Links I’m Loving

Happy Wednesday, friends! Thanks for stopping by.¬†ūüôā

Shout out to my friend Amy! Happy 23rd Birthday!!!

I felt a little sluggish this morning when my alarm clock went off, but I’m finally waking up!

My morning started off with three eggs and a cup of pumpkin spice coffee. I’m addicted! On the way to work, I continued my breakfast with a sliced honeycrisp apple and almond butter. I ran out of Justin’s almond butter today, so I need to pick some up ASAP! I’m not exactly sure if it is Whole 30 approved, but I’m just going with it. Don’t rain on my parade if it’s not!

Today I decided to share a few of the links I’m loving right now. Let me know what you think!

Whole30 Approved Foods:

Skillet sweet potato, sausage and sweet potato hash from So Good Paleo

Zucchini noodles with creamy roasted tomato basil sauce from Running to the Kitchen (omitting a few ingredients, like cheese!)

The Paleo kitchen pumpkin waffles from PaleOMG. I know in the Whole30, you aren’t supposed to re-create foods. But, this is something completely different, right! What’s a waffle? ūüėČ

Workouts:

One of my best friends sent me these swimming workouts that I’m excited to try out! I’ll be modifying them to my skill level.

I’ve done this ab workout twice now and love that the last move makes me shake. Core workouts not involving planks are quickly becoming my go-to.

Doing this barre-inspired arm workout really makes my arms feel the burn! I complete it two or three times.

Blogs:

Peanut Butter Fingers: Peanut Butter Fingers has been my favorite blog for years now. Julie posts quick recipes, fun workouts and adorable pictures of her Vizsla!

Treble in the Kitchen:¬†Tara recently moved to Colorado, so I’m having fun living vicariously through her and her new Colorado adventures! Plus, she used to live in Indy!

Katie’s Fit Script:¬†I’ve been following Katie on Instagram for about a year and love that she finally has a blog! I am enjoying reading her views on different exercise and nutrition topics. She clearly has a very kind heart!

Gold-Hatted Lover: Mary-Katherine posts outfits for all occasions as well as other things like travelling. I really like her sense of style and get a lot of outfit inspiration from her!

Questions of the Day

  • What are your favorite links this week?
  • Are there any workout videos, recipes or blogs I should check out?
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Bring on the Challenge!

Hello, hello! Thanks for stopping by!

I hope you all had a fun weekend!

Some of my weekend highlights:

  • Cheering on my friend as she completed her 15th half marathon. What an accomplishment!!
  • Eating¬†a delicious omelet with sausage, green peppers and mushrooms at the¬†Bread Basket Cafe & Bakery.¬†Yum!
  • Going to Barnes & Noble for the first time in forever (If you just thought of the song from Frozen when you read that, we should probably be best friends!) and buying some fun notepads, cards and books.
  • Attending church with my family at Trader’s Point and¬†doing a little shopping at Nordstrom Rack.

An experiment I’m starting…

Over the weekend, I picked up a copy of “It Starts with Food” by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. I’ve read quite a bit of it already and have found it very compelling.¬†This book provides research addressing issues like eating well during the day but having post-dinner¬†sugar cravings, eating more but still getting hungry and eating healthy but still gaining weight.

According to Dallas and Melissa and all of the other experts, eating Paleo will help you fix not only all of the problems above but also a huge variety of other health issues.

The food you eat either makes you more healthy or less healthy. Those are your options. -Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

The more I think about that statement and read the book, the more I agree with their theory. Think about it. If you are putting healthy, nutritional food into your body, it would make sense if you felt better and your organs operated better. If you eat artificial products and unhealthy foods, the opposite seems like it would be true.

Of course in any book, the authors will want you to side with their viewpoint. This is why I’ve decided to tackle the Whole30 to test it out for myself.

Bring on the Challenge

Now couldn’t be better timing to start the Whole30. Since being diagnosed with a stress fracture, I can’t workout like I usually do and definitely need to clean up my diet to prevent unwanted weight gain.

Each meal will have:

  • Protein (1-2 palm size servings)
  • Veggies (fill the plate)
  • Fats (1-2 thumb size)
  • Fruits (occasionally!)

(Full details of what is acceptable to eat and what is not!)

I won’t be documenting my meals and daily updates here, but plan on sharing about once a week unless you’d like me to do otherwise! Let me know!

Have a magical day!

Questions of the Day:

  • Have you ever participated in the Whole30? What is your favorite Paleo meal?
  • What were your weekend highlights?