Whole30

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If you are like me, you have probably never heard of the Whole30. Pretty much you are going to change your health in 30 days, your going to “reset” your body. Cut out the food cravings, bad habits and restore your body’s immune, digestive system, metabolism ect.

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STEP ONE: DISCOVER THE WHOLE30

Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat—even the “healthy” stuff.

So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you? Strip them from your diet completely. Cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn once and for all how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day to day life, and your long term health.

– See more at: http://whole30.com/step-one/#sthash.jSQZzYjg.dpuf

Our friends did this more so for health over weight loss and said that they felt amazing, no longer tired mid day, had more energy, no headaches and just overall felt better.

So Brent and I decided in April that we would give it a go in June, and with less than 2 weeks away till June we’re excited and nervous to start this.

My goal is to blog weekly and maybe more explaining how I’m feeling, what my cravings are, and share some food posts. I know that coffee, sugar, wheat, and dairy is going to be hard for me! I love to start off my mornings with my coffee & flavoured creamer, yogurt or cottage cheese and toast. All of those items I’m not allowed. Except the coffee, you can drink black coffee. (yuk)

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STEP TWO: READ THE PROGRAM

The Whole30 Program Rules

Yes: Eat real food.

Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed. Don’t worry… these guidelines are outlined in extensive detail in our free shopping list.

No: Avoid for 30 days.

More importantly, here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.

  • Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.
  • Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
  • Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels.
  • Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
  • Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee. (See below for details.)
  • Do not eat white potatoes. This is somewhat arbitrary, but if we are trying to change your habits (chips and fries) and improve the hormonal impact of your food choices, it’s best to leave white, red, purple, Yukon gold, and fingerling potatoes off your plate.
  • Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
  • No Paleo-ifying baked goods, desserts, or junk foods. Trying to shove your old, unhealthy diet into a shiny new Whole30 mold will ruin your program faster than you can say “Paleo Pop-Tarts.” This means no desserts or junk food made with “approved” ingredients—no banana-egg pancakes, almond-flour muffins, flourless brownies, or coconut milk ice cream. Don’t try to replicate junk food during your 30 days! That misses the point of the Whole30 entirely.

One last and final rule: You are not allowed to step on the scale or take any body measurements for the duration of the program. This is about so much more than just weight loss, and to focus on your body composition means you’ll miss out on the most dramatic and lifelong benefits this plan has to offer. So, no weighing yourself, analyzing body fat or taking comparative measurements during your Whole30. (We do encourage you to weigh yourself before and after, however, so you can see one of the more tangible results of your efforts when your program is over.)

– See more at: http://whole30.com/step-two/#sthash.apPXFXtn.dpuf

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STEP THREE: COMMIT

We want you to commit to the program now, but that doesn’t mean starting right this minute. In the next step, we’re going to ask you to prepare for the Whole30 by cleaning out your pantry, grocery shopping, and doing some basic planning for the month.

Don’t skip the planning process—habit research shows that when people get excited and jump from contemplation straight to action (skipping right over the “preparation” phase) they’re less likely to see the change through. As you’ll hear over and over again, when it comes to the Whole30, planning and preparation are key.

You may need just a day or two to prepare, or you may need a week or two to get your house (and your head) around the changes you’re about to introduce. There is no one perfect timeline—you’ll have to decide what works best for you.

Choosing Your Start Date

Here are some general guidelines for choosing a start date:

  • Start as soon as you possibly can, given the amount of preparation time you need.
  • If you’ve got a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, an international trip to an unfamiliar location, or a wedding (especially your own!) in your imminent future, consider starting the Whole30 after those events. Navigating the Whole30 for the first time under those conditions may prove extremely difficult, and we don’t want you to begin your program stressed out.
  • If you’ve got an important athletic event or an A-level race in the coming month, consider starting the program after your event is over, as your performance may suffer during the first few weeks of the program. (Hint: if you’re not getting paid for your performance, it’s not that important.)
  • If you’ve got a family dinner, a business lunch, or a bridal shower in your imminent future, consider it an opportunity to take your Whole30 skills out on the town! You’ll have to deal with lots of new situations during your program, so write these events into your plan for the month, but don’t let them push your Whole30 off.

Go Public!

Once you’ve decided when you’re going to start… tell someone! Anyone! Everyone! Write your start date on the whiteboard at work, create a 30-day countdown calendar, or post our banner on your Facebook page or Instagram feed. 

Congratulations! You are now officially part of the Whole30!

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STEP FOUR: BUILD YOUR SUPPORT TEAM

This is where YOU come in. My friends and family! Please be supportive of us, don’t offer us what you know we can’t have, support us, encourage us, and maybe even try it with us. This is a huge change for us, but we want to live a healthier life, feel better, and learn which foods we really should just give up, (besides the obvious sugar).

I hope that you will continue to follow us as we do this, the Whole30, and hold us accountable.

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Cali

Every year (well for the last two years) Brent and I have flown down to San Diego to visit our dear friends. This year was no exception, however, our party of two grew to a party of 3.

This was our first Family Vacation (Izzie and Bailey were unable to attend, but they were thought of and missed.) I just want to start out and say that Carter is a great traveler (he must get that from his mom), not a tear on the plane. Slept though the takeoff and was quite happy during the landing.

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We started off our Vacation by spending the day at Disneyland! This just also happened to be my birthday. I can’t believe I’m 29! I remember when I thought 29 was old, it doesn’t really feel that old. I still feel 26 at heart, but I’m now officially in my late twenties. Although age really is just a number I am quite happy where I am in life. I have a wonderful career, I’m married to an amazing husband, we have a perfect little baby (we’re working on the sleep thing), own a home and have I have a cat and a dog. 29 doesn’t seem so bad after all.

So to celebrate we spend the day as a family at Disneyland.

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We really wanted to soak up the sun, so we spent some time at La Jolla Shores.

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We went back down to Sea Port Village and thought that we should retake the picture that we took last year.

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and finally here are just some more photos of Carter.

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Thanksgiving

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This year I have so much to be thankful for.

I’m thankful for this pregnancy! I’m not sure how many people know but Brent and I tried to get pregnant for over a year. It was quite a struggle, with lots of heartaches, tears, and questions if we would ever get pregnant. We watched many of our friends get pregnant and then have their babies, as happy as we were for them, it was hard for us. As I have heard with many other marriages that struggle to get pregnant it can add another stressor and cause tension. But, for us this brought us closer, increase our communication skills and really made us talk. Then finally on March 5th (my birthday) we got the most amazing gift from God, we found out that we were pregnant. And now we’re 36 weeks pregnant, approx 28 more days to go until Baby V arrives we are so blessed and thankful this thanksgiving!

I’m thankful for my husband, who continues to work hard for our family. Who makes sacrifices to better help us out in the long run. Who loves me when I’m all hormonal or hungry or tired and then that leads me to be cranky. Who takes time out of his day to stop what he’s doing to help me with my ideas. Who is going to be one amazing dad to this little baby and I feel so blessed to call him my husband and that we get to spend our lives together.

I’m thankful for my family, who love and support Brent and I. Who watch Izzie when we have to work so we don’t have to put her in day care. Who always has leftovers for us to take home, and continue to love us. Andrew- you are also thought of, I’m thankful that you are my big brother, and that you are able to come out this way and meet this new baby and take time away from your schedule to be here. Can’t wait to see you and meet Maja.

I’m thankful for our pets, Izzie and Bailey. Who although bring much frustration the amount of love and joy they bring us far exceeds the times that my patience is tested.

I’m thankful for our home in Vancouver, although it may be small, its full of love.

This thanksgiving I have lots to be thankful for, I just wanted to share a few of them. And I hope that you are able to spend time with your loved ones and take a moment to give thanks!

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Cozy Cabin Anniversary

You probably wouldn’t think that August is a great time to head up to a cabin- maybe it’s just a little off season. But it was exactly what Brent and I wanted/needed for our Anniversary.

For the last 8 months Brent has been working a Monday-Friday (9-5ish) job. He still had to be on call once a month on weekends, and I have to work weekends. Leaving us not too much time to really hang out and talk, or really have time to connect between all the shift work and just being exhausted from pregnancy.

With little Baby V on his/her way we have been very money conscious and didn’t want to spend a whole lot of it to get away for our anniversary. I asked Greg, my old roommate (who was our MC for our wedding) if we could use his parents cabin up in Hemlock (since it is off season and we didn’t think that they would be using it) and we got a yes. We were so excited to getaway from the city, internet, and everything and just spend time together.

We both have never been to the cabin, and didn’t really know what to expect but was happy and grateful for this opportunity. We arrived Friday evening and stayed till Monday morning, spent time in the hot tub (I just dipped my legs in), sat by the fire, made s’mores, cooked, watched some movies and tried our hardest to avoid the internet (although with Andrew doing his first Ironman we were watching is progress online- still so proud of you Andrew!! 13hrs:16mins to complete an Ironman). Izzie of course can with us and loved our daily walks. We were thinking that there would be some hiking that we could do while up there, but we didn’t find any trails and then I got scared because we didn’t bring a bear bell or my bear spray- so longer walks it is.

Thanks again Greggers for letting us use your parents place!
We had an amazing time. 

2 Years

August 19th is our day, the day that Brent and I got married two years ago. I can’t say that its been all roses in our household, but this last year we have learnt so much more about each other and I love him more and more everyday!

Thank you so much Brent for all your words of encouragement, prayers, hugs and kisses. For all of the late night talks and for taking a new position at work because it was best for our family. Thank you for being my other half, and for knowing me better than I know myself. 

Next year our family will be larger and a new adventure will start. Right now, we celebrate us, and the adventures that we have had together, and the lessons that we have learned.

Happy 2 Year Anniversary, and to many many more to come!

The Owens

Brent first met Lindsay when they were 14 at summer camp, from there they would be pen pals and eventually lost contact. After many years their paths crossed again, Brent went to Lindsay’s and Jon’s wedding in 2005 and they were able to fly up and come to our wedding almost two years ago. This is when I met them, and I am so glad that they were able to come! They are such a lovely family, and we are truly blessed to have them as friends. 
After staying a week with the Owen’s we wanted to take some family photos of them just for fun. We spent a lovely overcast day (still warm by Vancouver standards) taking some photos around their yard. 
We also headed down to one of San Diego’s beaches for the day. 
We spend a morning down at SeaPort Village

And spent a lovely afternoon walking around a lake and feeding the ducks. 

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Back in October Brent and I got a weekend getaway on travelzoo to WoodMark Hotel on Lake Washington, this last weekend we were able to use it, it was the perfect little getaway.


Check in was at 3pm, we decided to spend the day making our way to Seattle. Stopping at the outlets for some shopping, heading into downtown Seattle to stop at REI, surprising our friend and stopping by her work and spending some time catching up. We arrived at the hotel, they had Champagne in the lobby for the guests while we checked it. Did I mention that his hotel was pet friendly?!? This made our little getaway Izzie’s first trip away.


The hotel had a nautical theme to it, considering that it’s on Lake Washington it was only fitting. The grounds were lovely and breathtaking, with a large dog area, docs for evening walks, fireplaces throughout the lobbies, king size bed, pillow service! (Gabriella I thought of you!) Wonderful room service, with some great restaurants in the area.


We wanted this little getaway to be more of a relaxing getaway, and just spending time together. Brent started a new job a few weeks ago and is now a Monday- Friday 8-4 kinda guy, and I’m still on shift work, so getting to spend time together (and neither one of us was exhausted from working) was wonderful.