Whole30 Recap + 4 Weeks of Meal Plans

It seems like only yesterday that I shared with you that I was starting my first Whole30. I’m happy to say that not only did the 30 days (mostly) fly by, but it was a lot easier than I thought it would be to stay compliant and finish strong!

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Why I’m Doing the Whole30 Program + Week 1 Meal Plan

Please note that I am not a nutritionist. I am simply sharing my experience with this program. Consult your doctor before starting any program. This is not a sponsored post. 

By now, many of you have probably heard of, and even tried, the Whole30 Program. The Mr. and I have been wanting to try it for a year now (see my previous post with recipe here), but living on an island with very limited access to fresh produce and meat, made it too difficult. Now that we’re living within walking distance of Whole Foods, the time was right. 

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The Best Bacon Mac & Cheese

Did you get snowed in this past weekend? While it was beautiful weather in my neck of the woods, all of those wintery pics on my Instagram feed had me wishing for cold weather! I remember how nice it was to stay warm and cozy indoors and indulge in a big bowl of comfort food. For me, that means a heaping portion of homemade macaroni and cheese. Toss in some bacon, and I’m in heaven!

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Whole 30 Green Thai Curry

A few months ago I read a great book called It Starts With Food. Using a meal plan called the Whole 30, it’s a lifestyle of eating designed to reach optimal health, reduce inflammation in the body, and increase energy levels by eating real, unprocessed food. It’s quite a simple concept and something that I was really intrigued by. While I ultimately decided that I wasn’t ready to follow the entire Whole 30 plan, I did commit to eating fresh, natural food, more often.
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Guest Post: Why You Should Be Using Cast Iron Cookware

Today we’re welcoming a special guest, Doug, to the blog! We both have our own cast iron pieces in our kitchens (Bre loves her Dutch oven, and Ree can’t get enough of her skillet), but had no idea the versatility they offer. So Doug, who’s a bit of an expert on the subject, has kindly put together this post full of tips and info all on cast iron. Thanks so much Doug!!!

Doug blogs at The Kitchen Professor, and while his degree is honorary (bestowed upon him by his wife), he has enjoyed cooking his whole life, and especially likes the science of cooking. He is partial to cast iron, barbecuing (especially with a smoker), and loves eating at as many restaurants as he can to try new things.

If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you should definitely have at least one piece of cast iron. It is versatile, has health benefits, and, in my house, is an essential piece of cookware.

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How to Make Paleo Work

How to make paleo workPlease note that I am not a licensed nutritionist. I am simply sharing what I’ve researched, learned, and personally experienced. Please consult with your doctor before starting any new diet.

Last week I talked a little bit about the basics of paleo and why I decided to give it a try. Now I thought I’d tell you how I incorporated the diet into my life and offer a few tips on how to make paleo work.

tip 1: it doesn’t have to be all or nothing

Unless you’re under strict dietary guidelines or have very specific goals in mind, paleo doesn’t have to be all or nothing. In the beginning, I followed the plan diligently for the first month, which helped me eliminate a few bad habits, particularly reducing the amount of sugar in my diet. Since then I’ve come up with a lifestyle that’s mostly paleo. Read More…

Zuppa Toscana (Sausage, Kale, and Potato Soup)

Zuppa Toscana Recipe

As you know, I lived in Canada before moving to Barbados. More specifically, I lived just an hour or so outside of Toronto. A few times a year I would take a girls’ shopping trip to either Buffalo, NY, or Erie, PA. The shopping was always better in the states (hello Target, Macy’s, and Dick’s Sporting Goods!), and the oh so lucky Americans have the Olive Garden!

Most Canadians are deprived of the chance to eat at the Olive Garden regularly as there are only a few locations throughout the entire country. Which is sad, because nothing tops off a day of hard shopping better than a glass of wine with a delicious bowl of soup, and don’t forget those breadsticks!  Read More…