day fourteen & fifteen | don’t give up

day fourteen & fifteen | don't give up | Journey for Jessi

Here we go, halfway there.  I have to say that these past two days have been my most difficult personally.  I am admitting this to you all, I almost quit.  Quit not just on the plan, but also just falling off of this day-by-day Whole30 challenge diary I have going here (hence my catching up with a double day post).  But this is what this blog segment is about, keeping a real account of what happens on my personal journey with the Whole30. Continue reading

day thirteen | health binge

day fourteen | health binge | Journey for Jessi

Uh-oh.  I have a confession.  I have been “healthy” binging.  I am not saying that binging is healthy by any means.  What I am saying is that I have been consuming a lot of healthy foods (mostly healthy fats) to an excess.  Yeah, it’s time to stop that.  Continue reading

day twelve | fat outta hand

day twelve | fats outta hand | Journey for Jessi

So day twelve of my Whole30 and day two of my new training program and I have begun to notice something…  Where my carbs at?  Don’t get me wrong, I have NO adversity to fats.  In fact, I love fats a little too much.  I am a nut junkie, an avo connoisseur, I practically bathe in coconut oil/milk/flakes.  Because I am so in tune with my body now,  I realized that whenever I eat more clean, I tend to crave more fats, healthy fats, but fats nonetheless. Continue reading

day eleven | chocolate craving

  week two: day eleven | Journey for JessiDay eleven just kinda hit me.  Like, “whoa!” is it really day eleven.  According to the Whole30.com stats, day ten and day eleven are when most people quit the Whole30 challenge.  Well then, I guess I MADE IT!  I am home free, right?  Wrong.  I only hoped.  Today after dinner, after my first day back to work in three weeks, my first day on a new training regimen, I could have used a little square of dark chocolate.  Continue reading

day nine | willpower

paleo challenge | Journey for JessiDay nine.  Whoop!  I survived the Whole30 at my work holiday party!  Now that’s an accomplishment!  I guess I will start with the beginning of my day though.  Surprise!  I woke up and went to Crossfit ;).  Who would have guessed?  I used to bring a shake for during my workout to sip on throughout, but it is for sure NOT Whole30 approved.  Fructose anyone?  Great for fuel, but I have realized that not every workout needs the same amount of fuel.   Continue reading

day six | lazy days

 week one: day six| Journey for JessiNot much to report on day six of the paleo Whole30 challenge.  It was a rainy day my last day here in Houston.  I mainly was a couch potato I have to admit.  I didn’t even get my steps in for the day until I hit up the treadmill an hour and a half ago.  I mainly just snacked on veggies, fruit, nuts, and meat all day until dinner.   Continue reading

coconut chia pudding

 coconut chia pudding | Journey for JessiThis has been my midmorning snack for the past few days.  It has helped me  overcome my cravings for more harmful sugars.  Coconut Chia Pudding fits the paleo requirements of being dairy-free, grain-free, and legume-free.  It is so simple to make, versatile, and oh-so-delicious.

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day five | out & about

 week one: day five | Journey for JessiYesterday wrapped up my day five on this paleo challenge of mine including NO coffee too (to cut back my caffeine after abusing it during finals week).  It did not seem to take me very long to adapt to this program (Whole30). I think the key is to stay busy, occupied, and well-hydrated. Continue reading

day three | side effects

week one: day three | Journey for JessiDay three began with me researching “side effects” of a paleo detox.  Apparently my headaches and nausea are normal.  In fact, what I have found is that it is quite normal to feel like a hangover when on the Whole30 program  or similar paleo 30 day challenges like mine.  Today, I woke up with another headache and a weird kind of hunger. Continue reading

day two | take me out & take out

paleo challenge: day two | Journey for JessiMy day two of paleo challenge was one that tested my willpower and dining out tact.  I began by having breakfast at my brother and wife’s place: scrambled eggs with homemade salsa, turkey bacon, and a cutie.  I took a rest day today in terms of training because my back has been on fire lately.  I blame improper daily recovery and being a bit too sedentary… Continue reading