Week 1 Whole 30 Roundup

 I’m officially 7 days down in the Whole30 and beginning Day 8!  In an IG post I did yesterday, I stated that Days 4-6 are the hardest/worst.  That is then followed by Days 13-17.

The Whole30 is definitely  not for everybody, but at the same time it is for everybody.  For 30 days you cut out all the crap, and for brevity’s sake only eat protein, fruits, and veggies (a little nuts, healthy fats, and seasonings galore).  After 30 days, you are supposed to slowly reintroduce the other foods you cut out, to see what your body is sensitive to.  Of course, that is not always the case.  The first Whole30 I did, I binge ate pizza and probably sushi the second I finished day 30 (oh goodness, those still sound fantastic!).  The second whole30, I think I did a better job, but I know I reintroduced alcohol pronto, because wine + law school are necessities.   What I have discovered from Whole30 is that dairy products irritate my gut, as does alcohol (hahah).

I highly recommend following some sort of meal plan the first week of Whole30 so that meal planning does not get overwhelming or complicated.  I followed the Whole30 Cookbook’s 7 day meal plan with some alterations, and I really liked it!  It is even going to last me a few more days, since all the serving portions in that cookbook are for 2, but I bought enough for 4-6 for some meals.   Some of the meals were more basic than I would have liked.  That basic aspect is great for the first whole30 you do.  Seriously…keep it simple.  For someone who eats paleo much more frequently and has done the whole30 a few times around, basic can be boring.

 I also recommend bagging up some easy snacks to take with you.  Snacks I love are:

  • Nick’s Sticks (Iowa based turkey and beef jerky!)
  • Epic Bars
  • RX Bars (OMG OMG OMG I LOVE THESE!)
  • Dried Fruit
  • Hardboiled Eggs
  • Fruit
  • Veggies
  • Trader Joe’s Plantain Chips.  (with guac, with salsa, by itself).

 The first week of whole30 can be brutal from the hours of 3-5pm.  I felt like I was starving, which is completely dramatic, since it was just my body asking me to give it the sugar, starches, and crap I had been putting into it.  Snacks can help save you from that.

 The first week is also where your body can’t believe you would subject it to such torture as to eat healthy! Days 1-3 are always easy for me.  I’m super pumped to be meal planning and to eat whole, good things.  Days 4, well it all hits the fan.  This whole30 I had sugar cravings like you wouldn’t believe. That was the first time this had happened to me.  I wanted Chewy Sprees, cupcakes, AND CHOCOLATE OMG.   I still had my usual cravings of a warm French Loaf with melted butter.  But the sugar craving was something I had never really had.

Day 4 was just dealing with this adaptation of my body.  Craving all the things, but still feeling pretty good.

Day 5 I became an angry elf.  I was short-tempered, and just wanted to nap at all hours of the day.   My energy levels were terrible.  I went to the gym with my fiance, and ran a mile on the treadmill and was pooped.  So, then I stalked him around the gym like a wet puppy, which was clearly annoying to him.  Oops.  I think I tried to give him puppy dog eyes to get him to take me home.  (The gym is a block from where we live, but it’s Iowa winter and it’s cold, and snowy, and cold….).  Anyways this is how I feel I looked like:

 Day 6 was rough.  I was also short tempered.   I came home from work and only wanted to Netflix and Chill.

Day 7 I felt fabulous!  My energy levels were normal, I wasn’t moody or short-tempered.  We went to pick out the tuxes for the groom and groomsmen for the wedding, then to try on wedding bands.  It was such a fun day, and my fiance rewarded me with Chipotle!  Hello compliant salad!!

I had a lot of REALLY good meals this week.  I also failed at making Paleo Mayo TWICE.  Which is terribly sad, because whole30 mayo is the best and it sucks when it goes to waste.  I had one batch become halfway redeemable, but it’s still not the perfection it should be.   There will be a blog post about this soon.

 Some of my favorite meals this week were:

  • Brined Pork Chops with an Apple Sage Sauce from Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook (this cookbook is AWESOME!  But not everything is whole30 compliant). 
  • Perfect Baked Salmon from the Whole30 Cookbook 
  • Tomato and Kale Frittata adapted from the Whole30 Cookbook 
  • Rosemary and Olive Oil Roasted Potato Fries. 

That’s all for this blog post.  Just a reminder: I’m giving away a bottle of Thieves Cleaner to two people who grab a Premium Starter Kit this month! Learn more here: THIEVES CLEANER GIVEAWAY!

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Whole 30 Round 2 Starts Tomorrow

Happy Memorial Day! Remember, we are the home of the free, because of the brave.  All fallen soldiers have my utmost respect and gratitude. 

Today was a relaxing Monday, spent with my fiancée, who just returned from the Indianapolis 500. My stomach has been so angry, so today, I heavily relied on Digize.  That oil makes my tummy so happy, and as someone with all sorts of tummy issues, this is greatly appreciated. It made my day so much more bearable, but made me recognize how badly I needed to get back on clean eating.   Andrew had practice and during that, I got my affairs in order for Whole 30! 

Here is my grocery store haul:

  
I made a Zesty Ginger Dressing from Wel Fed 2 (amaze balls).  It tastes just like the one I adore at sushi restaurants, and man, where has this been all my life! 

  
 Then I made Paleo Mayo from Well Fed 1/2.  

These are the sauces that will keep my food yummy all week.  Paleo Mayo is so versatile and so, so yummy.  

I also stir fried some sweet potatoes for breakfast tomorrow.

    I plan on also frying some eggs and having two Aidell’s Chicken Apple Sausage.  For lunch I will have the above salad, with hard boiled eggs.  For Dinner, I may try to make Melissa’s Chicken Hash from the Whole 30 cookbook!

I’m really excited to do a whole30 with my new workout regimen!  I’m ready to be a strong, beautiful, bride! Today’s workout was all shoulders and we finished with push-ups.  By the end, I was shaking so badly, and so sore!  So, naturally, Deep Relief was a necessity! That oil is all sorts of minty goodness and I love that it rolls on cold and gets warm. It works serious magic and gets so deep! Love my essential oil journey! Stay tuned for more Whole30 and oil adventures! 

Please comment, or leave me a message, or email me at kelsilee@gmail.com. 

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Hello Summer!

I am done with finals! Woohoo!! This semester was a crazy one, and I had so much going on these past few weeks. Crazy to think that I have completed 2 years of law school.  One more to go!  It’s finally summer break, and I could not be happier!  I go back to work full time on Monday, but I’m lucky to love my job, and am oh, so, grateful that I don’t have to do homework at night anymore (for three months anyways).  This summer has so much going on: weddings, concerts, family, girl’s weekends . . .

Things I’m Looking Forward to in Summer 2015

  1. I’m going to see Garth Brooks tonight, in Omaha!!
  2. I’m co-hosting an Essential Oils 101 Class on Facebook, with my lovely friend, Alex.  The class is full of fun information and explains how to use oils safely, how to use them in your daily life, and other fun things.  If you would like to attend, leave me a comment or email me at kelsileeEO@gmail.com!

Girlfriend

  1. Girl’s Weekend 2015 at Table Rock Lake.  Seriously looking forward to spending a few days laying out and having girl time with all my ladies!
  2. Wedding Dress shopping.  I cannot wait!  Wedding planning in general will be exciting.
  3. Engagement photo’s with the lovely Carrie Krupke photography!
  4. Catching up on Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, The Walking Dead, Blacklist, and Vampire Diaries.
  5. READING.  If you know me at all, you know how much I love to read.  I know I will be reading the Inheritance Series, all of Jane Austen, What to Eat by Marion Nestle for sure.  But my list is always outrageous.  I *own* over a hundred and fifty books I have yet to read, so I have so many exciting options to choose from.

Jane Austen

(source: Amazon)

All in all, this summer is going to be wonderful!