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How I Lost Weight By Quitting The Gym and Whole30


For years I obsessed

with body weight and workouts.

I used to wake up every morning at 5 AM

and spend two hours at the gym before work Monday through Friday

I did 10 Whole 30s over the course of four years

I completely change my eating habits

yet still nothing “happened”.


Through all of my hard work, I still felt “not completely me”


I developed irrational non-negotiables for cheese and bread

but instead ate endless amounts of Laurabars and Paleo desserts.


I took many progress pics over the years so I could see all of this hard work pay off.

Surely it would all be worth it once I looked “better”.

But I didn’t enjoy working out. At all.

Whole30 was making me sorta crazy.

I felt restricted. Not free.

My own choices felt hard… not easy.


So I stopped working out.

I quit my job and left the life I knew.

I stopped freaking out about bread and cheese and beer and beans.

I stopped obsessing over the rules of Whole30

and how many squats will lift my ass an inch higher.


I stopped so I could start living my life.


Earlier this year I stepped on the scale out of curiosity

and I saw a number I haven't seen in probably 10 years

I was kind of in disbelief so gave it a redo

Same number, same me.

I didn't feel like I'd accomplished anything, because I wasn't trying to.


I’ve just been living a life that feels good

And this body of mine followed suit.


The only change I've made is:

my relationship to myself



What do I want?

How do I want to feel?

Am I full?

Do I feel the need to move? to sweat?

What do I need right now to feel good?


I eat in the moment now. I'm not worried about my food choices for the next 30 days, I'm just interested in now. This is my story - and only a short piece of it.

My experience is mine and we are all different, but I do believe one thing to be true for us all:

Working on relationship to self will do more for you than working out, eating Whole30, or reading any damn book.


What’s your relationship with yourself like?

How might you treat yourself like someone you love?


I’m Doing Whole30 #3

You’re not crazy, but maybe I am.

I know I just finished my second Whole30 in February but it’s never too soon to get back to it. Yesterday was day 1 of my third Whole30 and I’m very excited about my spontaneous decision to start again. Through my previous experiences I learned new things about myself and made huge strides toward my goals. Well, Derby week just happened (no excuse) and I’ve been going out a lot and socializing (re: drinking, a lot.) My only solution for “excessive fun” is Whole30.

After totally dominating two Whole30′s without any slip-ups or cheating, this one will definitely be fun. I don’t feel pressure to meal plan or adjust my social life in order to be successful. I’m just doing it. And, since I have a good hold on how to stick to Whole30, I’m really going to focus on setting and achieving meaningful goals for the next 30 days that will carry over into my everyday life.

I’m going to focus more on recipe development, blogging, and allowing more time for self-exploration. I need to cleanse my life of unnecessary things and get a little more organized. I will be trying out some new workouts, which means I might finally try CrossFit *gasp!*. I’m going to be challenging myself and pushing my self-control to its limits over the next 30 days in order become a better me. And of course, per many inquiries and questions, I plan to educate you all on my view of healthy living and how I do it.

Until then, follow me on Instagram and Twitter to see what I’m doing and eating.



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Whole30 2.0 – Recap & Results

Today is day 30 of my second Whole30 challenge. I did my first one in September by myself. This time, Solomon joined me. It was so much fun having someone to eat with, talk to about the challenges and new recipes.

The past 30 days have been filled with many tests:

  • At the beginning of the month I volunteered at an event where I had to serve wine all night. If you know me, you know I LOVE wine. But I made it through the event successfully.
  • I went to an all day video shoot in Cincy and made sure to pack plenty of Whole30 options. I ate my homemade spaghetti while everyone else stuffed their faces with pizza. That one was a breeze.
  • Solomon turned 24 this month. Meaning, no birthday cake. Well… being the problem solver that I am, I made Solomon a fruit cake. Literally. A cake made of fresh fruit.
  • And… my best friend moved to NYC the next day. We all went to dinner the weekend before and I took my own chicken and Tessemae’s dressing so I could eat with everyone without compromising my Whole30. Strategic planning my friends. P.s. I miss you Shelb!

Some of my favorite meals this month were mulligatawny stew, spicy ginger-garlic chicken, chicken tortilla-less chicken soup, bora bora fireballs (OMG. AMAZING.) and faux pho. I also made bacon jalapeño deviled eggs and a killer spinach artichoke dip (sans cheese) for SuperBowl Sunday.

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I’m definitely expanding my knowledge about the foods I eat and how they affect my body. Not to mention, I’m becoming a pretty good cook. I do the Whole30 because it is challenging. Not because I’ve “self-diagnosed” myself with gluten intolerance or anything like that. The entire experience, like anything else in life, is mind over matter. I believe you can not grow if you don’t change.

Which leads me to my next point. Cutting my hair was an unplanned, spontaneous move and I am insanely happy with how I feel about it. I’ve had long hair my entire life. My hair has always been a part of me, my look and the way I feel about myself. Constantly challenging myself and making changes is helping me grow into the woman I believe God intends for me to be. I am still young, still learning and making mistakes but I know I’m heading in the right direction of complete self-approval and happiness.

I want to share something that I read the other day. Rachel is someone that I follow on Instagram. She is a wonderful, beautiful person and really hits it home with this post. She posted a picture of herself from the back, in her bikini. Please note, she is a yoga instructor and posts pictures of herelf doing yoga in her bikini. Apparently some people had some negative things to say about her picture. Here is her response:

“Ok. I literally just scrolled through my entire phone looking for a picture, any picture, that shows off my backside…. This was the only one I could find. And do you know why? Because I’ve never given it any thought! And I would never post a photo like this normally. It’s just my butt, and it’s nothing special. But if I would listen to what people comment here on Instagram? It’s small, ugly, non-existent, or what was it someone wrote today… Embarrassing? Gee, thanks! All I can say is wow. WOW. How can something that I use mainly for sitting be such a conversation starter? Well, apparently I should do less sitting and more…. Squatting? Hm. I squat, as in Malasana, to open my hips. I don’t squat as in “move up and down incessantly until your glutes burn” because that does not seem like something I would even remotely enjoy. Sitting, however, I like! Especially if I get to do it while drinking wine, talking, holding hands with someone I love. Squatting to change what I look like? Nah. My backside doesn’t define who I am, and neither does any part of my body. Nor a number on a scale, or the image in the mirror reflected back at me. Because that’s all we see: Reflections. What you see in others is a reflection of how you see yourself. Are you spewing out negative comments about my backside (or anything else that “bothers” you)? Chances are, you spend a whole lotta time worrying about your own. So settle down people. It’s just flesh. It’s just a body. It’s not who you are. I doubt my Caribbean-raised fiancé is marrying me for my Sweden-sized ass as much as I doubt he is marrying me despite of it. Real connection happens way beyond all of this. I say, how about we spend a little more time worrying about the size of our hearts than we do the size of our jeans? I’m going back to my flat-assed evening. Sorry for the rant just felt the need to address all these comments! #love #speakyourtruth #embracewhoyouare”

The 30 days have passed. I feel better, I feel happy and I have the Whole30, the Paleo community and my awesome support system to thank. If you have any questions about food or just want to talk please reach out to me. I’m no nutritional expert but my knowledge is growing daily and I’m very passionate about spreading the love and happiness of eating whole foods and living a fulfilled life.



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Whole30 2.0 – Week 2 Prep

Week one is coming to an end and I can definitely say it’s been great. The weekly cook up last Sunday helped so much with my busy schedule. Wednesday, I went to Cincinnati for a video shoot and had no problem staying completely Whole30. I also served alcohol at an event on Saturday for over 5 hours and didn’t taste the wine (I like to call that will power + the fact that it was Sutter Home, bleh!)

Solomon and I stuck to the menu we planned last week and have found some new favorite recipes: mulligatawny stew, sweet & spicy ginger-garlic chicken and the faux pho! I want some now just thinking about it.

Here is our plan for week two:

Grocery List


  • Yellow squash (1)
  • Zucchini (5)
  • Green beans (1 lb)
  • Banana peppers (2)
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Avocado (3)
  • Red bell peppers (2)
  • Tomato
  • Spinach
  • Garlic
  • Fresh mint
  • Jalapeños (2)
  • Sweet potatoes (4 lbs)
  • Green apples (2)
  • Scallions
  • Lettuce

Canned/Shelf Life Items

  • Black olives
  • Chicken broth
  • Pecan halves
  • Mustard powder
  • Lemon juice
  • Light olive oil
  • Paprika
  • tomato paste
  • Coconut aminos
  • Coconut milk
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Wild planet canned tuna (4)


  • Ground beef (4 lbs)
  • Chicken (4 lbs)
  • Fresh salmon
  • Ground pork

& (1) dozen eggs

Week 2 Meal Options

Breakfast – Eggs & Green apple sausage patties

Lunch – Leftovers, homemade sweet potato soup, Waldorf tuna salad & mediterranean tuna salad.

Dinner –

  • Meatza
  • Shephard’s pie
  • Pineapple chicken curry
  • Zoodles aglio et olio w/ chicken
  • Salmon w/ green beans
  • Sweet potato hash
  • Red chicken curry

Today we cooked/prepared the sweet potato soup, green apple sausages and both tunas.

Follow me on Instagram for tasty pictures of all of these meals and check back next week for a week 2 recap!

Keep Calm & Whole30 on,


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