The Best Whole 30ish / Paleo Coffee I Have Found :)

Something that has been hard for me from the beginning of this Whole 30 journey is COFFEE!  You see, I am not addicted to coffee because I NEED it to wake up, it is more something that I love to drink in the morning just because it makes me feel comfy cozy and HAPPY!  You know…like it makes me think about a day when hubby and I will sit on the porch and drink coffee together reading the paper (if they still have those then).  When we started Whole 30…we started trying SO many different things to see if I could find a cup that I enjoyed drinking:)

not-so-crunchy-mom-madhava-coconut-sugar I tried it black…BLAH!!!!  I tried it with some canned coconut milk (that is the best kind, BTW) because “they” said it would taste good and sweet…BLAH! (although my hubby liked it this way)  I tried it with honey (post whole 30)…with agave, which was pretty good…but still not great.  I even tried a little dairy creamer every once in awhile to really enjoy my coffee.  Well, I was reading in one Paleo cookbook at Barnes and Noble on a date night with my cute hubby:)  (yes…we usually go to bookstores on date nights…because we both are book collectors!)  Anyway, in the cookbook it talked about coconut sugar and I mentioned it to hubby…he happened to find the Madhava brand at Walmart and people….it is WONDERFUL!

not-so-crunchy-mom-madhava-vanilla-syrup He also found some Madhava Organic Vanilla Syrup at HEB in Austin with no super bad stuff (that I know of…I am still new to this) in it.  And lastly…So Delicious, dairy free coconut milk creamer!!  I no-so-crunchy-mom-so-delicious-coconut-milk-creamer know…you might say…wow, that is a lot of things to put in your coffee!!  But, let me just say, I don’t ALWAYS put ALL of them in…but the combo of a little coconut sugar and coconut creamer is wonderful!  And on special days…add the syrup:)  Either way, it is better than dairy and real sugar, right?  Finally I look forward to my coffee…that I drink to make me feel cozy.  It truly doesn’t make me have more energy…THAT I get from my Ningxia Red (Ninja) Juice🙂

What is your favorite way to drink your coffee??

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What do you do after you finish Whole 30?

So it has been over a week since the big reveal!  And you have put yourself out there for everyone in the world to see:)  You can imagine there is a little intimidation in figuring out how you are going to eat for the “next 300+ days” to keep progressing with your journey to better health!  Well…I have to admit I am not sure yet 🙂  It is such a journey to figure out what is a good balance, but that you can still see good results!

not-so-crunchy-mom-post-whole-30-coffee The first week, we were still pretty strict except that I added a little honey or stevia and coconut french vanilla creamer to my coffee and a couple of other things through out the week.  I didn’t stress so much about the less than 2% sugar in the all natural bacon, lunch meat and hot dogs.  Other than that, we kept pretty close to the plan.

After about a week, we went on our very first date night…and we “splurged” a little!  Hubby had ribs that were marinated in Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce with veggies and slaw…he said that they were AMAZING!  I got a wood fire grilled steak (I love red meat) with mashed potatoes (I thought I took a picture…but I guess it didn’t come through)  We even had a small appetizer of bacon wrapped jalapenos!  We splurged…but didn’t go crazy…and it was worth it!

not-so-crunchy-mom-coconut-bliss.jpg Then we stopped by Central Market to see what kind of “gluten / dairy free” treats they had available.  We found some cookies, but then we found….wait for it…coconut milk ICE CREAM!!  It was a great brand called Coconut Bliss and it only had coconut milk and agave as the ingredients.  It seems like forever since we have had a treat like that…and IT WAS SUPER TASTY!  Even better we got to eat it out on the patio of Central Market and enjoy live music…and it was super cool because of the random cold front we had in Texas…such a crazy weather year!

Other than our date, I have had some peanut butter (because I have yet to find almond butter that I like), organic fruit rope, a little regular ketchup and we tried two different kinds of gluten free pancakes.  I have to admit that they weren’t my favorite, but it was nice to have a change in pace:)

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So…to answer the question that I have heard the most…what are you doing now…or are you still sticking to the plan?  The answer is YES…most of the time!  I have to admit that I have had harder days SINCE our Whole 30 ended.  I am trying to figure out if it is because we have added the sugar back in or if my will power is decreasing?  Either way, I feel myself “letting” myself “get away” with too many things that I wouldn’t have a few weeks ago.

Now…we have a decision to make…will we start another Whole 30?  We ARE going to start our cleanse (I talked about this a little while back here).  And we are going to add in a few SPECIAL extras to prep for the fall season to boost our immune systems 🙂

What do you think?  Should we go for all 3 and get a full boost before the fall season kicks in??  Who wants to join us??!! (Leave me a comment below and let me know if you want to join us on our next adventure:)

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Whole 30: FINAL RESULTS!

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You have been patient…and SO have we!  I can’t really even believe that our first 30 days are over…and that I stuck to ALL the rules INCLUDING not weighing myself THE ENTIRE TIME!!!  You see, I have done SO many diets and always weigh myself (maybe multiple times a day)…but I really loved the fact that I didn’t have to worry about the emotions of weighing myself and being happy OR sad because I hadn’t lost from the day before.  My hubby was a BIG help with this because we basically weighed ourselves and then he took the scale and originally I thought he threw it away (because we need a new one)…but later I found out that he hid it in the garage somewhere 🙂

Well…the results are in…Christie (NSCM) results after the first Whole 30:

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Weight Loss:  19.5 LBS                                 Inches Lost:  11 3/4 INCHES

I wish I was brave to put my before beginning weight and after weight…but I am not quite there yet 🙂 (baby steps)  Really it is crazy that I am putting up these pics of myself…specifically the “Before” pic…which I guess I was going for that really sad, yucky look…I don’t know why I didn’t smile or pick a better outfit!!  And when I put them next to each other I told my hubby that I couldn’t really tell that big of difference…but, he pointed out the small changes that are starting to show up!  I can’t wait to see more results as the next 30, 60, 90….days go by 🙂

I really tried not to get my expectations too high on how much weight I would lose…and I was really pleasantly surprised!  I don’t think I have ever lost almost 20 lbs in a month in my whole life:)  And the best part…we didn’t use any “fake” foods, pills, drinks, shakes, whatever….just REAL FOOD!!  It makes me so happy to think about what this does to change our family for the better with our health 🙂

Kevin’s results after the first Whole 30:

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Weight Loss:  26 LBS                                 Inches Lost:  7 1/2 INCHES

Here is my wonderful and super handsome hubby!  He did AWESOME!  He stuck to the plan, took his lunch and huge water bottle to work with him each day.  He came home and helped me prepare dinner.  On the weekends he would go shopping with me (and our 3 children) and help me unload and prep for the week.  He is truly amazing and it made a HUGE difference that he did the Whole 30 with me.  His results were so AMAZING!  After 3 weeks he could wear a smaller shirt because his mid section had shrunk so much.  He couldn’t even wear the same shirt that he wore in his before pic because it was too baggy to be able to see the difference.  He also looks so much better (than my pics)…with his smile and being actually dressed:)

What about you?  Did you do the Whole 30?  Are you in the middle of your journey?  Do you want to start?  Let me encourage you…JUST DO IT!  It is so worth it…it’s a great start in our journey to better health!!

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