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5 Tools to Reset Your Diet After Holiday Eating + Meet My New BFF!

27 Dec

Whew. It’s been about a week since I last updated you and … I’ve missed you! I loved having some time to “unplug” and used the time to plan and recharge for 2013. This next year is totally going to blow the last one out of the water so get ready …

So are you ready to get back into your healthy routine after all that holiday eating? I so am! I took a break over the holidays and I’m really looking forward to feeling completely myself again. If you normally eat Paleo, you know exactly what I mean. When you eat gluten, dairy or other not-so-good-for-you foods, your body gets really disoriented.

My body went through the shock of, “What the heck are you feeding me??” and then settled into, “I guess this is how we are eating again … ” soon followed by, “Can we go back to eating Paleo please?” The good news is that I don’t feel guilty from eating the way I did because I made up my mind before hand that this was a planned break. I am ready to get back into my groove and be even more passionate about cooking at home and working out. Here are 5 resources you can use to get back on track:

  1. 10 Tips to Get Back on Track after holiday eating
  2. Beat temptation with these: 5 Tips to Defeat the Cravings Monster
  3. Use these Meal Planning Ideas to jump-start your diet (plus there’s 43 healthy blog options for you to review!)
  4. And how about 10 Reasons to Eat Clean and Workout
  5. Oh and I strongly urge you to consider doing the Whole30 after the holidays are completely over. It will change your life.

This leads me to my two favorite Christmas gifts this year … (and my new BFF!)

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A rosemary bush and a FOOD PROCESSOR. Ohmygosh I’m so excited!! I have been wanting a food processor for a while and Daniel and I started pricing them out but they were just SO expensive we couldn’t quite commit. Enter my mom. She totally surprised and blessed me with this AMAZING gift. I can do so much more with well, everything. You guys are going to reap the benefits too because I’m going to be sharing many more recipes.


What was your favorite Christmas gift?

~ Kate

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Table: Ditch the Food Guilt!

19 Dec

Christmas is coming! String the lights, bake the cookies, wrap the gifts and sing carols because Christmas is just around the corner. I’m so excited. I can’t wait to see my family and eat yummy food and be merry. Daniel and I are working on a musical surprise for our families and oh I simply cannot WAIT!

Last night we enjoyed some homemade eggnog from a friend (not Paleo but delicious nonetheless) and sang Christmas carols. It was glorious and full of giggles.

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Of course, it’s important to set yourself up for success when it comes to these holiday gatherings. What’s your game plan? What will you eat and how much? Will you workout? The tricky part about Christmas is that it is immediately followed by New Year’s Eve parties, New Years Day meals together and, in my case, my birthday (January 2, ahthankyaverymuch.) So that means you have family gatherings, Christmas cookies, drinks with friends and birthday cake all in just over a week! Talk about overload!

My plan? I’m going to review my post on avoiding food guilt over the holidays and I’m going to maintain my workout routine. I’ll also stick to Paleo foods for the most part, as I did during Thanksgiving, and be aware of portions. Basically, the key to avoiding food-guilt and overload is to listen to your body. Don’t eat like the world’s going to end.

Instead, take your time and enjoy the moment.

Hooray for Christmas!


~ Kate

Can You Keep A Secret?

17 Dec

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The events that unfolded on Friday and over the weekend have reminded me of the importance of investing in other people. These tragedies, when they don’t directly impact us, serve as a reminder and provide renewed perspective. Reminders of the importance of kindness, love and compassion.

It’s important to be the best you can be and pursue your dreams and I speak about this topic often. Even more important, however, is investing in others and showing love. When you pass, people will remember how you made them feel. Did you love them and make time for them? Or were you too busy pursuing your career and your own agenda? Ouch, I know. It’s an important reminder.

Let’s make a difference by how we treat others and how we invest our time. Our dreams are important and worth running after. But let’s not forget the ones we love nor the stranger in need of kindness.

So be brave, give of yourself and do something kind for someone today. Don’t expect or wait for a thank you. Don’t share it in your social media status. Keep it as a secret, tucked away in your heart and find satisfaction in that.


P.S. If you’d like to make a monetary difference in the lives of those suffering in Newtown, here’s a link to a crowd-funding campaign: Connecticut School Tragedy

~ Kate