I’ve been wanting to work with Sakara Life for.. YEARS. Literally. Everything they stand for aligns with how I strive to feel, eat and practice daily life. If you’re not familiar with Sakara, it is a woman-founded wellness company/program that is anchored in treating food as medicine. I read a quote a few years back that changed how I view food:
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Living in South Florida generally means one thing, year-round sunshine and very warm steamy temps. We only get about a 2-3 week period of “cool” weather and a lack of humidity early in the year and that’s really about it. Right now, in the “fall,” it’s 90 degrees, sunny-ish, and basically bikini weather.. not exactly the autumn you see in Hallmark movies. So, that means we “glow” all year! However, for those of us sun safety nuts, we don’t find our “summer glow ups” by tanning and aging our precious skin. Want my not-so-secret “secrets?” Keep reading!
Not that long ago, I put a question box up on my Instagram Stories asking what YOU would choose as a career for me (besides full time mommin’, of course) and I wasn’t surprised that most of the answers included “something with food” and “nutritionist.” I guess I’m pretty transparent! As many of you know I like to dabble here and there in all things I’m passionate about and food + living a healthy lifestyle have ALWAYS been at the very top of my list. So, I decided to do something about it and further my education on the subjects – more to come on that another time. But, it’s not only “back to school” time for my kids, it’s my turn too!
When my friend Nicole (aka @kalejunkie) said she would be doing a 7 day reset with the Clean Program beginning on September 1st, I knew I had to do it with her (and our other instafriend, Holly)! Not only had I seriously fallen “off track” after our trip to the Hamptons, but I know firsthand that any kind of lifestyle change is easier and more likely to be finished to completion when you have a great support system. So without even a moment’s hesitation, I was totally ONBOARD and ready to begin!
I truly am SO proud to say.. “I completed the Whole30!”
This was such a feat for me, mentally more than physically, and that’s why I have to pat myself on the back for making it through with ZERO cheats. On the real: I’ve perpetually throughout life thrown in the towel when things get “too hard” and I told myself when I started this that I WAS going to make it through NO MATTER WHAT. I can’t even believe how fast the month flew by. I definitely thought it would drag along and the moment where I could stick a piece of chocolate in my mouth would never arrive. But it’s here and you know what? I don’t even want the chocolate! Along with some of my major cravings subsiding (and realizing it was just a “you want what you can’t have” kinda thing during the process), I’ve lost 5 lbs. (putting me back at pre-pregnancy weight – yay!), I’ve gotten compliments on my skin looking great and glow-y, and I’ve learned SO MUCH about what we eat and why.
My Whole30 journey is more than halfway completed and I’m so excited to share how things have been going! When I first started, on day two, I was all “oh I can do this, NO PROBLEM.” Soon after, the “carb hangover” began and I was not only kicking myself in the toosh for naively thinking how easy this would be, but also dying for all things carby, chocolatey and sweet. While I still long for piece of soft & heavenly chocolate chip banana bread (especially this one), I’m happy to report that for the most part I’m doing much better mentally and physically when it comes to my longtime love affair with food. I will say, however, the journey is much more enjoyable when you have a friend or spouse on it with you (shoutout to my Whole30 twin, Dani!).
After months of not feeling physically or mentally my best, I decided it was time for a major change in my life. I wasn’t sure what I would change just yet, but I knew it needed to be something drastic and eye opening. I had heard about The Whole30 here & there, but never thought I could do it – it just seemed too hard. And then it dawned on me that it was EXACTLY what I needed. Not only did I need to change my eating habits, but I also felt that I needed to see something difficult all the way through and achieve my goal. So, despite Memorial Day, National Donut Day & Father’s Day coming up, I jumped in feet first to the Whole30 on May 29th.