Friday, January 31, 2014

My Whole30 Experience

Happy day, Whole30 is over! 


Earlier this month I announced my goal to complete Whole30. Well, I made it 30 days with no processed foods, refine sugars or alcohol. I'm doing cartwheels right now!

The last few weeks have been an adjustment. Not only did I have to figure out how to make weekly meal plans work, but I had to figure out how to eat out!

What is Whole 30?

Think of it as slaying your food demons one meal at a time.
Cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn once and for all how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day to day life, and your long term health. 
Eat real food.
Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds.
at meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed. Don’t worry… these guidelines are outlined in extensive detail in our free shopping list.
No: Avoid for 30 days.
More importantly, here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.
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Why did I choose to do it?

After a week in Mexico and endless holiday parties I started to feel as though I had indulged just a little too much. With that being said, I was looking for something to kick start healthy eating habits. The hubs and I debated between 21-Day Sugar Detox and Whole30, but ultimately picked Whole30 because we felt it wasn't as restrictive - hello fruit.

What have I been eating?

At the beginning of each week I created a meal plan and prepped what I could for the week on Sunday evening. This helped us to stay on track throughout the week. {Sample Meal Plan}

Food: Nothing but homemade goodness. I really relied on The Clothes Make the Girl/Well Fed, Paleo Comfort Foods, Primal Blueprint, PaleOMG and Primal Palate to build weekly meal plans. Here's just a sample of what we enjoyed over the month -- Chocolate Chili, Power Coconut Blueberry Bites, Chicken + Grape Salad, Paleo Pad Thai


No cheating, at all?

It was tough, really tough. Before starting, I made sure made favorites weren't hiding out in the house. Eight days in was my first work event. I really wanted a glass of wine, but stayed strong. Instead I enjoyed water with a lemon. When the food came out (prix fixe menu) I was seriously crying on the instead. Come on -- lobster mashed potatoes and other "can't eat" treats. Instead I enjoyed meat, fish and veggies. I'm sure they weren't Whole30 approved, but I did the best I could.

Fast forward, 25 days in, to the grand opening for The Landing Resort & Spa - a swanky new boutique hotel in town. I cheated and oh it was good. Wine never tasted so good, but the next day I went right back to the Whole30 eating plan.

Did I lose weight?

The burning Question. No! I'm not kidding. However, my body composition changed. I feel leaner and more energized. That doesn't mean you wont lose weight. I'm a solid 132 lbs size 2/4 and weighed the same on day 30 as I did on day 1. There are only two reasons I can think of. 
  1. I dropped body fat and replaced it with muscle.
  2. I was already eating extremely clean. 
Since friends keep telling me how thin and fit I look I'm going with a combo of the two. Thanks ladies!
The Landing Resort & Spa Grand Opening looking fit, fierce and sexy!
What did I learn? 

It's not all about food. It's in your head. You don't need that bowl of ice cream you want it because it tastes good and make you feel good. Cutting out the sweets and wine were hard, but it made me realize I don't need a glass of wine or three after work. My biggest take away was meal planning. I learned planning out meals for a week really does help  keep you on track.

Now that it's over what am I going to do?

Moving forward my goal is to eat healthy clean whole foods, but enjoy the occasional glass of wine, night out on the town, or a bowl of ice cream. 

Would I recommend it? 

Yes, I would recommend it to anyone trying to get their eating under control. The last 30 days made me think about what and how I was eating.

Would I do it again?

Yes, I love the concept behind Whole30. This might become an annual January goal. It's a great way to kick off the year. Next time I might read It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways first.

Books I would love to add to my shelf:  

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Currently Loving

Can you believe we're halfway through the month? It's crazy, I know. I've been crazy busy at work, workouts have been intense, and I can't wait for Whole30 to be over so I can enjoy a tall glass of wine. In the meantime here are few things I'm currently loving.

The perfect puffy! Warm, fitted and lightweight. This has been my go-to jacket this winter. It also makes the perfect layer under a rain jacket or snowboard jacket.

Hands down my favorite meal so far during whole30. I've made it every week!

All Girl Shred Days
See below. We just know how to have a good time. Rocking air guitars at Northstar at Tahoe Sunday.

Ralph Lauren Tech Wallet (similar)
Over the last few months I've been on a mission for a tech wallet/clutch. Well, I just picked up an emerald green Ralph Lauren tech wallet at TJMaxx for $28! Can you say score!? Originally, I purchased one from target, but ended up returning it. There's just something I love about a nice leather wallet.

Rain, snow or sunshine -- I'm in love.  I get compliments every time I wear these boots. They're perfect paired with skinny jeans or a dress. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

The time I was on HGTV

So you're probably thinking what? Did she get a new kitchen? Backyard makeover? Lucky girl!

Unfortunately, that didn't happen. You may or may not know, but the 2014 HGTV Dream Home is in Lake Tahoe California! Truckee to be exact. Last week HGTV's Dream Home episode aired and highlighted a handful of activities Lake Tahoe offers. Well yours truly made the cut!

Remember when I ran this little race called Tough Mudder at Nortstar at Tahoe last September? Yup, there I am front and center walking, tutu and all, to the starting line. Just in case you missed it I was able to pull the clip from YouTube (12 secs).

After the episode initially aired I received calls/texts from family/friends and even notes from a few bloggers (Jayme from Her Late Night Cravings and Ashley from Piloting Life) saying they saw me. Needless to say I felt like a rock star for a few days.

Now I just need HGTV to come back and really remodel the kitchen.

Friday, January 3, 2014

New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year! 

There's something refreshing about the new year. In a weird way everyone gets a fresh start. I've never been one to make resolutions, partly because I can't keep them and well I just simply forget. This year I thought I would try something new. 

I'm a true believer in letting things happen, but I'm also a planner. This year my goal is to try and live in the moment. I'm usually so worried about what's going to happen next. It's time to step back and breathe it all in.

The planner side of me decided to set five monthly goals that are mildly attainable. So here goes nothing....

January Goals

1. Complete Whole 30  -- Eat real food – meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds for 30 days. This means no sweets or alcohol. I'm on day three. 

2. Hydrate: I work out a ton and I'm so bad about this. My goal is to drink at least 64 oz of water a day.

3. Clean out my closet: I've probably been talking about this for the last year, well it's time!

4. Read a book: This sounds so simple, but seriously it's been at least four months since I finished a book.

5. Kitchen Planning: This will be a bit on going, but it's time to seriously think beyond just removing the wall.

Did you set any goals for the year or month?

psst: I'm linking up with Casey Leigh and a handful of other great bloggers today!