Let’s chat: Why I started blogging!

A few weeks ago my blog turned one! It was exciting to look back on the last year and see how many connections I’ve been able to make in this community. Although I don’t blog as much as I would like to or even as much as I planned to when I first started, I am SO happy I have this space. It’s where I come to look back on my words, thoughts and memories. Where I vent and let my emotions out freely without a worry of judgment. I love having this little corner in cyber space where I can share or not share anything I want!

I wanted to write this blog post to share why I started blogging and one thing I realized was that reason has changed so much in the last year. It’s become different little reasons along the way but in all transparency it has become a safe place for my sanity as well as my dark moments. I come here to work through thoughts and in the end of my sometimes dark moments, I end up feeling incredibly grateful for the life I get to live.

Let’s start by backing it up about 17 years to a very troubled and depressed teenager. I have been in and out of therapy for the past 16 years through some of my darkest moments. From an unhappy childhood to anxiety and depression and sometimes harmful thoughts, I seeked help in hopes that one day I’d come out on the other side. Something I realized during therapy was my inability to pinpoint what was making me unhappy. Because of this I was encouraged to write. Write letters to people who hurt me. Write my thoughts when I felt sad. Write when I felt happy. Write on good days and on bad. The result was what helped me work through my emotions and eventually get off antidepressants. I won’t go deeper on this subject right now but may in the future! But this is when I realized how important writing was for my mental health.

Fast forward to being 27 years old, a new mom, and moving to a different time zone away from all of my immediate family. Let’s just say I went through an emotional rollercoaster during my daughters first year of life for so many reasons. Penny was 2 months old when we moved to Arizona and after a few weeks, the excitement of finally moving away from my birthplace wore off and I found myself extremely unhappy.

I do believe all these changes threw me into a state of postpartum depressed but because I didn’t seek professional counseling, I can’t say for sure. Since I have history with depression I knew I needed to talk about what was going through my mind, not suffer in silence and not let my thoughts fester in the pit of my stomach. If I wanted to work through my emotions like I’ve had to in the past, I had to talk to someone. During this time I had a sense of gratitude for knowing exactly who I needed to talk to. My husband. And hand to heart, he’s the reason I am able to feel confident in sharing this. He listened and never dismissed any of my feelings no matter how outrageous they might have sounded to say out loud. He encouraged my writing and to see if it will help me pinpoint the root of my sadness. So I did.

A few months later we moved back to NY and things started to change. I started to find joy in other things separate from my family. I started cooking and learning about my body’s needs from nutrition to mental health. I started seeing my friends more and having “me” time. I started taking care of myself again and spending time with my husband, just the two of us. We found our intimacy again after having Penny. Our communication flourished and have been able to find our relationship separate from being parents.

I came face to face with my joys and my triggers. And honestly I feel like I will always have to work on my emotional triggers. I also realized how satisfied I felt when I wrote and connected to others. I didn’t want to only turn to it when I felt I was in a dark place. So I started my blog to share my experiences and my thoughts but also my passion for food and overall wellness. It truly makes me happy to express myself through my blog. Grammatical errors and run on sentences included! And just the possibility that my words and experiences can resonate or make one single person out there feel understood, makes my heart feel so full!

So that is why I started my blog my friends. For you, for me, for us! Through the last year it’s been my outlet for different reasons and I might not have a particular niche I write about but I’m okay with that. Being able to share little bits of everything makes me happy. Thank you so much for being here!

Happy one year, The Sunday Biscotti!

Xo,

Vee

Let’s Chat: Whole30 Meals + Products

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Hey friends!

I’m following up on my post about my experience with Whole30 last month! In this post I’m sharing some of my favorite meals and how I tried to simplify what I cooked with a toddler running around. This is still how I find myself cooking lately even though I ended my Whole30 last month. Lets jump into it!

So when planning my meals my goal was simply to stick to whole foods. My plate would have a combination of protein, veggies and sometimes fruit. Let’s start with breakfast! Here are some examples of what my meals looked like for me… Continue reading “Let’s Chat: Whole30 Meals + Products”

Let’s Chat: My Whole30-ish Experience!

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Hey there!

Last month I decided to finally do it! I was curious, I was excited and felt like I’ve been basically eating Whole30-ish anyway, so why not make it, “Instagram official” and commit to it for 30 days! So I decided that May would be the month for me to try Whole30 and reap all the benefits I’ve heard so much about. Better sleep and glowy skin here I come! 

If you are not familiar with Whole30, here is a quick break down. For 30 days you remove the following foods from your diet:

  • Dairy
  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Sugar – real and artificial 
  • Alcohol

Basically, whole30 is about eating REAL FOOD! No processed junk, YES, even if it says ALL NATURAL on it, LOL! Checking ingredients and sticking to whole foods. Check out the whole30 website here, for more details!

The idea is to remove these foods for 30 days and slowly reintroduce them into your diet one by one and see how your body reacts! Hense, you figure out which foods make your body thrive and which make you want to take a 10 hr nap!

What caught my interest about Whole30, was it wasn’t a weight loss diet. I loved that the goal of Whole30 wasn’t to lose weight or get “summa ready”, It’s about finding the foods that make you feel like your best-self. And let me tell you, even though my Whole30 only lasted 15 days, due to not planning properly on my end, I was able to see which foods don’t agree with me after slowly reintroducing them back into my diet. 

I know some people may look at Whole30 as extremely restrictive, and they are 100% right, Ha! But the truth is, if you plan ahead and take advantage of the unlimited resources over at Whole30, you can do this without feeling like you’re punishing yourself!

The issue that I had was not planning my meals and not stretching out the food I had. I ended up eating through my food way too fast which caused me to go to the grocery store 3 times a week for more food. Other things like my damn oven being broken, Ben being out of town for work and riding solo on the parenting bus, contributed to my poor meal planning but I wont make excuses! Truth is, I am not a good planner in general and I am much better in a team than solo for this kind of stuff. Ben was supposed to start his Whole30 with me when he came back from his trip but ended up abandoning me. I guess the whole “for better or worse” in our wedding vows didn’t include Whole30, LOL!

So after my Whole15, I was eager to reintroduce the foods I missed! I started with oats and then moved on to my other favorites like pasta and rice. And you know what I realized?! All 3 of those foods made me feel bloated! Also, I felt full after only a few bites. As much as I craved them, once I ate them I felt like I kind of put, “the pasta on a pedestal”, if you know what I mean! Same with dairy. It just wasn’t all that. This process has really helped me realize which foods make me feel my best and which don’t. yay! 

Now I’m not saying I am going to stay away from these foods foreva eva, But now I know what to expect if I decide to eat them. Whole30’s goal is to give you food freedom and learn more about what your body thrives on. And this is different for everyone!

The question I’ve been asked the most is:

Would you try Whole30 again?

My answer: Hell yeah! And the next time I do it I will make sure I am fully prepared and I guilt trip my husband to doing it with me. Maybe even encourage other friends to do it with me. It’s just more fun that way! 

Another question I’ve been asked is how am I eating now? 

If I had to pick a way of eating, I’d say paleo with a side of ish (paleo-ish) with a side of vegetarian and sometimes even pescatarian, LOL! Okay, honestly I don’t label my diet. I don’t find any benefit personally to do so. Sometimes I eat meat and sometimes I can go weeks without it. Same with dairy and sugar. I love the idea of buying organic and minimally processed foods but spending $8 on an organic head of broccoli is just not happening people! I do my best and am realistic when I grocery shop. Whole30 helped me realize which foods make me feel my best, which has helped me in so many ways! Better sleep and more energy were the ones I noticed the most. And if you have kids you know how important those two are!

I will be working on a post about meals I had during my Whole30 and new foods I discovered from places like Thrive Market and Trader Joes. So stay tuned!

I hope this blog post was helpful for anyone doing Whole30 or thinking about it! Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions. I would be happy to answer them!

xo,

Vee

 


Penny’s 3rd Birthday Party!

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Penny’s birthday parties came and went! And I have to say these were the most effortlessly fun parties to date. We had a Sofia the First party at school with her classmates and surprised her with cupcakes and a big 3 balloon! She was not expecting it and had the sweetest reaction when everyone started singing happy birthday and realized the party was for her! Ha! The whole party was about 45 minutes and let me tell you it was perfectly sweet and simple. I never thought I’d say this but these 3 year olds were easily impressed! Continue reading “Penny’s 3rd Birthday Party!”

Dear Penny: Happy third birthday!

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Dear Penny,

Today you are three years old. I’ve said it before and I’ll tell you again and again until you’re old enough to fully grasp the infinite joy you have brought into my life. And even then I’ll still remind you just how special you are and how much your daddy and I love you. This last year was filled with firsts for all three of us. We took time getting to know each other in your new stage of discovery and exercising your own voice filled with thoughts and options. Continue reading “Dear Penny: Happy third birthday!”