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I went to go see “Fed Up” with the milk smuggler today. Definitely a must see for all Americans. We need to band together to fight this horrible, sugar induced epidemic we are facing.

Last night was a late night, so this post is going to be quick before Day 8 gets rolling!

Yesterday felt great! Energy felt normal to better than normal, and I think that was thanks to the decent night of sleep. Although, it was interesting having nightmares about cheating on Whole30 and having to start over again! Haha! The only downside to Day 7 was that the detox breakout began.

If you have ever heard of Face Mapping or believe in such things, my break out has been in the hormonal fluctuation section. I feel like on the one hand my skin is looking better since I haven’t been having any sugar, but the lack of soy, and probably some other additives I didn’t even realize were effecting my hormones, I’m sure is what is making my hormones start to even out somehow. I’ve even notice my sex drive has been revving up, too.

I had training all day yesterday for my new position at work, so my quest to consume less sugar didn’t quite work out. The tables we were sitting at were filled with snacks and fruit. I had baby carrots in my bag, but I also ate a bunch of fruit throughout the meeting, along with some SeaSnax (they are strangely addictive!) and a bunch of coffee.

For lunch I had to maneuver through the Naked Lunch counter at MOMs Organic Market in Rockville, MD. I could eat any of the items on the menu because they were all vegan and containing some type of grain and legume, but I designed my own sweet potato. It was one of the most delicious sweet potatoes of my life!!!

Baked sweet potato with raw red onions, avocado, bell pepper, tomatoes, and Mojito Pesto dressing. Yum!

Baked sweet potato with raw red onions, avocado, bell pepper, tomatoes, and Mojito Pesto dressing. Yum!

The hardest part about putting this together at the lunch counter was reading through all of the different dressings and figuring out what type of sauce I could go with. The Mojito Pesto was just perfect!

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After training I came home and made sure I got some more veggie intake for the day. I picked up some Rainbow Chard and cooked it in ghee with garlic, salt, and pepper (my go to seasonings). I made a big batch so I could have some left for Day 8 leftovers.

Rainbow Chard, the most stunning of all the leafy greens!

Rainbow Chard, the most stunning of all the leafy greens!

So my pre yoga snack was some chard, nut butter, and a giant glass of water.

Pre-Yoga snack!

Pre-Yoga snack!

My post-yoga snack was a bison burger cooked in coconut oil with a grainy dijon mustard and then I snack on kumquats, grapes, and pistachios later in the evening hanging out with friends.

I was actually tired last night when I went to bed, and I slept. Like a rock. I think I may finally be catching up on some zzzzzz’s. Yay!

I love Christmas and all of the holidays that come this time of year, but lately I find myself dreading the festivities that come with them.

I was a firm believer in Santa for many years, and have since come to conclusion that Santa is more of an omnipresent being and we are the elves. Part of the fun in believing in Santa is leaving out the milk and cookies (the other part is finding the cookies only half eaten in the morning and stuffing them in your face before mom and dad come down to the tree), but now that I am becoming older and wiser, I am becoming more and more terrified of cookies and the deserts that come with the holiday territory. It’s not that I think that all sweets should be avoided like the plague, in fact they should be enjoyed like everything else– in moderation. My problem, however, is that I am addicted to processed sugar and flour– two of the worst “foods” on the planet.

I’m really good at not having sugar and processed flours in my cupboards and I’m an awful baker, so I rarely find cookies in front of me, but with the holidays being here, there are cookies EVERYWHERE! I know that white flour and white sugar are bad for me, but when someone tells me they’re made with love, I just have to have one! And then one turns into 5… I have a problem. I’m ready to admit it, but how can I enjoy the holiday parties, family gatherings, and even gifts that are laden with sugary goodness when all I can do is fight my cravings like a 2 pack-a-day smoker gone cold turkey?

Well, first of all, steer clear of the desert table! If you can’t see it, you’ll be less likely to eat it! But if you do find yourself at the desert table, try to go for the least processed desert you can find! Homemade deserts (not out of a box) are probably your best bet. You can almost guarantee that store-bought deserts will have nasty trans fats and partially hydrogenated rancid oils (Yuck!). If cookies are your only option, try to go for the gingerbread cookie. Holiday spices have a lot of health benefits. Ginger is a great tummy soother and has anti-inflammatory properties. Nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, and other spices are beneficial, too! (For a full holiday spice report check out Dr. Mercola). Finally, go for a desert that has a lot of fats. If there is cheese cake or anything you can spread a nice slab of butter on, go for it! The fat will help to slow the insulin spike and keep you satiated longer and hopefully away from eating another desert.

I hope that some of these tips may have inspired you to stay away from the cookies and make better decisions in the face of tantalizing holiday spreads. I’m already feeling less helpless already myself!