Category Archives: whole30

clean eating plan


I mentioned a while ago that I had sort of fallen off the wagon after my whole30 in January. Easter weekend was no exception and I went to bed Sunday night feeling terrible.  Clearly an adjustment is in order. I don’t plan on doing another whole30 or anything but these changes are how I plan to get back on the wagon – rather than dragging behind it. 🙂

1. Meal plan – During my whole30 I would sit down every weekend with my cookbooks, laptop, grocery list and meal planning notepad to map out the week. I plan to bring this back. If I know it’s going to be a busy week I’ll keep it pretty simple – breakfast totally makes for a decent dinner. On the other hand if I don’t have a lot going on I love trying out new recipes form one of my favorite cookbooks.

2. Grocery shop  – On good weeks this happens on Saturday or Sunday. On bad weeks it might not happen until Tuesday but being prepared with the groceries I need for the week’s meal plan cuts down on all those little trips to the store and makes the week run a lot more smoothly.

3. Cook protein – Having hard boiled eggs, baked chicken thighs or plain old ground beef is super handy when I need to throw together a quick lunch. Add some frozen veggies and it’s a meal.

4. Be flexible -Although I love having a perfectly planned menu for the week, often times life just happens (as it does) and I have to do some reshuffling. I’ll swap plans for the day or just swap out a complicated side dish for something quick and simple. If I try to stay too “on plan” it will likely end in tears and bad decisions.

5. Make decisions – Duh, right?! So important and sometimes, SO difficult! Make the good decision. Think about the consequences and really weigh whether or not something is worth it.


friday meditation metaphors

I bookmarked this metaphor on meditation a while ago and wanted to share here because it really resonated with me.

I also enjoyed reading the now of crossfit. Crossfit is it’s own crazy type of meditation and I lovvvve it. I haven’t been this week which makes me feel like a huge slacker. I’m gonna go ahead and blame it on daylight savings – 5:30am and 4:30am feel very different to my body no matter what time I go to bed. Instead, I went for a run, went to hot yoga and am going to a women’s climbing class tonight. Next week I’m aiming to get my behind to the box at least twice.


On another note, here is another little round up of clean eats I’d like to try this coming week (I’m starting my meal planning early! – look at me go)

Twice baked potatoes – I’ll swap out regular potatoes for sweet ones!

Thai Red Beef Curry – I think I need to give in and just buy the book already

Thai Yellow Curry with Beef Brisket

Bacon Butternut Squash Soup

I think the grey Seattle skies are putting me in the mood for comfort food. Can it be summer now? sigh







clean eating round up

After finishing my whole30 back in January I sort of fell off the bandwagon. I actually got really frustrated with clean eating and gave it a big “efff you” by indulging in all the things I had never even wanted pre-whole30. In the end, that translates to a big “efff you” to my body….great. In this way, I sort of feel like whole30 was not necessarily the best for me. I don’t mean that sincerely (there were a lot of good things about it) but, I do think it left me with a “well I can’t win” attitude. Going off of whole30 I was faced with the reality that there is just so much junky food out there and my body and mind are programmed to want it (no matter how many whole30s I do). Annoying!

Anyways, I’m feeling a little regretful for my bad attitude and choices in the past month and I’m making a commitment to get back to what I know is best for me…annoying as it is. My meal planning in particular has been a little lame so that was where I started this week because I know it’s a tool that I can rely on. I’m also rounding up a bunch of recipes that I had starred in my reader as inspiration.

Slow Cooker Chocolate and Chicken Mole

Brussels Sprouts & Hard Boiled Egg Chop Salad

Homemade Roasted Garlic Oil – to put on everything

Raw Chocolate Cheesecake

Tomato Zucchini Soup

I feel better already…I feel like maybe I can win after all.

whole30 reintro: legume


For the last day of my Whole30 reintro plan I failed and did not add legumes back into my diet.


Well, first of all, I’m glad I’ve done the reintro thing (or at least attempted) but, I’ve discovered that I do not love documenting what I eat. Nor do I enjoy being overly prescriptive about what I must eat. It gets old real fast for me. A paleo style diet is already as prescriptive as I want to get.

Over the past year+ legumes have pretty much become non-existent in my diet so why introduce something that I’m not really planning on eating?? Right?!

Last but not least, the day that I had planned to do legumes was the day that my family and I were celebrating my mom’s birthday so, instead of reschedule it (so that I could enjoy some brownies, of course), I chose to just eliminate it. Long story short, I ate no legumes and those are my excuses. 🙂