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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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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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