Its seems like everywhere I turn I see another fire set of chrome nails. A few months ago Gigi Hadid gave the trend a major boost into mainstream media by rocking them to the 2016 Met Gala. At first, it seemed like only the pros were having all the fun, but now its pretty easy to buy the powder and do it yourself. Get into chrome nails yourself with some great examples from Instagram below.
So you’ve made the brave decision to embark on a Whole30 journey. People end up doing the Whole30 for all types of reasons; perhaps you have some food sensitivities, want to finally give up sugar, or just want to drop a few pounds the “right” way. I’m not going to lie to you, although all three apply it was the latter that made me step up to the plate. With all that being said I was at least somewhat curious enough to see if my auto-immune issues would be positively affected. Regardless of what brought you to this point, going at it without a plan is not wise, and if I’m being completely honest, will probably not end well. Im gearing up for a second Whole30 and decided to share some tips that I believe will have you coasting through your Whole30.
Set aside time to plan, shop for, and prepare your meals ahead of time. As DJ Khaled would say this is a MAJOR KEY. Mosey on over to the Whole30 website and get their handy downloadable food lists, meal template, and travel guide. Meal planning is really the number one thing that could make or break your Whole30. Once you know what you’re eating, then you can go shop and cook. I generally cook for the week, or at least enough to make it through the workweek, every Sunday.
Recognize sh*t happens and have a backup plan. Stock-up on nuts, fruit, Lara bars, Rx bars or whatever quick grab Whole30 approved items you like for when you don’t have time. Go ahead and separate bulk items in little baggies. Just like that Snickers commercial says, you’re not yourself when you’re hungry and we don’t want that to lead to bad decisions. Research any fast food options. There are not a lot of on the go options, but Chipotle is pretty much my go to in a crunch. You can have carnitas, lettuce, all salsas except the corn, and guacamole DASSIT.
Get rid of ALL the temptation in the house! I know some people may not be able to if your whole house is not on board, but you can save yourself from a weak moment if you do. Throw away the cookies, the ice cream, and yes your beloved coffee creamer.
Recruit a friend a do it with you. This is actually how I tried Whole30 for the first time, a friend of mine was gearing up to do it and convinced me to do it with her. Having an accountability partner who also understands exactly what you are going through is super helpful. You can encourage each other to keep going when it seems like the whole world is against you. I swear we had SO MANY free food opportunities at work during my first round. BBQ, red velvet cake, and are those donuts still warm?!?!
Don’t reinvent the wheel, find out what everybody else is doing. You’re not the first and certaintly won’t be the last person to do a Whole30, so plenty of the research is already done for you. Search Twitter and Instagram using the #whole30 and do a Google search for recipes. Pinterest is an excellent resource for tips, recipes, and meal plans. I recommend creating your own board to save your favorites. Checkout and follow my board below to get you started.
Have you ever heard about an update to an app and been totally nonchalant about it, not realizing how life altering the change is really going to be? That is how I was with all the updates to Google Maps, and to be more specific, the use of off-line google maps. It’s certainly not for the lack of need, I am the type of person who NEVER turns on their cellular service when I’m out the country. When my phone goes into airport mode for the flight out, it doesn’t come out of said mode until I’m back in the United States. I don’t really talk on the phone much anyway, but the truth is, I’m too cheap frugal for such. The problem being that when I’m out and about exploring foreign lands, there will come a time where I inevitably get lost. Of course these are the same places where the WiFi is spotty or non-existent, heck in some areas you might not be able to get service even if you were willing to accept the charges. And that my dear friends is why when google announced the ability to save offline maps and a host of other related features, I should’ve been jumping for joy. I honestly didn’t get why that was all that great until after I got lost and walked an extra mile in 90 degree weather cause i couldn’t figure out the signs. Bri did that so hopefully you don’t have to go through that. Before your next trip just download the area into your offline maps and you too will be to navigate without data or WiFi. Below you will find the directions for the Apple and Android version of the app.
Note: File sizes of the maps vary depending on the area. Both iPhone and Android versions can save offline maps. Android users can save their offline maps to a SD card to save space on the internal phone memory and also utilize a new WiFi only mode that updates the map only when on WiFi. This is really great because it allows the rest of your phone to still use cellular if you choose to.
I secretly feel like Adele writing this post after the ridiculously long hiatus I took from blogging. I am sorry to all five of you who actually read this thing. As you can see, there has been a few changes around these parts and while this will continue to be a lifestyle blog, ill be focusing more on travel as well. Of course, since this is Free To Be Bri, the disclaimer is that ill continue to talk about whatever, whenever the feeling hits me. Cue up Bobby Brown’s My Prerogative