The Crockpot is my BFF.

It’s day two of my Whole30, and I’m feeling pretty good so far… Two days isn’t much. But I prepared for this for about a week. And have been “Paleo” for a year. The hardest thing is to cut out eggs, nuts and nightshades for the autoimmune protocol. Some of my go-to foods are out, so I’m working on getting creative.

Yesterday I was really tired from lack of sleep… But went to hot yoga at 645am and Crossfit after that. All that physical activity left me ravenous all day! I drank lots of water, had my giant green smoothie and ate three square meals. That part is weird for me too, because I’m used to eating on my nightshift schedule.. Waking up late, eating late, and usually not three meals. I can get used to this regular eating thing! Being awake during the day is pretty awesome so far.

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mmmm, green smoothie! (Coconut milk, banana, strawberries and a whole lotta spinach!)

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also had these for a snack while I was out running errands!

Of all the things in my kitchen, I use my crockpot the most. Maybe, my VITAMIX would be the exception. If your short on time, just throw whatever in the crockpot. I’ve done this many times with all sorts of ingredients and it always turns out fabulous! Currently, I have an Italian-seasoned pork roast slow cooking, and also tin-foil-wrapped some sweet potatoes to share the slow-cook lovin’.

One of my favorite meals is this pumpkin stew recipe. The original recipe can be found here, but over the last few times I’ve made it, I’ve changed it a whole lot. I’ve used ground turkey before, omitted craisins, and used the larger can of pumpkin. Every time, it has been great!

Yesterday’s version was

1lb organic, grass-fed beef (I used ground, it’s what I had in my fridge. Can sub stew meat)
1 can organic pumpkin
Handful of fresh sage, chopped (my favorite!)
1 butternut squash, chopped into cubes
2 c chicken stock (I used homemade bone broth!)
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
10 oz mushrooms, chopped/cubed
1 tsp sea salt

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Throw it all in the crockpot on low for about 6 hours.

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That’s it. Easy. Makes 4-6 servings 🙂

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My thoughts on the Whole30

Have you read this book? You should. It’s full of what you should be eating and why you should eat it to achieve and maintain optimal health, wealth and happiness. Okay, maybe not wealth. But in my book (a hypothetical book), health is certainly wealth.

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Yesterday, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig from the Whole9 came to my new CrossFit gym, CrossFit Love. They are amazing people! They educate and motivate, and speak in such a genuine, compassionate way. I was so happy to meet them!!

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I asked a lot of questions, yeah I was probably that annoying one. I learned that I pretty much do everything right… Except sleep. And maybe too much of paleo-flying things. And maybe my weekly Mexican.. I can’t help that. Anyways, when I mentioned to Melissa that I’ve worked nightshift for the past two years. She stopped me immediately and said, “you need to fix your sleep!!”

Even with the best nutrition, my lifestyle stress and sleep deprivation is sabotaging my health and fitness goals. My lifestyle isn’t sustainable. Pair that with some chronic autoimmune diseases, and I’m really headed in the wrong direction. Less than 9 hours of sleep? Don’t go do high-intensity training. Oh.. You mean I shouldn’t work night shift, go to CrossFit, and then go back to nightshift? Whoops.

So with my Hashimoto’s at its worst since my diagnosis, I’m switching to day shift this week. And what perfect timing to do so; I’m starting the strict Autoimmune Protocol of the Whole30 tomorrow.

No GRAINS
No DAIRY
No SUGAR
No LEGUMES
No ALCOHOL
No NIGHTSHADES
No EGGS

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YIKES, so what do I eat? MEAT, SEAFOOD, VEGETABLES, HEALTHY FATS & a little bit of FRUIT.

It sounds limiting, but I can’t wait to feel better. When you lose almost 5 months of your life to thyroid disease, 30 days doesn’t seem like all that much more. With optimal nutrition, restorative sleep, CrossFit 3x a week and a whole month of unlimited yoga, I can’t wait to see what these 30 days will bring.

Stop back for updates and Whole30 approved recipes!!

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