day 20!

hello there!

I can’t believe I’m 20 days in so far!! Next week will be my last week! When I started this, I thought it would go by so slow and take forever. Well time proved me wrong there!

I am currently eating shredded chicken taken from a whole chicken I cooked in the crockpot on Tuesday. I will post the recipe link below because there are literally no words to describe how good this is. amazing, wonderful, delectable, succulent, delicious, mind-blowing
The seasoning brought out so much flavor and the chicken was so incredibly moist and juicy. It’s such a great thing to make because a) it’s made in the crockpot, b) you have it for leftovers for days and c) it is versatile! I have just been eating it with veggies or a sweet potato this week, and I also drizzle sriracha on it. (new find—> loving it!!)
For lunch I just microwaved some frozen green beans and crinkle-cut carrots, put a bunch of chicken on there, sprinkled almonds, and drizzled sriracha. Easy peasy!

Recipe link:



day 16 + becoming healthy

day 16 + becoming healthy

just like the picture says, becoming healthy is the best decision I have ever made. I’m not only talking about whole30, but living a healthy lifestyle in general. for me, living a healthy lifestyle looks like:

*exercising 4-6 times a week. this includes cardio, strength training and HIIT.

*eating fresh, whole, unprocessed foods. this includes all fruits, vegetables, fresh meat, nuts/seeds, and healthy fats.

*allowing myself a treat every once in a while. I usually go for the allergen-free ice cream. 🙂 It’s delectable.

*laughing, learning and making mistakes in the process. loving life for what God has blessed me with!

*serving others as much as possible. I am called to shine Christ’s light wherever I go!

*knowing Christ deeply and intimately. He died so we can have a relationship with him. this is the most important piece of my ‘healthy lifestyle’. without Him, I would be nothing.

there you have it! what living a healthy lifestyle looks to me. 🙂

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!!! 🙂

recipe taken from:

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.