• Blog

    Why I Quit Whole30

    When I decided to quit Round 2 of Whole30, it wasn’t an easy decision.  I more than loved my first round on Whole30.   I loved it so much I went past 30 days and ate strict compliant for 59 days.  I felt Whole30 changed my life.  I still feel that way.   Whole30 helped me finally get to the point in my life where I was eating healthy, feeling great, and no longer felt helpless to cravings.  I think that was part of the problem this time.  My reasons for starting Round 2 were vastly different from the reasons I started my first round. I turned it into a weight…

  • Blog,  Recipes,  Vegetables

    Basic Spaghetti Squash

    Spaghetti squash used to scare the crap out of me.  It always seemed so complicated.  The first time I bought a spaghetti squash I was so scared of it, it sat on my counter until it rotted.  True story. Now I wonder what the hell I was scared of.  It takes 5 minutes to prep.  Seriously 5 minutes!!! Because it can take 45-60 minutes to bake, I usually make this on my meal prep days, then use it later in the week. P.S.  We compost.  If you compost make sure you cut up the rind into smaller pieces because it will breakdown quicker. Spaghetti squash is so easy to make.…

  • Blog,  Recipes,  Vegetables

    Portabella Mushroom Burgers and Roasted Carrots

    I’ve been trying to introduce more vegetarian meals into our weekly meals.  Some have not been that great while others have become family favorites.  The toddler always surprises me when it comes to food, sometimes she will eat everything we give her, other times all she wants is applesauce. I expected her to reject the mushroom and carrots, but she surprised me, ate every single bite and asked for more!  Of course the next day we tried to give her the leftover mushroom and she reacted like it was poison.  Oh well at least she ate it once!      

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  • Blog,  Recipes,  Spice Blends

    Everything but the Bagel Recipe + Flax

    I’ve been seeing the Trader Joes new seasoning blend, Everything but the Bagel, pop up all over social media.  Unfortunately for me, the closes Trader Joes is 60 miles away!  Yikes!  Instead of driving 2 hours, I decided to just mix some up at home. One thing I love about this recipe is all the amazing nutrients combined together. Flax Seeds Contains Omega-3 Lowers blood pressure May help manage diabetes Reduces inflammation associated with plaque in the arteries (prevent heart attacks) Reduces the intensity of hot flashes in menopausal women Sesame Seeds Lowers blood pressure Strengthens and repairs bones Helps manage diabetes Reduces inflammation in joints, muscles, and bones Poppy Seeds…

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  • Blog,  Poultry,  Recipes

    Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs (Whole30)

      To be honest, I usually don’t have the energy to come up with a new meal everyday.  Some days are so hectic, if I don’t have leftovers in the fridge, then I’ll turn to something fast which usually means junky.  This means having healthy leftovers in the fridge vital. Sometimes I’ll make a big pot of something on the stove, but my slow cooker is my go-to friend for these, bigger than normal, meals.  I’ve been trying to get into the habit of chopping all the veggies for the upcoming week on Sundays.  It is really a huge timesaver as the week wears on. Finding Compliant Broth Part of Whole30…

  • Blog

    My Whole30 Experience & Results

    March 31 was my official last day of Whole30!  I wanted to get my thoughts down before too much time passed. First off, I would like to say that I LOVED Whole 30!   Hands down this is the best thing I have ever done for myself.  Physically I feel fantastic!  Mentally I feel clearheaded and empowered.  Emotionally, well I’m still figuring out the emotional side of everything I’ve learned. I’m going to warn you now this post may be very long.  So much has happened on Whole 30 and I want to share it all, the good, the bad, and the ugly. How I learned about Whole30 I’ve been…

  • Beef,  Blog,  Recipes

    Rosemary Roast Beef

    Being on Whole30 has forced me to spend more time in the kitchen.  I have been cooking a lot more.  As a result I have become more confident in the kitchen and experimenting with new recipes.  For most cooking a roast is basic but I’ve only done a slow cooker pot roast. Today I decided to try an oven roast with a spice rub.  I used a 3.5 lbs top round roast from Robinson Hill Beef for this recipe. We loved this roast as a simple dinner or sliced thin for sandwiches.     Update:  4/25/2017 – I’m so sorry! Something happened with my blog and all my recipes disappeared.  I’m…