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I’m a Grazer


Yep- that’s me. I graze just like cows do.

About 5 years ago, pre Whole 30 days, I read an article that talked about eating throughout the day vs. eating 3 meals a day. Something clicked in me that day and I have pretty much done that ever since. I have many friends that laugh at me about always having food with me. It’s true! Now that I’m a grazer, I can’t undo it!

I pretty much eat every 1.5-2 hours without fail. When I was strictly a Grad student and wasn’t working {beyond the work of being a GRAD STUDENT} it was pretty easy. I mean there I was AT HOME and could just walk in the kitchen every few hours and grab something to eat. But being a working woman again has made it challenging. Therefore, planning ahead is ESSENTIAL for me.

If you saw how full my lunch box is on any given day you would probably laugh.

Today’s Whole 30 approved grazing is as follows:

1- strawberries

2- banana

3- apple (Fuji baby!!! love those)

4- raisins

5- 2 pieces of turkey breast lunch meat

6- Avacado. already peeled, cut in half and sprinkled with pepper

7- Larabar. (that’s for mid afternoon… save the best for last, right?)

8- Peaches. (store bought and prepackaged. Probably not the best option but I buy light syrup and I drain it. Sure i’m getting SOME sugar, but not a ton)

9- cashews

That should allow me to survive until I can get home and have a salad at 4:30. That salad will suffice til I can eat dinner!

I don’t eat after 7 pm. Unless I cut up an apple or eat a small of raisins.

So ya see- I’m a grazer. When I attempted this way of eating years ago I instantly dropped some pounds. I am currently not using this way of eating to lose weight, but it does help me to maintain. And frankly, at this point, I wouldn’t know how to do it any other way.

If I DO get a weird stomach cramp or pain I can narrow it down easily and figure out the culprit. Thankfully, when I eat clean like this that doesn’t happen very often!

Thanks for following the journey,

Cara Roxanne

Whole FLIPPIN’ 30


I’m doing it. again.

You read that right.

I did amazing the first time. I mean not really, but in hindsight that’s how I remember it. But the truth is it was horrible. I hated it. BUT…

For those 30 days I had NO stomach issues. Zilch. Nada. Not even with all those salads. I mean come on, between the salad and fruit you would assume I never left the bathroom, but I didn’t. I felt good. I slept good. I WAS good.

Well– over the past month my stomach issues have started creeping back up. I mean I had some really good take aways from the Whole 30  and I have applied those, but overall I am back to eating how I normally eat. Which is pretty good. And pretty healthy. And pretty full of GLUTEN.

I think that’s the culprit. So let me clarify. I am doing the WHOLE 30 BC (I do a lot of things BC… that means “By Cara”) This Whole 30 I will allow myself a probiotic yogurt every other day. I honestly believe that helps my stomach and I don’t know of any adverse affects I have had from it. So I am keeping that.

Also I am allowing myself a FEW (still undecided on what exactly) gluten free products. That’s so NOT the way to Whole 30 it by the book, but again this is BC. So….

No cheese.

No sugar. (other than a very VERY rare case like being somewhere and all that’s offered is cookies and i’m starving. And even then it is ONE.)

No milk no icecream= no problem. I don’t like either.

No GLUTEN! (no bread no grains no oats)

No corn (that kills my stomach… that means no movies. I can’t see a movie without popcorn)


Maybe this will help me decide once and for all if it’s gluten. Sigh.

Here we flippin’ go again!


I have no clue why you would want to follow this journey but thank you,

Cara Roxanne

P.S. The only reason there is a HEART around the word WHOLE 30 is because I couldn’t find one with the NO sign on it.

It’s my last week of Whole 30! 

Can I get a hallelujah??

Can I get an Amen?

I am ALMOST there.

*Insert Excited Face from favorite movie*


I made it. I have shared pretty much every interesting and new recipe I tried. Here is how I survived…

I had 2 cordial cherries the day before I started. {Don’t judge me- it was cordial cherries or death} My point is– I didn’t follow it 100% the way you are supposed to. I did excellent 99.2% of the time. I may have had a few accidental rule breaks at restaurants but those I cannot control. I did what I was supposed to to the best of my ability. Except the cordial cherries. Oh and that one Dr Pepper. I don’t even drink cokes BUT I had a migraine. It would not go away and I know that for some reason coke helps. I didn’t drink it all though… I PROMISE! My point– do what you can and don’t freak out if you mess up. Move on.

I pretty much cooked what I normally would cook only I modified mine somehow. I’ve said this before but just do what you would normally do. Grill the burgers, make the spaghetti, make the tacos… just use lettuce instead of noodles, or forgo anything but the spaghetti sauce and meatballs. It won’t kill you. It was pretty easy.

I ate lots of snacks! Almonds, pistachios, apples, unsweetened applesauce, lunch meat rolled up… HAVE SNACKS! That’s the HARD part! You gotta eat and if you don’t have a snack handy you will break.

Plan ahead. If you don’t plan ahead then forget it. You can’t just hop in the car for a 3 hour drive and not have an apple in your purse. Or some almonds handy. Whatever it is you gotta be ready for it.

I didn’t give it much thought. What I mean is– I didn’t stew over whether or not to try the Whole 30 for some crazy amount of time. I made up my mind I was going to do it and started it the first day I was home from vacation. Done. Just do it! I jumped in before I went to the store and had bought all I needed. JUST DO IT! If I had spent time deciding when to start it there would have been a MILLION reasons to put it off.

“I can’t start next Monday because we are having dinner with friends that night”

“Can’t start tomorrow because i’m the one in charge of bringing muffins for brunch”

The EXCUSES will kill you. Just. Do. It.

Or don’t.

I don’t know that I lost any weight. If you are wanting to try the Whole 30 to lose weight then get on Weight Watchers. This is NOT about that. Now, that being said, I have read of lots of women who lost weight and may I say “YOU GO GIRL!!!” but for me– I already eat relatively healthy so there wasn’t a MAJOR change here except giving up dairy. {As I type this my mouth is watering– come on Sunday!! I am gonna eat a whole tub of yogurt} What I DID notice was my stomach was not messed up in the evenings as usual. I had more regular bowel movements. [TMI- but that’s ok..right?!?] I never felt “stuffed”, yet I always felt satisfied. [I’m using past tense as if I don’t have 4 more days…]

It’s worth it. Give it a shot. Or don’t? Do what works for YOU! I’m here if you need advice or tips or encouragement. I will do it again one day. But it will be a LONG time from now…

For now,


Whole 30 6-11… I’m still on the bandwagon!

Playing catch up, y’all!!!

So here is the deal… it’s going pretty darn good. I mean don’t get me wrong I am not loving every moment of it, BUT, i’m still going strong.

I was so excited to write about my experience!! I felt like this would help me have more accountability and also give me something to look forward to. But as it turns out, life gets busy and as usual, my writing gets fewer and farther between. I will try and catch you up to speed!

Here’s the deal…Breakfast every single day is eggs/bacon/sausage in some capacity. Sometimes its a boiled egg, sometimes its a fried egg, but you get the idea. Eggs every morning!

Lunch: Pretty much without fail it’s a salad or tuna. There isn’t a lot of variation. But i’m okay with that. Before the Whole 30 I pretty much ate the same lunch every day. [Breakfast is somewhat different because typically i would have eggs and bacon the weekends and usually just oatmeal in the morning. ]

Dinner: This is where things get creative. As you will see below, I have to use lettuce instead of grain. So, when we make burgers- I put 2 pieces of lettuce on mine instead of a bun. When I make spaghetti, I use lettuce instead of noodles. Dinner hasn’t been too difficult, honestly. I use the crockpot a lot under normal circumstances and I have been doing that throughout this experience as well. Over the past week we have had:


Chicken and potatoes in the crockpot

Roast, potatoes and carrots in the crockpot


Grilled porkchops and potatoes (no butter… I know, i know…that part is tough)

Grilled chicken salads

Notice the “Just Mayo” above. That is paleo friendly and it works for the whole 30. I have used this instead of regular mayo anytime I need it for tuna or whatever! Super yummy, more expensive, but you honestly cannot taste the difference at ALL!

And the potatoes– look yummy, right? I used salt and pepper, olive oil, and threw them in the oven on 400 for 30 minutes. DELISH!! Now my spaghetti… I found all of these Whole 30 compliant recipes but i’m gonna be real here. I used regular, sugar free, spaghetti sauce from a can. I work, I have a family, and I have done DANG good on this thing… i’m not making my own. Sorry! SO, technically I screwed up but I ain’t even sweating it! It was yummy and I didn’t have the noodles so… I’m calling this another successful dinner.

Take aways:

I miss Stevia in my hot tea. I drink a cup every evening while I watch tv and I miss it. I am still not used to the bitter taste of tea without it.

Black coffee isn’t terrible… but I miss creamer!

Olive and vinegar as a dressing is amazing! I may never buy dressing again.

I can’t tell a difference in anything when I substitute coconut oil. It’s expensive but this may be one of the take aways I keep using longer after these 30 days are up.

My husband has no interest in participating in this challenge… EVER! 🙂 However, everything I have made that was strictly Whole 30, he has loved.

For the rest of the week I will repeat things I have made before. The tacos were amazing and you can find that recipe here and you can read that post here.  I enjoyed the sausage and shrimp dinner that I made previously. (Check that out by clicking here. ) I love tilapia and we haven’t had that in a while so I will probably bake that in the next few days. It’s quick and easy and the ONLY thing that will be different  I won’t be adding butter to my potatoes. 🙂 When I only have to make a minor change that makes me SUPER happy!!!

Worst part– snacks! I am tired of fruit. Isn’t that sad? I will get over it but I could so go for a bowl of popcorn right now.

19 days left! I CAN do this. And more importantly I WILL do this!

For now,


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