HAPPY NEW YEAR, Y'ALL! I am starting 2019 very similarly to how I started 2018...with my church's 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting. Like last year, I am using the Whole30 diet as my fast (I will finish my 30 days even after the prayer program wraps up) and also cutting out secular music, television shows and movies for the 21 days. During this time, I also attend 6 AM prayer services during the week and really just try o start the year strong by putting Christ and His voice and plans front and center. It's not easy. It's not "normal". It's not convenient. Sleepiness, chocolate cravings and mimosa brunch FOMO are all super real. But, y'all, it's so good. It's so so good. I am working on a post about my "resolutions" and focuses for this year, but I'll tell you now...total health is a top priority.
I openly admit that I have been making the most incredibly delicious meals lately and doing an absolute horrid job of sharing the recipes. For anyone who's new to this space, I fell in love with trying new recipes last July when I did my first round of Whole30. Since then, I've built my cookbook collection, followed a ton of paleo recipe Instagram accounts and really invested a few hours of each weekend into experimenting with different dishes when I'm in town. My signature thing is to share bits and pieces on my Instagram story, and I want to make sure I'm crediting the chefs and putting their links up here so you can all try their yummy creations.
I've said this before, and I'll say it again. The mission with every bit of content that's published here is to help you, inspire you and push you toward living your best life. Recently, I decided to spend some extra time on sharing more health and wellness content. Part of that is sharing recipes with you that I've tried and can honestly say are yummy, easy and healthy. The three I am sharing this week are all Whole30 compliant- so no grain, alcohol, added sugar, dairy or legumes.
It's a brand new week and the perfect time to get in the habit of hitting the gym, with summer right around the corner. Our brand new fitness coach, Danijayy, will be putting together a weekly workout for you to work on as many times as you can throughout the week. With this being the first one, the focus on toning and consistency. Do your best, and push yourself to get through it a little faster each time you do it this week. My goal is to go through this 3-4 times this week. There is built in rest, AND it doesn't require any equipment. YOU GOT THIS!
When I started blogging six years ago (holy moly, can't believe it's been that long), my underlying goal with every post was to empower and encourage my fellow woman to live her best life. Whether it be through humor, venting about boys or tough talks about tough friendships- the mission has always been the same. While this space of mine has been heavily focused on day-to-day advice, style and encouragement- I've been really working to expand the conversation to other areas of health. Having a good attitude and the right mindset play a big role in loving yourself and digging your life, but spiritual, mental and physical health also crucial.
One of the first questions I get asked when talking to someone about meal prep or doing a round of Whole30 is about how hard is it to go 30 days without getting to eat any of the "good stuff"? The second question is usually about how much work goes into making sure you've got compliant food to eat throughout a busy week.
Now, I'm always honest. It's important to commit time to getting your food ready, especially if you're like me and work weird hours. I usually spend a few hours on Sunday afternoon cooking. Honestly, I've really grown to love it. Grocery shopping and chopping and mixing spices has become a sort of therapy for me. I dig it. A lot.
As far as the other thing goes, I always shut that down.