SNEAKY FOODS – TIM HORTONS EDITION

Hey you! Welcome to a new series I’m trying out! Basically what will be happening here is that I will be accessing nutrition information on foods that are branded as ‘healthy options’ and comparing them to alternatives to see which is actually better for you… and to point out how much food companies lie.

Today, for my first edition of Sneaky Foods, I’m tackling Tim Hortons! Because it’s almost Canada Day and we’re celebrating a milestone this year (150 years, woo!), Tim Hortons brought back their famed ‘Roll Up the Rim to Win” contest (if you have no idea what I’m talking about because you’re not Canadian it’s ok don’t worry this information is not crucial to the rest of this post and also I’m sad for you because you’re missing out). Because I’m a glutton for punishment (I never win at this contest) I found myself heading to Timmy’s for coffee this morning rather than the much tastier Starbucks. While I was there I was looking into the nutrition information on their menu, and I found some very interesting tidbits I’d like to share.

First up is the Bagel B.E.L.T. (that’s a bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato breakfast sandwich for you non-Canadians).

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The suggested option for this is to pair it with a 12 Grain Bagel – sounds healthy, right? Most of us know that eating whole grains is, overall, a better choice than eating white flour. However in this case, after seeing the nutrition facts of the 12 Grain Bagel, I wanted to dig a little deeper.

 

Calories Fat Sodium Carbs Sugar Protein
530 24g 1040mg 61g 11g 24g

As you can see, the B.E.L.T. with the 12 Grain Bagel was pretty high on calories and on sugar. So, I decided to swap out the bagel for a Plain Bagel. Check out how that changed the calories/sugar below:

Calories Fat Sodium Carbs Sugar Protein
485 17g 1019mg 62g 6g 22.5g

Just swapping out the 12 Grain Bagel (a seemingly healthier option!) for a Plain Bagel saved me 5 grams of sugar, 45 calories, 20mg of sodium, and 7 grams of fat.

 

While neither of these are ‘healthy’ options per-se (obviously not, they’re fast food) there are a lot of ways that we can be tricked into actually making worse choices, just because of a way that a company markets its food.

Let’s move on, shall we? Let’s start with a Tim Horton’s Raisin Bran Muffin. Sounds like a healthy option, no? We’re being good today and going with the muffin over a donut – and one that has bran in it, even! Take a look at the nutrition breakdown below:

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Calories Fat Sodium Carbs Sugar Protein
370 12g 370mg 63g 36g 5g

HOLY HELL. We’re looking at 370 calories and 36 grams of sugar…. for a muffin… THAT’S NOT EVEN THAT ENJOYABLE. WTF, Tim Hortons? Seriously?

 

For reference, I’m going to swap in a Honey Dip Donut. See the nutrition info below: Glazed-Doughnuts-3

Calories Fat Sodium Carbs Sugar Protein
220 6g 210mg 39g 19g 4g

The Honey Dip Donut scores better across the board. Fewer calories, fat, sodium, carbs, and sugar. This is not a one-off, either. Realistically, most of the ‘yeast’ donuts (the fluffy ones that aren’t cake-y) are much, much better for you than any of Tim Hortons’ muffins.

These are just a few examples of foods disguising themselves as ‘healthy’. The only real way to know what you’re eating is to make it yourself, honestly, and you’ll save yourself a lot of calories, fat, and sugar in the process. The amount of sugar, especially, in a lot of this stuff is truly horrifying. It’s so, so worth it to always read your labels and make educated food decisions.

Go forth, my informed friends! You can do it!

XO,

J

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SUGAR.

Ugh. So this post has been a long time coming. For a long time it was a bit of a half-baked, uninformed thought sitting at the back of my mind, but I’ve done some research and tried some things out and I’m finally at a point where I feel like I can confidently deliver this information.

As you’ll know if you have been reading along, I recently attempted Whole 30. That experience threw a lot of things into sharp relief for me – how messy my eating habits truly were, how I do in fact have a slight intolerance with dairy, how much better I feel when I eat well. I also lost ten pounds in the space of two weeks. Some of that was water weight, obviously, but some of it was fat – a dress that I bought back in March now fits much better than I did when I purchased it. I was no longer falling asleep at my desk at 2:30pm in a post-lunch crash. My digestive system was happier than it had been in years. Bloating was gone. All of this caused me to take a closer look at my overall nutrition.

As you all probably also know, I usually scoff at ‘trendy’ or ‘restrictive’ diet practices. I stand by that – I think that cutting too much of anything out of your food is extreme. Whole 30 was too extreme for me – I see no reason not to eat lentils and some grains. I also think Keto is too extreme, and that people don’t often do it properly (people on a keto diet often neglect fruits & veggies, meaning that they are lacking the vital nutrients that come from those sources). But for all my nay-saying and poo-poo-ing of these diets, I have found something that should be eliminated: refined sugar.

I’ve said this before, but I’m taking it to a new level because of what I’ve learned. Please enjoy a short history lesson below.

Back in the 1960s, heart disease was starting to skyrocket, and scientists were trying to determine a cause. There were two emerging schools of thought surrounding nutritional causes for heart disease; one pointed towards saturated fat as the culprit, and the other pointed at refined sugar. Sugar companies weren’t pleased with this turn of events, so they hired scientists (the laws/guidelines that we have in place in science to prevent conflicts of interest didn’t exist back then) to conduct what was essentially rigged research to point the finger at saturated fat. The problem was, the fact that these studies were sponsored by these large sugar corporations was not widely publicized – so the scientific community latched on to saturated fat as the ‘bad guy’, and this research coloured all research going forward. Blaming saturated fat for heart disease and obesity is basically the reason that margarine exists – butter was too full of saturated fat. Same thing with ‘fat free’ yogurt. But do you know what they added to these items to replace the fat that was removed? SUGAR. Some scientists tried to go against the grain and investigate the link with sugar, but they were promptly discredited by the scientific community. Remember the Atkins diet? Most of us think ‘Atkins” and think “crock of shit fad diet”. In actuality, Dr. Atkins had very solid research that backed up his low-carb, high fat/protein diet, but he was the subject of a smear campaign by the scientific community and all of his success was disregarded. (His patients actually lost a lot of weight on his program.) This has recently come to light and is being called ‘the sugar conspiracy’.

Fast-forward to the 1990s. Little me is attending school with kids whose lunch boxes are full of fat-free yogurt, dunkaroos, lunchables, etc. All of these claim to be low-fat…. and yet the number of obese kids in my classes is on the rise. It doesn’t make sense. We cut out the fat! The number of obese people has steadily risen since the 1960s, despite our best efforts to eliminate fat from our diet. It turns out, we may have been doing the exact opposite of what our bodies need.

I’m sure you’ve all been told at one point or another that eggs aren’t actually that good for you – mostly because they’re high in cholesterol. AS IT TURNS OUT, the kind of cholesterol that you eat (in foods like eggs) doesn’t really impact your blood cholesterol, which is what results in hardened arteries. In fact, many studies have shown that eating foods with cholesterol does not impact your blood cholesterol AT ALL. Sugar, however, does. Refined sugars are somewhat processed in the liver, and the liver actually produces cholesterol. This is the cholesterol that ends up in your blood – and it results from sugar being processed in the liver. So all these years we’ve been moderating our intake of eggs, when there is absolutely no reason to do so. One scientist I saw quoted in an article actually said that eggs are a great nutrient-dense food and don’t deserve their reputation. We really should have been avoiding sugar.

There are links between sugar and heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer. And to be clear, when I say ‘sugar’ I don’t mean the naturally occurring sugars in fruits – those are totally fine! It’s the refined, processed (white) kind that’s the devil. And the really bad news here is that it’s in everything. You may think I’m exaggerating, but I’m not. Added sugar comes in a million different forms and hides under many different names. I have found it added to chicken broth. SERIOUSLY. Why does chicken broth need sugar?! The only way to avoid it is to make food yourself, avoiding these additives. That’s why I always tell people how crucial cooking your own food is to weight loss success. That’s the only way you can really ensure that you know what you’re eating.

I know all of this sounds super unsustainable. It is, realistically, because of the fact that sugar is everywhere. My commitment as of right now is to eat no added sugar Monday – Friday (5 days a week) with some flexibility on the weekend. This is about much more than weight loss now, it’s very much about my health. I’m really frightened to see what happens as my generation ages, given the kinds of foods that we’ve been raised on, and I’m hoping that it’s not too late for me to change things at 24 years young.

If you’re interested in reading more about the effects of sugar on our bodies, check out this article: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/07/the-sugar-conspiracy-robert-lustig-john-yudkin

Let me know what you think – and take care of yourselves!

 

XO,

J

WHOLE…. 15?

Sooooo I accidentally oopsed on the whole Whole30 thing. (It’s not ALL my fault, I swear!) Long story short is I took a bit of something someone else cooked and tasted cheese and was just like… meh, two weeks was fun and all but I’m over it.

Realistically, the Whole 30 is stupid restrictive. Like, to the point of life no longer being worth living. Don’t get me wrong, it’s awesome as a reset for your body, but eating like this for more than a couple of weeks is just not sustainable. You’ll hate everyone and everything and essentially just be a total grump.

There are some things I really liked about it, though. For one, it was very strict in helping me avoid added/refined sugars. Sugar is a nemesis for pretty much everyone and it’s in freakin’ EVERYTHING, so being strict really helped eliminate sugar from my diet. After the initial sugar detox migraine, I felt really good – less tummy troubles than usual (I have a fairly sensitive digestive system) and no 2:30pm-falling-asleep-at-my-desk sugar crash. It really pointed out for me that I DO have an issue with sugar and, by extension, with dairy. (TRAGIC.) I ate ice cream after the cheese incident because #YOLO and let’s just say I regretted it later. Big time. In the last two days I have kinda been testing things out on myself, and it seems like cheese and yogurt are cool (in that they don’t give me bloating or make me feel ill) but other forms of dairy are not. C’est la vie, I suppose. I also noticed that by about 1.5 weeks in, I didn’t really want to eat sweets anymore. My coworker brought leftover cookies into the office and I was like, nah, I’m good, thanks. Same thing happened a few days later with cake. I think eating like this has given me perspective on what is WORTH cheating for (sooo like cinnamon buns, ice cream, pizza, etc.) and what will just end up being ‘meh’. I realized that I often eat sugar for the sake of it but end up not really enjoying it – so from now on I can be more mindful about my treats and make sure I’m using them for something that I really, really enjoy.

In terms of what I didn’t like about the Whole 30 experience – it’s boring. You have to eat the same thing over and over again because realistically there’s not a whole lot of diversity available. If you’re a person who doesn’t love all veggies, this will be even tougher for you. I think the elimination of grains was what I struggled with most – you don’t realize how much of your diet is made up of grains until you’re not allowed to have them anymore. So many snacks are grain-based. So many side dishes. So much everything. I know I don’t have a gluten intolerance, so this seemed a bit overkill to me. HOWEVER, it did make me realize how many calories tend to accompany grains. By not being able to eat grains, it forced me to attempt to replace those calories with either protein or fruit/veggies, and that’s harder than it seems! I found I was just eating fewer calories and eating MORE food because grains were not included in what I could eat. Going forward, though, I think I might allow myself the inclusion of one kind of grain per day (that means I can eat sushi again, THANK GOODNESS). As it turns out, a lot of grain products contain a lot of added sugar, which is where I think a lot of weight-gain issues come from. So I think by limiting myself to one serving of grains a day and ensuring it’s a type that has little to no added sugar, I’ll be ok.

This is probably a good time to tell you that I’ve decide to continue for the next two weeks with what I will refer to as Whole30-ish. I will add back in a small amount of dairy (like 1/2 to 1 serving at most per day) because I feel like not eating it somehow makes my intolerance worse? Like my body forgets what to do with dairy products? Idk. I’ll also limit myself to one serving of a grain-based product per day, and be chill with legumes. I will also allow myself one ‘cheat’ meal per week where I can eat whatever the heck I want and not give a damn, because maintaining your sanity is important, friends. Other than that, the rules still apply, because I really have seen success with this.

I weighed myself the morning of the slip up and I had shed 10 pounds in 2 weeks, which is pretty nuts. Guys, I cannot stress this enough – I really, really, REALLY think it’s the refined sugar. I’m going to go on a tangent for a second – I’ll probably make this a separate post at some point and I’ll link it here – but there is scientific evidence that sugar is substantially worse for our health and more responsible for weight gain than actual fat is. The whole ‘low fat’ crap is an elaborate conspiracy orchestrated by sugar producers so that people would keep consuming their products. They paid for studies to show that fat was bad and it caught on and we are only now realizing how wrong those (very biased) studies were. This is true, I am making none of this up. Google it. ANYWAY. Refined sugar is bad, and for me anyway, it makes me gain weight like you would not believe. So, buh-bye sugar (except for my one cheat meal per week, ’cause a girl’s gotta live a little).

TL/DR, the Whole 30 is a bit overkill but helpful if you need a reset or if you think you may have a food intolerance. 6/10 would recommend. (Realistically, you could do a 2-week sugar cleanse and get most of the benefits, assuming you aren’t testing for food issues.)

So, do any of you think you’ll give Whole 30 a try? Let me know! (I also have a couple of recipes I can share if you need them!)

 

XO,

J

FRIED POTATOES OF DEATH

Okay guys, so I read something this morning that SHOOK ME TO MY VERY CORE. This headline greeted me this morning:

“Eating fried potatoes linked to higher risk of death, study shows” 

(Apparently regular, non-fried spuds are chill tho.)

And, like, quite frankly, I feel personally victimized by this news.

After thinking about it for a very short period of time, though, this is my reaction:e12

Forget fries before guys…. FRIES BEFORE EVERYTHING!

(I’m obviously kidding… mostly.)

In all seriousness though, people read headlines like this everyday and freak out. One day it’s dairy, the next it’s red meat, the next it’s fries. Clearly we all know that fries aren’t that good for us, and we should definitely not be eating them every day. But most of us sensible humans also know that moderation is key, and that treating ourselves to fries every now and again isn’t going to do us much harm. Scare tactics like this are silly.

There is no reason you can’t enjoy your favourite foods in moderation, even if they are fried potatoes of death.

(I am so sorry – I’m all over the place today with my sense of humour and my posts have been cray at best. I’ll be back to normal after the weekend, promise. 😉 )

XO,

J

THE DEFINITIVE LIST OF ANNOYING FITNESS THINGS

It’s Friday, I’m tired, its been raining all week, I haven’t eaten any bread in 13 WHOLE DAYS …. I think a silly post is in order.

I’m going to list below everything I find annoying about the fitness world. Maybe another day I’ll elaborate on these annoyances… just to be a super irritating complainer. You’re welcome.

THE DEFINITIVE LIST OF ANNOYING FITNESS THINGS.

  1. Attempting to remove/getting stuck in a sweaty sports bra after a particularly strenuous arm workout
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  2. People who sit and ‘stretch’ for a million years in the gym (by stretching I mean making use of a smart phone)
  3. Stairs/hills/toilets after leg day
  4. Doing laundry 12 times a week to wash all that workout gear
  5. Salad
  6. People who try to sell you shitty diet pills/wraps/shakes on Instagramgiphy-downsized (5)
  7. People who try to recruit you to pyramid schemes on Instagram
  8. People who really believe they will get rich via the pyramid scheme they joined on Instagram
  9. “Coaches” who have absolutely zero qualifications to give fitness and health advice, but decided to give it anyway… you guessed it – on Instagram!
  10. Really, really, really fit people
  11. Not being able to freely consume pizza whenever and wherever the mood strikesgiphy-downsized (1)
  12. Knowing the exact nutrition facts of what you’re about to consume when you’re treating yourself and feeling tragic about it
  13. People around you who know you’re trying to be healthier constantly commenting on how ‘you look thinner!’ even though you know for sure that you don’t
  14. Coworkers bringing cake/cookies/muffins/snacks into the office and sharing them
  15. Watching your coworkers eat said snack as you cry into your lean protein and veggies, alone at your deskgiphy-downsized (4)
  16. Burpees
  17. Getting hangry when there’s no accessible healthy food in your vicinity
  18. Meal planning
  19. Spending a million dollars at the grocery store every Sunday
  20. Saying to yourself “I feel really lean today!” and then having the scale completely ruin it for yougiphy
  21. Conflicting information (mostly about nutrition but also about exercise)
  22. Fad diets
  23. People who try to convince you to do fad diets
  24. Falling for fad diets and regretting it later
  25. People with naturally fast metabolisms (especially ones who brag about it)
  26. Reading about how your favourite food is apparently now horrible for you (RIP french fries – Fried-Potatoes of Death)
  27. Cardiogiphy-downsized (3)
  28. The price of athletic clothing
  29. The price of a gym membership
  30. Unsolicited advice from LITERALLY EVERY PERSON ON EARTH about losing weight/gaining muscle/ toning up/ etc etc etc
  31. Being so well-hydrated that you have to get up to pee every half hour
  32. People questioning your life choices all the time, and having to constantly justify why you’re doing what you’re doing
  33. Getting up stupidly early to go to the gym before workgiphy-downsized (2)
  34. Feeling like you wasted a day if you haven’t worked out
  35. Forgetting your Fitbit at home and not realizing until you get to the gym (I mean really, what’s even the POINT?)
  36. When your Fitbit decides spontaneously that it no longer wants to record your heart rate in the middle of a workout
  37. Doing something embarrassing in front of everyone at the gym (like the time I almost fell off of a treadmill after dropping my phone #hotmess)giphy (1)
  38. Being the party pooper who always wants to go home early to get those 8 hours of sleep in
  39. Juice cleanses. Actually, all cleanses. (True fact: the only ‘cleanse’ you need is a functioning liver. You’re welcome.)
  40. People who promote detox teas that are really just laxatives. (GROSS.)

Did I miss any? Add yours in a comment and we’ll keep the list going!

(Obviously this is all in good fun and not meant to offend anyone! #jokes We’re all in this together, and sometimes it’s fun to commiserate and make fun of ourselves a little!)

Happy FRI-YAY!!

XO,

J

RESTAURANT/FAST FOOD RAGE

Ok – we all know by now that I love pizza. This is a fact. I’m also a fairly social human who likes to go out for meals and dates with the boyfriend, so I frequent restaurants semi-regularly.

BUT I’M ANGRY.

Why, you ask?

WELL.

(Fasten your seatbelts, this may become a rant veeeery quickly.)

Listen, I understand that restaurants are businesses. To be successful in getting people to buy your food (and keep on buyin’ it), it has to taste good. It has to be an experience that bears repeating. And realistically, the majority of the population doesn’t eat purely for fuel – we’re only human, and we like to enjoy our food! But, as I think I’ve mentioned before, we’ve been entirely let down by our education and our upbringings when it comes to food. Most people are sadly lacking critical information about the importance of proper nutrition, and how to achieve it.

Where is this going, you ask? I’m getting there.

Restaurants have positioned themselves in our society as an option. I know that’s a weird way of phrasing that, but it’s the most accurate way I can think of to describe it. Restaurants and fast food joins market themselves as viable options for people – whether you don’t feel like cooking or don’t have time to cook, it’s totally chill to sub in purchased food.

Well, it’s NOT.

Eating at restaurants is supposed to be a treat. A once-in-a-while occurrence. And this normalization of eating out is quite literally killing us all. (DRAMA!) As mentioned previously, the number one goal of a restaurant is to make it’s food taste amazing. And, as most of us know, amazing-tasting food is often achieved by filling it full of calories, fat, and sugar. And again, this would all be totally FINE if restaurants were positioning themselves as ‘treats’. But instead, we see them as a viable option for ourselves on an every-day basis as we attempt to navigate our busy lives. For example – when I was young, my mom thought very little of feeding my sister and myself fast food once a week or so. We were busy kids and had tons of dance and soccer practices, and we needed something quick. This was back before nutrition information was as readily available as it is now (not that many people really consult it anyway, especially in Canada where we don’t legally have to display it on our menus), and there seemed to be this perception that eating a burger from a fast food restaurant was the same as eating a burger from home. I think this perception still exists.

Those of us who have gone out of our way to inform ourselves about nutrition know the truth. We know that a homemade burger and potato wedges is going to run us about 500 – 600 calories, if we make the appropriate substitutions, whereas a fast food version (or restaurant version, for that matter – restaurants are no better!) is going to be more in the 1200 – 1500 calorie region. In fact, I have STRUGGLED BIG TIME to find a restaurant meal (this is INCLUDING salads, people!) that has less than 500 calories to it. And that’s just icky. Where the hell are they hiding these calories?!

We shouldn’t be in a situation where we go to a restaurant seeking a healthy option and find nothing – or find something that seems healthy but has a million hidden calories/grams of sugar/grams of fat etc. And we also shouldn’t be sitting down to a meal that consists of our ENTIRE calorie budget for the day along with twice the fat. It’s just unethical! It’s no wonder we have a worldwide obesity epidemic. Between the cultural factors (pressure to lead a busy life, socializing over food/drinks, accessibility of restaurant food based on price, etc.) and the lack of wholesome, nutritional food available in restaurants, we’re basically screwed.

For some people, a lot of this doesn’t matter much. It didn’t matter to me, back in the day, when I was young and had a nice, speedy metabolism, and wasn’t working a desk job that kept me immobile in a chair for 8 hours a day. I couldn’t physically SEE the effects of what I was eating, so it didn’t matter – I was free to continue to indulge for the sake of my social life and realistically, for my own enjoyment. I think a lot of people are in this boat – carefree because they don’t physically see the effects of this lifestyle, and are never told that they should be doing anything differently. So many women in my age range can still go out Friday and Saturday nights, drink a bunch, eat fast food on the way home, and maintain their weight. Unluckily (although it’s probably lucky in the long run), I’m not one of those people and I’ve had to face what I’m putting into my body head-on.

I come from the “Lunchable” generation – we ate packaged crap for lunch every day, from Nutri-Grain bars to Fruit Leathers to Gushers to Dunkaroos. Luckily, my mom was both thrifty and somewhat concerned for my health, so she limited my intake of these things. (As a kid, I was SO MAD at my mom for never letting me have Lunchables. But looking back, I’m thanking her! Those things are full of chemicals and sugar and who knows what.) It wasn’t our parents’ fault – they didn’t have access to information that suggested that we should be doing this differently. Now people make fun of millennial parents all the time for sending their kids to school with home-cooked, organic, kale-filled nonsense or for making their own baby food at home, but realistically, they’re doing a much better job of looking out for their kids’ health than previous generations did.

I guess what I’m trying to say is this: unfortunately, for now, it’s up to us to stay informed about our nutrition and make healthy choices, even though they aren’t often the ‘fun’ choices. Calling food manufacturers out on their crap helps, but so long as marketing and mass-production exists, we will continue to experience this problem. Avoiding processed/packaged/purchased (meaning restaurant/fast food) items is really the only way to truly know what you’re eating. I’m not saying we should forgo delicious restaurants altogether – we just need to treat them as the ‘treats’ they are, and limit them to once a month or so.

Phew… glad I could get all that off my chest. Sorry for the Wednesday rant!

 

xo,

J

A WHOLE DANG WEEK OF WHOLE 30

I’m over a week into this.

I know, whaaaat? How am I doing this? Even I have no idea.

But today is day 9 of 30 (oh my god 21 days still seems like such a long time help) and I’m still here. So far, I’m down over 6 pounds – and that’s with very little exercise. (I gave myself a break the first week to let my body adjust to the lack of sugar/carbs before attempting any truly difficult workouts.) I did hit up spin class on Saturday morning, and while I very nearly died (just kidding… mostly) I felt pretty good!

I’m going to see Wonder Woman tonight (FINALLY) so send me all your positive vibes so that I’ll be strong enough to avoid the beautiful, buttery popcorn.

Also – I’m feeling like I’m going to have to implement some kind of reward system in order to keep up with this, so leave me any great ideas you’ve got for non-food-based rewards. I’m thinking at the end of this week, I deserve a mani-pedi… am I right?

Hope you’re all surviving and thriving this Monday morning!

 

xo,

J

WHOLE 30 – DAY 4 UPDATE

Don’t worry guys and gals… this is not a post about how I’ve already failed. (I know, I’m as surprised as you are!)

I’m actually just here to say – so far, so good! My sugar-deprivation migraine only really lasted one afternoon, and now I’m smooth sailing.

I’ve been eating about 1400 calories a day – as it turns out, it’s kinda hard to eat more than that when basically all you eat is veggies. Complex carbs are bae, don’t get me wrong, but they’re also hella caloric. If it wasn’t for the meat I’m eating I would neeeever meet my calorie goals.

Also, thank goodness for fruit. I know, I know, you’re not supposed to rely on fruit to help you get through the sugar cravings. You’re not supposed to rely on Larabars or RX bars to get you through. (Even though they are Whole30 approved… MAKE UP YOUR MIND, WHOLE30.) Honestly though I dgaf and I’m eating them anyway. I’ve been keeping it to 2-3 servings of fruit a day and only 1 Larabar, so it’s not like they’re EVERYTHING I’m eating. Sometimes you just need something different to break up the monotony of meat, eggs, and veggies, kay? I NEED DIS.

In other news, my coworkers think I’m insane and I’m pretty sure the boyfriend does too (although he really liked a couple of the meals I’ve cooked for him that were Whole30-approved!) but I’m surviving!

I’m also breaking another rule by weighing myself every couple of days, because I’m a rebel. And also I need the motivation that results from losing weight because otherwise I’ll say screw it and head to my nearest Dairy Queen ASAP. (I’m kidding… mostly.) So in the spirit of that.. I’ve lost 4 pounds! Yay!

I’ll keep you all posted, but so far Whole30 is not too shabby. And my wallet is really happy too, considering I have not been buying any food while at work.

 

xo,

J

MY WHOLE 30 ADVENTURE

Hey friends! If you haven’t yet heard of Whole 30…. well, you’re about to.

Whole 30 is a suuuuper paired down eating plan designed to reduce inflammation and irritation as a result of what you’re eating. For me, it is basically an exercise in sugar detoxification. My birthday was last week and as usual, I got a little overzealous with the whole celebrating thing, and my eating went down the toilet. It was a glorious, glorious week of pie, ice cream, pizza, and pasta…. but as per usual for me, once I spiral a bit I REALLY spiral. So Whole 30 is my way of reigning myself back in a bit and focusing on nutrition. The idea is that you eat very carefully but very simply for 30 days, and once that time is up start reintroducing food groups one at a time to see how your body reacts. The Whole 30 no-no groups are, loosely categorized:

  • Grains. (This includes oatmeal (sadface), bread (NOOOOO), and even quinoa and brown rice.)
  • Legumes. (Including beans (so long to my fav clean recipe, turkey chili), chickpeas (hummus! waaaaaah), and soy.)
  • Dairy. (We have a love-hate relationship already so I can kiiiinda live with this one. Coconut milk is bae.)
  • Added sugar. (It’s in everything. Seriously.)

And that’s it! So basically I can eat veggies, lean protein, and fruit. That’s it, that’s all, folks! I started yesterday, June 4th, and h’oh boy. I have done a sugar detox before, which is precisely why I decided to start this on a Sunday. I anticipated a migraine and I was correct! I spent allllll afternoon yesterday on the couch with my head feeling like it was being split open by a meat cleaver. (Gilmore Girls was some comfort, but being allowed to eat sugar probably would’ve been better.) There came a point at which I wanted to eat a cookie – not because I actually wanted the cookie itself, but because I knew eating sugar would make my headache go away. (I even had some grapes to try to help the situation, and they didn’t do the trick. Refined sugar is a hell of a drug.) If you don’t believe that a sugar addiction is real, try a sugar detox. It will make you a believer, my friend. (And like, not in a good way.)

The good news is that I feel like a new woman after having my coffee this morning. I’m hydrated, I’m not crazy hungry, and my headache is gone! I’m also less bloated than I’ve been in weeks.

So essentially you can all start taking bets on how long I’ll make it. I feel like if I can keep this up for 30 days, I can probably do anything, so we’ll see. Maybe I’ll be Wonder Woman by the end of this? Or at least be as fit as she is? A girl can dream.

At the end of the 30 days I’ll be reintroducing foods, probably starting with grains because I love them and they are wonderful, and then moving through all of the food groups. My hope is that I’ll be able to keep away from the refined sugars for the most part, as I find my overall health is waaaaay better when I’m not eating them. Once the sugar addiction is broken I find it’s actually pretty easy to stay away – things start tasting sooo sweet when all you’ve been eating is fruit for sweetness. I don’t believe in long-term restrictive diets, as I’ve made very clear, so this is purely a reset to curb my sugar issues, not a long-term plan. NOBODY SHOULD BE FORCED TO LIVE WITHOUT BREAD, OKAY? (Sorry celiacs 😦 )

Anyways, that’s that. I’ve weighed myself before starting, as well as taken some pictures for reference, and we’ll see what magic the Whole 30 has in store for me over the next month! People say it’s life changing and that they feel great afterwards…. so we’ll see if it lives up to the hype.

For now, the countdown is on. Day 2/30.

 

Send me good vibes, peeps!

 

XO,

J

GREEK PASTA SALAD

Sorry, low-carb peeps. This is not the recipe for you. I mean, honestly speaking, this is probably not the blog for you. I love carbs and I don’t care who knows it! I’ve found that my body also responds really well to carbs, so I’m embracing the heck out of it.

This pasta salad is super easy, super simple, and is perfect as a take-to-work lunch. As usual, it’s one of those things that I kinda just throw together, so forgive me if the measurements are a bit off. (Realistically I probably wouldn’t have posted this recipe if someone hadn’t asked me for it!)

So here we go!

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Greek Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

1 – 2 large tomatoes, diced

1 small cucumber, diced

1/4 of a red onion, diced

1 Cup Whole wheat fusili pasta (cooked)

1/4 Cup crumbled light feta cheese

(You could add olives or green bell peppers if you like those things – they’re not my favourite so I leave them out!)

Dressing:

1 tsp vinegar (or red wine vinegar, if you have it)

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp red wine (if you don’t have red wine vinegar)

1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar

1/2 tsp oregano

1 clove of garlic, crushed

salt + pepper, to taste

Chop up all the veggies and throw them in a bowl together. Then, mix the ingredients for the dressing thoroughly (it takes some doing because of the whole oil/vinegar thing) and pour over the salad.

It will keep nicely for a couple of days in the fridge, so you can make a big batch ahead of time for meal prep and have your lunch sorted out for a few days! The whole thing is really quick and easy, and it’s a deeeeelicious way to get some of your veggies in. I’m not really too much of a salad lover, but dang I love me some Greek salad.

xo,

J