July 31, 2015

Week One of Whole 30

If you follow me on instagram then you already know that I recently started the Whole30 program. I don't really want to get into what it is because it would take forever so let me just direct you to their lovely website where you can get ALL the info on the Whole30 program. I actually bought the book and read through their website and a couple blogs before I started because I didn't want to just start something without knowing it fully so if you're thinking about starting Whole30 I recommend you do the same, it will only make things easier.

What I want to share with you all is what I ate, how I prepared, and how I felt after week one. I started this journey for a variety of reasons:
-to be healthy
-to loose weight
-to battle my sugar addiction
-to change my eating habits
-to feel better

I have always been a yo-yo dieter. I am pretty good at loosing weight when I have to but just as easily gain it back and I am just so tired of that cycle. Not only that but in the last couple of years I've become lactose intolerant and my gut has just been all kinds of messed up from all of the junk I keep feeding it so I decided enough was enough. I knew that what I ate not only messed me up physically but also emotionally. 


I love to eat. Food and me have a love/hate relationship and it's been that way since I can remember. I love healthy food, I love greasy food... I don't hate. I love it all! (well not all but almost.) So eating healthy has never been a problem for me, I love salads and I love veggies but my problem is I also love the greasy and the sweet. So week one was tough, it was tough not having that sweet after every meal, not being able to just open my pantry and reach for a bag of chips or lick my fingers when I smeared PB&J on them making my kids sandwiches. It was tough. Here is what I ate though and I enjoyed every single meal. As for drinks I ONLY drink water with each and every meal. That's another tough one because I am addicted to sweet tea and lemonade.

breakfast | two fried eggs in coconut oil and sweet potato hash (sweet potatoes + red peppers sauteed in coconut oil topped and fresh cracked pepper). 

lunch | grilled chicken tenders, avocado, brocoli slaw (pre-packaged heb organics) topped with lemon/olive oil mix, cherry tomatoes, carrots, and red peppers.

dinner | stuffed red peppers with ground beef/mushrooms/peppers/onions. 
Followed this recipe for cooking instructions only but the stuffing is my own.

breakfast | boiled egg, avocado, banana, strawberries, blueberries

lunch | leftover pepper, carrots, tomatoes, avocado

dinner | one pot chicken and potatoes (recipe here)

breakfast | two eggs fried in coconut oil topped with fresh salsa, sauteed mushrooms/spinach/onion and avocado. 

lunch | tuna, onion, jalapeno, tomato and lime juice

dinner | paleo chili topped with avocado (recipe here but I cooked mine in crock pot)

breakfast | boiled egg and banana

lunch | leftover chili

dinner | potatoes and tuna 
ingredients: 2 cans of tuna, potatoes (about 2-3), tomato, clove of garlic, onion, salt + pepper, coconut oil
method: blend garlic and tomato with just enough water to blend and set aside. cook potatoes and onions in coconut oil in a pan and season with sat and pepper, once potatoes are soft add drained tuna and also season, once tuna is grilled add tomato blend. Let it simmer for about 4-5mins and enjoy!

breakfast | two fried eggs in coconut oil topped with salsa, sweet potato hash and avocado

Lunch was Chipotle and Dinner was a boiled egg and a Larabar

WEEKEND | I went out of town that weekend so I made another batch of chili and took it with me along with fruit and larabars. I ate chipotle again for dinner before returning home. 


I felt great physically and emotionally. My stomach felt better than ever. I didn't have to suck in my stomach once. I had no bloating, no gas, no pain. I just felt good. Sure the cravings were strong but I remembered the results of the food I was eating and that kept me from quitting. At the end of the week I lost 5lbs. I know that whole 30 is not about weighing yourself or loosing weight but it is one of my motivations and just the fact that I lost 5lbs in ne week by changing my diet makes me want to keep going. 


I write my menu plan for the week on Sunday. I make a list of the meals I want to make everyday, mostly for dinner because eggs and lefotvers are what I usually have for breakfast and lunch. I like going to my pinterest board for recipes. Since I love trying new recipes this keeps me motivated during the week and excited for dinner. I try to make at least 2 of the meals from pinterest recipes. Then based on my menu for the week I write another list with my grocery list. I put things for the kiddos on there. Our kids eat the same thing we do for dinner but their breakfasts and lunches are their own. I always prepare their food first and serve them and then I prepare my own so usually by the time they are eating I'm preparing and then we all sit down for dinner together and eat the same thing. 

I won't be doing a weekly update but I plan to do one at the end of my 30 days. I love the results so far and I can't wait to see more changes by the end of the program. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment. This is my very first whole 30 so I am in no way an expert but I'd love to help out in any way I can. 

If you are on instagram make sure to follow me as I love to share photos of my food there!

July 29, 2015

Texas + Ceiling Fans | Hunter Fan Co. Giveaway

I am not a native Texan. I grew up in the North where a/c units were not a necessity and fans were rare.  I remember one a/c unit in a bedroom was enough because it never got hot enough for you to use it all Summer long. 

Moving to Texas was not only an adjustment for me as a pre-teen entering middle school but climate wise as well. I quickly learned ceiling fans in every bedroom are a must! So, as we were getting ready to purchase our new (older) home, I knew we would have to install ceiling fans in every room. To be honest with you I wasn't all that excited about ceiling fan shopping because I honestly thought ceiling fans weren't all that pretty... I was wrong. I had never actually shopped for a ceiling fan before because we never updated the ones our previous home came with. Well, I was pleasantly surprised to find such modern fans out there, I had no idea! 

Hunter Fan Company generously sent us not just one but THREE ceiling fans for our new home. One for each of our bedrooms. We got to choose all three of our ceiling fans and chose each of them to match each room's style. We are still working on finishing our bedrooms so stay tuned for some room reveals featuring our new Hunter Fans! Our master bedroom is bright and white so I wanted something that would stand out. We chose the Hunter Windemere for our master bedroom. 
It is modern and beautiful and looks perfect in our new master bedroom. It doesn't give very much light but I suspect that has more to do with the size of our bedroom and our vaulted ceilings more than it does the fan itself but it does it's job in keeping us cool and it looks great too! 
We chose the same ceiling fan for both Joshua and Sarah's rooms. Except Sarah got the white option. The Hunter Sonic ceiling fan is another modern fan. They come with four blades at an angle and work well to keep air circulated and the entire room cool. 
Each of the fans come with their own remote which the kids LOVE. You can screw the remote holder on the wall but Sarah likes to keep hers next to her bed. 
Joshua got the stainless steel/dark blades version which I think goes better with his bedroom.
Now let me tell you about the SUPER COOL technology that I had no idea existed. Hunter sent me their new SIMPLEconnect feature which lets me control my fan with my smart phone. It was easy to set up and now I don't have to get up to turn my fan on/off. You can also schedule your fan to turn on or off at a certain time of day or when you are on vacation as a safety feature. You can program it to fit your schedule. I LOVE this feature! It's more likely for me to loose the fan remote than it is to loose my phone so having the app is pretty handy!
I love my Hunter fans so much and I know you will too so Hunter Fan Co. has so graciously agreed to give one of my readers a ceiling fan of their choice. That's right you have a chance to win your very own ceiling fan! I'm excited for you! Just enter through rafflecopter below. 

The winner will be chosen and e-mailed Friday August 7th. 
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