinach Zucchini Ravioli | Las Vegas Food Photographer: Cindy Larkin - Gluten Free:  Be sure that the sauce and seasonings are GF.

Slow Cooker Jalapeno Popper Chili – One of my top two favorite chili recipes!!! The other one is to follow.

Slow Cooker Paleo Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili

Chocolate Chili – The BEST chili ever. EVER.

Chocolate Chili | meljoulwan.com

Ketchup – Definitely a must! Chris requests this over regular ketchup when we make turkey burgers.

Easy Homemade Ketchup (Paleo, Whole30, No Sweetener Added)

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken – Love to stuff sweet potatoes with this chicken! Or you could make sweet potato nachos with this meat and a little green onion!

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken. The BEST Whole30 BBQ sauce! #slowcooker #whole30 #paleo

Sloppy Joe’s – LOVE this recipe! I stuff baked potatoes with this too!

Sloppy Joes - Paleo and Whole30 approved and can be made in just 30 minutes! So much flavor!

Cashew Chicken – Delicious!!! Need I say more?

Best Paleo Cashew Chicken Recipe #paleo

Italian Meatloaf Muffins – These are so good and cook up pretty fast. We have them reheated and they are still delicious the next day.

Italian Meatloaf {Paleo & Whole30 Compliant} | TheSimplePen.com

Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie – Never had shepard’s pie until I made this deliciousness.

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie | Cook Like a Cavewoman! | Easy Paleo Recipes for Feel-Good Eating

Baked Carrot Fries – I made these last year with some Asian meatballs and they were to die for!!! Chris had no clue they were carrots until I told him.

carrot fries

Mexican Chicken Soup – So good!!!

Healthy chicken and vegetable soup recipe

See, there are a ton of delicious foods that you an make while you are on Whole30!! But, like I said, these recipes are worthy of being made anytime. Even if you aren’t “dieting.” I plan to do another recipe post at the end of the month with all the new ones I try this round. A lot of you seem interested and asked me to share some recipes, so I hope you liked this! What is your favorite go to healthy meal? Spam me with your recipes!

Linking up with Amanda.

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One More Week

We have one more week left of January! Are you staying on track with your goals, resolutions, etc? I sort of got a cheat this last week. When you do Whole 30, you aren’t supposed to get on the scale at all. Well, I had to go to the doctor for my six week postpartum appointment and the nurse literally asked me what the scale said as she was writing on my chart sooooooo I had to look. So I know that I have lost a few pounds already this month! That is what kept me going this week because I was so tempted to cheat but I didn’t and I am so proud!

I was cleared for very low impact work outs. I will be starting tomorrow with some light arm weights and walking. I cant do anything too crazy, and no ab work for at least another four weeks she said. No problem, I hate ab work. LOL.

As far as eating goes, last week I made a lot of my favorites: kung pao chicken, pork chops, roasted potatoes, crock pot chicken.  This week’s menu will include a new chili recipe, sloppy joes over potates, taco bowls, turkey burgers and turkey stuffed zucchini ravioli. All Whole 30 compliant of course!

This is my favorite part of Whole 30, or any clean eating consistency. I am feeling lighter and more energized, and to me, that feeling is priceless!!! It takes a few weeks for those changes to happen, but when they do it is so much easier to keep on going. Tiger blood. Yes, please.

I just wanted to do my weekly check in for the link up, I will be back tomorrow with regular content! Happy Tuesday!

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Shenanigans and a Back on Track Check In

I decided to talk about my weekend with the Back on Track check in because…well…I have to talk about my weekend to explain myself.

What had happened was…

Well, really, what had happened was I wasn’t prepared on Friday. I knew bad weather was coming but I wasn’t sure what our plans were. We usually stay at our house when there is snow and it’s no big thing. Well, with a newborn we decided to go to my in-laws. We were worried that we would lose electricity with the ice and how can you keep a 5 week old warm with no heat?? And then the fact that we live 15 minutes off the closest exit up a mountain isn’t very conducive if there is an emergency and we need to get out. Your views on everything change the minute you are responsible for a tiny life.

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I didn’t really think ahead to get snacks and food to take with me and well Whole 30 isn’t the most accommodating thing to do when you aren’t home so I just went with whatever I could because hunger won. I had at least 4 or 5 infractions over the weekend and then on Saturday night when we got home I said fuck it and had some wine. So I restarted Whole 30 yesterday.

To be honest, I am not disappointed in myself. Last year, Whole 30 was all about me trying to prove to myself that I could do it. That I could stick to the rules for 30 days and have the will power. And I did it and it was awesome. This year, Whole 30 is more about me getting my eating back in control and get my “healthy lifestyle” attitude back. Lifestyles include some splurges here and there so I am not too mad about it. I am at the point in my life where I realize that I went off the path for a meal or two but I can get right back on. The old me would have thought that I ruined it and I would have given up and started again next month only to have the same thing occur. Now? I can just be good from here on out and it is fine. No giving up.

So other than the infractions, my weekend consisted of staying at our in-laws Friday morning until Saturday afternoon. The rest of the weekend we stayed at our house and I got some things done around the house, watched my Steelers beat some Dolphin ass, started reading Magnolia Story and caught up on some of our shows.

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Then of course, there were the many faces of Little Z! Her little newborn sized clothes are starting to get too short for her! Ahhhhh don’t get me started I might cry.

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Link up with Amy and I every Tuesday this month and let us know how you are doing! If I try any new recipes this week, I will share them next Tuesday!

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Back on Track

Today is the day that all the regular gym goers groan as the crowd of good intentions enters for the first time since the end of January 2016 when they gave up on their resolutions, am I right? But in all seriousness, I feel motivated and rejuvenated in January to get my life back on track after Christmas. Don’t you?

Of course I have plans to finally clean out our spare room and turn it in to my office and purge my closet again and what not. But my main focus right now? Getting my body back! I spend last year as a pregnant vessel to grow a healthy baby and I was totally fine with that. But now that she is here, I want my body back! And if I am being honest, I had several pounds to lose before I got pregnant! I am not putting pressure on myself with numbers or a time frame for my ultimate goal weight…but I would like to finish shedding the extra pounds to at least get back down to my pre-pregnancy weight in the next few months.

My goal for January is to join the thousands across the country for another round of Whole 30. I completed my first round last year and it worked really well for me. I lost weight, I felt great and I got my eating back under control. You can read some of my posts on it here and here. And if you want to see some of the recipes that I enjoyed last time and plan to use this time as well, you can see those here.

My six week postpartum appointment isn’t until the middle of January. As you all know, I had a c section so I am still recovering. I wont be adding workouts in until I am cleared.

Whether you are getting back on track with your health and fitness, or getting your life back in order…Link up with Amy and I today and every Tuesday for the month of January and get Back on Track!!!

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Whole 30 – The Real Deal

THIS IS IT YOU GUYS!!!! THE FINAL DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now that I have completed the Whole 30, I wanted to share my thoughts and results with you. Whole 30 isn’t for everyone. I don’t think I am better than you because I was able to go 30 days without grains, sugar, alcohol, dairy, legumes, and processed foods. Some people have no need to cut those things from their diet.

For me, Whole 30 was about proving to myself that I could go 30 days without these things. Because if I am being honest, I haven’t really succeeded with anything this strict in the past. Not that I ever officially tried. I would say that I was watching what I ate or counting calories, but I would always have little cheats and no one else would know it…but I knew it. Whole 30 was proving that food does not control me.

I also have been having a lot of skin issues the past year. My cheeks are constantly broken out and I have never had it this bad my entire life. I knew something had to change and changing up all the skin care products wasn’t doing a thing for me.

Things I have Learned:

–You in fact wont die without cheese and grains. Crazy, right??? I was sure I would.

–I actually didn’t miss alcohol. Not even a little.

–I didn’t really miss much of anything after the first week if I am being completely honest. It literally got easier and easier as the  month went on. Sure, I would have loved to have some crackers and goat cheese or a cheeseburger or whatever, but I really didn’t miss anything. I even got to the point where I literally didn’t crave anything sweet.

–It is really helpful to have at least one friend doing this with you. Besides Amy and Laura who hosted The Breakup Challenge, my best friend Laura and her husband did Whole 30 with me. One of my coworkers joined me on week two and another joined us on my third week and we all three ate lunch in the break room every day and talked about all the fun things we have been cooking and how we have been feeling. I thank every single one of them for being supportive.

–If you already meal plan, this really isn’t much extra effort. The only thing that I have had to change while grocery shopping was that I really had to pay even more attention to labels than I already do.

–Eating super clean and healthy is more expensive. I think we all already knew this, but it was proven as our grocery bill has been higher since I started this. But to be fair, we are eating more meals at home than we did before. And I am spending zero  money on alcohol or coffee out…so I think that makes up for it.

–I can actually drink black coffee. You get used to not having creamer after about 7 to 10 days of straight up black. However, if I had to say one thing I missed the most…it was the creamer in my coffee in the mornings. It is just so much more enjoyable that way.

Myth or Fact:

Hanger – The second and third day I was a little tired and hangry, nothing I couldn’t get through. It was my fault for not eating enough the first week. Also, I had just got home from a vacation, that following week having to go back to the real world is a always a little trying anyways.

Tiger Blood – Yes, this is in fact true. While Tiger Blood didn’t last a full week or whatever for me, the feeling came and went certain days and it was euphoric!

Other than that, I didn’t really experience the other things that people claim that they go through. I wasn’t wanting to kill all the things or nap for days. I didn’t want to throw in the towel half way in. I honestly started feeling better after about day 5 or 6 and have been fine since. Ironically, my sugar cravings stopped around that time too. Go figure, right??

Results:

I wish I would have taken measurements, but I didn’t. So I can’t really give you facts like I shaved 2 inches off my waist and ass or anything like that. What I can tell you is that I fit into a top that I haven’t worn in a year. My “tight” pants aren’t so tight anymore. I had a male co-worker tell me “I was looking slimmer” and that “whole 30 was working for me.” One of my beloved Ahole Bros girls told me “You are looking fucking fabulous.” So yeah, there have been some body changes!!!!

As of this morning, I have lost exactly SEVEN POUNDS! That’s right 7 lb’s!!! Sure that might not seem like a lot to some people, but 7 pounds is the most I have ever lost in one month. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect when I stepped on the scale this morning. Disappointment, perhaps? I mean that is usually the feeling one gets around the scale. I basically danced all over the house.

Also, and most importantly for me….my face has completely cleared up. Sure, I have been left with some nasty scarring that I am going to have to figure out how to deal with. Does Mederma work on the face???? But I haven’t really had any bad breakouts this entire month which is HUGE for me.

Sadly, that means that I am in fact allergic or sensitive to something that I had been consuming regularly. I am side eyeing you dairy and grains. Ohhhhh the day when I figure out which one it is will be a sad, sad day my friends.

Before and After 1Before and After 2These next two are both AFTER

After 1After 2That white shirt is the one that didn’t fit me very well a year ago. And you can see that my black work pants are too big on my legs, they are puddling behind the and under the knees. Granted, they are a wider leg flare bottom, but not supposed to be that big where the knees are.

Confession:

You guys, I literally did not even cheat once during this 30 days…..intentionally. You see, Saturday after my nephews basketball game….we ate a late lunch at Logans. I made sure to order my sweet potato with no butter or sugar, just cinnamon, etc. I did, however, forget to tell them no cheese on my salad. I ate at least 6 bites before I realized why the salad tasted so fucking delicious and amazing. It was because there was cheese in it. YOU GUYS!!!! I literally almost started crying at the table in the packed restaurant. Chris and my sister laughed and made fun of me, “Oh no, cheese!!! You’re going to die!!!” But seriously, I was so sad and upset with myself that I didn’t even notice and had consumed a few bites.

Obviously, I quit eating it immediately. But still. I had to be very honest and say that I did consume just a few bites of cheese on accident.

Coincidentally, or maybe not so coincidentally, I woke up Sunday morning with a pimple on my cheek. Just one. I am not sure that a few little bites of shredded cheddar could do that, but who knows. I mean, I doubt there was even a piece of it in every one of those 6 bites anyways.

What Now?

I am still trying to decide 100% what I am going to do now that I am done with Whole 30. My plan for now is to drop down to Paleo during the week and allow myself one full out cheat meal on Saturdays and perhaps a half a cheat for Friday lunches. Who would have thought that I would say something like “Drop down to paleo” in my entire life??? Not me friends….not me. And yet, here I am.

What is my first cheat meal?

Laura and I plan to try out a new restaurant later this week and that will be the first “real meal” that I will be having. Does someone smell a cheeseburger?

Will this be me on my first cheat meal?

Time will tell!

I plan to update you guys in a few weeks after I have gone through “reintroduction” and let you know my thoughts on all that and what I will be doing after. You know….the whole “lifestyle” thing.