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Whole30 Guide to Nut Milks & Nut Creamers

I am putting together this guide for those of you who are newer to the Whole30 Community and struggle finding out what brands are compliant and what’s not. This list is by no means all-inclusive and will be updated periodically.

But here goes the Whole30 Guide to Nut Milks & Nut Creamers. Let me give a little background, firstly. Obviously one of the those rules of Whole30 is no dairy. So you think to yourself “ok great there are still so many options besides actually milk”. This statement is starting to be more true year by year with companies tailoring products to be more health-conscious.  But even so, a lot of mainstream nut milks (actual nut and then coconut) contain nasty additives like sugar and carrageenan. I’ve put together the following guide to help out with this. Hope you find it helpful!

Please note that I do make a distinct between nut milks and nut creamers!

Whole30 Compliant Nut Milk Brands

  • Silk Nut Milks
    • Unsweetened Almond Milk
    • Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk-
    • Unsweetened Blend Almond Coconut Milk
    • Unsweetened Cashew Milk
    • Unsweetened Vanilla Cashew Milk
    • Unsweetened Coconut Milk


  • Califia Farms
    • Unsweetened Almond Milk
    • Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
    • Go Coconuts Coconut Milks

**The Califia Farms Toasted Coconut is a no because of the monk fruit extract. The Homestyle Nut milks are also a no because they contain oat bran.

  • Malk Organics
    • Unsweetened Almond Milk
    • Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
    • Unsweetened Cashew Milk


  • New Barn
    • Unsweetened Almond Milk

**The Unsweetened Almond Milk from New Barn is not compliant because the vanilla extract contains organic cane sugar.


Whole30 Compliant Nut Creamers

  • Nutpods
    • Original
    • French Vanilla
    • Hazelnut
    • Vanilla Lemon
    • Pumpkin Spice
    • Dark Chocolate Orange
    • Peppermint Mocha
  • Califia Farms
    • Unsweetened Better Half Creamer
    • Better Half Hazelnut Creamer
    • Better Half Pumpkin Spice Creamer
    • Unsweetened Almond milk Creamer (Container & Bottle)

**The Better Half Vanilla Creamer is a not compliant due to the organic cane sugar

  • WanderLife Creamers (These are just coconut)
    • Unsweetened Coconut Creamer
    • Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Creamer
    • Unsweetened Cacao Coconut Creamer


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How I met my Significant Other (The Non Rainbow Pooping Unicorn FULL STORY)

While yes this is that type of story, but I promise you if you keep reading you will see I share the big picture, not just the cutesy polaroid.

I’ve never shared this story with you all but since its almost been a year and a half, I figure why not.

So a lot of you know I had my heart broken in Winter 2017, and then a smaller heartbreak in that following summer of 2018. That heartbreak in 2017 destroyed me. It took me about 3 months to feel normal again and about 6 months to fully recover. But then I got dumped again, so suffice to say Fall 2018 was not great. That 2017 pain was a result of a 3 month relationship which is nothing but I fell hard and I fell fast. Let’s just say 2018 was an interesting year dating wise.

But what a lot of you don’t know is that exactly one year after my first breakup….to the EXACT day, I had my first date with my boyfriend. It took us about a month to get to that point, mainly because I had a crazy schedule and also because I had rules haha. Before any house date, always have a first date in a public place. I blame that on Law & Order and also because it easier when you’re both a level playing field. He had asked if I wanted to come over for dinner but I shot him down cause of that rule. He also asked me out to a concert on a Sunday and in all honestly I didn’t want to be a blob on Monday. But then a few days later he finally wore me down by simply asking if I was free Saturday. I responded yes and he responds “cool, lets go to this concert together”. I won’t lie to you all, I was like “hell no a concert on a first date…what psycho plans that”. But I also had the worse dating year of my life, so I really had nothing to lose. (My date right before this one, I went to thinking it was the other guy in the photo…that was my lowest point lol.). I asked if we could first meet at a bar, to make things easier. I remember vividly as I was getting dressed thinking to myself “worse comes to worse, I sneak away to go to the bathroom and leave”.

I remember getting to the bar and it was packed. I texted saying “I was here” and waiting about a good 5 minutes before a response came in cause cell reception was bad. But then I got the “where to go” text and was like “ok lets get this over with”.

We hit it off pretty quickly talking about random things.

I remember him telling me that he’s weird and I remember telling him that I am weirder than him. And then I spilled one of my childhood secrets about my obsession with Digimon and how I made a tribute Youtube video to one of the couples. I HAD never told that to a guy before let alone on a first date. But I definitely credit my comfort to the fact that I had realized along the online dating journey that I am who I am, weird and all, and that’s what makes me, me. If you don’t like it, bye Felicia.

After about 30 minutes, we walked over to the concert hall and waited for the show to start. But the conversation never stopped. I remember half way into the show staring up into the ceiling which was painted like a sky by the way, and thinking “please God I like him, if he breaks my heart don’t let it be too painful” followed by a weird sense of “this is different than anything I’ve experienced”. The concert finished and we didn’t want to leave each other just yet so onto an arcade bar we went. And the rest is kind of history. Within a week, we were official, and I just sat in shock at the fact that my little dating schedule of waiting atleast 3 months before being official went out the window. I finally met a guy who knew what he wanted, and went for it.

I am not sharing this with you all to brag. Yes this is an adorable story and I am so beyond happy I can share it.

But before this crazy happiness, I went through a lot of pain, a lot of heartbreak, and a lot of hurt. I experienced ghosting, breadcrumbing, dumping, insecurity among a lot of other emotions. Now I can joke about the fact that I literally tried every single dating app out there. Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, The League, Coffee Meets Bagel, Badoo, and Plenty of Fish. But don’t let my humor negate the fact that online dating was easy. Gosh no, it was the absolute opposite. I went out on a lot of first dates, second dates and third dates. I got rejected, but I also rejected. It taught me a lot about who I am, what I want out of life and how important loving oneself first is. I read a lot of articles and a lot of books (Why Men like Bitches is still a book I recommend everyone reads). I lowered my standards to see if all my requirements were just that, required. I heightened my standards when I realized what key facts were important to me. I learned the importance of grieving after a breakup and learned that you don’t know what heartbreak is until you experience it.

The universe tested me so hard, but I am stronger because of it.

So if you are in a rough patch right now, know that you are not alone.

Behind every “How we met story”, there is a lot behind the scenes that people don’t tell you.

But that’s why I am here, to share that the world is not filled with rainbow pooping unicorns. It is however filled with rainbows after nasty shit storms.

Posted in Recipes

Bacon Spinach Mushroom Egg Cups (Whole30/Paleo)

Nowadays I use my muffin tip for more egg related dishes than actually muffins, but c’est la vie.

Eggs are one of the easiest proteins to work with and are actually super portable. This little recipe is a fan fav because not only does it taste amazing, but it looks super fancy for almost zero effort.


-Sugar Free Turkey Bacon (Garrett Valley Farms or Applegate are both great options)=

-1 cup of Spinach

-Handful of Mushrooms, chopped

-6 Eggs (You use 1 egg for each cup)

-Olive Oil

-Pinch of Salt (for each cup)

-Pinch of Pepper (for each cup)

-Pinch of Garlic Powder (for each cup)

-Pinch of Onion Power (for each cup)

-Pinch of Paprika(for each cup)


  1. Start by preheating the oven to 325F.
  2. Next coat your muffin tins with olive oil.
  3. Take the slices of turkey bacon and round out the muffin cups so that it basically makes a border for the egg cup.
  4. Place a handful of spinach into each muffin tin.
  5. Add a handful of mushrooms.
  6. Crack an egg into each muffin cup.
  7. Add the pinches of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika to each cup.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.

I like to eat these cups with a few drips of hot sauce as well!

Turkey Bacon Egg Cups


Posted in Product Reviews

Cinnamon Swirl Nutpods Review

I Don’t Want None Unless You Got Buns Hun…well Nicki Minaj & Sir Mix-A-Lot…WE GOT THEM BUNS.

Before we get started quick shoutout to Jeff Bezos and Amazon for super fast delivery!

Ok now on to the review portion of the new flavor of Cinnamon Swirl Nutpods! I will share my thoughts on three criteria….smell, taste and froth ability.

So first smell…they smell like when you walk into the mall food court and you smell CinnaBon. They got the smell baked right in there….see what I did haha. Its a nice mix of cinnamon and bun. It does smell sweet and strong, hands down.

In terms of taste, I tried both in hot coffee and in iced coffee and truthfully I was underwhelmed. Don’t get me wrong, you can taste the cinnamon bun….but I’m not sure if I really like that in my coffee. With the first sip you taste the cinnamon but then at the end you taste the bun and the vanilla frosting. Its not bad, but I’m not over the moon about it. It made my coffee extra sweet, which for some that may be great since there is no sugar or sweetener. I just think my taste buds have evolved and I just can’t do the sweet sweet creamers anymore. I will also admit when it came to real deal coffee creamers I prefer the simpler flavors or flavors with chocolate.

Lastly, the cinnamon bun nutpods ability to froth is only a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10. It froths, but its weak, similar to the Chocolate Orange where the foam is not a thick layer but rather just a like a bubble bath.

Overall the flavor is definitely innovative and interesting. Its smell is divine but the taste and the froth are just so so. I would say if in the olden days you like dessert-like coffee, then its worth a try. But if the idea of cinnamon bun in your coffee, from real creamer didn’t appeal to you then this flavor might not be worth trying.

I will probably not be repurchasing.



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Everything But The Bagel Roasted Potatoes (Whole30/Paleo)

I sincerely LOVE Everything But the Bagel seasoning and I am biased to the Trader Joe’s one ( haha sorry, but if you don’t have a TJs, Coscto has one too). The seasoning seriously steps up the taste for avocados, eggs and even potatoes! This side dish recipe is a super quick and easy recipe you can make for breakfast, lunch or dinner that will not disappoint! It’s also whole30, paleo and super duper clean!

Prep Time: 10 minutes prep, 45 baking TOTAL 55 MINUTES

Here’s what you need:

  • Baby Potatoes or Small Potatoes (I used petite mixed potatoes for the above)
  • Avocado Oil or Olive Oil (I would not recommend Extra Virgin since it has a lower smoke point and we are roasting these at 425F)
  • Everything But the Bagel Seasoning (EBB) ( I use the Trader Joe’s version)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. Start by preheating your oven to 425F
  2. Next wash your potatoes, cut in half and place into a mixing bowl.
  3. Now take your avocado oil or olive oil and liberally pour over the potatoes.
  4. Grab the EBB, salt and pepper and again liberally pour over potatoes. I would say I use roughly 2-3 tablespoons of the EBB, a 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 tsp pepper, for a full baking sheet of potatoes (2-3lbs). But I will add more seasoning if the potatoes look like they might need it. It is definitely up to your digression.
  5. Now mix the ingredients either by hand or by shaking the bowl in a rounded fashion (meaning making a circle with the bowl)
  6. Now grab your baking sheet, add some oil at the bottom and place wax paper as lining.
  7. Pour/Place potatoes on the baking sheet making sure they are evenly spread out.
  8. Roast potatoes for 45 minutes at 425F.
  9. Once done, remove from oven and let them cool before you serve.





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I was roaming my freezer this Sunday trying to figure out what I was gonna make for breakfast this week. I wanted something truly easy, not messy and not highly involved.

Then I hit me…time for a FRITTATA or Egg Bake…I’ve heard people came them both. But what was unique this time, was that I used hashbrowns as a part of my base! I had some leftover O’Brien hash browns from Fresh Thyme (whole30 compliant and sugar free – this still irks me why most mainstream frozen hashies/potatoes contain dextrose), which are great to always have on hand btw. Anyways here’s how I made it:

What you will need:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup frozen hash browns
  • Handful of bella mushrooms, chopped
  • Handful of sweet peppers, chopped
  • Sprinkle of pepper
  • Sprinkle of  onion salt
  • Sprinkle of Italian Seasoning
  • Olive Oil

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Grease your pan well with the olive oil. I used a pie pan by the way.
3. Add the hashbrowns first and then the remaining veggies.
4. Next crack open the eggs, add the seasonins and whisk.
5. Pour mixture into pan, making sure to evenly coat.
6. Bake for 40 minutes.


Posted in Random

My Podcast Recommendations


So I will be the first to admit, that for the longest time I had no clue what podcasts were. I did not understand the allure of them at all. People kept talking about “S-town” and “Serial” and I was baffled. By the way, I still need to listen to those haha.

Then one day, I clicked the podcast button on Spotify and my life was forever changed. Before I lead into what podcasts I recommend you should listen to, let’s look at what a podcast is. A podcast is a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.

It’s like if an audiobook and a tv show had a baby haha.

Anyway if you’re a newbie into the podcast world, here are a few I think you should listen to. The numbering means nothing beyond how many podcasts I really really love.

Hope you find this listing helpful! Happy Listening

1.Doctor Death

“The podcast tells the story of Christopher Daniel Duntsch, who is a former neurosurgeon who has been nicknamed Dr. D. and Dr. Death for gross malpractice resulting in the death and maiming of several patients while working at Baylor Plano and Dallas Medical Center.”

2. Up and Vanished (Season 1 and Season 2)

” Season 1, Payne tackles his first cold case story, the unsolved disappearance of Georgia high school teacher and former pageant queen, Tara Grinstead. The 11-year-old case remains the largest case file in Georgia history and is still unfolding.”

“Season 2 focuses on the disappearance of young mother Kristal Reisinger from a remote mountain town in Colorado. Up and Vanished aims to tell compelling, true stories and give these cases the exposure they deserve.”

3. Teacher’s Pet

“The Teacher’s Pet is a podcast hosted since May 2018 by Australian journalist Hedley Thomas. The podcast is an investigation into the disappearance of Lynette Dawson. She was the wife of rugby league player and teacher Chris Dawson and disappeared without a trace in 1982.”

4. Dirty John

“Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival.”

5. Monster

“Monster: The Zodiac Killer’ dives into one of the most notorious, unsolved serial killing sprees in history. Despite sketches, cyphers and taunting letters to the press, the question still remains: who is the Zodiac? ”

6. Unobscured

“History is full of stories we think we know. They are old and dark, but time has robbed us of perspective and clarity. They’ve become obscured and misunderstood. Which is why this series exists: to dig deep and shed light on some of history’s darkest moments. To help us better understand where we’ve come from. To make it Unobscured. Each season pairs narrative storytelling from Aaron Mahnke, creator of the hit podcast Lore, with prominent historian interviews.”

Season One: The Salem Witch Trials

7. Happy Face

“For Melissa Moore, 1995 was a nightmare. That’s the year the teenager learned her father, Keith Hunter Jesperson, was a serial killer. It’s also the year Melissa Moore’s doubt spiral began: When you look like your father, and you share his intelligence and charisma, how do you know you’re not a psychopath, too? Happy Face is the story of Keith Hunter Jesperson, his brutal crimes, and the cat and mouse game he played with detectives and the media. But it’s also the story of the horrific legacy he gifted his children. Join Melissa Moore as she investigates her father’s crimes, reckons with the past, and wades through her darkest fears as she hunts for a better future”

8. Missing & Murdered: Season 1 & Season 2

“Season 1: Missing & Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams? explores how a chilling tip sparked the CBC’s Connie Walker to uncover secrets and confront a suspect in a decades-old cold case.”

“Season 2: Where is Cleo?  Taken by child welfare workers in the 1970’s and adopted in the U.S., the young Cree girl’s family says she was stolen, raped and murdered while trying to hitchhike back home to Saskatchewan. Host Connie Walker joins their search.”

9. Heaven’s Gate

“In 1997, thirty-nine people took their own lives in an apparent mass suicide. The events captivated the media and had people across the planet asking the same question…‘Why?’ 20 years later, those who lost loved ones and those who still believe – tell their story. ”

10. Broken Harts

“Markis, Hannah, Devonte, Abigail, Jeremiah, and Sierra Hart—six beautiful black children, ranging in age from 12 to 19—were all adopted by Sarah and Jennifer Hart, both white. On Jen’s Facebook page, it looked as if they were the perfect blended family, even earning the nickname “Hart Tribe” from friends. Then, on March 26, 2018, the family’s GMC Yukon was found belly-up on the rocks below California’s Highway 1. The news of the murder-suicide shocked their friends and made national headlines, leaving many wondering what possibly led to the fatal crash. Could these lives have been saved? Broken Harts, a new podcast from Glamour and HowStuffWorks, investigates this question with more than 30 never-before-heard interviews. Cohosts and Glamour editors Justine Harman and Elisabeth Egan and reporter Lauren Smiley follow the family’s journey from South Dakota through Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington, and finally to that 100-foot cliff in California.”

11. Over My Dead Body

“We all have limits. And some people who are pushed beyond those limits will do unspeakable things. In “Tally,” the first season of OVER MY DEAD BODY, Dan and Wendi are two good-looking attorneys whose wedding is featured in the New York Times. But when this “perfect” couple falls apart, it leads to a bad breakup, a worse divorce, and a murder case involving a menagerie of high-priced lawyers and unexpected co-conspirators. From Wondery, the team that brought you “Dirty John” and “Dr. Death,” “Tally” is a story that says as much about love and marriage as it does about justice, revenge, and the lengths some people will go to get what they want.”

12. Girls Gotta Eat

“Why do guys just want to f*ck you once then stalk your Instagram forever? Should you ditch the apps and meet people in the wild? How do you get over a breakup when you feel like you’re gonna die? These are all topics discussed on Girls Gotta Eat — a hilarious podcast from Rayna Greenberg (@OneHungryJew) and Ashley Hesseltine (comedian + creator of @BrosBeingBasic)”

13. A Little Salty Podcast

“Welcome to the “A Little Salty” podcast! Your co-hosts Jen & Bailey bring to you their real life take on all things health and wellness and life in general. Covering topics like weight loss, health, the Paleo diet and Whole30. All wrapped up with a dash of sass and a sprinkle of sarcasm!”




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Baked Cinnamon Grapefruit

So fun fact…I’ve recently become a GRAPEFRUIT lover 😍. I love eating it all by itself but then this weekend I decided to bake them and add some cinnamon! Most recipes require sugar, honey or maple but honestly in my opinion you don’t need it! Seriously this little trick has taken grapefruit to another level! It’s an easy little way to make your day a little more fancy!⠀

Here’s how you make them! ⠀

Ingredients ⠀

  • grapefruit(s) ⠀
  • cinnamon ⠀
  • baking sheet ⠀

1. Preheat oven to 400F⠀

2. Cut the grapefruits in half, but make sure to go down the middle not through the white little hole at the top! This cut gives the ideal star-like look!⠀

3. Sprinkle cinnamon over the grapefruit.⠀

4. Bake for 15 minutes. ⠀


Posted in Life in General

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask Honest Review

Hey Guys!

So you’ve probably seen this white jar of powdery clay in someone’s bathroom, or on instagram or on a list of 10 beauty products and wondered to yourself about it cause they whole thing cost $10.

Can something that cheap be good….I asked the same question so I decided to find out for myself!


So I ordered the clay mask off Amazon and it arrived promptly within 2 days (thanks amazon prime).  The tub was in a plastic baggie that was a little foggy but other than that no complaints.

I read the instructions that said to add equal parts water and apple cider vinegar to the clay. Honestly I eye-balled the amounts, but I wanna say I did 1/3 cup water to 1/3 cup ACV, and a good dump of the clay….estimating around 3 TSBPs.


The next step is very important, YOU MUST MIX the mixture well. I used a spoon to get out all the clumps. At this point, I did notice that the mix was a little too watery so I added a bit more clay.

I obviously made way to much for just one usage so I actually store the clay mask in the plastic container pictured to the right. I have noticed no difference in the mixture in the three weeks that it has been in the tupperware.

Now back to the mask. I had a face full of makeup on so I took it off with a makeup wipe and cleaned my face with some facial wash. I did not dry my face, as the mask is to be put on with a wet face.

I layered on the mask with my fingers and evenly coated it on my face. Let’s be real here for a minute…the mask is probably the ugliest color you have ever seen and when you’re putting green puke goop on your face for the first time, its kinda weird. For the first 5 minutes or so, you don’t really notice anything. There is no pulsating or tingling…at least in my experience. But once you are about 7 minutes in, you start to feel a tightening around your face and it’s getting harder to move your face. I like to think of this time as when my face is going through an extra strength power wash.  It’s not uncomfortable but it’s also definitely not relaxing. You will also notice that the mask is starting to change colors.


Once your face turns less puke green and more mint green, it’s time to wash it off. This should be around minute 15…I personally like to wait to until my entire face is that same shade of mint green. I washed off the mask with water…it did take some scrubbing but nothing too intense. After I took off the mask, my face was a nice shade of cherry red. This is absolutely normal! The redness wears off after about 20 minutes.

img_2358Overall results though are that my face automatically felt smoother. This could be my mind playing tricks on me but after consistent use for the three weeks (being 1x/2x a week) I also began to notice that the chin comodone that has been residing on my face began to soften. This could have been my imagination but I was actually able to pop some of it recently!

HONEST REVIEW: I would absolutely recommend purchasing the clay mask! It’s honestly a cheap buy that will keep on giving! For $10 bucks you can easily have a 100 masks! No joke! I think it would also be a fun gift to give as well because again who would think something that comes in a powdery clay would actually be a great product! So since it’s the holiday season, this white tub of magic would actually be a great budget friendly stocking stuffer, secret santa or yankee swap gift! And it really does leave your face feeling fantastic!

Feel free to add your thoughts in the comment section below and if you have any questions!


Posted in Whole30 Information

How to Save on Money on Your Whole30

Hey Guys! With January already looming I figured I’d share some of my personal knowledge to make your future Whole30 Rounds easier. Some of these tips can easily be applied to life after round so these are definitely worth a read. I split it up so there are generic tips and some more specific tips. Hope you guys find these helpful!

WARNING: Will some of these tips make your round a little harder…potentially because prep-work will be mandatory but in the end every dollar does count! You can make the choice whether you want to spend the money to make your life easier but you can no longer use the excuse “eating healthy is so expensive” because it just isn’t true!




  1. This is an after you buy, but freeze your leftovers…ie meal leftovers, coconut milk, homemade dressings. This is especially helpful for foods that can go bad like fresh fruit and veggies. Here is a list of fruits and veggies that can be easily frozen:
    •  bananas
    • berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries)
    • kiwis
    • apples
    • pineapples
    • mangoes
    • cherries
    • watermelon
    • grapes
    • peaches
    • papaya
    • oranges
    • onions
    • tomatoes
    • squash
    • pumpkin
    • spinach
    • chard
    • kale
    • green beans
    • broccoli
    • cauliflower
    • carrots
    • brussel sprouts
    • asparagus
    • beets
    • turnips
  2. Don’t shop at Whole Foods aka Whole Paycheck…be open to exploring other stores like Aldi, Costco, Amazon and your local grocery stores.
  3. Learn to eat the same meal a few times a week and change your mindset about what foods should be eaten during certain times of the day. For example, there is nothing wrong with having dinner leftovers as Whole30 breakfast the next day.
  4. Don’t shop for ingredients, but rather shop for a recipe. What I mean by this, is to first take inventory of what you already have at home, then look for a recipe, and only then go to the store to get the remaining ingredients. I strongly suggest Pinterest when “shopping for a recipe”.
  5. Don’t buy organic or grassfed. This is entirely up to you, but not a requirement of Whole30.
  6. Try to always be prepared with emergency snacks to avoid an emergency situation where you run to a convenience strong and pay an inflated price for a Chomps stick or Rx Bar.
  7. Stock up on the frozen veggies, they tend to be a very cost effective option. Just always make sure to read your ingredients!
  8. Shop the sales ads…seriously though. I started to seriously shop the sales and it has made a huge difference in getting the most bang for my buck especially for meat!


  1. Make your own homemade compliant mayo and ranch. Trust me this is a HUGE money saver. A jar of compliant mayo runs you at least $7….a big bottle of avocado oil or light tasting olive oil is around $10-$12 dollars and you can make at least 4 batches of mayo…same size as the jar. Also if you want the mayo to be even cheaper use Light Tasting Olive Oil instead of Avocado Oil.
  2. Avoid convenient bars like Rx Bars, Larabars, R bars, Chomps, Epic Bars etc and instead either make your own or think more basic snacks like veggies, eggs, nuts etc.
  3. Avoid Whole30approved product lines…there are a lot of options out there now that are still compliant and not endorsed by the Whole30. YOU DO NOT NEED THESE PRODUCTS TO BE SUCCESSFUL.
  4. Buy Nutpods at Home Goods, TJ Maxx & Marshalls or learn to drink coffee black!
  5. Shop generic brands for items like mustard, hot sauce, sparkling waters, certain spices etc. You’d be surprised how clean some of these generic brands can be.
  6. Buy raw nuts and roast them yourself…also buy these in bulk if you can. Costco has a huge bag of almonds that can last WEEKS for about 12 dollars. Trader Joe’s and Aldi are also great to buy smaller portions for raw nuts.
  7. Cook with eggs outside of breakfast! Get creative!
  8. Save your leftover bacon fat to cook in!
  9. Make your own ghee. Its surprisingly easy and super cost effective. All you really need is a sauce pan and a strainer.
  10. Make your own pasta sauce/marinara from canned tomato sauce!
  11. Canned salmon can be expensive, but mackerel is a good substitute!
  12. In all honesty, seafood can be pricey and if you’re not a huge seafood foodie, then you can easily avoid those recipes!




Posted in Life in General

Dating in today’s world….

You wanna know what has always bothered me about the dating world and more specifically online dating…that the go-to first date of choice always has be to be grabbing a drink. I get the convenience and the lack of commitment to it, but why does alcohol have to always be the activity of choice?

I have said this quite a few times, when you’re doing a round of whole30 or living that whole30 life, you can and should go be social and this does include dating! Is it easy…ummm no not at all. I will be the first to admit that I have done everything in my power to not go out on a date on my whole30. But the moment I decided this is my lifestyle now I was like heck why not. I will go into the food portion of dating another time, but today I want to focus on the drinking aspect especially with @Melissa_Hartwig’s campaign of “I’m not drinking right now”.


I am not a big drinker to be completely honest. I tend to have a drink if I am meeting a friend or if I am going out or if I am celebrating something, but drinking a glass of wine by myself at home has never been something I’ve done. This stems from the fact that alcohol has not had the best history in my family’s past and I personally have my own experiences with it that have traumatized me to this day. But that’s me! The fact that I am not a big drinker is and should be completely ok. Sadly not always the case…people can be very quick to judge but in the end I will always say “keep your eyes on your own cup”. My level of enjoyment is not based on what’s in my glass.


Now back to drinking and dating. Let me start with that in the beginning I would go along with the “Grab a drink and meet up” scenario and I would just order a seltzer water. Sometimes it was fine…but most of the time it wasn’t….I even had a date who got really upset that I wasn’t drinking. It was really awkward. I still stood my ground tho. I quickly learned that in order to make this work for me I should just be upfront.


Now if I really really don’t want to meet for a drink I say….”I’m doing a cleanse and I’m not drinking, do you mind if we meet for coffee”….if your date likes you enough and wants to meet, he/she shouldn’t have ANY issue with this. And if they do…well better to know now then waste your time. After the first date, you will be able to gauge if you want them to know your story…but again you DO NOT OWE THEM ANYTHING. Heck if you want maybe don’t say anything about it and use it as a screener test. ***Uses this idea on her next date.


Society is who society is and people are who they are. The standard has been “oh you’re not drinking, are you pregnant or are you a recovering alcoholic?” No I am just not drinking right now. Society will not change by itself, it’s us who have to stand our ground. You have the choice to say no. Let’s make sure we do!


So if you’re like me, single, riding in the online dating lane, and not drinking right now, let’s be the change and try to change the standard. Again if someone likes you, they will do everything in their power so that you like them back!