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The Real Housewife of Chicago (and her guilty pleasures)

To anyone who knows me, they know that I love watching the Real Housewives series on Bravo. Okay, I lied. I’m totally ADDICTED to them. And to answer your question, I watch every city-even though a handful are definitely better than others. 90% of the time involves old(er) rich ladies who fight like they’re back in 8th grade, but that 10% of the time is the portion that keeps me coming back for more. Whether it’s the slick comebacks (NeNe is the Queen), the “jobs” some of these wives have, or the ridiculously gorgeous lives they live (um Lisa V.), TRH series takes precedent in our household.

While I live and breathe #AIP, I still have my moments when I crave normal people food-a.k.a. sweets. Coincidentally enough I thought of this article while watching RHONJ. I mean, what better way to combine my favorite show(s) than with themed treats around town….treats that I would die to eat.

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Finding the Tropics in the Midwest

When you have no vacation days to spare and are saving for other big life changes (such as moving), how is one supposed to feel like you’re not sitting at home watching t.v. all night. You can certainly take a road trip somewhere close by, you can blow a chunk of your paycheck in one of the bars around town, or you can do what my hubs and I have been doing-cooking more at home.

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Kicking A$$ During the Work Week

Since April, my work life balance has been totally off. Me and my non-food colleagues have been putting in more hours, giving more brain cells, and having less time to decompress. Although I love my current workout regime (bar, yoga, pilates, strength training), I’m exhausted when arrive to class. I definitely feel like my workouts haven’t been as effective as they were before. I haven’t even been motivated to workout lately-super weird even for me.

Truth be told, because I’m so annoyed/pissed that I have no relaxation time, it affects my motivation and concentration at the gym. Normally, I would use the gym as an escape, but my body/mind are exhausted trying to “zone” out when there’s so many other things on my mind. I finally listened to my husband’s advice and decided to take out my aggression somewhere else than on a gym mat.

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Mary Had a Little….. AIP Lamb Gyro

Woof, I miss a good gyro. That fluffy pita bread, the colorful toppings, the spicket of delicious meat dripping with flavor. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. While I’m still reintroducing normal people food back into the diet, I whipped up my own lazy girl version of an AIP Gyro. Although it looks super healthy (which it is) and boring (FALSE), it’s actually pretty effing tasty. Check it out for yourself…I DARE YOU.

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Healthy Lunching in the Chicago Loop

In a city with so many food options, the selections are endless – except (ironically) when it comes to healthy eating. Sure most lunch spots in the Loop have “healthy” alternatives. But are they really indeed healthy or clean? Most of them, no. With my hectic travel schedule lately, there have been a few times where I’ve come into work needing to buy lunch-from not being able to stock up on groceries. With my recent diet change (AIP) and in need of food, it’s forced me to hunt for clean spots to dine in the loop.

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Bangers and Lace: The Original Hipster

When walking down Division Street in Wicker Park, you can always find a new beer to drink, taco to eat or, thick-rimmed glasses trend to wear? Needless to say, the hipster scene is real in WP. And for the past 6 years, Bangers and Lace has been the hub of originality in the community. With over 30 beers on tap and homemade sausage created right in the kitchen, B&L’s menu options introduce to new and exciting flavors for customers to try.

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Reintroducing the Taco

If there’s one thing that I’ve been craving while being on my elimination diet (besides donuts, duh) it’s TACOS. I tried reintroducing corn three weeks ago and that unfortunately did not pass the test. I broke out in eczema patches….SOB. I mean a food sensitivity doesn’t mean I can’t eat corn (chips, tortillas, on the cob, popcorn, etc.), it just means that when I eat corn products, I’m accepting the itchiness that comes with it.

Luckily for me, I found some AIP products that will still kind of taste like a normal taco, I just won’t suffer with itches from them.

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