Friday, March 6, 2015

MFJ v.04 || Whole30

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If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest, you'll have seen and read that I'm participating in the Whole30 challenge. During the holidays, a few pictures were taken (ugh family photos) and I really just realized that my relationship with food needs to stop. It needs to go from unhealthy to healthy. I'm tired of how I look and feel all the time. I want more energy during the day, I don't want my brain to be so foggy...
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I'm sure at one point you've come across the Whole30 challenge, and if you haven't I encourage you to check out the website! The 30 day challenge is essentially a nutritional reset for your body. For many, many people it's curbed unhealthy food cravings, cleared their skin, brought their energy up, and many have even lost weight. I'm not just doing this to lose weight, but to improve myself. 
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I owed it to myself to complete a full round, and I did just that! My mood has significantly improved, my energy levels are up (except when I forget to drink water), and as of March 2, 2015, I'm down 20 pounds! I have my two sisters texting and messaging me asking for help and what I did and blah blah, because they want to try it now!
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It's way easier than you think. My anxiety was up before I officially started, for fear of finding myself absolutely starving and having nothing to eat. Boy, was I wrong! Just remember the template of a crap ton of veggies, a palm or two of protein, a thumb of healthy fats (like extra virgin olive oil), and maybe some fruit if you're still hungry. When in doubt, put more vegetables on your plate, but if you're starving between meals, it means you didn't have enough protein or fats for YOUR body. The template can only go so far.
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I had a 2 week hiatus from Whole30 while we moved in to our home and I definitely felt the effects of not eating the way a person should. I kinda went crazy with the take-out and crappy food. I am NOT making that mistake again! One big thing I noticed though, is that while eating terrible, I was more hungry more often. So I started my second round on February 16, and I was more hungry more often for the first couple days and then it got better, I'm eating less during the day, and sometimes I'm not even hungry and have to force myself to eat dinner.

The point of Whole30 is to be a nutritional reset. It is not a weight less system! Many people have the benefit of weight loss, but it's only an added bonus. I'm continuing to eat Whole30 compliant and will move on to Paleo after March 17, because I love how I feel. My biggest success is getting rid of my negative body image and feelings, and finally being confident about how I feel and look. I even rocked some pink/red lipstick this week for the first time EVER! Now I want to buy all the lipstick! hahaha!

Next week, I'm sharing my Whole30 essentials and other NSV (non-scale victories)! While I do have more time for blogging, I'm also using up my free time to cook and to unwind from the day so my posting won't be every day, but hopefully 2-3 posts a week.

xo. Nicole

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mmmm, mornings

Since completing a whole round of #Whole30 (seriously, I DO have a post coming up all about my experience..), breakfast has easily become my favourite meal of the day. The mornings are also one of my favourite times of the day. Up until this week though, I've spent my morning getting ready for work and putting effort in to fry up some eggs, throw them on spinach, and cut up a banana. 
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I used to love it when my mornings were low-key. I would skip breakfast entirely (ha, totally never doing that again), sip on a cup of coffee, and browse some of your lovely blogs. It got me going for the day and I've noticed that I've really been needing that again.
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I decided on Sunday to finally just do some serious meal prep so that I can do just that. I came across a recipe for some Paleo Quiche, or breakfast casserole, in the Facebook support group for those doing Whole30, called CleanWhole30. Laura shared her recipe on her Instagram and in the group's recipe files. Sold!
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I used a yam instead of a white potato because I noticed that I crash too hard otherwise. I also used some Country Naturals Gluten Free pork hot dogs (not pictured there) as the breakfast meat. I also may or may not have missed the onion while chopping and went right for my finger :( I has just painted my nails, too. 
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After it was done baking, I let it cool then cut it in to 6 large pieces. I put them all in a container, so now I have 6 breakfasts waiting for me in my fridge. Serve it up with some veggies and/or fruit and you're good to go!

I really hope you get to try this, it's suuuper tasty and even easier to make :)

xo. Nicole

Monday, March 2, 2015

Week's End || March 2

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SNAPSHOTS:
1|| I'll admit it, we have mice. It's been terrible trying to find them and they won't go for the traps! I've been having some peppermint tea at night and leaving the tea bag in the sink because I heard mice don't like peppermint, haha! The last place I saw the mouse was in the dishwasher (ugh, I know) and now Koshka keeps going half under our cupboards by the dishwasher...I think she hears it. 
2|| Since moving in to our own place and both animals having free reign of the house, Koshka and Gunner are becoming better friends. Gunner doesn't jump on her as much and I catch Koshka rubbing her face and body all over Gunner's snout, lol. Weirdos.
3|| I started Whole30 round 2 and I'm loving it! I have a post coming up all about my experience and victories from the first round, and why I'm doing a second round. My breakfasts are my favourite!
4|| A Whole30 dinner :) Chicken, mushrooms, bell peppers, and asparagus. Mmmm, so good.

WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED:
1|| Bahahaha, basically nothing...except an update on our first month living in our first home! 

I'm back at it! Maybe not full force in to blogging again, but I'm trying...! I've missed writing and sharing the Week's End posts, and linking up with Beth. So much has changed in the blogging world and I'm looking forward to experiencing it all again.

xo. Nicole