So I normally get a head start on making my favorite holiday dishes during each weekend of December. This weekend I made seafood gumbo. The weather was perfect and I just could wait until Christmas Eve.
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For those of you who saw my reel on instagram and commented "recipe", keep reading!
On July 13, 2020, after eating every "bad" food and being on a champagne campaign all weekend in Orange Beach, I decided a change was needed. My hubby and I needed a major change of our eating habits. Here were my reasons for starting the Whole30.
- I was sluggish all the time. I never had energy and was always sleepy. This does not mix well with a husband and an almost 2 year old.
-I was beginning to feel insecure about anything I decided to wear. I've always bragged to friends about knowing what to wear to hide weight gain. I was past that point. Disclaimer: Every person has THEIR point of "this is too much weight for ME". This was mine.
-I was constantly bloated and had stomach issues all the time.
-My face was breaking out
-I felt generally unhealthy.
I tried the Whole30 diet years ago and only made it 12 days. It's essentially an elimination diet that removes often inflammatory food groups from your diet. Afterwards, you should have a better understanding of how certain food items are affecting your health and slowly introduce back the ones that you deem to be ok for you. Here's the Whole30 rules in a nutshell:
1. No dairy (bye bye queso =(
2. No sugar
3. No grains or beans
4. No processed foods
5. No ALCOHOL (ice cold Strawberry Perrier became my bestie)
Here's how it went. HARD. Really Hard. I think I spent the first week mourning the loss of all the foods I loved eating. The same foods that were causing my weight gain and insecurity issues. For breakfast, we ate more eggs than I ever want to eat in this lifetime. We ate a lot of veggies and meats, like this zucchini, shrimp and red onion medley, sautéed in the skillet (so delish!).
By week two, we were counting down the days. Some days I was so over eating like this, I would go to bed without eating. I think I really was depressed. This was confirmation to me that my relationship with food was toxic. Here I am, depressed, not because I'm hungry and can't eat, but because I can't eat the foods that make me feel happy after a rough day. This was a turning point for me.
By week 3, I was in autopilot. I had started to notice changes in my body and health and I loved it. Here are a few differences I noticed.
-I was actually buttoning my work pants again lol (sad, but true).
- My stomach was NOT bloated. It was actually flattening out.
-I am a person who takes allergy meds daily. I hadn't taken ANY over the course of this diet.
-I had tons of energy and my sleep at night was amazing
-My skin was noticeably clearer
-I felt comfortable in my clothes (with or without spanx!!)
-I fit into a pair of shorts that I couldn't even get over my hips before
My husband and I cruised through the final week of the diet and we had become closer than ever. We bonded over our non scale victories and comforted each other on those rough days when we both just needed a cold, hard drink lol. We did it!!! We graduated the whole 30. On day 31, the first thing I did was step on the scale. Y'all, I was shocked. I lost 15 lbs!!!! I started this diet at 174 lbs (I am 5'4" tall). This was my heaviest weight to date and was I down to 159. Suddenly, my goal weight seemed attainable. 150lbs is the goal. 145 would be lagniappe.
Ok, so here's why I'll never do the Whole30 again.
-I have a better understanding of my relationship with food. I don't have to restrict myself so much now.
-I know I can be disciplined. I didn't drink alcohol or consume sugar for 30 days! I no longer need "rules" to control myself. I see what the lack of sugar did for me. I'm more conditioned to decline it now.
-Life is hard. Eat the thing. Sometimes that's just what it is. I'm not going to spend my life not enjoying the foods I love, for the sake of diet. Some days I will eat badly. But because of how great this diet made me feel, I won't do it nearly as often.
What's the takeaway? If you're ready for a food relationship change, do it. You won't regret it. You will feel accomplished. Your body will thank you!!! I am 4 days post whole30 and I have already turned down tons of food items that I once loved, without the rules. I know my body just will not like how they make me feel. Next week, i'll be back on a Whole30-ish type diet. But today, I'll drink champagne. Cheers!
If you have any questions about my experience with the Whole30, leave a comment! I'd love to point you in the right direction!
For more info on the diet. Please visit www.whole30.com
Buying gifts for babies is hard. Some may say, why even bother? Don't be a grinch lol! I thought long and hard and came up with some gifts that I think will be both functional and enjoyable for my 15 month old. Check out my picks below.
1. Dr. Martens Infant 1460 Patent
I bought these patent leather boots for my baby girl (15 months), because I thought they were the perfect "bad ass" accessory for my little bad ass (see what I did there? lmao). Seriously though, I love the versatility of these boots. The patent leather makes them sort of dressy, so she can sport them with opaque tights and a dress. Another day, she may wear them with jeans. The best part? I can buy myself a matching pair ; )
Trust me, I'm trying to get in as much "Mommy and Me" action as I can before she wants nothing to do with me lol.
2. VTech KidiBeats Drum Set, Pink
A drum set. For an extremely active toddler who likes to beat on things already. That's a really great idea, right? You know what, forget I mentioned it lol.
3. Wee Baby Stella Customized Doll
My daughter has another version of Wee Baby Stella and loves her! She's super soft and has an attachable, magnetic pacifier (doesn't seem to be a choking hazard, but if you're cautious like me, just remove the pacifier and put it somewhere for safe keeping). This Wee Baby Stella is customizable! You can choose her skin tone, hairstyle and select multiple outfits. One additional outfit is included in the price. Additional outfits are $14. My favorite thing about Wee Baby Stella is that I can throw her in the washing machine when she gets dirty. Your tot will love her.
4. Copper Pearl Jolly Baby Bandana Bibs (Set of 4)
Price: $19.95 40% off Christmas Prints with Code CPHOLIDAY40
I have loved these bibs from the moment I welcomed my daughter into this world. They are super soft and I love how they can give a basic outfit an instant fashion boost. I ordered these just in time for Christmas and to use the coupon code listed above. Double win.
5. Adidas LZ SST Track Suit
It's a leopard track suit. For a toddler. What else needs to be said?
6. Mary Had a Little Glam by Tammi Sauer
Price: $9.48 (Hardcover)
The cutest little book for the glam baby/toddler in your life. This book is a twist on the traditional "Mary Had a Little Lamb". The artwork is sure to be visually pleasing to your little one as well. I love it!
7. First 100 Words-priddy baby
This book is designed to help your little one learn essential first words. It is a board book with a soft padded cover, perfect for your tot to hold. I love the bright images that are included to match the words. Books like these are proven to increase your toddler's cognitive abilities.
What gifts are on your toddler's Christmas gift? Let me know in the comments!
Christmas is here in 8 days!!! Some of you have already finished but may be trying to decide what you want for yourself (#treatyoself is my motto and not just for the holidays lol) or maybe you haven't even started shopping at all. Either way, I have created a short guide of items that any person in your life who is a lover of beauty and/or fashion will love. Let's get into it!
1. Brahmin Faith Ivory Calypso Bag
I've pretty much been indifferent when it comes to Brahmin bags, but the uniqueness of this one drew me in. I love the iridescent finish and the fact that this bag can be worn as a cross body. Wear it on your wrist with a chic outfit and this bag screams day trip to Nola with a side of bottomless mimosas. She's not an everyday bag, just a fun one. I love it.
2. Tarte Merry Metals Brush Set
A full set of pretty rose gold brushes for $35???! Need I say more?
3. 2020 Deluxe Classic Happy Planner Confetti Glam Girl
Get your life in order this year with this super fun planner. I've had a happy planner since 2017 and the name "Happy Planner" is not an understatement. The fun designs and various accessories make planning your future fun! Happy Planners and accessories can also be found at Hobby Lobby and Michaels. I have even seen them at Walmart occasionally.
4. YSL Libre Eau De Parfum-Yves Saint Laurent
Price: $104 (1.7 oz)
Every Christmas, I love to collect a new scent for the year. I'm interested in scents that have clean, but floral scents. One of my favorites was the Miss Dior Eau...now discontinued =(. This fragrance gives me similar vibes!
5. Tony Bianco "Freddie" Bootie
White boots have been all the rage this season and I am obsessed with this pair. These booties are made of a buttery, soft, white leather that is sure to turn heads. Pair them with your favorite skinny jeans, romper or mini dress. Life is short, buy the shoes!
6. Glamcor Multimedia X Light-Phone Clip Included
Price: $314.50 SALE!
This is for the beauty blogger in your life. I used this light last weekend for my makeup class and it was OUTSTANDING. The light gives you the option to adjust the warmth and/or coolness, as well as dim and brighten. Get this, it has a remote control!!! There's also a phone clip included to attach your phone if you want to take your selfies to the next level. If you are an MUA, I highly recommend this light. I have a had a ring light for years and it gets the job donebut this light truly gives me a brighter and less harsh light for applying makeup on others or myself. Your photos will look amazing and you can attach your camera to it for filming purposes. It also comes with a super convenient carrying case for traveling purposes. Definitely worth the splurge!
Which items are you feeling? Let me know in the comments! Happy Shopping!