#WIAW Whole30 Days 21-25 {Is This REALLY Almost Over?}

**Just like last week, I’m combining a Whole30 update and linking up with Jenn for What I Ate Wednesday {WIAW}**

Alright folks! Today is DAY 27 in my Whole30…I cannot believe that this small chapter in my road to wellness ends on Saturday.

They suggest to introduce food groups back one at a time to see if your body reacts negatively to them. I won’t be introducing back gluten or dairy, so the only other obvious choice for me is WINE. I’m pretty sure that IS a food group on its own. I’m not going to go crazy, but we plan on going to 2 of our favorite wineries on Sunday, so I will savor the few sips I take.

Here are my meals for the past few days-

Day 21 {April 16 – Thursday}
FEELINGS: Felt really fat & bloated today. Think I’m eating too much healthy fat.
M1: Roasted SP w/ veggies & sausage topped with 2 eggs. & 6 strawberries
M2: Pulled Pork on a bed of lettuce with tomatoes and avocado
M3: Coconut Mustard Chicken w/ green beans and tiny sweet potato.

Day 22 {April 17 – Friday}
FEELINGS: Cannot believe it’s day 22! Felt tired & cranky today.
M1: Roasted SP w/ veggies & sausage topped with 2 eggs. 6 strawberries & ⅛ avocado on side.
M2: Leftover roasted Chicken w/ green beans and tiny sweet potato.
M3: Taco Salad

Day 23 {April 18 – Saturday}
FEELINGS: Started my period. No wonder I’ve been feeling so blah this week!
M1: Green beans, onions and mushrooms topped with 2 eggs, ⅛ avocado and 4 strawberries. {LATE breakfast}
M2: 2 dates with almond butter. Not the best choice, but was craving SWEETS!
M3: Taco Salad

Day 24 {April 19 – Sunday}
FEELINGS: Slept like a rock. Had a productive day before going to see Sound Of Music
M1: 2 eggs, bacon, sauteed greens and 6 strawberries
M2: 1 hardboiled egg, ½ sweet potato and ½ sausage
M3: Coconut mustard chicken with ½ sweet potato and broccoli
Snack:Larabar at the movies

Day 25 {April 20 – Monday}
FEELINGS: STRESSED! Had to deal with ID theft in the morning…late to work
M1: 2 eggs, ½ sweet potato, 2 slices bacon and 6 strawberries

M2: Coconut mustard chicken with ½ sweet potato and broccoli

M3: Mahi Mahi with sweet potato and roasted asparagus

Let’s Chat
What food/drink would you reintroduce first?
Best thing you ate this week?
Organically Mo

Rock Your Core April Ab Challenge {Week 4}

Happy Monday, my beautiful friends! Did everyone have a fabulous weekend? I did!

I am so stoked for this week of the Rock Your Core Challenge! We have some super fun ab moves that you will be feeling the next day…in the best way, of course. 😉

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Havn’t joined us yet? Well, stop what you’re doing and save this calendar to your phone or computer…it’s NEVER too late to join in!

In case you are new to the challenge or simply need a refresher on how this works, here ya go:

  • The challenge runs from April 1 – April 30
  • Monday – Thursday we want you to #RockYourCore by doing the move of the day and sharing your pictures & videos on social media using #RockYourCore {and tagging the bloggers hosting this fun challenge}

Rock Your Core Challenge Calendar

  • Come back to one of our blog posts to add your entry to the Rafflecopter widget {the one for this week is at the end of the post}. You can enter daily & we have a new winner every week thanks to our amazing sponsors {US residents 18+ only}!

Rock Your Core Sponsors

A HUGE thank you to all our sponsors who are making sure we can give out prizes to those of you participating!

  • BONUS ENTRY: Every Friday, one of our lovely bloggers will be posting a Rock Your Core tummy-friendly recipe. Share the recipe or show us your healthy eats with #RockYourCore to earn an extra entry each week!

Did you all see Jill’s strawberry snack recipe? If your stomach can handle oatmeal, MAKE THIS! It sounds absolutely refreshing!

Some helpful hints:

  • Save the calendar graphic on your smart phone…this way you have easy access to the daily ab move!
  • Connect with other awesome people by searching for #RockYourCore on Twitter and Instagram.
  • Even better, share this post with all your friends and get them involved as well!

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We are so lucky to have Nicole making these videos to show us all the weekly moves!

Don’t forget to come back after posting your pics/video on social media and enter the giveaway below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Also, make sure to stop by and visit the super cool team of bloggers that are working together to help this happen!

Let’s Chat
What ab move are you looking forward to this week?
Organically Mo

Whole30 Days 11-20 {The New Normal}

It’s been 9 days since I updated you on my Whole30 journey. I never meant to go so long, but some great things have been going on in my life {I’ll update you next week} and I’ve been focusing on enjoying the good vibes.

Overall, I am still LOVING the Whole30. I like challenging myself to eat real food and not rely on food when my emotions are all over the place.

But let me tell you, days 11-14 of the Whole30 were the hardest for me.  I have been so successful with this that by those days I kept thinking “Mo, you know you could do 30 days if you wanted to, but do you really need to? You’re rocking this. What do you need to prove?” The answers – Yes, I do. And I need to prove that I can finish any challenge I give myself.

Once day 15 hit, I was feeling much better. Knowing I was halfway through made it easier to deal with. I definitely feel like this is the new normal for me.

Moving on to my meals!

Day 11 {April 6 – Monday}
FEELINGS: Finally slept well. I think going to bed after 11 for a few nights was NOT helping. Made an effort to be in bed by 10 last night and woke up, naturally, by 7am.
M1: 2 eggs, 1 chicken apple sausage, 6 strawberries
M2: None. At movies & shopping with Mama
M3: Tri-tip, green beans with mushrooms and onions & sweet potato
Snack: 2 teaspoons of almond butter when I came home from shopping.

Day 12 {April 7 – Tuesday}
FEELINGS: Rainy, lazy day. Needed a day to work at a relaxed pace.
M1: Sautéed up some onions with mushrooms, spinach & chicken Apple sausage. Added 3 eggs to cook with it and topped the finish product with half an avocado {Late at 10:30}
M2: Small bowl of carrot/potato soup
M3: BIG bowl of carrot/potato soup

Day 13 {April 8 – Wednesday}
FEELINGS: Went to bed earlier last night and woke up naturally a little after 6. Lounged in bed until 6:30. Felt energized all day. Also made Paleo Mayo for the 1st time in YEARS!
M1: 3 eggs scrambled with mushrooms and spinach. 2 slices bacon and 6 strawberries.
M2: Pulled pork lettuce wraps.
M3: Small bowl of carrot/potato soup & a chicken breast

Day 14 {April 9 – Thursday}
FEELINGS: Got a great night of sleep. Went to yoga tonight and felt so relaxed after
M1: 3 eggs scrambled with mushrooms and spinach. 2 slices bacon and 6 strawberries.
M2: Small bowl of carrot/potato soup & a chicken breast
M3: Coconut Mustard Chicken w/ sweet potato & broccoli

Day 15 {April 10 – Friday}
FEELINGS: Woke up 30 minutes before alarm again. Had good energy all day, but was tired by 9:30
M1: Roasted SP w/ veggies topped with 2 eggs. 6 strawberries & a slice of bacon
M2: Wild Planet tuna mixed with homemade mayo, onions, carrots & celery
M3: Coconut Mustard Chicken w/ sweet potato & broccoli

Day 16 {April 11 – Saturday}
FEELINGS: Woke at 4am, felt okay, but thought it was too early to wake up on a Saturday. Fell back asleep by 5 and slept until 7:30. Needed to get out of the house, so I went window shopping!
M1: Roasted SP w/ veggies topped with 2 eggs. 6 strawberries & a slice of bacon
M2: Larabar {lame..should have made lunch}
M3: Coconut Mustard Chicken w/ sweet potato & roasted asparagus

Day 17 {April 12 – Sunday}
FEELINGS: Woke up by 4:45…got out of bed by 5:20. Still had lots of energy all day. Cooked up a ton of meat for the next 2 weeks.
M1: Roasted SP w/ veggies topped with 2 eggs. 6 strawberries & 2 slices of bacon
M2: 6 strawberries, 2 boiled eggs and 4 slices prosciutto
M3: Roasted Chicken breast, small sweet potato and green beans

Day 18 {April 13 – Monday}
FEELINGS: 1st day back from Spring Break. Kind of hungry a few hours after breakfast. May need to cook up more sp, veggie & sausage mixture for breakfast tomorrow.
M1: Roasted SP w/ veggies & sausage topped with 2 eggs. 6 strawberries &¼ of an avocado
M2: Roasted Chicken breast, small sweet potato and green beans
M3: Taco Salad

Day 19 {April 14 – Tuesday}
FEELINGS: Another day of feeling a bit hangry.
M1: Roasted SP w/ veggies & sausage topped with 2 eggs. 6 strawberries &¼ of an avocado
M2: Taco Salad
M3: Coconut Mustard Chicken Tenders w/ sweet potato & green beans
Snack: 1 hardboiled egg, 3 strawberries and 2 slices prosciutto before yoga

Day 20 {April 15 – Wednesday}
FEELINGS: Slept REALLY well last night.
M1: Roasted SP w/ veggies & sausage topped with 2 eggs. & 6 strawberries {forgot avocado}
M2: Coconut Mustard Chicken Tenders w/ sweet potato & green beans
M3: Pulled Pork on a bed of lettuce with tomatoes and avocado

Let’s Chat
When is the last time you challenged yourself?
My fellow W30-ers – What day are you on? How are you doing?

Organically Mo

Rock Your Core April Ab Challenge {Week 3}

Holy moly! I cannot believe we are into Week 3 of the Rock Your Core Ab Challenge! I am so inspired by everyone participating in this fun challenge!

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If you haven’t joined us yet, feel free to jump in. I’d love to have you all participate!

In case you are new to the challenge or simply need a refresher on how this works, here ya go:

  • The challenge runs from April 1 – April 30
  • Monday – Thursday we want you to #RockYourCore by doing the move of the day and sharing your pictures & videos on social media using #RockYourCore {and tagging the bloggers hosting this fun challenge}

Rock Your Core Challenge Calendar

  • Come back to one of our blog posts to add your entry to the Rafflecopter widget {the one for this week is at the end of the post}. You can enter daily & we have a new winner every week thanks to our amazing sponsors {US residents 18+ only}!

Rock Your Core Sponsors
A HUGE thank you to all our sponsors who are making sure we can give out prizes to those of you participating!

  • BONUS ENTRY: Every Friday, one of our lovely bloggers will be posting a Rock Your Core tummy-friendly recipe. Share the recipe or show us your healthy eats with #RockYourCore to earn an extra entry each week!

In case you missed it on Friday, here’s my Grilled Chicken with Very Berry Salsa recipe Make sure you pin it for later!

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Some helpful hints:

  • Save the calendar graphic on your smart phone…this way you have easy access to the daily ab move!
  • Connect with other awesome people by searching for #RockYourCore on Twitter and Instagram.
  • Even better, share this post with all your friends and get them involved as well!

Logo for Videos

Once again, the beautiful and talented Nicole has come up with a video to showcase the moves we will be focusing on this week-

Don’t forget to come back after posting your pics/video on social media and enter the giveaway below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Also, make sure to stop by and visit the super cool team of bloggers that are working together to help this happen!

Let’s Chat
What ab move are you looking forward to this week?

Grilled Chicken with Very Berry Salsa

Happy Friday everyone!

For new readers that are here for the #RockYourCore challenge weekly recipe, welcome! For my regular readers, welcome back! :) It’s been awhile since I have posted a new recipe for us all to enjoy!

Very Berry Salsa via Organically Mo

I’m not sure how the weather is where you live, but in California it’s been pretty warm. I’ve been dreaming of salads, salads and MORE salads. And, of course, chicken grilled on the good old BBQ.

This Very Berry Salsa is the perfect addition to grilled chicken, steak, AND veggies. Or you can just eat it with a spoon {in the name of taste-testing, of course}!

Grilled Chicken with Very Berry Salsa

by Maureen McCann

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour to chill

Keywords: entree BBQ American spring summer

Ingredients (6-8 servings)

    For the Chicken

    • 6-8 Chicken Breasts
    • 1/2 cup Avocado or Olive Oil
    • 1/4 cup Brown Mustard
    • Salt, Pepper, other spices of your choosing

    For the Very Berry Salsa

    • 2 Tomatoes, diced
    • 1/4 yellow or sweet onion, diced
    • 6-7 Strawberries, diced {about 1 cup}
    • 1 heaping Cup Blueberries
    • Juice of 1 Lime
    • 2 TB Cliantro
    • Touch of salt

    Instructions

    For the Salsa

    Add tomatoes, onion, strawberries and blueberries to a large bowl

    Using a large spoon, mix together

    Add lime juice, salt and 1TB cilantro

    Mix again

    Cover and let sit in refrigerator for at least an hour

    Before serving, add the other 1TB cilantro

    For the Chicken

    Pre-heat your grill

    Add chicken, oil, mustard and spices to large mixing bowl.

    Using tongs, mix together, making sure each breast is coated

    Using tongs, add chicken to the grill and let cook for 5 minutes

    Flip, cook another 5 minutes. Flip once more and cook another 5 minutes

    Check to see if done. If not, flip and cook a few minutes more.

    Every grill is different with temp and cooking time, but make sure your chicken has an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees.

    For Both

    When chicken is done cooking, top with 1/4 cup {or more} of salsa

    ENJOY!

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    Very Berry Salsa via Organically Mo

    You can always add some diced jalapenos to spice the recipe up, but I was aiming for a lighter, sweeter salsa.

    PS- thanks to my dad for cutting up the onions & tomatoes. I may have creative recipe ideas, but I do not excel in the art of dicing vegetables and making them look pretty! Don’t worry…he was paid in salsa!

    Let’s Chat
    Have you ever put fruit in your salsa?
    Favorite food when the weather turn warm?
    Weekend plans?

    Organically Mo

     

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