halfway whole thirty

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Cheers!  Today marks two week into my Whole30.  Yes, I am still rocking and rolling along.  I stopped the everyday updates.  The days started running together and there wasn’t much to update daily.  So here I am.  I do have a few tips and tricks I have learned along the way to make things go a bit more smooth during this journey. Continue reading

non-scale victories | day three

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Day three in the books and I am rearing and ready to rock!  My Whole 30 is going swell so far (if you can’t tell).  I surprisingly haven’t really been feeling the effects of the Whole 30 timeline (knock on wood).  I am not complaining though!  Here are some things I have noticed so far: Continue reading

hello goodnight sleep | day two

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Happy day two of the Whole 30!  Holy sleep cycles!  This is my biggest non-scale victory so far, and it’s only day two.  Last night, I got the best night of sleep I have had since coming home for the holidays.  To be honest, I cannot recall the last time I got NINE hours of sleep–that’s right, nine!  I even went into “deep” sleep for the longest time since getting my Fitbit for Christmas.   Continue reading

new year the whole30 way | day one

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I am doing the January Whole30 reset.  Two years ago, I did a Paleo Challenge that sort of morphed into a Whole30.  I didn’t do my research.  I was new to it all.  I begun with paleo and as I did more research, I stumbled upon the Whole30 and began following the program then.  I slipped a few times, I cut it a day short, I didn’t scrutinize labels… It wasn’t really a Whole30 at all, which brings me to now. Continue reading

more than a cupcake

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I posted this on my Instagram (@emvalerioti) a few weeks ago.  It was a huge moment for me, one that I am still proud of.  It also is so prominent because Melissa Hartwig, Whole30 headmistress herself, gave me positive affirmations on my food freedom story, and approved of my selection of cupcake with the “proper cupcake to frosting ratio.”  Love. Love.  Love.  I don’t have celeb crushes really, Robert Downey Jr. aside, but I do have some serious author/blogger crushes.  Melissa being one of them.  Keep reading to read my original post on Instagram, word for word and see a pic of when I met Melissa two months ago, eep! Continue reading

paleo coconut brownies

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Oooohhh baby!  Summer is finally here and for once I am NOT taking summer classes!  It has been a long four years of endless schooling, and although I am not graduating for another year-ish (hello two and a half degrees), this summer is just me, myself and I going on adventures and discovering more about myself.  I am beyond psyched.  I am not gonna lie, despite my awesome class schedule this past semester, my world around me seemed to crumble.  Then I realized I was being a tad too dramatic and letting depression creep back to the surface of my being.  Whoa!  Deep for a post entitled Paleo Coconut Brownies I know, my apologies.  So, let me get back to this bomb recipe because it really does deserve a spotlight.  I will do separate posts about my severe semester slump, including the saga of my pretty much weekly trips to doctor’s offices and all the labs I’m having to do. *Spoiler: still no answers to why my body is flipping out.*  To be continued… BUT read on for delish Paleo Coconut Brownies because chocolate fixes everything, right? Continue reading

paleo carrot cake

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Hey there!  Like carrot cake?  I hope that’s why you’re here, because I love carrot cake!  Want to know my new carrot cake secret??  Whelp, you better keep reading then.  I have to say, I am craving these now, but then again, I am craving everything and anything sweet… someone say sugar?  I just completed day four of a sugar detox.  It was much needed.  Trust me.  I may eat healthier than some people, but when it comes to dessert, seriously look out.  Continue reading