On March 4th I finished the whole30 program and I’m feeling really great!! I read the book It Starts With Food and many MANY blogs about the whole30 experience before jumping in, in fact this is something I thought about for years before I felt ready. It’s not that my diet was not good before doing it, but I have some digestive issues that I really wanted to pin point. I kept putting it off because I felt unsure of cutting out grains completely and I was worried all I would be eating it meat! What I discovered though was I ended eating more vegetables that I ever have in my life! My first week on the whole30 was a little rough. I felt lethargic, moody and sad. On about day 6 or 7 everything changed and my energy started coming back, and I generally felt happy and good and positive about the whole thing! The rest of the month was pretty uneventful. I felt great! I never really had any cravings. The day after I finished I went to Starbucks and got a coffee with cream! That was the one thing I missed the most and thankfully the cream isn’t affecting me. I do seem to be reacting to quinoa and peanut butter so those will stay out of my diet for now. I have tested rice and dark chocolate and both seem to be tolerated well. Yeah!! I plan to continue eating well but not as strictly as on the whole30. I don’t see that as a good option for me. I want to eat rice sometimes and possibly some other grains if I tolerate them well. I’m still in the testing phase.
I been doing a lot of reading on how to eat properly when exercising. Of course there is so much conflicting information but one thing that seems to come up over and over is that the best time to eat carbs is around your workouts. I found my carbs dipping a bit too low for my liking when I was on the whole30 so I’m trying find ways to get them in, especially around my workouts. The smoothie above is a great post workout meal! It’s half a frozen banana, 1 medjool date, 1 big handful of baby spinach, 1 scoop of protein powder (I used hemp) and water to blend. The banana and date are fast digesting carbs so they are great to have after a workout. Another thing I have learned is it’s best to not have too much fat around your workouts. Fat digests slowly and your muscles need fuel right away! So for this particular smoothie I left out the nut butters and chia seeds that I usually add (I’ll eat those later!!)
The smoothie above is very sweet and it the green color makes it perfect for St Patricks Day tomorrow!! Let me know if you try it!
What is the deal with essential oils lately? I’m sure you’ve got at least one or two friends talking about them and how great they are. Seems like they have just exploded. I’ve been using essential oils for years! But I never really understood the healing powers they had until last summer when I was shooting a yoga studio grand opening and I was introduced to Young Living Essential Oils. I got to talking with the lady who had a table set up about my autistic son. She was telling me how many people had success with the oils and their autistic children. I figured it couldn’t hurt to give it a try, plus they smelled so incredible that at the very least if they didn’t work I would have a beautiful smelling home 😉 I went ahead and ordered the premium starter kit. The kit includes all the oils in the above picture and the diffuser, plus a few samples and information packets. When the kit arrived the first oil that caught my attention was peace and calming. It smelled so nice and who can’t use a little more peace and calm, especially when you have 4 kids! So I put it in the diffuser, it was about 7:3o or 8pm. I was going about my evening when I looked into the living room and saw two of my kids (teenagers!) fast asleep on the couch at 9pm! I was impressed! Especially since one of these kids in particular stays up usually until midnight! My next experience with the oils was with thieves. Shortly after I got them my daughter came down with the sniffles. I started feeling that “scratchy throat I think a colds coming on” feeling so I decided to take a few drops of thieves with honey and the next day I felt amazing! No cold. So I started rubbing the thieves oil on her feet and her cold was gone the very next day! In fact this entire winter not one person in my house has been sick! Not one single cold or flu. I received my kit in late summer early fall and I was heavily into wedding season editing and I was getting terrible tension headaches. The kit comes with an oil called Panaway and I rubbed this oil onto my temples and back of my neck and my headaches were gone within minutes!! In fact I have not used an over the counter medicine since I started using essential oils! They are pretty amazing! I am going to a workshop next weekend, learning to use essential oils for Autism and ADHD. I’m looking forward to learning more!
I could go on and on about experiences with different blends! I’ll save that for another post. Please know that I am not a doctor. The experiences with the oils are just that, my experiences. I in no way treat or cure any illnesses 😉
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