…guess who’s back?

i know, i know. it’s been a hot minute.

i’m not proud of this. to say i haven’t had much to write about would be an understatement. COVID-19, am i right? it’s been a long seven months social distancing and limiting our interactions with others.

i’m mentally exhausted, but i’m back to document two things:

just a few of the earrings i have available in my Etsy store!
  1. i started an Etsy store! i started making earrings from polymer clay, wood, and beads, and realized that i only have so many holes in my ears in which to wear earrings, so i decided to start my own online store and see how things go. (i have a few other fun additions in the works, so stay tuned!)
  2. i’m starting a Whole30.

why am i doing a Whole30?

i’ve always wanted to do one, just to see if i can. plus, i have some digestive issues that i think are related to a gluten intolerance and one of the big things during the Whole30 is cutting out gluten, wheat, corn, rice, etc. so we’ll see what happens.

i also joined Beachbody because the YMCA i belonged to was closed until July and when it reopened, i didn’t feel comfortable going back to a group fitness setting. germs are gross, ya’ll. wear your mask.

so anyway, i’m part of a Beachbody accountability group led by one of my teammates from high school and she asked if anyone was interested in joining her in a Whole30 and i immediately said “yes.”

what is Whole30?

i’m not going to pretend to be a Whole30 expert, so if you’re interested in doing one, i recommend visiting the link above and learning a bit about it, or ordering the book (mine came in the mail yesterday and i’ve already finished reading it – ok, i didn’t read every single recipe, but i did flip through all of them).

basically, you cut out all sugar, alcohol, grains, most legumes, dairy, carrageenen, MSG, baked goods, or junk food for 30 days to “reset” your health.

do i think this will be hard?

in short, yes. i love bread in all of its forms. i enjoy chocolate, cheese, and Diet Coke. i’m a big fan of chips and fries. i also enjoy alcohol from time to time.

but i also really like salads, trying new recipes, and whole, fresh foods. i also like the challenge of it, and to see what 30 days of eating better will do for my overall health.

i’ve already reorganized all the food in my kitchen and created designated “Whole30” shelves in our pantry, fridge, and freezer. (my husband isn’t doing this with me, but he’s going to be eating what i make for dinner, whether he likes it or not.)

why am i telling you this?

my plan is to share 30 recipes i’ve tried and liked, whether that be breakfasts, lunches, dinners, or snacks. i start the Whole30 on Sept. 28, so be sure to check back next week for the first few days of this journey.

follow me on instagram @caite_n_stl for more Whole30-related content!

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