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#Whole30 Week 1 Recap

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
Whole30 Lunches Whole30 Dinners I love this post explaining the timeline of symptoms you can expect on Whole30:

Source: whole9life.com via Kerri on Pinterest
I did experience a bit of a headache on day 2 and a wee bit of 'kill all the thin

Easy Paleo Mayo 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 MayoIngredients1 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

DirectionsBlend the egg in your blender. About a minute. Add the apple cider vinegar, mustard, and sea salt. Blend. Th…

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...

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 pic…

Cathe Friedrich's XTrain Workout Series

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 & ShouldersDisc 2: Bi's & Tri'sDisc 3: Burn SetsDisc 4: Super CutsDisc 5: LegsDisc 6: Cardio Leg BlastDisc 7: All Out Low Impact HIITDisc 8: Hard StrikesDisc 9: TabataciseFrom 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…

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 …

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
The Paleo Solution Podcast

Favorite General Paleo or Primal Blog

Mark's Daily Apple
Favorite Paleo or Primal Recipe Blog

Everyday Paleo

Favorite kitchen tool since going Paleo/Primal

Favorite Paleo/Primal staple, something that's always in your pantry or refrigerator
Your favorite excuse or bash from Paleo/Primal naysayers. (we didn't have a clear winner here, I'll share a sampling of responses.)

@kerriolkjer Eating fat will make you fat and clogs your arteries. Seriously people!? #PaleoChat
— Beth. (@PaleoBeth) February 7, 2013 @kerriolkjer "I love bread too m…

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 …
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KETO Cocktails: The Lemon Drop

I love a good glass of red wine now and then, I mean it's practically a health food, right? ;) But sometimes I just want a cocktail. I'm all for moderation and having a drink now and then, but I'm just not down with the calorie, carb, and sugar counts of some of my favorites. Seriously, have you ever looked them up? Eek. So, I've set to work at converting my favorite cocktail recipes to be more keto diet friendly!

The first cocktail recipe I'm tackling is the keto lemon drop. I used to love these, but haven't had one in years because of the sugar in them. In my early twenties I had a friend who used to make them for me all the time. We would have a shaker full of these, a good dinner, and a chick flick on a weeknight, it was kind of bliss. Her recipe called for so. much. SUGAR though! Looking back I think she may have used a wee bit more sugar than most, but they were really good.





I think my keto-ized recipe comes pretty dang close to those delicious memories! It…

Paleo Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer Recipe

It's just not the holidays for me without a Starbucks peppermint mocha (or white chocolate peppermint mocha, mmm). I generally splurge once or twice during the holiday season with the real thing. Since going keto paleo, however, I'm not sure if I will. Sometimes the sugar just isn't worth it!


Problem is I like them, miss them, and would really enjoy them all season long!
So..... I decided I wanted to tackle the peppermint mocha and come up with Paleo-friendly version. With this simple recipe, I can have a peppermint mocha anytime.


Not only is this recipe Paleo, but it's also Whole30, gluten-free, vegan, primal, and 100% junk-free. Paleo Peppermint Mocha RecipeIngredients:
1 can Organic Canned Coconut Milk(Regular, NOT light. Seriously, ew.)
1/3 cup Organic Cocoa Powder
2 to 3 Tablespoons Organic Grade B Maple Syrup (Optional, leave out for keto or Whole30.)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Organic Peppermint Extract(Depending how pepperminty you like it. I do 1/2 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon Organic …

Jillian Michaels BodyShred Full Review

I have to say my two months of BodyShred flew by! It seems like I just started yesterday. Ah, time flies while you're having fun. Right? OK, in this full review post, I hope to give you a good overview of exactly what the BodyShred program is as well as my thoughts and opinions on the program. So, is Jillian Michaels BodyShred hype or help? Let's chat...



Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED is Jillian's latest total-package fitness program. This set includes:


What's in the box:BodyShred Fitness Guide
BodyShred Meal Plan
BodyShred Rotational Calendar
BodyShred "Let Them See You Sweat" Workout Towel
DVDs-
     8 - Shred Style Circuit Workouts
       1. Launch
       2. Rise
       3. Amplify
       4. Escalate
       5. Conquer
       6. Triumph 
       7. Zenith
       8. Apex
     2 - Straight Cardio Workouts
       1. Fire Up
       2. Ignite
    Plus, bonus workout Opus and a disc on the cast and teaching the moves. So, a total of 12 DVDs are included in this set.


The BodyShred Workouts

30 Easy Prep and Pack Whole30 Lunch Recipes

The Whole30Program is amazing. I highly recommend it. Every time I've done a Whole 30 I have felt AMAZING by the end. It's a very empowering experience. It is not however an easy one. Mostly because the food prep can take much more time if you're used to grab and go options. A little planning ahead and you can definitely make it through the 30 days.

When it comes to Whole30 lunches, 3 things worked best for me:


Quick and easy salads.Prepping food on Sunday.Cooking too much at dinner and eating leftovers for lunch the next day.
I thought I'd share 30 of the awesome Whole30 lunch recipes I've found from my favorite bloggers (and a few from me!). I've included all three options I listed above. Some quick and easy salads, some to prep an entire recipe on the weekend and then portion them for lunches that week, and some to be cooked for dinner and the leftovers packed for lunch the next day. Play around and see what works best for you.

This list of 30 Whole30 Lunch Reci…

KETO Hot Cocoa Pancakes

OK, I know I've been on quite the low carb pancake tangent lately, but THESE! Seriously, these are yummtastic. Yummazing? Ya, they're really good. They just might be my favorite recipe I've ever done. Ever. OK, that might be my paleo apple crisp recipe, but that's not low carb...ooo, I wonder if I could tweak that low carb...

That would be brilliant!

You know, bloggers area always talking seo this and seo that (seo stands for search engine optimization if you're not a blogger) and I'm just over here yammering. I'm pretty sure when google's spider crawlers (anyone shiver at that word picture? eesh) get to FitViews they just think, "Yeesh, move along. Nothing to see here." Ha ha ha!

Anyway, pancakes. KETO Hot Cocoa Low Carb Pancakes no less. So good. 


As I've mentioned before I'm back to low carb (keto actually) and developing new recipes to make it easier to stick with. I find I just plain feel great when I eat ketogenic, and I definitely h…

Hype or Help: Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Final Program Review

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Disclaimer: I received Jillian Michaels Body Revolutionfor review purposes. As always opinions are 100% honest and my own.

After three long months of testing this program I'm finally down to the review! I've had so many questions, and I hope to answer them all here.
So, is it hype or help? Have a seat, let's talk about that...

What you will need for these workouts:
A set of light, medium, and heavy hand weights to suit your ability level.


What's Included with Jillian Michaels Body Revolution: 15 Workout DVDsResistance CableFitness Guide BookFat Burning Meal Plan7 Day Kick-Start Your Metabolism Plan90 Day JournalBookmark
What's in the box? My unboxing video if you want to see it all:
The Body Revolution Diet Plan I've had a lot of questions on what exactly the diet plan for Body Revolution is. Let me break it down... The diet for this program…

KETO Paleo Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer Recipe

It's that time of year again. Pumpkin-time that is! Yes, yes, I want all. Things. Pumpkin. Right now. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spiced everyyyyythingggg.

Sorry, not sorry.

However, I'm currently doing pretty strict Keto Paleo (more on that in another post). So no PSL's for me. Dangit.

Unless....


Paleo Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Ingredients1 can Organic Classic Coconut Milk - If you do dairy you can use 2 cups of Heavy Whipping Cream here instead. 
1 Tablespoon Organic Pumpkin (YES, it has real pumpkin it it. Seriously, they all should...)
2 teaspoons Organic Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Organic Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Organic Cloves
1/8 teaspoon Organic Ginger
2 Tablespoons Grade B Organic Maple Syrup (completely optional- leave out for a sweetener-free, strict Paleo, 21 Day Sugar Detox, KETO, low carb, and Whole30 friendly coffee creamer. Or swap for Truvia or Monk Fruit.)


Directions
Add all ingredients into your blender and blend well (about a minute). Store in your refrigerator…

Easy Paleo Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Growing up the only encounter I had with sweet potatoes was at Thanksgiving dinner. I hesitate to even call them sweet potatoes though. They were more like sugar coated sugar, with a side of sugar. Seriously!
The recipe was to coat a baking dish in margarine, add diced sweet potatoes, top with more margarine and a healthy heaping of brown sugar. Bake. And then? At the end you top the whole thing with a bag of marshmallows and bake again.
Blech! Needless to say I was never fond of sweet potatoes.
When I first went paleo I decided to reacquaint myself with sweet potatoes. They’re a great paleo-friendly carb source. I must confess the thought made me shudder, but I persevered. I tried them simple. Baked. I was so shocked. They're so good!
Now, I love sweet potatoes. They’re a go-to side dish for family dinners. Not only are they delicious, but they’re good for us and easy to make. The funny thing about sweet potatoes is they taste amazing all on their own. When it comes to sweet potato r…

KETO Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Pancakes

I have gone back and forth with low carb since I was 24. I feel better when eating keto and I definitely have good progress with weight loss when I eat that way, but it can be a challenge to stick with. As I get older I find that the feeling better part of being low carb has become my driving motivation for sticking to it. I'm completely committed to keto now and that has me finding new ways to stick with it!

Ways such as keto pancakes. Say what-what? Yes. Low carb pumpkin pancakes no less. And? They're pretty darned yummy...

Whether you're seriously bored with your egg fast or just a low carb or keto style eater these Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Pancakes are for you! With only 5 grams of carbs for the ENTIRE RECIPE they'll fit nicely into your plan. They're a quick and super easy breakfast option. Plus, yes, they're delicious! And oh so appropriate for pumpkin spice season. Oh, who am I kidding, I eat them year-round.

This recipe makes 3 or 4 decent sized pancakes a…

5 Egg Fast Pancake Recipes

I'm completely obsessed with keto egg fast pancakes lately. I've been cycling on and off an egg fast to try and get some traction again with my weight loss and we all know egg fasts can get pretty boring!

I thought I'd compile all of my egg fast pancake recipes into one easy post for my egg fasting brothers and sisters...

5 Keto Egg Fast Pancake Recipes1. First up, these Sweet Cinnamon Egg Fast Pancakes are completely delicious. They're an amazing option if you're tired of traditional low carb ways to have eggs. In describing all of my egg fast pancakes, I'd say they're maybe a tad bit crepe-like in consistency, more eggy. Definitely not the consistency of a traditional wheat flour pancake, but an amazing treat when you're egg-fasting! These Sweet Cinnamon KETO Pancakes are a seriously tasty addition. With only 4 grams of total carbs for the ENTIRE RECIPE, they'll fit nicely into your plan.

This recipe makes 3 or 4 decent sized pancakes and comes in at…
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