7 reasons my whole30 was easy

I used to kind of make fun of Paleo. I didn’t know much about it and from my perspective, it just seemed like another health fad. Of course, the Whole30 is more than just eating Paleo for 30 days. It’s more extreme than Paleo and it’s also intended to focus on challenging your relationship with food.

After completing my first Whole30 I have not become Paleo, but I definitely have legit respect for many who have chosen that path. And I am actually excited to do another Whole30 in the near future.

I completed my Whole30 last month and it was easier than I expected. And I don’t mean easy because I was already used to riding on gluten-free unicorns and waving a wand to make chocolate go away. Absolutely not. The sugar dragon was alive and well in my home.

I think the biggest thing that made it easy was the mindset and motivation I had going into it. Below is my list of 10 things that contributed to a successful, positive, and relatively easy Whole30. Read more ›

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Poetry: Antidote to the Internet?

There are rumors that blogging is dying. There are articles everywhere about how our brains are being affected by the internet, about how novels are becoming too challenging for the average person’s attention span. About how social media is ruining our ability to think.

It’s not shocking. I think anyone who spends time on blogs and social media has sensed all this coming on. There are beautiful writings all over the place about how people are being intentional to step away from screens and be careful about too much mindless consumption of internet content.

Lately, this has reminded me about how much I love poetry. Writing it, reading it and also Read more ›

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Month 1: Healthy Food Habits

Cookies had become my main food group and it was time to do something about it.

Responsible is the new sexy.

Or at least that’s what I think.  I created this project for myself (and anyone who wants to join) to have a structure for personal growth and habit modification.

Month 1: Healthy Food Habits

The idea for Responsible is the New Sexy has been banging around in my head for over a year. I came up with the idea because I was frustrated with myself because my life wasn’t what I wanted it to be and I realized one of the biggest culprits was because I would get motivated and then try to change everything at once.

It never worked. I’m sure you’re not surprised.

So, when I came up with the big picture plan to focus on Read more ›

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Responsible is the New Sexy: A Fresh Start

I am at a unique crossroads in life. A fresh start + determination = a whole lot of passion and fun.

For about seven years, I was in survival mode, struggling with despair and hopelessness. Many people who knew me at the time may be shocked to hear this. But close friends knew more of the reality of my situation. Intense pain and confusion in a marriage, then beautiful baby, then divorce, struggle, pain.

I worked harder than I ever thought possible to take care of my son during that time and find a way to provide for him. I worked harder than I ever thought possible to work through all the personal junk related to that marriage and divorce.

And now I’m married to the most patient man on the planet. Now, I get to experience a healthy relationship between two people who respect, love and enjoy each other. There’s so much to say about all of that, but another day.

I feel like I need to write thousands of pages to truly explain how much it means to me that I am no longer in extreme survival mode. I feel like I have the opportunity to be intentional about my habits and lifestyle for the first time in my adult life.  Read more ›

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The Luxury of Eating Healthy + Thoughts on the first half of my Whole30

When my son was one, I fed the two of us on about $25 a week. I have no shame in saying that government programs like WIC were literally a life saver. I am thankful for the people and programs who made it possible for us to not go hungry during those dark days. 

Now, 4 years later, when I say I have the luxury of spending 30 days eating a very particular diet of healthy, whole foods in order to cleanse, detox, and bring more balance back to my body, I truly mean LUXURY. I do not take the opportunity to do the Whole30 lightly.

If you haven’t heard of it, here’s a great, quick description Read more ›

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