Fueling For Weight Loss Is An Oxymoron

When you talk about health and wellness, it’s easy to say, “food is fuel.” The problem is that a lot of people jump into a fitness program with a goal that makes it hard to really see food as fuel. Take the calories-in/calories-out approach. Technically, that’s exactly how you lose weight. But psychologically, what ends up happening with that approach is a major increase in calories out (why not make every day a long-run day?) paired with a major decrease in calories in (if 1,200 calories is the bare minimum, then 900 calories must be better, right??), with the expectation that the piddly number of calories you…
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The Thing About Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

I’ve been wanting to blog about Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ) for a while. But, even though I’ve been training consistently for over a year, learning a bunch and moving slowly, snail-like, up the ranks… Even though I’ve upgraded my gear, getting fun new gis and rashguards and SWAG… Even though I’ve attended a kick-ass women’s grappling camp and competed in (…and won my division in??!) a small local tournament… …BJJ is so hard to talk about! Seriously, you should see my notes. They’re terrible. Especially when you’re a white belt, it’s impossible to technically explain how to do an armbar in less than 500…
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Food Planning for San Diego Comic-Con (…and other awesome travels)

I totally went to San Diego Comic-Con last weekend! First convention ever. The photo above is an awesome cosplayer who dressed as Slave Elsa (get it? Slave Leia from Star Wars + Elsa from Frozen?) with me as Penny from Big Bang Theory. It was super fun, and way hectic, and incredibly awesome, and I did more food planning than I ever have for any non-camping trip ever… which totally paid off! It wasn’t a Whole 30 approved trip or anything, but I didn’t end up with traveler’s tummy once during our entire vacation, and I feel like we saved both time and money by bringing lunch…
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Easy Peasy Immersion Blender Mayo

You’re standing in the salad dressing aisle of the grocery store with your paleo nutrition guide in hand. You pick up a bottle, look at the ingredients, put it back, ad infinitum. How’s a girl supposed to eat her mayonnaise when every single one in the store has soy, corn or canola oil as the primary ingredient? I’m a mayonnaise girl — I like to think I get it from my grandma — and I’m going to share a secret with you that will change your life. You can make the best mayonnaise you’ve ever had at home in under five minutes….
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Holy Cow! Whole30 (or, How To Lose 10lbs in 30 Days)

Reading over past blog entries, I hadn’t realized how much I’ve changed since I started this blog two years ago. I went from an aspiring vegetarian and marathon-hopeful with worsening digestive issues, mood and skin problems to an aspiring cavewoman and black-belt hopeful with ever-increasing energy, well-being and self esteem. I intend on explaining this transition in more detail in subsequent posts, but I’d like to start today off with a huge success! As of yesterday, I have successfully completed my first Whole30 program, which is basically a 30-day, strict introduction to the wide range of paleo, primal, or ancestral…
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