Whole 30 Easter: Egg Shaped Bath Bombs!

We are on day 12 of Whole 30 and Easter is approaching this weekend.   Even without being on Whole 30, I know my stance on sugar for my kids: recipe for disaster! So, I perused Pinterest and found a fun and healthy solution: Egg Shaped Bath Bombs.

Choosing to do a Whole 30 in April, I took into consideration the challenge of a commercialized sugar-filled holiday.   I considered their disappointment and still chose their health over temporary bliss.

We only needed to make 1 purchase for this recipe, because everything else was on hand. It was a little messy because my helpers were 18 months , 2.5 years, 3 years and 5 years of age.

We used the extra to play with in the sink 🙂

You will need:

  • Plastic Eggs (we used 6, 8 probably would have worked better)
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup epsom salts
  • Food Coloring
  • Young Living Lavender* Essential Oil. (any oil you would like for your kids, Lavender is so versatile, great for the skin and relaxing)

I only use YL because their Seed-to-Seal promise gives me 100% confidence that what goes on my children’s bodies is pure, safe and therapeutic.

You can set up an account to purchase essential oils using this link. Http://yldist.com/sparklystefka

I recommend the starter kit since it’s 50% off retail on 11 oils (perfect for every need in the home be body)and a cool-mist Diffuser!!

For instructions pop over here

 

*EDIT* I think I used too much water spritzing, because mine did not harden after 30 minutes, they expanded and oped up the plastic!

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Day 2 of Whole 30

I highly recommend starting Whole 30 on a Saturday, because day 2 is notoriously known as “the hangover” and gosh was it nice to go through that on a Sunday.

How we handled it today

My husband and I slept 9 hours.  My 5 year old slept 10 hours, my 3 year old slept 12 hours and my 18 month old slept 12 hours (including nighttime nursing).

We went to second service, because we were a little slow to get dressed and eat.  My 3 year old had a few breakdowns wanting: pizza, chocolate chip larabars and bear claws.

After church, I accidentally fell asleep with my 18month old.  We were the only nap-takers.  My husband and I decided to skip our evening class and have a family night.  We watched The Hobbit and my son fell asleep by 7:30, so did my toddler.  Our oldest stayed up until the movie ended at 9 and went to bed with out complaint.

I have a slight headache.

Meal Plan

Kind of a bust.

Breakfast: leftover dinner, oranges, banana (1 fruit per kid). Boiled eggs that two kids request and  0 kids ate.

Church snack: our church has a nice spread (meltdown!) so I brought larabars.  C flat out refused any fruit or larabar. I ate one, my husband had half a banana and Z   at one too.  We sent them to class with snacks (Z had an orange, C had a larabar and J had sliced apple).

Lunch: deli turkey (older kids rejected) nori, baby carrots and mayo.

Sneaking food: the kids snuck leftover cauli-mash and nori.

Dinner: I missed dinner because I was at work, they seemed content and I cleaned up some almond crumbs.

Perspective helps

I have been in conversation with a mom struggling with breastfeeding, which reminds me of my WHY for Whole 30.  It is the only thing that helped me make more, fattier milk.  It was not a $95+ a month prescription, or a $30 a month herbal.  It corrected the cause of my low-milk-supply issue: Insulin Resistance.

 

Day 1 of Whole 30 (April 2017)

Inflammation, fatigue, bloating, and skin issues have gotten the best of me.  It’s time to get back to the basics, and for my family The Whole 30 is the *only* way to eat without regrets.

Please don’t mistake me, we eat poorly more frequently than I’d like to admit.  I’m not prideful about our eating but we really have discovered through trial and errors that all 5 of our bodies function best on this plan.

Signs & Symptoms a Whole 30 is called for:

Husband:

Dehydration (hangover type feeling despite not drinking), sugar addiction, inability to focus, lethargy, flatulence, belatedness, short temper, skin issues, phlegm, itchy legs, dry skin, restlessness, poor sleep.

Wife:

Fatigue, eczema, muscle pain, joint issues (especially after doing massage), lack of focus, weight gain, bloated abdomen, discomfort, lack of motivation to work out, “chicken skin”

Child #1

Temper, hyper-sensitivity, “chicken skin,” dark circles under eyes, lethargy, hyperactivity, random yelling, rashes.

Child #2

dark circles under eyes, mood swings correlating to sugar intake, abdominal pain, fatigue.

Child #3

“chicken skin”, dark circles under eyes, rashes, awful bowel movements, diaper rash.

Philosophy

We are not striving for a perfect Whole 30, particularly not for our children. Our goal is to stick to the letter of the law as adults and give a little lee-way to our kids.  By that I mean: we will allow our children 3 servings of fruit a day total, all at meals, if they request it.  We will provide our kids with “compliant” larabars during church so they don’t feel left out completely while grainy snacks are served.

I’m actually going to be totally honest and admit that I will be breaking one rule, every, single day stevia.  I will be drinking one ounce of Ningxia Red a day, because the antioxidant content is so high, and the stevia content is so low I decided the benefits to my body, outweigh the drawback of stevia.

Today’s Meal Plan & Evening Report

Breakfast: brussel sprouts roasted with compliant turkey bacon,  balsamic vinegar, pink salt and olive oil. YUM.  Homemade cherry breakfast bars (dried cherries, dates and almonds).

Lunch: romaine wraps with mayonnaise (non-compliant vegan may for my egg-allergic husband), complaint sliced turkey and baby carrots.

Dinner: garlic chicken, cauliflower mash with ghee.

It was a challenging day, but not terrible.  My husband felt both the effects of no caffeine, as well as significant changes to his GI tract.  I was hurting by 11am for lack of caffeine and ended up taking ibuprofen for my caffeine-withdrawn head ache.  Other than that, I felt pretty good about the food.  (Sidetone: even washed Romaine sometimes still hides bugs.  YUCK!)  I was astonished at my thoughts as I drove to work: dunking donuts, coffee, burritos. I didn’t actually feel hungry the first time I had those thoughts (the second time was after 2.5 hours of massing clients so I was hungry), so it shows how strong mental ties are to food.

For the kids, it was a hard day.  They barely ate any food, but I did catch my 5 year old sneaking left over brussel sprouts and she requested that I go to the store to buy more!  My son, 3, really wanted “brown coffee” which to him means vanilla creamer and a touch of sugar.  My one year old is recovering from a GI bug, so she was unimpressed with our food choices today.

The children did go to bed fairly easily, and I am starting to think I’ll fall asleep quickly.

What Exactly is Whole 30?

Whole 30 is an elimination diet that is rooted in 4 premises: Food should make you healthy, food should support good gut health, food should not create an inflammation response, and food should not foster poor mental health.

It eliminates the following groups 100% for 30 days, with a specific reintroduction plan.

Grains (wheat, gluten, corn, rice, etc)

Legumes (beans, peanuts, soy, etc)

Sugar (refined, coconut sugar, date sugar, honey, stevia, etc)

Dairy (except ghee)

Alcohol

So what exactly do you eat?

The meal template is about half your plate vegetables, a serving of protein, a healthy fat.

For us that means: ground organic pastured when possible beef, organic chicken, salmon, and eggs (no eggs for hubby!)

Any vegetables and Fruits we want (fruits in moderation).

Healthy fat: ghee, coconut oil, avocado, tree nuts and tree nut oils.

Thank you for tuning in.  I look forward to sharing more as the days go on.

 

Whole 30 Day 3

I just completed day 3 of my third Whole 30, and I feel AMAZING.  In past Whole 30s I have followed pretty closely to the experiences lined out in the “Whole 30 Timeline” but this time I have had a different experience. Let me tell you a bit about my reasons for doing a Whole 30, and then share a few notes from my experience this time around.

Why Whole 30? 

No gluten, no grains, no legumes, no dairy, no sugar, no alcohol.  No fun?  That is what I used to think, and it surely is hard to pass up on all these tasty groups.  Whole 30 has a few additional rules: no “paleo treWhole 30 Days 1-3ats” so no making avocado-pudding with coconut-date sugar, no weighing yourself during the 30 days.  Whole 30 is exactly what my body and brain need to be healthy.  Whole 30 is not a permanent diet change, although it would be one of the healthiest diets to maintain long term.

As a woman with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, Insulin Resistance and Low Supply Whole 30 is just what the naturopathic doctor ordered.  Because Whole 30 eliminates foods that a nutrient poor, it forces you to increase your vegetables.  Each meal includes a serving of animal protein, a double serving of veggies, a serving of a healthy fat (think cashews, coconut milk, avocado, etc).  You eat to saiety, 3 meals a day an no snacking (unless you are breastfeeding or pregnant).  Snacks should come in the form of mini-meals not in the form of “technically compliant” larabars.

Also being a woman with a tendency towards extremes, I find strict rules really helpful.  For example, “everything in moderation” does not work for me.  I can’t just eat a tiny bit of brownie, I want the whole pan.  That tasty bite sets off the sugar dragon, a dragon that needs feeding.

You many know I am also a fertility massage specialist, and foods that we encourage couples to eliminate as possible inhibitors to pregnancy are: dairy, factory-farmed animals, most grains, gluten and non-fermented soy.  Through studying reproduction, I have come to believe that infertility is a sign of imbalance and that fertility is a very important part of good health.  So while I am not trying to conceive at this time, I want my body to be healthy if that day ever comes again.

Additionally, my skin and hair have been dull and eczema seems to creep back when I consume dairy.  I want healthy, beautiful skin again!

Finally, because Whole 30 balances my blood sugar, it helps my body become sensitive to insulin.  It is the only diet that I know helps me lose weight, inches and INCREASES the volume of my milk and the fat content of my milk.

Day 1

To avoid the common pitfalls of the starting a new diet on Monday, I started on Sunday.  This was a challenge, my church offers all sorts of Panera goodness, yummy coffee and tasty-chemical-laden french vanilla creamers.  Our schedule got affected by some birth work, so we ended up taking a pre-church Target trip and then going to second service.  At Target, I thought about a Starbucks latte and buying gum, but I didn’t.  Church turned out to be easier than expected as I was needed in the nursery, the kids rice check and goldfish did tempt me.

I REALLY wanted the muddy buddies I served to the kids and their friends a snack time, like really wanted.  All-in-all Day 1 was pretty typical for a Whole 30, tempting but I felt excited for the change.

Day 1 Menu:

Breakfast: hash browns, turkey bacon, scrambled eggs and avocado.

Lunch: compliant deli-style turkey carrots and avocado

Dinner: nori, salmon, cucumber, carrots, ginger

Day 2

To be honest, I keep breakfast the same pretty much every day, but on this day I pre-make 96 meatballs from Well Fed 2.  This felt good because I cook once, wash dishes once and we eat all week.  Breakfast is our “family” meal like many families have at dinner time.  I work during dinner and bedtime, so this I love having the tradition of a breakfast feast, pre-making the meatballs makes it SO MUCH easier.  I love my Kitchen-Aid stand mixer.

I was really craving a latte at breakfast, so I made “bullet proof” coffee with coconut oil and coconut milk.  I wonder if it will work with ghee.  I work during lunch as well, so I took a larabar with me (I know it isn’t technically appropriate).  I am not aiming for perfect Whole30, just a completed one.  Breastfeeding and taking domperidone makes me one hungry gal, so having a portable fat-bomb to hold me over while I work between meals is a good solution.

My Monday client always gives me m&ms, I gave 2 packages to the receptionist and saved 2 for the kids.  So far, the kids have had a choclatey snack every day (muddy buddies, m&ms, chocolate chips).  They are doing pretty well, but it is an adjustment for them too.

Day 2 Menu:

Breakfast: hashbrowns, meatballs, avocado, scrambled eggs

Lunch: compliant turkey, carrots, peacans

Dinner: Lemon-Pepper Chicken, Steamed Green Beans & ghee

Day 3

Day 3 was STRANGE!  Technically my day off, I worked all day in different aspects of my business.

At 8 am, I headed to Hawthorne Coffee Roasters to talk to my friend about essential oils.  She let me make my own latte (boy was I rusty after 5 years off the bar!) with canned coconut milk.  I added a half a drop of frankincense and half a drop of lavender.  So yummy, it made me slightly euphoric.  I also ate a carrot cake larabar.  I packed an apple, but at that much later in the day.

At noon, I had a meeting at Early Head Start to talk about providing more pre and post natal care and the potential of adding doula services down the road.  I drank a bottle of water.

At 2:30 pm, we made “dinner” I used meat from a whole chicken I made in the crock pot the night before.  Using compliant adobo and sea salt I warmed up the chicken, then chopped up two red peppers and cooked them in the same seasonings.  We added arugula and sliced avocado.

I went out and did two massages, then attended a meeting with a doula client and her midwives.  I got home around 8pm and nursed my baby (4.5 hours is too long to be without a pump or a baby!!).

At 9pm, we watched the Muppets and my husband gave me more chicken, peppers and avocado.

The Difference

Now, I don’t want to get all high and mighty, because things can change in an instant.  However, I feel certain that my improved energy, decreased joint pain, and good mood can be attributed to using essential oils to support my journey.  There are some pretty specific rules about what I can and cannot say about using Essential Oils, so I won’t share why I am using my selected oils, but I will tell you which ones have been in my diffuse, apply, ingest regime.

Cedarwood

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