Whole30 Must-Haves

Hi my friends! Happy hump day! The beginning of a new year always seems to bring around the “new year, new me” mindset and desire to become healthier than ever. Lots of people go on diets, hit the gym more, or determine to just make better choices. One thing I like to do a couple of times a year is Whole30. If you’re never heard about Whole30, I wrote a post about it last year that can be viewed here. I have, personally, seen amazing results from doing Whole30, I’ve felt better than I have in a long time, and it’s helped me to make better choices. If you are interested in doing Whole30, or you’re planning on doing Whole30, or you’re just curious to know what you can eat–I have some must-haves to share that I would recommend you keep in stock. This post is not sponsored by Trader Joe’s, by the way, but I just have a lot of things that I like to get there for Whole30.

RX BARS: These protein bars are great because they only contain a few ingredients! Make sure you read the labels though because I think a few are not Whole30 approved.

LARABAR: These have been a staple for me ever since I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease years ago. Certain flavors are also not Whole30 approved so make sure you read labels.

SPARKLING WATER: I love drinking sparkling water or mineral water on Whole30 because it’s helps to satisfy the craving for something sweet. The flavors of sparkling water at Trader Joe’s are so good and they usually have seasonal flavors, as well. La Croix is also another thing that I like to have on hand during Whole30. But then again, would I really be a basic white girl if I didn’t love La Croix?

CHOMPS: I have not tried these yet but have heard they are really good if you need some protein. I have been doing the Daniel Fast with my church this month and haven’t been eating meat during the fast. I will give these a try though once that fast is over.

ALMONDS: Always, always, always have these on hand! Almonds are a good source of protein and healthy fat and nobody likes a hangry person.

DRIED FRUIT: Be careful to read labels and not get dried fruit that has sugar added. These “Just Mango Slices” at Trader Joe’s do not have any added sugar and it’s also another good snack to throw into a bag when you’re on-the-go.

CAULIFLOWER RICE: This is nice to buy because it’s been “pre-riced” and less of a mess. I will sometimes “rice” my own cauliflower but stuff just gets everywhere. This definitely doesn’t taste just like rice but it’s a great alternative during Whole30.

RICED BROCCOLI: This is another thing that has been good to have when you want to make a “pasta” dish, salad, or just to pan steam.

SWEET POTATO CHIPS: I bought these at Aldi and there are only two ingredients. These are great for when you have the munchies!

PLANTAIN CHIPS: These are also another thing that I love to have on hand for a snack, to dip in guac, salsa, or make “nachos.”

GHEE: This is an alternative to butter and it’s really yummy! It definitely has a more bold flavor than butter does but I really like it.

SEASONINGS: Trader Joe’s has really good seasonings that can help make more bland meals taste so much better. My favorites are seasoning salt and the everything bagel seasonings.

COCONUT MILK: A good alternative to dairy and can be used in SO many different dishes. Definitely taste test with coconut milk though because you don’t want to overpower your meal with coconut.

ALMOND BUTTER: So good! I eat almond butter with plantain chips, apples, bananas, in smoothes, etc.

GUACAMOLE: Always. Just. Always.

Have you ever done Whole30? What was your experience like and what kinds of things do you like to eat during Whole30?

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October Favorites

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It’s the end of the month and time for my October Favorites! I have a little bit of entertainment, music, hair care, skin care, and food items to share with you this month. So without delay, here they are!

Parks and Recreation

I had seen only a few episodes of Season 1 before, but it didn’t have the same charm that The Office had and so I never got hooked on this show. A friend of mine told me the other day though that Season 2 was way better, so I decided to give it another try. Season 2 is so much¬†better and you can definitely sense The Office-ishness of the show again. Super funny if you’re needing something to watch.

The Good Doctor

I like to watch medical shows and I have really enjoyed this new show on ABC. The Good Doctor is about a young surgeon prodigy who has Autism and his integration into his residency program. The first couple of episodes were tear-jerkers, but a really good show over all.

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The Brilliance Radio on Pandora

I really like listening to worship music during my morning commute–it really helps me set my mind for the day and have some time with God. I have been enjoying this playlist so much because it includes artists like The Brilliance, Ellie Holcomb, Josh Garrels, Bethel Music, Hillsong, and so many others. I sometimes have a hard time listening to Christian music on the radio because I find it to be loud, distracting, and (to be honest) not very worshipful. I don’t mean that about every Christian music artist or song, but some days I feel that way. This playlist has been a great fit for me and has amazing music.

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Nutpods Creamer

I tried Nutpods once during a Whole30 stint and loved it! I was so excited when I found a 4-pack at the store the other day and I’ve been using it in my coffee since. This creamer is the Original unsweetened flavor but also comes in unsweetened Hazelnut, unsweetened French Vanilla, and I think even Pumpkin Spice for a limited time. The consistency of Nutpods is very similar to half & half and it doesn’t taste too strongly of either almond or coconut milk.

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Not Your Mother’s Blonde Moment Treatment Shampoo

I had my hair bleached a few months ago and so I have had to incorporate a purple shampoo into my hair care–to help take out brassy tones and remove build up. I have liked using this purple shampoo because it is affordable, compared to some others, and it also refreshes the color of my hair. I only wash my hair a few times a week and I’ll use this shampoo every other wash.

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Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Pollutant Defending Masque

One of my cousins, recently, gave me a bunch of beauty products to try out and this mask (or masque) was one of them. This is a really thick product that can be used as a treatment mask or as an overnight mask. I used this during a couple of weeks of stress breakouts and it helped to clear up my skin really fast, without drying it out.

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03 Soothe and Cool Post-Training Massage Oil

I have been running a lot more than usual and so I have been a lot more sore than usual. I have been using this massage oil a lot and it has also helped with aching and soreness. I like that this oil is all-natural and I don’t have to worry about what’s going on my sensitive skin. The cooling effect is very gentle and comfortable to wear on your skin. Plus the smell is amazing, so I think that helps to feel a little more relaxed also. I have been using this massage oil on my ankles, legs, and knees after I get out of the shower.

Down Comforter

As soon as it turned to fall, I started to chronically feel cold. I hate it when you’re, also, trying to go to bed but you’re just too cold to sleep! I have had the same down comforter for a while but I’ve really been appreciating it in the last few weeks. I think I bought mine at Ross or TJMaxx a few years ago, during a sale, and it’s been one of the best purchases. If you want to feel cozy and sleep like a baby–get a down comforter.

What have you been enjoying during October?

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