Start Somewhere: Starting Whole30

by Heather on August 3, 2015


I feel so completely unqualified to write about Whole30 right now y’all. Despite doing weeks of research and planning, we’re only 3 days in (as of this morning), which means that my experience with it so far hasn’t reached the hard part. Yet. Regardless, here we are – we’ve started this thing! – and I’m ready to go the distance with it.


To recap, our Whole30 (Nate is doing it with me) isn’t about losing weight. It isn’t about achieving a body-after-baby. It’s about kicking a major sugar habit and teaching our bodies to enjoy eating more whole foods. I have no intention of eliminating grains and dairy from our diet forever; rather, I just want to re-learn what it’s like to eat those things in moderation. I guess you could call this month an exercise in resetting if you will.


So the first impression, two days in? I miss the sugar and even have a little withdrawal headache. I definitely feel less bloated already, but the hard part is learning that I don’t have to snack all the time. Also, at the moment it’s kind of expensive. We’ve probably spent double the amount that we normally do on groceries, and that’s not even for the entire week. Looks like we’ll be enjoying a lot of eggs (not that I mind that) during this challenge!


Honestly though? I’m excited to see how the next couple of weeks go. I know it’s not going to be easy, and I know there will be times where I’m tempted to just give up. But I’m hoping that in addition to physical changes there are behavioral changes that follow. The only thing that would make us stop is if it affects my milk supply for A, but at the moment I think we’ll be OK. That’s only 3 days in of course :)


This week’s menu is roughly going to be listed below, although it could change depending on when I can get to the store and what’ll be easiest to make on any given day:


Mondaygrain-free nacho pie, baked sweet potatoes
Tuesdaybuffalo chicken muffins, roasted broccoli, sauteed mushrooms
Wednesdaypaleo meatloaf, cauliflower, sauteed snap peas
Thursdaycrockpot carnitas, sweet potatoes, pineapple and avocado
Fridaysalmon patties, grilled zucchini, salad
Saturdayeasy taco soup, roasted potatoes
Sunday – leftovers/grilled stuff (specific, right?)


Workouts continue to be with Fitness Blender, which I love. Can’t say enough good things about their program, and I’m not getting anything at all to say that. Y’all, there are so many workout programs out there that cost a ton of money and deliver minimal results. The best workout? Is the one you’ll do. You don’t have to have a gym membership, you don’t have to jump on the latest fad bandwagon, you just have to commit and DO SOMETHING.


That being said, what I love about Fitness Blender is that they have a good focus on strength training and HIIT workouts. These are my favorite kinds of workouts, but they also have hundreds of other options. And it’s all FREE. I did buy the program that I’m doing currently, which was $10 and can be used over and over and over again. But even that’s optional – all their stuff is free. Did I mention free? If that’s not motivation to do something then I’m not sure what is!


Well guys? That’s the update on postpartum food/fitness for now. Questions at all? I’ve thought about doing videos based on reader questions, so if you have ’em then please send ’em in! You can leave them in the comments or email them to heathersdish {at} gmail {dot} com!


Lovely Links

by Heather on July 31, 2015

positano, italy

First of all, can I just teletransport myself to Positano already? Is teletransport even a word? Good gravy. I’ve been watching Giada in Italy lately and have been re-watching almost every episode just to feel like I’m on vacation in Europe. Can you even imagine what it must be like to have a family home with this kind of view all the time? I can’t get over it…


Can I admit something? We start our Whole30 tomorrow and I’m a little terrified. I know that there will likely be withdrawals and that we won’t feel amazing right away, and that little bit of discomfort makes me nervous. I’m also nervous about the prep time that I know will be involved. It’ll all fall into place, but the anticipation is making me crazy.


I’m excited about having some time to spend with my boys and wrapping up the bulk of my talk for the Arkansas Women Bloggers Conference at the end of August. Last year I felt like an idiot but got so much great feedback, so I’m really working on bulking up the info and making sure that the session really rocks this year. If you’re local you HAVE to check it out!


What are y’all up to this weekend? Hope it’s amazing!


1. This one hit home big time for me. Not only does our culture glorify the busy, I’ve found it’s hard to live without it!

2. This story is AMAZING. I found myself reading it during a midnight nursing and stayed up to read it long after A went to sleep. Fascinating!

3. Spiralizing 101. I stinking love Lindsay and she spells out all things spiralizing in one easy post. Love it!

4. Another all-encompassing post, this time on printing photos beautifully. With so many options it’s hard to pick sometimes, but Natalie spells it out for you!

5. While I haven’t taken the plunge, I’m all about capsule wardrobes. Love these tips on keeping it fresh!

6. This documentary on becoming a master sommelier. #lifegoals

  • Somm (Somm Documentary Film)

7. Must. Have. This. Tunic. I just get so nervous buying stuff online. But it’s just so pretty!

8. Speaking of wine, have you seen these wine pearls?! As soon as I feel comfortable drinking again I’ll be getting some.

9. Amy Shumer hits a homerun every. stinking. interview.

10. Humans of New York is traveling the world again. If you’re not following that Instagram account, do it now!


Photo found here.


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