Whole30 Advice from a Sugar Addict

When I decided to go on Whole30, all of my friends thought I was crazy. No sugar. No alcohol. No dairy. The main three food groups for a girl from Wisconsin. On top of that –  no carbs, no grains, NO POP, no gum…you name it, most likely you have to give it up for 30 straight days. Seems impossible, right? Well I can proudly say that I’ve done it, without cheating, not once but TWICE (!) in the past year and a half. So if I can do it, trust me – anyone can do it.

Even though it may sound crazy, I would highly recommend everyone complete  Whole30 at some point in their life. The benefits alone are worth giving up a social life for 30 days. I lost 10 lbs (with barely exercising), finally started sleeping through the night and my skin is the clearest it’s been since 2nd grade. If any of these sound appealing to you and you’re ready to jump off the deep end, I’ve compiled some advice to help you get through the 30 days and stay sane.

You must meal prep. The only way to not give into daily temptation to go out for lunch or stop by Starbucks for breakfast is by being prepared and having your meals packed for the day. Easy options: egg cups for the breakfast all week and carnita bowls with cauliflower rice for lunch, topped with fresh pico and guac.

Host a brunch. About 2 weeks in, you’ll start to go stir crazy. So have your friends over for a brunch! Breakfast is the one meal you can host while on Whole30 and not be completely obnoxious about it. Bacon, hashbrowns, eggs, fresh tomatoes and basil, coffee – all delicious Whole30 approved foods, and generally enjoyed by any normal person.

Do it with a buddy. Someone to meal prep with, someone to commiserate with, someone to play board games and do puzzles with instead of going out for happy hour. This second time around I did it with my husband. We saw so many new movies and had lots of quality time in the kitchen. Plus, I had someone to complain to but at the same time keep me accountable and away from cookies.

Have an emergency back-up plan. There will be so many times when you want to give up. To stay on track, keep RX kids bars on hand. And know where the closest Chipotle is for a Carnita Salad when you’ve met your limit on cooking. For me, Starbucks was a lifesaver. A Blonde Americano felt like a delicious treat halfway through the day when all I wanted was a brownie.

Have you done Whole30 before? What are your tips? Thinking about trying it? Let me know! I could be a really good accountability coach, and have tons of recipes and more advice to share 🙂

-RC

 

 

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Easter Candy Ranked Worst to Best

VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION! A must-read before buying your Easter basket essentials this weekend.

Anything with coconut

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Generic Jelly Beans (especially the spiced variety)

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Robin Eggs

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Chocolate Bunny

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Eggs

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Butterfinger Nest Eggs

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Starburst Jelly Beans

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Cadbury Mini Eggs

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Peeps

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Cadbury Creme Egg

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How To: Tailgate

WOOHOO!!! It’s finally here: Football Season!

The best part of football season, besides seeing the Packers kick ass, is tailgating. Since we’re from Wisconsin, we’ve been tailgating since birth so we’re pretty much professionals. Here are some tips and tricks for tailgating:

  • Plan ahead: Don’t forget charcoal, ice (depending on the temperature outside), water bottles, music or a lighter. While tailgating this spring, we forgot a cooler and ice, which resulted in this…

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  • Chairs!: We could have easily put this in the above category, but we forget it so often that it deserves its own category. DO NOT FORGET CHAIRS. We looked like fools…

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  • Bring Drinking Games: Drinking games make everything more fun. At the very least, bring along a deck of cards. My favorite tailgating game is definitely bags. Having a bags game set up is probably the best way to make friends at the tailgate lot.

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  • Show Up Early: I’m not sure about anywhere else in the country, but you need to show up early if you’re going to Lambeau Field. We always score a spot in the Kmart parking lot because it’s the best. Quick tip: Don’t drunk shop in Kmart. I have a variety of Packer Swag that was purchased after tipping back a few too many.

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  • Dress for the Occasion: This tip is two-fold. If you’re tailgating in December, wear layers! Ladies, don’t be “that girl” who wears just leggings, Uggs and a Jersey. You will freeze and be judged. And dress up in your favorite team gear! This means cheese heads, jerseys, earrings, gloves, jackets, pants, etc. If you have it, wear it.

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  • Food!: Do not just drink and skip food – you will regret it. Plus tailgating food is delicious. Bring along a grill and cook up some hotdogs, brats and burgers. Remember chips, dip and condiments, too. If you’re fancy, try cooking chicken wings or soup a head and warm them up on the grill.

Any other tailgating tips we missed?

HAPPY FOOTBALL!!

Happy Hour: Houlihan’s

Last week I was lucky enough to go to happy hour with three of my favorite gals at Houlihan’s in Richfield. I love going to Happy Hour in Uptown/Downtown, but a.placebetween.us led me to the suburbs…

Side note: Have you ever used the website a.placebetween.us? Use it! It’s fun and super helpful.

Houlihan’s was awesome – I was pleasantly surprised. Before going, I checked out the menu online. I was super excited to see that Houlihan’s offers martini flights for under $10! They looked delicious. Two of us ordered the flights so we were able to try six different types of martinis including a cosmo, key lime pie, chocolate, Adam & Eve Apple, Lemon Drop and a fruity pink one with sugar around the rim. All of them were delicious! My faves were the Lemon Drop and Cosmo.

Best part? They were out of flight glasses, so we got 3 regularly-sized martinis for only $9.25. Other specials included 2-for-1s on wine, beer and rails.

Worst part? I was the only one sitting at the table when they 6 martinis were dropped off so I got a couple laughs and funny looks from the people sitting around me who assumed I ordered 6 martinis for myself! Not saying that would never happen…

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That’s a lot of liquor so we also ordered some yummy apps. We ordered spinach dip, nachos and a quesadilla. All were amazing – although this was after 6 glasses of pure liquor 😉

All of us girls agreed the drinks were delicious and the food was good so I definitely suggest heading over to Houlihans for Happy Hour.

CHEERS!

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