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September 23, 2016

I love lists

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Welcome to I Love Lists!! Let’s surf the internet together:

  1. If you read anything this week, it should be this. 
  2. Whole 30 inspiration. I’m in full on research mode.
  3. Sometimes I have this dream. I’m always like…how could I have let this happen??!
  4. These baked doughnuts are perfect for fall. These doughnuts intrigue me!
  5. These animated gifs will massage your brain.
  6. Gorgeous restaurant design.
  7. What a 21k upgrade looks like on Emirates.
  8. What weddings looked like during the year you were born.
  9. I’d be down for a veggie burger at In & Out
  10. These storm photos amaze me.
  11. Swap the pink & blue out for wood and this is my home vibe.
  12. Here are the 10 restaurants that helped shape America.
  13. Can I eat this all by myself? Please/thank you.
  14. Does anyone have a vacuum food sealer? I’m wondering if I need one.
  15. Amen, Anthony Bourdain. AMEN. Also here’s his Reddit AMA.
  16. I love shadows. I really really DO.
  17. I still have anxiety. I’m glad I found this.
  18. Scruffy Hospitality. I like that.
  19. My life is Modern Family.
  20. There’s a difference between east coast and west coast butter? Tell me more.
  21. Hotel intel. How much of this is true?
  22. The format of allll this information pleases me greatly. 
  23. Books to inspire: Old Age // Oh She Glows Everyday  // Raw Vegan Not Gross

have a great weekend!

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  • Deborah

    I loved the plane video. Someone did something similar a few years ago and also blogged about it. He focused more on the crazy good food he got in the plane. http://dereklow.co/what-its-like-to-fly-the-23000-singapore-airlines-suites-class/

  • Meghan

    I’m on Day 18 of Whole 30 and am loving it! It’s so much more manageable that I thought it would be and I’m actually sad that it’s almost over! I highly recommend it!

  • Courtney F

    Just a comment on Whole30: do it! Take a month to prep and jump in! It was actually kind of fun! Just gaining the awareness of what is in the food we regularly eat (especially added sugars) was worth it to us. Allowed us to find permanent choices that were even cleaner.

    And if you do decide to do it, please document on the blog. I would love to hear about your experience.

  • kimberly

    We have a vacuum sealer— I used to use it a lot (for several years). I would mostly use it to freeze chicken or beef that I bought in the large family-size packs at the grocery store. However now we are mostly vegetarian and I find that I don’t use it at all! I know there are opportunities to use it— like if you take lasagna and freeze it in individual slices first, then you can seal it. But I am too lazy for that. SO– I think they are great if your family eats meat and wants to save money.

    • Tracy

      oooh! i like that idea of lasagna being sealed in single slices!

    • Tanya B

      I used to use mine for freezing meat bought in bulk as well. However, I generally don’t buy that much meat anymore. I do like to use it for freezing cheese. I have also found that I am more likely to use it when it is sitting out on my counter and easy to access. Once I put it away, I tend to forget about it.

      • Tracy

        Interesting! Ok so I am learning that most people use it for me….which we don’t even eat that much of.

  • krissy

    I have a vacuum sealer and it’s…useful. We don’t use it regularly during the year, but now that I am trying to cram our whole garden in the freezer – I can’t live without it. We have the mid-range option but I would definitely get the one you linked if I could do it over. If you do get one, make sure to leave enough extra bag at the top so that the suction works, it feels wasteful but it won’t vacuum properly w/o the space.

  • Katelyn

    I’d love you to do a Whole30 – it was so useful for me when I did it. It will be 90% awesome and 10% suck but you’ll never find a perfect 30 days. I was on day 4 on the 4th of July and sat at my small-town parade with people literally THROWING CANDY AT ME. Happily, everyone lived although it was dicey for a minute.

    I loved the dressing on this salad (the salad is good too!) when I did my W30 – it’s so creamy and flavorful. http://www.theroastedroot.net/thai-salad-curry-coconut-dressing/

  • Alyson

    I have a vacuum food saver. I love it for when I freeze meat, baked goods, and even freezer meals in smallish aluminum pans. I probably only use it a couple times a month, but it def keeps the food fresher than any other container I could use.

    • Tracy

      Yes! I’m mostly interested in it for meat/soups/rice/sauces for the freezer so i can easily stack things in there.

  • lisa

    I love your lists so much. Almost as much as i love your everyday life posts. happy friday!!!

  • Bethany Kocher

    I have a vacuum sealer and our use of it has evolved over time. Initially, I discounted the mason jar sealer lid. We have been making our own granola for about a year now and I make huge batches that I vacuum seal in wide mouth jars for storage. It works for grains, dried beans, and dried herbs that you don’t use often. We don’t keep our machine on the counter, but it is pretty easy to pull out of the drawer.
    I bought a big roll of the bags from Amazon recently at a much lower price than the name brand bags. If you are using them for freezing a lot, you may want to stick with the name brand (they tend to be thicker).

  • Adriene J

    I was actually thinking about that dream yesterday afternoon while I was out for a walk… and I had actually the epiphany that it was about not being prepared and not measuring up. And, lo and behold, here it is on your list. Freeeeee-keh.

  • kendra

    I did the Whole30 once and it was both easy and hard. Because you already meal prep (as did I), it just becomes a matter of prepping different food. Eating out was never an issue. There are surprisingly a lot of options.

    It is a really good tool to understand food and eating habits. But be preapred for weird things to happen to your body. I had the strangest, most lucid dreams toward the end.

    I am glad that I did it but I don’t think I would ever do it again. People call it a “re-set” but it is extreme and in my opinion not that healthy because it is so restrictive. I did it about a year ago now and I am not sure that I see any lasting benefit, other than to say “I did it”.

    • Tracy

      Interesting!! I have gone without dairy, grains & alcohol this week to test it out. What I love about restrictions is that it breeds creativity. It’s also a good way to slow yourself down and be deliberate about your food choices (huge problem for me) rather than being impulsive and eating everything in sight and then wondering WTF happened. The pause to evaluate bad habits is really what I’m searching for….like how I was soooooooooooooooooo craving a drink Friday night and I had to do a lot of other things to help me through that craving and I succeeded. The self talk/coaching is what is helping me feel better about what I’m doing and why I’m doing it.

  • Jessica

    Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the the sweet potato banana bites on your pinterest board aren’t Whole30. Check out SWYPO: http://whole30.com/2011/10/sex-with-your-pants-on/

    That being said, I loved Whole30 as a great resent and once you meal prep you’ll find it’s not so hard, just watch for sugar on the labels of food! Best of luck!

  • Mary

    I’ve done the Whole 30 and actually really enjoyed it and would love to see it on your blog!

    I do think that SWYPO is a very personal determination, not a blanket prohibition. For example, I don’t eat Larabars when doing a W30 because they cause serious sugar cravings for me. But I do eat chia pudding because it feels like a quality grab-and-go meal, not like a replacement. It’s not a one-rule-fits-all sort of thing. It’s actually my favorite part about W30; although there are (obviously) strict rules to it, it’s really about helping you figure out why you choose certain foods and helping you to make more mindful choices. So depending on your personal food relationship, those muffins may be okay, but may not be.

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