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A New Chapter

1 Jun

Well, well, well…. Hello old friend! It has been a long time since I have posted. Four months to be exact. A lot has happened in the past few months which has prevented me from updating. To sum it up, we were crazy busy getting our home market ready, listed and sold!


IMG_1043{Our now ‘old’ neighbor created this gorgeous watercolor of our 1st home. Check out her amazing etsy shop!}


We have since moved into a rental house, paid off student loan debt and gone on vacation. Now that we are finally getting settled into our new place I am ready to get back to things that make me happy, like blogging and creating new designs for Linden&Lilah. I want to do some posts recapping our total experience with selling our house eventually. It was/is an emotional experience that I think I still need to process. For now, I am embarking on my 3rd round of Whole30 because selling your house and moving is a sure fire way to flush healthy habits down the drain. Time to get back to it!! I will be posting weekly updates mostly for my own accountability but I’d love it if you followed along too.


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 2

16 Aug


If you hadn’t heard yet, we had a Super Moon last weekend. That super moon is the reason for my cycle returning, I am 100% postitive. It also made my children go completely nuts! You may think I am crazy to believe in the connection between lunar activity, mood and menstrual cycles but I think it is pretty telling that our word “lunatic” contains the latin word “luna” for moon. All that to say I was a crazy mama with crazy kiddos. Having my cycle return after almost 16 months, while on this Whole 30 reminded me of this SNL skit Annuale. I was basically out of commission for a few days. I stayed true to Whole30 food but just about everything else fell to the wayside.


Breakfast: My favorite roasted red potatoes and tomato kale egg scramble!

Lunch: “BLTA’s” with tempeh. I reused that picture but besides mixing up the fruit or veg it was the same.

Dinner: Left-over lemony green beans, veggies and dip and salmon cakes.

30 Day Shred: ü

Devotions: ü Yes, because if I didn’t I know my hormones would have gotten the best of me.


Breakfast: REPEAT! Can you actually eat too much kale? I should look into that. At least it is cooked! Because just in case you didn’t know this, kale and other cruciferous vegetables are best eaten when cooked because they contain enzymes that inhibit thyroid function and a host of other things.

Lunch: Umm this was an interesting day. I was trying to clean out the leftovers and had salmon cakes with tomato and avocado in cabbage wraps. Not the tastiest combo.

Dinner: Cauliflower rice with stir-fry veggies and an asian style cod.

30 Day Shred: Heck no!

Devotions: I haven’t figured out how to make time alone on weekends.


Breakfast: A quick breakfast before church of scrambled eggs and an apple.

Lunch: Tuna salad with dipping veggies.

Dinner: Leftover cauliflower rice and stir-fry with asian cod.

30 Day Shred: Nope… with getting up early for church and my raging cycle I was not about to listen to Jillian’s voice that day.

Devotions: No, but we made it to church and I actually was able to sit in service for the worship, which is rare!!


Breakfast: Kale tomato egg bowl.

Lunch: I was craving tuna melts on toast with cheese so I topped zucchini slices with tuna salad and tomato slices and broiled them. It was delicious.

Dinner: Egg “tortilla” with scrambled eggs, potatoes, avocado, tomatoes, olives, cilantro and mayo.

30 Day Shred:ü



Breakfast: Repeat! I actually made a double batch on monday because tuesday we had a play date and mornings are chaos on those days.

Lunch: Another egg tortilla!

Dinner: Pecan encrusted halibut with lemon garlic spinach and mashed potatoes.

30 Day Shred:ü



Breakfast: I ran out of kale. So I had a tomato spinach egg bowl and an americano with coconut milk.

Lunch: Vegetable soup in bone broth with a side of fried eggs.

Dinner: leftovers.

30 Day Shred: I actually got up and dressed to work out but it didn’t happen. Lilah was up about every hour that night and I was a zombie mama. I tried. I got my clothes and shoes on, came down stairs, sat down for a few minutes and fell asleep. So I woke up and did my devotions and than went on a quick coffee run. We actually had tree guys over to our house that morning too, which I will write about later.



Breakfast: Stir-fry veggie egg scramble and grapes.

Lunch: Repeat soup and eggs

Dinner: Sweet potato fries, pineapple “teriyaki” tuna burger in lettuce. I have not mastered the lettuce burger wrapping. MESSY!!

30 Day Shred: Night two of “Lilah the Lycanthrope”! This time I opted for just sleeping while she slept, instead of trying to work out and than passing out on the couch like the day before.

Devotions: Because I “slept in” it was a hectic morning which turned into a busy day, as Thursdays always are for us. In the summer we get our CSA from an organic farm in Arlington and so we switch up our normal Sunday or Monday grocery shopping trips to Thursdays.


All in all, it was a pretty hard week. Thankfully my body is back to normal! Emotionally, I felt pretty discouraged about missing so many workouts. I am trying to be gracious with myself though since going from not working out at all for over a year, to even a few times a week is a great change! Thankfully Lilah has slept a bit better the past few nights, although still wakeful. She is so near crawling that I think it is “milestone sleep regression” or teething. I am very proud of myself for sticking with this Whole30 round so far. Last round I had Steven with me. This time there is plenty of non-approved food around and I haven’t been tempted really to partake. I’d say the struggle isn’t so much temptation as it is autopilot. I have almost taken bites of things just to see if it was too hot for Linden, or while passing by and talking I almost sneak a bite of something. It shows how much mindless grazing I have been partaking in.

I still miss toast though…. mmm sourdough slathered in butter! homer!2 {Don’t you love my sweet ‘photoshop’ skills?!}

Whole Health August 1

8 Aug


If you read my last post, I am doing a Whole Health August personal challenge. Today is day 8 but I would like to give you a run down of how the first week went.

Whole Health August focuses on 3 areas of concentration.

1. Participating in the Whole30 program started by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig, the authors of “It Starts With Food”. I did a Whole30 last year which you can read about here.

2. Exercising with Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred.

3. Spending at least 30 minutes a day in prayer and Bible reading.


day 1

Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled with green bell peppers, zucchini, heirloom tomatoes, swiss chard, and garlic. Served with a  side of blueberries and coconut milk coffee.

Lunch: Tuna salad with carrots, bell peppers, cucumber and a nectarine.

Dinner: Wild Alaskan salmon, roasted red potatoes, and roasted asparagus with hollandaise sauce.

30 Day Shred:ü


Day one was easy. Fully motivated and excited!


Breakfast: The Power Bowl! The same veggie scramble as day 1 but I added in kale and left over roasted red potatoes.

Lunch: Tuna patties with homemade mayo. Kohlrabi and summer greens salad topped with walnuts. 

Dinner: Zoodles with lemon, olive oil, tuna, basil, cherry tomatoes, garlic and red pepper flakes.

30 Day Shred: ü

Devotions: ü

Day 2 was pretty good. I did have a head ache for about 24 hours. Thankfully is wasn’t a migraine, just a lingering mild ache. I remember having a head ache last round too. The hardest part was getting up early to workout on a Saturday!

day 3

Breakfast: zucchini fritters with eggs benedict florentine and rosemary roasted sweet potatoes.

Lunch: Tuna patties, almond tomato spread, dipping veggies and kohlrabi and summer greens salad.

Dinner: Spaghetti squash with veggie packed marinara and salmon patties turned meat balls.

30 Day Shred:


Oy Sunday…. well I slept in and my body was like a jellyfish. I couldn’t get myself to work out and that is ok. Like I said in my intro post, I am not striving for perfection. I think my body needed a recovery day so I took it. Because I slept in on Sunday, we actually missed church and had a very busy day but I made time for devotions when we gave Linden some quiet time.

day 4

Breakfast: Mexican style veggie scramble (aka cilantro and avocado) and roasted sweet potatoes.

Lunch: Salmon patties, kohlrabi salad, grapes, almond tomato spread and carrots.

Dinner: Left over spagehtti squash, marinara and salmon meatballs.

30 Day Shred: ü

Devotions: ü

My workout was awesome! I think the recovery day was much needed.  The rest of the day was a bit trying, as Mondays often are. I had a frozen Coconut Cream Pie Lara bar as a mid-afternoon treat. I try to limit Lara bars, even though many are compliant, because they are little sugar bombs, but I am still trying to work on not turning to food when stressed out. The Whole30 Timeline calls day 4 the “Kill All The Things!” day, which is quite accurate. I also have begun the weird dreams. I remember last round this was a huge experience of mine. I had a dream that Steven divorced me!

day 5

Breakfast: Another veggie scramble. Since we are swimming in zucchini I tend to put it in everything. This was spinach, zucchini, peppers, tomato and garlic with eggs.

Lunch: As a vegetarian the Whole30 is a bit tougher. They do have a vegetarian protocol but I purposely increase my fish and egg intake to avoid doing the vegetarian protocol. I only started eating fish for my whole30 last year and eat it occasionally. It can be hard to eat fish daily!! So, I do allow myself the occasional vegetarian protein source to give me a bit of variety and I really needed something different. I had organic tempeh in a BLTA style lettuce wrap with almond tomato spread and dipping veggies.

Dinner: Coconut fish tacos with pico and avocado crema on cilantro lime cauliflower tortillas.

30 Day Shred: ü

Devotions: ü

Oh boy these dreams are getting crazy! I woke up on tuesday crying because, for the second day in a row, I dreamed that Steven was divorcing me. In this dream he left me for some thin, attractive woman in yoga pants and a sports bra hahah. It was during my devotions that morning that really helped me process these dreams. Both my Bible reading plan I am following and my devotional were focused in Romans chapter 8. Romans 8 is a very packed chapter dealing with freedom from indwelling sin and  our position in the Spirit of God. It talks a lot about our fleshly nature and our spiritual nature. I felt as though God was revealing to me the battle I am in between my “old /present self” and the person I am trying to become. I am in a process of transformation, of breaking old bad habits and growing into a healthier, more active and fit person. I think the dream was basically true. I am divorcing this person I have become. Theologically I am sure it’s ridiculous to compare the two, but it made sense to me!

Also, Steven isn’t divorcing me, just in case you were curious.

day 6

Breakfast: Yep, it’s the same picture as yesterday. Why retake a picture of the same food?

Lunch: Egg salad in cabbage cups and almond tomato spread with dipping veggies.

Dinner: Leftover fish tacos.

30 Day Shred:


Goodness gracious! Lilah decided to stay up basically the entire night. It was rough! I did not get up early to work out and we had an early Dr. appointment for Lilah that morning too so I inhaled my breakfast bowl and  we were out and about most of the morning. I was zombie mama on Wednesday. No excuses but thankful there is grace!

day 7

Breakfast: Bell Pepper baked eggs. 

Lunch: Egg salad and cabbage cups, although I added some kohlrabi salad as well.

Dinner: Lemony green beans, salmon cakes and veggies and spread.

30 Day Shred:ü


I think the recovery was a good thing for me again because my workout was great! The food boredom is starting to kick in. I made a bunch of stuff to help me not have to cook a ton, but forcing myself to eat it before it goes bad is tough. I am so over kohlrabi salad right now haha. I also had a lovely visit from my cycle while at the park which I haven’t had since last year before getting pregnant. With Linden my cycle returned right before he turned 1. I thought I had 6 more months! So, you can imagine how I am feeling today. I wasn’t prepared for this surprise but hoping it doesn’t make week 2 a nightmare. Although, I think that’s the reasons for my chocolate and salty snack cravings.

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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