My Whole 30 Experience

April 3, 2018

In just 30 days, Whole 30 promises to not only leave you with a refreshed palette but also a new way to think about what you eat. The simple steps? Cutting out dairy, grains, sugar and alcohol.

Back in February Kyle and I did Whole 30. And although the experience was no easy feat, I did learn a few valuable things along the way.

Going cold turkey on your regular eating routine is not as easy as it may sound.  For the first few days I felt great–I had lots of people encouraging me and the change of food did not phase me.  However by the end of the week, all of my meals started to seem as though they were tasteless. I was ready to give up. Pushing forward into the next week, Kyle and I found new recipes and adapted our current favourite recipes to better suit our tasting.  After that, things started to get a bit simpler.  But one thing that was key to the continuing of the process was to never leave the house without snacks.

You never know when a random craving will set it.  And it is not so easy to sneak off for lunch to just pick something up when you need to read every ingredient that is in your meal.  I know, it sounds a tad bit hard core but it was all part of the process.  Some of my favourite snacks include: dried apricots, almonds and blueberry bowls (a combination of blueberries, coconut cream and cinnamon).

Going into Whole 30, I knew I needed a reset in my diet.  It was after the holidays and all I’d eaten for the past couple months was what I want whenever I want.  My mood was more sluggish and I could see my diet reflecting in my everyday. After 30 days of eating whole foods, I could see a dramatic boost in my energy.  The continual bloating I always had was gone.  But now that I could eat whatever I wanted again, what were going to be the next steps? Was I going to throw away this progress?

Having Kyle as my support was so key at this point.  We decided together that we would make a plan moving forward that with our eating habits, we’d eat what was good for our bodies.  That doesn’t mean we now don’t have a glass of wine on weekends or indulge in a dessert on birthdays. This just means we do things in moderation.  After Whole 30 was complete, we slowly started to introduce things back into our diet.  We found out what made us feel good and what left us feeling not so good.

I would recommend doing Whole 30 for anyone that is looking for a restart in their diet.  Some key things I would suggest are 1) finding someone you can do it with/be your support when you are ready to quit, 2) do it for the right reasons and 3) plan your meals ahead. Whole 30 is not a diet to drop a bunch of pounds, its a change in your eating mindset.

If you have any further questions about my Whole 30 process, please feel free to leave a comment below or email me.

xxsare

 

Classic Mini Skirt with a Twist

March 20, 2018

Well it has been a hot minute since my last blog post–thank you for being patient with me while I regrouped and brainstormed some new creative content.

Today I thought I’d share a little of what has been inspiring my style as of late–and that’s a retro flair. I’ve been channeling my inner 60’s and 70’s girl. I’ve been wearing mini skirts on repeat–flared, fitted, colourful, patterned, you name it, I’m loving it! This skirt (which is under $20), the newest addition to my mini collection, is a classic style with a bit of a twist.  I adore that the lace up detailing that adds a little edge yet can still be played up with prints or colour for a more feminine look.

I know, a mini can be slightly daunting.  However, with the weather warming up, it is the perfect time to layer a mini skirt with your favourite tights.  I’m always a sucker for a classic black pair but sometimes I opt for some with a little texture.  Still too much leg? An over the knee boot is a great pairing. How do you style your mini’s?

xxsare

 

 

 

Skirt c/o She In

The Heart of Inspiration

January 24, 2018

I know we’ve all been there, that moment you feel you are in a bit of a lull.  Whether it feels like you’ve been stuck in the same place for a long time or your creative juices just don’t seem to flow like they use to, that place is never enjoyable.  For awhile, I was there…and maybe still am a little.  But what I’ve found has in inspired me the most lately is going back to my roots.  Playing old hits I once played on repeat (I’m talking Ashlee Simpson & Spice Girls), looking back at old projects I’ve done and wearing the old and new from my wardrobe combined.  This outfit was inspired by means of me getting those creative juices flowing again.  A pink party dress I wore in my early 20’s for a birthday paired perfectly with this black bomber jacket with pearl detailing.  Not going to lie, I’ve already worn this bomber jacket twice this week and it’s only Wednesday.  Oops! Going back to my roots has been the heart of inspiration.

What inspires you?

xxsare

 

 

 

Bomber Jacket c/o SheIn