June Whole30

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Crock-Pot Chicken Leg Quarters

I will cook practically anything in the crock-pot, especially meats. They always come out so tender and juicy! Lately, I’ve been loving chicken in there. Especially these chicken leg quarters! I used a BBQ rub on my chicken but have also used a lemon pepper seasoning by sprinkling lemon zest, garlic powder, sea salt and lots of black pepper then a squeeze of lemon – delicious!

The BBQ rub was one I already had on hand and contains a variety of things like: dehydrated garlic and onion, pure maple syrup granules, dried orange peel, dried red bell pepper, paprika, chili powder and natural hickory smoke flavor.

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I left the skin on my chicken and just rubbed the BBQ seasoning all over the chicken, placed in the crock-pot and cooked on high for about 4 hours. Serve with whatever sides you like, we had it with oven fried potatoes and asparagus!

 

Whole30 for a Third Time!

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I’m getting ready to start my 3rd whole30 on May 1st. I’ve had so much success with these the past two times that doing it a third time is a no brainer! It will help me to reach my weight goal and my goal of optimal health. And I just feel a hundred times better when I’m eating whole, unprocessed foods. Life is busy, especially when running your own business! (If you live in SW Washington/Portland OR area, check us out – PC Rescue Wiz). So, we need to be at the top of our game and eating whole, natural and unprocessed foods helps us do that.

Lately, a lot of my friends and family and blogging friends have started their first (or second) Whole30 and are a week or few weeks in and seeing amazing results. What I love about the Whole30 is that it’s not a gimmick, it doesn’t contain or promote any diet supplements, drinks or pills. All you need to do is eat tons of fresh veggies, fruits, some nuts, seeds and protein! It’s so simple to do and it’s free. All you pay for is your groceries which you already need to buy anyways.

If anyone is interested in trying it out or just wants more info, their website is a great resource. They have forums, blogs and tons of tips. I have gone on there quite a bit for info and have always found what I was looking for. They also provide you with a shopping list of all the foods approved on the Whole30.

30 Day Squat Challenge!

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I’ve seen the 30 day plank challenge going around and then I saw this – 30 day squat challenge! Since we’ve targeted our core, why not now target our rear end?! I’m sure everyone would love a better looking butt right? This looks hard (for me) because the most squats I’ve ever done at one time is 30, so starting at 50 might be a little tough. But I’m willing to try it out. I think this can be customized pretty easily, just start at whatever number you want – 10, 20, 30, 80 and add 5 the next day or 10 or however many the chart says to add.

I’m starting tonight, who’s doing it with me?!

Whole30 Day 3, Feeling Good!

So I feel like I should be on day 14 or something, it seems to be going so slow! But I feel amazing! I already can see and feel an improvement in my overall health. My clothes already are a bit loose, because I am way less bloated which is a good feeling. My skin is clearing up, and I have been sleeping pretty good, normally I have a tough time falling asleep and staying asleep and some nights I stay up till 3-4 in the morning, just laying there wide awake. That’s even after cutting out caffeine after 3pm everyday! I’m not sure which foods were causing the insomnia, I’m just glad that I don’t have that problem anymore!

After my last whole30 in January, I tried to get everyone to try it! The improvements in your health make giving up certain foods totally worth it. And for me, I noticed the changes right after the first day. If you’ve been playing around with the idea of doing a whole30, just DO IT. It’s free and it WILL make you feel better 🙂

I had a late breakfast/early lunch yesterday due to my work schedule and this is what I had, it was so so so good!

Italian pulled pork with onions, peppers and pineapple

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My schedule was weird yesterday so I didn’t really eat lunch, but between lunch and dinner I had some olives, pickles and almonds.

Dinner was this:

Steak with mushrooms, onions and asparagus

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I drank tons of water and iced green tea throughout the day and also had another great workout!

Fruit Salad for Dinner!

When you don’t eat sugar on a daily or weekly basis, fruit tastes just like Heaven.

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I ate this bowl of fruit for dinner last night. I made a different dinner but it turned out to be terrible and ended up in the garbage. I HATE doing that, but I really could not eat it. I roasted a spaghetti squash and cooked it with sausage, onions, mushrooms and collard greens. Sounds good and the pictures of the recipe (<—— mine should’ve looked something like that) all look amazing! Well, mine looked nothing like that, I think I let it cook to long and the spaghetti squash turned a weird grayish color and became really mushy and tasted weird!

Anyways, this bowl of fruit totally made up for it! I chopped up a couple strawberries, a banana, some pineapple and then added walnuts and almonds and drizzled agave over the whole thing. THE BEST THING I’VE EVER EATEN FOR DINNER!

Post Whole30 Breakfast!

This is my first real breakfast since finishing the whole30. It was good! I had a sweet Italian sausage with some white potatoes, onion, red pepper and one fried egg on top.

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I started with mostly red peppers and a little bit of white potatoes, didn’t want to go overboard. Even before the whole30, I didn’t eat a lot of carbs, even potatoes and carbs were a very rare occurrence at breakfast. I usually just stuck to protein for breakfast. But I wanted to see how my body would react. So far, so good. I don’t think these kinds of carbs really affect me. It’s mostly the gluten and grains that make me super bloated and uncomfortable.

I also enjoyed a delicious soy latte. I know there are lots of controversies surrounding soy, but I think it’s all good in moderation, just like most things!

Maybe later, I’ll have a piece of chocolate. Oh, the possibilities are endless!

Sugar Detox – Day 2

Today was a little more rough and I think I am either having an allergic reaction to some new tea I had yesterday or they’re just detox symptoms.

Some of these things might be a little TMI for you but I’m going to share them anyway just because I want to make sure I document everything, not just for myself but also for others who are giving this detox a try.

I noticed during the later part of the day yesterday that I started feeling a bit nauseous and had to run to the bathroom a few times, not to throw up but you know, for the other thing. That has continued through today.

I also broke out in a rash last night on my stomach, it just covers a little area and I think it might be hives? But I’m not sure because I’ve never had them before and I’ve never seen them before. But it’s a small area of red, raised bumpy skin that itches and burns a little. I put some rash cream on it and it seems to be a lot better today.

I’ve also had a headache and low energy all day even though I slept great last night!

I know all these can be detox symptoms but I just thought it was a little too soon to get these.

I mentioned at the beginning that it could be an allergic reaction to tea. Well, I drink tea a couple times a week and have never experienced these symptoms, but yesterday I had white tea for the first time ever and actually drank two cups of it. I looked up tea allergies and some of the symptoms I have are the same as the ones mentioned.

So I’m a bit confused – I really don’t know where these things are coming from?

Dinner before detox!

I’ve done quite a bit of research on the detox I’m about to start tomorrow. I found it interesting that about 80% of the blogs I read, the writer had a “binge” day the day before the detox. I thought, why? Why do you need a binge day, what good will that do? So instead of a binge day, I followed my regular low carb diet but indulged and had a mango for dinner. And it was delicious! I’m excited for this detox because I know that once I incorporate fruits back into my diet, they will taste SO good! Anyways, I got my crock pot out for tonight’s dinner and it was DELICIOUS!

Pork Roast with seasonings – fennel seeds, paprika, sage, salt and pepper. I put this in the crock pot with a bit of chicken stock and cooked it for 6 hours. It was so tender and juicy! (Eating the pork with the mango was one of the best things I’ve had in awhile, the flavors go so well together!)

The broccoli salad I made, so simple – broccoli, red onion, bacon, mayo, white vinegar, splenda, salt and pepper, mix it all together and let the flavors combine and let it chill in the fridge for at least an hour.

So, about those mangoes…

Check these babies out!

These were the largest mangoes I’ve ever seen, they barely fit in my husbands large hands! They were 2 for $4 and we couldn’t pass them up. They were perfectly ripe and now they are all gone and I’m sure I’ll be dreaming about them all throughout my sugar detox. Oh well…

I’ll let you know how the first day on the detox goes!

Giving up sugar and everything sweet

I’ve never really talked about this on my blog before because I guess if I mentioned it, I’d have to do it.

Well, I’m just going to do it, there really isn’t anything to think about. Sugar is bad. Artificial sugar is bad. We all know that.

(I read a great ebook about it which helped me make up my mind – read it here)

Starting tomorrow and going for one month, I’m giving up all sugar and artificial sweeteners. No soda, no fruit, no flavor in my coffee, no more Splenda and no alcohol. And I’m doing it all at once, it’s easier for me. I don’t think it’ll be as difficult because I already don’t eat any refined carbs/sugar. But I’m excited for the extra energy and just feeling better.

So, I’ll post some updates along with my regular blogs!