I haven’t decided what I am going to eat/drink first because for some reason the pressure feels too great. I also feel like it might be counterintuitive to celebrate with food. So many feelings yet to process. But yeah! 30 days, man. Wow.
What did you eat/drink first when you went through the Whole30 journey?
How did you feel when you did it??
We haven’t talked about the weight part yet, because it’s kind of a big deal.
I lost 10 lbs. in 30 days.
10 lbs. of padding I had to protect me from my feelings.
Ten pounds gone because I was a better advocate for myself.
I said no to certain things because
I have willpower.
I said no because I am putting myself first.
I am going slow
because I am worth the effort.
Ten pounds lost by being mindful.
30 days of saying YES to myself and NO to bad habits.
Ten pounds lost by making the right choices because
I am not rushing into things.
I am allowing myself to feel feelings and when they’re too much,
I learn how to make a quiet space for myself
so I can RESET. I must breathe. I can’t hold my breath.
I am finally learning that I MUST slow down.
Slowing down is hard for someone with my intensity.
When I don’t slow down, my body retaliates.
I have learned that to go slow, I must sacrifice certain things.
The more I know
the easier it is to make those sacrifices because
I AM WORTH THE EFFORT.
I can evaluate my choices and be better at controlling my
Knowing myself, means understanding my impulses because
they’re mostly rooted in feelings.
Numbing my feelings just adds more stress to my life.
I am in the process rewriting the story.
Creating better habits is KEY.
Habits with impact. Habits that will help me reset when I need to
More soon. Still feeling all the feelings!
There’s a doughnut downstairs on the counter I have to contend with.
Imagine you’re on your way home from work. You’re frantic. You need to make dinner and you want all of the people you have to feed to be happy. You’ve worked all day and the LAST THING you want to hear is complaining. That’s when you make a “Choose Your Own Adventure” meal! How do you do that? Well you provide a bunch of options so everyone can customize dinner to their own taste. The best quick weeknight meals are the ones where everyone gets what they want. That’s why Taco Night & Burger Night are both so popular at my house.
Let me show you how you can turn Soup Night into something much more!
OK. Are you ready to see 8 different combinations? Let’s go!
This version has pomegranate seeds for sweetness, green onions for a sharp bite, bacon for a smoky/salty vibe and a swirl of sour cream to make even CREAMIER!
This version is similar to the one above but we add cranberry sauce and caramelized onions!
It tastes like Thanksgiving!
We go for a Thai inspired soup with this one. Stir in some curry powder, drizzle some sriracha on top and finish with toasted coconut and fresh cilantro! I bet a little coconut cream would be divine in there.
When I think of Autumn, I think of butternut squash and SAGE! Browned butter makes everything better, doesn’t it? I fried some sage in the browned butter and it made its way into the butternut squash soup!
Autumn dreams are made of this combination.
Let’s turn it into a Mexican inspired soup! Here we have salsa, cilantro, cheese, sour cream, chili powder and hot sauce. Don’t forget the tortilla chips!
Bread + cheese + soup = YAAAAAAS
Here I topped crostini with blue cheese & caramelized onions. Now that I’m looking at this I am sure a balsamic reduction drizzle would be a good addition!
We combine candied walnuts with the fried sage, a drizzle of browned butter, candied walnuts and creme fraiche. We add a little pomegranate seeds for extra fun.
This one is one of my favorites because the blue cheese and spinach wilts into the soup. Candied walnuts for an extra crunchy surprise!
Other toppings that would be awesome:
grilled cheese sandwich cut up into little pieces
There you have it. Butternut Squash Soup 8 Ways.
Hope this inspires you to have a soup party with toppings in your near future!
This post was produced in partnership with Imagine®. As always, all opinions are my own.