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Why Whole 30?

May 23, 2014

Let me start with a super brief explanation of what Whole 30 is: it is an elimination diet where you exclude ALL forms of dairy, sugars (including all artificial or ‘healthy’ sweeteners like honey), grains (including quinoa and other ‘healthy’ grains), all forms of alcohol and all processed foods. Which leaves us with fresh, whole foods like fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts and healthy fats. After 30 days, you start adding food groups back in one at a time to see what your sensitivities are, if any. You are allowed caffeine in moderation. The purpose is to reset your relationship with food, and regain any control that’s been lost.

I have always felt like Micah and I are healthy people for the most part. We are good at moderation, and we eat lots of whole foods. However, he has some food allergies we haven’t been able to pin point, and since Esmé was born, I’ve found myself either not eating at all for long stretches of time (tsk tsk for a nursing mom, I know) or eating whatever random food I can find and make quickly (a few too many toasts with peanut butter, I think). One day as I was thinking about feeding Esmé real food, I started to examine our own eating habits, and how those might look to a toddler who only ate veggies, fruits and meats…I decided I would feel very hypocritical. Then one of the ladies I follow on Instagram (Jenna Rammell of Small Fry Blog) started doing a Whole 30, and her posts looked so simple and delicious it got me really interested in the program. Plus she works and has two little boys, so if she can do it, than I have absolutely no excuse not to!

At the same time as all of that was going on in my head, Micah had been asking to do some sort of cleanse or detox for months. I didn’t feel comfortable doing a juice cleanse, or something that might diminish my milk supply, plus I don’t actually need to lose any weight (thank you breastfeeding!). So the Whole 30 looks to be the best of both worlds…get our eating back on track, and encourage us to renew our healthy habits that have fallen by the wayside. Plus, I’ll be cooking more, and I’m excited to document my findings on Dear Avocado, and hopefully come up with recipes that even people who aren’t doing Whole 3o would want to eat!

So that’s why we’re doing this crazy thing, and I’m so excited to get started. We could use the encouragement and accountability from all of our friends and family, which is why I’m putting it on the blog, so thank you for reading and standing behind us! I’m also curious to hear about your experiences with Whole 30, and how it effected your eating habits! Feel free to share in the comments!

First Date

April 25, 2014

After you have a baby, there are a lot of ‘firsts’. Most of the firsts are about your baby (first word! first tooth! first steps!), but there are plenty of personal firsts as well. One of those is the first date sans baby. We went on our ‘first date’ on my 28th birthday, and even though we were just down the street from our apartment, it still felt completely magical. We took that night to get to know each other all over again, asking first-date questions, and flirting like we were teenagers. I got a little tipsy, and after we were done eating we had a couple of friends join us for drinks. When we were finished, we all walked back to our apartment where my parents were having their own little date night babysitting our daughter (who was asleep pretty much the whole time). It was the perfect way to start the 28th year of my life.


Dressing the Bump :: Stripes and Tulle

November 21, 2013

What do you wear to an outside wedding when you’re nearly seven months pregnant? A tulle skirt, of course! Neither of these are maternity purchases…I’m becoming a pro at making my regular clothes work for my new shape. And it’s way more fun than I thought it would be! I bought this skirt when I was still at Philanthropy, and I love it. It’s one of those pieces that instantly makes you feel fancy and super girly. I paired it with my favorite striped top, a vintage belt, and heels appropriate for walking around in the grass. It was a truly magical evening, and one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever attended. I don’t have any pictures from the wedding, but my friend Eden was the photographer, so maybe if she blogs about it I’ll post a link!

{ top, anthropologie : skirt, philanthropy : shoes, michael kors : belt, vintage }

Dressing the Bump :: Lace and Leather Boots

October 31, 2013

I love that I actually look pregnant now! No more mistaking the growing baby for a growing beer gut. We took these in our back yard, and I’m ashamed to say we’ve been absolutely terrible about taking belly pictures through the process. As long as we have a few from the beginning, middle and end, we’ll be good…right?! I hope so.

This dress was a pre-maternity purchase, and it was always a little big so it fits me perfectly now! Without the belt it would look like a mumu, as would most loose-fitting things right now, so this thrifted Etienne Aigner belt has been getting plenty of wear these days! I wore this to attend an outdoor event in East Nashville called the Red Barn Roundup. It’s hosted in this fabulous couple’s backyard, and has amazing live music, plenty of food, and lots to drink. They have it about once a month, and we’ll definitely be going back! I love Nashville.

{ dress, philanthropy :: boots, frye :: belt, vintage }

Dressing the Bump :: Polka Dot Skirt

October 14, 2013

Sometimes the best solutions are the easiest. I bought this skirt at the thrift store a few weeks ago. It was a dress originally, and all I had to was carefully cut the top off, and voila! It was an instant elastic waisted skirt. The tank was another pre-pregnancy purchase, and it’s almost to the point of not fitting anymore, but it worked great for tucking in! I’ve slowed down on wearing heels in my pregnancy, though they do instantly make me feel a million times better. So I pull them out on days when I’m feeling my frumpiest.

Starring in my pictures are Bowser (the white dog) and Flower (the black dog). We were house and pet sitting for some friends awhile ago, and they just wanted to be part of the action. Who was I to say no?

{ top, jack :: belt, j. crew :: skirt, thrifted :: wedges, bed stu }