10 Salty & Sweet Snacks on the Whole30

Guys!  I just had a great lunch and was really craving something sweet!  In the past I would just have a cookie or a potato chip snack in my office, but now that I am on the Whole30 I need to be prepped with better choices to make sure I remain compliant and stick to the plan of doing my best.

I wanted to share 10 different healthy choices that I have used as a snack and you can too.  If you are looking to do a sugar free diet too, this should help guide you on your way!

1. Organic Blueberries

I love blueberries especially when they are super sweet!  Typically if I am not in a rush I will try one blueberry out of the plastic canister first to make sure it is OK.  If it is nice and sweet I will take them.  Some people like the bitterness of them so that is fine too.  Whatever floats your boat!  They are good to have on hand as you go about your day!

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2. Coffee with Coconut Milk, Cinnamon and Nutmeg

OMG, in the middle of the day I am always super tired!  I love to freshen up with a nice cup of coffee.  This gives me a boost as I get into the end of the day as I finish up the rest of my work.  I also add in the full fat coconut milk, as it is a great substitute for a sugary creamer as the sugar and dairy really help you pack on the pounds!  To give this a little kick, I add organic cinnamon and nutmeg to it as well.  I also heard the Nut Pods brand and the Bulletproof coffee brands are really awesome too!

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3. Organic Apple Sauce

As long as there are organic apples without any added sugar you should be good!  Just check the packaging and nutrition label before you buy as you could end up with something not compliant which would stink.  You can make a homemade version yourself too if you have time on your hands which is awesome but time consuming.  I find it more convenient to grab this right off the shelf and eat it when I can!

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4. RXBar without added sugar

These bars are excellent and many of my friends are really into them as a snack or as a breakfast as a whole.  There are wholesome ingredients that are mostly Whole30 friendly but make sure you check the labels before you leap.  They pride themselves on no B.S., meaning no BAD STUFF! 🙂  Super cheeky and trendy.

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5. Pistachio Nuts with Sea Salt

I love these nuts!  These always remind me of Christmas time as my mom used to get all of us these fancy Zenobia pistachio nuts that we would always eat way too many of and get a stomach ache!  LOL!  Just be sure they are organic and made with sea salt!

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6. Grapes

Goodness gracious great balls of grapes!  I carry a sack of these at a time as they are filling when you eat a lot and are a good substitute for a sugar snack.  You can use green or red grapes as long as they are organic you are all set.

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7. Larabars 

Compliant ones only folks!  Make sure you check the label ahead of time, but if you are confused at which one to choose, check out my article here for guidance.

8. Bananas

Again check to be sure they are organic, these are fine to eat once in a while as you stay compliant on the Whole30 diet.

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8. Blackberries

I used to steal these from my neighbors bushes on Long Island as a kid and it was amazing!  I think they must have seen us there but never gave us a hard time.  It was a free snack! LOL!

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9. Flavored Seltzer, La Croix, Canada Dry, etc.

As long as there is no added sugar here, you should be just fine.  I like to cut a lemon and squeeze it in there too to make it extra delicious!

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10.  Sliced Watermelon & Raspberries

Surprisingly this is a delicious mix, add a squeeze of lemon too and you’ll be in heaven!

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Fried Bratwurst, Eggs with Potato Brussel Sprout Hash Whole30 Lunch

Sounds delicious, right? You bet your damn britches it is! Just made this bad boy for lunch and what a joy. It was actually enough for my next meal too, to those who are doing the Whole30 diet.

For those that are looking to get on the Whole30 diet, I would definitely recommend going to Whole30.com where you can see the rules and regulations to make it a success. Meal planning and food prep is a big part of the plan so make sure you have done a good week or so worth of food shopping to make it happen.

Here are some shots of my ingredients for lunch below:

 

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To start, defrost the Bratwurst Chicken Sausages under the faucet if frozen and you are hungry.  If you have some time and are ready to wait around for an hour or so to defrost be my guest.  In a pan on the oven, if you have bacon fat lying around light that up and throw in the eggs and defrosted Bratwurst links.  I then added chopped potatoes and the brussel sprouts whole.  Post cooking you can chop everything up into a hash mix or just eat as is.  Plated version below along with the pan version so you can follow along.

Not sure about you, but I love how the eggs crisp at the bottom!  It is so yummy!  I then sprinkled everything with a little bit of Himalayan salt and the end to give it a little more of a flavor kick.  Great part about this meal is that I made enough to last me through tonight!

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Happy eating!

What to do on your First Day at Work

Congratulations!  You got the job!  Amazing stuff.

Your interviews were a hit and you were offered the job based on your skill and merit. Every job you have had before has prepped you for this day.  Also every manager and overall personality type you have encountered until now has prepped you for this as well!  You just don’t know it yet.  Although they say our public schools are failing us, one thing our schools do do without us even being aware of it then is have us interact and grow with people similar and different from us. These characteristics in high school teach us how to interact with different personality types and how to manage that interaction.

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When we enter the work world it can be really scary to walk into a new office and not be aware of the personality types, where people are mentally in their jobs, whether or not they are happy with their current manager or employment situation. Either way don’t fret, this is a good basic list of things you can do on your first day on the job even if you are scared.  This list will help you be prepared, confident and ready to take on the new challenges the job may bring your way.

1. Look the part and project high energy!

Dress for success.  This is your first day and it can have a long lasting image on you for your time at the job.  Some experts say that the first day can make or break relationships, so you want to be dressed professionally.  Even if you already got the job, some say this is an extension of the interviewing process.  You should either be in a suit or professional business casual wear, with an enthusiastic attitude to match.

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If you are a woman, don’t overdo the makeup, if you are a man, make sure you are cleanly shaven with a semi fresh new haircut.  You want to look polished even though you may be nervous.  I would also be sure to eat breakfast or keep a power bar in your pocket as I find I am more nervous when I am not well fed.

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2. Do your research.

Make sure you know the basics of what the company does before you walk in.  Also try to memorize some of the management and who reports to who on LinkedIn before you go, so you have some common things to discuss.  Maybe you worked at the same company before, maybe you went to the same college, maybe you lived in a certain area at a time.  No need to go overboard, but get a basic knowledge about the company ahead of time.

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Also what questions will you have about your job ahead of time?  For example, I am walking into a tech sales job so I know as a salesperson it is good to know a few things, for example, how many ad demand partners do you have at the moment, what differentiates us from our competitors (I know some, but good to get the teams perspective as well), what publishers are currently working with us and what makes them special? All these I will have prepped with me, so that in the introductory meeting we can review together and it looks like I came prepared and ready to work.  But not in an over aggressive way.  Although you are probably ready to hit the ground running, I would say the first day is almost like a cocktail hour.  You want to introduce yourself and get to know each person even if a little but.  Few minutes tops so they can continue with their work day.

3.  Relax, smile and be ready to listen.

This is the hardest part in my book.  I find that when I am nervous I just internalize a lot of the nervousness and become shy.  Now is the time to ask questions and be friendly, but don’t look too overly driven as nobody likes an over achiever (even if you are).  I would make sure you are smiling in a good approachable mood, positive and ready to take action if someone asks for you to do something.

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It is important to catch the tone and mood of the group socially, so you can understand who is who in the company.  It will take some time to get an idea of who is who in the company, but you will have the next months to figure this out.  I would take notes as the HR manager reviews the company and it’s bearings.  Be attentive, put your phone away and give the respect due to he or she as she reviews the company.

4.  Be ready to pitch yourself, your experience and how you got here in a minute or less.

Now is the time to introduce yourself to your peers.  This is a crucial time for you to give an impression that could last even after you decide to leave this job for another. Be prepared to share your previous work experience, while staying high energy and positive.  Be confident, but not overly confident where you come off like a cocky jerk.  You want your peers also in that same meeting to understand your qualifications and career highlights before you came to your new job, and how you are set up for success to do really well here to grow the business.  Keep your communication clear, friendly, high energy and positive.

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5.  Hide your phone, turn in on silent, check your posture and be yourself.

You deserve this job, and your previous interviewers know the same.  Keep attentive, so good to ditch your phone and leave it on silent in your bag.  If you have to check it, use the restroom.  Make sure it is set on vibration or silent mode which is even better.  You do not want to disturb the company by taking calls on your first day.  Also check your posture.  Standing up straight is a sign of confidence, and others will grab a great professional image of you.

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Overall, congrats on your first day of work!  You worked hard to get here, and now is your chance to shine!  Be respectful, be attentive, be clear communicatively, and kick ass!   Respect!

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Whole30 Bacon Wrapped Asparagus – OMG so good

I finally decided to start my second round of Whole30 this week! It took me a while to get into it again as I have had a busy month preparing to switch jobs. Good news is that I will be joining a new company at the end of the month! Excited for a new start in the new year, and ready to kill it!

In the meantime, I needed to do a big Whole Foods trip this morning to have me prepared for meals as I get hungry or thirsty. Many of you that know about the Whole30 know that success is achievable when you are prepared, and shopping for the week is really key in staying motivated and ready for your next meal.

Right now I am drinking two lemons cut up in a La Croix Grapefruit can as shown below:

And I just made this fabulous dish of bacon wrapped asparagus that was amazeballs! Normally I don’t like to eat asparagus as you know, your pee smells afterwards. It is gross. Y’all know what I am talking about! Either way I was craving some bacon which is like the cake of the Whole30 diet in my humble opinion. I bought a bunch of asparagus and uncured sugar free bacon this morning, see below:

This Wellshire Sugar Free Bacon packaging is genius as so many people are test driving the Whole30 diet now and thebsugar free aspect is right in the title. So easy for a consumer to know it is without sugar! So many other items in the supermarket has hidden sugar or cane juice in it and you would never know. This diet makes you check labels which is good to know what you body is taking in. For me, this diet has helped me realize the negative effects of sugar and wheat. My sister actually was diagnosed with Celiac’s disease growing up, which is gluten and wheat related from what I remember, and I have a feeling I may have it as well in a less prominent way. Either way I gained around 5 pounds a month after I stopped the Whole30 first round, abbreviated as R1D30 for the cool kids.

Good news is I am starting again to get to my goal weight of 155. I am 165 now. Ideally I would like to be a 135 lb super model bit guess it is not in the cards. 😂😃😎

Below is some shots of my asparagus that I wrapped in bacon and baked in the oven at 300 degrees fahrenheit for 20 minutes and then 500 degrees fahrenheit for 10 minutes at the end. As you see it came out looking pretty fancy:

I literally broke the asparagus and separated it in bundles. I cut each piece of bacon in half and then wrapped them together, placing them in a pan with a little bot of water on the bottom and olive oil on top. I think sprinkled Himalayan salt, black pepper, and garlic powder on each bundle and threw in the oven. This would be great as a side to a main fish, steak or chicken dish if you are having a dinner party. If you are having a cocktail party, best to cut the asparagus and bacon in half so your guests can just pick them up off the plate.

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I would also make sure you plate it nicely for presentation to really wow your guests!

Off to do some house chores like cleaning Nutella off the carpet (yeppers momming is real) but wanted to share! Hope you like it and have a great night!

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2018 Super Bowl 52 – Fun Facts

With the Lombardi trophy up for grabs for tomorrow’s Super Bowl LII, or 52 for those who forgot the fancy roman numerals, the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles will fight for the title tomorrow at 3:30pm PST // 6:30pm PST on NBC, which is channel 4 in NY and CA.

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None other than the triple threat, Justin Timberlake himself, is leading the Half Time Show. Also Kelly Clarkson will perform during the Pre Game Show.  It will be played in the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN, and the current temperature is 14 degrees fahrenheit and cloudy.  Tomorrow is supposed to be 6 degree fahrenheit and sunny, which can be blinding the the players but they should be somewhat used to these cold conditions.  It could go down to 3 below zero during the day too, hopefully the players are bundled up and warmed up before they get on the field.  No snow or precipitation in general is in the books which is good, but still cold.

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Turns out the Eagles and the Patriots have faced off in the Super Bowl before, where the Patriots won.  Pay back time for the Eagles tomorrow!  All together the Patriots have won five championships, but have been in it 10 times, losing five times. 8 of these appearances happened while Bill Belichick was the coach.  Seems he along with his star quarterback Tom Brady, will try to defeat the Eagles with flying colors.  The head coach for the Eagles is Doug Pederson, and their star quarterback is Carson Wentz is out with a torn ACL, so Nick Foles will be the second up to star and defeat the Patriots if he is focused and determined to win.

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Turns out the football team with the most Super Bowl wins is the Pittsburgh Steelers.  After is the New England Patriots, the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers.  Tom Brady has been in the Super Bowl as quarter back 6 times, followed by Jon Elway.  Tom Brady also has the most SuperBowl rings.  He is also married to the famous super model Gisele, and they live in NYC together and seem super happy together, sorry ladies!

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Have a great time watching the game and let me know if you are eating and drinking anything fun!  I think we may end up ordering wings and pizza from Papa John’s, because Mama don’t want to cook! 🙂

Peace out y’all!

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