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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

UGH! Running, Chicken Basil Meatloaf and My NEW Favorite Cookbook

11 Apr

Happy Thursday!

I’ve been kinda quiet about my half-marathon training other than sharing running updates on my Facebook page so I wanted to take a minute to update you on how it’s been going. Well … it kinda sucks. Just being honest but it’s taking a lot longer to get the ‘hang’ of running. I’ve told you how I really feel about running and my desire to be a gazelle but this is much harder than I thought it would be.

My Running Schedule

I’ve been running x3/week and I’ve been doing two 3-mile runs and one longer run on Saturdays (I’m up to 6 miles!!). I feel really proud of myself for getting to the point where I can run 3 miles without stopping and then up to 6 miles with occasional stops. Overall I’m running 95% of the time and that makes me proud.

The Truth

It’s just that running sucks. Right now, running really sucks. What I mean by that is that it’s really hard. It’s such a mental battle to keep going without stopping. I’ve been told that I should be OK for the half because I can do 6 miles. However, I’m trying to work my way up to 9 miles before the race. I’ve started running with no real background to speak of so I’m not sure if the whole, “This sucks!!” thing is normal. I’ve been running 2-3 a week for over a month and the past couple weeks I’ve been running x3/week.

Um …

SO not trying to be a downer here just wanted to be honest. The really cool part of this process is that running is mostly mental. I mean, it’s hard work but for me it’s mostly just telling yourself you are going to keep going even when your mind wants to stop. I’m still being told by seasoned runners that you eventually like this craziness but that remains to be seen. Until then, I’m going to keep running in prep for rocking my first half marathon.

Chicken Basil Loaf

Now let’s talk food for a minute. I just got a new cookbook and I LOVE it. It’s PaleOMG’s first cookbook, “OMG. That’s Paleo?” and it’s awesome. I didn’t doubt that it would be awesome because all of her recipes are but I really like the layout of the cookbook itself. She provides space for variations and notes on each page and she rambles in her typical endearing fashion throughout the cookbook. I love it! Here’s a recipe from the cookbook that I tried yesterday and it was totally YUM.

Chicken Basil Meatloaf

KateUpdates Chicken Basil Meatloaf

Just click this link to get her recipe.

Note: Mine finished product looks a bit different because I incorporated pesto instead of just basil. It was really good and SUPER easy. Let me know if you try it.

~ Kate


How to Start the Whole30: What is It? What Can I Eat? + Recipes!

23 Mar

KateUpdates Three Rules

It’s time to get down and dirty … It’s time for the Whole30!

Or, “Dirty 30,” which is what I’m calling this next Whole30 adventure that begins Monday. There’s a group of us getting ready to take the plunge for the first or second time and … it’s going to ROCK. I’m excited!

My first Whole30 experience was back in August and it was amazing. I want to encourage you to join me on this next challenge and this post is going to provide you with the tools you need to change your body and mind forever. Remember, if you choose to do this, it is your CHOICE. You are not being restricted. It’s not something you HAVE to do. Instead, you are choosing to treat your body well and reap amazing health benefits for your mind and body. You may even lose some pounds along the way :)

So … Are you ready? The choice is yours. I hope you choose to join us. It’s just 30 days.

What is the Whole30?

Read the official description here.

What can I eat?

Simply put, you can eat: veggies, meat, seafood, fruit, nuts, seeds and healthy oils.  Focus on foods that are completely unprocessed or have only a few ingredients to help ensure you’re making the right choices. Have a question regarding whether an ingredient is Whole30 approved? See the full list here or check the Whole9Life forum here or do a quick Google search.


  • Sugars of all kinds
  • Alcohol/ Tobacco
  • Grains
  • Dairy
  • Legumes
  • Carrageenan, MSG or sulfites
  • White potatoes


  • Check out my video on Whole30 kitchen essentials to help you with your grocery shopping.
  • Here’s a shopping list you can use as a guide from Whole9Life
  • You can buy Whole30 guide, “It Starts with Food,” here.
  • Here’s a list of meal planning resources.
  • and see what other cookbooks I recommend here.
  • Like and visit my Facebook page for daily updates, ideas and inspiration
  • You can sign-up to receive daily emails to guide you through your journey

Meal Planning

Here are some Whole30 Approved breakfast and lunch/dinner ideas to get you started.


Lunch / Dinner

I will be sharing more recipe ideas as we go along and feel free to share your favorite Whole30 approved recipes as well. Let’s DO THIS!

~ Kate