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Whole 30 Super Bowl Munchies

Decided on this Mexi-Taco salad for our Whole 30 Super Bowl snack.

What’s in your belly tonight?

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28 Days Into The Whole 30 – Preparing For Day 31 And The Super Bowl

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Four Weeks!  That puts us on Day 28 of our Whole 30 program today.  I honestly can’t believe it has been four weeks and that we finish the Whole 30 in two days. Is sure has been a crazy journey this far and until you stop and think about it (or talk with some friends) you don’t really realize how much changes.  Yeah, I’m excited to take some new measurements on Monday evening at Ed’s Gym and to get on the scales Tuesday morning to see how much weight and how many inches I’ve lost. (I’m not quite as excited to post the before and after pics – mostly because of the before ones). But that isn’t the only change I’m talking about.

Earlier this week I met with some of my former co-workers and they were laughing about how my diet has changed. They reminded me of how I would give people trying to eat healthy a hard time and found it really funny that I, Mr. Fast Food and King of anything deep-fried, can’t eat 98% of the items in Whole Foods. But what really got my attention was as I was talking, I was describing food in totally different ways. My focus wasn’t on who had the best burger in town, rather I was recommending new vegetables and my favorite type of apple. Before I never really paid much attention to what I was eating and how it made me feel. Now I’m talking about how I feel if I eat fruit too early in the morning. A couple times I got a look that clearly indicated they were thinking “Who are you, and what have you done to Jeff?” [Read more...]

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What Does A Kid’s Whole 30 Lunch Look Like?

Today I wanted to share with you how the kids’ lunch has changed while we have been on the Whole 30 program. While it was rough to initially make the switch, the kids are finally starting to catch on to the idea that when they eat healthy food, they think more clearly and have more energy throughout the day.

This is a picture of what I would typically pack in their lunches pre -Whole 30. Crackers, bagels, soup or ravioli. I actually thought I was doing a good job when I would give them hot food in their thermos on cold days : ).

Here’s what a kid’s Whole 30 lunch looks like for us. Now we fill them up with nuts, eggs, meat, fresh fruit and veggies. A hot lunch I’ve packed  is leftover chili – of couse it was Whole 30 friendly. Sustaining, healthy food for growing kids.

What is in your lunch today that you would have a hard time getting rid of?

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An Update – Ed’s Perspective

Just a quick post to share a link to the blog over at Ed’s Gym where Ed gives an update on my progress and what he has me doing in the gym.  Check it out here.

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Crazy Idea Day 19 Update

I can’t believe we are on Day 19 of this crazy idea.  I wanted to give you a quick update on both how the Whole 30 plan is going and the fitness part of the plan at Ed’s Gym.

We want to hear how you are doing too. Share your updates in the comments or post a link to your blog updates.

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Signs This Mom Is Serious About Healthy Food

My kitchen has changed. Two weeks into our life-style change, I wanted to give you some visuals of how how it looks and functions now. Maybe this will inspire some other moms out there who may be holding out on making a healthy food-shift for their families due to the same reason excuse I did for so many years- convenience.

This is where my toaster once was. We used it daily to toast pop tarts or waffles for the kids to eat for a quick breakfast. This weekend I had Jeff move it out. I needed the counter space. It made a great spot for my crock pot. This is a picture of a YUMMY roast I fixed for Sunday dinner, minus the potatoes. Just pot roast, onions, celery, carrots, and peppers. [Read more...]

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Whole 30 Week 2 Update and Food Pics

We are 2 weeks into the Whole 30 plan and I’m having a hard time believing we are halfway there. For the most part have done well. Each of the kids have had something at school from a friend that they shouldn’t have because they just forgot, but that has only happend once.  I’ve had a few pretty bad days and reached a point a couple days ago where I was ready to give it up. Your body and mind do some weird things when you take away what it is used to. We’ve all had moments when we’ve questions if this is worth it. But we all know we are starting to feel better, and I can feel my body shifting and know I’ve lost some weight and inches.

Two weeks in I thought it would be fun to give you a glimpse of the types of food we used to eat and what we are having now. I pulled some photos from my iPhone that we had posted to Facebook from the couple months prior to starting the Whole 30 (blog) and some from the past couple of weeks. It won’t be hard to tell where the change happened.  The great thing is we are still able to have some favorites on the plan, and we’ve learned to adapt a few recipes for special treats like our tortilla-less, cheese-less, breakfast burrito. [Read more...]

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Whole 30 Week One Review

Julie gives you a quick review of our first week of the Whole 30 program from a mom’s perspective including how it is bringing our family together, some ups and downs, and how it is affecting her allergies.

Julie mentioned in the video that we weren’t having any major cravings — well that changed last night. After a not so successful new recipe and an evening out of the house ,we were all pretty hungry and everyone was craving their favorite foods. Driving past restaurant after restaurant on the way home was torture. I posted on Facebook and Twitter that I would kill for a cheeseburger.  After we got home, I fired up the grill, put on some burgers, sautéed some peppers and red onions and fried eggs, no cheese, no buns. It wasn’t a Five Guys burger – but it killed the cravings and kept us on the program. I understand that we may experience a few days of this type of craving – glad the whole family is in this together and encouraging each other to stay on course.

If you’re doing the Whole 30 plan along with us, we’d love for you to give an update in the comments and share how you are doing.

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Week One Workouts

In the last post I talked about making decisions and moving forward on bad days. Here’s some video for the workouts at Ed’s Gym on Thursday and Friday.  Thursday was a recovery day, which I really needed.  That “foam” roller hurt like crazy but made the muscles feel much better afterwards.  Friday we kicked it back up and I got my first taste of the kettle bell, did some sprints and body rows.  Check out the video for a really quick look at what happened in the gym.

I plan to talk a walk with Julie today to keep loosening things up and then hit the gym with Ed again on Monday evening.

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Rough Days and Making Decisions

We all have rough days and the decisions we make about how to respond make all the difference.

Pain is never permanent.  - Teresa of Avila