Day 25 – time is on your side

So I have spent the last 25 days reflecting on every aspect of my life. What is still important, what has become less of a priority, who makes me feel alive, what toxic elements do I need to rid myself of, and who can I truly be myself around.

As I listened to an amazing speech while driving to work, the concept of “fitting out” came to light. I sat there pondering all of the areas of my life that I fit in perfectly, somewhat, or completely fit out of. Do I want to fit in? Or is fitting out really a place where I find comfort. The answer depends on the crowd.

My wellness journey has always been something I take pride in, have been judged for, have been supported with, and have held close to my soul. In speaking about my wellness journey I’ve noticed the place where I fit out the most is at my workplace. Never would I try to force my lifestyle on anyone, my goal is simply to inspire others and spread positivity, yet I am clearly judged by others. I know I challenge the mold in my environment… but that is okay for if I support one person to make a change in themselves for the better than it is worth it.

Throughout my whole30 journey, I’ve heard such a spectrum of responses. The large majority of responses revolved around I could never do that, how do you have time for all that food prep, I can’t change my diet cold turkey like that, you are so extreme – you get the point.

My major take away from all of this, is that it is really difficult for human beings to take accountability for themselves. They judge, feel judged, and struggle to take action. My wish for everyone is that they could shift their mindset around priorities. I can so SICK & TIRED of everyone’s excuses. Imagine how we could shift perspective by taking ownership for ourselves.

Say it with me… “ I can do this, it just is not my priority.. I am not a victim”

Deciding to do nothing, is still making a decision. Deciding to have a kale salad is making a decision. Eating Doritos for lunch is making a decision. I stand here today, vulnerable at times and with strength in others stating to you, I am happy to “fit out”.

Thank you whole30, my whole30 tribe, & my amazing support system for allowing me to fit in, in a world that challenges my beliefs.

xxoo – Amy

Day 26 & 27… pickled onions, beets & lemons!!

Wahhhh it’s my official last weekend on whole30, we are in the home stretch! I can’t believe how fast the last month has gone. One of the greatest things I’ve learned over the last month is how to maximize flavors with similar ingredients to be sure you never get bored and don’t have to buy $400 worth of new groceries each week for new recipes with fancy ingredients. So, what I’m trying to say is remember that beet hummus I made from a few days ago.. well I have repurposed it ALL weekend and it’s made for a colorful and delicious weekend!

From beet hummus to beet citrus vinaigrette and coconut beet dressing.. say wahhhhh!!!

Beet citrus vinaigrette

4 tablespoons of beet hummus
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of water
1 clementine
1 tablespoon of grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons of the ranch seasoning mix (see previous post)
3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
Blend chill and serve!

Bonus, there will be leftover for your salad the following day!

And when you eat all of the vinaigrette, and still have beet hummus… here comes my favorite ingredient for the win once again…. light coconut milk! Coconut beet dressing

4 tablespoons of beet hummus
2 tablespoons of olive oil
½ cup of coconut milk
Blend chill and serve
SO simple, but so yum!

Last one I promise… pickled everything makes me happy and these pickled onions took 3 minutes and are delicious, crunchy, and versatile.

Literally this is all I did!!

1 purple onion cut finely
Fresh dill, parsley, chives, and cilantro
Add to the mason Jill
Fill half with white vinegar and half with water
Shake and chill!
Amazing on top of salads, beef, fish, tacos, everything!

Needless to say, I’ve still been craving salads hard over the weekend and having a blast with new concoctions and ingredients. I have found real success with finding a couple of staple “fun” ingredients and working my meals around that ingredient or two. Looking forward to spending some time post whole30 sharing my themed week recipes!! I’m thinking an Asian or Italian theme is a definite must asap!

What kind of recipes would you like to see done healthy??!?

xxoo – Amy