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We rode 2.5 hours this morning and followed that up with a 5 mile run. I know, we’re nuts. To fuel my workout, I had a shot of espresso (I know, gasp! Breaking my own rules), some oats with berries, a cinnamon apple rice bar my Coach made (not pictured), a banana and lots of water.

After my workout, I refueled with a big, colorful Buddha Bowl.

In my Buddha Bowl was quinoa, sweet potato fries, black beans, sun dried toms and cucumber.

By dinner time, I was starving! My body worked hard this morning and I could feel it all day. I met some girlfriends for dinner and we had black bean hummus with veggies for an appetizer. I drank soda water with lime. And for dinner I had veggie tacos on corn tortillas with rice. Perfect. And now it is time for bed fo sho!

I feel awesome about my day today. Crazy good workout. Crazy controlled food choices. So happy. Loving it.



This is what happens to the human body after eating whole foods and eliminating SOFAS (sugar, oil, flour, alcohol and salt) for 28 days. I am in shock, and honestly on a bit of an ecstatic high!

If you’re wondering why I wasn’t getting these results before, there is good reason. Maybe you’re thinking to yourself, “But wait, Kristen is healthy, she’s always posting heathy recipes and eating the healthiest foods, she’s the healthiest person I know!” But then you take a look at what is happening now, and maybe you are scratching your head. You’re right, I am over the top passionate about living the healthiest life you can. I read all the articles, I watch all the documentaries, I’ve made all the recipes, I’ve changed my lifestyle in many many many ways, yet, I was packing on the pounds. Even while training for endurance events like marathons, even an Ironman. I put in hours of training. Why was I still overweight and borderline obese? Why was I so bloated and full all of the time?

The proof is in the foods I was eating, as well as how much I was eating. And those two variables are directly related to one another. I was eating a fair amount of highly addictive foods, and because they were addictive, I ate a lot of them. Uncontrollably. And to the point of feeling sick, to the point of it effecting my sleep, my brain activity, my bank account and my self worth. Because guess what? I might have had an A+ diet during the day, but at night when I was alone, I ate everything in sight. And I didn’t tell a soul.

I mean, how could I tell anyone this secret? I even had a juice company! Like, what was fundamentally wrong with me to know exactly how to live the healthiest life you can, yet be so overweight and only be gaining more and more. I felt like a complete fraud. And I couldn’t stop. Feeling discouraged I couldn’t lose weight, actually made me want to eat and drink more. I was literally sabotaging my body and my health while at the same time completely understanding how to live a healthy lifestyle. To say I was lost and confused is a wild understatement. But once I realized there wasn’t anything wrong with me, things began turning around. Once I realized it was the food in my environment, and it wasn’t me, everything changed.

All I did was completely abstain from every highly addictive food. And then I adopted the diet we were originally designed to eat…food in it’s purest form, in it’s most raw and real state…food found in nature. Food! I separated addictive food-like products from real food, and that made all the difference. I am less bloated, my joints aren’t swollen, I can think straight, my body is becoming lighter, I feel lighter on the inside, my body is digesting food easier, and I have a calm, stable, controlled sense when I’m around food.

My body and food have literally been my enemy since realizing I was one of the big girls in the 6th grade. On that day I weighed 161. I will never forget it. Since then, every single day of my life has been about “trying to lose weight”. Every activity, every conversation, everything has had something to do with with my weight. And the majority of it was happening in my head via cruel conversations I was having with myself.

Something clicked last year. I reached a point where the pain was too much. I reached a point where I would do anything to never feel this pain again. Luckily, I already knew what action to take. It was simply a matter of taking it.

It has been 28 days and I am not stopping. I will discover my body’s natural weight, and I will find out what is possible with my skin disease, as well as my physical endurance and strength. I will move into a brand new body I have never known. And I can’t wait.

This week’s measurements and weight loss were small, yet consistent. That is exactly what I want to see. I am after lasting change and nothing else. This week’s progress photo is all I needed to see. I am discovering just how important taking photos is to success when making a lifestyle change. I see a drastic change and I just really can’t believe my eyes.


Day 28:

Weight: 173.8  |  Chest: 42  |  Waist: 40  |  Hips: 43.5  |  Bicep: 11.5  |  Thigh: 21

Day 21:

Weight: 174.6  |  Chest: 42.25  |  Waist: 40.5  |  Hips: 44  |  Bicep: 11.5  |  Thigh: 21.25

Day 14:

Weight: 176.2  |  Chest: 42  |  Waist: 41.25  |  Hips: 45  |  Bicep: 11.75  |  Thigh: 21

Day 1:

Weight: 180.8  |  Chest: 43.5  |  Waist: 43  |  Hips: 45.5  |  Bicep: 12  |  Thigh: 21.25



To fuel a 90 min spin and a 4 mile run, I had overnight oats consisting of oats, water, flaxseed and frozen wild blueberries.

After my workout, I started with a chopped salad made of kale, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cucumber, corn and blueberries. Next, I had a big bowl of mixed vegetables and lima beans.

I’m learning to eat intuitively, to listen for when my body is truly in need of fuel, when it is satiated and when I feel content. For as long as I  can remember, I’ve eaten til stuffed and uncomfortably full. I want to change this so bad! I grilled a plate of potatoes while I was eating my salad and steamed vegetables, but I did not feel the need to eat them right away. So I left them on the plate and did some things around the house. When I felt hungry, I ate a few potatoes. I wasn’t hungry for very many. Throughout the day I finished the plate. This way of eating is very new to me. This way of eating is going to change the way I live the rest of my life.

I forgot to snap a pic of my dinner. I had a banana and a bowl of salad like the one I had earlier, with black beans and sun-dried tomatoes added.

After dinner I felt like munching a bit. I made a sparkling water with lemon and lime, and a big bowl of air-popped pop corn. Exciting Saturday night!

Overall my mind is feeling very calm around food…a welcomed change! Abstaining from SOFAS (sugar oil flour alcohol and salt) is feeing really good. Eating WFPB (whole food plant based) is also feeling really good. I feel GOOD.



For breakfast I had my usual 12oz bag of steamed green beans and a medium sized russet potato. I also had a cup of Zen tea.

I went off my plan slightly and had an Americano today. I did it because it was something to do while I was waiting. I know. Kinda funny if you really think about the reasons we eat or drink something. It gave me foggy brain like it always does. Back to tea and water for now.

For lunch I had a bowl of my ‘nothing fried about it’ fried rice with extra garlic.

For a pre-workout, I had an apple and a couple of dates.

And for dinner I had a chopped salad consisting of kale, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cucumber, corn and fresh blue berries. Sooooo yummy. And then I had the last of my ‘nothing fried about it’ fried rice.

My meals were super inexpensive today. I figure my breakfast cost $1.60 and lunch was around $.89. Dinner was probably closer to $3.00. And the apple and dates were probably $1?? That’s just under $7 for the entire day!



My immune system was feeling a bit compromised this morning after falling behind on sleep this week, so I picked up the greenest green juice I could find on my way to work, and took shots of green juice for a boost. I also stuck to my goal of increasing my water intake today.

My first meal of the day was a 12oz bag of steamed green beans and a medium sized russet potato. After breakfast, I sipped on an Earl Grey tea.

For lunch, I took 4 cooked yukon gold potatoes and shredded them into hash browns. I added some garlic and onion powder as well as some chopped spinach, and pressed it into a baking pan. I baked it at 420 until it was crispy.

I made a sweet mustard sauce, tossed it with the hash browns, and ate it on my way back to the office.

For an afternoon snack, I had a pear and a few raw peanuts.

And for dinner I made rice in the instant pot, added steamed mixed vegetables, some rice vinegar, garlic, and a little gluten-free soy-free Tamari, and had ‘nothing fried about it’ fried rice.

After dinner I was hardcore craving something sweet. I don’t keep anything sweet, salty or munchie or crunchy in the house, which totally saved me tonight. I did however find a container of dates and I had just three. Wow are they sweet!