Thursday, October 23, 2014

Post-Whole30 and Where I've Been

This is the story of a girl who... said one thing and did another. Who finished a Whole30 triumphant, and then went back to making bad decisions. Mistakes don't just happen, they're a result of choices.

Oh, Whole30. I loved you and left you, and I miss you desperately.

I figured that when I was done with Whole30, I would just take a little clean eating break. You know, to have a taste of chips and queso, drink the occasional Coke,

Yeah, instead I Ross-Gellar-ed this whole thing. I ended up face-down in a bowl of goat cheese, empty Sonic cups and red straws strewn around me like flower petals.

Okay, not really, but very, very close.

You can come off of a Whole30 and end up making choices that lead you back to your old ways. And as long as you can look at your choices objectively, see how they were decisions and not "just what happens when  you come off a diet," as long as you can understand how you got from point A to point B, all hope is not lost.

Mostly because what they don't tell you is that if you do the Whole30 right, it leaves you with what I am going to call a Clean Eating Conscience. Picture the cricket from Pinocchio, or some other well-intentioned motivator, but picture it floating around with you everywhere, giving you the stink-eye as you slurp down Caramel Macchiatos, Cokes, burgers with their buns still attached...

Not that I'm speaking from experience, or anything.

So, how do you get back to being the best you? I think it starts with It Starts With Food. At least, that's where I'm starting.

I finished a Whole30, and although I've been hiding out away from this blog lately because I didn't want to admit how far from the Whole30 path I'd wandered, now you know what I've been up to all this time.

Here's to fewer Cokes and real food. Here's to all the good stuff.

Monday, October 6, 2014

I Dip, You Dip, We Dip

To all my friends for whom this is the 2nd week of their October Whole30, and for the friends who just started Day 1 today, make it an awesome one. 

Today I'm sharing one of my new favorite things - and it's Whole30 compliant!

During my Whole30, there were moments that I just desperately wanted something sweet. Something to snack on while my husband downed another spoonful of ice cream. Determined not to give into the non-compliant cravings I was experiencing, I searched on Pinterest for "Whole30 snacks" and found this recipe for "energy bites."

Truth be told, I intended to make "bites," I did. But it just didn't happen. My mix wasn't adhering to itself (found out later that a little patience and refrigeration solves this problem), and by the end of everything I just wanted to faceplant into the bowl. What resulted from my frustration, however, was a delicious dip that goes perfectly with a handful of roasted plantain chips from Trader Joe's. 

Jessica's Fruit & Nut Dip:
1 1/2 T coconut oil 
3 T unsweetened cocoa powder
Handful slivered almonds
Handful crushed pecans
1 C dried apricots
1/2 C dried figs, chopped
1/3 C cashew butter

Pulverize all ingredients except cashew butter until all is combined into small, even granules. Spoon into bowl and combine with cashew butter with a spatula. Chow down. 

If you're not doing Whole30, this dip is still super delicious. Put it on toast, crackers, bananas, what have you. 

Happy dipping!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Favorites #11: Woke Up Like This

Friday Favorites #11

Friday Favorites #11 by jlrey

Well, if you're new to HTF and have been following my Whole30 posts, Hey There Friday didn't originally start out as a Whole30/Paleo/Fitness-themed blog. There are so many things that go into my life, and I wanted to write about them all, so the aptly-themed "lifestyle blog" fit my purposes exactly. There will be fashion, there will be food, there will be Fridays.

And today, there are #FridayFavorites. 

I am straight-up obsessed with this Hermes Ear Cuff from BaubleBar and wear it almost every day. I have the link bookmarked on my phone so I can text it to everyone who asks me about it; it's that popular. Next up, the Audacious Lipstick line from NARS has so many new, great fall colors. I just love every single shade in the collection. Tired of the #wokeuplikethis hashtag? Fight back with this awesome T from Nylon. Then, step up your sneaker game with a pair of Roshe Runs by Nike (buying my pair this weekend!), decorate your walls with antlers while you brew a cup of coffee in a French Press. How have I not owned a French Press before now? I don't know. It's a crime, and this one is on sale at Target stores. I got mine for under $10, but the sale isn't online.

Enjoy that weekend, peeps. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Whole30 - Day 31: Lessons Learned

Here it is: the finish line. 

The race is behind me, the sprint is over. But the marathon, the training, the how-am-I-going-to-turn-this-into-a-lifestyle mentality has just started. I may be stronger than any craving, more resilient than added sugar, more dedicated than a can of Coke, a block of cheese or a tempting bowl of chips and salsa, but I'm still going. 

This is what makes Whole30 better than a diet. It's a lifestyle change that brings awareness into your life of what the food you consume does to your body. And while I may not live 100% Whole30 going forward, I'll definitely utilize a Paleo or Pale-almost method to keep my body on track. 

With that said, here are some of the lessons I learned during my Whole30. Now, go forth and conquer.

Lessons Learned:
1. When the Whole30 team tells you to clear out all the bad-for-you stuff from your pantry and fridge, do it.

Cravings creep up on you at the most unexpected times, but you don't have to succumb to them. And you can't fail if there's nothing there to tempt you.

Having a hard time throwing away and "wasting "all this food? Then don't. Donate unopened items to food banks, or have a friend come over and help you.

2. Don't wait until you're starving to eat.

Repeat after me: I have to eat to live.

I will say just this: you cannot survive on black coffee alone. When you're hungry, or hangry, you will make bad choices.

3. Take advantage of opportunities to prepare.

You are not going to just "have "time for this. You are going to have to make time. When you're whipping up dinner, can you cook a little extra and set it aside in tupperware for lunch tomorrow? What components can you reuse?

4. Bad habits with good foods are still bad habits.

Swapping your afternoon, sitting-in-front-of-the-tube binge food from chips & salsa to dried mango and cashews is still a bad idea, even when the foods are "healthy." Why is this? Because Whole30 is about more than just what you eat, it's about your relationship with what you eat.

5. Just because you bought it at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Central Market, etc. doesn't mean that it's compliant.

Have I mentioned that sugar is in everything? Because it is in Ev.Ry.Thing. Check your ingredients. Then double-check them. Then Google, "Is __________ Whole30 compliant?" if you have any other questions.

6. You can do the whole Whole30 and still not drink enough water, not eat enough veggies, not get enough protein...

Choices. Choices. Choices. Make the right ones.