The Final Countdown

It’s day 25 of my Whole30, and while part of me is excited for it to be over, part of me is reluctant to be done. I am contemplating going back to a paleo diet after the ten day reintroduction, as I have never felt better, both physically and mentally. I firmly believe that an 80/20 lifestyle is what works for me. No designated “cheat days”, but no depriving myself of things I enjoy. It’s kind of common sense to stay away from what kills your body, but sometimes I just really want a bowl of spaghetti! It comes down to one question for me: Is it worth it? I find that I have become so much more in tune with my body over the last 25 days than I have been in my whole 32 years of life.

This month is the first month in YEARS that I have not got a migraine with (Male readers, TMI ahead) my period. Each month, the day of, I am stricken with a debilitating migraine, and I know that they are hormone related, as my estrogen drops significantly. And lately, I have been getting one at the end of the week as well. I remember reading that the Whole30 can rectify hormone issues and thinking “how is food going to resolve this?”
Well, taking out a ton of crap from your body, and having your weight under control will do it! I can’t believe that this could be the solution to a decade long issue. No more 6 hour waits in the hospital, no more pumping my body full of Relpax, Maxeran, and most of all, no more of the steroid Decadron. Feeling like a new person at 32 is honestly life changing.

I can’t speak enough to how this lifestyle change has improved my life. If you’re looking to feel different, better, your best self yet, and are willing to commit (this is the most important part!) then try this. Honestly, you can read all the reviews, and do all the research, but if you’re still questioning this, the only thing you can do is to try it out!
What are you going to lose? A couple dinners out with friends? A glass of wine or ten? It’ll all be there in 30 days when this is over. I promise.

Love, T



The Halfway Point – aka: Only Halfway!?

I thought once I got to this magical day 15 I would be feeling my absolute best. Not sure why, I suppose it was more of an assumption on my part, rather than me reading it somewhere from some Whole30 Alum/Guru. Truth be told, this is hard. This is really hard. And I do feel immensely better, just not as amazing as I thought I would. I treated myself to a relaxation massage Saturday, and it helped my spirits quite a bit.

Here are a few NSV’s from the last 15 days:
-My teeth are whiter
-My eczema is going away
-The energy – oh! The energy!
-Better sleep habits
-HUGE change in body composition
-I’m less stressed and happier
-Way fewer sugar/chocolate cravings

And I survived Valentines day! My amazing boyfriend cooked me a completely Whole30 meal that consisted of steak, asparagus, broccoli, mushrooms and onions, and mashed potatoes made with Whole30 approved beef broth, ghee and garlic!
He is seriously the best.  He has been extremely supportive, and has been so encouraging this whole time.

The Whole30 timeline says that Days 16-27 are time for the Tiger Blood feeling. I can’t wait. I feel as though I’ve at least got this under control and I am so happy with my results so far. Here’s to the last 15 days! (Not including the 10 day reintroduction period haha)

Love, T


On To Week 2!

I survived the first week! I experienced detox headaches, exhaustion, wanting to eat put of boredom, leg pains that felt like growing pains, and extreme sugar and chocolate cravings, but I stuck to it, and I’m so glad I did!

Want to know why? Results! During the Whole30 you’re to weigh yourself the morning of day 1, and not again until the end, but to instead celebrate non scale victories (NSV’S). I took my measurements the first day, and yesterday at 7 days in, I am down 12.5″. Granted, I took measurements from everywhere haha: Neck, arms, chest, waist, hips, thigh, calf. Regardless, that’s over a foot of me gone. In a week! Another NSV has been my mood. Life stress, which there has been plenty of this week, has been a little easier to manage, I’m not as angry, and I have more patience. Things everyone around me benefits from.

One thing that’s been really grinding my gears is how unsupportive people can be. For every birthday at work, someone bakes a treat, brings timbits or another fact. I have been saying no thanks, and people’s reactions for the most part are: “Just one won’t hurt”, “It’s not like you’re fat”, “You’re going to waste away!”, rather than either congratulating me or ignoring it. I’m not trying to get anyone to jump on this bandwagon, (although one friend is starting soon!) but if you ask why, I’ll tell you all about it! I’m doing this for me. Not you, not my boyfriend, not my kids, but they’ll all benefit from it. This is why I’m thankful for the few friends and family that are extremely supportive, my FB February Whole30 group and my followers on Insta. They have been a source of inspiration, and we really cheer each other on. It helps to have people around that are on the same path. And an extra shout out to my awesome boyfriend who asks me every day how I’m feeling, cheers on my victories, and wants to see me succeed.

If you follow my Whole30 IG page (tawnys_whole30_journey) you’ll see I’m more of an ingredient Whole30’er, but it’s just what works for me, especially since I’m still cooking for 3 kids. Breakfast is either leftovers or eggs, veggies and fruit, lunch is a protein and salad, and dinner is two or more veggies and a little fancier protein (pork chops, roast, chili, etc). If you need any help navigating the Whole30 website or need some ideas, give me a shout! I’m always looking for some new contacts going through this 🙂

Love, T



Oh Yes. Kill ALL The Things

There’s a Whole 30 timeline that I read through before I started and I thought “I’ll be fine. It’s not like that for everyone.” Newsflash: no I won’t, and yes it is.

Days 4 through 6 are literally titled “Kill All the Things.” So, not just coincidence that I woke up feeling extra stabby today then. Good to know. I felt like my head was going to explode and, for the first time in four days, not because of a detox headache. I’m assuming it’s because of the no sugar for 4 days but I don’t like it. Then later in the day I got a little dizzy and nauseated. Realized that it’s most likely due to low blood sugar and had some fruit so I feel way better.

I’m exhausted so I’m learning to listen to my body and after a quick grocery shop I’m off to bed. Night!

Love T




You know how I complained in my first post about no sugar free syrup? Well, I took it as far as not even getting a coffee this morning. BIG mistake. Big. Huge. I start work at 8:30 am. By 9:45 am I could not stop yawning. To the point where my co worker asked me if I had a rough night. I never thought caffeine was such a huge part of my “get up and go.” So due to my lack of foresight, I was stuck drinking the bitter swill at work straight up. I’m not going to try to tease myself by using coconut milk or anything, there’s no point. If I can’t handle it, I won’t drink it.

Yesterday I spent 4 hours and countless dollars purchasing all my groceries I’m going to need for the next week. Got most of what I needed and set off to the kitchen to prep. Then decided to have a quick rest instead, as it was my oldest kids 13th bday yesterday! I cannot believe I have a teen already. It seems like just a few years ago I was staring at this beautiful newborn baby girl doubting myself, wondering how I’d ever be enough for her. Now, we have an amazing bond, and I could not be more proud!
We had dinner at Cactus Club at the Yacht Club and I used this as my “last supper”. We started with spicy chicken for an appy, then I had the fish tacos, and we split a desert. Really not the big bang I intended on going out with, but why put myself through that later in the evening? hahaha. Grain intolerance is no joke folks!

This morning I woke a few min early so I could get my breakfast and lunch together to take to work. Breakfast was an amazing spinach frittata and a banana, and lunch was tuna salad (with homemade mayo) on spinach with an apple and sparkling water. So simple, and so delicious. Dinner was spaghetti squash and meat sauce. Tonight I’m prepping for tomorrow, making some green cabbage slaw and roasted red pepper sauce to mix with my homemade mayo (I’m seriously so proud of this!) to put on some chicken. Night!IMG_20160201_071237

One Does Not Simply ‘Quit’ Sugar Free Syrup

I’ve tried this blog thing before. I can’t even remember my login info it has been so long.
I wasn’t ready. I wasn’t prepared. I didn’t plan. I had 3 kids under 5. I had a job. And a husband, and a dog, and, and, and.

This time, no excuses. The kids are older, I’ve prepared, and planned, and I’m actually invested. Here I’ll be documenting my first Whole 30 as often as possible. I hope to be delighting in its simplicity rather than be bitching about how awful and hard it is.

I’m no stranger to Paleo, but this is a whole new ball game. How does one drink an americano with no sugar free cinnamon dulce syrup? I’m dying a little on the inside just thinking about it. I’m going to be the “typical” dieter and binge eat/drink all the things this weekend: pizza, ice cream, chocolate, wine, etc. It’s my oldests 13th birthday this sunday, and this weekend is going to be a birthday extravaganza!
I’ve done all my meal planning for the first week, read The Whole 30 back to back, twice, and am ready.

In case you’re wondering, I’m doing this for a myriad of reasons. The main reason is that “this” is NOT my body. I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been without being pregnant. My eczema is driving me crazy, my hormones are way out of whack, my stomach pain is getting worse by the week, and I sleep like crap. There are so many reasons for me to do this, and I’m excited about the possible results. I mean, what’s the worse that can happen? Everything is the same. That’s it. And at least I will have tried something.

I won’t be posting my before and after pics until March 1st, but know they’re going to be impressive! I created a new instagram account just for this, so my poor friends didn’t have to be inundated with 3 annoying food pics a day. But if you’re into that sort of thing, check it out @ tawnys_whole30_journey

~Love T.