It feels like the new year began so long ago — it’s hard to believe we’re only halfway through February. I’m still kicking myself for eating too much on Valentine’s Day, but my family is heading to the mountains for a long weekend, so I’ll just hike it off.
Lately I’m …
Wearing: I feel obligated to share that these undies are the absolute best.
Reading: My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme — I just started this one, but I can’t get enough of Julia.
Hearing: I’m all about podcasts recently. I’ve been exploring a lot of different ones and I’m working on a round-up that I’ll share soon.
Sipping: I’ve been starting my mornings with a little apple cider vinegar drink. I combine one cup warm water with one teaspoon honey and one teaspoon apple cider vinegar, plus a fresh squeeze of lemon. It’s a nice wake-up!
Happy Valentine’s Day! Tonight I’m going to stuff my face full of pizza with my boyfriend and I’m not going to work out, so it’s going to be special. Hope yours is too!
My sister and I have been celebrating Galentine’s Day since way before Parks and Rec made Galentine’s Day a thing. I guess that’s what happens when you have a built-in best friend and you’ve been each other’s first place valentine for forever. Every year we get together and celebrate. This year, we did it with an at-home spa night.
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It’s over! I swear, this Whole15 felt ten times longer than my first Whole30, but I survived. This time I was lucky to have my sister as a partner for whining and missing cheese/chocolate/etc., which helped a lot.
For the most part, we stuck to the plan, eliminating sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, and processed foods. Here and there we ran into some issues, with work lunches and limited options, but I’m giving us credit.
My intention with this Whole15 was to reset for the new year and to remind myself of what I learned during my Whole30: I feel better when I eat complete meals, when I eliminate gluten, and when I’m dairy-free. I did a pretty bad job of incorporating those lessons into my eating habits after my Whole30, but I am committed to doing a better job this time.
Additional lessons learned this time around:
Sweet potatoes are so good. I’ve always been pretty stuck in the white potato court, but this Whole15 saw lots of sweet potato experiments (baked wedges, “buns”, etc.) and I am sold!
Keeping apples around is a really good idea. From a tart snack to a “dessert”, apples can help curb my cravings in a way that other fruit doesn’t.
It’s going to get boring; don’t be afraid to get creative to make it through. It’s easy for meals to start looking like potatoes and eggs all day, everyday. This time around I tried to channel that meal boredom into some fun new ideas (like the aforementioned sweet potato “buns”).
Welcome to 2017! I’m still trying to adjust and get back into the swing of things after the holidays. Somehow I have managed to write the date correctly each time so far, so I’m going to go ahead call January a win.
Lately I’m …
Wearing: Last weekend, I got my hair cut and put in a little sunny balayage. It’s subtle, but I am loving it!
Using: My new spiralizer— so far I’ve made zucchini noodles (zoodles!) and potato noodles (poodles!) Delish.
Eating: My sister and I kicked off a Whole15 at the start of this week. I completed a Whole30 last year and I was really happy with the takeaways — we were just looking for a little reset, so 15 days it is! There have been lots of eggs on the menu.
Reading:Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s especially interesting considering this recent announcement.
Trying:My love of ClassPass and the studio-hopping it allows me to do is no secret. Recently, my sister and I have been going to a bunch of reformer and megaformer classes. I have never been so bad at something!