Eat Well: Elimination // Whole30

Image via wholeliving.com

Image via wholeliving.com

I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not to tell y’all about this.

On Monday, my husband and I started the Whole30, an increasingly popular diet. Well, the founders of the Whole30 would probably resist the moniker “diet” – it’s more about cutting “bad” foods out of your life and only eating naturally occurring things. But you get the point.

To be honest, as far as “diets” go, the Whole30 is up my alley. I’ve never been able to stick to a diet where you count calories and measure your portions with the end goal of losing weight. What I have done are “elimination diets” – I’ve given up all dessert for Lent, I’ve given up gluten for a month, I’ve given up eating out for a month, etc. I thought I was unique in this, but apparently it’s a thing.

In the Whole30, you cut entire food groups out of your diet (desserts, grains, white potatoes, soy, etc.) and can eat as much meat and vegetables as you want which is great because 1) portion control is not my thing but 2) there’s only so much meat, vegetables, and fruit you can eat before you’re stuffed.

I’ll be honest – I was hesitating to tell you guys about this eating experiment because I wanted to avoid accountability on all fronts. Generally when I’ve tried stuff like this in the past I haven’t done a great job – and I’d rather fail in private than fail in public. However, I spent the past two days on a business trip in Wisconsin and somehow managed to stick to the tenets of the plan. You really don’t realize how carb-y American food is until you try to buy dinner in an airport. Nonetheless, the fact that I made it through two crazy, travel-filled days means I can easily take on another 27 days at home! And I want you guys to keep me honest. So that’s the deal.

Also, please note that this diet did not keep me from pinning about a million Oreo brownie recipes on Pinterest last night. My body may be in the process of giving up sugar, but my mind is still addicted.

Also, the Whole30 website appears to be down, so I can’t link to it right now – you should definitely Google it yourself, though!

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Dress Well: Same Outfit, Different Year

Madewell shirt (old), J Brand jeans, Madewell booties (old), Anthropologie bracelet (old), TEXI leather bag

Madewell shirt (old), J Brand jeans, Madewell booties (old), Anthropologie bracelet (old), TEXI leather bag

It was completely unintentional that I wore my two favorite Madewell spring shirts in back-to-back posts. It’s funny – I bought both of these shirts one year ago and am very happy that I love them as much now as I did then. This year I’ve been trying to focus on cutting back on the amount of shopping I do, a goal that’s made so much easier when you love the clothes you already have. It just means that you guys will have to put up with repeat outfits!

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You know one place where I won’t be able to wear these sleeveless shirts? Milwaukee. (That’s not just a random statement – I’m headed that way today!) Midwesterners – how do y’all make it through winter…and fall…and spring? I truly don’t understand. It was 50 degrees in San Francisco this weekend and I thought I was going to get frostbite.

But enough complaining from me – see you on the other side of my midwestern mini-trip!

Dress Well: Sun Sensation

Madewell shirt (old), Paige jeans, J. Crew flats (old), J. Crew necklace, Ray-Ban sunglasses

Madewell shirt (old), Paige jeans, J. Crew flats (old), J. Crew necklace, Ray-Ban sunglasses

Hello, lovely readers! It’s so nice to see you again after my weeklong hiatus. After a week filled with family visits, travel for work, and a terrible cold, I could not have been more excited for a sunny, relaxed weekend. Thankfully, San Francisco cooperated and gave me just what I was looking for – great weather, a couple great meals, and lots of time spent with my husband (not to mention the Mad Men premiere!).

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Things aren’t going to slow down this week – I’m going to Milwaukee for work on Tuesday – but at this point I’m not sure I would know what to do with myself if a week went by without going to the airport. There are certainly worse things. Despite the trip, I won’t leave you guys hanging this week! That’s a promise.

Have a wonderful week.