Whole30 Recap – Week 2

Read why I started Whole30 here (hint: it’s not about weight loss OR restriction).

Read my Week 1 Recap here.

So here we are. The dreaded week 2. Where the shiny and new has worn off your Whole30 and reality is setting in. 30 days seems REALLY long. No sugary sweets. No adult beverages. No winging it for meals. Being planful and mindful is the name of the game.

That being said, here’s what I did not eat this week:

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Whole30 Recap – Week 1

Last Monday, my husband and I started our September Whole30 – you can read about why I chose to take this dietary reset on here. I can’t speak for Jon, but I have specific reasons for what’s motivating me to cut out known problematic foods and kill my sugar cravings.

As promised, I have a little wrap up of Week 1.

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I’m Doing the Whole30

It's Time for a Reset

Ok friends. It’s time. For the next 30 days, I will not be eating:

  • Added sugar – real or artificial. Yes, that includes honey, maple syrup and stevia.
  • Alcohol. So long, Vander Mill Totally Roasted.
  • Grains. Of any kind.
  • Legumes. Beans, peas, lentils, peanuts – and yes, peanut butter.
  • Dairy. No cow, goat, or sheep’s milk products – includes cheese, yogurt and yes, my beloved Whit’s.
  • Carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites.
  • Baked goods, junk foods, or treats with “approved” ingredients. So no pancakes, waffles, “nice” cream or tortillas with approved ingredients.

These are the rules of the Whole30. A dietary reset that’s designed to break sugar cravings and unhealthy habits. It’s not about weight loss. It’s about me paying attention to what I’m eating, why I’m eating it and how it makes me feel.

I repeat: This is NOT about losing weight.

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1997

“1997, Missy. If we made it through 1997, we can make it through anything.”
-Jon
1997 was the year we married.
But it was so much more than just a wedding.
In 1997….
We were dealing with the aftermath of my dad’s massive stroke.
We were building a house.
Jon was in the police academy.
I was just out of college and starting my new job at 10tv.
We were planning our wedding.
Life was a roller coaster.
And we survived.
By the end of the year, we were married, the house was built, Jon was working for Hilliard PD and my dad was slowly recovering.
Since then, it feels like everything and nothing has changed all at the same time.
Miscarriages.
Connor.
Miscarriages.
Harrison.
A job change for me.
A huge life change in getting healthy together.
We both discovered new passions, new ministries, renewed our faith in God.
Jon found his calling in working with high school kids.
I found a way to get out of tv and still tell awesome stories and help others 😃
We did it TOGETHER.
It’s been 20 years since that day we walked down the aisle together… hand in hand… ready to start a new chapter as a married couple.
It was a scary year and we’ve had fears and doubts come to life right in front of us since then… but never ever have I doubted you, Jon.
Thank you for being more than my husband.
Thank you for showing me love and grace and kindness and faith.
You make me stronger every day.
We are stronger every day.
Happy 20th Anniversary ❤️

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Thrive Market Favorites & Finds

Healthy Wholesale Shopping from Your Couch! Come Shop with Me!

Last week I placed a Thrive Market order while surrounded by all of the boys in our house… so there’s a lot more snacks and chocolate coming our way with this latest order. Don’t know what Thrive Market is? Don’t worry – I didn’t either until recently.

Thrive Market is a membership shopping site (don’t worry, you can try it for free) that specializes in healthy and natural products sold at wholesale prices – it’s pretty impressive just how much you can save by thinking ahead and placing an order with Thrive – 20-25% off grocery store prices.

After your 30-day free trial, you have the option to join for $59.95/year, plus, when you join, you’re also sponsoring a free membership for a low-income family ❤️ how cool is that?

Want to try it out? You can get 15% with my membership link: http://thrv.me/missygleason – and full disclosure: I get $25 in Thrive cash when a friend uses my link.

I also love how Thrive Market lets you sort the store by different categories: Paleo, gluten-free, raw, staples, moms – you name it, there’s a category for it.

I took a minute and went back through this week’s order and my past orders, so I could share with you what items have turned out to be standby Thrive Market purchases, and which ones we’re trying for the first time this go-round.

I walked you through our purchases in my Instagram Story – but you can also find links and details on all of the products, plus our standbys, after the jump!

 

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Recipe: Tahini Garlic Dressing

My latest obsession. It gets drizzled on everything.

Introducing my latest obsession… Homemade Garlic Tahini Dressing.

For ages I have resisted making my own dressing. I had it worked up in my mind that it was a difficult undertaking (I have no idea why). So I spent my time researching and buying clean salad dressings (Tessemae’s and Primal Kitchen are my two faves).

Then, one day on a whim, I decided to buy some tahini. Then I started researching what I could make with it. Enter this dressing. OH MY GOSH. I drizzle it on just about anything I can think of – Scrambled eggs. Roasted veggies. Salads. It. Is. So. Good.

This is a mash up of a few different recipes I found while on my hunt. I love the lemony peppery flavor balanced with the nuttiness of the tahini. Plus, it’s super easy to whip up in my ninja blender cup.

Try it! And let me know if you like it!

Recipe: Tahini Garlic Dressing

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 cup tahini
  2. 3/4 cup water
  3. 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  4. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  5. 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  6. ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Throw all of your ingredients in a blender or food processor and purée until smooth.
  2. Let the dressing sit for about 10 minutes before eating, to allow the flavors to mix together.
  3. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  4. If your dressing comes out thicker than you'd like, just add a little more water and blend again!!
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When Your Smile is Hiding Your Fears

Be kind. Be gentle. Be patient.

See this picture on the left?
That’s Jon and me at the Emmy awards in 2003.
Don’t we look fancy?
Don’t we look happy?
 
Well, we might have LOOKED fancy… but inside, we were freaking out.
 
When we arrived at the Emmy awards, where I was nominated for a regional Emmy, we were having fun… we were enjoying being dressed up…
 
We were also newly pregnant.
 
And while we were there, enjoying the excitement and fun of an awards party, I started bleeding…
The signal that I’d become all too familiar with.
The sign that this pregnancy wasn’t going to last, either.
Just like all the others.
 
I had to smile. And laugh. And carry on conversations.
All while my heart was breaking.
I wanted to cry.
I wanted to yell.
I wanted to break down.
 
But I couldn’t.
And neither could Jon.
So we leaned on each other and made it through the evening.
Driving home in quiet.
Praying all the way.
 
The next day was Mother’s Day.
Still spotting.
 
Convinced this was some cruel joke the universe was pulling on me.
Miscarrying on Mother’s Day.
That’s rich.
The next day we had an ultrasound.
And we saw it.
A heartbeat.
 
A tiny little fetus…. and a heartbeat.
The heart that’s beating now in that young man on the right.
I will never take that little heartbeat for granted.
 
There will be times when you don’t realize the person smiling at you is fighting a battle in their mind.
 
Be kind.
Be gentle.
Be patient.

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Two New Workouts and Two New Shakeology Flavors

April 2017 Announcements

Hey guys! We’ve been busy over here in Team Beachbody-land this morning.

It’s our quarterly meeting known as Super Saturday – and today’s was EXTRA super, thanks to some exciting new announcements: 2 new workouts and 2 new Shakeology flavors!!

Read on to learn more, and I’ll be adding/expanding this post as I get more details:

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Your Time to Shine

Let your light shine from within... because others want to see it and you are made to share it

True story: When I was little, I would get “lost” in Kmart to hear my name over the loudspeaker.

“Attention Kmart shoppers… we have a lost little girl named Missy….”

I used to love the spotlight.
I wanted to be “announced” 😉

Somewhere along the way, I lost that.
I faded into the background.

I became the friend who was quiet and listened and watched everything and everyone – and didn’t dare step into the spotlight.

I was afraid.
I didn’t want to fail.
I didn’t want to look silly.

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Changes to 21 Day Fix and Portion Fix Nutrition Plans

You want your almond milk? You got it!

It’s been 3 years since the 21 Day Fix debuted. Can you believe that? 3 years since those little colored containers came into our lives and turned around how we think of portion control and macronutrients. Unbelievable. And now, changes are being made to the nutrition plan. Changes I think you’ll love!!

How it Works

If you’re new to the 21 Day Fix phenomenon, seriously, where have you been? Pinterest is overrun with 21 Day Fix recipes (though some aren’t truly 21 Day Fix compliant), there have been knock-off containers, and imitation workouts – but none compare to the simple concept of the 21 Day Fix (also known as Portion Fix when not paired with a program’s nutrition plan).

Here’s a simple example of how it works:

  • Each colored container corresponds to a different food group – proteins, carbohydrates, healthy fats & oils
  • Based on your caloric needs & goals, you get assigned a calorie “bracket”
  • Each bracket allows for a certain number of containers a day
  • You eat your allotted containers every day

Do this and you end up eating healthy, clean foods and start to lose weight without counting calories. You also start to learn what a proper portion size of protein, starches, and veggies really look like – it’s quite eye opening.

Changes to Beverages

Shakeology Base Liquids

Now that you have the background, we’re changing up the program. Let’s start with liquids – from your Shakeology bases to those adult beverages – there are some new guidelines.

The Shakeology base list helps you customize your daily shake. Pick a base from the list below, add it to your shake, and count the corresponding container in your tally sheet or 21 Day Fix app.

Since most of us who love our unsweetened almond milk use it in our shakes daily, 8 ounces now counts as 1 tsp. I think seeing these options to the right can really help your creative shake-making process 🙂 

Shakeology Bases

8oz. of Unsweetened Almond Milk = 1 tsp.
8oz. of Low fat Milk =  1 yellow & 1/2 tsp.
8oz. of Unsweetened Soy Milk = 1/2 red
8oz. of Unsweetened Coconut Milk = 1 tsp.
8oz. of Unsweetened Rice Milk = 1 yellow
8oz. of Unsweetened Coconut Water = 1/2 yellow

Beer, Wine & Liquor

Another big change – ALCOHOL. There’s no doubt one of the big attractions of the 21 Day Fix is the allowance of adult beverages. Now, we’re not saying you should be having a glass of wine every evening, you’re still limited to having one 3 times a week. Not a bad trade off, if you’re looking to get healthy.

Alcoholic Beverages

5oz. of Wine =  1 yellow
12oz 0f Light Beer = 1 yellow
12oz of Regular Beer = 1.5 yellow
1.5oz of Hard Alcohol = 1 yellow

Treats & Snacks

Sweets

If an adult beverage isn’t your style – you can have a treat or snack 3 times a week (if you like both adult beverages and chocolate or chips – still keep all treats to 3 a week to see results!).

Dried apricots, unsweetened (4 pieces) – 1 Purple
Dried figs (2 pieces) – 1 Purple
Medjool dates (1 pieces) – 1 Purple
Raisins (2 mini-boxes, 3 Tbsp., or approx. 45 pieces) – 1 Purple
Dried mango, unsweetened (2 pieces) – 1 Purple
Dried cranberries (2 Tbsp. or approx. 30 pieces) – 1 Yellow
Dried apple rings, unsweetened (approx. 7 rings) – 1 Purple
Dark chocolate, plain (1.5″x1.5″ square, 1 fun sized bar, or approx. 25 morsels) – 1 Yellow

Snacks

If salty snacks are more your speed… don’t worry. Chips, pretzels and popcorns are also allowed in your weekly treats.

Potato Chips, plain kettle (6 chips) – 1 Yellow
Tortilla chips, plain corn (6 chips) – 1 Yellow
Mini pretzels (14 pretzels) – 1 Yellow
Peanut butter pretzel nuggets (12 pieces) – 1 Yellow, 2 tsp.
Chocolate covered raisins (20 pieces) – ½ Purple, ½ Yellow
Chocolate covered almonds (6 pieces) – ½ Blue, ½ Yellow
Popcorn mix with raisins, almonds, and dried fruit (1 cup, ¼ of recipe) – ½ Purple, ½ Blue

More Questions?

Do you have more questions about the 21 Day Fix or Portion Fix? Feel free to comment below or contact me and I’d be happy to help – and even coach you through the program to hit your goals! And if you want to read more, check out this post on the Beachbody Blog. Happy snacking!!

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