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Whole Health August 3

28 Aug


I am a little late getting this update published. It is almost time for my 4th week update already!


Whole30: Breakfast was an egg tortilla breakfast burrito. For Lunch, I had more soup and eggs.  I have been limiting the fish a bit more and eating A LOT more eggs, so dinner was zoodles with kale-walnut pesto topped with fried eggs.

30 Day Shred:ü


Whole30: Mexican breakfast bowls are my favorite! Lunch was difficult this day. It was Steven’s company picnic and they had a ton of great food but none whole30 complaint, except some crudités. I tossed a few hard boiled eggs, carrots and a peach in a to go container just in case. Dinner was leftover zoodles with pesto.

30 Day Shred: We were out of the house early and gone most of the day so I slacked off a bunch.



Whole30: Just a quick scramble bowl and a plum for breakfast before church. Lunch was left over soup and egg salad cabbage cups. For dinner I made a roasted eggplant with pesto, tomatoes and a balsamic reduction drizzled on top and served with eggs.

30 Day Shred:



Whole30: ANOTHER scramble bowl, sorry if that bores you haha. For lunch I had more eggplant and hard boiled eggs. For dinner I made sweet potato noodles and a vegan cauliflower based alfredo sauce, and a simple pan fried cod.

30 Day Shred:



Whole30: Same, same, same! Breakfast bowl, soup and tempeh “BLTAs” and leftover alfredo.

30 Day Shred:ü



Whole30: I prefer kale and egg bowls but I ran out and have been enjoying the spinach instead. For Lunch I had more tempeh “BLTA”s and watermelon. Dinner was a delicious salmon filet with leftover balsamic glaze, purple roasted potatoes and asparagus.

30 Day Shred:ü



Whole30: I decided to change up the scramble and had an asian stir fry veggie scramble today. For lunch I was starving after rushing around all day and quickly tossed 2 fried eggs on a bed of spinach with left over potatoes and melon. Dinner was my favorite!! “Beer battered” cod, sweet potato fries and melon served with homemade tartar sauce and whole30 ketchup.

30 Day Shred:ü

So, week 3 was pretty tough. Lilah really has reached a new pinnacle of waking through the night. I miss my sleepy girl! Perhaps I was being a tad too generous with estimating my ability to accomplish everything with a baby. I have missed a few more workouts and that usually dominoes into the whole day being a bit out of control. The food aspect is great. I am feeling strong and successful. Here’s to 3 weeks down!


Whole Health August

30 Jul


As many of you might remember, I did a Whole30 last May. I vowed to continue many of the habits and use that month as a jumping off point to further health. Did that happen? NOPE! I actually got pregnant basically the last week on my Whole30 and the morning sickness, food aversions and eventual cravings took right on over. I had eliminated the sugar dragon last round but Lilah made me crave sweets like never before! So not only did I gain back that 15 lbs but added even more baby weight to the equation. During my pregnancy I decided I would do another round starting August 1st. It is our least busy summer month, we always have a bounty of produce from our garden and our CSA, and Lilah would be nearing 6 months old.

With each approaching day I get more ideas. And because I am crazy, I am doing more than a Whole30 this year. Steven likes to say I am “all or nothing” with things, which is pretty true. That is why I have decided to declare August, Whole Health August!

I will be doing a Whole30. I will also be committing to doing the 30 Day Shred workout by Jillian Michaels. And to round out the mind, body, spirit connection, I will be focusing on spending at least 30 minutes for 30 days of Bible reading and devotional time. The devotional time is something I have been slacking on consistently since adding more and more children to our life. There is no excuse other than I have allowed the business of life to distract too often and so I am focusing extra time and energy to make sure I get that much needed time with my Lord. My Bible reading on most days lately is reading David and Goliath 10 times a day to Linden because he is OBSESSED. {tangent: have you seen these videos of our favorite Jesus Storybook Bible stories? Awesome!}

I am hoping that this Whole30 will actually be the jumping off point for me that I had intended round 1 to be. Since I do not plan on having any more babies for  a long while, there is no excuse. I am ready to work hard and ready to feel like myself again. We have a trip to Italy in the future with Steven’s family. It is looking like it will be around September or October 2015. I want to feel like a hot mama in Italy! That gives me a little over a year to really focus on my whole health. I am not looking for perfection and cannot promise I will not fail but the idea is to be accountable for 30 days. Perhaps 30 days will lead to 365!



Whole30 Results

28 May


{Forgive the lack of makeup and bad lighting}

The above picture is my before and after the Whole30. While the point of the Whole30 is not to lose weight, it is a common side effect for many. I welcome any and all weight loss! I actually forgot to weight myself until a few days into the challenge and a few days after the challenge but I say I lost about 12-15lbs. We have a dial scale that is not the most accurate which is why I have a  range of weight loss. I never took my measurements but I could notice a big change in how my clothes fit.




{I haven’t been able to zip this dress since Steven and I were engaged/newly married. Still tight but it zips!}

The Whole30 boasts many benefits that most people experience while on the challenge. Some of these benefits most experience  include: more energy also called Tiger Blood, loss of cravings, better sleep, and  weight loss.

Weight loss: Achieved!

Better Sleep: I honestly believe I did sleep better. I did have  a lot of crazy vivid dreams though.  I was able to fall asleep much faster then normal and slept like a log! Usually I toss and turn a lot more.

Tiger Blood/Energy: Overall, I did not experience this. I think I had a few days that I had a good amount of energy but it is difficult to tell. I am also a mama of a toddler who is teething and wakes me up off and on during the night and saps my energy during the day! Perhaps I would have been able to sustain more of the energy if I wasn’t chasing Linden all day.

Cravings: This one is also a little hard to tell. Did I miss grains like crazy, yes! I did fine without them but it never felt like a complete meal without some sort of grain! One side effect I did not expect but have enjoyed is the lack of sugar cravings! I am still drinking coffee without sugar. I have indulged in a few sweets since being off of the challenge, but they definitely haven’t had the same pull as before. Everything is extra sweet tasting and so what I have had, has been less due to the intensity. One scoop of ice cream is SO SWEET! I am gladly using this lack of sugar cravings as a jumping off point to maintain a less sweetened lifestyle moving forward.

I also noticed less allergies. I am usually a lot more sensitive to what ever is blowing around outside and frequently experience runny noses and sneezing fits. I noticed a drastic change in my allergic reactions. Which is AMAZING! Especially during spring time in the pacific northwest!

Everyone keeps asking me if it has changed my approach to food. Yes and no. We have always been a family who valued whole foods, organics, grass fed meats and home cooking. Those aspects of the Whole30 are probably why this challenge resonated with me in the first place. The part about moving forward in a more paleo lifestyle is not for us. We did it for 30 days but will not continue to be 100% grain free. I am however trying to include more protein into our meals. Not 1-2 palm sizes of protein at every meal like during the challenge, but at least one or two meals per day including a decent portion of protein.

I am also trying to limit the grains a bit more as well as return to a more  concentrated focus towards properly preparing the grains we do eat. It is really easy to let the soaking, sprouting and fermenting of foods slide during the busy days of motherhood. Pre Linden, I was much more diligent in our grain preparation. I slacked off a lot in the past year and since Linden was grain free until about 14 months old, when his molars came in. Now that he is eating grains, I really desire to make them as nourishing for him as possible, and for us as well.

Dairy is another area we are trying to keep at a minimum. We love dairy but eat entirely too much. Not that dairy is bad! We have always tried to have better quality dairy but the amounts we consumed were so much that we often had to lower our standards to fit within budget. Moving forward, I am dedicating more to quality and less to quantity.

Speaking of budget…. this is the BIGGEST impact we experienced for the negative. We more then doubled our grocery budget for this plan. Granted we did not eat out AT ALL or even go out to do anything so it was sort of a wash financially. We knew going into it that we would spend much more on groceries. When you are buying 1-2 palm sized portions of high quality protein per person per meal, it adds up quick! My protein sources were not as much because I ate mostly canned wild caught salmon and tuna, fresh wild caught cod from my parents and local pastured eggs. Steven, however, ate lamb, steaks, ground beef, pork, chicken, sausage, all grass fed, pastured and organic. Now, the Whole30 doesn’t require this. They encourage it as much as possible but give you options when not possible. We really did splurge. I have no idea how anyone could maintain that for long term unless they had purchased a half of a cow a head of time, owned chickens and went fishing every weekend!

The principals gained were worth it though. I learned that I, a long time vegetarian, can in fact survive without rice, beans, oatmeal, bread, quinoa, cheese, and  sugar. I learned that I can be a lot more resourceful in the kitchen. I learned a lot about my own cravings and self discipline. I also learned Steven hates dieting and will never try another one!

Take Aways: You can do it! If I can do it, and Steven can do it, so can you. Have a support system in place, utilize the forum on Whole9life.com, meal plan and think ahead for those unexpected life circumstances.

Do you have any other questions? I might have left some points out so please ask away!

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