Back to Basics Workout


Although my diet has been on point, I hadn’t been to the gym in days which is so unlike me! Anyway, I decided to do some basic, effective exercises based on functional, everyday movements: walking, stepping, jumping and pushing.  Turned out to be the perfect balance between fun and challenging. Definitely encouraged me to go back to the gym tomorrow!

Tip: pack your gym bag the night before and throw it by your front door or car trunk to insure you’ll go to the gym. No excuses!

Whole 30: Day 3 – Small Confession.



very ugly sweet potato



spinach salad with chicken

OKAY. Here’s the small confession…

I. ate. almond butter.

“Huh? but that’s paleo!”

I know. I know. It is paleo, which is why this is a small confession, nothing that’s really derailing my efforts! But since I’m doing the low histamine version due to my mast cell disease nuts are OFF limits. Whoops. I had three teaspoons (adds up to one tablespoon, but eating three baby spoonfuls felt more satisfying) with organic raisins. And it was perfection. #noregrets.



almond butter with organic raisins



Sauteed Cabbage, Peppers and Chicken

Today’s lessons:

1. You can’t dwell on moments of “weaknesses” or allow them to set you back from your goals. Instead use that as a release, as long as it’s a mindful, logical decision to off-road. I needed that almond butter today. And I was proud of myself for eating a really beautiful, paleo dinner.

2. I love photographing my meals! Seriously keeps me accountable.

Whole 30: Day 2 – Fish Cabbage Cups

Day two done with ease! Did yoga first thing in the morning, and completed day 2 of insanity. SO SORE.



huge fruit salad



Balsamic grilled chicken, red bell pepper, kale and my staple mustard vinaigrette!



ate most of the grapes before I took this… whoops




Sea Trout Cabbage Cups – insanely delicious!

Sea Trout Cabbage Cups

I was on the hunt for a fish dinner. I went to my usual fish market, saw my usual fish guy and got an unusual fish (for me). I pointed to the vibrant, saturated salmon-looking flesh and to my surprise, it was sea trout! When cooked, it was milder and firmer than salmon. Definitely expecting to try new things during these next thirty days, and this was just the start!


6 oz filet fish
1 TBS melted coconut oil, divided
chili powder
2 bell peppers, chopped
1/2 cup cabbage, shredded
1 TBS coconut aminos
4 whole cabbage leaves
orange wedges


Whisk together 1 tsp oil, cumin, paprika and chili powder. Brush onto fish and place on a hot grill. Cooking time will vary depending on the kind of fish, size of the fish and temperature of your grilling surface.

Meanwhile, sautee the bell peppers and cabbage in the remaining melted coconut oil and coconut aminos. Stir frequently and remove when cabbage has shrunk and peppers are tender.

Arrange cabbage leaves or “cups” on your plate. Spoon vegetable mixture and fish into each cup, top with juice from your orange wedges, wrap and enjoy!


Whole 30: Day 1

Second time around! My first whole thirty was during college, which mayyyyy not have been the best environment to avoid drinking alcohol. Especially during Superbowl weekend. Whoops. Anyway, today was the first day of my July Whole 30 and here’s what I ate:


Breakfast: roasted sweet potato with ground ginger and cinnamon


Snack: i was STARVING after work and chomped on these sweet, crunchy bites while I cooked lunch


Lunch: Perfection. Baby kale salad topped with balsamic chicken and a mandarin. I made a mustard vinaigrette with 1 TBS mustard, 1/2 TBS extra virgin olive oil, splash of lemon juice and a ton of chopped herbs.


Dinner: roasted organic salmon with a roasted red pepper tapanade and steamed veggies. Yum!


Dessert: apple. Super sweet and satisfying!


I also chugged a gallon of water and drank a lot of tea. After day one I feel really full, content and accomplished. Bring on Day two.

July Whole 30

New month, new plan. As always I restart and reevaluate (i.e. Summer Solstice, Birthdays). July I will start another Whole 30. For those who don’t know what a Whole 30 is, it’s essentially eating whole, unprocessed, paleo-approved foods for thirty consecutive days. Since I have mast cell disease I chose to do the low-histamine version of the Whole 30 and comprised a little “menu” for myself, and if you’re looking for other great tools check out the link above:

Also, I decided to compile a vague, but structured skeleton of a weekly workout:

upper body

lower body


upper body

total body



So ready for July! I registered for a 5K in September and hopefully these twice-a-week runs will help me feel less intimidated by running!

One Tequila, Two Tequila…

This weekend I went up to my friend’s lake house with the intention of making smart food choices to negate the fact that I would most likely drink my weight in alcohol. However, that wasn’t exactly the case. I brought my vitamins and green tea bags, but otherwise I had little control over the available sustenance. I ate a generous share of non-organic beef burgers, inflammatory gluten-laden treats, and depressive-inducing alcohol.

I need to reset my body to say the least. I plan on doing a Whole 30 in July, but today I’m getting over this beer fog and planning out a healthy meal plan for the week. Might post later if I have time!

Moral of the weekend: day drinking is not worth off-roading the path to my goals