4th of July: An Essay & A Mountain of Burger Fixings

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I hope you’re enjoying the beginning of summer. I know I’ve been taking EVERY opportunity to bask in the sunshine (okay, okay, and also in the A/C).

As we have been approaching the 4th of July, I confess that I have been feeling sort of…anxious. And not the good, I’m -so-anxious-to-fill-my-plate kind of anxiety. It’s the kind of anxiety where I’ve been dreading writing about this holiday. I’ve probably written about 8 different drafts of this blog post that I’ve either totally deleted or have edited heavily.

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Four Ingredient, Cassava Flour Tortillas (Paleo Friendly)

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So it’s been a week and a half since we’ve been off Whole 30, and while we are back to eating most foods, we’re still trying to make sure we’re getting a lot of vegetables on our plates, and keeping a healthy relationship with grains.

One of the things that I am a lot more aware of post Whole-30 is understanding when I get full. The last few weeks, I’ve been surprised by how many times we’re in the middle of eating and all of a sudden, I’m aware that I’m full and that my body does not want any more food. This is a new sensation, y’all. To be fair, I was experiencing really bad heartburn pre-Whole 3o that made it hard for me to feel when I was hungry/full, however ever since we’ve reintroduced grains, and more specifically, gluten, I find out I’m full about halfway through my plate (I have a hard time with small serving sizes).

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Whole 30 Debrief: Tips & Tools

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Checking in from the other side of Whole 30! Honestly, I cannot believe this month is already over. It’s been really fun to spend the month taking care of our bodies, and creating beautiful and delicious food for you.

When we started Whole 30 this round, we were completely in it to restart our bodies. I can’t say we were committed at that time to making any lifestyle changes, but as the month progressed we found ourselves falling in love with whole foods. We experienced a lot of creativity, simplicity, and discipline in sticking to a specific eating regimen for the month. As I’ve been debriefing the experience, I’m honestly a little bit sad that it’s over. There’s something about a plan that is really comforting to me, and realizing that the ball is in my court now feels like a lot of responsibility.

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Ben’s Favorite Roast – Paleo & Whole 30 Friendly

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Did you know that I used to be vegetarian? Probably not, based on what you see on this blog, but I was. For a lot of years when I was growing up. I actually still prefer Morningstar products over conventional meat sometimes. Like their breakfast sausage. In my mind, happiness is a freezer full of there beautiful breakfast links. I think one of the reasons I feel that way is because conventional meat producers are so. freaking. obsessed with pork.

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Spring Spaghetti Squash Pasta – Whole 30/ Paleo Friendly

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We are in the home stretch of Whole 30, and I can’t believe it! In 4 days, we get to start reintroducing foods and evaluating how/if they affect us. I would be lying if I told you I’m not excited! I spent the morning re-organizing my schedule after the long weekend and started working on our reintroduction plan for the week after Whole 30. I am a mixture of good and bad anxiety: anxious that foods I love are no good for me, anddddd at the same time SO looking forward to reuniting with beans, cheese, and of course my truest food love: pasta.

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5 Whole 30 Sauces and Seasonings

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We’re on the tail end of Whole 30. It’s hard to believe it’s been 21 days already! I’ve been spending some time reflecting on what I’ve liked from this round of Whole 30. I can honestly say that I feel a noticeable change in my body since we started. I feel less bloated, I have more energy, clearer skin, and less cravings.

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Whole 30 & Paleo Friendly Menemen

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You’ve heard me say it before, but I’ll say it again: breakfast is my favorite meal. I don’t think there was any other hope for me to not love it though. I grew up in a spoiled house where we ate well for breakfast. Cereal was so rare a treat, that I grew up not really having a taste for it. Sundays especially, my family would work magic on the week’s left overs. From refried black beans, to egg scrambles, to salsas made from the vegetables in our garden: Sunday mornings were made for feasting.

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Whole 30 Prep Week: What To Buy, Do, And Prep

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After online-committing to doing Whole30 last week, I’m spending some time early this week preparing for the next 30 days of clean eating. If you’re late to the Party, Ben and I will be starting Whole30 on Thursday of this week. Whole30 is a food detox program where you abstain from eating certain foods for a month in order to regain a balanced diet, discover any food aversions you might have, and break bad food habits you may have developed over time.

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Avocado Roses + Avocado Buying Tips + Food Update

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Let’s talk some about two of my favorite things today: food garnishes and avocado flowers. I get a lot of questions about them on instagram, and it’s a running joke in my friend group that a good way to lose my friendship is to squash my avocado flowers.

Honestly, I didn’t even know avocado flowers were a thing until about a year ago. But I’ve had a longtime belief that food that is delicious, should also be beautiful. I know, I know, the process seems unnecessarily complicated–but I’ve figured out a few ways to simplify the process + some tips on buying the right avocados for what you need.

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