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Chili-Lime Shrimp Skewers

I unfortunately live in an apartment where grills are not allowed on individual patios and balcony’s. Luckily, this summer, they opened a new pool with built in grills for the residents to use. It has been the best addition for me so far! I have used it at least once a week.

Nothing says summer more than being able to get out and grill some yummy food. I can literally throw everything on the grill from meat to vegetables to potatoes and have minimal clean up in my own kitchen! Not to mention its super quick and makes it just that much more delicious. Before this summer, I never used a grill and at the start of summer I would just prepare everything and have my boyfriend grill it for me. But I am growing in my grilling independence and am learning how to do it. I must say, the chili lime shrimp skewers turned out amazing and they did not last very long in the house! 

This paired perfectly with my summer like creamy avocado coleslaw and flavorful mango salsa.  Although the shrimp could totally be eatin by itself, Who doesn’t like a good dip right? And avocado dip is a must try!

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Chili-Lime Shrimp Skewers
Summer time is for grilling and this chili lime flavor is giving all of the summer time vibes
Instructions
  1. add unthawed shrimp to skewer. About 6 shrimp per skewer
  2. combine olive oil and lime juice and coat each side of the shrimp.
  3. combine dried seasonings into a bowl. Generously season easy side of the shrimp withe the combined seasonings
  4. Cook on a grill for about 6 minutes each side
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Whole 30 Creamy Coleslaw

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Whole 30 Creamy Coleslaw
This whole 30 approved creamy coleslaw goes perfectly with any summer time grilled dish. Use the recipe from https://balancedfee.com/recipe/avocado-creme-sauce/ to put it all together!
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
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  1. Through mix all ingredients and serve chilled
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Avocado Creme Sauce

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Avocado Creme Sauce
A Whole 30 approved sauce that can be used for salads or for dipping!
Prep Time 5 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl or jar
  2. Use immersion blender and blend until smooth.
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Crispy Fish

The most common thing I get from people that are trying the new healthy eating lifestyle is if they have to give up fried foods. Although the answer is yes, there is a way to still enjoy it but in a way that your body will love you much more for!

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Crispy Fish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
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  1. Heat a skillet with olive oil over medium heat
  2. separate the almond flour and egg into two separate bowls
  3. make sure you pat the cod dry so that the breading can stick on the fish better
  4. Season your fish and you can also season the almond flour mix if you desire
  5. Take a piece of fish, dip it completely covering both sides, in the egg and doing the same for the fish by covering it in the almond flour
  6. Once covered completly, add fish to the hot skillet.
  7. Cook fish on each side for 4-6 minutes, checking for browning and crisping. Flip carefully.
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Working Nightshift + Sticking to the Plan

Working night shift is NOT easy.

Famous quotes from others “Nightshift takes years off of your life” “Working night shift is equivalent to smoking cigarettes” (that one cracks me up) “Ive gained so much weight since I’ve been on night shift” “My depression has been so bad since I’ve been on nights” and on and on..

There could be truth to many of these statements. I’ve personally seen my friends not do well mentally and physically on night shift. Shoot, I was never a night person myself. I truly am a morning person at heart.

I started working night shift at the beginning of nursing school to help me make a little bit more money and to help me schedule my clinical days and class time better. I had to work full time during nursing school, I had no choice there as I was going to nursing school after 25 years of age and didn’t have the option of living at home and having no bills. Once I got my first nursing job, as majority of my other class mates, night shift was where you had to start because day shift positions were never open as the more senior people got the opportunity to choose to work day shift.

Once I moved back to Michigan and was hired into my second nursing job, the only schedule available for new staff was rotating shifts. Fit all the above quotes into the rotating schedule lifestyle because they all stand true! Rotating shift was probably the worst schedule I have had to take on and I did it for 1 year. After a year, i had the opportunity to go to straight nights (again, day shift is not available unless you’ve worked there for at least 5 years) and so I chose to do that. Believe it or not it has been so much better than rotating and I feel much more normal than when I was switching back and forth from day to night.

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Working nights is still hard. The hardest part when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is that the shift CAN be quieter (NOT always, especially when you have a very sick or an extremely delirious patient!). The increased down time creates signals in your brain that just say eat, eat all the snacks, eat some more, just taste some things. This is how the pounds can easily add on (along with if you aren’t getting enough sleep).

Being healthy and on nights is 100% possible and 100% in your control!

Here are the things that I do to keep healthy while working nights as a nurse

  1. Meal planning-write a weekly plan of your meals and snacks and grocery shop to last during your stretch of work shifts
  2. Meal prepping-cook food ahead of time so in between shifts you just pack it into a container and go
  3. Pack extra snacks that are healthy in case of emergency hunger moments or when there are a ton of unhealthy options in the break room, you can always grab your healthy snack to eat while everyone else is eating as well. -Rx Bars, fruit, almond butter and nuts are my favorite snacks
  4. SAY NO. You do not have to give into temptation if you are not wanting to. Eat your yummy food you brought. Its not that big of a deal.
  5. Drinking plenty of water-Super important and even I need to remind myself regularly to do this!
  6. Have black out curtains to allow for substantial rest during the day
  7. Phone on silent during the day-No interruptions. You don’t call your friends and family at 1am, you do not need to be bothered at 1pm.

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To my fellow nurses out there stuck on night shift and feeling unhealthy, turn the stigma around. You have full control over how you feel and the health of your body. Don’t make your schedule be the reason, make a plan using some of the tips I shared above and even add some of your own. If there is something you do but I did not mention it above, please share it with me in the comments, I’d love to hear it :-).

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Mango Salsa

Sometimes you just need to take your meals from boring to exciting! Mango salsa is so tasty with salad, fish, and if enjoying food freedom, some tortilla chips!

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Mango Salsa
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
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  1. Once all ingredients are chopped, add and mix into a bowl. Serve chilled
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Guacamole

Guacamole has been one of my favorite things to make lately. The favorite part of my food freedom has been pairing the guacamole with some siete grain free tortilla chips, lime flavor! It has to be lime flavor! Otherwise, the guacamole goes perfectly on grilled chicken, shrimp, sweet potato fries , and with veggies for dipping.

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Guacamole
Whole 30 compliant guacamole. Be the life of the party by making this delicious guacamole for you and guests and staying on track with your goals
Cuisine Whole 30
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Cuisine Whole 30
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. in a large bowl, add avocado, tomato, white onion, cilantro, salt, cumin and the juice of the lime
  2. Mix all ingredients. I like to use a fork because i enjoy some chunkiness from the avocado but you may use a blander if you like the avocado smooth.
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Whole 30 Loaded Sweet Potato Fries

It’s way to easy to be stuck in a rut with whole 30 meals and cooking. The only way i survived was by trying new recipes that were simple yet delicious. Here I will share with you my super easy recipe for loaded sweet potato fries using sweet potatoes, slow cooker pulled pork with tessemaes BBQ sauce (whole 30 compliant), and my guacamole recipe. 3 delicious things layered into one delicious meal.

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Whole 30 Loaded Sweet Potato Fries
These loaded sweet potato fries give you on really good reason to want to kee on whole 30'n
Course Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine Whole 30
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
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Course Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine Whole 30
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
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Instructions
  1. Add pork loin to slow cooker with enough water to cover it completly. Add salt if desired for flavor. Let cook on high for 4 hours
  2. Once the pork loin is close to finishing, clean, peel and slice sweet potatoes into fries. Cover with olive oil or any other oil you desire to use, add salt, pepper, and cumin to fries. Lay flat on a baking pan and put in the broiler oven on high for about 10 minutes a side or until browned.
  3. Once pork loin is done, you'll know if it can tear apart easily and is nice and tender, transfer from slow cooker into a bowl and shred the meat with a fork. once shredded, add bbq sauce to pork adding a small batch at a time until the bbq sauce is covering the meat as you would like.
  4. Layer sweet potatoes with pulled bbq'd pork and guacamole, garnish with green onions and enjoy!
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Whole 30 BBQ Meatballs

I am so thankful that I stumbled upon the wonderful, Tessamae’s dressings, in the grocery story. My favorite store at that, Fresh Thyme, where I find most of the latest and greatest whole 30/paleo food items that are perfect for my diet.

Tessamae’s has a BBQ sauce that is 100% whole 30 approved and sooo sooo tasty! I am a person that loves BBQ sauce and having it especially on my chicken or beef. Finding this sauce was a lifesaver.

I have loved making meatballs and tossing them in the sauce and sometimes adding a whole 30 approved hot sauce to add a little kick, making it a delicious spicy BBQ sauce.

This recipe is everything a person could want. Simple, easy, whole 30 approved, paleo approved, gluten free, grain free and delicious!

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Whole 30 BBQ Meatballs
When Whole 30 and BBQ Meatballs meet. Ya...It's possible!
Course Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 14 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
Servings
Meatballs
Ingredients
Course Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 14 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
Servings
Meatballs
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix with a large spoon or your hands
  2. Once mixed evenly, take a measuring cup or scooper (i used a 1/4 cup measuring cup) to form even meatballs. Roll into a ball
  3. Add each meatball to an oiled skillet over medium heat. Cook on each side turning every few minutes until cooked throughly
  4. Once cooked throughly, take out of skillet and add meatballs to a bowl. In the bowl add 1/2 cup of Tessemae's BBQ sauce to the bowl and toss until evenly coated on each meatball.
  5. Serve with your favorite vegetable or spaghetti squash!
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Learn what PCOS is

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. What does this even mean?

A condition in which women have high levels of male hormones, increasing the risk of irregular or absent menstrual cycles, infertility, obesity, ovarian cysts, heart disease, and diabetes. PCOS is associated with insulin resistance. PubMed Health Glossary
(Source: NIH – National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

PCOS is diagnosed by having 2 or 3 symptoms. The 3 symptoms are

  1. Absence of ovulation leading to absent or irregular periods.
  2. Excess body hair
  3. Cysts on one or both ovaries

This means you could have polycystic ovarian syndrome without having cysts on your ovaries but having irregular periods and excess body hair. PCOS is one of the most common reason many women are suffering from infertility today! Other common symptoms you may notice include:

  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Thinning hair/hair loss
  • Acne
  • Sleep problems
  • Headaches
  • Moody
  • Pelvic pain

If you have noticed any symptoms, the best thing you can do for yourself is get checked out, have your blood drawn to check your hormone levels and find the best treatment for you as every person is different.

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