theglitterguide:

It’s officially fall on Monday, so for this weekends 5 things, we’re sharing our 5 Things To Try This Weekend: Welcoming Fall edition!

I didn’t have a chance to pull together my Friday Five this week so instead, I’ll give you Glitter Guide’s 5 Things! Purely based on the photo I think this means my Fall to-do list should include go on a road trip, wear comfy jeans and buy a puppy. Sounds good to me!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Breakfast in a Jar: Monkey Salad to Go

When I’m not eating eggs for breakfast (which while on Whole30 is almost never) I’m probably eating a mixture (known to some as Monkey Salad) of almond butter, chopped cashews, banana and dried coconut. The most perfect time to make this concoction is when you are almost out of almond butter because the jar becomes your on-the-go vessel.

Stick with me here. Instead of using tupperware, when you’re at the very end of your almond butter (or peanut butter, whatever) jar, toss the rest of the ingredients in there and let it sit overnight. In the morning everything is all almondy and delicious, plus you don’t have to wash the tupperware, eat that breakfast and toss (recycle) it!

The one downside to this meal is that this morning I ate it at my desk and I’m at a brand new job and while I’m not sure anyone saw me eat my breakfast, it probably looks quite weird that I’m eating a jar of almond butter for breakfast…

Morning Walks to the Gym

I feel like overnight it’s gone from steamy in the city to downright chilly. I’m up before the sun rises on Wednesdays I walk about a mile to and from the gym for my class on the Upper West Side. I’ve been pulling out my cool-weather workout clothes, very much coming in handy when I’m strolling through the neighborhood at 5:45am and it’s 50ish degrees.

I’m wearing the coziest Lululemon fleece (from last season) and Fablectics leggings. Let’s focus in on my shoes because I’m newly obsessed with them. These SpeedForm Studio Lux sneaks were given to me by Under Armour at the I Will What I Want Event and weigh approximately NOTHING. They are super light and I find them perfect for walking around the city and weight-focused workouts. I wouldn’t run in these but they are ideal for throwing in my workout bag if I have a long walk ahead of me or a workout light on cardio.  

Most of the time I’m lugging around an overflowing and heavy workout bag so having these lightweight shoes makes a huge difference.

After my workout I had an eh breakfast. It had all the makings of a perfect morning meal but today I just wasn’t feelin’ it.

[Coffee with coconut milk, 1 egg with spinach, chicken sausage and avocado]

Great morning sweat and a healthy breakfast, not a terrible way to start a Wednesday!

I’m slowly updating my wardrobe for fall, these are a few of my favorites- some I’ve bought and some are my wish list (from left to right):
Loft Polka Dot Dress: This comes with a belt so is more flattering than this image lets on. It’s good for the office and the weekends.
Nordstrom Maxi Skirt: I tried this on while I was home but was rushed and couldn’t decide if I wanted it. Days later I was still thinking about it and ordered it online (Nordstrom, when are you opening in NYC already?).
AG Skinny Jeans: I’m loving the distressed look this season but haven’t found an affordable pair yet. I’m not willing to spend $200+ as the trend might fade quickly. This AG pair is out of my price range but give me an idea of what I’m looking for.
J Crew Heart Shorts: I bought these last week at a major discount and figured I’d have to save them for next summer but according to the J Crew site, these pair well with a blazer, perfect for fall before it gets too cold!
C Wonder Giraffe Sweater: C Wonder always has cute printed tops, this one may be added to my collection soon, but C Wonder is one of those stores that has great sales so I never buy anything full-price there. I’ll keep an eye on this one.

I’m slowly updating my wardrobe for fall, these are a few of my favorites- some I’ve bought and some are my wish list (from left to right):

Loft Polka Dot DressThis comes with a belt so is more flattering than this image lets on. It’s good for the office and the weekends.

Nordstrom Maxi Skirt: I tried this on while I was home but was rushed and couldn’t decide if I wanted it. Days later I was still thinking about it and ordered it online (Nordstrom, when are you opening in NYC already?).

AG Skinny Jeans: I’m loving the distressed look this season but haven’t found an affordable pair yet. I’m not willing to spend $200+ as the trend might fade quickly. This AG pair is out of my price range but give me an idea of what I’m looking for.

J Crew Heart Shorts: I bought these last week at a major discount and figured I’d have to save them for next summer but according to the J Crew site, these pair well with a blazer, perfect for fall before it gets too cold!

C Wonder Giraffe Sweater: C Wonder always has cute printed tops, this one may be added to my collection soon, but C Wonder is one of those stores that has great sales so I never buy anything full-price there. I’ll keep an eye on this one.

Whole30 Halfway Point!

Hey friends, have you been following along with my Whole30 adventures? If you have, you know that today marks the halfway point! Making some serious progress here (I think?) and feeling good. 

I’ve cut out dairy, grains, legumes, sugar, artificial sweeteners and alcohol. Man that’s quite a list. Some people go on Whole30 and feel drastic changes because they are intolerant or unable to digest certain things and have no idea until they eliminate them from their diet. I don’t have these issues so going on Whole30 hasn’t made me realize crazy things about my eating habits, but I do feel good. I think my energy levels are up and I’m not having intense sugar cravings (love me some gummies but not thinking about them as much I normally do).

A few things i’ve learned in the first 15 days:

  • If you cook your own meals, you can make really amazing Whole30 compliant dishes and don’t feel deprived
  • Planning ahead is key
  • A properly stocked fridge and pantry with complaint foods is a must
  • Eating out can be hard but not impossible, ask questions!
  • Selzer is a good beverage to take your mind off other beverages (miss you vino)
  • People will think you are crazy, it’s ok
  • Other people will be inspired and try Whole30 with you!
  • There is never a perfect time to change your habits and sometimes you just gotta go for it and jump in.

If you’re considering Whole30 do yourself a favor and read It Starts With Food. It will either make you definitely want to try the eating plan or not. It’s an all-in or all-out lifestyle change for 30 days so you really need to be committed and the book gives reasoning behind the guidelines.

If you have questions or want to know more about Whole30, let me know!

Fall is in the Air: New Chili Recipe

Fall in New York is perhaps the most perfect season, the air is crisp and cool and the leaves are starting to change. We’re dog sitting this weekend and I was happy to take this lil pup outside for frequent walks.

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To ring in this new season, one of my favorites, I tried out a new chili recipe. Normally I’ll use a crock pot for chili but this recipe called for a shorter simmer (not that short, 2 hours) and since I had the day free I figured it was a good opportunity to follow the recipe. Actually, I realized I was missing some key ingredients so I off-roaded a bit.

The original recipe is Chocolate Chili from The Clothes Make The Girl. It was harder than expected to find a Paleo/Whole30 compliant chili recipe since beans are off limits. The recipe is Whole30 compliant but to lower the fat content I did one pound of lean ground turkey and one pound of lean ground beef (instead of two pounds ground beef). I couldn’t find a Whole30 compliant beef broth so I used water in its place. I also realized my spice cabinet is lacking quite a few essentials so I used what I had. When these things happen, do what you can and you’ll probably still end up with a delicious batch of chili, I did! However, I’m making a mental note to make a spice run soon.

The chili came out great and I recommend the recipe for a cold night in. Plus there are lots of leftovers, perfect for lunch.

How are you ringing in the fall weather?