Posts About health

natural personal care products

July 28, 2014

This post has been in the works for literally years, starting with way back when I decided to switch all my personal care products to natural versions. It’s been a super long process because first I used up what I had, and then whenever I would try a new brand if I didn’t love it I would still use it up before trying something new. Finally I’ve come to a place that I’m pretty happy with, although I’m sure I will still try new things (and update as I go). So as I’m choosing products what I think about is: 1) Is it natural and safe? There are some brands that I trust (you’ll notice several) but I also use the Environmental…
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whole30 afterthoughts

July 24, 2014

Today I’m going to share with you the results of my whole30 experiment, plus a bunch of other thoughts and things I learned along the way. I hope that this will encourage anyone who is thinking about it to consider giving it a try! And if you are planning your first whole30 and, like I was, are searching online for success stories and tips, I urge you to reach out to me and I will help as best I can! I want you to know up front that it was definitely not as scary or as hard as I expected it to be. Now for the rundown! What my life used to be like: So, I wasn’t a total mess. I…
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whole30 week four // completed!!

July 16, 2014

Previous updates: week one / week two / week three I did it! And I’m here with my last food diary update for the whole30! I’m so proud and excited to be done! In this post I’m going to finish detailing what I ate and how I felt day to day, and then next week I’ve got a big recap for you about my thoughts on the entire experience. This is a bit longer than usual because it has nine days to it. Day 22 Breakfast: three fried eggs, banana/blueberry/coconut flake mix, cold-brew coffee with coconut milk Lunch: salad with shredded chicken and strawberries with an olive oil + raspberry balsamic dressing, and a fruit medley Snack: Larabar Dinner: baked chicken tenders dipped in mustard, a salad with…
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whole30 week three

July 7, 2014

Previous updates: week one / week two Day 15 Breakfast: three fried eggs, banana/blueberry/coconut flake mix, cold-brew coffee with coconut milk Lunch: leftover Dijon chicken thigh (it was not that great reheated), broccoli, fruit salad Snack: nuts and a few pieces of dried apricot Dinner: I had a church book club to go to so I didn’t have time to cook. I put some seasoned ground turkey (leftover – ate it cold) and diced apple on a bunch of salad greens and used olive oil + raspberry balsamic as dressing. It was so good! Also had more fruit salad. At book club I tried a peach/pear flavored carbonated water. Yuck – couldn’t do it. I felt: my cold has been lingering for a week now,…
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whole30 week two

June 30, 2014

Read about week one here. Day 8 Breakfast: three scrambled eggs, banana/blueberry/coconut flake mix, black coffee (I liked it better this time) Lunch: leftover chili, salad with tomatoes Snack: none Dinner: a fake chicken marsala with local (no-sugar-added) bacon, and a side of broccoli. My husband liked the chicken but I was disappointed in the whole thing. I bet it’s a really good recipe if you use wine (I subbed chicken broth), regular bacon, and butter, so I’ll try it again when I can have that stuff. This was my first time cooking this kind of bacon and it was really different. I had an apple for dessert. I felt: pretty tired after work again. I did a 20-minute fairly easy yoga session, and my…
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