Indigo30 DAY 25: Hold the eggs. And the bacon. (BUT WHY?!)

Because I bet you’re a little sick of eggs and bacon. I bet you are ready for more variety, but not necessarily wanting more on your plate, so to speak. If you’ve mastered the art of variety for this epic Indigo30, then you are likely always looking for new ideas!

On par with how I’ve rolled this thing out for the last 30 days, I’m about to share new ways to make not only our food more creative, but your YOGA more creative and fresh as well. Don’t worry, I won’t make you choose a different spot in the yoga room for your mat. (Although …)

One of the suggestions I’ve gotten in the past is to keep a “Best of I30” journal, a place image.pngwhere you could keep, note and organize all of your favorites into categories… perhaps that should be in the appendix of this compilation of blogs which will hopefully have a cover and a spine someday. But for now, get yourself a little 3-ring or a tabbed notebook to organize all the good stuff you’ve learned. (Don’t forget to include your favorites from our Tuesday Posting Parties, Yvette’s recipes and all the info in these super awesome blogs!)

And without further ado, here are more ideas to add variety to your routines so you can finish strong.

Great breakfasts that are not eggs and bacon (from the Whole30 Daily Newsletter):

  • Sausage and cabbage sautéed in coconut oil.
  • Smoked salmon, cucumber, tomatoes and dill (or homemade tartar sauce).
  • Grass-fed steak, sautéed kale with mushrooms and onions, side of guacamole/avo and tomato. And some grapefruit.
  • Shredded chicken with Anaheim pepper sauce and plantains fried in coconut oil.
  • GIANT spinach salad with berries, grilled chicken, roasted squash and roasted sunflower seeds… balsamic and olive oil.
  • Roast a whole boneless turkey breast with whatever spices and dried herbs you have, slice it, then eat it all week with veggies, avocado and salsa.
  • Caribbean Seafood Stew from Everyday Paleo.

Why not have a burger for breakfast? Try this:

Ingredients: ground beef, 1 egg, hot sauce (Rubin’s Red or Frank’s) 1/4 C. cilantro

Directions: Grill burger, top with egg fried over-medium. Sprinkle cilantro and hot sauce and devour!

Do you have the yoga yawns?

Are you tired of hearing, “Let’s start in child’s pose?” If you’re looking for a little variety in your yoga practice, sometimes it’s just as easy as asking your teacher for it! All of the teachers at Indigo Yoga are trained to be able to add and subtract poses in the sequence in a way that makes anatomical, biomechanical and energetic sense. Nothing is arbitrary and we don’t teach to entertain; we teach to educate. But, if you are wanting a change up, ask them to throw in an extra inversion, hip opener or arm balance. Or maybe there is a pose you want to work on for a few extra minutes. They will love the challenge and are savvy enough to even be able to take one suggestion and craft an entire class around it … without losing the essence and why of the sequence. Don’t fall victim to boredom and blame your teacher! Make a request!

And don’t forget, you lucky down dogs, you have TWO studios to practice at. Haul your butt 10 minutes down the road to the Sundance Square studio for a change of scenery. Nothing beats the twinkle lights in the trees when you settle in for your savasana nap. And if you’re lucky, your teacher will cover you with a blankie and tuck you in.

You miss sandwiches, don’t you…

There is research to suggest that getting your hands on your food can actually stimulate all of the senses. This is probably why eating a sandwich can be such a satisfying experience. But how to when no bread? Here’s how:

  • Lettuce wraps. Butter lettuce, collard greens are both great for nestling your contents and keeping it somewhat intact!
  • Grilled, baked or toasted sweet potato is really the winner for little slider-like sammies. And it’s delish!
  • Jicama tortillas work great for wraps as well. They are super delicious with tuna fish salad or chicken salad.
  • Sometimes, if you slice roast beef or chicken just thick enough, they can be like two slices of your favorite gluten-packed, sugar-laden, gut-bloating bread. (hahahaha). Put some mayo on those slices, add bacon, lettuce, tomoato and before you know it, you have a Breadless BLT or Cali Club.

Kiddo Inspo

Whole30 Forum contributor/member, Flynn, shares a handful of great ideas for cub-approved lunch snacks…

  • Gorilla Sandwich: Almond butter and banana rolled up in a romaine leafCrispy-Paleo-Chicken-Nuggets-e1438874710299.jpg
  • Shish Kabob: Flynn calls them “muscle sticks” and tells her kids how big and strong they will make them! Find a little stick of some sort, like a skewer, and put meat and a few veggies or apples/pineapples in between.
  • Chicken nuggets: What kid doesn’t love the nug? Homemade is pretty darn good, and here is a stellar recipe from Paleo Running Momma.
  • Ants on a log: It never goes out of style … celery, almond butter and ants. I mean, raisins.
  • Meatball lollipops: weird name, kinda sounds gross but kids don’t care! Use Tessamae’s ketchup for dipping.
  • Fun containers can be found anywhere. Kids love the bento-box styles with the little compartments. Because their little brains crave consistency and routine and organization too, just like yours does.

Revolutionize your yoga with some new learning

Going to daily yoga classes is fun for sure. It’s so GREAT when your schedule becomes consistent and you can really start to see progress and strength. Adding in new learning such as a weekend workshop, a studio program, an outdoor class, meditation sits (in a class or at an outdoor sit) can also deepen not only your knowledge base but level up your daily practice. Yoga is everywhere these days — you don’t have to look far to find some inspiring new curriculum. Keep up with the electives, workshops, trainings and programs Indigo Yoga holds all year long through the website and social media channels. We are always striving and growing to provide our students with the most cutting edge teaching.

And finally,

GO GET YOURSELF A NEW YOGA OUTFIT. Your old ones probably don’t fit anymore anyway. 

Love you guys!

Keep going!
B

Indigo30 DAY 23: Favorite Finds A-Z, Vol. 2

I’d bet that a second alphabetical list of cool must-have/try stuff would just make your Day 23, wouldn’t it?

Let’s see if I can do it again!

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Favorite Answer – “YES, THAT’S COMPLIANT.”

Favorite Brooke Blog – The Poo Post. Yep. Still the winner by a shit-ton.

Favorite Cookbook – Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan. I love this gal. She is funny, witty and her recipes and blogs are some of the best, often touted by Whole30 themselves. She has a few books out and is often featured in Paleo Magazine.

Favorite Dry Shampoo – Moroccan Oil and Evo’s Water Killer

Favorite Egg Recipe – Green Chile Beef Egg Cups by the Defined Dish

Favorite Food Processor – KitchenAid Mini 3.5 Cup Processor. It’s small and sweet and easy to use, better than the big one, which always feels like such a production! Plus mine is BLUE.

Favorite Grain-Free Dog Food – Blue Buffalo. My mutts are sooooo sensitive … they itch and scratch until the cows come home. If I go off-program with them (haha) even for one day, they are scratching themselves silly.image

Favorite Hack – Using rubber pet food container lids on canned items like coconut milk or olives.

Favorite Interview – Simon Sinek discussing the Millennial generation. You’ll never view our kids, their futures, our parenting and our futures, regardless if you are a parent — the same again — after you watch this. Simon is my hero. (Is he single?)

Favorite Japanese (compliant) Foods – Sashimi, shiitake mushrooms and green tea. Delish!

Favorite Knife Set – Cangshan Knives, available at Costco. A sharp, good quality knife is essential for your kitchen. A dull knife can be dangerous because it requires more force to use, so it is more prone to slipping and cutting where it’s not supposed to — like on your hand. The ideal kitchen knife will have a sharp blade that holds its edge well, good balance, a comfortable handle and durable construction. If you can’t get new ones, take yours to a sharpener — for around $40, you will feel like you have a brand new set. (Try Fort Worth Shaver & Appliance on Montgomery, that’s where I’ve always taken mine.  And, periodically Central Market does knife sharpening as well.)

Favorite Lipbalm (for right now) – Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lip Balm in Peppermint. Listen, I have about 5,000 other favorite lip balms, but Fresh Sugar’s Lip Caramel might be just a little too glossy and a little too caramel-y for some of y’all.

Favorite Mayo – Homemade. All day. Recipe in the W30 book. Cinch. But if you can’t whip some of your own up, Trader Joe’s has one that is sugar-free. Why, I ask you, why does anyone think mayonnaise needs sugar!!!!! (Imagine me losing it a little just then.)

Favorite Nut Butter – Mine is still Rx Vanilla Almond, but Kila loves NuttZo, which has cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds and celtic sea salt! Wow! Now that’s a blend!

Favorite Oprah’s Favorite – Cuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Air Fryer. Since Oprah knows all the things, I trust her when it comes to, well, all the things. Instead of deep-frying, opt for this Cuisinart air fryer that lets you get the crispy fried-food flavor without the added unhealthiness. PS: It’s important for you to know that O is a spokesperson for “WW,” or, “Wellness that Works,” formerly known as “Weight Watchers.” Thank you Alexa, for making sure I am properly informed of all the important news. (Alexa is also one of Oprah’s Favs. You’re welcome.) image.png

Favorite Pressed Spice –  Tumeric. I love to get turmeric shots at Juice Junkies, and combine one part (one shot) with 3 parts tart cherry juice. Tumeric is super amaze for reducing inflammation in the body. However, I hear the magic powers of Moringa are hot on turmeric’s heels!

Favorite Question – “Wine is technically a grape, so… I can have it, right?”

Favorite Root Veggie – Red and yellow beets. Roasted with evoo and mint.

Favorite Skin Product – Almond oil in the shower right before you get out. Coconut good too, Jojoba better, but it’s pricier. No lotion needed, skin smooth as silk.

Favorite Timesaving Tip – www.realplans.com – are you using this? WHY NOT IT’S THE BOMB.

Favorite Underarm Deodorant – Native. The best! Best texture, best quality, best effectiveness, best scents! Available at Indigo.

Favorite Vitamin – I prefer to take liquid vitamins from Tespo – I am much more apt to take them and absolutely apt to not feel nauseous when I do. Buy the cute little dispenser imageand get your custom vitamins sent by auto-ship. They will make up for the thousands of expired vitamins sitting in your cabinet.

Favorite Water Bottle – The Whole30 bottle, of course! Available on Amazon, of course!

Favorite Xylitol Substitute – Mint leaves. C’mon, you have to give me points for coming up with an x-word this time.

Favorite Yam Preparation – 5-6 minutes in the microwave! No joke! Super easy. No need for all that cooking drYAMa.

Favorite Zoup – ZUPA bottled soup. Whole30 approved and sent straight to your door!

There. I did it. Now YOU DO IT.

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Keep going!

B

Indigo30 DAY 16: TIGER BLOOD

Last night I had crazy dreams. Three of them right in a row. Like they were so out there that I had to call my friend, Morgan, this morning and explain just to laugh at how wild they were! (She said she just had a dream where she was sitting alone on a chair all by herself eating Cheetos for like 45 minutes). My first dream, of course, was my monthly standard, the — running massively late and can’t find clothes, haven’t showered and can’t find the location of where everyone in my life is waiting for me — dream, the next was one I was at a huge haunted house party where Beto O’Rourke was speaking (that one was cool), and the last, not surprisingly, was one where I was traveling with my friend Melinda, and she was buying me tons of candy and cakes and I felt badly so I ate it all! And I was almost in tears because I was so sad to ruin my program! HAHAHAHA

And then, when I went to do some research for today’s blog, the first sentence was:
“Nearly all Whole30ers report at least one dream when you’re going to town on non-compliant food. Sometimes, it’s food you’d never eat in real life. Often, you wake up feeling guilty, embarrassed, or disappointed in yourself.”

Well Morgan and I are clearly right on track. And I’m sure many of you are having crazy dreams too. I like to think that finally, my brain is clean and clear of fog and funk, and it’s running so sharply that my creativity is blowing up, and my dreams are going from hazy recollections to genius hallucinations. But what’s likely happening (I like my version better) is that we are all so preoccupied with food for the last 2 weeks that even our dreams are changing.

Tiger blood, if you haven’t heard of it before, is, uh, well, the blood that runs through a tiger. So when you are feeling really strong like the baddest cat in the kingdom, you feel like you have tiger blood. Also, it was a phrase our good friend and stellar role model Charlie Sheen th.jpegcoined (kidding of course/eye roll)… when he told the Today show’s Jeff Rossen that he had “tiger blood” and that it makes him impervious to addiction. I need to keep my mouth shut on this one, so I’ll stop here. Just wanted you to know where the term came from. Whole30 picked it up and luckily it now has a much better connotation: That you feel AWESOME. In all fairness, Sheen did also say, “I’m different. I have a different constitution. I have a different brain, I have a different heart. I got tiger blood, man.”

In other words, it’s a leveling-up.

So in the spirit of keeping on keeping on, let’s consider a few ways we can go from here to the next step. When you started, you were at one level. Now you have taken a few steps up, and are for sure ready to refine even more.

  • If you are sleeping well, more soundly, falling asleep faster, waking up less and waking up rested, perhaps you can now …
    • charge your device in the kitchen instead of on your bed table
    • read before bed instead of watch TV
    • go to be 30 minutes earlier, and wake 30 minutes earlier, having a goal of 9/9:30pm sleep time.
    • buy yourself some silk pillow cases as a reward (they are so much better for your hair and skin! Look it up!)
  • If your energy is better than it was pre-Indigo30, perhaps you can now…
    • organize something that has been in disarray for months
    • walk the dogs/walk with a friend/walk alone! — once a day (even for 10 minutes; everyone has 10 minutes…)
    • write some hand-written notes (I know, novel idea) to friends or family you haven’t seen in a while
  • If you’ve noticed your yoga practice is changing, that you’ve gotten stronger, perhaps you can now … lionheart logo
    • SIGN UP FOR TEACHER TRAINING!
    • try handstand hops!
    • move closer to the hotbox!
    • do a two-a-day!
    • sign up for a fun workshop
  • If you’ve noticed that your shopping and cooking habits have become more streamlined, efficient and yet still creative, perhaps you can now …
    • cook for friends
    • experiment with children’s favorite food items to make them W30 compliant
    • take a cooking class with a W30 lens for adaptation/modification
    • budget your shopping
  • If you’ve noticed that your will is ironclad and your discipline is unwavering, perhaps you can now…
    • socialize without feeling the need to drink or indulge
    • say “No, thank you” without feeling the need to please
    • ask for what you want and need
  • If you’ve noticed your clothes are fitting differently, perhaps you can now…
    • concede that you don’t need to know your weight to know you’ve lost weight, or probably more accurately — lost inches.
    • give the ones that are too big away … because you are NOT going backwards!
  • If you’ve notice that you just feel happier, perhaps you can now …
    • show interest in others — genuinely. Ask how they are, listen to what they have to say, try not to just talk about you and your endeavors. Be a true good listener, interested in others’ lives
    • do something playful!
    • set a new goal!
    • go dancing!
    • write that book!
    • hug your kids more! kiss their faces a thousand times!
    • buy yourself flowers!

The Science of Tiger Blood

People will only do stuff blindly for so long. Then, they want to know the why. So let’s take just a minute and look at the physiology of what’s happening as of Day 15.

It would be great if we could all peacefully live by the idea of “everything in moderation.” The problem is that our brains need certainty, especially when trying something new or eliminating something that has a hold on us. Even though the Indigo30 is a big, radical change, it actually ends up being an easier path for the brain. Why? Because it narrows decisions down to six things: no sugar, no alcohol, no grains, no dairy, no legumes and yoga every day. Boom. Just like that, it has its boundaries, and even though it seems hard a first, with a little time, our brains are relieved they don’t have to make so many decisions. When it’s faced with too many options, it tends to go back to what it’s always done because that is the path of least resistance. So every decision (should I eat a granola bar, should I fit in and have a cocktail, should I skip yoga and watch Game of Thrones, should I choose an apple or a cookie?) creates more and more uncertainty. Too much uncertainty means a default to old habits — you just go into a state of overwhelm, and soon thereafter, the give ups. The Indigo30 gives you a rock-solid plan so you can be certain of what to do next. That makes for a happy brain.

This healthy happy brain is not to be confused with the “happy brain” you used to get image.pngfrom sugar, alcohol and processed foods. That is fake happy. Your brain still gets the stimuli and even a reward, but they are empty. This keeps you hooked on a sensation that isn’t even very real, but imposter flavors and experiences. When you take these imposters out, your brain chemistry (and obviously your taste buds) get to reset and taste reality. The result? Real food will taste more flavorful, fake food will taste almost sickeningly sweet.

Your body: fat is now fuel. For a very long time, sugar has been your fuel source, not fat. That is because that is what you gave it (sugar). The body can only efficiently use one fuel source at a time, so when sugar is plenty, that’s what it’s going to use. So fat just sits there and accumulates. Now, since you are sugar-free, your body is going, hey wait a minute …. and it’s slowly adapting to the change. Now you are increasing fat-digesting enzymes and even the mitochondria (the energy cells) are getting re-trained on how to work and burn fat.

Your gut: in repair. Your poor gut, omg. It was trying so hard, and you just kept putting trash in it. It was beat up, burned up, chemically damaged and … inflamed. If you had any of this, the chances of leaky gut were high, and because the lining of your small intestine became porous, stuff went where it wasn’t supposed to. And that resulted in other things in your body (joints, skin, muscles, etc.) to hurt. Your body is so smart that typically, any kind of perforations heal quickly – but you can only beat something up so many times before it can’t mend. Now that those food bullies are out of your diet for good, your gut is healing itself. The one layer of cells in your intestinal lining is being rebuilt and keeping bad stuff like viruses and bacteria out.

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So much happening. In just 2 weeks. It’s truly remarkable, that after years and decades of poor food, stress and perhaps lack of good, healthy exercise, your body can do all this repair in just 14 days. All in all, you are crushing it. Do not give up. Do not relent to rewarding yourself with an off-program treat. Do not cave to the crave. Let the tiger blood pump through your veins! Do not cash in your chips. Each day you stay in the game, your chips exponentially multiply.

Keep. GOING.

Love to all.

B

Indigo30 DAY 14: I30 on a budget

Here is a bummer fact of life: a healthy lifestyle is not cheap. In any way. It’s not cheap monetarily, it’s not cheap physically, emotionally, mentally or logistically. It’s expensive all the way around. It requires a lot of attention, time, discipline and resources. This massive investment might be why many give up early.

However, just like with anything, there are creative ways to make it work. One thing I believe wholeheartedly is this: if you really want something badly enough, you figure out how to make it work. Think of anything in your life that you wanted more than ever … I bet you moved mountains in ways you didn’t think you could to make it happen.

In today’s blog, I’m going to give you some great ideas on how to keep going while not having to spend so much time and money. Now the effort part? The emotional and mental investment? Sorry, guys. On that you have to be all in. If you still have one foot in the junk image.pngfood pantry, then you know deep down your results will be those of having one foot in the junk food pantry. And maybe that’s enough for you right now, and that’s okay. The point here is: be present with it. Don’t deny it or fake it or make up reasons about it. Just be straight. There is an enormous amount of freedom in being responsible for your own decisions and actions. Spinning so many excuse plates is a lot of work.

So to start, here are some great money-saving tips for our program that you might not know about. I would love to hear from you as well on some savings and strategies you’ve discovered so far.

  • Plan your meals, make your list. Sorry to tell you this for the 10,000th time. But, not only does it save you time at the grocery store, but IF you stick to your list, you will not spend as much money. Use your meal planner (make copies of your blank ones!) and before you walk in the doors of the store, say, “Self, you are only going to buy the stuff that is on this list. You do not need one more bath bomb.”
  • You can get great stuff at everyday grocers. As lovely and alluring as Central Market and Whole Foods are, everyone knows they are expensive. Yes, the quality is unsurpassed, and, you can get great stuff at all grocers. Don’t count out discount retailers like Costco and Sam’s Club, both of which have a good amount of Whole30-compliant selections. Even some Wal-Mart locations carry organic eggs in the dairy section and wild-caught fish in the freezer section at great prices. Remember, purchasing grass-fed and organic items aren’t part of the Whole30 rules, so just do the best you can within your resources.
  • Be willing to spend extra time initially at the store, scouting things out and reading labels. If you live in a small town, check to see if there’s a local natural foods store, farmer’s market, or co-op you may not have noticed before. Sprouts is always reasonably priced. And to no surprise, Trader Joe’s is truly the winner when it comes to affordable good food and products; hands down this is your go-to grocer for honest products, great customer service and low prices.
  • Ordering certain items (like coconut aminos, ghee, or almond flour) on Amazon is a great strategy that can save time and money, especially if you have Amazon Prime. Barefoot Provisions is another online shop that carries a huge number of Whole30-approved products. Finally, keep your eye on the Whole30 Approved Instagram feed or subscribe to Wholesome to hear about special offers and discount codes from Whole30-approved partners, many of whom sell their products on Amazon. Other online retailers like Thrive Market and specialty sites like Butcher Box, Primal Kitchen, Rx Bar, etc.  — often have discounts if you are diligent enough to follow their pages and almost always have first-time buyer discounts (as I am writing this blog and checking each site, ALL of them have first time buyer discounts!) plus free shipping.
  • Being excited and eager can sometimes make for over-shopping. Be realistic about the time you have to prep and cook, and plan your meal choices accordingly. For example, realistically, I only have time to cook two to three nights per week.  What works for me is to grocery shop on Tuesday (weekends aren’t good for me since I typically work all weekend) and meal prep a little bit in the afternoon while my kids are either doing homework or decompressing from their days playing outside. On those nights I test out one new recipe, usually a small one that takes just 20-30m at the most. I know most people, however, like to shop on Sunday and do a big meal prep that day too. So that’s a good time to cook up most of your proteins, hard boil eggs, and chop veggies for the week. When things are prepped, its easy to throw together delicious meals at home or on the go, and I can be sure I’m using all of my fresh produce for the week with no waste. I love Melissa Joulwan’s “weekly cookup” in Well Fed. Start there if you need help batch-prep inspiration.
  • Spending trade-offs. Keep in mind that for 30 days, your food and grocery dollars will be spent differently. You’ll be focusing on purchasing the most nutrient-dense foods. You will be removing and/or not purchasing things that aren’t a value for your body, nutrition-wise. For example, you won’t be buying cereal or granola for breakfast, but you may decide to purchase a $6 carton of pastured, organic eggs instead. Nutrient-wise, the eggs are a much better bargain for your budget!
  • For most families, once you take the pre-packaged convenience foods, junk foods, carry-out, and alcohol, you will find money in your grocery budget that you didn’t know was there. You may also find you’re no longer buying your sweetened coffee or tea drinks, smoothies or shakes, or juice beverages, saving money there, too.
  • Remember to keep it simple, and keep your focus on doing the most with the foods that you can afford.
  • Tips from our local nutritionist, Indigo yoga teacher, chef and BAMF, Morgan Jackson: Meal planning is so important. I write out every ingredient that is necessary for the meals I am preparing even if I know I have them. Then I go back through and cross out that ingredient. That way I can look back at it when I’m actually cooking and see what ingredients I need but I also know to not purchase it at the store.
  • Proteins are what tend to drive up your grocery bill. So on the weeks that I am not protein heavy in my meal preparation, I go ahead and purchase things like chicken breast or thighs, steaks, etc. and freeze them because I know that my bill will be lower since I’m not cooking a lot of meats. Then you don’t have to get all your meats at once which could make your bill much higher.
  • Set a budget for yourself, like $150. Then make your list go to the store get what you need and see what exactly you spend. You can shift your budget plus or minus that much. I have been shopping every Monday getting meals to cook every night for dinner as well as lunches and breakfast for my kids and I’m only spending around $160 a week. That’s it. To feed a family of five!
  • image.pngDo not go to the grocery store hungry! I will literally eat an apple or a stick of Chomps before I go shopping because if I’m hungry I will buy everything I don’t need because everything looks good!
  • On the weeks where I have all the proteins I need and know that I may be eating out once or twice, I go ahead and buy all the staples that I have run out of. Staples like spices, pantry items, etc. That way my bill will not be significantly higher because I’m not purchasing anything extra that week.
  • If your recipe calls for one zucchini, just buy one zucchini. You don’t need to buy 10 zucchinis, or even 2 if your recipe calls for just one.
  • Also, though it does save time, try to not purchase pre-sliced items. You can buy a package of pre-sliced pineapple for $4.99, or you can buy an entire pineapple for $1.99 and just cut it up yourself. When items are pre-sliced like that, it drives your bill up exponentially. This even goes for things like whole chickens. A pack of chicken breast can run $10-$14, or you can just buy the entire chicken for five bucks and took it all at once. Then you can de-bone the chicken and use the bones and remaining meet for broth. So much cheaper. Lastly, don’t fall into the trap of the by “4 for $5” game that grocery stores play. A lot of times I see a yogurt on sale 10 for $10. And I think wow what a deal I can get 10 cartons of yogurt for $10. But will I eat 10 cartons of yogurt that week? No! I could have bought three cartons of yogurt for $3.80 and not wasted instead of spending the $10.
  • Go to yoga. You didn’t think I’d bring this up in a budgeting convo, did you? Well, here’s the thing. When we are experiencing stress or worry, we sometimes shop. Yes. It happens. And not just for overpriced handbags or a new pair of jeans. For groceries too. But if you go to yoga, you almost inevitably lower your cortisol (and thus stress) and then when you hit the store, you are more focused and dedicated to your goal of not spending as much and get in and out without being guided by emotions.
  • Ways to budget your yoga: If you are a new student to Indigo Yoga, you can come to the first Wednesday of each month entirely free. Then you can get a Limitless Membership for $88, and get your second month for free, all classes, all locations. AN EVEN BETTER DEAL is to get the Limitless Platinum Membership, where you get water, mat, YogiToes and mat storage all free for just an extra $20. If you get a $2 water and a $2 rental each time you come, on top of a $20 drop in, and you plan to come 2-3 times a week? Dude, you are putting money in my pocket unnecessarily, and a true ladder climbing capitalist would be like YES! KEEP DOING THAT! But that is just silly and not smart and I don’t want you to do that. I want your stress levels low so you keep coming forever. Also with the Platinum — this is the best part — you get one monthly buddy pass for your friends! Another $20 value. ALL of you guys should be on platinum. It’s a massively better savings. Other great tips:
    • Take good care of your yoga mat. Wipe it down after every practice, and let it dry properly. Do not roll it up wet. Not only will it break down faster but it will mildew and stink.
    • Wash your yoga clothes separately from your other clothes with a proper sports laundry detergent, like WIN — you may spend just a bit more on the detergent, but it will for sure extend the life of your yoga gear AND help fight the yoga image.pngfabric stench!! And of course – hang your wet clothes to dry just as soon as you can. It only takes one time for your gear to sit in a bag wet for a day in the car to set that stank in for good. PS: friends don’t let friends wear smelly yoga clothes.
    • Bring your own bottle. Duh! Saves money and saves the earth.
    • Take advantage of our community classes at the Trailhead and Panther Pavillion that are free to the public and a great way to get out of your normal routines and enjoy the outdoors!

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I hope today’s tips help you tighten the belt in more ways than one. Enjoy your new skills, and …

Keep Going!

B

Indigo30 DAY 10: Time savers, and by request — W30 hacks

Between reading labels, prepping food, researching recipes, shopping, planning when to go to yoga, chatting with your Indigo30 pals, scrolling Instagram pages and website and checking in on the Indigo30 page … and finally EATING (followed by lots of dishes and lots of smelly yoga laundry), you probably feel like this thing has consumed your life. Oh the days of unconsciousness… they were so carefree!

On top of it all, you are only one-third of the way through your program. (Gulp). But that should tell you something — that by the time you are nearing the end, you will have this thing down like clockwork, not having to think so hard and work so hard. Do you remember what the habit circle said? It said that by the time the habit is formed, the brain basically takes a break from that task, because knows that it’s ingrained, so it moves on to other things that need its focused attention. The result? You just do the things without too much deliberation or negotiation.

Also, because you are only a third of the way in, I also still have tons and tons of time-saving, super cool tips and info to share! Don’t feel overwhelmed; I will dole them out little by little. You ready?!

Post your menu. If you have a whiteboard or a blackboard or even a big piece of poster board — posting big and bold in or around your kitchen can help you stay on track. Post more than just the menu too! Whole30 recommends making three lists and a few other things:

  1. List #1: The first list should include 3-5 “go-to” dishes you love to eat — easy meals that require little prep and not much brain power. Take a picture of this list and keep it on your device so you can easily shop for a quick, delicious, healthy meal.653c17e5dece2106f2387c3aec942b2d.jpg
  2. List #2: The second list should include the foods you have ready to eat in the fridge (this is so genius): leftovers, cooked and raw vegetables, defrosting meat, sauces and salad dressings. This list serves as inspiration when it’s time to make lunch or dinner.
  3. List #3: The third list is for things you’ve run out of (or are almost out of), so you know to stock up the next time you visit the store. It’s easy to remember what you need for the meal, but dish soap will assuredly be an afterthought when you’re over the moon about finding the coconut butter.
  4. Your yoga schedule: write it up there. Better yet? Make buddy dates with your pals and write their names next to the classes you plan to attend.
  5. Motivation: whatever it looks like for you — inspiration, a compliment someone gave you, a goal you have set — something to remind you that you can do this.

Fast food Indigo30 style. With the daily blog, the Tuesday Posting Parties, and all of your friends chiming in, surely you have adopted a few new tricks to prep and eat quickly if needed. Here are a few more:

  • The Art of Freezing. Melissa Joulwan, author of Well Fed and The Clothes Make the Girl, says, “When I just can’t bear to pack one more work lunch (and I’m feeling really lazy), I don’t even bother to cook my food. Just put two servings of frozen vegetables in a microwaveable container, then drizzle with olive oil and a good shake of garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add a microwaveable protein (grilled chicken, frozen cooked shrimp), cram on the lid and shove the container in your bag. At lunchtime, microwave the whole shebang for three minutes and voila! Instant lunch with no real cooking time.” (I love how dramatic she is.)
  • Speedy Spinach. Whole30 has one idea about Speedy Spinach, and it’s remarkably similar to my beloved Pret a Manger protein pots and veggie pots I get in the U.K. on teaching trips that I always try to recreate when I come back home. They’re so simple it’s silly. Put some spinach leaves in the bottom of a container. Add an egg. That’s it. Drizzle with evoo and salt when you are ready to eat. It is astonishingly delicious for as basic as it is and it’s a million times better than just an egg. The other one I love, the veggie pot, has spinach, hummus, radishes, carrot chips and sprouts, but that’s for post I30. Whole30 has a good spin on it too: spinach in the bottom, when ready add hot food containing meat and veggies over the top — the residual heat will lightly wilt the spinach leaves, creating a super-yum, hearty lil’ bowl of goodness.

HACK: Vital Farms pre-boiled eggs come 4 to a box but individually packaged with 2 eggs, salt and pepper. Eggs aren’t hard to boil, but you do have to peel and stuff… and sometimes, there just ain’t time. And you can count on happy chickens laying quality eggs with Vital Farms. 

  • Veggies on hand. Carrots, celery, snap peas, zucchini, sunburst tomatoes, thick cut mushrooms, watermelon radishes — all great in snack-size ziplocks and ready to roll when you are. Another favorite of mine is to steam a good amount of baby Yukon gold potatoes. So easy to heat up and so divine with evoo drizzled and kosher salt sprinkled. Extra good paired with some asparagus and a boiled egg (and more evoo). I learned of that little trio in Italy. My dear friend made it for me for lunch one day and I’ve been hooked ever since. Molto bene!
  • Chop till you drop. If you are chopping up vegetables, don’t be afraid to chop more to use as on-the-go snacks, recipe adds and quick-dish readiness. The worst that can happen is the leftovers hit the compost (you have one, riiiight???) or your pet rabbit gets treats.
  • The brown paper bag trick. A brown paper lunch bag will ripen fruit and veggies faster than leaving them out. Bananas, peaches, pears and avocados will all fast track in the bag (fast track is about 24 hours to ripen.)
  • Les Onigons et Le Mirepoix. Whole30 suggests teaching yourself how to chop an 90741-mirepoix.jpgonion like a pro with a video… that’s cool. And for about 50 cents more you can buy all that stuff pre-chopped. Fifty cents is worth my hands not smelling and my eyes not watering. It’s also worth the 5-10 minutes it would take me to chop. If you don’t know what Mirepoix is, it’s AWESOME — it’s a chopped up blend of white onion, carrot and celery — the basic staples of bone broth, soups, stirfrys, you name it! Trader Joe’s of course.
  • Speaking of bone broth … For the love of God, get over your Instapot-phobia and just use the damn thing! IT’S NOT THAT HARD. REPEAT: IT’S NOT THAT HARD. It goes like this: put the stuff in the Instapot, put the lid on, hit the button. I’m not trying to be a smart ass. That’s actually what you do. Bone broth is my most common creation — I’ve tried a few other things but honestly my go-to that I use it for the most is bone broth. It’s PACKED with nutrients and minerals. It’s also rich in amino acids not found in meat, and chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine, the compounds sold as supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis and joint pain. As if that’s not enough, since everyone is jumping on the collagen train right now, you will be delighted to know that the soup bones that are used in bone broth include collagen, which is a protein. BB aids in healing leaky gut and regulating digestion, muscle repair and growth, it helps balance your nervous system and strengthens your immunity. You use it all the time in soups and recipes. It’s delicious by itself when you feel crummy. Should I keep going? Go to the grocery store, ask the meat department for some bone broth bones, get the Mirepoix, add all the herbs and water and throw it all in the pot and hit the button. Two hours later, you will be the proud producer of about 6-8 mason jars full of this magic healing elixir.

HACK: Buy your Instapot at Bed Bath & Beyond – www.retailmenot.com will always have a 20% coupon you can use. Otherwise, just ask them for a discount and they will find you something! Plus they have easy returns. 

HACK: Pour bone broth into ice-cube trays and freeze. Anytime you need to fry something up or sauté a pan of wonderfulness, just toss in a cube or two! 

  • My favorite thing of all – Daily Harvest cups! Oh my, nothing makes my heart sing like a Daily Harvest cup. They come shipped to your door in a box lined with protected dry ice. They are flavorful and FAST. Smoothies, bowls
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    Cauliflower Rice + Pesto Harvest Bowl

    and soups are compliant (they have other things like lattes, sundaes, overnight oats and chia cups but those are for post I30). Dump some of your homemade bone broth if you want a clear soup, or bone broth and coconut milk for something heartier. Add protein (I love to add shredded chicken or pan-seared scallops) Straight from D-H, here is the list of compliant cups:

All of our cups are gluten-free and vegan, and the following cups are also Whole30 compliant being grain-free, legume-free, and free of any added sweeteners:

Acai + Cherry Smoothie
Apple + Greens Smoothie
Banana + Greens Smoothie
Blueberry + Hemp Smoothie
Cacao + Avocado Smoothie
Carrot + Chia Smoothie
Chai + Coconut Smoothie
Chocolate + Blueberry Smoothie
Cold Brew + Almond Smoothie
Dragonfruit + Lychee Smoothie
Mango + Greens Smoothie
Mango + Papaya Smoothie
Mint + Cacao Smoothie
Pineapple + Matcha Smoothie
Watermelon + Cucumber Smoothie

Cauliflower Rice + Pesto Harvest Bowl

Cauliflower + Leek Stew
Coconut + Carrot Soup

Chocolate + Hazelnut Sundae

HACK: Use this code to get a free cup with purchase: https://daily-harvest.com/r/RE-D4D7S7K

  • Lightning Fast Foods. Frozen vegetables as mentioned, pre-packaged vegetables (Central Market, Whole Foods and Tom Thumb have exceptional PPV sections), pre-made salsa, guacamole, canned pumpkin, canned squash, canned butternut squash and packaged broth — all awesome. So many wonderful, organic, sugar-free and preservative free options. Just read those labels!

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So I know I have equipped you with a ton of ideas for saving time, but promise me that you will use these tips wisely, not to cut corners or rush through your meals. My hope is that they allow you to spend more time doing the things you love and less time in prep and planning mode. Coming soon: “Weekend Take-Your-Time Recipes” that will take lovely, sweet, drawn out time, that you will, once you eat the deliciousness, understand why the process is SO WORTH IT! Yay!

Have a great day 10! More tips and hacks to come!

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