Clean Eating Challenge

Hey guys! The past two weekends have been filled with family and fun, but mostly with food….heavy, fatty, deliciously bad for you food.

It was also filled with great memories like this…




Between taking in a baseball game, kayaking, taking the pups for walks, and eating my favorite deconstructed sushi, my eating needs a BIG overhaul.

For the next two weeks, I will be starting a clean eating challenge.

During this time I can eat as much lean protein and produce as I want. That’s right. No. Counting. Calories. Literally as much as I want. Now obviously, the aim is to pack my tummy full of delicious produce, but the protein will help aid recovery for workouts (which I am good to start back up full force!!) and give me the energy to make it through my day.

Tack in unlimited water (hopefully 8-10 glasses per day, minimum) and just a little low-fat dairy, whole grains, and healthy fats and I should be on my way to kick starting a long-term healthy eating plan!

Simply put, less of this

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And more of this



Want me to share my daily menu? Leave me a comment below!


Farmers Market Fun

Oh my goodness everyone! I think I’ve found my second home in San Diego! The Hillcrest Farmers Market is only open Sundays and boasts a quarter mile-or-so strip of Normal Street (yes, that’s the actual name!) full of produce, flowers, and locally made products!

My MIL and I got to the market about an hour after it opened and it was PACKED! There were hardly any parking spots to be found nearby and people packed the street. The first thing I saw when we got out of the car was a girl carrying the most beautiful bunch of sunflowers I had ever seen. I was in love instantly.


We toured the ground stopping every so many stands to pick up carrots, celery, homemade pasta, and challah (be on the lookout for Challah French Toast tomorrow!!) There were samples of sweet pluots, pistachio brittle, and blood oranges. Street food of all kinds were everywhere allowing us to peek into the worlds of East African, Indian, and Spanish food. People were talking, smiling, laughing, and eating. Flowers were abundant and came in all kinds from roses to baby’s breath and lilies to orange-kissed sunflowers.

By the time we walked through the market I had purchased fingerling and purple potatoes, celery, onions, shallots, garlic, zucchini, carrots, green beans, challah, lemons, and Lemon Sage pasta. Here’s what it looked like when I brought it home:


I divided it into bowls, one for the fridge and one for the counter to keep my veggies fresh.



I even whipped up some lunch using a few of our fresh ingredients: Lemon Sage Pasta and Zucchini Ribbons in Shallot White Wine Sauce. It was delish!


If you’re ever in the San Diego area and like experiencing fresh, local food, I highly suggest you get up and hit the Hillcrest Farmers Market on Sundays at 9!