On the Road

August 12, 2011 in family , Paleo , Thoughts and Tips     3 comments

A few weeks ago we headed to Texas for a week. First to Galveston for a wedding then to Austin for some family time.

One of the biggest challenges with eating healthy is eating healthy outside of the home. And even though we both agreed not to be stressed and overly extreme, we were determined to eat the best we possibly could. While we did eat at the Wedding, Rehersal dinner, and one restraunt, we managed to prepare our own foods the rest of the time.

We packed a few snack items for the plane and then, once we arrived in Houston, our first stop was Whole Foods . We grabbed a couple of pounds of Applegate farms deli meat and cheese, organic ketchup, fruit, yogurt, kind bars, lots of water and a cooler bag.

After that we popped into SNAP KITCHEN and bought a butt load of prepared meals, some sweet treats, and some jerky. When we got to the hotel we asked for a mini fridge in our room and they happily provided us with one. Shane purchased a small propane stove and cast iron pan at a local store and used it to warm the prepared meals (in the parking lot). We could not think of one place we wanted to eat while we were in Galveston so we just skipped eating out and kept it simple around the hotel.

Our first night in Austin, we just had to stop at the Salt Lick and eat BBQ. It tasted great and we love the atmosphere there, but we decided we really had no desire to eat out again. A few years ago we would have eaten BBQ every meal while were in Austin.

( Yes, there was some Shiner involved on this trip!)

Next we ventured to the Lost Pines Resort outside of Austin. (It was perfect! Totally kid friendly, gorgeous and relaxing. I highly recommend it!) We requested a room on the bottom floor and we put the back porch to good use!

And of course, we took a trip to the Mac Daddy Whole Foods in Austin.

Breakfast was eggs with chicken sausage, seasoned with salt and cooked in coconut oil.

Lunch was rolled applegate farms lunchmeat and fruit.

Dinner consisted of hamburgers and heirloom tomatoes.

We were laughing that the other guests who saw us cooking probably thought we were too super cheap to eat at the hotel.

Shane even brought his own coffee and french press!

It was all super easy, affordable and delicious.

And as a bonus, we had lots of energy and plenty of time to be active and enjoy ourselves instesad of worrying about where and what to eat all the time.

Our whole foods Shopping List:

Grassfed beef

Coconut oil


Organic Ketchup

Organic Cheese

Heirloom tomatoes

Applegate Farms Deli Meat


Hot Italian Chicken Sausage



Dark Chocolate

Kind Bars

Lots of Water

(We ate almost everything. There was some ketchup left over that we left there, and we brought home the salt and coconut oil.)

Well here we are, at the end of day 31!

I woke up this morning knowing exactly what I was going to change now that my Whole 30 was finally over….


Why should I start eating stuff that clearly makes me feel less than stellar? Just because I proved to myself that I can go without? That does not make any sense.

So, I am going to change nothing. For now.

There is one thing I forgot to mention. While you are on the Whole 30, you are not supposed to weigh yourself.

By the time my feet hit the floor this morning, I had already resolved to keep going for as long as possible, but then I stepped into the bathroom and the scale called to me.

“Just do it. Weigh yourself. You know you want to know.”

I was tempted. Really really tempted.

But I stopped myself.

For the last 30 days I have not weighed myself and I have felt great. I’m not bloated, I had no PMS, my clothes fit nicely, I feel confident, and I am more in tune than ever with what my  body needs.

So why let a number rip that all away??

We are slaves to the scale, people.


I did not weigh myself. And I am going to try not to.

I am going to measure my success differently.


So, in the end the WHOLE 30 was awesome and just what I needed. I highly recommend it. Very highly!

I plan to keep going until I give in and drink a cocktail or taste a recipe. And then when morning rolls around, I am going to try harder than ever to practice moderation and keep myself in check.

I could honestly do this for the rest of my life. Probably about 90% of the time. Maybe even 95%!


(This was taken in Costa Rica in Feb. I am super busy right now and missing our lazy days there!)

Back to food tomorrow!!!

Whole 30 for 30 Whole Days!

June 28, 2011 in Paleo     9 comments

Last year when I started eating Paleo, I was really excited and commited to my new eating style.

I spent (and still do) hours online reading about food and how it affects our bodies. There are so many great blogs and websites that I follow and love. But in my typical “dieting” style, I was always looking for an out, an excuse to eat something not totally Paleo, but still not “bad.”

It was not long before I found Marks Daily Apple where I learned I could eat dairy and wine in moderation! Yeah!

And Heather Eats Almond Butter, she eats chocolate and oats and she lost a ton of weight. YEAH!

And Elana makes amazing desserts using almond flour. YEAH!

And Nourishing Traditions says I can eat grains as long as the are soaked. YEAH!

Do you see where this is going?

Slowly but surely, I found myself eating home baked treats, soaked grains, cheese, wine, and of course lots of dark chocolate!

While all of these are certainly BETTER options, they do contain things that are not great for me.
Like sugar, grains, dairy, alcohol, etc.

The truth is, I am not great at moderation. Give me a little and I will go back for more!

Just before school got out, a few of my friends were doing a juice fast.
At first, I thought it sounded like a great idea. A way to recommit to eating healthy.
I was feeling bloated and my weight loss had plateaued. I needed something to get me back to feeling good.
But for ME juicing was not the answer for a few reasons:
• I don’t work well when I am feeling hungry and I have to work a lot this time of year
• Drinking juice filled with sugar seemed counter-intuitive if I was trying to cut sugar.
• I needed to do something that would leave me with long term change.

I started looking around at detox and cleansing plans. None seemed right for me.

In the end I decided to do a month of super strict Paleo.

The Whole 30.

No processed foods.

No sugar.

No grains.

No dairy.

No legumes.

No alcohol.

I highly recommed at least reading the Whole 30 program and thinking about it. Maybe you are not ready right this minute. But you could be. You could just start right now.


(click image to go to the WHOLE30 FB page)

A few favorite lines from their website:

“It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Giving up heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard.”

“Unless you physically tripped and your face landed in a box of donuts, there is no “slip”. You make a choice to eat something of poor quality. It is always a choice.”


Tomorrow my 30 days will be complete, and I will fill you in on how it went.