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Day 5-7 of my 30 day challenges

Oh my the real fall weather is here, getting dark rainy and cold brrrrrr. I can’t say I am looking forward to the dark and cold, however I have lived through it and I know it will be ok. It would be nice to go to a beach somewhere, lay in the sun drinking some drinks with umbrellas. At some point during the winter I might sneak away 🙂

The days are going so fast and my first week is completed yaayyy. It was challengin but I made it and what is more important is that I am doing it and not giving up just because of some setbacks 🙂 Just keep on going one day at the time.

On friday I was out all day, I left early in the morning and after my morning appontments I decided to be out and about, having a date with myself. After a good lunch zucchini nudle bowl with salmon and strolling arround in the mall, I decided to go to the movies. I ended up going to a second mall to watch Blade Runner 2049, where I got some cheese popcorn, and a glutenfree sugarfree chocolare bar (snacks I shouldn’t have been eating during my diet). The movie was so so l almost fell a sleep, it was too long in my oppinion. It could have been shorter by 45 min or so. After the movie it was getting a bit late and I got my dinner to go, a delicious Hawaii poki bowl with tuna mmmm sooo good. I got home after 10 pm and was too tired to workout, I just watched some TV and then went to bed.

 

On saturday I made the same delicious carrot cake pancakes and topped them with blackberries and shredded coconut. I actually liked them better without the blackberries, because the yummy taste was overpowerd. Me and my sister Maria went to Ikea for some shopping, and of corse some lunch. I had smoked salmon with potatoes and a dill sause. After lunch we ran arround the outlet next to Ikea searching for some fun stuff. The down side was that it was raining and windy, but we still had fun. When we got back home I did my day 5 of the nbfitness challenge. It is a killer, I was pooped after. For dinner we had meat and vegitable soup with rice cakes topped with a little butter. We were so tired after dinner we were falling asleep on the couch. I went to bed pretty early.

Today I made a coconut hot cerial for brekfast topped with blackberries and apples pan seard with cinnamon, super good. After going with my sister to get her nails done and grocery shopping I had to do my day 6 of the nb challenge. I wasn’t motivated at all, mainly due to this cold rainy day. But I did do it and of course I feel good after, and tired. I love this program it is short but oh so effective. For dinner we had a beef curry, rice, spinach salad topped with banana, rasins, coconut flakes and peanuts (not paleo) but it was tasty.

Day 3 & 4 of my challenges

Yesterday I was out all day first at work then I went to my friend’s house, she has gotten meningitis and needed the moral support. I got home really late and was too tired to do day 3 of the nbchallenge. However I did do my Whole 30ish.

Today I did the day 3 of the nbchallenge in the morning. I have to say I am proud because I did regular push ups today, I always do the modified mainly for my wrists. Then had some super delicious brunch while watching my new show Casual. It’s my guilty pleasure show it is humorous and silly. Then I got some cleaning done in the house.

After my late lunch a big salad with pulled chicken and quinoa I decided to take some ME time and give myself some TLC, so I jumped in my new super snuggly lounge wear, made some Paleo hot cocoa and watched a movie. Just enjoying the couch, hanging with the cat, who loved my new fuzzy outfit by the way 😀

After the movie I decided to do day 4 of the nbchallenge, so I would be caught up. I was so motivated before as you can see in the picture and after I was dead. It sure was a killer workout.

Now it is sleepy time… good night world.

Challenge day 2

Hi,

Today I had a great day hanging with my sister and a friend at the mall, we had fun and ate some lunch. I found the cutest lounge wear for the cold Sweden, I look like a bear hahaha and of course I had to get it since I am always freezing anyways.

Once back home I did my workout challenge and let me tell you I am sore from yesterdays workout. This workout challenge is a full body with emphasis on core, legs and glutes. It is not that long of a workout but OMGGGG my body is on fire when I’m doing it. I know for sure I will be sore tomorrow.

I have been following Noelle Benepe on Instagram for some time and she is always positive and helpful and she practice what she preaches. She recently had a baby and decided to do a 30 day comeback challenge. I decided that I wanted to try it out after seeing some of her short videos of what would be included the challenge. You don’t need a gym for it only resistance bands. Not having a gym membership at the moment and not being able to lifting weights kind of sucks. However I really think I will have some good results from this challenge since it’s only day 2 and my legs are on fire. If you don’t follow her I really think you should. You can find her on instagram https://www.instagram.com/noellebenepe/?hl=en or website http://www.noellebenepe.com/

For day 2 on my Whole 30ish/ Paleo/ Vegetarian 30 day challenge it went ok today. I was hungry a lot and I wanted to eat sweets, even though I ate enough food throughout the day. It could be that we were walking a lot and then working out. It also takes my body about 14 days before I stop wanting to eat sweets, and I don’t eat a lot of sweets as is. But I have been eating regular sugar stuff for some time and that needed to stop. My stomach does not like it at all, it hurts and I swell up like I am 3 month pregnant when I do eat it LOL.

Breakfast: On the go – 3 boiled eggs, 1 banana, 1 apple

Lunch: At the mall Kebab koobideh with rice, salad and meze.

Snack: 8 turkey sandwich meat and a clementine

Dinner: Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes with garlic mashed sweet potatoes, and spinach

Evening snack: Some nuts drizzled with olive oil and seasoning and fresh dates

 

Time to sleep now… good night world

 

Hiiiii,

My life has taken another detour and sometimes when life takes unexpected turns and throws us off our path we can choose to feel defeated or plow through. It makes us choose to act or not. I’m pushing forward and doing it with vengeance I have decided to do things differently, do things I have said I wanted to do for years but never got around to. I am tired of letting life just happen, I’ve been a bystander for far too long. It is time to take charge, there is no time like the present time. I’ve been on that platform watching the train of life pass by. Now I have decided to step on the train and see where it goes. It is a bit scary to enter new territory but we can’t evolve if we don’t go outside the box and our safety zone. But  I am looking forward to it.

If you know me then you know I like challenges, it gets me motivated and help me going. So I have decided to do two different challenges at the same time. I am doing a Whole 30ish/paleo/vegetarian 30 day challenge and a 30 day fitness challenge. I currently don’t have a gym membership and it is driving me crazy to not lift weights so instead of not exercising at all I decided to do this at home fitness challenge that uses resistance bands. And let me tell you that today when I started both challenges, the fitness challenge got me all sweaty, exhausted and my legs were on fire hahaha.

 

Day 1:

Breakfast: Banana, apple, coconut egg porridge

Lunch: Spinach/ kale tuna quinoa salad topped with an egg

Snack: A banana dusted with cinnamon

Dinner: Vegetarian beefless stew with cauliflower rice http://www.straightupfood.com/blog/2015/06/07/beefless-stew/

Evening snack: Home popped popcorn

Good night world…

Ps. Snap pictures are the best

TIU 31 day challenge and 7 day slim down

Hiiiii it’s been such a long time since i wrote in here, I needed a long brake. But now i want to write again 🙂 So I’m starting off with a challenge i just completed, well actually 2 challenges.

I found Tone It Up in 2012 and purchased their lifetime membership, however I have actually never really used it before. Not sure why, however I felt like I wanted a change in my body so I decided to give it a try. I have been working out on and off for years, and tend to get sick everytime I do work out. So I always felt like I had to start over and that is not motivating in it self. So I have for the past few month been doing good, listening to my body while working out and eating pretty good and trying to rest. So that why I decided to do this challenge. I work better when I challenge myself so that’s why I love doing these types of challenges.

Tone It Up was created by 2 best friends here is a little of their story copied from their website 😉 Karena and Katrina, the founders of the Tone It Up have brought a fresh approach to fitness with their fun, energetic, girlfriend-to-girlfriend method of getting fit.  Since founding Tone It Up, they have built a brand of fitness products, community, retreats, nutrition plans and have graced the pages of Shape, SELF, In Style, Women’s Health and featured in Forbes and People. You can read more about them clicking on the link https://www.toneitup.com/about-karena-and-katrina-founders-of-tone-it-up/

So in october they had a 31 day fitness/ nutrition challenge and they basically give you everything you need. A whole nutrition plan, different meal suggestions, what time to eat what and daily workouts. They actually have daily workouts daily so you don’t have to do a challenge to do them. And I did really good, with a few days of not eating perfectly. It was my birthday during the challenge so I cheated a little 🙂 but it was worth it. I also ate a few peices of candy when my boss had bought some candy that I used to eat as a child, it was like walking down memory lane hehe. So it was worth it for me. I also didn’t work out everysingle day, I only missed 4 days total in the month. When it came to the food, I ate a little more calories sometimes then what they had suggested. Only becuase I lost too much energy when I didn’t.

Then when the challenge was over they threw in a 2nd challenge the 7 day slimdown. Just to enhense the results more. It was great, I also ate a little more on seartan meals during this challenge. So I know I could have had even more defined results. I do see a difference after both and I am super excited.

So I am sort of staying on their meal plans, and their way of eating. I still eat paleoish/ vegetarian which fits in the frames of Tone It ups meal build up.

I highly recommend Tone It Up check them out. You feel very supported by them which is fantastic. The also recommend that you connect with other tiu member to get more support.

Here are my before and after pictures, I feel and see a difference especially in the stomach area.  The love handles and petruding of my belly has shrunk yaayyy I am happy with my results. It is just the beginning ❤

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Whole 30 day 15-17. Been struggling a lil bit… super easy recipe up!!

Yes I have been struggling a little, wanting sweets. But I am not giving in to it. I am more then half way through and I will make it. But I am for sure looking forward to my birthday. I am also participating in a instagram foodie exchange. Which I am excited about. I am paired up with this girl i Sweden and we will both make some sweets and/or treats based on the other persons diet and then send it to her as a package. I think this is super fun and I can’t wait for my package to arrive. We will all open them on october 3rd and post pictures of our packages on instagram. I will make some yummy stuff to send her 😀

Day 15

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  • Breakfast: Smoothie that I couldn’t finish (didn’t have much appetite in the AM)
  • Lunch: Oven baked salmon with parsnip, carrot, turnip mash and salad
  • Dinner: Sweet potato cakes, with bacon sauteed spinach and homemade lingonberry jam

Day 16

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  • Breakfast: Sauteed spinach, mushroom and beet with turkey sandwich meet
  • Lunch: Sweet potato cakes, with bacon sauteed spinach and homemade lingonberry jam
  • Dinner: Tuna salad with home made mayo in a lettuce shell 🙂

Day 17

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  • Breakfast: Banana, blueberry, coconut milk chia pudding topped with some nuts and seeds
  • Lunch: The last of Sweet potato cakes, with bacon spinach and homemade lingonberry jam
  • Snack: Some hazelnuts, and some of my breakfast chia pudding
  • Dinner: Spinach, mushroom, turkey omelette with a side of satsumas
  • Snack: Home made kale chips

Sweet potato cake and lingonberry jam

Sweet potato cakes

  • 2 medium sizedsweet potato boiled or oven baked
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp pink himalaya salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Coconut oil for frying

Mash the potato and mix in the eggs and seasoning. Place the coconut oil in the skillet and on medium heat spoon out the potato mixture and fry for 4-5 minutes on each sides. I flipped them a few times.

Lingonberry jam

  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup frozen lingonberries

Peel and cut up the apple in small pieces put in a pan with a little bit of water, boil till soft. Mash it and mix in the lingonberries and let boil on medium to low for 15 minutes until it thickens.

Day 11 still doing the challenge :)

This morning I made theeeeeee most the lisious banana pancakes everrrrrr!!!! I ate a littlebit too much but it was sooooo good 😀 I am sorry I can not share it with you guys yet. I will put that in my cookbook. Yes I am creating one, it is coming a long slowly. But no rush for good food 🙂

Here is some good food I’ve been eating the last couple of days 😀 Here are the pancakes from this morning. Made some salad in a jar today, it was super delicious. Time goes so fast time to sleep now.

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Uh-oh this weekend was a challenge, but it’s ok.

The last few days I have been very busy and have not been able to post anything. I also deviated from the challenge, however I am back and I will not start over on day one but just continue a few more days instead 🙂

Last week was a challenge, I started a new job two weeks ago and there is so much to learn, and my head have been on overload hahaha. I also worked really late, and that I’m not used to. So I was kind of exhausted in my brain this weekend. On saturday I ended up eating at TGI Fridays had a burger with gluten free bun and a few fries, I also had 2 mojitos. And on yesterday on sunday I had nachos at my sisters house. My stomach ended up in so much pain after dinner yesterday it was still hurting this morning. I’m not going to punish myself for failing this weekend.. it is just getting back on the wagon again. Now 24 hours later my stomach is still hurting a little bit.

Today I had nut porridge topped with berries for breakfast and a purple green juice. For lunch and dinner I had taco pie i made last week 🙂

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The nut porridge is delicious and simple to make, I found this recipe online it is in swedish. I just used less to have a smaller portion.

Nut porridge

  • 1 dl (0.4 cups) nuts ( i used almonds and cashews)
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 dl (0.4 cups) coconut milk
  • 1 msk water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 banana
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamom
  1. Put the nuts in a blender and mix the nuts until they are very small pieces.
  2. Put the eggs, banana coconut milk and water in a mixer and bled.
  3. Pour in the nuts and stir.
  4. Boil in a pot while you stir, until you’ve got the right consistency.
  5. Add the cinnamon and cardamom.
  6. Top with some berries. Enjoy!

Day 3 on my challenge..but my post are a day behind cause of my new job :)

Hi so today I’m embarking on day 3. But since I work from 5pm – 12am this week I post yesterdays foods that I ate 🙂 Yesterday ended up being a vegeterian day which was fantastic. I love to switch it up. I also believe that as mainly a paleo eater you are some days supposed to be all vegeterain. I beleive that back in the paleolithic times they ate meat when they had been out hunting and the days they didn’t have meet they ate vegeterian. This is just my own thughts about this. Can’t know for sure 😉

For breakfast I had millet flakes meal topped with berries, that recipe will be up tomorrow. For lunch and dinner I had chickpea and carrot patties, recipe below. Snack I had apple and banana and a raw food bar.

 

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Recipe:

Chickpeas carrot patties

  • 1 tetra box or can of chickpeas
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 small onion
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 tsp arrowroot flour (tapioca or coconut works too
  • 1 tsp cummin powder
  • 1 tsp tumeric powder
  • Dash of chill powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Coconut oil, ghee for frying
  1. Rinse the chickpeas, chop the onion and garlic
  2. Put in a food blender and blend till a grainy consistency not smooth. Put in a bowl.
  3. Shred the carrot and add to the mixture with the egg and seasonings.
  4. Mix well and create balls and flatten them out to patties on a cutting board.
  5. Fry the patties on low to medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side. Til they get a little color.
  6. Serve with sides of your choice. I used ovenbaked sweet potato, guacamole and salad.
  7. Enjoy!!!!

 

I’m embarking on a 30 day paleoish cleaneating challenge…today is day 2 :-) and a smoothie recipe!!

Hi i have been slipping for some time now. I have been eating to much of foods my body does not agree with. Like dairy (mainly cheese), sugar (in sweets, coffiee drinks, icecream etc.), processed food (chips, fries, etc.), even some gluten though extremely small amounts. And my body have been telling me to stop but i have ignored it. Now it is time to stop and get back on track eating in a way my body deserve. And for me to do that i need to challenge myself, i stay on track when i do. It is also a great way to kick start change and creating good habits.

My 30 day challenge will consist of paleo food, vegetarian food and raw food. That’s why i called it a paleoish clean eating challenge. And as always preparing and planning is the key to stay on track. Yesterday on day 1 i ate a delicious smoothie with eggs for breakfast, recipe below. For lunch i met up with a friend and had a salad topped with shrimp, snack was the same as my morning smoothie. For dinner i had salmon with oven baked sweetpotato.

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Yummylisious smoothie recipe:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • hand full spinach
  • 1 cup blackberry, raspberry, blueberry (i used frozen)
  • 1/2 cup strawberry (used fresh)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 small knob ginger
  • 1 tsp green superfood mix (chlorella, wheatgrass, ginger)
  • 3/4 cup water

Blend and enjoy!!!!! For the part i saved for my afternoon snack i added 1 tbsp chiaseeds so it would be more creamy.

2015 Whole30 Day 3 completed :) yummy bliss ball recipe up!!!

I made it through this day too, My legs and stomach are sore from yesterdays workout 😀 wohoo. It might sound funny to be happy about the pain…but then I know I did someting good 🙂 I have decided to go slow and start to work out 2 times a week to start with… to ease in.

I forgot to eat my avocado with my lunch today and I didn’t get enough fat in..so when I came home i was about to crash. My head was feeling really heavy and I wanted to go to sleep. So I decided to make some bliss balls..mmmmmm tooooo yummy. I have not made some in a long time. Recipe below. Only ate a few of them and it gave me energy. My sister came over for dinner today and we had dessert 🙂

This is what i ate today

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  • Breakfast: Only 1 showing, but I had a smoothie and 1 egg for my first breakfast. Then for my second I had smoothie, egg, bacon and a home made veggie juice.
  • Lunch: Cod tomato stew with cauliflower rice and a salad.
  • Snack: Ham with mustard and 1 fried egg
  • Snack: Bliss balls
  • Dinner: Sweetpotato, meat sause and a salad.
  • Evening desert: Blueberry/ Raspberry Nicecream and bliss balls 🙂

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Recipe: Choco Bliss Balls

  • 1 cup (ca 2dl) almond and walnuts
  • 8 fresh dates
  • 1/4 cup unsweetended shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp real vanilla powder

Blend it all together in a mixer and roll in to balls. Then roll in shredded coconut. Eat and enjoy!!!

2015 Whole30 Day 2 finished..phew i made it

I slept in a little today too..went to be kinda late. I will soooon go to sleep, I am super tired after my workout today. Ready to hit the sac…just wanted to share my foods from today. I love my new top..No Change without Challenge!!!!! so true.

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What I ate today..and I also had a banana cacao mousse after my workout.

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  • Breakfast: Ovenbaked Sweetpotato sprinkled with cinnamon, eggs and sauteed spinach/ kale
  • Pre-workout: Avocado, eggs and nuts and seeds
  • Post-workout: Banana cacao pudding
  • Dinner: Shredded Sweetpotato and raw beets sauteed, bacon and salad

Have to sleep now..night ❤

2015 Whole30 Day 1 completed :) Yaayyyy and a blueberry omelette recipe

After a long working weekend with little sleep, I slept close to 11 hours today and woke up at 11. I can’t eat right after waking up so I had brunch today 🙂

I am really excited to do this Whole30 again, I sure need it and eventhough I know it will be hard at times. I have done it so I know I can do this. If you are doing it too, so can you!

This is the yummy food I ate today!!!

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  • Breakfast: Sweet blueberry omelette, fruit salad and a cup of tea.
  • Lunch: Shrimp Salad with olive oil and lemon dressing
  • Dinner: Meat sauce topped with lettuce
  • Snack: Nut mix

Breakfast omelette

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp real vanilla powder
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

Mix together everything but the blueberries, pour in a frying pan on medium heat then add the blueberries, after a 5-7 minutes flip the omelette and let it sit on low heat for another 3-4 minutes. Done and ready to be gobbled down 🙂

Tomorrow I will begin my Whole30, some tips if you want to join

I’m excited to begin the Whole30 tomorrow. I am ready to eat healthy..I need it. I’ve not been eating as good as I should. Especially now during the holidays. So to get ready for tomorrow and make it easier to do these 30 days. Preparing is key to make it, if you don’t you are setting yourself up for failure.

Here is a fanstic article about your first Whole30 http://meatified.com/first-whole-30-part-1/  You should read it and part 2 http://meatified.com/first-whole-30-part-2/. To sum it up you commit to 30 days of eating real food for 30 days. This will help you reset your body and aid it to start healing your gut and to give your body a brake. And to do that, you must avoid all grains, added sugars, soy, dairy, beans, legumes or treats.

You can do it!

Prepare yourself for the Whole 30 mentally

You’ve already done a lot of this preparation if you followed my advice above. If you know what scares you, or where you may be vulnerable to sliding off the edge of the Whole 30 program, then you’re already miles ahead of the game! Next, I really recommend that you spend some time thinking about what you want to achieve through your Whole 30. And, no, weight loss on its own is NOT a good answer!

  • Are you trying to break your sugar habit?
  • Do you want to improve specific health concerns like joint pain or thyroid issues?
  • Are you trying to figure out how good your body can feel?
  • Do you suspect that you have food allergies or intolerances that you can narrow down in the reintroduction phase?

Preparing for your first Whole 30

Know what you can eat on the Whole 30

Obviously, this is crucial. At first the list of things you can’t have on a Whole 30 program may seem overwhelming. People seem to spend more time worrying about this than anything else. But in many ways, it’s very simple! You can eat real, unprocessed food of any kind: meat, fish, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruit, good fats and oils, plus small amounts of nuts and seeds. So far, so good! The chart below was created by Diane Sanfilippo ofBalanced Bites, but it’s a handy summary that applies to the Whole 30, too. Read the rest of her awesome post on the US Food Pyramid here!

This is Diane Sanfilippo from Balanced Bite's version of the Real Food Pyramid: it totally applies here, too.

But, to clarify, here is a list of things that are not permitted on the Whole 30 program:

  • Sugar: none whatsoever, of any kind. This includes natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup and agave nectar as well as chemical  / processed versions.
  • Processed Foods: this might seem obvious, but some processed foods are sneaky. Protein bars or powders are included in this!
  • Grains: this includes corn, which is not a vegetable, as well as so-called “pseudo-grains” like quinoa.
  • Dairy: the exception is clarified butter, or ghee – everything else is out.
  • Beans or Legumes: no peanuts, soy products or derivatives, peas or lentils, either! An exception: green beans, sugar snap peas and snow peas are a-ok as they are more pod than “bean”.
  • Potatoes: sweet potatoes are fine, though.
  • Vegetable oils: canola, sunflower and soybean oils are no go. Stick to coconut oil for cooking and olive oil for salads or dressings.
  • Any kind of “Paleo-fied” treats, goodies or recreations: no paleo pancakes, baking or versions of junk food.

There are some non-food items to be avoided, too: alcohol, drugs and tobacco are no bueno! Lastly: do NOT weigh yourself throughout the 30 days. That’s kind of missing the point in the same way as making “Paleo” pancakes. Here is a more detailed description of foods you need to avoid if you have any questions.

If you really want to understand WHY all of the above list need to be avoided, I highly recommend that you read (and re-read!) the Whole 30 creators’ book It Starts With Food. Seriously, the Kindle version of it is less than $10. It is the best foundation on which to start a Whole 30 and will show you how to take what you have learned from your own Whole 30 and apply it to your life long after your 30 days are over. You can also find plenty of starter information on their website, Whole 9 Life. If you still have questions about whether or not specific foods are allowed on the Whole 30 or not, you should check out this page, the official “Can I have…” page!

Know what to expect on the Whole 30

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Here is a link to the prepping your kitchen 🙂

Check out Your First Whole 3o, Part 2: Prepping and Stocking Your Kitchenhere!