Paleo eBook Event – Today Only


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I wanted to write a quick blog post to let everyone know that Buck Books is doing another Paleo eBook event today. For one day only, you can buy 15 Paleo ebooks for $1 to $3 each.   The last time Buck Books ran a deal like this was back in November. The process is the same. Click the link below to get to the Buck Book’s promotion page.  Scroll down and click on the book image to take you to the Amazon discounted page. To take part in the sale, you do not need to sign up for their mailing list. Link to the Paleo eBook Event …

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IIFYM Basics: Macros

IIFYM basics macros

Hi everyone. How was your weekend? The weather is finally warming up here in Chicago. I spent most of Saturday walking around Lincoln Square just to enjoy it. And then Sunday I decided to walk to the grocery store rather than drive. I’m super ready for winter to be over. Anyway, this is part two of my IIFYM series. Last time I talked about how to figure out how many calories you should eat for your goals. If you haven’t had a chance to read that yet, check out IIFYM Basics: Calories first, then come back here. Today I’m going to cover how to figure out your macronutrient breakdown. In other …

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IIFYM Basics: Calories

How many calories should I eat

Happy Monday! How was everyone’s weekend? I’ve been trying to fight off a cold. Yay…The good news is it hasn’t really hit me that hard. The bad news is it won’t go away. As promised, here is the first post about how I got started following IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros). Originally this was going to be one blog post but I realized pretty quickly that it was way too long. So for today, we’re just going to focus on the first step: calculating your daily caloric intake. Before I get started I want to mention again that I’m not a doctor, nutritionist or certified trainer. I’m only sharing …

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WIAW: From Slow Carb to IIFYM

Slow Carb to IIFYM

Happy What I Ate Wednesday! Thought I would check in to update you guys on how my eating has changed. Last time I posted a WIAW I announced that I was doing the Slow Carb Diet. At the time it made sense to eat this way. It’s similar to Paleo (gluten, dairy and soy-free) but allows legumes, which I personally can eat without any Fibro issues. Plus it advocates one free day per week where I could eat anything. For a while this was working. I felt great during the week and had a chance to indulge on Saturdays. After so many years of being gluten-free, I can typical handle …

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Quick Tip Tuesday

Drink more water

OK so this seems like such a silly post but it’s made such a difference lately that I felt I should share. We all know we’re supposed to drink more water. It’s the #1 tip on every single health and fitness website. But do we ever really follow it? Probably not. At least I didn’t. My morning would start off with a cup of coffee…or two or three. I might have some water at lunch and then switch to tea as I needed the caffeine in the afternoon. But these past couple weeks I decided to make one small change. Every morning within 20 minutes of waking up, I would …

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How to Cook Eye of Round Roast

Eye of Round

Happy Monday! Sorry there was no post last week. I kept sitting down to write one but then got distracted by life…and by life I mean watching Youtube. Anyway, to make up for my absence I thought I would share a recipe/ how-to. Quick Tip: When in the meat aisle, keep your eyes open for the “Reduced for Quick Sale” sticker. As long as you eat the meat that same or the following day, you’ll get a sweet deal. On Saturday, I saw this big piece of meat and bought it without having any clue how to cook it. Originally I assumed it would just work in the crockpot but after a …

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Quest Chips: Yay or Nay?

Quest Chips Yay or Nay

Lately I’ve become more and more interested in fitness. And in an effort to learn more, I started following quite a few weightlifters/trainers on social media. Because of that, I’ve gotten sucked into a couple popular trends within their community. Including Quest Nutrition. For those of you who aren’t following the bodybuilding world, Quest Nutrition is a supplement company that started with protein bars in 2010 and recently released protein powder and a product called “Quest Protein Chips.” Which is supposed to be their interpretation of a protein potato chip. Before I begin my review, I do want to say that I like Quest Nutrition as a company. They have a focus …

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What’s in my Gym Bag

what's in my gym bag

Just in case you haven’t been following the weather in the midwest, we got hit with a blizzard. And when I say blizzard, I mean we got dumped on. Seriously dumped on. 19.3 inches of snow. It caught a lot of us by surprise. Including me. Who mistakenly decided to drive to my lesson with my dance coach. Three hours later I realized my car wasn’t going to make it home. Thankfully some awesome guys managed to push it into a safe parking spot until the roads are plowed. Yeah…. Not sure if you can see but way in the back of the photo is a car getting stuck trying to make …

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Another Easy Pulled Pork Crockpot Recipe

Pulled Pork

I’m all about finding easy meals for dinner during the week. From the moment I wake up at 5am I’m typically moving until I get home from the gym at 7pm. Which gives me about an hour to cook and eat dinner. I made (aka threw together) this recipe last Sunday. I’ve posted pulled pork recipes before on the blog but this time I wanted to try something a little different. After looking through the internet for inspiration, I started noticing a lot of pulled pork recipes called for brown sugar. No wonder they taste so good. I try really hard to come up with meal ideas for the blog that …

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Awesome Gifts to Buy Yourself

Cool Gifts

I actually started writing this post before Christmas. But then I realized that Jake’s brother reads my blog. And if I blogged about what we bought him for Christmas, the surprise would be ruined. So now that the holidays are over, instead of an “Awesome Gifts to Buy Your Foodie/Fitness Friends” blog post, this post will be a list of “Awesome Gifts to Buy Yourself.” OXO Good Grips Utility Cutting Board – $8 to $25 Let’s start off with a gift Jake and I bought his mom this past Christmas. We are obsessed with this brand and are slowly replacing most of our kitchen tools with the OXO version. We …

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