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#Whole30 Week 1 Recap

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Week one of doing The Whole30 pregnant surprised me. I went into this thinking it would be a piece of cake (not real cake of course). As I was already eating Paleo I expected no withdrawal symptoms, no bumps at all really. I expected to clean up my diet a little and go on my merry little way.

Uh, wake up call. My diet had definitely strayed farther than I realized! If for no other reason than shining a light on that this Whole30 is worth it.

My eats for the week looked something like this:

Whole30 Breakfasts
Coffee with my Paleo creamer recipe. Kept before noon of course.
Most mornings were eggs from my chickens with veggies, fruit, and some good fats.

This was my I'm-too-lazy-to-cook morning. I was glad I'd boiled 2 dozen eggs on Sunday.
Whole30 Lunches
My Paleo tuna salad with baby spinach and a pink lady apple. Yum. Love this easy lunch.
Paleo egg salad with baby spinach and a mandarin. This recipe will be up soon. So good.
Whole30 Dinners
A new recipe I'm working on. Slow cooker chicken and cauliflower curry.
Roast (grass-fed of course) with salad.
Slow cooker beef with broccoli. I used my slow cooker a lot. Awesome time-saver.
I love this post explaining the timeline of symptoms you can expect on Whole30:



I did experience a bit of a headache on day 2 and a wee bit of 'kill all the things' on day 5. I was shocked, but like I said a needed wake up call. Other than that the week was awesome.

This week's Whole30 menu plan:

How about you...how is your Whole30 going? If you haven't tried it yet, will you?

Easy Paleo Mayo Recipe

Easy Paleo Mayonnaise Recipe

Why do I make my own mayo? Well, have you read the back of a mayo bottle? They're often made with soybean or canola oils and lots of other things I'm not crazy about.

I've been playing around with my original Paleo Mayo recipe and really like this new version. I still prefer my original recipe for chicken salad and similar dishes, but this new recipe goes very well with some other recipes I've been working on. Especially egg salad, devilled eggs, Paleo veggie dip, and various Paleo salad dressings. (All of those recipes will be coming soon!) 

Paleo Mayo

Ingredients

1 pasteurized egg
1 tsp mustard
1 tsp apple cider vinegar (I prefer Bragg Raw Apple Cider Vinegar)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 cup Bertolli Extra Light Olive Oil (NOT extra virgin olive oil, just light tasting. Cannot stress this enough. Extra virgin just will not taste right!) OR walnut oil also works nicely

Directions

Blend the egg in your blender. About a minute. Add the apple cider vinegar, mustard, and sea salt. Blend. Then, take the little peep hole top off your blender and slowly drizzle in your oil slowly while blending on low. Blend until the consistency of mayo. You may need to stop the blender and scrape the sides to be sure it combines well.


Easy Paleo Mayo

Keep refrigerated. Also, be aware that it won't last forever in your refrigerator like store bought (preservative loaded) mayo. I usually just make what my family can use in 5 to 7 days.

I know making your own mayo can sound daunting, but it really is easy. Let me know if you try it!




Easy Paleo Tuna Salad Recipe

One of the most frequent requests I get is for EASY Paleo recipes and meals. Things that don't take hours of cooking and prep work. Meals that can be made quickly or ahead of time.

I'll be posting several recipes in the upcoming weeks and months in response to this request. First, my new go-to easy Paleo lunch recipe (and Whole30 friendly too!).


Easy Paleo Tuna Salad
1 can Wild Planet Skipjack Light Tuna
3 Tbsp Paleo Mayo (to taste, sometimes I only use 2)
1 Tbsp minced white onion (again, more or less to taste)
1 dill pickle diced (read your labels!)


Mix all ingredients well with a fork.


Serve it in lettuce cups, cucumber cups, lettuce wraps, or on apple slices. I LOVE this with baby spinach and pink lady apples:


I love this recipe! It's been my go-to easy paleo lunch recipe and something I've craved a lot this pregnancy.




Doing Whole30 Pregnant?

The first trimester of my pregnancy was pretty rough. Since then I've been wanting to do a Whole30. It's been calling to me and I know it would help me to feel my best. But I kept putting it off...

"January", I said. But January 1 came and went...

the whole30 program

Then I won a copy of It Starts With Food from Brooklyn Fit Chick's blog. Still, I put it off...

Recently It Starts With Food won best general paleo book in the first ever #PaleoChat Awards. A sign? Still, I said: March 1st.

Lately I've had a bit of stress in my life. Now I know most people deal with stress on a daily basis, but I'm one that keeps my life pretty low-stress. But right now on top of my normal life of homeschooling, blogging, wanna-be-farming we're also getting the house ready to sell. We're living under construction and with a tighter budget than usual. Plus, you know, I'm pregnant and my energy levels just aren't anywhere near what I'm used to.... I could go on, but you get the picture: life's been hectic lately.

I really feel like now is the time that I could benefit from getting my nutrition RIGHT. I'm always the first to tell people not to wait for Monday, January 1st, or whenever. "Start now!" I happily advise. So, I'm listening to my own advice and not waiting until March 1st; I'm starting my Whole30 now!


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If you're not familiar with The Whole30 I highly recommend you read It Starts With Food. You can also find the basic "rules" here

Follow me on Instagram if you'd like to see what I'm eating.

Have you ever done The Whole30? Doing it now? Want to join me?!

**Updates:
Week 1 Recap
Week 2



Cathe Friedrich's XTrain Workout Series

what's included with xtrain
Recently I was sent Cathe Friedrich's new Workout Series XTRAIN for review. Not going to lie, I'm really excited about this new workout set! This is the set I've been drooling over and planning to do post-baby (yes, yes I've been planning for that already).

Wondering what comes with this set? My unboxing video:


XTRAIN comes with:

XTrain User Guide (which includes multiple workout calender options)
Free XTrain Online Tools & Workout Cards
XTrain DVD Set
  • Disc 1: Chest, Back & Shoulders
  • Disc 2: Bi's & Tri's
  • Disc 3: Burn Sets
  • Disc 4: Super Cuts
  • Disc 5: Legs
  • Disc 6: Cardio Leg Blast
  • Disc 7: All Out Low Impact HIIT
  • Disc 8: Hard Strikes
  • Disc 9: Tabatacise
From Cathe.com:
XTrain is the ultimate total body fitness conditioning program that has been designed to crush calories, incinerate fat and work and tone your muscles like never before. XTrain comes with four different workout programs ranging from 30 to 90 days, but XTrain has also been uniquely designed by Cathe to fit almost anyone's hectic schedule. With over 140 Premix workouts  there are hundreds of ways the XTrain program can be done no more excuses!

So what do you get when you combine kick butt cardio workouts with the most effective undulating toning workouts, great music, tons of premixes, detailed chapter menus and beautiful filming? A system that stands in a league of its own The XTrain series! 

A little sneak peek:


Cathe Friedrich is one of my all-time favorite trainers and I have never been disappointed by one of her workouts. They're tough, they're fun, they work. This new set looks amazing and I can't wait to dive in.

Have you ever tried any of Cathe's workouts?

**Update:
XTrain Full Review


Disclaimer: I was sent Xtrain for review. As always opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Do You Detox? A Detox Smoothie Recipe

I am a firm believer that our bodies are built to detox, or cleanse, themselves. Every once in a while after a period of sickness or riotous food choices I do feel the need to give it a little help.

My thoughts on detoxing and cleansing and my detox smoothie recipe:


Ingredients:
1/2 cup almond milk (or coconut milk or other milk product of choice)
insides of 2 fresh aloe vera stalks
handful of fresh parsley
handful of fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon spirulina powder (I use Nutrex Hawaii)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 scoop very clean protein powder (optional, but a good vanilla protein makes this very tasty)

This is very thick; if your blender isn't great you may need to add a little more almond milk to get this to blend well.

What's your view on cleanses and detoxes? Do them? Hate them?


Disclaimer: The spirulina powder used in this video was sent to me for review. As always any thoughts/opinions are 100% honest and my own.
Please note I am not a nutritionist or health professional. What you read are my thoughts and opinions.

2013 #PaleoChat Award Winners

Thank you to everyone who joined in #paleochat on twitter last week and helped pick the winners of the first ever #PaleoChat Awards! Also, a huge thank you to everyone who's made the first year of #paleochat so great. Without further rambling...

The 2013 #PaleoChat Awards go to:


Favorite general book on Paleo or Primal


Favorite Paleo or Primal Cookbook

Favorite Paleo or Primal E-book


Favorite Paleo or Primal Podcast



Favorite General Paleo or Primal Blog



Favorite Paleo or Primal Recipe Blog




Favorite kitchen tool since going Paleo/Primal

Food Processor

Favorite Paleo/Primal staple, something that's always in your pantry or refrigerator
Eggs. My chickens approve!

Your favorite excuse or bash from Paleo/Primal naysayers. (we didn't have a clear winner here, I'll share a sampling of responses.)









How about you: did we miss any of YOUR favorites?

The First Annual #PaleoChat Awards!


#PaleoChat is turning 1! I can't believe a year has gone by. What a fun year of chats it's been. A HUGE thank you to everyone who's made #paleochat so great.

To celebrate the one year mark our next chat will be The First Annual #PaleoChat Awards. Join in tomorrow, Wednesday February 6th at 9 PM Eastern time to vote for your paleo/primal favorites.

Categories will include favorite paleo/primal book, blogs, cookbook, podcast, ebook, and much more.

Here's how it will work:
I will ask questions as usual (@KerriOlkjer) and your answers will count as votes. For example, I may ask: Q1 What is your favorite paleo/primal cookbook?

To count as votes answers need to either include Q1 (or 2, 3, etc) or A1, 2, 3, etc (standing for question 1 or answer 1) so that I know which category you are voting for AND all votes must include the #paleochat hashtag.

Only votes during the chat (9PM to 10 PM Eastern time 2-6-13) will count. This will be the best of the best in the paleo/primal world as chosen live by paleochatters!

I will tally all of the votes and post the results next Monday here on FitViews.

It's going to be so much fun! I hope you'll join us and vote for your favorites.

2013 #PaleoChat Award Winners