#FoodiePenPals and Primal Thoughts

My foodie penpal this month was Colleen over at The Chocolate Mile

She said I was her most challenging penpal yet, but I don’t think she had any problem finding awesome goodies!!!

I told Colleen that I was slowly making the transition to paleo, and requested no crackers, nut butters or anything with white sugar, as these things are HUGE trigger foods.

She didn’t dissapoint:


Box full of fun from Wegman’s!: Irish Breakfast Tea, Fitness Trail Mix, CocoPOP (holy yum), organic red raspberry jam (I flipping LOVE jam)


Organic maple syrup that I forgot to take a picture of before bringing to the boy’s house. I usually make pancakes on the weekends and we had just run out of syrup! Talk about perfect timing. I also drizzled a little in my coffee yesterday morning and that was also quite tasty.

As instructed, I topped some cocoPOP with the jam and fell into crunchy raspberry heaven. Unlike with nut butters, I can stop myself from eating an entire tub of mixed nuts, and I’ve been happily snacking on the fitness mix. The only thing I haven’t tried yet is the tea, but I suspect that will be coming in very handy soon…

Head over to Eating As A Path to Yoga to see what I sent to my penpal, Jill!

Want to join in on the fun? Contact Lindsay Livingston at The Lean Green Bean!

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal & get their mailing address & any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.

-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!

-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!

-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers.


Time for some updates…

I’ve already told you I’ve been on a bit of a blogging hiatus because of my finger wound, but the stitches are now out and I’m happily typing away. Granted, I still can’t use my finger, so typing is a bit awkward, but I’m back b*itches!

I’m really behind on reading blogs too… trying to play catch up; so if you left me a comment and I haven’t responded: thank you for reading and I will respond ASAP!

Today was my first day back in the gym too. Sad I couldn’t start the 5×5 weight program that I wanted to, but I put in a solid 20 minutes of core (reverse crunches, roman twists, planks, supermans, etc) and then 40 minutes of intervals on the elliptical. In college I used to be lame and just go at the same incline and resistance for 60-90 minutes, and while I worked up a sweat, I definitely wasn’t using my time effectively. Now I change either the resistance or the incline every time a song changes in my playlist (roughly every 3 minutes or so), starting at incline 6, resistance 6. Let’s just say, between that and my bike ride to work, I’m still sweaty.

Yesterday I filmed an episode of Cook For Your Chemistry with the Paleoista herself; paleo lifestyle expert and author, Nell Stephenson! It was a blast 🙂

I looked kind of like a girl for the occassion:


Finally finished reading It Starts With Food and after the past week of eating not super well and not work out….

I’m finally starting the Whole30 tomorrow! That’s right, I’m going back to our primal roots and focusing on clean, lean proteins, fresh fruits and veggies and healthy fats.

No: sugar (or sweetener of any kind), dairy, grain, legumes

Minimal: nuts, seeds, wine*

*The wine is a modification on my end. Some paleos use a little in cooking; most don’t drink it. While I’ll probably cut back a little bit, I’ve done two different months now of no alcohol, so I know I can do it, and wine doesn’t irritate anything. Beer, however, does. And hard liquor turns me into a hot mess. I don’t like either of those options

My birthday is August 31st and I’m determined to make 23 my hottest and sexiest year yet. Once I can grab heavy things again my weight training is gonna start kicking major ass, I will be able to actively participate in my own bootcamp classes (they started last Thursday), and I will be eating cleaner than I ever have.

I’ve been hesitant to start because I worried the restriction would set off my ED like whoa, and I wanted to get a better handle on eating like a human being first. I haven’t completely accomplished that yet, but with what I’ve read in Dallas and Melissa’s book, I think the program will actually help combat my food demons, rather than encourage them.

Sound like fun? I think so.


3 thoughts on “#FoodiePenPals and Primal Thoughts

  1. courtnorm323 says:

    I love that your pen pal accommodated your paleo diet! I have been paleo-ish for a few months now. Not very strict, but trying to use the principles to guide my eating. Looks like a great haul!

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