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Hey guys! I guest posted on my Paleo diet success story over at my friend Tamara's blog today. I'd love if you'd go check it out.


Whole30 Wrap Up

Wow, I can't believe I'm through my Whole30 already! Once I got into a groove with it, it seemed to just zip by.
My main goals for this Whole 30 were to:
Feel as good as I could during this pregnancy. My energy levels were very low.Maximize my nutrition for this pregnancy.I feel like I accomplished both of these. My energy levels definitely went up after the first week of Whole30 and my nutrition was amazing. I'd already been eating Paleo, but I'd fallen into a terrible food rut this pregnancy. I was eating the same things over and over. Variety is huge in getting great nutrition whether eating Paleo, eating for a healthy pregnancy, or just healthy eating in general! I was not getting much variety. I used this Whole30 as a way to focus on getting variety back into my diet.
My kitchen overflowed with different kinds of berries, kale, red kale, swiss chard, red chard, collard greens, mustard greens, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, spinach, pumpkin, cocon…

My Paleo Pregnancy Week 25

Long time no update! Wow, this pregnancy is flying by. You might want to grab a cup of coffee, I have a LOT to update on!

Well, let's see, since my last update at 16 weeks... 

I've been doing Whole30 and my nutrition is amazing on that. I have been tracking to ensure I'm getting all my nutrition right because I have stopped taking a prenatal. Every one I try gives me gas. TMI, I know. I think it's because many of the whole food ones contain brown rice, etc. Luckily with Whole30 all of my daily values are at or well above where they need to be. 

My workouts have gotten better. I'm being much more consistent and this week have even been able to up the intensity a bit. I've also added in yoga more. It just feels fabulous right now.

My energy levels are better and overall I feel pretty good.

At 21 weeks I had an ultrasound... but baby wouldn't cooperate. So, we still don't know the gender. I've been reluctant to do much shopping because it's so tough to …

Small Changes to a Cleaner, Healthier Life With Seventh Generation #7DayJourney

For the past year and a half (since going Paleo) I've been diligent about cleaning up the foods my family consumes. Out went the junk food and in came the healthy, clean, whole foods. Something has been nagging at me though: while I've managed to clean up the foods and drinks we consume I have not taken on the task of cleaning up what we put on the outside of our bodies! I've started to reconsider what's inside the products my family routinely applies to their skin.
When cleaning the junk out of our lives it was easy to forget the things we were applying directly to our skin. Lately I've been reading more about the junk they add to many common personal care products. Why would I want to keep applying these harsh chemicals to myself and my kids?! 
I've swapped the harsh chemical and additive laden products that normally populated our bathroom for Seventh Generation's BioBased products. It really is easy to make these small changes in our daily lives: Swap out t…

Post Pregnancy Belly Wrapping

Post pregnancy belly wrapping is not a new concept. In fact, it's something that women from cultures all over the world have been doing for centuries. Modern versions of post pregnancy wraps are quite advanced, but the concept is the same: postnatal wrapping is intended to help new moms recover and heal.

What is post-pregnancy belly wrapping?
Postpartum Belly wrapping (also called postnatal binding) is the practice of using gentle compression to aid in recovery after giving birth.

Why wrap?
In the first six weeks following birth, whether a woman delivers vaginally or by cesarean, the body goes through a significant recovery and healing process. Belly wraps have been used for centuries by women all over world to aid in this healing process. Belly wrapping can help:
shrink and re-position their uterus after birth reduce bloating in the abdominal area caused by water retentionprovide additional support to the abdominal area and core muscles to help improve posture and reduce strain in the…

#Whole30 Week 2

Week 2 of my Whole30 went very well. I feel great! No more headaches, no real cravings to speak of... Well, I did crave sauerkraut one day, but I think that was more pregnancy related and not really Whole30 related.

My meals were very similar to my Week 1 meals:


Breakfast was generally a veggie omelet or scramble with some fruit.
Lunch was either a huge green salad (with protein, like chicken, on top of course), egg salad, leftovers, or tuna salad.

Dinner was some incarnation of meat and veggies. Paleo Spaghetti is one of my standbys and favorites.

I tried the Riced Cauliflower recipe from The Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook this week. It's. Amazing.
This week I was curious how my nutrition was on Whole30. Being pregnant, that was my number one reason for doing this Whole30. I tracked my food in an app a couple of days and was excited to see that my nutrition is AMAZING. It's what I'd expected, but still reassuring to see. 
My energy levels aren't quite what I'd hoped, but…

It's That Time Again! #PaleoChat

I can't believe February is gone already! But, I'm glad that it's time again for my favorite twitter chat. March's #PaleoChat will be this Wednesday, March, 6th at 9 PM Eastern Time.

This month I'm so excited to have my first ever guest co-host: Dee from Primal Beauty Queen! Chat questions will be coming from Dee, so be sure you follow her on twitter: @ThePBQ.


Our topic this month will the The Whole30. Ever done a Whole30? Many? Doing one now? Wanting to do a Whole30? Join us! 

Two lucky chat participants will win their own copies of It Starts With Food! (Giveaways are open to US Residents only). A huge thank you to Victory Belt for supplying the books for this month's giveaways! I will be announcing giveaway winners during the chat, so be sure you follow me on twitter as well: @KerriOlkjer.

I hope to see you there!

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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 …

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…

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 Paleo Friendly Coffee Creamer Recipe

Going keto paleo has me missing one thing: the organic grass-fed half-and-half I'd been having in my coffee. Since going paleo over a year ago I've searched and searched and just never found anything else I love in my coffee. I'd just about given up on a keto paleo-friendly coffee creamer!

I was almost to resign myself to black coffee forever, but then I decided to resort again to trying to make my own. This version is simple and quite delicious. Not only is it keto paleo, but Whole30 and 21 Day Sugar Detox friendly as well.




Keto Paleo Cinnamon Vanilla Coffee Creamer
Ingredients
1 can Organic Canned Coconut Milk(the kind in the carton just won't do it)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon Vietnamese Organic
1 teaspoon Organic Pure Vanilla for 100% Whole30 compliant swap for vanilla powder
2 teaspoons raw local honey or Organic Maple Syrup (optional, leave out for KETO, Whole30, or 21DSD)





Directions
Blend all ingredients well in your blender. Store in the refrigerator (the cinnamon tends to set…

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…

Paleo Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burgers

Since going Paleo my family has fallen even more in love with our grill. Paleo and grilling just work well together. The past couple of years I've even been stepping outside my grilling comfort zone more and more. Grilling things I'd never thought to have grilled before and trying new flavor combinations. I have to say I'm pretty thrilled with the results of most of my flavor experiments. 

In the past I'd never have thought to grill fruit, but it's amazing. Grilling fruit and adding it to traditionally savory dishes? Brilliant.



Oh yes, and? New rule: every burger recipe for the rest of forever must contain grilled pineapple. OK, maybe more of a guideline. It's a seriously delicious combination though.

This Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burger is always a crowd-pleaser at my house. It's not only Paleo, but Whole30, glutenfree, lower carb, and clean eating friendly. I promise you won't miss the bun! 

paleo, grilled pineapple burger, smoky grilled pineapple burger,…

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 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…

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…
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