Whole30: Day 1

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We are starting Whole30 today, which means yesterday was prep day. The LAST thing we wanted to do after an eventful long holiday weekend was food shop and prep, but it turned out to be a soothing and productive way to launch ourselves into a new week. After making a list of approved foods, we shopped and began cutting and chopping and cooking.

Today’s menu:

Breakfast:

  • Green smoothie (recipe here). I added half a packet of vanilla protein powder that was approved and helped keep me full.
  • Hot water with lemon
  • My new JavaBabe coffee, black. (post to come soon).

Snack:

  • Roasted, unsalted almonds

Lunch:

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  • Grilled chicken with garlic powder, red pepper flakes, onion powder, and olive oil marinade.
  • Roasted red onion, zucchini, carrot, yellow squash, red bell pepper.

Snack:

  • Grapefruit

Dinner:

  • Sweet potato (roasted with olive oil and cayenne), asparagus, pan seared salmon.

Don’t worry, we won’t overload you with our journey, but will be sure to share fun and delicious recipes that surprised us, or satiated us.

Don’t Let Sitting Dominate Your 9 to 5

Ugh… sitting all day is THE worst! I constantly complain how life after college is a whole lot of “hurry up and… sit” in the workplace. But, complaining certainly won’t help, so I’m determined to change that.

Perhaps even more of a reason to alter sitting habits is all the recent research that shows just how bad our sitting too much is for our health. In fact, we’ve been hearing that sitting is the smoking of our generation. I find this particularly concerning because the research has found that even people who work out regularly still need to sit less throughout the day. Horrifyingly, sitting all day can cancel out the effects of what you thought was a productive workout!!! I refuse to let that happen.

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This CNN article provides a simple piece of advice to help you sit less: be aware of how much your are sitting. Trust me, I know how easy it is to get caught up in what you are doing at work, and suddenly, you’ve been sitting for 2 hours straight without a break. So, I was so excited when I discovered a few new ways to know when you need to get up and walk around for a few minutes – I’ve been trying out these apps for a few days and have been loving them so far.

For MAC desktop: Stand

For PC desktop: BreakTaker

For iPhone: Stand Up!

The concept of all three are pretty much the same: they provide alerts throughout the day to remind you to stand up and walk around. If you want to be reminded to get up for a walk break every 45 minutes – you can set the preferences for that timing, and when 45 minutes rolls around, you can accept the message to take a walk (it will reset the timer) or snooze it if you are really in the thick of things. BreakTaker for PC actually provides small little incentives or ideas for what to do for your break, which I love, and I actually get kind of excited for my next break.

All apps are free! So, try them out, and see which one works best for your workday.

Whole30: How We Are Preparing

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We love a good challenge. It keeps things interesting. That’s why, post-labor day drinking, burgers, pizza, and celebrations, we decided to embark on 30 days of eating whole, healthy, unprocessed foods. You can learn more about what we are getting ourselves into on their site.

Here’s how we are preparing:

1. Take inventory of what we have. So that we don’t spend our entire paycheck shopping for these things, we are going through to see what ingredients we already have that could be useful. Most of them are non-perishable like spices, oils (evoo, coconut), and a few perishable (eggs and egg whites).

2. Eliminate what you won’t be using. I’ll admit, this is one I have been doing in a slightly different way. Trying to eat what we won’t be able to have during the Whole30 (orzo, cheese, spring rolls). It’s tempting to want to use these things up or save them for another time. I am hoping to make this into a slow and steady lifestyle change, so I am opting to eliminate things not on the plan.

3. Make a list of meals and a grocery list. Using this shopping list, we are stocking up and planning out our meals. I am planning on lots of roasted veggies on organic greens with grilled chicken and fish. Yum!

4. Prep lots of veggies. Veggies are a huge part of Whole30. For ease, it’s best to take some time to get these cut up so they are easy to grab and use. Some things we will be doing:

  • cut broccoli and cauliflower into florets
  • trim carrots into sticks or coins
  • cut celery sticks and slice cucumbers
  • prepare salad greens
  • chop tomatoes and onions

We are planning to store these in individual containers so that we can easily make salads or other vegetable dishes. Veggies are a good “legal” Whole 30 snack when you really need one.

5. Have things on hand for easy, quick meals to replace takeout. It’s easy to want to grab takeout, but nearly impossible to make sure there are no added foods that are a no-go. Here are some easy meals we are planning to use.

  • omelets
  • lettuce wraps
  • salads
  • soup
  • stir-fries

We have a lot of work to do, we’ll keep you updated on the journey.

Tennis For Twenty-Somethings

It used to be that our weekends were filled with brunches, drinks, and late nights. Don’t get us wrong, those still take up a majority of our weekends, but as we get older, and find ourselves getting up earlier (sigh), it’s important to fill our days with healthier activities like exercising and not drinking at 10am.

After a recent trip to Amelia Island, when the weather was not so great, tennis happened. I had forgotten my love of tennis and weeks of my youth spend at camps. It wasn’t necessarily like riding a bike and I wasn’t great – but it was fun and was an active way to spend a few hours of my weekend. So with that, we decided we wanted to start playing again. Here’s how we are getting started:

  1. Gear. Let’s be honest, this is probably the most fun part. We picked up a Wilson racket and some balls off of amazon, and the Pace Rival Skirt II from lululemon. This skirt is hugely comfortable and has a higher waist which everyone loves.Processed with VSCOcam with b5 preset
  2. Lessons. Sure, we can pretend the way we are playing is the best way, but we like to do things right. So, this Friday we are getting a quick lesson on the north shore – more to come.
  3. Grab a partner! We tend to do most of our fitness related activities together – so why should this be any different? Playing with a partner is fun, social, and keeps you motivated. Plus, who’s to say there can’t be a wine and tennis Wednesday in our near future?

This will be a journey – we’ll keep you posted! Happy Monday, Boston.