Sisterly California Adventures

Since 2011, my sister and I have taken a sister-trip or do a sister-activity at least once a year. Although I’ve been to California a handful of times, Sara has never been that far West. Besides hitting up all of the natural touristy spots for her, I also had to do a lot of research on where to eat because of my known food allergies/sensitivites. Not eating donuts (and fonuts), normal fish tacos, and items from food trucks will suck – especially watching Sara enjoy them, but I’d much rather not break out in hives or eczema. I will however go “off the AIP rails” and eat Paleo foods, as long as the items are 1. Organic and 2. Preservative/crap free.

Although I already covered major ground in SoCal to hit (see other articles 1 and 2), I wanted to highlight a bulk of the places in the neighborhood that we were staying in, Santa Monica. Here are some spots during our adventure that made our sisterly R&R so magical:

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How to Get Through the Midweek Slump? Let’s Talk Brunch.

Is it just me or does it already seem like the longest week ever? It’s only Wednesday, but I’ve been thinking about the weekend…since about the minute I set my Monday morning alarm. Fear not, here’s something to ease your mind and help you get through the week. There’s a new weekend brunch in town!

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Sweetgreen(ing) in Chicago

At last – Sweetgreen has FINALLY come to the Midwest. A.K.A. two blocks away from our apartment #praisejesus.

Started in D.C. In 2007, SG only sources local and organic ingredients from farmers and partners they trust. Best of all (in my opinion),  their menu lists EVERY SINGLE ingredient used in their bowls, salads, drinks, and dressings. For those of us who have a lot of food allergies/sensitivities, this is like heaven on earth.

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AIP / Paleo Curry

I don’t know if it’s my short fuse for pedestrians lately, but it seems like the sidewalks of River North/Streeterville of Chicago have gotten worse in the last couple of months. People are straight up rude, man. Walking in lines of four or fives, not sharing the sidewalk, blowing smoke in your face, not paying attention to their elements, or just purposefully bumping into you. Makes me wanna go HAM on some tourists really bad – Even if my hands are full of groceries. Instead of shoulder checking a semi-innocent old lady or douschey guy, we try to avoid going out on major streets and stick to the side streets. At least while we still live in Streeterville.

Instead of taking trip to the local Indian restaurant, we decided to bypass the a-hole pedestrians and make our own giant pot of curry.

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Getting Tac(fit)tical with David Hardin

For almost a year, I was a complete classpass whore. I joined during the first wave when it was only $100 a month and you can go to your favorite gyms as many times as you want. It was heaven, especially because I was in #shreddingforthewedding mode. However, after a few months, I noticed the classes became fuller, the monthly price slowly began to rise, and then got hit with the “3x a month” gym visit. Annoying yes, but did the price/restrictions outweigh other gym memberships? No. I bit my tongue and continued on.

One day, after getting locked out of one of my usual classes, I noticed a class nearby at Lateral Fitness called “TACFIT.” Since I had nothing to lose and needed to fill my morning with a workout, I signed up. Little did I know this was the class to change everything going forward.

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(Mentally) Screaming for Ice Cream

Now that I’m on month four of my AIP lifestyle, my time and focus has totally shifted from eating out to instead cooking at home. Mostly, cooking to find loopholes and making “safe” AIP foods into the foods I miss: Donuts, Bread, Pasta, Tacos, Ice Cream, you name it. However, now that I have a limited amount of safe food I can eat on the reg. I find myself gorging on those. For example: raw honey and tahini. Woof, I eat raw honey like it’s going out of style. Although tahini is not AIP, it was classified on my food allergy test as a safe food. Whatever can be dipped or needs a sesame topping, I load on the tahini. Is it too much? Yes. Do I care? Absolutely not. Why? I can only eat certain things and my hard workouts balance it out.

Anyways, one major breakthrough that I discovered at the end of month two was an idea to create a “safe” treat to enjoy after dinner.

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I’ll Sleep when I’m Dead…

This used to be my motto during college up until I met my hubby on my 25th birthday. However, now that I’ve been suffering some weird ass wave of insomnia, I regret ever letting those words fly out of my mouth. For the past 2.5 weeks, I’ve slept like garbage. Tossing and turning, waking up multiple times in the night, hearing every little sound in our apartment, it’s horrible. I’m SO exhausted yet, I still can’t fall asleep. Instead of blaming the usual scapegoat (stress), I’ve turned to more natural ways to help me fall asleep.

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