My Whole30 Kitchen: Recipe-Kalua Pork

After finally getting over the stomach flu I am going to start Whole30 round 2 this weekend. I cleaned out my fridge last night and got some pork out of the freezer. I like to start this meal on Saturday since it has to cook for 16 hours, the timing can be tricky as to when to start so you don’t end up having to get up in the middle of the night to put it away when it’s done cooking. I have actually done this before and it’s not super fun, so if you can time it to finish on Sunday around noon it works out perfectly.

I am sharing this recipe first because not only is it absolutely delish, it’s also only 4 ingredients, incredibly simple to make, and can be used in a number of different ways. One of the keys for my first Whole30 was to make ahead a protein on the weekend that would last until at least Wednesday. This really cut down on the time I had to spend in the kitchen during the week, which was a huge plus since I generally don’t get home from work until around 6pm.

This particular meat is good by itself with a steamed or roasted veggie on the side, or in a lettuce bowl which could be paired with avocado, tomato, and Whole30 friendly salsa for a Mexi-style dish. I also added it in to an egg frittata with some other veggies. You can also throw it on a salad or use it in an omelet.

This recipe is from Nom Nom Paleo. There IPad app was essential in my Whole30 success. I highly recommend spending the $7, or just buying the whole cook book which is also amazing.



3-5 slices of bacon

5 lb Boston Butt pork roast (bone in or out)

1 ½ tablespoons of Hawaiian Sea Salt (kosher salt will also work)

5 Garlic cloves (we used more like 10-12)


Line the bottom of the crock pot with bacon

Stuff the pork with the garlic cloves

Evenly salt every nook of the pork

Place the pork on top of the bacon in the crockpot

Cook on low for 16 hours (do not add any liquid)

After it has cooked for 16 hours remove it from the crockpot and use two forks to shred (do not shred in the crock pot)

Taste and if you wish to add seasoning spoon some liquid from the crockpot over the meat


To reheat:

The best way I have found to reheat is by steaming. This keeps it the juiciest. You can also use a microwave, or reheat in a skillet with a little bit of olive oil. The skillet method will give it a little bit of a crispy quality kind of like carnitas which is good if you are using it for lettuce tacos!


My Whole30 Kitchen: Friends in the Kitchen (Sort Of)

Last month when I finished my Whole30 I felt….well…a lot of different things. As I mentioned, physically I felt amazing. Like better than ever. I was also scared to dip my toes into the pool of non-Whole30 foods. I mean I felt so great I didn’t want to accidentally fall in headfirst and ruin all the progress that I made. I started slow….having something off plan every few days. Everything was going pretty well, and then last week happened. My husband was out of town for work the entire week and cooking for one person really just sucks and I caught a terrible cold.

When I am sick I want only one thing. Soup. And honestly I have no interest in making soup myself. Actually I would prefer that it be delivered to me. My favorite soup while sick is chicken noodle (obviously) from Panera or Whole Foods. And I need to have it with sourdough bread. Suffice to say I did not stick to the plan the whole week.

My energy was way down partially from being sick and partially from eating poorly which made getting back on the plan feel so hopeless. As you may recall from previous posts there is a serious amount of prep work that goes into eating Whole30 and I was dragging my feet to get back to it.

Finally yesterday afternoon I decided that I just really needed to clean the kitchen. I finally got up off the couch and went too it. This eventually lead to prepping veggies for the week and doing the prep work for the overnight crockpot meal I wanted to make.

About an hour in to my prep, when my back was starting to hurt and I was eyeing my spot on the couch, I got a text from my brother and his girlfriend that they had been trying (and failing miserably) at making their own mayo. After a few failures of my own I have mastered this craft quite beautifully. We decided to do Facetime and I would whip up a batch to try to help them out. They are just starting to try paleo/whole30 cooking so we ended up continuing our conversation well past the mayo and staying on Facetime for 3 hours while we both did a ton of prep and cooked dinner. It was actually so much fun to chat with them while we both did the dreaded prep work that it didn’t even feel like work! We even sat down and had dinner together over Facetime and then enjoyed a beer (or two!) together afterwards.

It really sucks living so far away from my family sometimes but this experience as so much fun. I feel like living far away from someone when you do talk to them you tend to share less of the “everyday” stuff which can actually lead to some other great conversation. I know they weren’t actually in the room with me physically but I felt like I got to spend quality time with them last night and it gave me the motivation to keep going with my food prep and set us up for success this week!

I know it sounds a little crazy but if you have a friend who tends to do food prep for the week at the same time as you do, try doing Facetime/Skpe with them while you both work. It definitely makes it seem like a lot less work and you can catch up at the same time! Brilliant!

My Whole30 Kitchen- The Pantry: Part One

I have had a few people ask for more information on my Whole30 so I decided to do a little mini series on what I learned, what I eat, ect.  Going through it was such a great experience and I learned so much that I thought it would be great to put it in one place for reference.

My husband and I are still eating mostly Whole30 meals with only a few adjustments here and there.  It is pretty hard to stop eating this way when we both feel so great and we are both not yet at our goal weights.  Additionally the end goal here is to hopefully help improve our fertility.  We have both been really considering what we eat (if it’s off plan).  Sometimes we treat ourselves, but we don’t make those decisions lightly.  Sometimes it’s just not worth it to indulge and sometimes it is.

In my first few posts I am going to focus on preparing for Whole30. It may not seem like a big deal, but if you want to be successful I would highly recommend spending some time preparing.  This includes researching Whole30 compliant recipes which sound good to you, making a meal plan for your first week, and stocking your kitchen appropriately.  There is currently a shelf in my pantry dedicated to only Whole30 friendly foods.

In this post I will focus on some pantry items which I find to be key in Whole30 cooking.

First is the cooking fats.  Coconut oil, Ghee (clarified butter), and olive oil are by far the most important three fats to have on hands.  Almost every Whole30 recipe includes one of these and they are all unrefined and good for you.  If you want more info on how this kind of fat is good for you, I highly recommend that you read “It Starts With Food”.  Actually I highly recommend that you ready it if you are going to do Whole30 in general but more on that later.  I also stock avocado oil because I make my own mayo and this is a key ingredient.  Finally I also have some sesame oil, which should be used in moderation but can give food a delicious and powerful flavor.  I buy avocado oil and coconut oil at Costco.  It is much much more economical to buy it there than at a grocery store.


My next set of must have items include the vinegars and a few other special items.  I would highly recommend that you stock balsamic vinegar coconut vinegar, and apple cider vinegar.  They are common ingredients in many Whole30 recipes.  Additionally having coconut aminos on hand is a great idea as it is a substitute for soy sauce and also a common ingredient.  Finally Whole30 Fish sauce such as Red Boat appears in lots of recipes.  Just a little goes a long way with this one, and it doesn’t have a great smell, but it does add great flavor.


Finally below are some of the condiments we keep.  Compliant hot sauces and salsa were super important for my husband and I as we like things on the spicy side.  We also found having Dijon and whole grain mustard (without sugar-check labels!) on hand was helpful.  Finally finding compliant pickles was huge for me!


When I first started shopping took forever.  You literally have to check every label because they sneak preservatives and sugar into everything!  I was excited to find compliant salsa and hot sauce at Trader Joe’s both for cheap!  The salsa is also organic!

All in all I found that I did a combination of shopping at Costco, Whole Foods, Sprouts, and a local grocery chain called The Nugget to full stock my house.  Obviously you do not need to go out and get EVERYTHING on my list but hopefully you found some of this information helpful!

Whole30-DAY 30!!!

Yesterday was day 30 of the Whole30. I officially made it 30 days without consuming added sugar, grains/gluten, dairy, legumes, soy, caffeine, processed food, and probably some other things that I didn’t even miss or notice. That is a serious accomplishment.

Today I haven’t done/eaten anything different than the last 30 days because really Whole30 is more of a lifestyle change for me than a 30 day challenge. At some point, maybe this weekend, I am looking forward to a latte, otherwise I am perfectly content to carry on my road to being much healthier.

Since January 5th I have lost 11 pounds. I am now only 7 lbs. away from my May 1st goal and 17 lbs. from my overall goal and that feels great. My clothes fit so much better and overall I am way more comfortable. I am also happy to report a huge increase in energy and WAY better sleeping at night. I am also way more with it when I first get up. No more morning fog for the first hour of my day. Also a few people have mentioned that my skin looks noticeably bright and clear.

I have been working out 4-5 days a week as well. I am on week 4 of my C25k app and I have added in extra running/walking after the app workout as well as some dumbbell and kettlebell exercises, ab work, and other boot camp style exercises at home. I actually look forward to working out each day after work.

My husband and I have found some really delish recipes over the past month that we both like. Sometimes finding common ground on food is hard for us, and as it turns out he is way pickier than I am when it comes to real food. Overall we have spent more on groceries than we were previously, but we are wasting WAY less food and since we barely eat out, overall we are actually saving money. We have become really good at meal planning and shopping accordingly.

Interestingly Aunt Flo showed up the day I started the Whole30, and the last few days I could feel she was going to make her appearance again soon. It made the last few days a little harder because I was craving chocolate for the first time in weeks. I was very curious how this cycle would go and if it would be different at all than my last few. My endometriosis can bring on some pretty horrible cramping and obviously one of the main reasons for doing whole30 is fertility. Well about an hour after dinner last night, as if AF knew I had completed the W30 or something, she showed up. At first everything was fine and I was feeling great, but around 1 am I woke up with some of the WORST cramps I have had in months (maybe years). I was awake almost all night and have been taking Advil all day and sitting at my desk with a heating pad just to get by. Of course I don’t expect things to magically be perfect after only one month, but I was surprised to have this period be SO bad. The flow, however, has been lighter than normal. Usually CD1 and 2 are extremely heavy so I am very interested to see what happens tomorrow.

I do plan to do OPKs this month to see if I get any positives. Unfortunately my husband is going to be gone for what will likely be the ENTIRE fertile window at a work conference so it will be for experimental purposes only.

I am excited to see how things go for the next 60 and 90 days. If there are any update worthy happenings I will post. Thank you for reading along about my Whole30!

Not Consuming Sugar for 30 Days is Hard

The Whole30 is serious business. There are a lot of things you have to cut out of your diet. Things that are not necessarily bad for you such as legumes or dairy. The point is that you cut them out, and then after they are totally out of your system you try them again and see how your body reacts. I like the idea behind this method. I mean for my entire 32 years on the planet I have never really known how foods like gluten, legumes, or dairy effect my body so there is really only one way to find out.

What you do have to cut out, which is definitely not healthy for you, is sugar (EXCEPT FRUIT). This is honestly the hardest part, but not because I am craving doughnuts, cupcakes, candy, or the like. It is because sugar is hiding in very unlikely places. When you really start to read labels you will be shocked to see how sugar sneaks in to your diet. I actually am to the point that I wanted to do cart wheels in Costco on Saturday because I found a sausage without preservatives that was only sweetened with apple juice. Honestly finding something in a package that is “quick” to prepare that meets the criteria is like finding gold.

Here are some of the things which have totally shocked me to have sugar in them!

  1.  99% of all lunch meat.  Thus far I have found one lunch meat that complies (Applegate Farms Organic Roast Beef).  Everything else either has sugar in the form of cane sugar, raw sugar, dextrose, honey ect in it, or Carragean (also not allowed) or usually both.
  2. Beef Broth- I have yet to find a beef broth without sugar added.  I ended up having to make two batches of chili for the super bowl I went to over the weekend because the original recipe called for beef broth and half way through cooking I read the label.  I make my own chicken broth so I am not sure if packaged chicken broth also contains sugar but I would not be surprised.
  3. Bacon and other processed meat.  I was able to find one kind of bacon at Whole Foods which does not have sugar.  And then I stumbled upon the chicken apple sausage over the weekend.  I also found one type of cold smoked salmon at whole foods.  These finds were huge.
  4. Almost all packaged condiments.  Finding whole grain and Dijon mustard without sugar was even a huge challenge.  I have learned to make a few condiments that are pretty good such as mayo and “ranch” dressing (the whole30 version is also dairy free).
  5. Dry seasoning packs and store bought rubs.  Not all but a great majority of dry seasoning packs contain sugar and preservatives.  I needed some ranch seasoning over the weekend and was able to make it myself with spices from my kitchen.  It was delish without on the unnecessary sugar and chemicals.

I do not go around blabbing to everyone about my Whole30. Only when people specifically ask to I offer the details of what I am doing and why. When I do begin to explain the “rules” no one seems particularly shocked that I have cut out sugar (except fruit), but when the conversation comes around to honey, and I tell them that is also not allowed, they get almost offended. I cannot even tell you how many times I get the reaction “WHAT! You can’t have HONEY?!?! That is just crazy!” Why is it that this seems so outlandish to people? I mean honey is sugar. Of course the very next thing that comes out of their mouth is the argument that honey is natural. While I actually have several talking points on why something that is natural (ie from Nature) does not necessary mean it’s good for you or that you should have it, I do not take that road. I am certainly not trying to get in an argument over honey and food can be a controversial topic these days. What I do say, however, is the people who developed the Whole30 program said honey is not allowed. I have (by my own freewill) decided to try the Whole30 100%, so while I am doing it, I won’t be having honey. It’s a rule of the program and I respect that. It doesn’t mean I think honey is bad or good (or dairy or legumes or grains or anything else not allowed). It means that I am following a program, and the program is REALLY working for me. I have been alive for over twelve thousand days, and I promise I will be ok not having honey for just 30 days.

If anything this 30 days has taught me how much sugar I unknowingly consume on a regular basis. It’s scary. I am totally not against having sugar in moderation (when you are not doing Whole30 of course), but I like my sugar where I can see it, in a cookie. I don’t want it hiding in my soup, meat, or salad dressing.

Today is Whole30 day 25. Honestly, I have never felt better. I have incredible energy and I am sleeping better than I ever have in my life. The most amazing thing is that when I wake up in the morning, I am ready to go. I have never been a morning person and I can just pop up out of bed. All of the extra energy has helped me stay caught up with household chores during the week which has kept my stress down. I eat until I am full, and that usually gets me to the next meal without a dip in energy or feeling hunger. Occasionally I snack on a piece of fruit or a few nuts, but not nearly as much as when I started. People have also started to comment on my weight loss. The only thing I miss is the experience of my latte. Starbucks totally came through for me and is going to offer coconut milk starting later this month so I can continue to avoid dairy as much as possible!

When I started this I was very determined but also worried about how hard it would be to actually do it.  Traveling for work and get togethers with friends felt really intimidating.  Now that I am 5 days away from actually doing a full 30 days with NO cheating, I will say it was easier than I thought.  Every time I had a week moment I just thought about how great I was feeling and how horrible I felt at the beginning and it just never seemed worth it.

Whole30 Update- Day 17

We are finally getting a handle on the dishes and prep required to do this plan. Thankfully my energy is way up from the first week and a half so that helps. I would actually say overall my house is more organized than normal (it has a way to go on that), but with more energy I am able to keep up with things like laundry during the week. My husband and stepson both have the habit of covering every single surface in our house with something….keys, papers, toys, books, pretty much anything and everything does not get put away when they are done….it just gets set on my counter/table/dresser. It drives me crazy under normal circumstances but I never have enough energy to actually deal with it Well, now that I am actively trying to keep things in order I am going crazy trying to keep surfaces clear. My other clean surfaces issue is because of the amount of appliances I know use regularly. My food processor, mini food processor, blender, two crock pots, and juicer are getting regular use, making it a total pain to put them back in there not-very-convenient storage places. Unfortunately my kitchen doesn’t have a ton of space to begin with so it just feels like constant clutter. I think I am going to try to find an open metal shelf to put in my nook to house these things for easy access. I have to do something because appliances are taking over all my space!

I made an adjustment to my morning routine to being in more protein over the last week. It’s made a huge difference in feeling full longer during the day. I have still been drinking my lemon water and juicing every morning but the addition of protein has been great.

My husband plays a huge role in what food we make ahead for the week, because as it turns out, he is way pickier than I am! We made a big mistake this week and did two chicken dishes that were fairly similar so I can tell he is losing motivation. We are very different in that I could have the same thing for a few meals in a row, and he needs a lot of variety. He is also way more into condiments than I am so I think this is really been hard for him to adjust. I made him look through like 4 paleo cookbooks last night to see if we could find some compliant recipes to do next week that he would be excited about.

We did manage to start exercising last week. Again he and I approach things differently on this one. I started with run/walk intervals from 2-2/12 miles. The first day I was sore even though it wasn’t a huge work out but I didn’t want to overdo it and not be able to move for a week. It has worked out pretty well and I have been able to do my intervals 5 of the last 6 days. Last night I added some weighted lunches and kettlebell swings at the end which I am feeling today in my legs! My husband decided to just go run as long as he could on Saturday, and then couldn’t move or workout for 3 days.  I asked him if he wanted to intervals with me tonight but he wants to just run again. Silly boys always have to do things the hard way.

I am still having cravings now and then. My biggest one is a Starbucks latte for sure. Last night nachos sounded really great to me too.

During dinner last night we were discussing recipes and my stepson asks “What is Paleo?” We tried our best to explain but he was not getting it so he kept asking if things were paleo, like the pineapple on his plate, or his pizza. Pizza is literally his favorite food in the universe and so he thought about it for a while and pushed his pineapple away (which we told him would be paleo) and told us that he did not like paleo food, it was just way to healthy. He actually eats and loves a lot of the meat that we have been preparing for Whole30 but apparently we cannot tell him that it is paleo now.

Overall things are going really well and it is getting easier. This weekend we are going to a super bowl party so we are going bring some Whole30 chilli. I am a little nervous because the following weekend we have a church small group dinner and I am very afraid there won’t be anything we can eat!

Whole30 Update

Today I am on Whole30 day 10, which means when I go to bed tonight I will be 1/3 the way through.

So far it’s gone pretty well. Day 9 was by far the hardest, because I had to drive a lot of the work day to and from a property that was 3 hours away! I sort of have a routine set on when I drink/eat and since I couldn’t keep to it I ended up with a headache. I was very grumpy when I got home and ended up going to bed at 9! Tomorrow is going to be rough as well as I actually have to fly to Southern California and back for a meeting.

I have made a few really awesome new dishes that were big winners with my husband and stepson also. I have also had a few fails, but not too many so I am happy about that.

I am about half way through reading “It starts with Food” which is a very interesting book if you are into learning about how the body reacts with different types of food.

So far this has been a good experience. I have experienced a few moments of exhaustion but overall I have had more energy than before I started. I have heard that in the 3rd week you start to feel great so I am looking forward to that.  I have had a few cravings for sure.  I actually had to stand in a handmade chocolate shop for over an hour to speak to one of our tenants.  It was torture, especially at the end of the meeting when she offered me some!

I added a probiotic to my supplement routine, which took a few days to take affect but I think it is really helping.   I sort of went lax about taking any supplements through December so I have picked back up on my routine with that as well.

Right after my last post I found out my Crossfit gym was closing. I was getting a great deal there, and paying double what I was is just not in my budget so I have to figure something else out. For the interim I bought a yoga Groupon that will be for 1 month. Hopefully I can start next week.

In other news I got to move into my new office this week! It’s a serious game changer for me to be out of cube space and into my own office. I’ve started decorating but since I am out of the office so much this week I probably won’t really get to it until next week.

The Juice

A summary of the three day juice cleanse:

On Thursday after work I giddily skipped into Pressed Juicery to pick up my cleanse. In case you are interested in the specifics here is what it consists of:

Five Juices: 2 Green, 2 Citrus, 1 Root

One Almond Milk Blend

One Chlorophyll Water

One Aloe Vera Water

Starting one hour after you wake up you have your first juice (a green). Throughout the day sip on the Chlorophyll Water. Consume a juice about every two hours (green, citrus, root, citrus, green). For dinner you get your almond milk blend which has 8 grams of protein, and 1 hour before bed drink the aloe vera water to “flush everything” out.

I am doing my cleanse through Pressed Juicery (as opposed to others) for three very good reasons.

I like their juices. I tried a Blue Print juice once and almost hurled. I am not willing to subject myself to something for three days that is absolutely disgusting. Thankfully Pressed juices are pretty good. Some of them are even delicious (citrus #2!). The almond milk blends are also really tasty!

They have a store location one town over from where I live. They let you sample the juice before buying it. They have multiple blends for each “type” of juice (like 5 different green juice blends) so you can find something you like, and don’t have to have the same juice over and over again if you don’t want to.

They were running a really good special! My entire cleanse was $117. I opted for the extra waters (chlorophyll and aloe vera) so It actually could have been even less. Also due to the location I didn’t have to pay for shipping which can really add on to the price of a cleanse.

Day One:

I was strategic to only have one work day while cleansing at the beginning. Because I prepared my body all week, and started each day drinking green juice I figured that the first half of the day would feel totally normal, which was true. My energy was great all day and I really didn’t feel hungry at all. Actually when I picked up my cleanse the girl helping me told me it would take about two hours to drink each juice and I thought she was crazy! I figured I would be done in 30 minutes. In reality it took me longer than 2 hours to finish each bottle (even my favorite ones!). To keep on schedule with a juice every two hours I should have started #4 at 2pm, but I was only 2/3 the way through #3!. I finally started #4 around 4pm. I was also advised to drink lots of lemon water throughout the day. That has been harder than I imagined just because it’s been taking so long to just drink the bottle of juice. I am also allowed herbal tea. By the end of the day I was feeling pretty good. I sort of had imagined myself getting a lot of sleep while I was doing this, but I babysat for a friend’s 8 month old baby on Friday night and didn’t end up being able to get to bed until after 11. I also slept horribly, which was likely more because my husband was gone and I always have trouble sleeping when he is away.

Day Two:

I woke up around 8 on Saturday and started the day with some hot water and lemon. I am going to try to make this part of my routine going forward. I spent the first few hours of the morning doing various chores around the house and then did a deep clean of our bedroom. I had plenty of energy but around 2 my back started to hurt so I decide to lay down and relax for a while on a heating pad, which ended up turning into a nap! I got up around 4:30 to go to my step son’s basketball game, and then came home and finally put away all of our Christmas decorations and did a clean out of our pantry, reorganized our freezers, and cleaned the fridge. I felt great and never had a craving for food.

Day Three:

Usually after the first night that my husband is gone I adjust and can sleep normally, but I actually slept worse on Saturday night. I ended up not waking up until 9, which not only made me behind on starting my juices for the day but I also had to rush to get to church on time. It was my week to work in the nursery and I try to be extra early on those days. After church I went to the store to stock up on food for the week. This was the part I was reallllly afraid of in the whole thing. Going through the store when you are hungry is NEVER a good idea. I probably bought more food than I needed for the week (since its just me at home this week) but I mostly over did it on the produce. It will be interesting to see what is left at the end of the week after I juice every day. I was lazy and bought my green juice while I was out for Monday (and also Whole Foods had no cucumber which is a vital ingredient in my homemade green juice). When I got home from the store I had to spend like 5 hours in the kitchen prepping veggies and cooking for the first few days of the week which was not fun. I was not tempted to eat during the time, but mostly just tired of standing! I ended up getting in bed at 9 just because my back hurt from standing on the tile all that time! Thankfully I finally slept well on Sunday night!

A Few Random Thoughts:

They only craving I had during the whole thing was for Pizza. This is sort of odd because Pizza would not be my first choice in food ever, but I saw a commercial showing greasy cheesy pizza and I wanted it super bad! I didn’t want a lot of TV over the weekend thankfully, but after that I tried to change the channel when a food commercial came on.

My very back teeth felt super weird during the cleanse and I found myself brushing more often and for twice as long as normal in the back area.

The Chlorophyll water was not very good, but it was mild enough that I could handle it. Thankfully I only had to take small sips throughout the day.

By the last day the Root based juice (which tasted a lot like carrot) was the only one that was hard to get down. I was just sick of the flavor.

I had a different almond milk blend every day. Chocolate was my least favorite, vanilla was pretty good, and the coconut cinnamon was AMAZING.

Transitioning to food:

Monday morning brought on the surprise of Aunt Flow showing up 3 days earlier than “normal” and horrific cramps. Honestly I thought I was going to have to call in sick to work because I could barely move. I first used my go-to peppermint oil to try to manage the pain but it was just too much and I had to take Advil. It made me so mad because I just spent three days trying to detox my body of things like that and I really didn’t want to take a pill, but there was no way I was making it to work without it unfortunately. Even after the Advil I was still hurting but I could at least function.

I started the day with some hot water with lemon, which I am starting to really like, and then had some herbal tea (peppermint of course!). I followed that with a green juice when I got to work. Around 11:30 I started to feel hungry so I had two hardboiled egg whites.  My stomach did a few turns but then I was totally fine.  I am going to have lunch soon which will consist of some ground pork and cabbage with curry spice.

The outcome:

First I want to say I did NOT do a three day juice cleanse to lose “fast weight”. I did a juice cleanse to help detox my body of toxic build up and help with the process of sugar withdrawal. I only weighed myself before and after because I was curious and I do not expect the weight I lost to be “permanent”. I truly believe to lose real weight that will stay off takes months of clean eating and exercising and it is not a quick fix.

With that said, I weighed myself last Monday before I did my Pre-Tox, and then again on Friday morning before I started the cleanse. In that time the scale said I had lost 3 lbs. I weighted again this morning and I was down 2 more pounds.

I probably could have done the full 5 day cleanse, but I am excited to start the Whole30. The cleanse is literally less than 1200 calories per day, which is not sustainable for more than a few days for a normal person not monitored by a doctor.

I plan to continue juicing once a day (probably for breakfast) as much as possible. It is the best way I can get in nutrients from leafy veggies like spinach and kale because I just don’t enjoy them very much any other way. Even covered in the most delicious (unhealthy) dressing I cannot eat all that much. I also get a great boost of energy from juicing which is great in the morning. I could see myself doing this again in 3 months or so (especially if they run a special again!).

The Pre-Tox

In my last post I detailed my plan for refocusing my health over the next few months and hopefully lose some weight in the process. What I failed to mention was how I am/have been preparing for this very drastic change. Since I am a dork I am calling it the Pre-Tox (Pre-Detox).

Step one: Indulge

The week of Christmas I literally consumed anything and everything I wanted. This included unlimited beverages (lattes, soda, cocktails/beer/wine) and treats. For me that was a lot of chocolate, cheesecake, and rice krispy treats! I initially took this approach because I wanted to get a “last taste” of some things that I wouldn’t be having for a while, but it actually was great because after a few days I was totally sick of junk food and I was actually craving to be healthy.

Step Two: Cut back

The week after Christmas was kind of weird because I was traveling for most of it, but I made a conscious effort to scale back (significantly) junk food and caffeine. I limited myself to only one serving of caffeine per day. I would say before I was having 3-4 servings per day so this was a big improvement. I also drank a lot of water and Gatorade because we were at a higher elevation and it was definitely having an effect on me.   Thankfully my husband’s parents were up for cooking most of our meals but we did go out to eat a few times on the trip. When we went out to eat I ordered what I wanted from the menu (I was on vacation after all!). The drive home is pretty brutal as far as food choices go because the only choices are fast food. Even in times of my worst eating I am not big on most fast food. Occasionally I will have In-and-Out Burger or Chick-fil-a but that is a very infrequent splurge. The only choices on our drive back were Taco Bell, McDonalds, or Burger King. I will tell you the Tacos I had only made me want to eat heathier that much more. Sunday I started my day with a really wonderful vanilla latte from Starbucks, and I relished every moment because I knew it was my last one for a long time.

Step Three: The Real Preparation

Monday I officially cut out all caffeine, dairy, and gluten. I’ve actually done a good job of being like 85% already on Whole30. Actually all I have had in the last four days that doesn’t qualify for Whole30 is some gluten free multi-seed almond and brown rice crackers, quinoa, soy sauce, and Worchester sauce. I have also started to cut back on meat in preparation for my juice cleanse, and today I am not eating meat at all. Also in preparation I started having 1-2 juices per day. I’ve started every day with a green juice and had something a little fruitier in the afternoon for a pick-me-up.

I won’t lie….the first two days were not fun. Day two was the worst. My headache came on around 10 am and stuck with me all day, despite how much peppermint essential oil I slathered on. I was cranky and had zero energy. I seriously could have gone to bed at 7. Even though I felt full after meals I had this feeling that something was missing. My brain was trying to trick my body into thinking it was hungry even though I had just had a meal!

Day three I expected to suffer just as much as day two. Actually sort of figured I would be pretty miserable until the end of next week when my body adjusted. I was pleasantly surprised that I felt great all day yesterday! No headache all day! And I had a good amount of energy, which was a blessing because I needed to do quite a bit of work in the kitchen last night to prepare for today.

Today I woke up feeling awesome! I was actually kind of giddy this morning and had way more energy! This is so encouraging for what is ahead and I am totally shocked that I feel so great right now.

A few things that really have helped me through these few days in case you are interested:

Sleep- There have been plenty of times in my life I have gone to bed with a headache only to wake up with next morning with a migraine. I was very afraid of this happening this week, but I made sure to get 8 hours every night, and even on my worst day I at least woke up feeling good.

A warm/hot bath with essential oils- Never underestimate the power of a good soak. It really helped me relax and I think even release some toxins. On Tuesday after work it was a lifesaver. I soaked in a combo of Eucalyptus and peppermint oil.

Oranges-A few orange slices after a meal has been a great way to keep my body from craving sugar. I figured that the extra vitamin C during cold and flu season can’t hurt either!

Peppermint Essential Oil- Admittedly I am obsessed with this stuff anyway, but since I will absolutely not take a pill while I’m doing this (unless I actually get a migraine then I cannot hold to that promise), this is all I have for headache relief. It made my headaches on Monday and Tuesday manageable which was so appreciated.

Lemon water- On Sunday I thinly sliced a lemon and each morning I throw a few slices in my water bottle. I have a hard time chugging straight up water in the morning and this has helped a ton! I am managing to get down about 64 oz just at work (and of course peeing every 10 minutes!)

Peppermint Tea- I drink peppermint tea pretty regularly, but usually with raw honey. This week I tried it without honey, and while it’s not as good I can still drink it and it gives me that sensation of having something warm in the morning. It also helps with the #2s (which is a huge issue for me to begin with) and sans coffee in my life I can use all the help I can get in that department!

A few things I am going to have to get a handle on for this to work for the next month:

The dishes- OH EM GEE! I don’t like dishes to begin with, but this style of cooking is pretty intense with the dishes. Last night I made fresh juice, hardboiled eggs, veggie stir fry, sweet potato hash, and dinner (which was ground bison to have Mexican food style). I ran my dishwasher twice from the time I got home from work until I went to bed. And I washed like 4 pans, some of them more than once! It was a lot of dishes. Also packing food to work every day creates its own set of overwhelming dishes to do!

The prep- I actually did a pretty decent job of prepping stuff on Sunday but there are just some things you can’t do ahead of time. I have a feeling ill be using my food processor a lot more but that just creates more dishes! I’m sure I will get a system down eventually to cut back on dishes and simplify/shorten the prep!

Meal planning- I have had the best intentions to meal plan a head of time for the last like…5 years…and its happened probably four times. Now it is a must! Shopping for and prepping for the Whole30 will require planning. A friend who has done Whole30 recommended Nom Nom Paleo’s app, which I can say is worth every penny of the $6 it cost. I am very impressed that it actually has a category for just Whole30 recipes. Love that! And they look really good!

Tonight I am going to Pressed Juicery to pick up my cleanse. I am actually excited. My husband will be gone for the weekend so I will mostly get to relax and keep it low key. I am supposed to work in the nursery on Sunday morning at church and I am a little worried about that. I also need to do some shopping and prepping on Sunday. Hopefully I’ve got the energy!

Refocus 2015- Health

Today was the day……that I got on the scale. I avoided it for months. I knew it was bad but I wanted to remain naive to how bad. I wanted to eat whatever sounded good not what was good for me. Today I faced the music…..and my expectations were met. It is so so so bad.

Before I stepped on, actually days before, I resolved to do something about it. Its far more than the number. It’s how I feel. How my clothes fit. My energy level (or lack thereof). It is everything. And it has to change.

The weight I am at now is probably close to what I should weigh very pregnant. To really put it in perspective I weigh 40 pounds more than I did at 22….and 30 pounds more than I did at 27. And 18 pounds more than I weighed at 30. Almost every one of those 18 pounds in the last 2 years have been due to infertility. Emotional eating. Fertility drugs. All of it. And I’m done with it.

So here is phase 1 of my plan.


The likelihood that I would ever completely stop drinking caffeine is small because honestly I LOVE coffee. More specifically I love a latte. It’s probably one of my favorite things in the entire world to consume and considering I love it that much I am not going to completely stop having it. However for phase 1 of my plan I won’t be having it at all for about 2 months. I started cutting back about a week ago and honestly its gone better than expected. I have not had caffeine at all today and I’ve felt okay. I want to get to the point that having a latte is a special treat and not something I need to start the day. I actually managed to cut out all caffeine a few years ago and it make my mornings a trillion times easier.


A few years ago my husband bought me a juicer and I loved it.  I juiced pretty often actually.  I found it a great way to get in some nutrients from greens like spinach and kale which I have a hard time eating a lot of in leaf form.  I have decided to do a 3 day cleanse starting either Thursday or Friday.  My husband is going out of town on Friday so it seems like a perfect time.  I am back and forth about what day to start because I know it’s going to be hard, and I’m going to be cranky and probably really tired.  I am sure I could survive one day of work like this but I’m not sure about 2 days.  The downside is that I really need Sunday to do food prep for the following week and I can’t imagine cooking a bunch of make-ahead food and not being able to eat it.  I’ve never done a cleanse before and I know it can be controversial, but I am actually excited to see how I like it.

The Whole30.

Immediately after my cleanse I plan to go into the Whole30.  If you haven’t heard of this particular plan it is basically a much more intense version of paleo.  After doing this I would imagine that doing paleo would be really easy.  The Whole30 is a much stricter version which rules out all sugar except for fruit (including honey or pure maple syrup), no dairy (except for clarified butter), no pseudo grains (like quinoa), and no alcohol.  It’s really just meat, veggies, fruit, and some healthy oils.  Most spices are allowed as long as they do not contain sugar.  I am going to try to do a green juice everyday also.

Paleo (ish)

As my friend asked “why so extreme?”  Well, first because I want a very aggressive start to kick off some big changes.  For fertility/endometriosis reasons I want to cut out gluten.  This means that after the whole 30 I will be basically doing paleo.  I also want to cut back on dairy significantly as well as caffeine and paleo seems to be the most fitting lifestyle to meet those goals.  There are a few things that I will have that paleo and I don’t 100% agree on that I will be having now and then (such as beans), but for the most part I plan to be pretty strict about it for the 3 months following the Whole30.


It starts with food, but nothing big happens without exercise. I am going to try to do some walking or walking/jogging combos this week. After my juice cleanse I am going to start the C25K running program and get back to Crossfit (I hope). I actually really like Crossfit. There is something about lifting that just makes me feel powerful. My gym has cut a lot of the class times that work for me so hopefully I can make it work with my work schedule!

We should find out how our bonuses by March 6th. I am usually very proactive about doing our taxes as soon as possible but our accountant retired (and left his clients to another practice) so I am not sure how quick the new firm will be in turning things around. I hope to have our refund back by April 1st. That will give us a good idea of where we are with money for IVF. My husband has a huge conference in May and his parents will be staying with me while he is gone (because my stepson’s mother will also be gone and I work too far away from his school to take him and pick him up.) This will be far too stressful to try and plan IVF so if finances line up I am hoping to start the process (with BCP) in June. My goal before starting BCP is to be down 20 lbs. That is 1lb a week from now until June 1st.

I know that this is going to be really hard. I am also thinking ahead to the benefits, mostly in the way I feel overall. As I’ve gained weight I’ve developed back problems which have caused both headaches and poor sleep. My energy has been extremely low which leads to a lot more laying around (and then feeling overwhelmed because I have so much to do) and excessive consumption of caffeine.  I could go on and on. I really owe it to my body to do everything I can to improve things before taking another round of fertility drugs and hopefully go into pregnancy.