by Melanie

My Whole 30 Experience and Results

February 27, 2015 in Deep Thoughts, Goals, Healthy Tips, Motivation, Uncategorized, Weight Loss, Whole 30 by Melanie

Okay folks, I finished Whole 30 over THREE weeks ago and I’m finally getting around to blogging about my experience, results, tips, etc!

Yay.

First off, I would like to say that I LOVED Whole 30!  It was so good for me physically, of course, but it was also great for me mentally, emotionally and even spiritually.  I learned so much about myself and also formed some habits that I will continue forever.

I also need to warn y’all that this post may be VERY LONG!  I have a lot to say, so I hope I don’t bore you all to tears. :-)

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I first heard about Whole 30 about 2 years ago and it really intrigued me, but it also really scared the heck outta me!  The thought of eating 100% whole food consisting of only fruit, veggies, meat, eggs, nuts and seeds for a month freaked me out.

However, I really liked the idea of only feeding my body 100% real food.  I was curious to see how my body would respond, how my body would feel and what I would learn from it.  So, even though it really scared me, I knew I wanted to do it!

So, I decided the New Year would be the perfect time to do it.  AND, once I made up my mind, there was no turning back!  I just put on my “stubborn cap” and was bound and determined to get through it no matter what!  After all, it was only 30 days.

My Results

One of the “rules” of Whole 30 is that you’re not supposed to weigh yourself the entire time.  I actually really liked that rule!  Yes, it was hard at times because I wanted to see if I’d lost any weight, but it was also kind of fun not knowing.  The anticipation made it feel kind of like Christmas or something. ;-)

Usually when I’m trying to lose weight, I weigh myself every single day.  It’s frustrating to see the weight come off SO SLOWLY and it’s even more frustrating when I GAIN a pound of two when I’m trying to LOSE weight.  I liked waiting an entire month to weigh myself and I really loved the satisfaction of seeing I’d lost 9.6 pounds!

Woo hoo!

I really didn’t notice much of a difference in my body the first week, but midway through the second week I noticed big changes!  It really felt like a bunch of weight just fell off of me.  All of my clothes were much looser and my stomach felt tighter.  In fact, I was floored by how much leaner my stomach became.  I could almost see some muscles starting to show up.  It was so exciting!  I continued to lose weight and see more results throughout the month.

I didn’t do a very good job of taking a lot of progress pictures (dang it!), but here are some pictures I took two days before I ended Whole 30…

Me after Whole 30 2

Sadly, I didn’t take a very good “before” picture.  I did take a quick selfie picture, but I’ve decided not to share it.  It’s just a scary picture that doesn’t really show the progress too well (it may rear its head in future posts though!)   However, I did find a picture I took about 2 weeks before I started Whole 30.  Here’s the comparison…

My Whole 30 results

I can see a HUGE (pardon the pun) difference and I’m very happy about that!

My “Dairy” Experiment

I ended Whole 30 on February 3rd.  For the next 2-3 days I continued with the Whole 30 diet, but just added dairy back in.

I usually only consume yogurt, cottage cheese and a little bit of cheese here and there, but because I really wanted to see if I noticed a difference, I decided to drink several glasses of milk and I ate yogurt and cheese several times (way more than I usually do!)

I didn’t notice any ill effects on my body at all.

Granted, I only “experimented” for a few days, but I was happy to see my body seemed to tolerate dairy very well.

FYI, I’ve gone off of dairy for a month+ several times and I’ve never noticed any problems when I add it back in.  In fact, I like the way dairy makes me feel.  I’ve felt the positive effects of yogurt and probiotics in my body many times.  I also love that cottage cheese is such a quick and easy source of protein.  It always fills me up and gives me energy!  I also love the flavor that a little cheese adds to food.  It keeps things exciting.

With that being said, I’m not a die-hard dairy fan.  I could easily live without it in my life, however, I like the options and variety it offers.

I also want to mention that I know several people who are lactose intolerant, have a dairy allergy or who experience chronic conditions such as congestion from dairy.  IMO, it’s an individual thing and I would highly recommend finding out for yourself if you tolerate dairy well or not.  We are all different.

If you look on the internet, you will find several studies and information showing that dairy is harmful to the body AND you will also find several studies and information showing that dairy is healthy for the body.  I’ve read several of these articles (defending both opinions) and they are equally convincing.  They both have very valid points and data to back it up.  Again, IMO, it is less about the dairy itself and more about how each individual body tolerates it.

I could go on and on and on (and I have!) so I will stop with the dairy discussion now.

Adding Sugar, Grains and Beans Back in

Three days after I ended Whole 30, I took an entire weekend off.  It was my “birthday weekend” and I wanted to enjoy myself.  I ate whatever I wanted and it was a lot of fun.  However, it didn’t come without a price!

One of the first things I ate was a burger and fries with the family from In ‘N Out Burger (even though their food isn’t healthy, it IS very fresh and very good!)  We also got some little bundt cakes from our favorite cake shop afterward.

Yummy crappy food after Whole 30

The rest of the weekend consisted of a few treats here and there and a few more of my favorite meals.  I loved everything, but I definitely noticed my body blowing up, retaining water and feeling pretty blah very quickly.

I enjoyed my weekend and all of my favorite foods so much and I don’t regret it one bit, however, it was shocking to see and feel the difference in my body.  I became more tired, sluggish, hardly peed at all (this is always one of the quickest ways I can tell how my body is doing) and my body majorly poofed up.  I gained 5-7 pounds almost instantly.  All of the clothes that had become loose on me were tight again!

Yes, it was sad.

However, over the years I’ve learned to differentiate between actual weight gain and “water weight, bloating, crazy body” weight gain.  This was definitely the latter.  I knew that if I went back to my healthy diet, the weight would come off very quickly.

I won’t go on and on, but I will just sum it up by saying that IMO, sugar, processed foods and white flour are the worst things you can put in your body.  I have felt the negative effects of these things on my body many, many, many times.

However, some of my favorite foods in all the world are sugar laden, processed and white floury foods (boo hoo, sniff, sniff.)  I know I’ll still have my very favorite foods from time to time, but I’ve definitely learned to limit these foods in my life.  When I DO eat them, I try to make sure it’s something I’ve purposely planned and not just mindlessly consumed.

My Favorite Whole 30 Foods

I am not a “gourmet chef” at all.  My life does not allow for it.  I had the most success (and less stress) if I ate the same things most of the time.  I also knew it was vital to always have the fridge stocked with options.  I “meal prepped” (cooked meat, cut veggies, made guacamole, etc.) every single day.

I got so dang sick of the same ol’, same ol’ foods, but I did discover a few things I really enjoyed!

Sweet Potato Chips and homemade Guacamole (my all-time favorites!)

My favorite Whole 30 food sweet potato chips and guacamoleEgg and veggie “creations”

My finished egg creation topped with salsa, tomatoes and guacamole

Grilled chicken and random green smoothies

Green Smoothie and chicken

Loads of veggies!

Roasted veggies

Salads!

My yummy Whole 30 Salad

Bananas or celery with almond butter

Celery and banana with peanut butter

I always had a stash of roasted veggies, some sort of protein (mostly grilled chicken, cooked ground turkey and eggs) and fruit in my fridge at all times.  I made all kinds of “meat/egg and veggie combos” on a regular basis.

Various Whole 30 creations

I also made other yummy meals such as Beef Stew, Roast Beef with Mashed Potatoes, Spaghetti Squash Casserole and Taco Salad.

I enjoyed the occasional LaraBar (I had three throughout the entire 30 days) and I made some homemade “LaraBars.”

Larabars and homemade Larabars

I also enjoyed Fruit Leathers (100% fruit and nothing else) sometimes.

Fruit Leather

My Top Tips and Advice

If any of you are thinking about doing Whole 30, I will share my two cents and advice…I hope it can help someone else out there!

  • Become very familiar with the program.
  • Make sure to mentally prepare before starting!
    • Write down some specific goals, hang up motivational pictures/quotes, anticipate any obstacles you may have and how you’ll overcome them, decide that you WILL NOT quit and will see it through ’til the end.
  • Food prep before you start and continue to food prep throughout the 30 days.
    • It is so important to ALWAYS have food available that you can quickly make or grab.
    • The night before I started, I cut up a bunch of veggies, roasted a bunch of veggies, cooked up some ground turkey with onions and spices, hard boiled some eggs and marinated some chicken to be grilled.

Food prep ground turkey, eggs and veggies

Food prep chicken and veggies

  • Stock your fridge and cupboards with Whole 30 approved foods!  It’s also important to get rid of the foods in your house that will tempt you to give up!
  • Use a notebook, calendar or planner to track your progress and record your thoughts.
    • I used a cheap calendar I bought at Walmart.  Every night before I went to bed I would evaluate my day.  I gave myself a score (1-10) of how well I ate for the day (I got a 10 every single day!)  I also kept track of my exercise, sleep and water consumption.

My Whole 30 notebook

  • Recruit some friends, family or your spouse to do it with you!
    • I have a few friends who did Whole 30 with me and it helped a lot.  We would text thoughts and recipes to each other and kept each other motivated.  It was great!
  • If you’re tempted to give up….STOP….take a deep breath, think things through, calm down, go to a different location, eat something healthy, talk to a friend, exercise, read information on the Whole 30 site……just do SOMETHING else until you get back to your “right state of mind.”  Ha ha.
  • Remind yourself over and over that it is ONLY 30 days and you CAN do it!  Take it one day, one meal, one hour at a time.

My Final Thoughts

I am so glad I completed Whole 30.  When I first started, 30 days felt like FOREVER!  But, in the end it actually seemed to go by pretty quickly.

I thought the first week was BY FAR the hardest.  I had major cravings, withdrawal symptoms (headaches, moodiness, fatigue) and felt very overwhelmed.  By the second week, my appetite and cravings had stabilized and I’d gotten more used to what I could and couldn’t eat.  I’d discovered some foods I really liked and I tried to focus on the foods I COULD eat instead of all of the foods I COULDN’T eat.  I also started to see/feel some results during the second week and it was really encouraging.  I felt thinner, leaner, slept better and I felt more in control of my body.  The last two weeks of Whole 30 weren’t really that hard, but the last 2-3 days were HARD!  Because I knew I was almost done, I started to feel weary and anxious to have it over with.  I didn’t give up though!

I learned so much about myself throughout the process.  Here are some of the most significant things I learned.

  • I can do hard things!
  • I am stronger than any craving, temptation or yummy food out there!
  • I am 100% in charge of what I put or don’t put into my mouth.
  • I learned to REALLY read food labels.  I thought I was a big label reader, but when I was doing Whole 30 I read EVERY single label of everything!  I learned that so many foods I thought were “clean,” actually had hidden ingredients in them.  Worcestershire sauce, seasoning salt, beef jerky and bacon had some things in the ingredients that I never would have guessed!
  • I learned to be determined, committed and in charge of my goals and dreams.
  • I learned how to eat very clean at restaurants.  I only went out to eat four times during Whole 30, but I always chose the most “Whole 30 approved” thing on the menu; steak, salads, veggies, chicken, etc.
  • I developed habits that I will continue to keep.  I food prep more often, eat more fruits and veggies, am trying not to add additional sweeteners to food, am more familiar with what foods have hidden ingredients and am a lot more committed to my health!

Well, I think that about sums it up!  I loved Whole 30 and I really enjoyed the challenge.  I plan on doing it again and would highly recommend it to everyone out there!

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by Melanie

Clean Eating + Elli Quark Cheese + a Cute Visor + Running is Hard

February 24, 2015 in 3 Months No Crap, Family Life, Meal Ideas, Product Review by Melanie

Happy Monday y’all!

I’m about a week into my “3 Months, No Crap” plan and it’s going great!  For the most part it hasn’t been too hard.

It kind of reminds me of going on a “long run” instead of a sprint.  I like to think of it as a “slow and steady” way to lose weight, get in shape and improve my overall health.  I’m also hoping to form some long-term lifestyle habits.

Sooo, because it’s a long-term plan and not a “get fit quick” kind of thing, I’m trying to celebrate the little triumphs.  For example…

  • Kev and I went out to Texas Roadhouse on Friday night.  I got my typical 6 oz. sirloin with a plain sweet potato and a side salad.  We skipped the rolls and I always order water with lemon as a drink.  I love Texas Roadhouse because I can eat well and I don’t feel deprived!  I didn’t take a pic, but here’s a picture I took a while ago of the exact same meal (salad not pictured)…

Steak and Sweet Potato from Texas Roadhouse

  • On Saturday, we took the kiddos to see the movie Big Hero 6 at the dollar theater.  It was a dang cute little show!  I really enjoyed it, my kids loved it AND I loved paying only $2.00 a ticket!  Score.  Anyway, we bought some popcorn and treats and I didn’t have any.  Yay me.

Big Hero 6

  • On Sunday, we had dinner at Kev’s aunt and uncle’s house.  I skipped the homemade rolls and dessert.  It was tough, but I stuck to my guns.  :-)

So, there are just a few examples of some of my triumphs.  It’s nothing major, but I know those small choices can add up to big results over time.

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I also received a very fun package in the mail the other day that I want to share with you guys!

Package of Elli Quark cheese

It’s a box full of Elli Quark cheese (more like a “new and improved” Greek yogurt) and I love it so much!

Elli Quark is actually CHEESE, but the flavor is less sour than yogurt and it doesn’t have that “yogurty” taste.  It has less calories and more protein than typical Greek yogurt and it’s sweetened with natural sweeteners, erythritol and stevia.  Awesome.

Elli Quark infoElli Quark information

I’m a big fan of Greek yogurt and I am so excited about Elli Quark!  I LOVE the taste and LOVE all of the yummy flavors…

Elli Quark Cheese flavors

So far I’ve tried the Cherry, Blueberry, Peach and Mint Chocolate flavors.  I’m kind of hoarding all of the “dessert flavors” and saving them for last.  Hee hee.

However, I did eat the Mint Chocolate one very first because I just couldn’t resist.  I love MINT and CHOCOLATE so much!  It was the perfect post workout recovery snack after I got home from the gym the other night…

Me with Chocolate Mint Elli Quark Cheese

You can locate a store near you that carries Elli Quark by clicking here (in Utah, you can find it at Whole Foods stores.)  You can also purchase it on the Elli Quark website and it can be delivered fresh to your door!

You can find more information on their website, www.elliquark.com.

YUM!

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I also wanted to share some of the other yummy things I’ve been eating lately.  This has been my breakfast obsession this week…

My latest favorite breakfast eggs and protein pancakes

It’s one whole egg + 2 egg whites scrambled with onions, peppers, mushrooms and spinach and topped with salsa.  I also had 2 Chocolate Protein Pancakes on the side topped with natural peanut butter and berries!

SOOOO yummy!

I calculated this entire meal to be just over 400 calories.  Woo hoo.  It fills me up forever too!  One of the wonderful things about eating clean, is that I really don’t even pay attention to the calories.  Clean food is naturally lower in calories, yet full of so much nutrition.

When you eat clean, the body functions so much better!  Cravings subside, the blood sugar stabilizes and it’s easier to differentiate between actual hunger and things like stress, fatigue and emotional eating.

I love it.

I also threw some chicken in the Crock Pot the other day that turned out good!

Chicken in the Crock Pot

I followed my basic Crock Pot Chicken recipe, but I added some more spices, garlic and lemon juice to it.  I don’t know if I loved the lemon juice in there or not.  I’ll keep experimenting and if I come up with something super awesome, I will share it with y’all.

I ended up making some gravy out of the juices though and I loved it!  When the chicken was done, I just strained the juices out of the Crock Pot, heated it on top of the stove and thickened it with a little cornstarch mixed with hot water.

It turned out great!  I also made some brown rice and broccoli to go on the side.

My Chicken, Brown Rice and Broccoli

It was a simple, satisfying, yummy meal.  I enjoyed the leftovers for days afterward…

My leftover brown rice broccoli and chicken

Can you believe how GREEN that broccoli is????  I’d run out of leftover broccoli, so I just grabbed some raw broccoli that I had in the fridge and steamed it in the microwave for a few minutes and mixed it with my leftover rice and chicken.

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I have a few other random things to share…

After we took the kids to the movie on Saturday, we ran over to Scheels, a GIGANTIC sporting goods store that I LOVE SO MUCH!

It’s a little bit frightening how much $$$ I could spend in that store.  They have EVERYTHING and everything is so dang cute!  They also have a fun giant Ferris Wheel that the kiddos love riding on.

On the Ferris Wheel at Scheels

On the Ferris Wheel at Scheels with my kiddos

And there’s Kev and the baby CLEAR down on the ground below…

Kev and the baby at Scheels

He’s a sweetie.

It’s such a fun store.  Amazingly, we left the store without too much damage done…I just bought myself a fun Under Armour visor

Me in my new Under Armour hat from Scheels

It’s called the Under Armour Gotta Have It Visor and I think it’s aptly named…I just had to have it, lol!

You can’t really see the cute band too well, but it IS very cute.  I’m starting to ramp my running up to prepare for my half marathon, so I decided I needed a cute running incentive.

Oh, and Kev and I went to the gym together on Saturday morning.  We went to my old very favorite KILLER class that I used to go to all the time!  I hadn’t been to that class since I had the baby, so I was very excited to go.

We got there 10 minutes early and it was a madhouse!  It was so crowded that Kev and I couldn’t even be together (sniff, sniff.)

I snapped this stealthy picture so you could all feel my pain.  I’m the dork in the corner taking the picture and Kev is the cute man that I circled with my mad Photoshop skills…

Kev and I at our Saturday morning class at the gym

Ya know, after looking at that picture and the Ferris Wheel pic, I’ve decided I should call this post “Hangin’ out with my husband, but not really.”  Ha ha.

Oh, and would you believe that our instructor wasn’t even there!!!!???!??!  Ya, we had a sub.  It was still a good class, but I was disappointed.

When I got home, I ran 3 miles on the treadmill and it just about killed me.

Yes, I’m scared that I’m supposed to be running 13.1 miles in 87 days and I can’t even hack 3!!!  Eeee.  I’m worried.

I think my run felt extra hard because I went to that muscle class a couple hours before and my muscles were fatigued.

And because I’m out of shape.
And because I still want to lose about 20 pounds.
And because I just had a baby……6 months ago (I guess I can’t use that excuse any more, dang it.)
And because I’m sleep deprived.
And because I just turned 39.
And because I’m just kind of a wuss.  Hee hee.

And, I need to go to bed!  So that’s all I have to say tonight.  Have a great night.  Yay, Monday is OVA (a.k.a over.)

**I received the complimentary Elli Quark Cheese, but the text and opinions are, as always, my own!”#EatClean #GetYourQuarkOn

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by Melanie

South Beach Good to Go Bars, Homemade Larabars and other Healthy Stuff

February 20, 2015 in 3 Months No Crap, Baby, Goals, Meal Ideas, Product Review, Uncategorized by Melanie

Happy Friday!  I love FRIDAYS so much!  Who doesn’t?

I have a bunch of random things to share with y’all today.

First off, I got some fun things in the mail from South Beach Diet the other day that I want to share.  They recently came out with a new line of “Good to Go Bars” and they are fabulous!

South Beach Good to Go Bars

They come in varieties such as Soft Baked, Extra Protein, Extra Fiber and Gluten Free.  They range from 120-150 calories, are high in protein (6-10 grams), high in fiber (5-9 grams) and don’t have any artificial sweeteners or flavors.  Yay!

They also taste great!  I LOVE all of the yummy flavors like Chocolate Chip (Extra Protein), Dark Chocolate (Extra Fiber), Chocolate Brownie (Soft Baked) and Dark Chocolate Raspberry (Gluten Free.)   Hmmmm, can you tell I love chocolate!??!  They also have a lot of other non-chocolate flavors as well, just so ya know!

They are the perfect snack to stash in the purse for “emergencies.”

South Beach Good to Go Bars in my purse

I love South Beach Diet and I love companies that make good products that help us all stay on track. ;-)

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I’m also really loving my “3 Months, No Crap” plan so far.  Yes, I’m only 4 days into it, but I can already tell a huge difference!

Here’s the deal….I lost about 10 pounds with Whole 30 and I definitely felt thinner and leaner.  It was awesome.  But, the two weeks following Whole 30, I ate whatever the heck I wanted.  It was seriously so much fun, but I felt giant!

It was kind of crazy how quickly my body blew up!  I know most of it was water weight and a result of my body adjusting to all of the sugar and carbs I was feeding it, but it was freaky nonetheless.  I could seriously feel the jiggle when I walked.

BUT, after about 36 hours of following my “3 Months, No Crap” plan, I felt my body adjusting back to “normal.”  I started peeing A TON (TMI, I know), but that is the quickest indicator to me that my body likes what I’m doing; it doesn’t cling on to water!  My clothes also started to fit better again and I didn’t jiggle when I walked anymore!

Huge plus!

I’m still up about 2 pounds since I ended Whole 30, but I have a feeling those 2 pounds (and hopefully many more!) will be gone very soon.

I also LOVE the food I’m eating!  It’s a very reasonable lifestyle plan, which I love.  I’m missing chocolate for sure, but I’m grateful I can eat some of my other favorite “healthy chocolate” foods.  I’ve been loving my Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal the past few mornings…

My Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal

I know that picture doesn’t look particularly appetizing, but it’s so good and satisfying.  It also fills me up for HOURS!

I also happened to notice that my Hershey’s Cocoa now says “100% Cacao” on it.  Hmmmm.

Hershey's Cocoa

Maybe that’s always been there, but I’ve never noticed it before.  It cracks me up because “cacao” is definitely a health food buzz word, much like chia, flax, kale, quinoa, Greek yogurt and all of the other trendy health food stuff out there

I just thought it was interesting….and probably smart on Hershey’s behalf.  I definitely felt healthier knowing my cocoa was “100% cacao.”  Ha ha.

I’ve also been LOVING my favorite Chocolate Protein Pancakes again!!!!!  So much!!!!

My Chocolate Protein Pancakes with berries and PB

I had them topped with peanut butter and berries and loved them so much!  I have a bunch of them in my freezer and I love to pull one out, put it in the toaster and top it with peanut butter.  It tastes just like a peanut butter cup to me!

One of the many things I learned on Whole 30 was to not add sweeteners (natural or artificial) to anything!  It really seemed to train my taste buds to not need as much sweetness.  So I’ve stopped adding additional sweeteners to my protein pancakes, protein shakes, oatmeal and anything else I used to add additional sweetness too!

I’m sure there will still be things I’ll add sweeteners to, but I’m trying to be more aware and get used to things not being as sweet.

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My sister introduced me to a wonderful recipe for German Chocolate Fudge Bites that I love so much!

Homemade Larabars

Yes, I know they look just like deer poo, but I love them!  They’re from Chocolate Covered Katie and they are seriously so good.  I also love that the only sweetness/sugar comes from dates.  That’s it!

When I was doing Whole 30, one of the few processed things I could eat was Larabars.  They were not supposed to be eaten on a regular basis, but rather used as something you could stash in your purse for emergencies.

Lara Bars

I have to say I wasn’t a fan.  I thought they were gross.  Ewww.  It was nice to have something quick and convenient I could eat though.

Anyway, when my sister introduced me to the German Chocolate Fudge Bites I noticed that the recipe said it was inspired by Hot Fudge Larabars.  All of the ingredients were “Whole 30 legal” except for the Vanilla Extract.

AND, the only reason Vanilla Extract isn’t allowed is because of the alcohol content.  Seriously??!??!

Here’s exactly what it says about extracts on the Whole 30 website…

Honestly, we think this ruling is kind of silly (nobody uses vanilla extract for the buzz), but we must be consistent with the guidelines to avoid confusion. The vast majority of vanilla extracts you can purchase for home use (in-store and online) contain alcohol, and the rest contain sugar alcohols. And, since we ask you to exclude alcohol and all forms of sugar from your Whole30, vanilla extracts are non-compliant. (If you see vanilla extract listed as an ingredient, you can count that product out for your Whole30, too.)

Here’s the deal; I don’t drink alcohol at all…ever.  Never have, never will.  And, since I NEVER drink alcohol and I’ve never craved extracts (ha, ha), I decided extracts were just fine for me on my Whole 30.  My vanilla extract didn’t have any sugar in it either, FYI.

Maybe that means I failed at Whole 30, but I felt okay about it. ;-)

I also decided I would much rather eat these homemade “Fudge Bites” instead of Larabars any day.  The Larabars were overly sweet, IMO.  So with that being said, I love this recipe (FYI, I added 1-2 Tablespoons of water to the recipe.)

You basically just mix all of the ingredients in a food processor, roll them into balls and that’s it.  They take less than 5 minutes to make.  Oh, and I like to keep them in the freezer.  It makes them taste extra good!

I also want to say that I’m not a huge fan of dates, at least not by themselves.  I don’t love the texture and I just can’t get over how much they look like the cockroaches from Fear Factor.  Ya.

Dates and cockroach

BUT, when you mix them up with a little vanilla extract, salt, cocoa, unsweetened coconut, nuts and water, they turn into a heavenly treat.

Fudge Bites

A treat that look just like deer poo.  From cockroach to deer poo, LOL!  Yum?

Well, I’m getting ready to head out to a movie with my cute husband.  I will leave y’all with some cute pics of my favorite baby.  I also posted these pics on Instagram yesterday, so if you follow me, you probably already saw them!

Cute Baby C

I love you all!  Have a wonderful Friday night!

South Beach Diet sent me the complimentary Bars and goodies, but the opinions expressed and text are entirely my own! #SouthBeachDiet #SnackHappy
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