Check this out (Whole30 style): part two

I hope most of you enjoyed the day off yesterday and if you happened to be working, thank you for your service! Since today is September 2nd I can say I have completed my first ever Whole30 with great success. And I am well on track with my reintroduction phase. I plan to fill you in on just how much success plus some of my thoughts about the program very soon but today I want you to 1) read my last post on Whole30 and 2) read this post on some awesome Whole30 products you should check out if you’re planning on completing the program or even if you aren’t. I think everyone could benefit from a more Whole30 lifestyle so even if you think Whole30 isn’t for you maybe parts of it are and the spirit of Whole30 is for everyone.

Oh and also if you missed the last “check this out”, check it out here. Check it outs are basically just me rambling about things I think you should check out, okay?

First thing you should check out is the book It Starts with Food written by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, the original Whole30ers! It’s a great book to expand your horizons and gain some new perspective. Plus, if you’re wondering more about why certain foods are cut out during the Whole30 experience, you have no clue, or you want to understand food better, this book is for you.

Second, Whole30 has a page on their site that includes some of their best Whole30 approved products you should check out. These products have been through a more rigorous process to be listed on their page such as that their mission is in line with not only Whole30 but Whole9life as well. So check the page out.

Although the link above includes some of the Whole30 approved products, do not be discouraged! There are more out there and I will share just a few below but first I have to start with my favorite product that I wish I had known about sooner in my life and just so happens to be on the official page….

Thing number 3: Tessemae’s salad dressings (specifically the cracked pepper). Oh my word. Seriously so good. I can/do eat my salads plain or mixed in with my foods but sometimes dressing is a must and thank goodness for this product!

Thing number 4: Coconut Aminos. Forever to replace any form of soy sauce to ever enter my life. Yes, it’s that good.

It can be a little overwhelming to have to make your own food all the time so it’s nice to find some Whole30 products on the shelf. Plus, if you were absent from your kitchen for a week on vacation like me then you needed some go to foods like the ones below….

Thing number 5: Trader Joe’s Applesauce, unsweetened pure goodness. Now, I do believe that apples are easy to transport short term. I’m far from thinking that your fruit roll up is any easier to throw in your bag for lunch than my pink lady apple but it’s nice to have applesauce packets when you’re traveling long distances or to hold up better for an extra long day.

Thing number 6: Larabars. READ YOUR LABELS. Now, Whole30 cautions against too many Larabars and I agree but these saved my life on vacation. Not all of them are Whole30 approved so please read your labels.

Thing number 7: Some Eden Foods mustard and some Whole Foods mustards are Whole30! Isn’t it sad that more products aren’t Whole30? Meaning they don’t have extra sugar and other crap added to them! I mean, I’ve been getting pissed off at the added sugar thing for a while but I became angrier during my Whole30. Especially with those lying labels exclaiming “Sugar Free” or “No Sugar Added”. Sorry, that’s a rant for another time. Moving on.

Thing number 8: Trader Joe’s boxed broths. A lot of the broths are sugar free and carrageenan free!!! The best is homemade but again nice to know they exist just in case.

Thing number 9: Shopping at Costco. Now, I agree that it is better to get your food as close to local as possible and preferably from a Farmer’s market but sometimes we cannot all do that and plus, I LOVE me some Costco. Ask anybody and you know I love some Costco. Anyways, here’s a handy little post about Whole30 shopping at Costco. There’s also plenty more posts out there!

Finally check out this post that goes into even more detail on some Whole30 approved products from stores like Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods!

Wow! That’s a lot of stuff to check out! You better get to it.

Thanks for reading.

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Check this out: part one.

Hey guys!

First off, had a great time in St. Pete visiting my old time friend. We baked, and burnt, some cookies, had a beach day plus some fun loading up the paddle-board, visited Tampa and much more. It was the perfect pre-week to my Whole30 challenge which is going wonderfully so far.

I’m only 3 days in so I cannot report a whole (pun intended) lot crazy differences my body is feeling but I do feel great. I’ve done plenty of juice fasts in the past so I don’t think this could be any harder. You really have to put your mind to do and just do it. If you start off with the mentality that you will fail or are not able to do it, you most likely will do exactly those things. It’s the power of the mind. I hope to report some great stuff at the end of this so that one of you reading this may be challenged to try Whole30.

This post is, however, not about Whole30. It’s just a random post of some stuff I think you should check out. Yeah, sometimes blog posts are allowed to be rather long twitter rants where you simply tell the world random uninteresting things like what I am about to tell you.

Uninteresting thing #1 you should check out: Oxford Exchange (Tampa, FL). (Hah! Not that uninteresting is it) I’ve never much cared for Tampa but they do have some great shopping and food. If you’re ever in the area be sure to check out Oxford Exchange. Not so much for their stores but for their restaurants which include food that is locally and organically sourced as well as antibiotic-free and hormone-free meat. You can imagine my happy dance when my friend mentioned going there and I found out their restaurant turned out to my right up my foodie ally! I had the most amazing sweet potato fries, kale chips, and turkey club sandwich but honestly, everything looked so good. They even have afternoon tea on the weekends, how cute is that? Oh and brunch too? Adorable. Yes, please go check this place out pronto if you visit Tampa.

Uninteresting thing #2 you should check out: Best Green Drinks Ever (book written by Katrine Van Wyk). My friend bought me this book for my birthday and I was so excited to have a green drinks book on hand with tons of recipes and information! I actually don’t have a ton of cookbooks or anything of the sort so it was nice to get one that directly speaks to me and my love for all things green juice/smoothie. So anyways, I won’t spoil any of the book for you nor the recipes but let me tell you, I would’ve never thought to juice a jalapeno nor would I have learned one of the key reasons people don’t digest dairy that well. And if any of that remotely interests you, you should get the book.

Uninteresting thing #3 you should check out: Redefining Home (book written by Carrie Anne Hudson). I bought this a while back. I don’t even remember why but I’m so glad I did. It’s written in a journal form which strongly appeals to my likings. It makes me feel like I know the person and like I could just sit and have tea or coffee with her and tell funny stories of our children (for her, actual children, for me, my dog). Carrie writes of her journey to redefine “home” as she tells of her life in China and America. She brings such a unique perspective on some of the cultural differences between America and China. I love reading books like this because it opens my eyes to so many new fresh ways to look at cultures and people. Above all, she has a passion to spread the love of Christ, God’s grace, and His message of salvation to all. My favorite chapter was the last one. It was directed towards Christians who want to live overseas but I think any Christian would benefit from her advice.

Uninteresting thing #4 you should check out. When I was Younger (the album) written by Colony House (probably one of my top 5 favorite bands ever). If you couldn’t tell by the obnoxiously long link there, I don’t want you to miss out on this band. There isn’t much to say about them except that I have had their album on repeat for about a week now. It’s that good. I am in love. I even bought the whole album which says a lot because we have Rdio which means the album is “free” to us but this band deserves support. I will even by a T-shirt. Two things I never do, buy an album and a T-shirt. So go check it out. The only way you won’t like them is if you hate happy, uplifting, creative music and adore lame, crappy, uncreative music.

So there you have it, four not-uninteresting things for you to check out in the coming weeks.

Thanks for reading! Happy Sunday!