Whole30 Tips, Tricks, and Recipes

Whole30 Tips, Tricks, and Recipes
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At the beginning of this year, I embarked on my second Whole30 journey. While my first attempt only lasted 22 days, this time I did the whole damn thing (*pats self on back*). If you don’t know what Whole30 is, you can read about it here. In short, it’s 30 days with no grains, sugar, dairy, alcohol, soy, or legumes. That cuts a lot out of most people’s diets, including my own.

In addition to giving up all of the above, I also gave up coffee for the month. I felt that it’s just not worth it to drink my coffee black, and wanted to give my body a break from the constant caffeine intake anyways.

People ask about my experience a lot, so I wanted to share some tips and insight for those wanting to try a Whole30 challenge! If you have any questions on things I haven’t covered, please comment below and I’ll do my best to answer!

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2016 Wrap Up and 2017 Goal Setting

2016 Wrap Up and 2017 Goal Setting

2016 was a year for the books (and kind of a terrible one for the world overall… why did you have to take Bowie, 2016?!). While I’m bummed about a lot that happened this year, I can’t help but feel thankful for all the good things that happened in my personal life. 2016 was, for me, an incredible year of growth and change that I never could have seen coming. For example…

I got a new full-time job that I love.

I travelled over 14 times to places like San Francisco, Nashville, Los Angeles, and New York.

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I wrote some of my favorite blog posts to date, like…

This Galentine’s Day post

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This Beach Bachelorette Party post

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This DIY floppy hat tutorial (and people MADE THEM!!)

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and this Friendsgiving post!

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I moved to a new apartment in a great neighborhood in Chicago.

I started dating Idan

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I bought a guitar and started guitar classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music, my goal from last year.

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2016 was the perfect impetus to propel me into 2017 with new, realistic goals. I have some concrete plans, and will have all of these done by this time next year. Really. I will…

  • Shoot one roll of film per month (I already bought the film so I have no excuses).
  • Partner with more brands that I love and want to spread the word about.
  • Continue guitar classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music — guitar repertoire here I come!
  • Add more percentage to the money I put into savings each month so I can start saving for bigger things — a condo, a car, a big trip, etc. #adulting
  • Read 20 books (this year I read 15 and I think I can do better). Also, you can follow my reading list in real time here.
  • Work out at least 16x per month.
  • Complete another Whole30 challenge (starting halfway through January! Who wants to join me?)

This is a lot. I know it is. BUT, I’m stubborn and determined, AND 2017 won’t know what hit it.

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What were some great things that happened to you this year? What are your goals for 2017?