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21 Mar, 2018

Whole 30: Day 21 update

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

I am weary today, but I blame the pre-dawn wakeups I’ve had these last two days. First, I was up early yesterday to bring the youngest to take her G1. (Yes, really!) Surprisingly, there aren’t that many places in Ottawa to do a driver’s test. I wanted to beat the crowd so we motored out […]

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13 Mar, 2018

Whole 30: Day 12 update

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

I should begin by saying that I haven’t fallen off the wagon or cheated. I’m still here; still going. (!) We’re almost at the halfway mark! A lot has been written about sugar lately, and how it affects our brains and waistlines. I know for a fact that when I eat sugar I crave more […]

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09 Mar, 2018

Whole 30: Day 9 update

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

So that weird woozy/tired feeling I had is gone. I have been feeling pretty good these past couple of days! I found myself running up the stairs and punching the air on my way to the shower this morning a la Rocky. WHO IS THIS PERSON? I don’t think it’s too early to say that one of […]

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06 Mar, 2018

Whole 30: Day 5-6 update

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

Here’s an image: me, trying to write while the youngest daughter makes herself a giant bowl of buttered popcorn and then sits down next to me. Sigh. Strangely, corn in any form is not allowed on Whole 30. I thought popcorn was a healthy grain! I’m bummed about not being able to eat it for […]

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So far, so good. The only bump in the road was my mother-in-law’s baking. Let the record show that I did not sample any of this freshly-baked temptation: Going into this I thought one of the hardest things about doing a Whole 30 would be giving up my breakfast routine. I love my breakfast routine […]


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