Hi there! How is it going? When I shared my WIAW post last week I talked a little bit about the reasons I like to participate in this popular blog link up. I love the clean eating inspiration, and maybe my nosey side enjoys seeing what people eat during their day. Sunflower seed butter instead of almond butter? I want that too! It should go on my grocery list. It also usually creates a desire to run to Trader Joe’s as quickly as possible and stock up. Overall, it has been a really fun and positive experience for me. There is a lot of power in sharing our food, and it has connected me with a great community of people.
I was incredibly touched to get this email from a reader last week:
I got your contact information from our BlogHer facebook group and I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you that you have inspired me to eat healthier. I work out regularly and I have been a runner for several years but I was never great about my eating habits. I guess you could say I eat good & bad, but I have tried a few of the products you featured on your site, namely the siggi’s yogurt, the Ekiekel bread, the Kind bars, and I’m eating more eggs, among other things – and it feels great.
I’m thinking of doing a WIAW post on my site soon too. Keep up the great work!
This email sums up the reason I started The Bikini Experiment in the first place. My purpose was to help people on the path to healthy living. Nutrition and fitness has changed my life in so many ways. I find great joy in sharing it with others. Even if it is a small discovery like a new brand of Greek Yogurt or a shopping adventure at Whole Foods. I am so happy that I could help influence someone to feel better. This note made my day!
What I Ate
My day started with a different twist on one of my favorite beverages. I decided to make my usual cup of coffee a butter coffee. How do I do this? Well, I make my usual brewed coffee. I will then melt a tablespoon of Kerrygold butter, and blend it all up with a teaspoon of MCT oil. I discovered this was my perfect blend ratio on a visit to Picnik.
Picnik is a Paleo café in Austin. If you make it for yourself you can play around, but I have found this is just enough added extra ingredients for my liking. The butter coffee is a nice change of pace when I feel like I want to wait a little bit on breakfast.
After the coffee I got ready to go on a quick walk with Scott.
The weather in Austin has been beautiful for the past few days and we wanted to soak up a bit of sunshine. For breakfast, I felt like the ultimate Paleo girl…
Kale, pasture raised eggs and bacon.
Not to worry, I ate a Kind bar a few hours later. I still want to embrace my identity as Paleo-ish. I was actually curious why Kind Bars are not Paleo. More out of curiousity than anything else. The ingredient label listed out peanuts, brown rice crisps and soy lecithin. In case you wanted to know.
Lunch was more protein in the way of a grass-fed burger, greens in a delicious salad and a piece of avocado. The salad was really nice. I have been eating a lot of cookie veggies as of late, and the salad tasted really refreshing.
Post lunch sweetness included a 2nd cup of coffee and dark chocolate.
The afternoon went by fast as I struggled to make a few updates to the blog. Code is a ridiculously difficult concept to master. Just when I think got it under control it shows me who is boss. The past week or so has been a flurry of good news from a few high profile networks I had applied to join. I was excited to get the information up on my side bar, but Word Press is always boss. We went back and forth for a while and then I finally won – my badges displayed. Finishing up my coffee and studying were the name of the game for the rest of the day.
My workout plans kept getting pushed…always dangerous. The more the push happens the less motivated you are to want to do it. I decided there was a reason I was not feeling the desire, and ended up deciding to make it a rest day. Plus, I had lost track of time and I was hungry!
I grabbed a quick snack of hummus and crackers while Scott and I prepared dinner. We kept it simple and made wild-caught salmon and asparagus on the stovetop.
Dessert was a little more of the chocolate I mentioned above and a cup of tea.
Have a great Wednesday! Today is my first day working at the gym as a trainer. I will report back tomorrow and let you know how it goes! 🙂
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