Most of the places we stayed at in Australia had a kitchen, which means we cooked roughly 85% of our food. On the rare occasion we wanted to eat out, Gold Coast offered a lot of great options. We ate in two cities in the Gold Coast: Bangalow and Byron Bay. The Lonely Planet lead us to both towns and promised good eats. It did not disappoint. I say that only because we followed The Lonely Planet’s suggestion in Mooloolaba and it was our least favourite culinary experience – I was too nervous and never ended up eating the food I ordered. Continue reading
Can you believe it’s been a little over a month since I completed Whole30! With much reflection, I can tell you that my relationship with food has changed, whether for the best, I am not sure. I had a feeling about two-thirds of the way in that I may experience food guilt from Whole30. Indeed there has been guilt. It is triggered by knowing that there is a ‘better’ way to fuel my body than by cereal, chocolate, cheese, pasta, and all the other Whole30 contraband I love. I’m not only eating those delicious foods, but I’ve added them back into my diet and feel guilty for doing so. Continue reading
Travelling Melbourne with a Peanut Allergy is a piece of cake, or pie, or burrito bowl! The food options are plentiful!
Let’s just say you can eat pretty well in Melbourne when you have a peanut allergy or any other allergy as a matter of fact. My eating in Melbourne was composed of two things: burrito bowls and epic lentil salads. Continue reading
Do you eat Pancakes on Pancake Tuesday?
Me + Pancakes = meh. I love the idea of pancakes, but whenever I eat them I think well that was ok or never again! Plus I always seem to have an insatiable appetite two hours after eating a plate of them. What’s up with that? Continue reading
The first time I ever tried potato pancakes, aka Kartoffelpuffer, was at the Chicago Christmas market many moons ago. My hubby and I were a few months into our courtship, and he was showing me the foods from his homeland. I fell in love at first bite. They were crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, a little salty, a little greasy, and the perfect partner for apple sauce. Love was in the air big time! Continue reading
Vegan Chocolate Oatmeal is 4 ingredients, top 8 free, sugar-free, and a sinfully healthy way to start the morning.
Who doesn’t want dessert for breakfast? Seriously! What if I told you this dessert for breakfast is sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and not to mention top 8 free! Hello! You just found your match, and it so happens to be the chocolate breakfast of chocolate breakfasts. Meet vegan chocolate oatmeal. This stuff is three things: wicked good, makes all your chocolate dreams come true, and only four ingredients (water, coconut milk, rolled oats, and cocoa). Continue reading
Whole30 Meal Plan Day 30
It’s the last day of Whole30, and the reintroduction debate continues. Yes, I’ve felt the benefits of eating clean, but nothing has been overwhelming. So, dear readers, meet my lazy and defiant side. I’m not going to follow the complete reintroduction plan. I know… bad! This doesn’t mean tomorrow I’ll be eating pizza, toasting with wine, and snacking on sundaes. I’ll take it slow but not over ten days and not the way it is in the book (It Starts with Food). Continue reading
Whole30 Meal Plan: Day 29
One more day of Whole30 to go!
I opened my fridge this morning and for the first time since starting Whole30 my fridge is empty. I think it’s a subconscious way of preparing both mental and physical space for reintroducing foods back into our diet. We began Whole30 with a big grocery shop on day 1 and will be ending it the same way on day 30. This time our grocery basket will be full of beans, bread, and cheese! Continue reading
Whole30 Meal Plan Day 28
It’s hard to see/pinpoint what changes have happened in the last 28 days because everything is starting to feel normal. The most noticeable physical difference is my wedding ring sits loosely on my finger, and my pants fit a little better. Yes, weight loss is part of Whole30. I wonder if I have lost any weight or I was just inflamed (I kinda don’t want to step on the scale). Continue reading
Whole30 Meal Plan Day 27
Wow has time gone by quickly since last Sunday! It was exactly a week ago I almost quit this Whole30 journey, and man am I glad I stuck with it. Every day brings something new, from learning more about my relationship to alcohol and coffee to hosting a Whole30 dinner party sober, and continuously finding total joy in the kitchen. Continue reading