So I am done with week 1, and I have discovered that every time I embark on a Whole 30 journey it gets easier. I am not experiencing headaches, or hunger pangs, but I am still grieving some of my old food friends. I have been in a panic at the thought of not having some good old dirty tex-mex for 100 days, but oddly enough that thought is even fleeting. I am feeling really ready to do this! So ready in fact that I spent what felt like a terribly long time making a menu and a grocery list for anyone who wants this to be their week to whole 30 on!  I am now very aware of why people charge money for meal plans and grocery lists, but I truly believe that if I can help one person find their way to health and fitness than I am paid in full! The list is comprehensive and you should go through your pantry and fridge and check off what you don’t need, and then hit the store ready to rock this week!


Sun. eggs berries coffee with coconut milk

Mon. eggs berries coffee with coconut milk

Tues. Chicken Apple sausage with berries and nuts

Wed. Chicken Apple sausage with berries and nuts

Thurs. Chicken Apple sausage with berries and nuts

Fri. eggs berries and nuts

Sat. Chicken Apple sausage with Apple and coffee with coconut milk


Sun. –  Kale salad with cucumber, red onion, celery and tuna bag mixed into homemade mayo with fresh dill

To make Mayo: take room temperature egg and whiz it in your food processor/blender then add in1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp dried mustard and 1 tbs of apple cider vinegar then whiz again slowly add 3/4 cup LIGHT OLIVE OIL in a slow stream drizzle to running food processor/blender when right consistency add in chopped fresh dill.

Mon. –  leftover soup

Tuesday – leftover soup

Wed.- Applegate farms turkey burger patty with sliced avocado and roasted broccoli

Thursday-  Turkey Burger patty sliced avocado with roasted butternut squash and roasted broccoli

Fri-  Kale salad with cucumber, red onion, celery and tuna bag mixed into homemade mayo with fresh dill


Sun.-  Paleo tortilla Soup

Mon.- pesto bacon wrapped chicken with shaved brussel sprouts

Tues.-  almond crusted chicken fingers with roasted veggies ( broccoli carrots cauliflower)

Wed.- steak with potatoes and grilled asparagus

Thurs.- creole chicken with cauli rice SUBSTTUTION NOTE: I use paprika instead of saffron and Anchovy paste instead of anchovies

Fri.- Best chicken ever  with grilled skewers

Sat.- Turkey burgers, potatoes, and  grilled skewers- COMPLIANT NOTE: NO WORSECTERSHIRE

3-4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2.5lbs worth)
1 pound (340g) organic chicken fillet skinned strips
2 lbs Chicken breast
2-3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
8 ounces Andouille sausage (sugar-free; sub chicken andouille if neeeded)
1 lb Ground Turkey
4 grass-fed New York Strip Steaks
Pedersons Natural Farms No Sugar Bacon
Aidelles Chicken Apple Sausage
2 bags of tuna

8 oz. red potatoes
7 cloves garlic, sliced
3 cups fresh basil
Fresh bay leaves
1 head cauliflower
1 green bell pepper
2 ribs celery
2 bunches of cilantro
Red onion
Bunch of parsley
4 limes
2 lemons
3 yellow onion
1 red bell pepper
1 poblano pepper
3 jalapeño peppers
2 avocado
Bag of shaved brussel sprouts
Bunch of asparagus
Bag of mixed veggies broccoli, cauliflower and carrots
Bag of broccoli
Bag of diced butternut squash ( or get your own and dice I am lazy)
Bag of spinach
Pre-made grilled veggie skewers
Fresh dill
Bag of kale

Himilayan rock salt ( or coarse salt)
cayenne pepper
garlic powder
chili powder
curry powder
ground allspice
ground cinnamon
dried bay leaf
whole coriander seeds
whole cumin seeds
whole black peppercorns
paprika (sweet, hot, or smoked)
dry oregano
Dry mustard
Poultry seasoning
Olive oil – extra virgin
Olive oil- extra light
balsamic vinegar
spicy brown mustard
Coconut aminos
Apple cider vinegar
Anchovy paste
3 tablespoons clarified butter (ghee)

Bag of shelled Pistachios
Macadamia nuts
2 bags of Almonds
Unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
Plantain chips

1 (4oz) can diced green chiles
1 (14oz) can fire roasted tomatoes
32 oz fluid chicken stock (I used low sodium, no sugar added)
8 oz. fluid chicken stock (I used low sodium, no sugar added)
8 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
Organic full fat coconut milk ( I but several at a time)

Applegate farms organic frozen turkey burger patty



I have gained 5 pounds in 2 months. It isn’t much to think about really it is only like 2.5 pounds a month, but wait that could add up to 30 pounds in a year- YIKES! That is how I got here…  A little bit at a time. A little more food a little less moving, and a lot less metabolism as I rounded the corner to 40 that is FOR SURE! However, It isn’t all about the number on the scale. Remember… I took measurements and pictures too. I also have the tried and true skinny jean AKA hot body emergency jeans. You know the jeans that you keep tucked away in the closet because one day you will need them in the event of a hot body emergency where you simply have nothing to wear except those jeans in the back of the closet! You move them, you long to wear them, you curse them… mine are 10 years old and far too expensive to part with 😉 I try them on from time to time, and today I tried them on and took pictures so I will have photographic proof of my success! Will I ever be able to comfortably wear those jeans? Who knows and who cares if those hot body jeans will ever be my comfy go to jeans again, but I know that at the end of this I hope that I feel too good to care! I know one thing for sure…my scale is not the end all be all. There are many measures of success.  I present to you exhibit A… My measurements!

OCT 1: Left arm 13 inches- OCT 31:  12 inches DEC 28: 12.5 inches

OCT 1: Right arm 13 1/4 inches- OCT 31: 12 inches- DEC 28: 12.5 inches

OCT 1: Left upper thigh 25 inches OCT 31-  23.5inches DEC. 28: 23.5 inches

OCT 1: Left quad 20 inches -OCT 31:  19 inches-  DEC 28. 20 inches

OCT 1: Right upper thigh: 25 inches OCT 31: – 23.5 inches – DEC 28: 23.5 inches

OCT 1: Right quad: 20 3/4 inches- OCT 31: 19.5 inches – DEC 28: 20 inches

OCT 1: Chest 34 1/2 inches- OCT 31:  32 3/4 inches-  DEC 28:32 3/4 inches

OCT 1: Belly button 34 3/4- OCT 31:  33 inches -DEC. 28: 32 1/2 inches

OCT 1: Hip 42 inches-  OCT 31: 40 inches – DEC. 28 40 inches

Notice how little has changed? I was a bit surprised, but actually come to think of it my jeans are still comfortable and my shirts are not too tight in the muffin top region.  This no scale thing is pretty liberating! DO NOT GET ON THE SCALE FOR THE DURATION OF YOUR WHOLE 30-100!!!

Instead focus on the non- scale victories like your rings not being too tight, or being able to lift more weight, or do more push-ups. Focus on how amazing it feels to wake up rested and not be in pain when you step out of the bed! I have to work hard to not focus on the number on the scale, but in this journey I am committed to being content with where I am in the numbers and to focus on how I feel in the journey!


PS. I will share my transformation photos  in an upcoming post…  I can’t believe the pictures!

100 DAYS OF REAL FOOD… CAN I DO IT? WATCH ME! My Week One Meal Plan and Links

I started this blog in October to chronicle my journey on a Whole 30. I am not a nutritionist and I cannot offer advice on how you should eat or exercise. I love to cook, but I don’t have the creativity that most food bloggers possess, so I research and try their recipes.  I can share my journey and the tips and tricks I use to eat clean and train for WELLNESS! I am 40 years old and active, and my doctor is fully aware of my eating and exercise plans… in fact in my Nov. physical she was so pleased to see my physical and mental transformation that she decided to try a Whole 30 to see if it helps her chronic foot pain 🙂

I have learned so much about my relationship with food thanks to the completion of a Whole 30. I know that I have a crazy bad addiction to sugar, and I have a serious inflammation response to grain. I know that I feel so much  better both physically and emotionally when I am fueling my body with clean foods, yet I still find it hard to resist the lure of a Hershey’s Kiss, or salty hot waffle fries from Chick Fil A, and don’t even get me started on my love of Smash Burgers. My mission in this WHOLE 100 is to simply strip away the vice grip unhealthy food like substances seem to have on me. I want to take on this personal challenge to better understand my triggers of binge eating, and to get closer to controlling the domino effect that seems to happen when I have one chip, chocolate kiss, burger etc. Most importantly I hope to give myself the gift of feeling my best. At 40 years of age I have struggled with food addiction all of my adult life and vanity has been my major motivator. I have been hungry, tired, and spent thousands of dollars trying everything to look my best, so now I am taking on this challenge to FEEL MY BEST!

Planning is essential to success in all endeavors. I spend time weekly planning for my success. I plan my meals and I use Pinterest as well as cookbooks and blogs to ensure I have delicious recipes to fuel my body, mind and spirit! Below you will see what my meal plan looks like. I go to the grocery store on Sunday with my husband and our youngest son (7) who now declares the trip super fun because he loves to pick out new fruits to try. He calls himself a fruititarian 🙂 I love  leaving with a cart full of colorful produce, delicious protein, and I always pick up a bouquet of fresh flowers to keep in the kitchen!

All of the recipes I have for dinner are listed with the links to the blogs I found on Pinterest. Feel free to follow me on Pinterest! My Whole 30 Board is full of good stuff if you want to know how to modify a recipe to make it compliant let me know and I may be able to help.

Breakfast: I am a routine kind of girl so I pretty much eat the same things for breakfast daily

Sun. eggs with blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries coffee with canned coconut milk

( Coffee tip: I brew my coffee much lighter; for example in my carafe I fill to the 6 line then I only use 3 scoops of coffee instead of the 1:1 ratio.  I had to try several different brands before I enjoyed it without sweet and low I like Church and State I also like a low acid blend with cinnamon that they sell at Whole Foods)

Mon.  eggs with berries and almonds and green tea
Tues. Aidells Chicken Apple sausage with roasted butternut squash and coffee with canned coconut milk
Wed. Aidells Chicken Apple sausage with roasted butternut squash and  coffee with canned coconut milk
Thurs. Aidells Chicken Apple sausage banana with almond butter and green tea
Fri. Eggs with an apple and almond butter and green tea
Sat. Aidells Chicken apple sausage with berries and coffee with canned coconut milk

Sun. Applegate Farms frozen turkey burger patty with avocado and  grilled veggie mix of squash, zucchini, red onion, mushrooms, and red bell pepper
Mon.  Leftover Chili and roasted green beans
Tues. Leftover Chili and roasted green beans
Wed.  Leftover Ragu with roasted spaghetti squash
Thurs. Leftover Ragu with roasted spaghetti squash
Fri. Leftover pulled pork with roasted zucchini spears
Sat.  Leftover pulled pork with roasted broccoli

Sun.- Chili with roasted green beans
To roast green beans I toss with olive oil or bacon grease then add salt and pepper and place in a 375 degree oven for 20-30 minutes basically until they are browned and a little crisp- YUMMO!

Mon.-Best Chicken You Will Ever Eat Ever & grilled asparagus spears HEADS UP!!! You need at least 2 hours to brine so plan accordingly- DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP IT IS SOOOO WORTH IT!
To grill asparagus toss with olive oil salt and pepper and place on a grilling tray until nicely charred

Tues.- CROCK POT! Spicy Chicken Sausage Ragu with Zoodles
RECIPE NOTE: I only use 1 can of chicken broth because the recipe calls for way more than that and creates a soupy Ragu. I avoid sugar so I purchase my Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage from Whole Foods, but you could use Spicy Italian Turkey Sausage from the Turkey Store Brand if you are not near a Whole Foods.

Wed.- Balsamic Chicken with shaved brussel sprouts with bacon and balsamic vinegar HEADS UP!!! You need to marinate the chicken so make sure you leave time for that!
To make brussel sprouts cook bacon until crispy and then remove from pan and create bits, add shaved sprouts to the hot bacon drippings in the pan and sauté when done add bacon bits and a splash or 2 of balsamic vinegar

Thurs.- Pulled Pork with Cauliflower Rice HEADS UP!!! You need to pre-season the pork with a rub and let it sit in the fridge for a day or so!
For Cauliflower rice use a food processor and pulse cauli florets until they look like rice heat a skillet with 1-2 tbs of olive oil and cook “rice” until soft add salt and pepper to taste

Cashew Chicken with leftover Cauli Rice
RECIPE NOTE: Sub. arrowroot flour for cornstarch and use Coconut Aminos in place of soy sauce

Sat.- burgers and avocado with grilled veggies
For burgers I use salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder to season then I grill it up and top with avocado!
For grilled veggies I toss with olive oil and season with salt and pepper if I am feeling crazy I will add some curry powder too 🙂 then I place on a grill rack and cook them up!


Well team, I was hoping that I had licked this binge eating habit, but I am sad to say that Chips and Queso have been my unraveling this weekend. Yes, queso is my gateway drug! That golden, creamy, spicy, deliciousness started me on a weekend of over eating. Today… I feel like crap! My feet hurt, my tummy is unsettled, my sleep was not restful, and I am feeling blue. I am convinced that my weekend of overindulgence is to blame for the yuck that is going on with my body, and it occurs to me that these feelings were the normal issues that I used to wake up to prior to my Whole 30. Food… people… it starts with food! I have learned that I cannot stop and be satisfied with just one. I have learned that I am not capable of enjoying just one little treat, but that I have no brakes and the chips and queso lead to binge eating oreos which lead me to some diet pepsi which led me to cheez-its. How could I have consumed so much junk? I was stuffed, bloated, AND a bit like a maniac. It was as if there would never be a chance to consume that food like substance again and I was not going to miss out on the cheese flavored cardboard called crackers even though they did not taste very good. WHY? I obviously still have some work to do to get control of my feelings with the food, so that’s just what I am going to do. I am going to get back on track. I am planning my meals as usual and I am going to detox from the sugar and grains today… and it will hurt.
I feel pretty certain that my planned trip to Wurstfest on Sunday and my lack of fuel after my workout on Sat. led me astray. I think that I knew I was going to go crazy with potato pancakes and cream horns on Sunday and since I was already hungry at lunch time after 2 workouts and some hard core yard work on Sat. I just decided to ditch food as fuel and use food as pleasure. I can report that it does NOT feel good today.
Every bite is a choice. Today I choose to feel better and to use food as fuel. Check out my meal plans below.


Sun. I just had coffee… not awesome!
Mon. Eggs bacon berries
Tuesday. sausage and berries
Wednesday- sweet taters sausage
Thursday sweet taters sausage
Friday berries and eggs
Sat eggs and apple with almond butter

Mon. – Turkey patty roasted broccoli nuts berries
Tuesday- Turkey patty spinach kale salad with homemade ranch cucumber, olives, sundried tomatoes
Wednesday- chili and salad
Thursday- chili and roasted veggies
Friday- chili and cauliflower rice
Sat. chicken and cauliflower rice
Sun. big ole salad with grilled veggies and chicken on top

Dinner- NOTE: I am using recipes from last weeks meal plan since I didn’t cook those meals because of my eating out at Chuys 😦


Tuesday- Chili and salad

Wednesday- Best chicken&grilled veggie skewers


Friday- Balsamic chicken- grilled asparagus

Saturday- grilled hamburgers and avocado with veggie skewers
I just make pattys and grill them up with some garlic powder and onion powder and salt and pepper

Sunday- I am trying a twist on jerk chicken I will post my very first original recipe for you after I try it!!! EXCITED!


I am always on the hunt for a new way to enjoy my veggies. I used to travel when I worked full time, and I was obsessed with a broccoli salad at the whole foods deli counter. Today I tried a recipe from Well Fed 2 which is a collection of recipes from Clothes Make The Girl blogger Melissa Joulwan. It rocked my world y’all! I have included the link here, but be warned they say that if you are hungry you should test that out by asking the question, am I hungry enough for broccoli? Well my answer would be heck yeah if it is broccoli salad! I think I could over eat this salad easily, so be warned of the delicious factor. It is true that over eating habits follow you whether or not you are eating clean and healthy food or stuffing your face with funyons.

My Workout today was Zumba and it was rockin!

My plate:
2 eggs and 1/2 a sweet potato hashbrowns with coconut milk and coffee
turkey burger with broccoli salad
cashew chicken and green beans


So my Whole 30 is over, and I admit I went CRAZY on Friday Oct. 31. I ate a smash burger and fries for lunch, and dinner basically consisted of miniature candy bars with one garlic sausage link. I ended up with the worst headache ever the next day. I believe my brain was reacting to the sugar, but it could have been allergies 😉
Given how I felt when I woke up the next morning and took my first painful step I am committed now more than ever to continue fueling my body with high quality meals that are free from sugar and grain. I went to a pizza place with my family on Saturday for lunch and I ordered a salad with shrimp because my head was throbbing and I didn’t want to tempt fate with more grain, but the salad did have some amazing buffalo mozzarella. I am fairly sure that I can tolerate dairy in small amounts, so if I am at a restaurant I will enjoy some on a salad if it is there, but I don’t intend to bring it into my kitchen. The best part is that I wasn’t even tempted to try the focaccia bread on the table or to have a slice of pizza I knew it wouldn’t taste as good as my salad with the grilled shrimp, olives, artichoke hearts and olive oil. Once you wean yourself from being dependent on grain you will recognize how little flavor it actually has, and GASP you will choose salad over pizza… how is that even possible?
I am anxious to see how I can integrate some treat choices back into my life and how they make me feel. I know I overdid it on Halloween, but the headache hangover that accompanied my choices rivaled that of my college binge drinking hangovers, so my 40 year old self has decided that feeling good may just be better than the junk that I once craved. I will test this theory next Sunday at Wurstfest where there will be a cream horn with my name on it! I am CHOOSING to have a sugar treat because Wurstfest is once a year and I can only get those cream horns there SOOOO yep… that to me is a special occasion. This week I have made my menu and I am heading to the store to stock up on my good eats not for weight loss, not for this blog, not for any other reason other than I like waking up and not feeling tired, sick, and sluggish.
Enjoy the menu below and SPARKLE ON Y’ALL!

Sun.- eggs and bacon and grapes and canned coconut milk with coffee
Mon.- eggs and bacon and coffee with coconut milk
Tues.- eggs and berries and coffee with coconut milk
Wed.- beet belly dance salad with apple chicken sausage
Thurs.- beet belly dance salad with apple chicken sausage
Fri.- eggs and broccoli salad with PG tips tea
Sat.- eggs and bacon and apple slices and canned coconut milk and coffee

Sun. – chicken apple sausage and broccoli slaw and plantain chips
Mon. – Turkey burger with broccoli slaw and plantain chips
Tues.- Turkey burger patty beet belly dance salad
Wed.- Turkey burger patty beet belly dance salad
Thurs. -Turkey burger patty broccoli salad
Friday – leftover pork ternderloin with broccoli salad
Sat. – leftover pork tenderloin with broccoli salad

Sun. – Baked fish with lemon basil pesto and grilled asparagus

Mon.- jerk chicken with roasted green beans
Jerk seasoning:
Recipe: Cut chicken breasts in half and pound them. Rub in some jerk (use recipe above for no sugar jerk seasoning) and squeeze some sliced pineapple (you can use canned in juice) on the chicken. Leave for an hour to marinate. Broil in the oven in a shallow pan, together with pineapple chunks, 6 mins per side (until the temp is 165). Don’t overcook!


Wed. – cashew chicken with steamed broccoli COMPLIANT NOTE: ( use arrowroot flour and coconut aminos for soy to make It compliant instead of vegetable oil use sesame oil)

Thurs. – garlic balsamic pork tenderloin- with grilled veggie kabobs

Friday – best grilled chicken ever with leftover veggie kabobs

Sat. – chili


THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE!!! I cannot believe the results by the numbers. I am even more excited by my size in jeans. I was a solid 10 with 8s being a little snug and now I am in a 6!!! I can wear my 16 year old daughters skinny jeans! The best part is I feel amazing! I have not changed my workouts at all, so it really is all about the food! For those of you on the journey IT IS SOOOO WORTH IT! JUST KEEP GOING!

OCT 1: Left arm 13 inches- OCT 31: 12 inches

OCT 1: Right arm 13 1/4 inches- OCT 31: 12 inches

OCT 1: Left upper thigh 25 inches OCT 31- 23.5inches

OCT 1: Left quad 20 inches -OCT 31: 19 inches

OCT 1: Right upper thigh: 25 inches OCT 31: – 23.5 inches

OCT 1: Right quad: 20 3/4 inches- OCT 31: 19.5 inches

OCT 1: Chest 34 1/2 inches- OCT 31: 32 3/4 inches

OCT 1: Belly button 34 3/4- OCT 31: 33 inches

OCT 1: Hip 42 inches- OCT 31: 40 inches