KABMPH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KABMPH KABMPH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Happy ____ Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923632 It's my week at work to maintain our Twitter feed. In looking for interesting things to tweet about, I learned that May is the month of many healthful things. For example: <BR> <BR> May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! The hashtag is #MoveinMay. I won't be doing anything special this month, but I will maintain my current level of activity, which is about 1000 minutes a month. I do everything from yoga to step to using dumbbells to walking in my neighborhood. I really do love to... Wed, 6 May 2015 11:03:16 EST Caprese Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923078 I'm still dreaming of that caprese salad from Sunday, and your all comments on my last blog about it keep it fresh, too! <BR> <BR> I made a balsamic reduction last week for some roasted veggies. I'm eating salad at work this week and the reduction is my dressing. Yummmmm But you see, I still have a lot of it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l52772322.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In looking for ideas on what pairs well with balsamic reduction (besides EVERYTHING), I came acr... Tue, 5 May 2015 12:49:46 EST Soup for Breakfast! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922329 I did it! I made soup and am eating it for breakfast!! <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I followed this recipe <link>www.thekitchn.com/recipe-simple-kale<BR>-potato-soup-weeknight-dinner-recipes-<BR>from-the-kitchn-13802 </link> and added sausage, and WOW is it GOOD! I thought the sausage would be a good bridge between soup and breakfast. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> My Whole30-lite style of eating is going pretty well. I had two social engagements this weekend (which is not typical for ... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:54:38 EST Reasoning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920793 My experience doing the Whole30 a second time around isn't as impactful as the first time. <BR> <BR> I'm on Day 11 now and I think I'm going to come off of it. My reasoning is that I want to eat more healthfully while not being on a "program." I learned the basics back in January and now I want to see if I can incorporate the principles of it into my daily living, while eating beans and corn and rice. <BR> <BR> These 11 days have been a great re-set and haven't been difficult. I returned t... Fri, 1 May 2015 12:12:18 EST Doubled the Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920126 SparkFriend MEOWMEEEOW inspired me to buy heavier weights, and last week when they were on sale at Target, I did just that. <BR> <BR> I already had five-pound weights <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1926473993.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and I just upgraded to ten-pound weights <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l770648384.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a beautiful day and after work I took a 2.57-mile walk around my neighborhood. I had set my intention (b... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:09:10 EST Modest Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918716 I had two modest goals for my second Whole 30. <BR> 1. Soup for breakfast. <BR> 2. Stuffed peppers. <BR> <BR> I know, nothing major! I love breakfast SO MUCH and want to expand my repertoire of what breakfast is. I haven't had it yet but I'm planning on making a Greek lemon soup later this week. <BR> <BR> As for stuffed peppers, well the Whole30 gods smiled down upon me. <em>440</em> I wrote those 2 goals before the new Whole30 book came out. And what recipe is in the new book? Stuffed p... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:32:08 EST What a Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918116 I had a funny weekend. <BR> On Saturday, I woke up around 7:30am feeling ready to go. I made breakfast, planned my meals for the week, and then... went back to bed and stayed there til 11am! Managed to do some household stuff, then I went to meet my friend for an appointment with floatation therapy. <BR> <BR> Ever hear of it? <BR> It is a new idea to me. I was listening to a podcast recently where the host was talking about it with his interview subject; they both had done it. You get into... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:48:19 EST So Nice I Did it Twice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916581 I'm on Day 3 of my 2nd Whole30 and I love it just as much as last time. The planning. The healthy food. The discipline of saying no to snacks. The consistent blood sugar. I really wouldn't want to live this way all the time, but a check-in every quarter might be just what I have been looking for. <BR> <BR> I literally live next door to a grocery store, so we never stock up on food, buying what we need fresh. This morning I went to the grocery store before work to pick up dinner ingredients.... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:13:34 EST A Walk on Earth Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915968 I went for a walk today in honor of Earth Day and felt grateful for how green it's beginning to be outside! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l746929601.jpg"> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:16:25 EST Myths About Gluten-Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915109 In my inbox this morning was a blog post from the dietician of Wegmans, a regional supermarket. It's a great blog post and if you want to know more about the gluten-free diet, I highly suggest you read it: <link>www.wegmans.com/blog/2015/04/dispell<BR>ing-gluten-free-myths/ </link> <BR> <BR> I am one of the 17% of people who has celiac disease and actually knows it. That means there are 83% of undiagnosed celiacs out there. Here's a link to symptoms (which is also in the blog post): <li... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:41:08 EST More Power to Ya http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911312 What kind of weightlifting do you do? Are you happy with your program? If you go to the gym, do you feel intimated by the weights, the machines, or the other people using them? <BR> <BR> I've been slowly getting myself ready to do the Girls Gone Strong (GGS) weightlifting program. I'm not doing it just yet but I feel myself inching towards it. <BR> <BR> I follow a couple of strong women (co-founders of GGS) and they post pictures of things I don't think I want to do. This is just a pictur... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:16:15 EST 2 Hours of Spin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910380 Yesterday I took a 2-hour spin class. It was both exhausting and exhilarating. <em>198</em> <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> My usual Spin instructor planned it as a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association. I'm happy to give money to them as they provide so much information and support on both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. My mom has Type 2 and my co-worker's teenage daughter was just diagnosed with Type 1, so I gave in honor of both of them. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately it was peak cherry blo... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:40:28 EST Don't Forget This! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909799 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1355138084.jpg"> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 08:39:57 EST Whole27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908915 One of the many things I loved about doing the Whole30 was the structure it gave me to eat a lot of healthy foods at every meal. My last day of work travel is April 20 -- a day trip that still involves airplanes. My next big work event is May 18. I just counted back, and if I start a Whole30 on April 21, that gives me 27 days of eating clean before hotel meals show back up in my life. <BR> <BR> Actually -- and I just realized this as I'm typing the blog post -- the new Whole30 book is relea... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:09:50 EST Be Here Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906398 I went to an interesting talk on meditation during my yoga retreat. The woman who led it played a song she wrote called "Be Here Now" which is based on the book by Ram Dass. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l15371363.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This weekend that phrase kept coming to mind because I was feeling so agitated about my work travel, which is getting in the way of my life. <BR> <BR> I want to move forward. I want my boyfriend and I to take our discussions about o... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 11:58:55 EST Thinking Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905988 I have a bunch of upcoming work travel. <em>46</em> This week, I'm leaving Monday night and coming back on Wednesday night, which really cramps my style (routine). So today I did three classes at the gym to make up for all that I'll miss. I did Spin this morning, and this afternoon I did BodyPump and then Step back-to-back. <BR> <BR> According to Spark, I burned over 1200 calories! Dinner is going to be good tonight! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 19:07:49 EST Pick Yourself Up, Dust Yourself Off... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904015 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1737692946.jpg"> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 07:04:06 EST Retreat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903562 My friend and I decided to go to a yoga retreat center together for the weekend. It is in Western Massachusetts and they have weekend programs you can take. She wanted to go this particular weekend because a specific program interested her, so I found something I was willing to attend, even though it wasn't at the top of my list -- a program about wakening or strengthening the chakras. I'm not a big believer in chakras, though I think the ideas behind them more or less are true to human natur... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 12:26:59 EST Pushing the Reluctant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897575 In many aspects of my life, I need a lot of pushing to get things done. Or maybe it's more that I need people to expect me to do things and then I'll get them accomplished. Even though I really do love my job, if I can take the easy way out of something, I will -- and often no one will know. (The only person I'm hurting is myself?) <BR> <BR> I'm starting to see cardio as the easy way out of exercise. I think I've prioritized cardio over weights for much too long. (Please know I'm not saying ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:07:41 EST Lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895299 I was thinking about my treats at work (which I wrote about yesterday) and while I appreciate the support, the underlying issue to me is rewarding myself for doing my job. Reading a bunch of applications is not fun, but do I deserve treats for doing it? It's my J-O-B! What kind of slippery slope is that?! I'm not really beating myself up about it but I wanted to clarify why it was bothering me. <BR> <BR> For my lunches this week I've actually been having a super-healthy meal, which is this:... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:59:13 EST Food as Reward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894643 I've been reading grant applications all day yesterday and today. Yesterday, when I got through half of them, I ate TWO peanut butter cups (the entire package). It was deee-licious. Today, I got finished the larger "A" pile and had one peanut butter cup. I am not allowing myself the other cup until I finish the "B" pile. <BR> <BR> But why did I buy myself two candy bars in the first place? <BR> I work with school districts to address childhood obesity and one of the things that comes up is n... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:08:50 EST Diet Cults (Book Review) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893390 I just finished reading Diet Cults by Matt Fitzgerald. He walks the reader through various diets and discusses how they create myths about healthy eating. The overall myth of the book is that each diet says it is the One True Way. However, each diet promotes their own myths. For example: <BR> <em>210</em> Diet: Raw food diets/vegetarianism. Myth: The Myth of Natural (even though humans have been cooking meat over fire for millennia!) <BR> <BR> <em>492</em> Diet: Paleo. Myth: Rational C... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 14:36:38 EST Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891621 I've been struggling with motivation lately. <BR> <BR> I like my exercise routine but know I should be doing more weightlifting. <BR> <BR> I purchased the Modern Woman's Guide to Strength Training <link>modernwomanstrengthtraining.com/ </link> back during their Black Friday sale with the intention of starting it after I completed the Whole30. Then I told myself I'd start it in March, but here we are halfway through the month and I can't bring myself to pull it out of the drawer (at leas... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:36:21 EST My Heart's Hope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889905 This really speaks to me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1300892711.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of the things I talk about with my counselor is the fact that I see both sides to too many situations and so I am never settled. It's hard to make decisions when I understand and want to be compassionate to other people's issues. But when will I choose myself? <BR> <BR> Some day I hope to have wise understanding so that I may live in peace (in my head and heart). <BR> <... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 13:54:13 EST The Image I Have of Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888263 I consider myself a healthy person, I really do. <BR> This morning I had satueed Brussels sprouts with my turmeric eggs. I ATE BRUSSELS SPROUTS AT BREAKFAST AND I LIKED IT. <BR> <BR> This is the image I have of myself: a healthy person who eats generally well. <BR> <BR> I am planning on going to NC tomorrow morning (a 4-hour drive) to spend time with my good friend whose mom passed away in January. She and I share a love of breakfast foods and New Kids on the Block. :) <BR> <BR> I worked ... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 16:57:01 EST Random Bits and Bites http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886857 It's been a month since I stopped doing the Whole30 and I feel my pants getting tighter again. I knew this would happen but it's still remarkably annoying! I'm not traveling again for at least a month, so hopefully I'll get back on track (no wine, no big meals out) and hopefully see an improvement with my digestion. My belly has been really out of whack this past week. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> When I went to San Diego last week, I brought a meal to eat on my layover. While it was nice to h... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:08:05 EST Bread-Making Adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885654 I tried something new today. I tried to make a grain-free, gluten-free bread. This is the recipe I used: <link>againstallgrain.com/2012/05/21/grain<BR>-free-white-bread-paleo-and-scd/ </link> <BR> <BR> The recipe calls for separating the eggs and whipping the whites. If I've done that before, it's been so long I don't remember. I used my new immersion blender to whip the whites and it was successful. <BR> <BR> Even though I read the recipe multiple times, I missed the fact the egg yolks... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:10:47 EST My Happy Corner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884812 I love this happy and healthy corner on my kitchen counter. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1174248621.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm planning on making 6 recipes from the two Against All Grain cookbooks this week, including a paleo bread! Sun, 1 Mar 2015 12:17:25 EST Travel Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881850 Tomorrow I leave to go to sunny and warm San Diego! My heart is so happy for the warmth I know I'll find there! <BR> <BR> I'm working from home today since most of my colleagues are either already out there or on their way today. (But shhh, don't tell my boss!) This allowed me the time to fix food for tomorrow's flight. I have an early morning flight, then a layover in Phoenix. I don't like relying on airport food, so I figured I should make something nutritious and delicious to take with me... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:22:02 EST Pound http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879960 I was walking to the gym to go to BodyPump this morning when I realized I forgot my yoga mat. The mats at the gym are DISGUSTING and I try to avoid them whenever possible. Since BodyPump is far from my favorite class, it wasn't hard for me to say "forget it" and do something different at the gym. <BR> <BR> Instead, I tried a new class! It's called Pound and you hold drumsticks the entire time, LOL. Check it out: <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJAw<BR>DBDQR8U </link> <BR> <BR> I d... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 14:13:23 EST Fads and Half-Truths http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878733 Those of you who read my blog posts before may remember me mentioning Dr. David Katz. He's a Yale researcher, an MD, the editor of the journal Obesity, and the author of Disease-Proof. <link>www.amazon.com/Disease-Proof-Remarka<BR>ble-Truth-About-Makes/dp/1594631247 </link> <BR> <BR> One of his articles in the Huffington Post has always stuck with me, and that's the nutrition non-expert talking like they’re an expert. <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/david-katz-md<BR>/nutrition-advice_b_30... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:42:40 EST Grumpy Cat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877295 I have been struggling this week. <BR> <BR> I've been extremely irritable lately. Every little inconvenience or frustration makes me grumpy. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1034884915.jpg"> <BR> I'm sure the lack of exercise due to my pulled hamstring hasn't helped. <BR> <BR> I hate to say this, but I think I need to go back to a paleo diet. <BR> I hate to say it because I don't want to live that restricted a lifestyle. <BR> But I felt so much better. Lately I've been... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:26:26 EST Aches and Pains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875184 Last Sunday, I was in the kitchen and realized my lower back was hurting a bit. It felt better about 36 hours later, but I wanted to be safe and so I didn't go to Step class, and Monday night Step is my FAVORITE. <BR> <BR> I did, however, go to PiYo on Wednesday. I haven't been to PiYo in forever and the next morning I felt a little sore. This morning, however, I woke up and realized it wasn't soreness I was feeling in my right hamstring... The muscle was pulled. <em>33</em> I'm not going ... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:37:25 EST Aches and Pains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875183 Last Sunday, I was in the kitchen and realized my lower back was hurting a bit. It felt better about 36 hours later, but I wanted to be safe and so I didn't go to Step class, and Monday night Step is my FAVORITE. <BR> <BR> I did, however, go to PiYo on Wednesday. I haven't been to PiYo in forever and the next morning I felt a little sore. This morning, however, I woke up and realized it wasn't soreness I was feeling in my right hamstring... The muscle was pulled. <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> Gr... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:37:01 EST Getting Noticed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873259 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1872511884.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A co-worker who I don't know as well asked me today if I had lost weight. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I told her that I lost 10 pounds but said, "Now the challenge is to see if I can keep it off!" Indeed. <em>224</em> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:13:38 EST I'm Too Old to be Awkward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872535 Last week at Step, the instructor yelled out, "Kelly! You're amazing!" (Or something like that; she was generally calling me out for doing well on the last cardio track.) <BR> <BR> Now, no one in Step class knows my name. No one knew that she was talking about me. And yet, I got SUPER awkward. I smiled and then stopped smiling and just continued my moves. (My smoooth moooves!) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l231873753.jpg"> <BR> LOL <BR> <BR> I think it stems ... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 13:08:28 EST (Don't) Tell Me What to Do! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870540 For the longest time I bristled under the thought eating rules. I read blogs of people doing the Whole30, read books that specified you eat (or not eat) this or that, and I thought, "That's not for me!" <BR> <BR> So when my friend and I decided to do the Whole30 ourselves, I read the rules over and over again, taking time to get used to the idea. And much to my surprise, I enjoyed following the rules! <BR> <BR> I'm finding post-Whole30 to be a little more difficult than anticipated. I'm sti... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 08:43:56 EST Homemade Deodorant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869874 In mid-2014 I realized that regular deodorant was making me very, very itchy. As a replacement I bought $14 natural deodorant from Whole Foods, but the price made me squirm. It was gone in 3 months. I bought another one but also decided to research making it at home. <BR> <BR> Just after Christmas, I combined a couple of ingredients to make homemade deodorant. I've used it every day (except for when I was traveling) and IT WORKS GREAT! Better than store-bought deodorant! Even at the gym! My ... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 08:16:19 EST Whole30 Day 31: The Results Are In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869169 January 5 -- the day I started Whole30 <BR> Weight: 147.6 -- I have weighed this amount for at least 3 years <BR> Waist: 28 <BR> Hip: 35 <BR> Thigh: 22.5 <BR> <BR> <BR> February 4 -- the first day post-Whole30 <BR> Weight: 137.4 (that's 10.2 pounds!!) <BR> Waist: 27 <BR> Hip: 33 <BR> Thigh: 20.5 <BR> <BR> REFLECTIONS <BR> The creators of the Whole30 say that the point of doing this is to gain awareness, to figure out how foods you foods affect you; to create new habits, patterns and relati... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 07:29:06 EST Whole30 Day 30: Why I Think This Was Easy for Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868465 I'm on Day 30! Two more meals, both of which are already planned, both of which are beef! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I had no problem doing this diet, as those of you who have been reading my blogs know. And I think I know the reason why: I'm used to saying no to foods. Being gluten-free, I already pass up the brownies and cupcakes in the work kitchen; I'm used to having limited items on a restaurant menu. None of that was novel or challenging. <BR> <BR> My friend in Ohio did the program wi... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 08:30:52 EST Whole30 Day 29: Feeding Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867667 While I was making my spinach, turmeric and egg breakfast this morning, I was thinking about how I cooked nourishing meals for an entire month. I made these dishes for me. I enjoyed doing it -- I enjoyed the learning as well as the deliciousness of the food! <BR> <BR> When I first learned I had celiac disease in 2009, I felt empowered that my food choices would heal my gut. Now, in this same way, I feel empowered that the food I made this month were so good for my body. This is by far the he... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 07:26:00 EST Whole30 Day 28: SparkGoals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866986 It's been easy to meet my SparkGoals this month while eating the Whole30. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l294489174.jpg"> <BR> Every day I get to say, "Check, check, check, check, and CHECK!" <BR> <BR> In January, despite my extra time up in Buffalo and my allowance to skip the gym, I still got in 840 fitness minutes! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:29:45 EST Whole30 Day 27: Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866703 One of the things that helped me the most in this Whole30 journey was my planning. I like doing research and looking into things so that I'm not caught off guard. I knew I was going to do the Whole30 about 2 months before the start date, and I did a lot of reading, and then in mid-December I created a spreadsheet of potential meals for the entire month. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1048957747.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made it to serve as a template and place to keep... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 19:38:34 EST Whole30 Day 26: No Overeating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865807 I haven't overeaten in 26 days. <BR> I'm eating plenty, and enjoying my meals, but I haven't had the urge to stuff myself. <BR> It's LIBERATING. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <em>250</em> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:51:11 EST Whole30 Day 25: Freezing Kale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865042 <em>368</em> <BR> I make a smoothie with kale every morning. I buy a bunch of kale and replace it when it runs out. <BR> <BR> When I went home for Christmas and then again in January, I had kale in the crisper and didn't want to waste it, so I decided to try to freeze it. I wash, pat dry, and put it in a Ziploc in the freezer. It works great! That way, too, the last day or two of the bunch will not be wilted. <BR> <BR> Plus, for the smoothies I make that don't include frozen fruit, my s... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:24:19 EST Whole30 Day 24: Today I Made... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864317 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2109904641.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am a huge fan of breakfast food and love how much the Whole30 has expanded my repertoire. This morning I had a sausage and butternut squash skillet. I haven't had butternut squash in years, and I forgot how tasty it is! Most sausage contains sugar, which isn't allowed on Whole30, but I found sugar-free turkey/chicken sweet Italian sausage links from Applegate Farms. <link>www.applegate.com/products/organic-s<BR... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:47:10 EST Whole30 Day 23: Skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863557 Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I struggle with my skin. Since stopping the fish oil pills, my face has been more or less blemish-free, thankfully. One part of my skin that I don't mention here is my general itchiness, particularly in the winter months, and even when I use lotion. <BR> <BR> I haven't noticed a big difference in my skin since starting the Whole30. The skin on my face doesn't have a supple glow, and the itchies here and there across my body still make me cra... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:01:23 EST Whole30 Day 22: Sleeeeeep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862814 <em>102</em> They say that being on the Whole30 diet can increase the quality of your sleep, but I haven't found this to be so. <BR> <BR> Even before this diet, I could sleep deeply and soundly for days and weeks, and then have a period of restless sleep. I've not seen anything different the past 22 days, unfortunately. <BR> <BR> The only thing that made me think of this is that the past 2 nights or so have been a little more restless than I would like. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I plan on wr... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:27:21 EST Whole30 Day 21: Turmeric in my eggs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862094 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1438878240.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In my quest to incorporate more spices in my cooking, I've taken to adding turmeric and black pepper to my scrambled eggs. Holy smokes is it delicious! Turmeric has an earthy (but not strong) flavor that tastes great in eggs. It's also very, very good for you (particularly when you combine it with black pepper.) <BR> <BR> This is what I do. <BR> <BR> 2 eggs, beaten <BR> 1/3 c. frozen chopped spinach <BR> dash of... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:41:09 EST Whole30 Day 20: Supported http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861714 At first I was nervous to tell anyone about the Whole30 diet. <BR> My boyfriend can be pretty against restrictive diets. <BR> I didn't want to seem crazy to my co-workers. <BR> I'm not close with my family so I just didn't want to tell them. <BR> <BR> And then. <BR> My boyfriend was supportive from the start. He even told me that he is amazed at my discipline. <BR> My co-workers supported me so much they bought me a paleo cookbook for my birthday. <BR> I went home to help my sick mom and to... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:11:40 EST