Journey to the best health of my life (yes, the journey includes olives)


Whole30: Day 1

As promised, my first day is done! Normally the first day is pretty easy right? I prepped on the weekend, and had all my food ready and planned.  I opened my fridge in the morning and it just made me smile.  I have a variety of freshly cut up and ready to eat vegetables which look so good.  I was ready to go!  I had my breakfast (eggs, a small salad, half a grapefruit).  That kept me going until lunch where I had some pork, a large salad and the rest of the grapefruit from the morning.  Then came the challenge.

Day 1 challenge

A few people at work went to get coffees.  Last week I told my colleagues that I was starting a 30 day clean eating challenge on Monday.  One colleague asked if I wanted something from Starbucks.  I said no, and that I was fine.  She came back with a coffee for me – one of the new ones for the season (caramel something?). She insisted I have it.  I reminded her that I just started a clean eating challenge.  She responded saying that I could just make it a ‘cheat day’ – everyone has them.  I’m not even going to get into ‘cheat days’ right now, and how I absolutely hate that term.  I’ll leave that for another post.  And a cheat day on day 1 – or any day for that matter?!  I don’t think so!

So, I thought, what do I do now?  How to I handle someone at work that is trying to sabotage my 30 days of clean eating?  It may be coming from a good place, but she is still trying to sabotage me.  I have real health issues, and may have even more serious health issues if I do not focus on clean eating.  I’ve been vocal about my 30 day challenge and I just wish that everyone respected that.  At the same time I did not want to offend her.  All to often ‘not offending someone’ has led me down a path that away from my health goals.

I decided I was not going to let the Starbucks coffee sabotage day 1.  I poured it down the sink.  I felt terrible because by taking the coffee and not drinking it I was not being honest with my colleague.  Maybe one day I will be able to just say no, and not worry about offending others.  However, when I evaluated my day I felt really good about the decision I had made to not break a promise to myself.

I will face more challenges over the next 29 days.  I hope I have the strength to make the right decision every single time.

Have you faced challenges like this?  How do you deal with it?  I would appreciate any tips!



Is it ever worth it?


Photo by @Foxy_O

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and came across a picture of a decadant dessert. My friend quoted, with the picture “We shall not talk about the calories. It was worth it.” This made me stop and think (and not just because I believe it’s not only about the number of calories, but also about the quality of calories!)

Whether you count calories, or grams of carbs, or points, or quantity of clean food in your diet, is it really worth that ‘delicious’ one, two or ten bites of food that is not on your plan?  I’m far from perfect – I have fallen off the wagon more times than I can remember. From my experience, the thought of the ‘forbidden food’ is much better than the taste of the actual food. The taste never lives up to my expectations. Even if it does I will generally not feel that great after eating the ‘forbidden food’- everything from stomach aches, to hot flushes, to having trouble falling asleep. Having generally cut out processed foods from my diet for a while now I really notice the impact that processed food has on my body – and I don’t like it.

So, in conclusion, no – it’s not worth it. It’s not worth feeling the way I do afterwards, it’s not worth the feeling of guilt I feel, it not worth feeling the unhealthy cravings again.  And it’s not worth feeling like I have to start over again.




Recently I’ve been really stressed. There is a lot going on at work and I am going through an interview process for a new job. It got me thinking – stress has a huge impact on me. I know, I know – of course it does! Our stress hormone goes up – and that’s not a good thing for anyone.

I also get headaches and I feel exhausted when I’m stressed.  How much of that is truly from the stress of the situation though?  When I’m stressed I do not have a good appetite.  I eat very little and, when I do eat, I’m not eating my usual healthy meals – I’ll eat anything.  “It’s ok” I tell myself, because I’m stressed.  I use stress as an excuse to not focus on my health goals.  What if I actually ate well even when I was stressed?  What if I still made it to the gym even when I didn’t feel like going?  My guess is I would feel less exhausted and I probably wouldn’t suffer from the headaches.

We cannot always control situations in life that cause us stress, but we can control how we attack those moments.   I’m still in stress mode, but I’m going to be making a conscious effort to focus on my health goals.  Clean eating and exercise can only benefit me!

How do you manage stress?  Do you have any tips and tricks you can share?