The Learner Observer

Well hello good people of the internet! How have you been? Me? Oh you know, I’ve been trying to stay as far away from anything that even resembles chocolate or bread as possible.

Speaking of delicious food, the Whole30 has actually been going surprisingly well!  After the migraines and extreme fatigue of week 1 passed, I actually started to feel better, except that I wasn’t sleeping very well. Not sure if that’s related to the challenge, but it happened around days 12-14 and it suuuuucked!  All is well now (I hope) and I’ve started to feel more alert, which is typical of this “Tiger Blood” phase. The strange thing is, I feel tired really early at night, so maybe something’s missing from my diet? Typical meals have been as such:


1 banana and 1 tablespoon of almond butter or 2 scrambled eggs with a bit of pancetta (yep, that’s allowed – no sugar!)

Almond ButterIn case you’re wondering and/or interested, this is the nut butter we have been eating.  See the ingredient? That’s right… there’s only 1: almonds!  This stuff is so delicious and makes me feel like I’m eating dessert. That being said, I try to only eat it once a day! Oh and it comes in crunchy – YUM!


Baby spinach and arugula salad with a chicken breast (usually also some avocado) and homemade dressing because almost ALL store-bought dressing has sugar and/or soy in the ingredients.  Brutal.  Yes, olive oil and balsamic vinegar are ok to eat, but I like to change it up now and then, and I make a simple dressing with a few ingredients I always have on hand:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s honest-to-goodness good and a little tangy, which I loooove!!!  I do sometimes change up the herbs or add fresh ones.  


So many options here, and yes, I will share them all with you!  A recent fave is butternut squash and chicken curry.  It’s like WHOA good!

I know some of you had questions about this, so feel free to ask.  It’s like the #1 topic of conversation these days wherever I go, which I totally don’t mind because now that the good feelings have started, I’m happy to recommend this to just about anyone!

Oh yeah, here’s a little Pinterest-friendly graphic for the salad dressing!

Super Simple Salad Dressing by The Learner Observer.jpg

P.S. if you have a recipe you’d like to share, ummm… PLEASE do!  Ok?  Thanks!


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    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    February 24, 2014

    Ooooo! Mark is on a kick of making salad dressings right now, so I am super stoked to share this one with him. Also, had to pin that pin-able graphic you made. Too fab! And I’m glad to hear you’re starting to feel a little better and sleep better; I wonder if your early evening fatigue is simply from working hard during the day and not having sugars or caffeine to amp you up? Either way, you are inspiring me with this Whole30 mission!

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      February 25, 2014

      Oh that’s awesome! I have a feeling his salad dressings may be way more fun than this one haha! Thanks for pinning, my friend!! I’m thinking the fatigue is happening exactly because if the lack of caffeine. Trying green tea and it seems to help :)

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    February 25, 2014

    That is the best almond butter out there!!!! I take a tbsp of the crunchy one with my to work everyday! I feel like I won the lotto when it’s on sale!! HAHA

    Can you have sweet potato?? Lately I have been loving sweet potato cut up and coated with some coconut oil, garlic powder, salt+pepper and cooked in the oven.

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      February 25, 2014

      Oh my gosh I can’t believe I never knew about them! Funny thing is I dealt with them as a vendor when I worked for a major grocery store’s transportation department.

      I can definitely have sweet potato and I’m going to try that tonight!!! Thanks for the tip!

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    February 26, 2014

    I have that almond butter! So good!

    Good for you, Thalita, for keeping on with this. It’s quite the challenge!

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      March 11, 2014

      I’m obsessed! I don’t think I could go back to regular peanut butter after this!!

      Thanks so much, Tara! It’s been a major learning experience!

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