Whole30 Recap

Phew….! 30 days you guys, 30 days of no sugar (HUGE for me), 30 days with no dairy, 30 days with no wheat/grains, 30 days no alcohol (WINE!) and it was amazing…no really!

When I first began the Whole30 journey I was really skeptical and nervous for cutting out so many different types of food out of my diet. I wasn’t sure how my body would react, well let’s be honest, I was more nervous about how my mind would react to not having my favorite comfort foods.

I truly love LOVE my coffee each morning (and sometimes afternoon), I would have a packet of stevia and 2 tablespoons of Simple Natural Salted Caramel creamer, so I obviously like my coffee pretty sweet. Whole30 coffee is either black or you can add some coconut cream, coconut oil or some almond milk (unsweetened) in it. So each morning I would do a tablespoon of coconut cream, a teaspoon of coconut oil and a dash of cinnamon, I would say my coffee was something I struggled with the first two weeks.

Breakfast was usually eggs, bacon or sausage, and avocado; chia pudding; or an apple with cashew butter.

Lunch was either dinner leftovers from the night before or salad.

The snack I had daily was either a Larabar or some fruit topped with cashew butter and coconut chips.

Dinner varied, think of any combination of protein and veggie and I’m sure we had it.

It definitely took a lot of planning, meal prep, and self control to make it through the 30 days. Full disclosure-I had 1 drink with friends at dinner one night and that was truly the only cheat I had.

Results

  • I lost a lot of inches, I really wish I would have taken measurements to know the exact number but my pants are falling off.
  • My energy levels during workouts are ridiculous, although I didn’t notice a big energy surge outside my workouts (like during normal day to day activity)
  • I lost 11 pounds, 11!
  • One of the biggest things is I no longer have headaches. I used to get headaches DAILY, popped Advil DAILY. Not anymore, it’s amazing.
  • I sleep like a rock, I fall asleep when my head hits the pillow and I wake up in the morning. No tossing and turning, no troubles sleeping.
  • My face is clearer.

I think I had my post Whole30 day planned out by the end of week 1. I indulged in Mexican food, and ice cream and I felt like total crap after that meal. The next morning I got a Starbucks coffee and scone and I couldn’t even drink my coffee-it was too sweet! After the little bit of coffee and scone I had a horrible headache and was super nauseous.

Going forward, my plan is to eat Whole30ish, I’m still kinda figuring out what that looks like but I know it will include coffee creamer and wine plus an occasional treat.

Tell me….

Have you done Whole30? Would you?

 

 

My Favorite Natural Baby and Natural Cleaning Products

 

My Favorite Natural Baby and Natural Cleaning Products

 

Unfortunately, there is a high number of toxins found in many baby, beauty and cleaning products. I have been on a journey for the past six years or so to reduce the number of toxins coming into my home and our bodies. My passion for this grew once we had our daughter Charlotte, I want to protect her from any harmful chemicals that could be lurking in common baby and household products. I have composed a list of my favorite “natural” items that I use on a daily basis and thought I would share with my lovely readers just in time for spring cleaning 🙂

  • Baby Products

This bubble bath is the best I’ve found and I’ve tried many. I love the calming lavender scent, how well the bubbles hold up throughout bath and how long this bottle lasts! I use either one or two capfuls depending on how quickly we need to get Charlotte to bed!

bubble bath

 

My all time favorite baby shampoo/body wash is this. The smell is intoxicating and the ingredient list is something I like. We have used this product since Charlotte was born. I’ve tried samples of others and always come back to this one, we also use the same lotion that comes in this collection.

shampoo and body wash

 

Once Charlotte’s hair started to get long we needed to add conditioner into her bathing routine. This honest company conditioner is my favorite so far and really gets the tangles out of her hair.

I made most of Charlotte’s baby food from scratch, however, in a crunch I really like Earth’s Best baby foods

The wipes I found to be the most cost effective and equally natural are Pampers Sensitive Wipes

wipes

 

Once Charlotte turned one she started drinking whole milk, and Horizon’s Organic Whole Milk +DHA Omega3 is what we started giving her.

milk

Once she started drinking Whole milk I also started adding probiotics to her milk. I firmly believe in the health benefits of probiotics. RAW Probiotics for kids is what we use.

RAW Probiotics

When Charlotte is stuffy from a cold or feeling a little under the weather we like to use some coconut oil mixed with Breathe DoTerra essential oil and it really helps clear up her congestion to help her sleep at night. I rub it on her chest and back and some on the bottom of her feet.

In this house we are a huge fan of Zarbee’s Natural’s products, Charlotte loves her vitamins and asks for them each morning. When I feel as though she has been exposed to a sickness or that her immune system is down this added immune support is what we use. If she does end up getting sick (which obviously happens) we use this cough medicine and it works wonders! There is also a night time version that has some melatonin added which we love as well.

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If she ends up getting something that is a little worse than just a cough we start using Hyland’s products, we use this for overall cold symptoms and it seems to work very well. They also has a night time version that has helped Charlotte get rest even when she has a bad cold.

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I also really enjoy using natural cleaning products throughout our house, we switched over about six years ago and I haven’t looked back. I’ve tried a lot of natural cleaning products and below is a list of my favorite’s…

  • Cleaning Products

I truly love Method cleaning products and use them for most everything in my house. When we built our house we purchased a stainless steel fridge and I knew going into it that fingerprints would be an issue. I love this cleaner for many reasons, the smell (yum!), how well it works, and how long the tiny bottle has lasted us so far. For a general all purpose cleaner I use this, we use the lavender scent though they have many different options and all of them smell luscious. My favorite floor cleaner, seriously. I’m so glad I found this product, it’s ridiculously easy to use (you literally squirt and mop) and the almond smell is my favorite scent in this line. This cleaner also comes in a smaller spray version for cleaning wood tables, blinds, anything wood in your home. If you were to ask my daughter, this soap is her favorite! Anything that foams is awesome in her book and mine too. It might just be a mind thing but I feel like the foam does a better job covering her whole hand (since she insists on doing everything herself these days) and that makes me reassured her hands are really getting clean. Last but certainly not least we use this laundry detergent and once again I love the scent, how long it lasts and how easy it is to use. So all that to say, use Method products and you won’t be sorry!

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For things that need a really good scrub (toilets, showers, bathtubs, etc) I love Mrs. Meyers surface scrub. I grew up in a home that used Comet and I was determined to find a natural version of this type of cleaner.

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For our dish washing needs we really like this automatic dish gel and this rinse aid. The combination of these two makes for some really clean dishes!

automatic dish detergent rinse aid

 

Well I think it’s safe to say that I covered most every baby/toddler and cleaning product that we use in our home. I hope this list will be helpful to you in your journey towards using natural products in your home.

Please tell me some of your favorite natural products…

 

 

What Does Health Look Like To You?

I think the word “health” brings up numerous thoughts and ideas both positive and negative for most people. When you think about being healthy, what does that look like to you? Do you picture a certain weight or size? Do you have an athletic achievement or ability in mind? Is it all about your body or do you encompass mental, emotional and spiritual health into the whole picture?

I don’t necessarily have the answer but I can say that I have been on a “whole person” journey of health the past few months. I have always been a physically fit person, I’ve enjoyed working out and eating healthy (though I do have a sweet tooth). However, recently I wanted to really focus on my whole self in reference to being “healthy”. I think a good question we should ask ourselves is “how am I doing?” and be bold enough to be brutally honest. One thing that I know to be true, it’s easier to make excuses than it is to make changes. However, in order to be the healthiest-mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually-we are at times required to make some changes and some sacrifices.

The first piece is that of being healthy in your physical body. I know everyone has heard the eat better and move more campaign but it’s really true. The food that goes into your body should be fuel to sustain you more often and treats for fun less often. Sugar is my downfall, can anyone else relate? Mostly I feel this is a vicious cycle for me, I eat sugar because I’m feeling tired and run down but the sugar then makes me feel more tired and run down, then repeat…ugh! Not reaching for the easiest fix for the energy crisis will eventually be the solution to my problem but doing it is a whole other matter. Sleep is another huge component of physical health. When we sleep our body restores and heals itself. Not getting enough sleep negatively affects your immune system, memory, and metabolism.

RESOLUTION

If I’m brutally honest, I reached a place in my life that I didn’t like what I saw. I was snappy, crabby, tired, and quick to anger. I did NOT like heading in that direction so I decided to make some changes. Health to me is a whole picture including my mental and spiritual beings that were indeed lacking and it was showing from my actions.

All that to say, my husband and I started the Whole30 challenge yesterday. Those of you unfamiliar with Whole30 it essential says “no” to sugar, grains, dairy and legumes but yes to meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Essentially foods that are “whole” and in their natural form. I am a sucker for sugar and need to kick my addiction, I’m looking forward to this challenge but I’m also nervous. This will by far be the most clean I will have eaten for this long, maybe some of you think 30 days isn’t very long, maybe some of you think 30 days is nothing. To me, it’s long enough to be a challenge but still totally doable. I’ll be checking in periodically about our progress through the program and things that I’ve learned about my body and nutrition.

To add to this food challenge, I also started half marathon training yesterday as well, ha! I’m obviously a glutton for punishment, but I’m super excited to be training for a race again. The race is June 25th and I’m really hoping to beat my previous PR which is 2:06, which is about a 9:30 steady pace. If I could get my pace down to an average 9:10 pace I could bust the 2 hour mark (which is my ultimate goal), we shall see!!

Getting back to what it looks like for me to be healthy is the journey I am on, mentally/physically/emotionally/spiritually.

What does health look like to you?