My #JanuaryWhole30 Round-Up: Blog Posts, Recipes, & More!

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#JanuaryWhole30 was LIT! 🔥 Thanks to you guys, not only was it tasty but it was a lot of fun!

Below, you'll find all of my #JanuaryWhole30 Instagram posts, along with a round-up of all the tasty recipes I created and shared. Thought I'd put everything in one easy-to-access, convenient place for you! 

Congrats to everyone else who did the #JanuaryWhole30 with me! Thanks for sharing your journey and I hope you're feeling happier, healthier, and are enjoying some newfound food freedom!


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MY  JANUARY WHOLE30 ROUND-UP | Whole30 | Happy Healthy Joe | Integrative Health Coach

Happy Cinco de #JanuaryWhole30! 🎉😜 Eating out. Let’s talk. 🍴 I am really so fortunate to be in LA, where so many healthy-eating options are within walking distance of where I live! I mean…@tendergreens has kombuhca on tap! 💁🏼‍♂️ Sounds like Whole30 heaven right? No matter where you’re at on the map, the same rules apply! You’d be surprised what kind of sneaky ingredients you may find, even at “healthy” restaurants. Here are some guidelines to making dining out easier while doing Whole30… 1️⃣ Decide NOW that you’re committed to sticking to your Whole30! 2️⃣ Plan ahead as much as possible! I recommend looking up the place you’re going to eat out at online and research the menu beforehand - that way, you can plan what you’re going to get before you even walk through that door. It’s so much less stressful this way! Trust me. 3️⃣ Be prepared! If you know that the condiment and sauce options offered have added sweeteners or dairy, you can make sure to pack some coconut aminos (my go-to!) or a Whole30-compliant @tessemaes or @primalkitchenfoods dressing. 4️⃣ Don’t hesitate to ask questions. Ask about food sourcing, hidden ingredients, and preparation methods. If your server doesn’t know, ask if you can talk to someone who does! And, be NICE. Polite (yet firm) requests are the ticket! 5️⃣ Enjoy yourself! Whole30 is FUN and about becoming happier and healthier. Dining out while on Whole30 can definitely be different than what you’re used to, but it’s totally doable AND enjoyable. Bon appétit!

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Life lesson: When life doesn’t give you lemons, make mashed potatoes. It’s been a helluva a week! You may have noticed I’ve been a bit MIA…that’s because I broke my phone (it fell in a toilet and then broke in half 📱💀), and then I got locked out of a few of my social media accounts because of two-factor authentication linked to that phone (moral of the story: save your back-up codes, kids!). To add to it all, I got struck with food poisoning, which was followed by a few days of the flu. 😷 So, I was missing in action, off the grid, AND under the weather. When it rains, it pours. With all of that, I had plenty of opportunities for negative self-talk. It felt like there was a lot of things out of my control. One night, I was finally able to eat solid foods again, and so I made the only thing that sounded good to me: mashed potatoes. While I was making the mashed potatoes, I began reviewing my day and week. I listened to my body and feelings, connected with the food I was making…and the thought hit me. “When life doesn’t give you lemons, make mashed potatoes.” Translation: if things aren’t going your way or the way you plan them, don’t waste time focusing on that. Instead, direct your energy to the things you CAN do and what you CAN control. The outcome may not be what you initially envisioned, but you’ll be a lot happier! P.S. I swear, those were the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever had. 😋 Easy peasy. Paleo-friendly and Whole30. Recipe coming soon. P.P.S. Even though I’m back, I’m still without a phone! If you need to reach me, email is the best way to communicate.

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#JanuaryWhole30 Day 21 Sundays are for meal prep! 😋🍴 Can you guess what I’m making with these veggies? 🥔🥕🥘🤔 Hint: it’s gonna be delicious! Also, let’s talk produce for a min. I get asked about meal prep and food shopping a lot, and one of the questions I get the most is “When should I buy organic?” Honestly, I’d say all the time, but sometimes organic produce can be more pricy. According to Consumer Reports, on average organic can be 47% more expensive. 😳 Yikes. If going all organic is too much for your budget, dontcha worry! The @environmentalworkinggroup has put together two lists that make it easy to prioritize: The Dirty Dozen (the top 12 most pesticide- contaminated fruits and vegetables - aka choose organic!) and The Clean Fifteen (the least contaminated fruits and vegetables…ones you don’t have to worry so much about). Here are the lists for you! I definitely recommend saving them for reference! The Dirty Dozen: apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, snap peas (imported), potatoes. The Clean Fifteen: avocado, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, sweet peas (frozen), onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwi, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower, sweet potatoes. And a bonus pointer from me: if you eat a lot of leafy greens (kale, collard greens, spinach, etc), I definitely recommend going organic. Leafy greens are frequently found to be contaminated with trace levels of insecticides that can be toxic to the human nervous system. So, choose organic!

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So, #JanuaryWhole30 may have come to an end, but the fun is far from over! 😉 Today marks the first of day of a super crucial part of the @Whole30 reset program: Reintroduction. Reintroduction is such an awesome part of the program because it really teaches you to find what works for you! Nutrition isn’t a one-size-fits-all deal: every body has different needs, and as a Integrative Health Coach that’s one reason I really love #Whole30! It teaches you to listen to your body. Read on below for more info on the Reintroduction process! . . . . The Reintroduction phase can be about a 2-week process and involves slowly, carefully, and systematically reintroducing food groups back into your diet and seeing how your body reacts, starting with foods that are least likely to elicit a reaction to foods that can be more inflammatory. Each time you reintroduce a food group, you take two days returning to a Whole30-compliant diet and evaluate how you feel before introducing another food group. For example, a typical reintroduction looks something like this Day 1, reintroduce gluten-free alcohol. For example, 100% agave tequila or red wine. Day 4, reintroduce legumes, like peanut butter, black beans, or soy sauce. Day 7, reintroduce non-gluten grains such as brown rice, corn, certified gluten-free oats, quinoa, etc. Day 10, reintroduce dairy. Day 13 reintroduce gluten-containing grains. This reintroduction schedule is called “The Fast Track” - you are more than welcome to slow things down to a more comfortable pace. For full details, definitely refer to the Whole30 book and website!

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