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What I Learned from Whole30

I just finished a Whole30 – 30 days of whole food, proteins, vegetables (some fruit), and good oils. Program rules are here. Here’s what I learned:

  1. I’m way more addicted to sugar that I thought, and this diet helped me overcome that!
  2. I can get a handle on my pain with eating better. This diet is anti-inflammatory, and I’m seeing a huge difference in the way I feel.
  3. I love coconut milk in my coffee (with a sprinkle of cinnamon)
  4. Zoodles have changed my life, I can eat a TON of veggies in noodle form!
  5. Cutting out sugar will improve your complexion, my acne is almost gone and I’ve been plagued with it my whole adult life.
  6. I love to make my own mayonnaise! (Here are some of my fav recipes on my Pinterest Board)
  7. It’s HARD to say no to goodies at the office, I’ve learned to be prepared by having almonds stashed in my desk.
  8. I actually saved money from not eating out (even though it seems like you spend a lot more at the grocery store)
  9. I’m stronger than I thought!

On that last note – I never believed I would make it through the first week, let alone the whole 30 days, honestly. But I did. I feel so much better, better than I have in a very long time. A friend added me to a Facebook group that all did the program together, so it was a great source of encouragement and ideas for food. Eating on this diet can be a challenge if you eat out a lot, so take that into consideration and prepare yourself by reading as much as you can, and find meals that you love in this program, b/c there are a TON of great things to eat!

My results were that I lost 9lbs and 2 inches. I’m ready to keep going and stay accountable to myself. It’s not really about weight loss for me, it’s about feeling better, and not being in pain all.the.time. Tell me about your experience if you’ve ever done this, and what worked best for you!

Here’s a great resource on getting started!

Who needs some cuteness?

Cute Dogs!

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These two were just killing me tonight. Killing.me. As soon as I sat down from a long day of running around with the family (and work!), they both came right over to beg for treats. They are like clock work, those two.
So there’s your cuteness for today.

Juneau Trip

Joy’s (crack) – Avocado Salad

Avocado Salad
You will not be able to stop eating this, I guarantee it. My friend, Joy, makes this salad for every party we go to, and it’s always a crowd pleaser.  We just ate it for lunch with chips, by itself.  It sounds like regular guacamole, but the added corn gives it a sweetness, that makes it so delicious.

 

 

Joy’s Avocado Salad

3 ripe avocados
1/2 small onion, finely chopped (Joy uses red, I used a yellow b/c it’s what I had)
1 small can corn, drained
3 TBS chopped fresh cilantro
4-8oz grape tomatoes, sliced in half
Juice of 1 lime
salt and pepper to taste (I use kosher salt)

Directions:

Cut avocados in half, remove the pit, and slice them into small to medium chunks.  In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, squeeze lime over it all, add salt and pepper to taste and gently stir together with a large spoon.   Serve with your choice of corn chips.

Also, check out http://www.rocderby.com/, Joy is a mad derby girl.

Her Legacy Lives on.

Today, we remember a wonderful woman, whom I miss terribly every single day.

momJeanne Stopha’s Eulogy

(February 2, 1934 – September 12, 2002)
Funeral – September 14, 2002
Written and read by her son, Joel Stopha

Ground Hog’s day -1934. Did the ground hog see his shadow? The one in Allegany, NY, sure did. That was the day the Lord, in all His glory, brought into this world, and all our lives, Jeanne Marie Eaton. She was the little sister that my Aunt Marion and my Aunt Ruth prayed so long and so hard for. Does God answer prayers? He sure answered Aunt Marion’s and Aunt Ruth’s, and in addition to answering prayers, He provided all of us with wonderful blessings for 68 years of Mom’s life. (more…)