day 13 + carrot soup recipe

day 13 + carrot soup recipe

this soup is a must try. it’s so bomb. I am currently eating it for lunch as leftovers and it tastes just as fabulous as it did last night. go make it!

2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
5 large carrots, chopped (around 1 pound)
1 green apple, chopped
½ ounce fresh ginger, chopped
⅓ cup orange juice
1 can coconut milk
2 cups chicken stock or water
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
6 drops stevia (optional)
Garnish with fresh lime

Heat coconut oil in a large saucepan.
Saute onion, carrot, and apple in coconut oil until tender.
Add ginger to saucepan.
Add orange juice, coconut milk and stock to saucepan
Very carefully, in very small batches, puree mixture in vitamix.
Return mixture to pan to reheat, stirring in cayenne pepper, and stevia if desired.
Garnish with fresh lime

day 13 — I do miss sweets terribly, but I’ll survive for another 17 days!
also, I could eat soup 7 days a week during the winter. It’s sooooooo GOOD!!! 🙂

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day 6?

What am I on? Day 6? I’m not sure. Wait, let me check my calendar! (genius, I tell ya.) WELL, actually it’s day 10. Sooooo I’m not so good at keeping track. You would think with my 25 calendars/to do lists/planners, I would be better at staying organized. 

ANYWAY, it is going great so far! I love the way whole food makes me feel. I have energy for my workouts, and energy throughout the day. I would recommend this program to anyone, with a sealed and signed stamp of approval!! #nerdalert

I am going to share a couple of delicious recipes I made the last few days. Two awesome soups to get you through this cold weather we’re experiencing. First up, faux pho soup. Now, this is taken from It Starts With Food so it doesn’t have any measurements. (My husband said that that’s not too helpful–he’s correct). I’m pretty awesome in the way that I can throw things in one big pot and make it taste good. Only one time have I put too much spice in something. Whoops.

Recipe #1 Faux Pho Soup

Coconut aminos (get online or at Hy-Vee in the health section), dried ginger, cinnamon, pork/chicken/beef/lamb/shrimp (I used stew meat!), green beans, red bell pepper, beef broth

Top with scallions, fresh basil leaves, and a squeeze of lime juice.

Recipe #2 Green Chili

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pound ground white turkey breast (optional)
  • 2 green bell peppers chopped
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 jar of tomatillo salsa (the green kind)
  • 1 can of diced green chiles, drained
  • 1 small jalapeño, seeded and finely sliced
  • 1 quart vegetable broth
  • 1 can of Eden Foods cannellini beans (2 cans if not using turkey breast)
  • 1 cup of chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime cut into wedges
  • organic sour cream (optional)
  1. Heat ½ tablespoon of the oil in a large pot over medium high heat
  2. Add ground turkey to pan and cook until browned
  3. Transfer cooked turkey to a bowl and return pot to heat
  4. Add remaining ½ tablespoon oil, bell pepper and onion and cook until softened and golden brown
  5. Add turkey back to pot with spices and salt and mix well
  6. Add bay leaf, tomatillos, chiles, jalapeños and broth, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 40 mins
  7. If you like more broth and less chunky chili, add up to two additional cups water
  8. Gently stir in beans and cook for 30 minutes more
  9. Stir in cilantro at the very end, right before serving
  10. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a lime wedge
 NOTE: I did not put in the cannellini beans as you cannot have them on Whole30. It still turned out deeellliiiccciiiooouuusss!! Good change up from your standard chili. 🙂 

That’s all for today folks!
Here’s to health, happiness and good food! 😉

day by day, week by week.

I struggle with the “well…. I’ll just start tomorrow/next week/next month..” mindset sometimes. I’ll be on track for a few days, then get a craving (usually for something sweet) and honestly, it gives me an easy way out. It’s an excuse to eat this or that, and not taking the harder road to say no, I don’t want or need that.
I am doing this Whole30 to heal my body and to change my relationship with food. I have to keep on going, taking it day by day, and not giving myself permission to “start tomorrow”. Why do I have to START anything anyway? Healthy living is a LIFESTYLE, not a diet.

Week 1 went pretty well. I still am not feeling the greatest, but hopefully that will come to pass.

Here’s to week 2.

day 3–my lynchpin.

Taken from The Paleo Mom

“I often think of managing chronic disease using diet and lifestyle like putting a puzzle together. One piece of the puzzle is avoiding nutrient-poor foods that cause inflammation and contribute to gut dysbiosis or irritate/damage the lining of the gut. Another piece is to add in nutrient-rich foods that support immune function and healing of damaged tissues in the body. Another piece is managing and reducing stress. Another piece is getting enough sleep. Another piece is getting activity. There’s also lots of pieces to the puzzle that will vary based on an individual’s situation. Sometimes it can feel like putting together a puzzle when you don’t know what the picture is and it can be very frustrating. But, at the same time, when all the pieces finally fall into place, it can be incredibly liberating and rewarding.

I also often think of lynchpins (yeah, I know I’ve got some mixed metaphors going on here, but these are the analogies that are very meaningful for me)… that one aspect of diet or lifestyle that keeps the wheels on the cart. My lynchpin is sleep. When I’m getting enough sleep, everything I need to do in terms of diet, activity, managing stress all seems easy. When I’m not getting enough sleep, my stress increases, it becomes harder to make good food choices, it takes more motivation to stay active… sleep is definitely the one thing that makes everything else possible.

Have you figured out the pieces to your own individual health puzzle? Or are you still looking for missing pieces? Do you have a lynchpin?”

I would say my “lynchpin” is avoiding those gut-irritating, gut-inflaming foods. I feel SO MUCH BETTER when I avoid those altogether. This a a critical piece for me. Thank you Whole30, for coming into my life.


day 1.

Day 1 on my Whole30 challenge was great! I am still recovering from being sick, so I can’t say I felt 100%, but eating whole foods has definitely helped me feel better.

What I ate:
Breakfast: Chopped apple with cinnamon & nutmeg + 1/2 cup ground turkey + 1 tbsp. coconut butter all microwaved up into a delicious breakfast! This is what I typically eat for breakfast, only changing up the meat. Some days I’ll have sausage (not the highly processed, high sodium kind), ground chicken, ground beef, or  some other leftover meat from the night before. I find that this is a great breakfast to have and it keeps me satisfied until lunch!

Lunch: Taco salad consisting of spinach as a base, with chopped peppers and carrots, 3/4 cup seasoned ground beef + 1/2 of an avocado. I put some salsa as a “dressing” to give it more flavor. 🙂

Dinner: Baked tilapia + asparagus + small sweet potato with coconut butter. THAT was a delicious meal!! 

I love eating this way. I feel healthy, energized, and satisfied. I can’t wait to see how I feel on day 30. 🙂


whole30 goals.

What are my goals I have for this whole30 challenge?

That’s a good question.
Here goes…

Goal #1: Treat my body as God’s temple (because it is!) and honor Him with my food choices.

Goal #2: Create a more positive relationship with food. It’s currently a love/hate, and I want to get rid of the hate.

Goal #3: Lose the lbs. first year of marriage has put on me. (Note: I’m not blaming marriage at ALL, that’s just what has happened.) My pants don’t fit like they used to…nahhhmean?

Goal #4: Heal my body. My gut. My digestion.

Those are the main reasons why I am embarking on this whole30 challenge.

Let’s get it done.