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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Post Workout Cream

Hi friends!  It’s been awhile.  So, if you didn’t see my picture of a donut on my instagram feed, I definitely fell off the whole30 bandwagon, and am paying for it.  However, I’m still trying to eat as Whole30 as possible and will most definitely do a whole 30 in July.  I didn’t meal prep or mentally prepare as well as I should have this time around. 😦

To compensate for lack of whole30ing, I’m trying to compensate in the gym.  We’ve been doing auxillary lifts with 15-10-5 reps for 3 sets.  It’s exhausting, and my lower back has been so sore, as have my quads!

I love my Deep Relief roller, but I also love using PanAway and Peppermint post workout.  Today, I wanted to make a cream that I could massage onto my muscles periodically and also moisturize my skin.  I adapted a sore muscle cream that I found on pinterest, to fit my personal preference of oils.  I can already feel it doing it’s magic, and I love it!!


What You Need:

 

  • Glass Jar
  • Valor
  • Copaiba
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • PanAway
  • Coconut Oil
  • Jojoba Oil or Sweet Almond Oil

 

How to Make:

 

  1. Place 1/2 cup of Coconut Oil and 1/4 tsp of Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oil in a blender of food processor.  Pulse or run normally for 30 seconds.
  2. Add 4 drops of each oil and pulse or run normally for another minute or until the mixture is fluffy.
  3. ENJOY, and use as often as you would like!


I’ve really been digging Copaiba lately.  It’s an oil that supports the body’s natural response to injury and irritation.  I’ve been pretty hard on my muscles, so I’ve been happy to use this oil to support my body post workout.  I like to layer it with Peppermint and PanAway as both have cooling effects and work on my sore muscles post workout.  Lavender is supports happy skin and smells beautiful.  Valor is that oil that I just adore.  Not only does it make me feel brave, it also supports physical alignment.  Frankly, I love the scent of Lemongrass, so I just add it to everything!

P.S. That Essential Oils Deal from my last post is still on!  12 Oils for the Price of 11, and a Diffuser.  $150.  This is great, and quite possibly a steal that will never happen again.  Did I mention how much I love my oils?  4 of the 6 oils listed in the recipe come with the Kit above, and Lemongrass is one of the flex surprise oils.  You can do so much with them!  If you are interested, shoot me an email at kelsileeEO@gmail.com.  I will gift you the Happy Oils Handbook, which includes recipes similar to the one listed above.  OR you can sign up HERE!

The Best Essential Oils Deal Yet!

*NOTE:  THis offer is still good and runs while supplies last even though May 31 has passed! I will update this when it closes! 
Oh my goodness, you guys!! Just when I thought Young Living could not be any more awesome, they up the stakes!

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Until tomorrow, May 31, with a purchase of the Premium Starter Kit — see my post here: The Premium Starter Kit, you not only get the 10 Everyday Oils and Bonus Citrus Fresh, you also get ANOTHER BONUS OIL!  Young Living is giving away either Orange, Tangerine, or Lemongrass.  Guys.  THAT IS 12 OILS.  Plus a diffuser, samples, and tons of reading stuff for only $150!  That’s more than $400 worth of product!

This is big.  I use the Everyday Oils…everyday. Tangerine and Orange would be great in water or diffused.  Lemongrass smells so great, and can be used in a bug repellant, in pain cream, and diffused.  It’s also in Purification.

Like seriously. I’m still in shock this is what they are offering.  If you do purchase a Premium Starter Kit, you are never under any obligation to buy a monthly quota, or purchase a minimum amount.  You also will forever get a 24% discount by signing up as wholesale versus retail!  Of course, by signing up with me, I’ll hook you up with the Happy Oils Handbook, an 84 page e-magazine, and the Essential Oils Reference Guide App, as well as a crazy awesome Facebook community! 

To get started, you just need to follow these steps:

  1. Follow this link: https://www.youngliving.com/signup/?site=US&sponsorid=2721304&enrollerid=2721304
  2. Check “Wholesale Member” (This is really important!) rather than “Retail Customer”. This signs you up for a 24% discount. Being a wholesale member does not mean you are obligated to be on the business side!  You can do retail too, but you will be paying full price.  It’s also the only way to get the Premium Starter Kits!
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More of my Favorite Whole30 Things

Monday, Monday, Monday, usually, I despise you, but today, I love you.   I am so blessed to have a wonderful job.  My coworkers are like family, and I rarely leave work with a frown on my face.  Seriously.  So blessed.  I got off work, and watched an episode of Breaking Bad with my fiance and his roommate.  We are three episodes from finishing the show, and goodness gracious are we ready to know what’s going to happen.  We got tons of giggles out of our silly pup Kingsley too.  Then we worked out, and my shoulders are SORE!

    Post workout, my stomach was killing me, because I ate some yogurt this morning (not Whole30 compliant) and have been paying for it ever since.  I whipped out some Digize essential oil, rubbed it on my stomach, and luckily, my stomach is finally settling down.

I love my EOs,  since I like to use more healthy, natural products on my body.  If you’re curious about learning more, check out my post: What the Heck are Essential Oils!  I would love to get more people on my team, and more people to dive in and discover the gloriousness that these babies hold.

Yesterday, I wrote about how I prepare for a Whole30 using the Whole30 website, and the resources involved.  Today, I write to you about other amazing resources that I recommend.

Instagram: If you have an Instagram, follow me @youngwholeessential and follow @whole30 and @whole30recipes.  As I go through my whole30 Round 2 I hope to post daily with my meals!  I also recommend @stupideasypaleo and @paleoomg, although not everything they post is Whole30 compliant.  @whole30recipes is great.  The people over at Whole30 pick a guest blogger every week to blog recipes.  I usually follow the blogger of the week, and have slowly built my feed to be a lot of whole30 approved bloggers!

Blogs: Then of course there are numerous blogs that are so helpful!  Some of my favorites include:

  1. Nom Nom Paleo
  2. The Clothes Make the Girl – author of the Well Fed Cookbooks
  3. PaleoOMG
  4. StupidEasyPaleo – Great for those of us who lift, and need a diet that caters to athletic needs.

Cookbooks:  I love books.  I love them so much.  I love cookbooks for their beautiful photography.  Below are the cookbooks I HIGHLY recommend and which have tons of recipes that can get you through a Whole30.  The WellFeds and NomNomPaleo specifically point out compliant meals.  Check out other paleo cookbooks too, as they have compliant meals, you just need to check and double check the ingredients!  So, here’s my list:

  1. WellFed
  2. WellFed2
  3. Whole30 Cookbook
  4. NomNom Paleo
  5. Everyday Paleo
  6. The book I want but don’t have: The Performance Paleo Cookbook 

These are the resources I use to get through a Whole30.  As always, I would love to hear from you!  Email me at kelsileeEO@gmail.com or leave a comment!

Whole 30 – Round 2: How I Prepare

Year 2 of Law School is over, and the stress, and craziness of it meant I fell off the paleo bandwagon.  I think I’ve been living off carbs and cheese for two straight months, and I’m paying for it.  My stomach is angry, I’ve been sleeping kind of out of whacks, and I’ve been getting headaches.  A Whole 30 Round 2 is definitely in order.

I completed my first Whole 30 this past January.  For 30 days I cut out: grains, dairy, legumes, added sugar, preservatives, nasty chemicals, and alcohol.  After 30 days, you slowly reintroduce these foods one at a time to see how your body reacts.  I learned that dairy and me don’t mix very well, so I *should* do a better job of minimizing how much of this I eat.

The Whole 30 was hard, but oh, so worth it.  My stomach was happy, my digestive system overall was working properly, my skin was clear, I was sleeping well, and the list could go on for ages.  I was feeling that tiger blood that the Whole30 Program raves about.  I lost about six pounds, and could tell my clothes were fitting better.  Of course, the program is challenging if you don’t prepare.  My biggest struggle was going out with friends and not slipping.  If you slip, you have to start over in order to achieve the best results.  I learned that the more prepared I was, the easier it was to make healthy choices.  Below, I’ve compiled my favorite Whole30 things and resources, that help me prepare, and get me through 30 days of life changing.

First, the Whole 30 Website is pure gold! It has everything you could possibly need to know.  Specifically:

  • The Rules
    This lays out the program lickity split. Follow them, and trust me!
  • The Books:
    • It Starts With Food is the “bible” of the Whole 30.  It lays out the science behind why this program works, and explains what various foods will do to you.  It’s definitely worth the read if you want to know the why’s behind what you are doing.
    • The Whole30 Cookbook just came out, and is beautifully done!  It’s got so many great recipes.  I’ve already played around with the mayo variations.  (Paleo Mayo is life changing).   The beginning part of the Cookbook explains the Whole30 in layman’s terms, so if you want to skip the science, you can still learn everything you need to know about the program in this book.
  • Other Resources
    • TheWhole30 Daily is an email sent to you daily, filled with motivation, recipes, and a progress report.  You have to click whether or not you’ve completed another day.  It’s so helpful on those days when you seriously HATE ALL THE THINGS.  (This happens a lot at the beginning.  For me it was days 4-10 and I was not a happy camper).
    • The Downloads
      • This is the gold mine of Whole 30.  Shopping Lists, approved foods, cheat sheets for the crap they like to put in packaged foods, templates, the list could go on and on.  I recommend printing out as many of these as you feel necessary and stick them on your refrigerator.  It makes grocery list making and shopping so much easier.
    • The Whole30 Approved List
      • These products have the Whole30 Stamps of Approval.  I love RX Bars (Coffee Cacao is great, they also have a Whole30 pack) for when you’re in a hurry and need something quick and filling.
      • Epic Bars are yummy too.
      • I love Chomps.
      • La Croix is my saving grace during the Whole30.  Caffeinated water is so needed sometimes.
    • Whole30 Forum
      • This is a community of tried and true Whole30ers and newbies.  I like it because you can search for “Trader Joes Approved Products,” “CostCo Approved Products” to make your grocery store trips so much easier. There is so much information here and you should spend tons of time reading the thread for tips, and for motivation.

These resources are more than enough to get you started.  I’ll do another post soon about the cookbooks I love.

I’ll be starting my second round of Whole 30 on May 24.  As always, send me an email at kelsileeEO@gmail.com for questions, or leave a comment.