1.09.2017

whole30 week one

January Whole30 week one was a little challenging. I think my body was in shock! I wasn't eating the best food towards the end of 2016, and my body was adjusting. Around day three I got a little sleepy, I didn't have much energy, and I was craving sweets. Drinking more water helped with my cravings. My meals for the week were really basic, and simple. I like it that way. Some of my breakfast meals, ended up on repeat for dinner. It just works well for me. 

Sweet potato hash, prosciutto egg cups, zoodles, and brussels sprouts are my favorite. I even treated myself to Chipotle for dinner Friday night! The only meat Whole30 approved are the pork carnitas. I am also in love with butternut squash with a fried egg! It was so good! 











Hello, week two!!

Steph 

1.06.2017

prosciutto egg cups // whole30

Good morning, and happy Friday!! I wanted to re-share my prosciutto egg cups. You have to make them - they are a lifesaver when you are doing a Whole30. They take less than 20 minutes to make, and are so yummy. The best part is minimal dishes, and easy clean up!
  • muffin tin
  • prosciutto
  • eggs
  • salt + pepper   
  • avocado oil // extra virgin olive oil 
  1. preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. grease muffin cups with extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil
  3. line the muffin cups with prosciutto
  4. crack in egg in each lined prosciutto cup
  5. season with salt + pepper
  6. bake for 15 minutes, or until your egg is cooked to your desire
  7. enjoy!


Quick and easy!!

xo, Steph 

1.04.2017

whole 30 // wegman's

Here's my first Whole30 approved grocery haul for 2017!! I get a lot of questions, on budgeting when doing a Whole30, so I wanted to break down how I shop and prep for a Whole30.



I keep my meals simple, and easy. I feel like if I am trying to make too much food at once, it will go to waste. This grocery haul was $75 - and will last all week for me. Roasting veggies is a great way to keep your grocery bill down. You can roast sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and potatoes - and eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Fried eggs with oven roasted brussels sprouts, and crispy potatoes are great for breakfast. Baked chicken breast, with oven roasted brussels sprouts, and a half a sweet potato is a great and filling lunch. I use the ground turkey to make taco salads - this is great for dinner. Soft boiled, fried, scrambled, and poached eggs are great for all meals! Honestly, I never get sick of eating eggs, and I love a soft boiled egg with roasted veggies.

Here's what I stocked up on: 

  • eggs
  • spinach
  • tomatoes
  • chicken breast
  • ground turkey 
  • apples 
  • brussels sprouts 
  • kale
  • red potatoes
  • sweet potatoes 
  • celery 
  • bananas 
  • butternut squash 
  • asparagus 
  • avocado 
  • Epic Bar's
When snacking on a Whole30, I love eating apples or bananas with almond butter. Trader Joe's almond butter is my favorite, and it's not super expensive. I always keep protein bars with me, and really like Epic Bar's. Also, read your labels. I get a lot of questions too about which kombucha is Whole30 approved, and the only brand that I have found is GT's. Make sure there is no ADDED sugar in the ingredients! 

Simple, and easy! 

Steph 





1.01.2017

hello, 2017

Anyone else excited for 2017, and relieved 2016 is over? I don't want to sound negative, but 2016 was a little crazy. Work was super busy, I lost focus on eating healthy and working out, and I didn't make much time for myself. I don't really don't want to set resolutions for 2017, but I want to be more mindful, and make myself a priority. There were awesome things in 2016 - my family is healthy, I got promoted at work, went on a bunch of fun hikes, and learned a lot about myself.




2017 will be more 

  • adventures 
  • real food
  • self care
  • yoga
  • gardening 
  • hiking
  • living outside my comfort zone
Time to live it up!! 

xo, steph 

12.31.2016

that paleo life

If you are thinking about trying the Paleo life, or you want to get back into eating a Paleo lifestyle, I really recommend Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo. This book is the first edition, but it is AMAZING! She recently released Practical Paleo, Second Edition, and it's on my list to buy.

Practical Paleo is pretty much the Paleo bible of books. She talks about the health benefits of living a Paleo lifestyle, the health benefits of avoiding processed foods, and so many healthy easy Paleo recipes.


This book is my go-to for all my Paleo needs, and questions. If you are new to eating the Paleo lifestyle you really need to add this to your book collection. One of my intentions for 2017 is to go back to eating a mostly Paleo lifestyle. I really miss how I felt eating a strict Paleo lifestyle. I had so much energy, I felt great, my skin and hair grew fast, I didn't breakout, and I was less stressed. Seriously. 

January 1st, 2017 I am starting my ninth Whole30. I want to start off 2017 detoxing from 2016 all the right healthy ways - that I know work for me. Whole30 isn't just weight loss for me, but getting back into a healthy relationship with food. 2016 was one busy crazy year, and I am ready to make 2017 my fittest year.  

bye, 2016!

xo, steph 




12.28.2016

all about that yolk

If you haven't tried avocado toast with a runny fried egg, you're missing out. Seriously. It's probably one of my favorite breakfast meals - next to bacon and eggs. 

I really love Vital Farms pasture raised eggs. They are my go-to egg brand. Their hens are treated humane, and they don't use any chemicals on their farms. You can really see the difference in the color of a pasture raised yolk, than a regular egg yolk. Pasture raised yolks are more orange, and a regular egg is a light yellow. You can even taste the difference in eggs - happy hens lay healthier eggs!! 



Canyon Bakehouse is also my go-to for my gluten free bread. They offer dairy, nut, and soy free products made without GMOs. 

Toast, mashed avocado, runny fried egg, topped with crushed red pepper flakes = AMAZING. 

xo, steph


12.21.2016

yoga essentials // on and off the mat

If you are looking to start practicing yoga, or you are trying to get back on the mat, I wanted to share some awesome yoga essentials. These goodies are great to have at home, or to take to your yoga class. I really recommend a good yoga mat, and a yoga towel for those sweaty hot yoga classes. If you are looking to work on your back bends, and balance - a yoga wheel is a must!

These yoga essentials are also fun, and motivating! I really recommend a Himalayan Salt Lamp. It helps purify the air, helps with sleep, and creates a calm energy. If you are big into essential oils, I really recommend a diffuser. Diffusers help with aromatherapy, and makes your home smell amazing!

images: gaiam/vagabond goods/legendary collections 21/saje || photo collage by: love living whole


  1. Love this Venice Palm Yoga Mat from Vagabond Goods 
  2. Detox your home with Glow Hand Carved Natural Crystal Himalayan Salt Lamp from Legendary Collections 21
  3. Meditate with Aromagem 2.0 Gold Ultrasonic Diffuser from Saje 
  4. The perfect yoga towel for that hot yoga class Sayulite Microfiber Towel from Vagabond Goods 
  5. Finding balance with this Yoga Wheel
These would be perfect gifts for your favorite yogi! 


xo, steph