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Let’s Get Real: How to Restart Diet and Fitness Pt. 1

17 Jun

Hello My Lovely Updaters!

How was your weekend? I hope you’re having a super fun summer so far. I made another video for you! So, I’ve been really struggling with consistency in my eating habits and fitness. I decided to breakdown how to restart your diet and fitness goals by demonstrating this process myself.

I haven’t been eating Paleo consistently recently. It started with some business trips and family events and now I’m left struggling with food temptation and I’ve been letting the Cravings Monster win more often than not. SO, I wanted to “come clean” and want to encourage you to join me.

I will be working on resetting my diet and recommitting to fitness. Daniel and I are even having a little competition to see who can get “hotter” in a month’s time. I’ll share some of the workouts I’m doing for that shortly …

Take a minute to check out this video and then let me know either in the comments or on my Facebook page, if you’re committing to restart your diet and fitness too.

Let’s get healthier together!

~ Kate

How to Restart Your Diet and Fitness Pt. 1 [VIDEO]

Honey, I love you. Sugar, this is war. #Whole30 Update

12 Apr

KateUpdates Spoonful of Sugar

‘A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!’ – Mary Poppins

… I have bad news for you Mary. It also helps your bottom get round.

This is day #19 of my Whole30 challenge! Crazy. It’s actually gone by pretty fast. At this point, I’m looking at foods and thinking, “There’s no way I would eat that because it would make me totally sick.” If you’ve done the Whole30 before, you know exactly what I mean. At this point in the game sugar cravings are pretty much non-existent and because I’ve done the Whole30 before, I know exactly how my body will react if I were to eat something like gluten, dairy, additives or sugar at this point. It wouldn’t be nice. I’d have an upset tummy all day and that’s just not worth it.

It’s pretty sweet that you can change your mind and body in just 30 days. It’s actually pretty crazy …

Sugar How You Get So Fly …

I’ve been thinking a lot about sugar and how it creeps into my eating and before I even realize it, I’m having sugar multiple times a day. Even when eating healthy, sugar can show up in the form of maple syrup, honey, lots of fruit, etc. I really want to be much more aware of how much sugar I’m taking in each day. That’s one of my big goals when I’ve completed this Dirty30 challenge.

Ditch Sugar?

Why all this sugar-shock? Well, I have dramatically seen my energy levels even out and my body transform when I remove sugar completely (other than some fruit). Without sugar, I’ve seen my body start changing into this beautiful creation that I had never seen before. Removing sugar can make you see changes that you didn’t even know could happen. “Well, hello waistline… how’d you get there?”

I’ve also experienced food freedom because I’m not craving sweet things like I used to. However, I don’t think it’s realistic to completely omit sugar. But it’s a dangerous walk of the line and I’m just feeling very self aware about it.

Less is More

It really is true that the less sugar you have, the less you crave it. So, I may just start keeping track (in my head) of how much sugar I’m taking in. For example, not having sugar with every meal. Keeping snacks to veggies and nuts and rarely having a dessert-like treat. I avoid refined sugars normally but even honey and maple syrup can feed the sugar beast. So, I’m going to use extreme caution.

What are some ways sugar has crept into your diet? How can you start decreasing your daily intake?

~ Kate

#Whole30 Day 1 Complete: Down ‘n Dirty

25 Mar

Whew. This has been a crazy day! I was out all last week because of a family emergency so I’m playing a major game of catch up. Today, I started the Whole30 (aka Dirty 30) with several family members, friends and several of you lovely readers.

I definitely spent some time in the kitchen today. Since this is my second time doing the Whole30, my pantry has the basic elements I need so that’s a major plus. Oh and I roasted garlic for the first time (see photo below) and it makes your house smell AMAZING. Definitely doing that again.

It’s not too late to join in and change your life (yes, I’m serious!) – just start tomorrow and adjust for 30 days. Read about the challenge here.

Here’s a recap of what I ate today:

Breakfast: I didn’t really have any quick options so I just had almond butter and an apple.

Snack: 1 small pack of raisins

I drank a LOT of water today.


I baked 2 butternut squash, 1 sweet potato and 1 bulb of garlic at 425 degrees for 45 minutes.

KateUpdates Soup

I made butternut squash soup. I adapted the “It Starts with Food” recipe.


Lunch: All natural chicken with salt, pepper, lemon juice and dill pickles on a bed of romaine lettuce topped with tomatoes, almonds and drizzled with balsamic.

KateUpdates Whole30

Dinner: sautéed chicken breast in EVOO with sweet onion, garlic salt and Garlic and Herb Mrs. Dash over butternut squash puree.

~ Kate