Whole 30 {Round 2 – update}

WELLLL so here’s the thing. I’ve sort of failed at Whole30 this round. A tiny series events I won’t delve into. Such is life. I feel great from the week or so I did it, and it’s hardly a disaster. And one step forward and one step backward is just the cha-cha, right?

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I will do one again, sometime in the next year. Maybe I picked a bad time of year. Football doesn’t lend itself to extreme dedication to one’s health. And I know, there is never a good time, but for now, it’s back to eating as clean as possible, and allowing myself the occassional treat.

Keep an eye out for more yummy, healthy recipes here on the blog. Let’s keep having a healthy lifestyle together!

Binge-y-ness

If it were a real word, I would define binge-y-ness as: the tendency to go overboard after saying you will just “have a little.”

It pretty much sums up my life. I don’t have an addictive personality. I am not a perfectionist. I am not any of those other things we try to label ourselves with. But I do have a quality of binge-y-ness. 

Case in point: Television. Oh, TV! How I love you so. If I don’t turn on the TV – on a Saturday morning, let’s say – I’m totally fine. I will workout, make breakfast, clean, and be a totally productive, functioning member of society. But once I turn it on, I’m HOOKED. I become useless. Let’s not even TALK about bingeing TV shows. Um, House of Cards, anyone? Game of Thrones? Gossip Girl? I have no shame. And suddenly, I just spent 5 hours watching poor Lonely Boy navigate adolescence.

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Everything I do is sort of this way. I can hole up in a room with craft supplies and NEVER COME OUT. I can sit down at the piano and have two hours pass by. I realize these are pretty good binge-y-nesses, but still. It’s basically the opposite of ADHD.

And same goes for food. And wine. Oh wine. I can go days without drinking any at all, and really, that’s easy for me to do (because I am not an alcoholic, mom). But as soon as I have a glass…well, then it’s pretty much a bottle. And as soon as I make a batch of cookies or we order a pizza, well…you can guess the rest.

I can’t decide if I’m a moderator or an abstainer. I think it depends on the particular item. I do better abstaining from potato chips (just don’t start and you’re fine), for example, but moderating desserts (having them once in a while). Are you a moderator or abstainer? Are you binge-y? Has anything worked particularly well for you? Share your journey!

Whole 30 {Round Two}

I promise to post less about it this time around, but on September 1 (Labor Day) I began my second Whole 30. Ever since completing the first one, I knew it would be something I would want to do again. Inevitably, over the last six months, I slipped back into old habits. But what’s done is done, and now I want to feel how I felt during Whole 30!

Some things that are different this time:

First, the hubster is doing it with me. He already eats pretty healthy and is very thin, but we all have those bad habits we want to kick somehow. So I hope he can get something rewarding out of it. ALSO, my lovely lady friend Kate up in Wisconsin is doing it as well! For the record, she totally made fun of me the first time so I’m very much looking forward to saying, “I told you so.”

Second, I really didn’t work out during the first one. This time, I plan to continue working out. In fact, I’m doing one of those plans this month where you “complete a triathalon” over the course of a month (Run 26.2 mi, cycle 112 mi, and row (instead of swim) 16,000 meters). I’ve been majorly slacking on cardio, so my plan is to do this cardio blitz, with some strength training, and then REALLY dive back into strength in October.

Last, recently, the folks over at Whole 30 decided that potatoes are okay to add in as well. Previously, sweet potatoes and yams and such were fine, but not white potatoes. Now, I’m really looking forward to the occasional baked potato or boiled red potatoes – just no french fries, people!!

Maybe you aren’t ready to make these big changes. Maybe you are making fun of me like Kate did. But if you have that little tug of “I want to do SOMETHING” just try to start eating more REAL FOOD. Check out the Whole 30 rules and pick a few things for yourself to stick to. Make some small promises to yourself, and stick with them. More will come with time!!

Let me know if you’re doing (or thinking of doing) a Whole 30. I would love to support you!

 

 

Caprese Salad

Any big plans this weekend? End of summer cookouts, perhaps? Or good ol’ fashioned potlucks?

Let me give you the easiest, peasiest dish ever for you to bring to your next gathering: Caprese Salad. It is EXACTLY as it sounds, and everyone will truly love it.

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You need just a few simple ingredients:

  • Mozzarella
  • Cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic vinegar

Now don’t hate me…but I’m not giving your “real amounts” here. Sorry if that is a problem…but basically, you need equal parts of cheese and tomatoes. Dice your cheese and half your tomatoes – you should have a pretty even ration of the two. Next, roll several basil leaves together and chiffonade your basil to get these nice pretty little strips. Mix this all together with about 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil, and a generous drizzle of balsamic. Mix it all up with a little salt and pepper and let it sit in the fridge a little while. Give it a taste, and if you don’t get enough tang from the balsamic, mix in a little more.

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So this is my quasi-recipe of the day…I made it in a bit of a hurry so didn’t measure anything out – sorry!! But truly, enjoy these last weekends of summer, and make some yummy, fresh foods!

Oreo Chocolate Chip Funfetti Cookies

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I mean…you can already tell that they’re amazing, right? These cookies were the perfect homecoming treat for my hubster when he finally made his way back to Columbus.

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These are totally, melt in your mouth, over the top sweet, best of all worlds, type cookies. MAKE THEM FOR THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE!!

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When your process looks like this, you know it’s going to be perfection:

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A word to the wise: don’t eat them all by yourself. Don’t even eat four of them. You will feel gross. Not that I know.

Stella and Dot Love

Recently, I hosted a little Stella and Dot party. It was such a fun excuse to play with jewelry, hang out with some girlfriends, and eat some yummy food. If you haven’t checked out S&D jewelry, I highly recommend it! Such high quality, and completely worth what you pay for them.

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Had a great time socializing with these lovely ladies. Of course, I served yummy apps, including bell pepper nachos

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And DEFINITELY a lot of sangria…

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Bell Pepper Nachos

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Um, heck yeah. The summer always leaves me hankering for more fresh veggies, and less time using the oven. These “nachos” are absolutely the most perfect appetizer for a summer party. Girls night, anyone? These are vegetarian, but you could definitely take this idea and do whatever you’d like with them. Add beef, chicken, or anything you like on your regular nachos! Also, these are not exactly paleo, but could easily be made that way if that’s how your roll.

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Bell Pepper Nachos
adapted from Closet Cooking

Ingredients
2 lb. bag of mini bell peppers
1 cup corn (frozen, fresh, whatever is easy)
1 cup black beans
3-4 roma tomatoes, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
1 squeeze of lime juice
shredded cheese for sprinkling on top
cilantro for garnish

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Slice all your bell peppers in half, stemming and seeding them along the way. Lay them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

3. In a bowl, mix together corn, black beans, tomatoes, avocado, onion, jalapeno, salt, pepper, and lime juice. You can make this in advance and refrigerate if you’d like the flavors to meld together a bit more.

4. Fill each bell pepper half with your black bean mixture. Sprinkle with cheese, and place in oven for 5-6 minutes, until the cheese is melted and ingredients are heated through.

5. Garnish with cilantro, and enjoy! Other suggestions: Serve with sour cream, salsa, extra guac, or whatever suits your fancy.

Delicious, healthy, fresh, and summery!! And the best part? GUILT FREE!

#foodhacks :)