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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 Whole30 LunchesWhole30 Dinners I love this post explaining the timeline of symptoms you can expect on Whole30:
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!)
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.
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…
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…
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 …
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/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.)
#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 …