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Whole Food Lifestyle

This year I completed 4 rounds of Whole30. I know it’s supposed to be a 30 day program, yet the results were so great I decided to keep going. I lost roughly 7 pounds a round. I am down several sizes. I feel better. All the digestion issues I had went away.

I noticed a different relationship to food. I learned that I was not as hungry eating whole foods. I noticed that I did not really miss those sugary drinks and bread. I did crave pizza and tacos, let’s be honest.

Since I finished a round yesterday, I tried tacos. I did not enjoy them as much as my dairy free and flour free tacos. I tried another dish off the plan and my stomach was not a fan.

So the plan forward is modified Whole30. I will add hummus, maybe some quinoa. My meal plan will be mostly Whole30. I have not found a plan that works better.

I barely exercised during this program and lost fat. I was concerned about muscle loss, yet that did not happen!

How do we make eating whole foods a lifestyle?

Easy, we choose to. It is a myth we need all the dairy, processed foods, bread or grains. If you are vegetarian or vegan, the Whole30 rules of no beans or grains would be a challenge, yet they have a program guideline for those who do not eat meat. Whole9 for Vegetarians/Vegans.

Are you trying to be a whole food foodie for life? Here are some options for substitutions (note: Whole30 restricts peanuts):

I had many swaps during the program.

  • Mixed nut butter instead of peanut butter
  • Lettuce wraps instead of bread
  • Apples instead other carbs
  • RX bars and Larabars for meal substitutes
  • Sparkling water instead of soft drinks
  • Unsweetened tea instead of sweet tea
  • Olive oil instead of butter
  • Plantain chips instead of potato chips
  • Frozen fruit instead of dessert
  • Guacamole instead of cheese on burgers
  • Avocados instead of cheese on salads
  • Almonds instead of peanuts

Mostly I love the way eating whole foods impacts my body. I feel better. Life is too short to be bloated and not feeling great. Good fuel means the body runs better. We want to feed our bodies good things!

Wishing you the best on your wellness journey. Take care of yourself!

Xoxo

Erin Lamb

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Meal Prep is Your Friend

Aloha fitness friends,

One of the ways we can stay on track with our goals involves meal prep. Planning ahead helps with staying on track throughout the week. Planning ahead can also help with the monthly budget.

Those who fail to plan, plan to fail,”~Benjamin Franklin.

Americans spend approximately 1,000 a year on eating out (just lunch). The average meal out costs 10-22 dollars. If a person goes out to eat three times a week, that piles up to 3,200 a year. Imagine saving 1,000 to 3,000 a year.

Now let’s talk about the waistline. Many meals out have more sodium, fat, and calories than a home prepped meal. The portion sizes are often much larger in restaurants, enough for two to four people. Some are not as nutritionally dense as what you can make at home. The less nutritional content in our meals, the more we eat.

When I do not prep meals, I end up going out to lunch. When I go out to lunch I end up buying a salad for 7 dollars and fruit for 2-3 dollars. With that one meal I could have purchased a bag of apples, bag of spinach, dressing, and grilled chicken strips. I could have made 3-4 meals out of one. Fortunately I am on Whole30 again so there is no temptation to fast food. Yet if I were not doing Whole30 I would be drawn to the drive through experience and eat 2-3 times more calories than needed.

So what are you prepping this week?

I cooked potatoes, sweet potatoes, later this evening I will boil eggs, cook fish, and prepare other proteins. I will place spinach and arugula in sandwich bags. The goal is to have lunch and breakfast ready to go. I even started making my own coffee at home to save money!

P.S three rounds of Whole30 has produced 30 pounds of fat loss.

Cheering for you!

Erin

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Focus on Being Healthy

Often I run across women in the grocery store, clothing store, and they are putting themselves down. I mean they are really digging in for the kill, “I am so fat. I am so ugly. I hate my body. Do you see this one wrinkle on my face. Oh man I am a troll. I wish I were skinnier. I wish I had her body. I wish I could be just like…(fill in some unrealistic expectation).

There is such a push in our society to be an airbrushed version of ourselves. I wonder often where the obsession with skinny and enhanced body parts came from. It’s okay if you are naturally thin. It’s also okay if you are not.

No one at our funerals will say, “They sure could have lost those last ten pounds.” It’s ludicrous to keep allowing the scale or a preconceived idea of beauty to stop you from enjoying life.

Love the body you are in and celebrate it. Say it with me, “I love my body.”

I was talking to a young lady who has always hated being a girl. Then she developed breast cancer. I told her, “You know hating yourself impacts your soul and your soul health impacts your natural (body) health.”

The body, soul, and spirit are connected. Sickness in one area impacts the others.

I knew of another lady who hated being female and she developed ovarian cancer. She hated being a girl. She died last year. She cursed her feminity with her words and cursed the gender given her at birth. Her self hatred manifested in her body.

Is all cancer the result of self hatred, no. Can our lack of love for who we are impact our bodies, absolutely.

There can also be copious amounts of time wasted on trying to be thin, skinny, get the last 10 pounds off that the joy of life is removed. I read an article a few weeks ago of a mom who died because she overdid it with protein consumption. Her pursuit of the “Perfect” body led her to the grave. What good is her “Perfect” body 6 feet under? Underground her body is rotting and decaying. Nothing but bones will lay in that grave. Her children will grow up without her. What good is skinny if you are dead?

Life is a gift! It may not always feel that way with the challenges, pressure, and pains of life. Yet life is a gift. Some people did not wake up this morning, or they have lost everything, or they are hanging on for dear life. What are we doing to enjoy life, really enjoy it! How are we focusing on being healthy…

Let’s talk about healthy life focus…

Healthy is more than meal plans and exercise. Healthy is taking care of ourselves, emotionally, and having our priorities straight.

What S.M.A.R.T (A SMART goal should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound) goals are you setting for yourself? What are you doing to get closer to your personal goals?

This year I stated I wanted to focus on some of my own goals. I have. I have lost 25 pounds. I traveled to the Grand Canyon (bucket list item). I finished the manuscript for my second book. I stopped investing in one sided relationships. I limit time with toxic people. I am working on my third book and hope to get in the recording studio in the next 12 months. I spoke at a regional women’s conference for the first time ever. I quit some volunteer jobs that were killing me.

I realized in most situations I am the responsible person. If someone needs help and it’s legitimate, I will try to help. I tend to put others first. Yet life requires balance. If you are putting others first and they are putting themselves first, guess what, you will be left depleted. They will leave you cleaning up messes, handling situations, and they will ride off into the sunset on holiday. They will have no problem telling you no, quitting, dropping the ball, yet you will be left a wreck with only yourself to blame. Boundaries baby boundaries.

Relationships were meant to be mutual blessings, not one sided blessings. Who constantly has their hand out and deposits nothing? That is not your friend.

We need to focus as much on our own goals as we do on the goals of others.

If you are that person always putting yourself first, this does not apply to you. If you are a giver and try to invest in others, this applies to you. Are you sacrificing your own health (mental, emotional, and spiritual) for others and ending up burned out? If so, reeval your priorities. Reassess your boundaries. You are not responsible for other people, unless it’s a small child, your child. Adults are to take care of their own lives.

“Selfishness is placing your wants above others needs. Self care is placing your needs above another’s wants.”

Who are you investing your time in for relationships? Why? Do those people even try to match your effort? Relationships are not about what we can gain. There is a problem if everyone connected to us has their hand out.

What things have you wanted to do that you put off doing? Can you pick those up again?

What is toxic in your life? What are you doing about it? Ask yourself is what you are doing today getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow? Then move in the direction of the best yes.

My hope is you pursue health. Pursue healthy in every facet of life.

To your health…

Erin L Lamb

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Say No to Body Shaming

Aloha fitness and wellness friends, 

Today I wanted to talk about something that I believe impacts lots of people. It is body shaming. 

Body shaming is refusing to love your body or trying to make others feel bad about their body. 

You see it on the internet. People troll others social media and make nasty comments. You see people trying to change what they look like through plastic surgery. You see people go to extremes to fit some mold that I am not sure who created. What is perfection? 

We have apps to airbrush away anything we see as an imperfection. 

Let me tell you, perfectionism is self abuse.

Perfectionism is rooted in the fear of not being good enough. It is a fruit of insecurity. It is a lie that if a person tries hard enough to be perfect they will not be rejected. It is a painful way to live. 


Yesterday I went shopping for clothes for a missionary friend (I do not enjoy shopping-unless it’s online-or gift for someone). Anywho, the ladies in the store spent 20 minutes talking about how they hated their bodies. Both were slim/average, yet they went on and on and on…

I noticed this trend with some women of not feeling good enough, beautiful enough, perfect enough, body shaming, hating something about themselves. 
I told them both I liked my body. They looked at me like I was some super wacko. Then they went on to talk about hating certain body parts that well I have more than they do in that area. 

My body not perfect, yet it gets the job done. It’s strong, man is it strong. It can box, kick box, krav maga, hold plank for several minutes, do push ups…it is healthy. I am healthy. Yet over the course of my life I have had people project body shame on me. 

One, I developed a curvy body pretty early on, maybe 14. I hated the way men looked at me. I grew ashamed of my curves, my coca cola shape and extra abundance in areas. I hated being sexualized. I was still a little girl, yet grown men were creepy and it made me want to hide my body. Even today, I hate being sexualized by men. 

I am an engineer/Research Scientist. I did an expo for my job a few weeks ago. I wore a dress, it covered everything up, it was professional. There were still men who came by and held conversations with my chest. They (my chest) do not talk. Some say men are wired this way. Yet I firmly believe it’s a lack of respect, self control, and viewing women as sex objects-our culture promotes it. 

I had to move past hating my body because men were being creepy. I also had to move past feeling less than from being around insecure women. You know the woman who is always insulting herself and you have the thing she is insulting herself about. She’s a size 4, you are a size 8 and she goes on for days about how fat she is. Gimmie a break!! It’s exhausting to deal with people who hate themselves. You have that one friend who has an inch of fat she keeps pinching and you want to scream, “Knock it off!!” 

Women talk about weight and appearance FAR, far, far more than men do. Why? Men can look like a train wreck and still think they are hot. Why are women constantly putting themselves down? Who started this trend? How can we kill it? 

God said I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Who argues with God? Jesus cannot lie. 

Ladies, that one inch of fat does not make you ugly

The ladies in the magazines, some, do not look like the photos. Photoshop and makeup are powerful. Trust me, I worked for Limited Brands. You can make anyone look amazing. Tools baby tools. 

I also work in a male environment, even when they don’t look good they are boasting about how awesome they are. They talk about how awesome they are. 

Some women put themselves down, while men (some) over exaggerate their qualities. Both need healthy confidence. Putting ourselves down and thinking more highly of ourselves than we should are both pride problems (extreme self focus). Both are vanity. 

Think of how much time is wasted criticizing oneself. What if we loved the bodies we are in and sought to make them as healthy as possible? How radical would that be! What if the focus was, “I love myself, therefore I eat healthy and workout“?

I will tell you shame does not produce a healthy life. It produces self destruction. Shame is hatred turned inwards. We were not created to hate ourselves or our bodies. We were created by God for love. Love sees the best. 

My encouragement is stop the body shaming. Ladies and gentlemen you are beautiful (handsome) right where you are. 

Homework: write on your bathroom mirror 

I am fearfully and wonderfully made!

Make positive body and self confessions. If you hear yourself degrading yourself or someone else, course correct and switch to love. Don’t worry about feelings. Feelings are not an indication of truth. Focus on feeding your mind truth and professing truth. Your feelings will catch up later! 

#saynotobodyshaming #loveyourself 

Photos pulled from Pinterest. 

Xoxo, 

Erin Lamb 

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Life After Whole30

I hope you gave Whole30 a shot. I did and do not regret it. I lost 14 pounds without exercising much. I did take my Whole30 further than the 30 days. I went for two rounds. Yet 7 pounds a month is great progress. It is healthy progress. 

If you did or are trying Whole30, I highly recommend easing back into eating non Whole30 foods. They provide guidance for reintroducing foods-one group at a time. I started with some grains, example corn. I was okay with grains. Then I tried dairy. Ummmmm…my stomach hated it. So I am less prone to eat dairy post Whole30. It is rare to have it. I tried beans. Another irritant. Therefore, I have built a new meal plan that is 80/20. Eighty percent is Whole30 and 20 percent is non Whole30. 

I have not gained weight by reintroducing non Whole30 foods. I am still losing and have incorporated more exercise. 

After talking to your doctor, I would highly recommend this program. Whole30 changed the way I view food. It changed the way I make meals. It changed the way I eat. 


Eating processed foods does not appeal to me. In the rare occossion of eating junk food, it does not make my body feel good. I prefer fruits, vegetables, and whole foods. My body runs better on whole foods. I still read labels, and ditch foods loaded with chemicals. I have a fondness for bananas, mangoes, berries, almonds, olive oil, purple potatoes, steak, roasted chicken, natural salad dressings, spinach, broccoli, and tomatoes. 

Learning a new way to eat is good. All the exercise in the world does not negate a poor meal plan. Changing the way we eat is a lifestyle change, not a temporary diet. Changing the way we eat leads to a better life, to wellness. 

So ditch the excuses and do something for your health! 

XO, 

Erin 

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Take Care of Yourself

  
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Hello wellness friends! I have not forgotten about you. 

I hope you are taking good care of yourselves; body, soul, and spirit. We are truine beings who need care in each area to be whole. 
One of the areas I have been focused on the past 9 months is the soul. The soul consists of our mind, will, emotions, and heart. If we prosper in our souls, our bodies benefit as well. 

The soul and spirit are not the same. The body is the house where the soul and spirit reside. 

As a person of faith, there is plenty of time invested in feeding my spirit positive things. The soul benefits from these activities. 

The soul has needs. These needs include intimacy (to be known), connection with others, acceptance, affection, love (to be loved), support, encouragement, to process information and feelings, to have fun and recreation, and to have rest-just to name a few. 

If you are a giver personality time like me, making sure your needs are met may fall way down on the priority list. 

I encourage you to take inventory of what is going on in your life. Have you neglected yourself? Have you invested as much in your soul as your body and spirit? Who in your life is loving you? 

I love giving, encouraging, and supporting others. I am internally driven to contribute. I took inventory of my own life and saw deficiencies. The majority of those around me were being supported, encouraged, loved, invested in, and sometimes I got the scraps off the table. 

I do not blame those who came to make withdrawls, and deposited nothing. I assessed why I was unwisely investing in some situations or relationships. How was it affecting my soul? 

It was depleting my soul. 

I am responsible for stewarding time, resources, and my life. It is not the responsibility of others. I love and value who I am, therefore I had to change the way others addressed me and my investments. 

People who call my number just to gain something and it is not life ordeath  are not a high priority.I started spending more time on things I wanted and needed to do. I ceased allowing other’s to dictate my response time. In today’s society there’s a thinking an email or text requires immediate response. I noticed though people took days to get back to me. I was the silly one trying yo respond fairly quickly out of love and respect. 

So, you learn to set limits and use wisdom with time, resources, and investments. You learn to invest in yourself and your future. You learn to turn some people and opportunities away. You learn to only have people in your inner circle who are like minded, mutually invested, and you care for your soul, body, and spirit. 

I believe life is about balance. 

Give; yes; do it without expectation. Also assess if you have investors in your life. As you are pouring out, is there anything coming in to refresh you? Life requires balance. 

You are worthy of exceptional love! 

Xx

Erin 

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90 Day Challenge 



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This is how I feel after working out. Before I work out I feel like a slug on a log…zzz….I just want a nap. After a long day in the office I don’t want to workout…yet I always feel better after I do. 

My friend Brian and I started a 90 day challenge. I type this as my body is throbbing! He started P90X. I started Power 90 which is in the P90 series. I’d love to tell you committing to this will be easy. It isn’t. I have a few week night obligations that take up time. 

Where does working out fit in? 

You make time! 

You make time because your health is important. 

You make time because if you do nothing, nothing changes. 

You make time so you feel better (endorphins baby…endorphins). 

You make time because you will look better, your skin glow, your body function better!!! 

You make time because you love yourself! 

If you don’t take care of yourself, who will? There’s no magic pill to melt away the Christmas pounds or tone up the flabby arms. It requires some effort. 

I’ve also given up dessert. I miss dessert. At least for now it’s on the shelf. 

Lastly…

I hope you’re taking care of yourself and enjoying life! Make each day count. You’re worth taking care of…so make time to care for your mind, body, spirit, and soul. 

Xo,

Erin 



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