7 Sweet Spots in New York City

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My recent trip to New York City was filled with lots of tasty foods and if you know me at all, you know I am all about the sweets! I did a lot of research before going to New York City and am happy to share with you all, my favorite sweet spots in the city. Trust me, there were a couple of spots that I wanted to go to but because I can only eat so many cookies before going into a diabetic coma, I didn’t get a chance to go to them. I plan on going to New York City again so if there are any bakery spots or food places, in general, you want to recommend, let a sista know!

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Doughnut Plant

Doughnut Plant invented the crème brûlée doughnut so of course, we had to try it. We ended up getting a creme brulee doughnut, pistachio doughnut, strawberry doughnut, rose doughnut, strawberry doughnut, and a cinnamon roll doughnut. The Rose doughnut was a little pricey at $5 but, I had never tasted something like that before. It was a traditional yeast doughnut glazed with a combination of donut icing and rosewater. The crème brûlée doughnut was also delicious. The inside custard reminded me of acrème brûlée and the hard sugar outside added a really nice touch. We weren’t too impressed with the other doughnuts we got but they have many different options on their menu that include both cake doughnuts and yeast doughnuts.

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The crème brûlée doughnut on the left and the rose doughnut on the right.

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Ladurée

French macarons are one of my favorite desserts and even though I’ve been to Ladurée before, I couldn’t help but go again in New York City. I’ve had many French macarons but somehow, Ladurée manages to make the best french macaron I’ve ever had. They’re definitely not cheap but boy are they good. I wanted to try one of their French pastries but since we had just eaten at Dominique Ansel Bakery, I couldn’t imagine eating another rich pastry again.

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Waffles and Dinges

We came across Waffles & Dinges while we were walking around Central Park and I’m so glad we did. The smell from the stand took me back to my trip to Europe and the Belgian waffles tasted almost good as eating them in Belgium. They offer a wide range of toppings and you can eat it on the go. We got a strawberry and whipped cream waffle and a speculoos waffle and I’m honestly drooling right now talking about it.

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Dominique Ansel Bakery

The whole reason we went to Dominique Ansel Bakery was because they invented the cronut. Once we went in and saw all the other delicious pastries we couldn’t help ourselves but order a bunch of other pastries. Of course, we got a cronut in the flavor of the month, which happened to be a strawberry and cream flavor but, we also got Nutella pastry, a DKA, a peanut butter and jam pastry, and an almond pastry. The Cronut was so much better than I had imagined and I highly recommend getting one. I also recommend getting a DKA, or five. They’re soft and flakey in the center but kind of hard and sweet on the outside. If you can, try to get there early and also on a weekday otherwise you’ll be waiting in line to get your hands on a cronut during the weekend.

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Love at first sight looking at a cronut. On the right, a DKA and almond pastry.

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Milkbar

Before we went to New York City, I watched the Netflix episode of Chef’s Table with Christina Tosi, the creator of Milk Bar. I heard about Milkbar before but, it wasn’t until after I watched the Chef’s Table that I was dying to go there. While we were there we got three cookies, Birthday Cake Truffles, Crack Pie, and Cereal Milk soft serve. When I tasted the Cereal Milk soft serve, I was instantly taken back to being five years old, sitting at the breakfast table, eating a bowl of cereal, watching cartoons on the weekend. The Crack Pie was also really good but a little too rich for me. The cookies were also both hard on the outside and soft on the inside. Before we left New York City, we stopped at Milkbar one last time and I got some cookies and Birthday Cake Truffles to bring back to Florida.

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The original Milkbar Cereal Milk soft serve with cereal. Right, my mom and I eating Cereal Milk soft serve.

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Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery is also a must if you’re in New York City. They are most well known for their cupcakes and banana pudding. When I was there we got an order of banana pudding, two cupcakes, and a Blueberry Jamboree Icebox Dessert. The banana pudding was the best banana pudding I have ever had and I live in the South so that’s saying something. It wasn’t heavy like the traditional banana pudding that I’ve had, it almost seemed like it was a combination of pudding and whipped cream because it was on the lighter side. The cupcake was also really good but, if you’re going to get one thing here, get the banana pudding.

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I was so excited to try Magnolia Bakery’s Banana Pudding that I put too much in my mouth.

Levain Bakery

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to go to Levain Bakery while I was in New York City but a co-worker who was in New York City the week after me brought me back some cookies from the bakery so I got to try some. Let me tell you I am so sad that I wasn’t able to try them while I was in New York City, fresh out of the oven. Even though they were a day old, they were still incredibly delicious and I honestly can’t imagine how they must have tasted fresh out of the oven. The cookies were nice and hard on the outside yet, soft and doughy on the inside. Needless to say, they are 100% worth $4 and worth the wait.

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My Bone Broth Diet Experience

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So after I gained five pounds during the holidays from all the cookies and cheese, I knew I needed to reset my body and get back on track with eating healthy. I already tried the 21 Day Fix and Whole30 so I wanted to try something different. I heard about the Bone Broth Diet through someone at work and decided to give it a try. Not to mention, I was already drinking bone broth with my breakfast. Here are some things that I liked and didn’t like while I was on the Bone Broth Diet. If you would like to read my daily diaries on the diet, I grouped them by Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3.

About The Bone Broth Diet

The two main rules you follow on the Bone Broth Diet are that you must eat Paleo 5 days a week and you must consume nothing but bone broth two days a week. If you want to learn more about the Bone Broth Diet, visit Dr. KellyAnn’s website and also Kettle & Fire’s 21 Day Bone Broth Plan. Both of those sites were great resources when it came to learning more about the diet and its benefits.

I also want to clarify that I made my own bone broth from scratch once during the entire diet. It’s not that it was hard or time-consuming, I just enjoyed the taste of Sprout’s organic bone broth better. Not to mention, it’s much harder than you would think to find chicken feet. Who would have thought? The recipe I used to make bone broth was from a coworker but this one from Wellness Mama is very similar

What I liked…

One of the things I loved about the Bone Broth Diet was the large amounts of collagen I was consuming. Prior to the Bone Broth Diet, I had been adding Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides to my smoothies and acai bowls because of all the great benefits collagen offers. Collagen helps promote skin elasticity, stronger nails and hair, supports joint health, and so much more. By drinking several cups of bone broth a day, the amounts of collagen I was consuming was at an all-time high and I could definitely see a difference. My nails were stronger, my joints weren’t hurting anymore, and my stomach wasn’t feeling bloated.

Another thing I loved about the Bone Broth Diet was that it didn’t really involve measuring portions and I didn’t have to count any calories. I have tried Weight Watchers, 21 Day Fix, My Fitness Pal, and none of them worked for me because I had to either measure what I was eating or count calories. Dieting is bad enough because you are restricting yourself from certain foods, add in counting calories and it’s ten times worse. Don’t get me wrong, I know I shouldn’t eat fifteen bananas in one sitting but as long as it is on the approved foods list and I wasn’t fasting, I could eat as much as I wanted.

What I didn’t like…

One thing that I found very annoying on the Bone Broth Diet was that it involved quite a bit of planning when it came to my exercise schedule and fasting days. I had been going to the gym several times a week before I started the diet and I wanted to continue going but, since I was fasting some days of the week, I had to map out which days I could go to the gym and which days I couldn’t because I was fasting.

Another thing I found annoying while on the Bone Broth Diet was the lack of variety when it comes to bone broth. At my local grocery store, Publix, they sell one kind of bone broth and at Sprout’s they sell several brands of bone broth but they are all either chicken or beef flavored. As I said earlier, I only made bone broth once while on the diet and while I could have made my own different flavored bone broth, I am not sure how easy it would be to find some deer or bison bones. I am sure over time there will be more flavors available but switching between beef bone broth and chicken bone broth got real old, real quick.

Would I ever do it again?

So now you might be asking me, would you ever do the Bone Broth Diet again? Probably not. Throughout the course of the nearly three weeks, I only lost 5 pounds. I lost that in the first two weeks of the Whole30! It was discouraging to only have lost 5 pounds and also frustrating to have to plan out which days I can work out because of the fasting. While I might not ever do the Bone Broth Diet again, I will continue to drink bone broth with my breakfast.

I’m currently working on a blog post that compares my experiences with the Bone Broth Diet, Whole30, and 21 Day Fix so stay tuned for that!

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Bone Broth Diet Week 3 Recap

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Thankfully my last week on the Bone Broth diet. Read about my first week here and second week here. I ended the diet two days early because I had plans for something months before deciding I wanted to do it but 19 days is still a pretty good accomplishment! I’ll be doing a diet overview next week so stay tuned! If you want to skip to my Bone Broth Diet overview, click here!

Day 15
So I was really nervous to go to the gym because I haven’t been in a long time and with this new diet I wasn’t sure if I would be really tired from just lifting weights or if I was just going to be a week little bitch since I haven’t gone in a long time. To my surprise, I kicked ass and when I was done lifting weights I thought to myself ‘I still feel like I have a little bit of energy‘ so I ran a mile on the treadmill on top of lifting weights and I feel really good. I ate a pretty big dinner and I’m going to fast tomorrow. Hopefully, I won’t be too hungry throughout the day because I’m usually starving on the day after I work out. Fingers crossed I can make it to dinner.

Day 16
So not only was I not eating today but one of my co-workers brought me a red velvet bundt cake with cream cheese frosting at work today. I was stuck staring at it all day and I also wasn’t eating so that sucked. Not to mention I LOVE RED VELVET. I did manage to put a slice in the freezer so I can eat it next week, clearly, this diet has taught me nothing. My body felt fine since I worked out yesterday, I’m a little sore but hunger wise I’m not like super famished which was good and I made it to dinner time 24 hours and 3 minutes to be exact. *pats self on back*

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Day 17
Of course, two days before I end the Bone Broth Diet, I feel totally content being on this diet and I have just accepted my misery. I felt this same way when I was doing the Whole30 and I think its just because I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I think also because I have only one more day of fasting left before I can pig out and have alcohol. Again, clearly haven’t learned anything since being on this diet.

Day 18
Today was my last diet day and it was awesome. I added some pineapple to my typical berry breakfast (so exciting I know) and I went to a tasty restaurant for lunch. Usually going out to eat on any diet sucks because like all you can have is salad BUT there is a restaurant in Tampa/St.Pete called Fresh Kitchen and all they make is healthy food, not to mention they sell Paleo cookies. OMG YUM. The last meal I ate today was dinner and after tomorrow’s fast, I am going to a Mediterranean restaurant to PIG out!

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Day 19
Today was my last day on the Bone Broth diet. I had to end it two days early because Gasparilla is this weekend and I have had these plans for months. But I fasted all day and didn’t eat until we were at Carmel Kitchen eating dinner. I surprisingly wasn’t that hungry and just ate some chicken, vegetables, and hummus fries BUT I did have a martini and omg it was like the best thing I have ever tasted. I am proud of myself for lasting almost three weeks on this diet and most of all for surviving several fasts!

Check out my Bone Broth Diet overview here!

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Bone Broth Diet Week 2 Recap

 

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Here is my Bone Broth Diet Week 2 Recap! If you want to catch up and see how my first week went, check that out here! Or if you want to skip to my Bone Broth Diet overview, click here!

Day 8
So I’m a third of the way done and I’m feeling really good. I’m not as tired and groggy and I think I’m 100% over the carb flu. My skin’s not breaking out as much, I’m not as foggy headed and I don’t have a headache. Tomorrow I’ll be fasting and I’m a little nervous about that considering my first fast took me almost an entire day to get back to normal. But I’m going to listen to my body and if I feel like I need to eat something I’m going to.

Day 9
Today was a fasting day and even though it was easier than my first fast, it was definitely not easy. There was a peanut butter chocolate cake and mini fruit tarts at work today and not only could I not those treats but, I also couldn’t eat period. I seriously could not get the peanut butter scent out of my nose and my god I love peanut butter. So this time instead of going to bed starving like I did my first fast, I decided I would eat something after 24 hours. I ate dinner around 7:30 at around the 25 hour mark. It wasn’t a very big meal, just some chicken, sweet potatoes and a banana. My stomach feels really full and I think I’ll feel much better tomorrow than I did the day after my first fast.

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Day 10
I’m not sure if it’s the cold weather or this diet but I have not been sleeping well for the last week. I’m not really tired during the day but I keep waking up throughout the night which is making me grumpy when I wake up and then I get even more grumpy when I realize I can’t have a donut. But tomorrow instead of fasting from dinner to dinner I’m going to try lunch to lunch and see if that’s easier.

Day 11
Alright so maybe lunch to lunch wasn’t the best idea. I’m about to go to sleep and I already had a cup of bone broth and I’m still kind of hungry and I can’t eat anything. The last time I went to bed this hungry I had a hard time falling asleep because all I could think about was food and I have a feeling the same thing is going to happen to me tonight. On the brightside, I had a really good lunch at this place called Fresh kitchen. If you live in the Tampa or st. Pete area check it out!

Day 12
Unfortunately, I was right and it took me forever to fall asleep last night because I was hungry and I kept waking up throughout the night. You can only imagine how great of a mood I was in this morning when I realized I couldn’t eat anything. Oh and did I mention someone brought in donuts and bagels to the office? Thank god for Butterscotch Blondie tea, same as the real thing right? After I had some bone broth, I wasn’t as hungry anymore. I didn’t make it to the 24-hour mark, it was more like 23 and a half when I ate lunch. After I got some food in my system I felt better and I think I’m back to normal now, just really tired since I haven’t been getting good sleep.

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Day 13
I didn’t work out today but I did organize my pantry and threw away expired food and food that I shouldn’t be eating…with the exception of pasta because everyone loves pasta. I also went to Target and found some cinnamon bun Larabars, my new jam! If you haven’t already tried them, please do!! It seems like trips to Target aren’t as much fun when you can’t peruse down the food isles looking at new stuff but I did manage to pick up a box of Kodiak Cakes pancake mix, to try post Bone Broth diet obviously.

bone broth diet review 3Of course, I immediately opened the box once I got in the car.

Day 14
We are at the 2-week mark, thank God. I had a headache most of the day and I wanted to go on a bike ride but I just felt so tired and my head hurt so I tried to take a nap instead and that didn’t work out. Went to sleep early tonight and I’m going to go to the gym tomorrow ( my first time since starting this diet.) I’ve done cardio on this diet but I haven’t lifted weights, actually I haven’t lifted weights all year so this should be interesting. After I eat dinner I’m going to fast and hopefully the next day I’ll be okay.

Read about my last week on the Bone Broth Diet here!

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Bone Broth Diet: Week 1 Recap

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So after binge eating my way through the holidays, I severely needed to detox my body. I already tried the #Whole30 (you can read about that experience here) and wanted to try something new. There are so many different kinds of diets and detoxes, and everybody’s body is different so I wanted to see if I could find a diet that worked better for my body than #Whole30.

I had already been drinking bone broth almost every day since August and a coworker had told me about Dr.Kelly Anne’s Bone Broth Diet so I figured why not give it a try. You basically eat Paleo five days out of the week and the other two you consume nothing but bone broth. Now before you freak you and stop reading, bone broth really isn’t that bad and it’s full of protein and nutrients. I will admit the first couple times I had it, I didn’t like it but now I could drink it cold (gross, I know). I had heard about the Paleo diet but I had never tried it. I did a little research on Paleo before starting and found out there is a lot of subjectiveness to the diet, which I found confusing. Some people say you can have alcohol, cheese, and potatoes and others say you can’t. I figured if I were going to do it, might as well cut it all out, so I didn’t have any alcohol or cheese and only ate sweet potatoes.

If you want to learn more about the Bone Broth diet, check out this website. If you want to learn more about eating Paleo, look here. If you want to skip to my Bone Broth Diet overview, check out this blog post!

Day 1
So my first day wasn’t too bad. Someone brought in homemade cakes and cookies at work and I didn’t eat them. But I did put some in a Ziploc in the freezer so I could try them post-diet. I think because this is something I know I need to do it isn’t as hard but we’re only at day one so we shall see.

Day 2
Today I only consumed bone broth and boy was it a challenge. It’s not that I got sick of it but I felt like there was a subtle hunger feeling that never really went away. I am proud of myself that I went an entire day without eating anything and it just proves to me that I know I can do anything. I mean there was a bacon and cheese egg souffle from Panera (I’m wiping the drool off my face just thinking about it, and I just looked away….and cried a little inside.) My face is starting to break out and I was really foggy headed today. I am hoping that I’ll feel better tomorrow once I eat food.

Day 3
So today was a little more difficult than the last two days. I woke up feeling like I was going to pass out since the last thing I had eaten was almost 36 hours ago. The next time I fast I’m going to eat something immediately when I wake up instead of waiting to eat breakfast at work like I usually do. I was feeling really hungry all day no matter what I ate and it wasn’t until I ate dinner that I felt full. think the more times I do this I’ll get used to it and understand what works best for my body.

Day 4
I am feeling so much better than yesterday. Once I got some food into my system and my body absorbed it I got the energy I needed. I was also offered Jason’s Deli and Jimmy John’s today at work but instead, I ate my salmon and sweet potatoes. This weekend is going to suck.

Day 5
Today wasn’t bad. I think this time around I have just accepted that I can’t do very many fun things when I’m dieting since most of those things revolve around food. Tomorrow I’m taking a barre class and it’s the first time working out since starting this diet.

Day 6
My workout today was really good and afterward, I got a hemp acai bowl which was delicious. It seems like now my taste buds are starting to crave healthier foods I was really craving a banana with some cinnamon and almond butter on it. Tomorrow I’m going to grocery shopping and try a new recipe it tastes good. I’m also going to make Paleo cookies which I’m super excited about.

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Day 7
So I made paleo cookies and chocolate chip cookies paleo cookies look and feel nothing like real cookies. Once I ate like three cookies they weren’t as bad but it was definitely an adjustment. I’m hoping to make something like paleo brownies soon and seeing if that taste better than the cookies. (Here is the cookie recipe if you would like to try it, thanks PaleoHacks!)

Read about week 2 here!

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Valentines Day Gift Guide

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Valentine’s Day is a tricky holiday. Maybe you aren’t dating anyone so you despise the holiday or maybe you are single AF or maybe you’re broke from the holidays. If you’re anything like me, you love all holidays, even the stupid made up ones, and will find any excuse to buy that important person in your life gifts. Even when my close girlfriends weren’t dating anyone I would still buy them a sweet gift because who needs a man?!
Here are some of my favorite Valentines Day gift ideas. Spend as little as $10 or as much as a couple hundred, there’s something for every budget! Don’t forget to check out my blog post on cute DIY Valentine’s Day Cards. They are super simple and are sure to put a smile on any face. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Kate Spade Earrings | Swell Water Bottle | Ban.do Mug | Urban Outfitters Salt Lamp | Tory Burch Perfume | Diptyque Candle | Rifle Paper Co Planner | Sugarfina Rose Gummy Bears | Peter Thomas Roth Mask Set | MAC Lipstick

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mens valentines day gift guide

Harry’s Travel Shave Set | The Art of Shaving Shaving Cream | Wusthof Knife Set | Nixon Watch | Sugarfina Bento Box | Socks | YSL Cologne | Burberry Wallet | Frye Briefcase | Nambe Decanter

My Whole30 Experience

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So back in August I completed the Whole30 and I have been meaning to write a blog post about my overall experience but of course, life got in the way. My bad! I journaled how I was feeling throughout the whole experience (check them out here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, and the Reintroduction Phase) but, I wanted to dive deeper into some of the things I liked and didn’t like and if I would ever consider completing this miserable diet ever again.

So Why The Whole30?

My reason for doing the Whole30 in one sentence, because I was beyond obsessed and addicted to sugar and didn’t know how to control myself. I tried The 21 Day Fix earlier this year and managed to lose weight but I think because you have to measure your foods and are only allowed to eat a certain number of servings a day from each food group, it wasn’t sustainable for me. Because let’s be honest, I am lazy AF. I had also tried Weight Watchers but again, since I am lazy AF, I hated typing everything into my diary to see how many points I used. With the Whole30, you can eat as much food as you want, as long as it meets the specific criteria. Not to mention, there are so many recipes and shopping guides for the Whole30 on Pinterest. All I really had to do was find a recipe I liked and use the guide to go shopping.

My Favorite Resources

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What I Liked.

So here are the things I did like on the Whole30….
For starters, I went to the gym a total of 2 times on the Whole30 and still managed to lose 11 pounds. Granted some of that was water weight but, I still lost weight. Prior to the Whole30, I was going to the gym 2 or 3 times a week and going to a spin class or long bike ride on the weekend but wasn’t really losing any weight. Probably because I was stuffing my face with cookies every night and justifying it with, ‘but I’m working out so it’s okay’. The Whole30 really showed me that, it’s not just about how often you work out or how many calories you burn working out, you have to eat the right food too.

Another thing that  I loved was that I could eat as much as I wanted. Yes, I was limited as to what kinds of foods I could eat but I could still eat as much food as I wanted to. I mean I think I ate potatoes at almost every meal because it was the closest thing to pasta and bread that I could have.  I also loved the fact that I didn’t have to measure anything or keep track of my calorie intake. I loathed that about my previous diets because it becomes such a pain in the ass and makes me not want to do it.

After the initial first few days of withdrawal hell, I felt really good. Instead of feeling sluggish and tired, I felt refreshed when I woke up and energized throughout the day. I continued to feel this way throughout the entire diet.

Pretty much all you can eat on the Whole30 is natural food and while it sucked, it felt like such a good change from all the sugary and processed food I had been eating. I never finished a meal feeling sick because everything I ate was natural, minimally processed food. I always felt good about what I was putting into my body and never, regretted eating anything.

What I Didn’t Like.

Of course, with positives come negatives. Here are the things that I didn’t like about the Whole30…
I seriously couldn’t eat like 95% of the food at the grocery store. Pretty much if it wasn’t found in the meat or produce department, I couldn’t eat it. I mean do you know how hard it is to find bacon with no added sugar? Well let me tell you, twenty labels and three grocery stores later, I found one brand! And it was twice as expensive as the other brands! It was super challenging to find prepared foods or minimally processed foods that were Whole30 friendly at the store but once I found something that was compliant and I liked it, I pretty much bought it every week.

So in theory, you can go out to eat on Whole30. You could eat at restaurants that serve sushi or Chipotle or most steakhouses but let’s be totally honest. Are you really going to want to sit with people eating rice and fried food and butter while you basically sit there eating protein and maybe some vegetables? Uh hell no! I went out to eat at a sushi restaurant once and was miserable the whole time because my boyfriend was chowing down on curry and rice while I was left eating chunks of tuna dipped in coconut amino acid. That being said, you basically have zero social life during the Whole30.

Another thing that I hated was the fact that there is zero cheating. It’s basically an all or nothing for 30 days. No cheat meals, no cheat days, I mean Jesus, not even a freaking cheat snack. Let’s be honest, sometimes after an awful day at work or when it’s that time of the month, you just want to relax and eat comfort food. But none of that here. Here, eat this Larabar because that’s the closest thing you’re going to get to dessert. Plus on top of that, you aren’t even supposed to replicate healthy versions of desserts.

I would say the worst part of the Whole30 was the awful mood I was in for almost an entire month. I found it so annoying and frustrating that I was constantly surrounded by food that I couldn’t eat. I would be eating my Epic Bar while watching people eat slices of cake, bread rolls, cheese. I mean all I wanted was a bite! Around 28 days in, I finally came to terms with how miserable my life was and I wasn’t in such an awful mood but at that point, I had two days left. Always such great timing.

Overall…

So overall I realized how sugar was in basically all foods, including foods that shouldn’t have any sugar in them (um hello bacon?!). Pretty much if you aren’t buying it from the produce section or from the butcher, it probably has some form of added sugar in it. Now when I am going grocery shopping and I am buying a food or brand I don’t normally buy, I read the label just to see what the ingredients are. I still stick to mostly compliant Whole30 foods, with the exception of hummus and peanut butter. Oh and desserts because I am weak AF.

That leads me to my next lesson, bad foods are okay in moderation. Sure it probably wouldn’t be a good idea if I ate several spoonfuls of peanut butter every day, but if I ate a tablespoon or two with my banana some mornings, that’s okay. Living life on a constant diet like Whole30 or paleo is pretty unrealistic because life happens. Some days you don’t have time to meal prep or cook dinner or maybe you’re on vacation in France and they don’t have Whole30 compliant restaurants because of its freaking France and that’s okay. Just eat the damn croissant and walk it off.

So would I do the Whole30 again? Absolutely. Don’t get me wrong, it was incredibly challenging, frustrating and depressing most of the month but I felt very accomplished and good about my self after. I felt like my body needed a good reset and boy did it get it. I plan on doing shorter versions of the Whole30 in the future when I get back from vacation or after the holidays.

The biggest thing to remember is that a diet isn’t going to change your eating habits forever or keep the weight you have lost off. It is just a step in the right direction, towards a lifestyle change.

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