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‘Tis the Season for Easy Christmas Cookies| Italian Wedding Cookies

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Baking Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve is one of my favorite traditions from childhood. As I’ve grown older, I still love to bake cookies before Christmas and give them out as little gifts. (more…)

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The Whole30 Program | My Experience

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Guess what?? I have conquered the Whole30! It was a challenge to say the least, but the outcome has made it worth while. By changing my eating habits and working out, it has truly been a lifestyle change. Not only do I look better, I feel better. Ive been a sufferer of migraines since high school and I always woke up with them every other day. I havent had one since day 3 of this program! I havent had to take my stomach medication that I’ve been on for 5 years and I wake up feeling refreshed and energized every morning! I lost my bloated belly and slayed my sugar dragon. It has truly helped with all of my health issues and I am down 10 pounds!

Coming Off of the Whole30

I’ve read that a lot of people go back to their old eating habits and dont feel so good. I think it is because your body isnt used to all of the junk. I was out shopping and decided to get a mini ice cream sandwich. BIG MISTAKE! I could hardly eat the whole cookie. It was very sweet and I couldn’t believe that before these 30 days I could eat almost half of a container of chips ahoy! Cheese is also a big issue with my stomach, but it always was. I have just decided to try and avoid it altogether. I still drink my black coffee with cinnamon and will continue to make healthy choices.

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My favorite, buffalo chicken salad.

What will you eat now?

A lot of people have asked me if I will start eating “normal” again. I love the way I feel and look, so why would I want to go back to my old eating habits? I have so much more energy, I wake up early, no migraines, no belly pains, there’s just no reason to go back.

We often don’t think about the foods we consume. Eating for fuel instead of pleasure is something a lot of people struggle with. I was guilty of that, too. I would often treat myself to frozen yogurt or candy for accomplishments.

If you’re up for it, give this program a try. It is more than a diet, it is a true lifestyle changer.

Read about my first week on the Whole30 Here.

The Whole30 Program | First week & Experience

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Hey everyone!

After researching and hearing about the great results others have had, I have jumped on the healthy express and have started The Whole30 diet. During The Whole30 you are required to cut out certain food groups for 30 days. That means No sugar, no dairy,  no legumes, & no grains! You can however eat seafood, meats, tons of fruits and veggies and nuts  {no peanuts}.

Why did I decide to try The Whole30?

I have been living with stomach issues since I was 21, {IBS, colitis, gastritis, and food sensitivity}. I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism and the symptoms I was experiencing made sense, especially the 15 lb weight gain. This program is supposed to clean out your body of all of the things we eat on a daily basis and see which ones affect you. I am currently on my eleventh day. I’ve noticed that since i cut out dairy and sugar, by belly bloating and pain has gone away and I haven’t had to take my medicine for 3 days!

“I COULD NEVER CUT OUT SUGAR!” Or so I thought.  

Almost everything we eat has so much sugar in it. Instead of focusing on what I cant eat on this program, I focus on what I can have. {It makes it easier}. I am a lover of cheese and sugar and thought that I could never do this.  I love having my candy while I study, so that was a real struggle at first. I loved flavored creamer and sugar in my coffee, now I can now drink it black with cinnamon with no problem. Besides the candy and ice cream, I generally ate pretty healthy.

I have definitely slayed my sugar dragon, but sometimes crave it. If I have a craving, I’ll slice an apple in half topped with compliant butter, cinnamon and walnuts. I actually enjoy the  natural fruit of the sugar more now than before.

What do you eat? 

Since I don’t eat meat, it has been a challenge finding recipes to make. I would always resort to pasta and parm cheese {oh how I miss it}, but now I make spaghetti squash with broccoli and mushrooms and it’s much more satisfying.

I have listed below what I ate the past 7 days:

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Day 1: B- black coffee + banana almond bowl {banana, almonds, almond butter, unsweetened cacao nibs} L- Tuna salad on romaine lettuce + nuts  D- salmon with lemon wedges + asparagus

Day 2:  B- black coffee + egg whites + broccoli & mushrooms + apple slices with cinnamon L- tuna salad on romaine lettuce + nuts D- spaghetti squash + broccoli + mushrooms

Day 3: B- black coffee + egg whites with mushrooms + apple slices topped with cinnamon L- salmon + veggies + nuts    D- veggie burger wrapped in lettuce + sweet potatoes

Day 4: B- black coffee + egg whites + strawberries L- squash + zucchini + egg whites + unsweetened applesauce D- grilled shrimp fajitas on lettuce boats

Day 5: B- black coffee + egg whites + strawberries  L- salmon + applesauce + nuts  D- eggplant with broccoli

Day 6: B- black coffee + egg whites + sweet potatoes   L- Brussel sprouts + mushrooms + nuts D- meat free “meatballs” and no sugar added sauce

Day 7: B- black coffee + egg whites + apple slices topped with cinnamon + tomato slices   L- buffalo cauliflower + sweet potatoes + apple sauce + nuts   D- veggie burger + broccoli + homemade sweet potato fries

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* Everyday I drink TONS of water, sparkling water {helps curb cravings}, and I’ll have an unsweetened tea with a lemon wedge at dinner time.

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If you feel low energy levels in the first couple of days, it may be the lack of sugar your  body is used to. They don’t recommend always eating them, but use the compliant Lara bars in case of emergencies.  My favorites are the cherry pie and apple pie.

Has the Whole30 made a difference so far? 

Being in my eleventh day, I honestly just want a slice of pizza or a big fat cinnamon roll, but I am doing this for my health. It has made a difference in my body, I am losing inches and have lost my belly bloat. I feel a lot healthier and slender. I am most happy about not having ANY belly pains or rushed trips to the bathroom after eating.

I still have 19 days to go! I will document more on my 3rd week!

xo, Jessi

Christmas Treats | Caramel Popcorn

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I don’t know about all of you, but I am obsessed with caramel anything and I absolutely LOVE popcorn! I mixed the two, added a little Christmas flare and created the yummiest Christmas treat!

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You will need:

A box of popcorn

Bag of caramel

Christmas sprinkles

1/4 cup of milk

Start by unwrapping about 10 pieces of the caramel and putting them into a saucepan.  Add in the milk and set to low to medium heat. Consistently stirring because you don’t want the caramel to stick.

Put the popcorn into the microwave and cook to your microwave settings.

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and lay out a thin layer of popcorn.

Drizzle the caramel all  over with a spoon. Apply another layer of popcorn and drizzle more caramel over the top. Add sprinkles for a festive flare!

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Pour into a bowl and enjoy while watching Christmas movies! Or place into individual bags, wrap with a big red ribbon and you have a sweet gift!

I hope you all enjoy this yummy, easy treat! 2 more days until Christmas!  Are you ready!? I know I am! 🎅🎄

xo,

Jessi 💋

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