foodie friday: {why we decided not to go paleo}

It’s Friday!

How pumped are you guys?! ME TOO!

I am so excited for this weekend. I honestly plan on doing nothing!! I am in the mood to just chill, hang out with my friends and be productive. I found this picture and unfortunately feel like it describes my life.

Haha moving on…

Today I wanted to talk to you guys a little bit about the paleo diet.What is it? Read this article for more!

I actually have been doing a ton of research on this and Parker and I have been going back and forth for the past few weeks on whether or not we wanted to try it out. I would NOT call this a diet. Diets do not go over well with this girl. Most people go paleo as a lifestyle change. I think it is awesome! It focuses on eating real, whole and natural foods. Some even call it a “caveman diet”.

If you know P and I, we are kinda all or nothing people. And we also love food. Like a lot. When we first started thinking about it, it sounded really appealing. There are definitely things we could both do to clean up our eating habits and thought this would be a great way to start.

WELL… the more we started thinking about it, the more we realized that it is actually very unrealistic especially while we are in college. The main thing that got both of us is the no grains and the no dairy.

For us, at the stage of life we are in right now, cutting out one or more entire food groups just does not make sense to us. For example, last night I went to a meeting that lasted until 9 pmย  and there was free dinner and all they had was pizza. Well I was not going to not eat the pizza. It was my only choice for dinner and I was starving. I came home and ate my favorite KKG desert ever, caramel ice cream loaded with butter and sugar. This is in no way paleo!!!

I’m sorry but I LOVE a good bowl of wheat pasta, quinoa or a gigantic bowl of cereal. I love a piece of cheesy ooooooey gooey pizza or a turkey sandwich. I could live off of sushi with rice. I like cream in my coffee and I really like a gigantic bowl of ice cream or slice of chocolate cake. I am not about to spend my last year of college avoiding alcohol or the deserts at the Kappa house.

I think Gina does a fantastic job of explaining what we we feel are the pros and cons of the paleo diet in this post: Focus On: The Paleolithic Diet.

However, we did sit back and realize that a lot of our meals could be considered very paleo-ish. I find myself eating a piece of meat or fish with vegetables all the time. But I also find myself eating sweet potatoes ALL the time which are not considered paleo and I LOVE a sweet potato. In the mornings, I need a piece of toast with my eggs or an english muffin with my almond butter.

Maybe one day when we have our own kitchen and have more time to prepare and plan meals this would be awesome to try! For now I think we are just going to focus on cleaning up some of our eats and incorporating more paleo-ish style meals into our daily diets, but we definitely do not want to do this right now.

For those of you that are paleo, more power to you!! This is TOTALLY just my own personal opinion about it. I think it is AWESOME that you have this much will power. Send some our way?!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

For all of you crossfit lovers, check out my article for The Daily Campus this week-Crossfit: a unique fitness program and the paleo diet. I also did a blog post for The Fit Mustang with a few of the paleo recipes I want to try- Paleo recipes.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Just something a little different to talk about?!

Have an amazing weekend!!

Question: What are your thoughts on paleo?!!!??


MIMM: {Our Goal}

Hi friends!

Can you believe it is already MONDAY?! Me either! There are so many marvelous things going on right now! So I wanna jump right into it. Thanks Katie for hosting this!

1. This weekend!! Date Party “Glow with the Flow” Friday night with Kappa, Pi Phi and Theta. It was SO much fun! Boulevard Saturday. Get my life together Sunday!

2. Check out my article for today’s Health and Fitness column: Start: โ€˜Real Food Fastโ€™ on Greenville

3. Okay so let’s chat about something. Sooo… since being back at school I have definitely fallen off the bandwagon. Not like terribly and I usually eat healthy because I PREFER the healthier option, but I can not seem to get my munchy little fingers out of anything these days. There is absolutely NO reason for me to have multiple chocolate chip cookies in one sitting. I need to eat ONE and move on. Gross. Time to REEEEEEL it in and I have the perfect way!

You guys remember those days when I used to be able to run and run and run? Yeah.. I hardly remember them either. Saturday was the first time I have actually run straight without stopping for 4 miles. I am craving to get back into the running groove.

Soooo… P and I were talking about what we wanted to do about gifts, etc. this year we decided that we will spend our money on plane tickets and traveling to see each other! And when it comes to birthdays we will focus on doing something that the other loves to do.

Lucky for Parker my mind runs ninety gazillion miles an hour and I already knew exactly what I wanted to do for my 22nd birthday coming up in November. Like any other normal person would ask for…. THE TURKEY TROT! My birthday is the day after Thanksgiving and I have always wanted to do this (okay I really just want him to start running with me…).

Parker wants to get more into running so we can have something we enjoy doing together, and my short stumpy legs run a LOT slower than his… so we decided to do a “couch to 8K” plan.

Our goals: He will work on distance and I will work on speed.

Perfect, right?! I am hoping the running bug will hit me again. I already ran my .5 mile super fast and was done before I knew it (I also walked a mile!). Now I KNOW that these distances are not long at all.. but they are the perfect way for me to spend time building up speed and for P to have enough time to build his endurance! YAY!!! I can not WAIT!

*Note: I will do all of my other workouts normally and do these speedy runs in addition to my workout for the day 3 times a week since they are so short and will take me no time at all!!!!

Here is our little plan:

Off to class. Ugh is it really Monday!?!!!?

Have a great day!

Tackling the Tailgate Thursday

Hey friends!

Just popping in to tell you to hop on over to The Fit Mustang for today’s post: Tackling the Tailgate!

Click Here!

And just because I love you guys so much and I know a lot of you who read this blog actually TAKE food to the tailgate… I found a 5 healthy recipes for you that are easy to make and bring with you!!

1. Mini Caprese Bites

2. Southwestern Black Bean Salad

3. Skinny Taco Dip

4. Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip

5. Caramelized Onion Greek Yogurt Dip


MIMM: {Happy Birthday Mar Mar And I Really Am Back….}

Hi friends!

I am so sorry I am just now posting… I know you have ALL been just anxiously awaiting to read all about my life, right?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I officially get the worst blogger ever award! But I have just been having so much fun with my first week back and haven’t really had a minute to sit down to chat with you.

Let’s just right into what is Marvelous in My Monday!! As always, Katie you are the best for hosting this!

1. Friends. I have been having a BLAST since I have been back. I went out 4 nights last week which is like A LOT for me but got to see so many people and loved every second of it!!

Love all of my sweet friends!!

2. SMU Ambassador job. I literally LOVE it! My favorite part is meeeting people and getting to talk to them about my school that I love SO much. I could go on about SMU for days. This is a perfect little job for me… even though my outfit is kinda gooby ๐Ÿ™‚

3.ย  Yogurt Bowls. This has been my number one craving for a week! Odd, I know. BUT so yummy, filling and satisfying.

4. KKG Food!!

I save tons of $$ because I usually eat all of my meals here!! And let me tell you they do not lack in taste…Our precious cooks are amazing. They cook everything from scratch and it is all SO yummy!! Mostly everything we have is healthy or “healthified” which is super nice. They really do make such an effort to cater to all of the girls and our picky eating.

Some of my recent eats…

5. Bikram is BACK!! I have been twice since Thursday which = one happy girl. I took a picture after class for you guys but it was so tragic, you may never visit my blog again if you had seen it.

6. I am so excited about my Health and Fitness article this week! Check it out: SMU Health Spotlight: McKenna Cottam

7. I get to see THIS GUY in 4 DAYS!!!!

8. Happy Birthday Aunt Mary!!! Love you SO much! Have a great day. YOU ARE THE BEST! Miss you guys!

I hope you guys all have a happy, healthy YUMMY Monday!

See you tomorrow!

So Much Going On: {Let’s Catch Up}

Hey guys!!

How are you?! Ah so much happening over here lately… let’s do a quick little catch up shall we?!

This past weekend I was in Charlotte, North Carolina for my cousin Jody’s wedding! We had an absolute blast. I saw so many people from home and it was great to catch up with everyone. Such a family filled weekend with lots of love, laughs and tons of fun.

A few pictures!!:

The beautiful bride!!

Dinner Friday night… Lots of laughs ๐Ÿ™‚

Speaking of family, my little Rollins headed to Chapman University Monday. She is moving in today. I can not believe it. Were we not just 3 years old yesterday?

I had my “last first day of class” yesterday. What?! When did I get to be almost 22 and a senior? I never EVER thought my last first day of class would come.

First day!!

I also shadowed my first tour of SMU yesterday! I am an ambassador this year, and before I can set out to give my own tours, I have to shadow a couple of times. It was so much fun and it is a job that I am definitely looking very forward to. I love my school and have a lot of pride in it so I am excited to share that with other people.


Last night I had a dinner date with my godmother Kate at Zoe’s to catch up. I will never get sick of this place. Parker doesn’t know it yet, but one day he will open a Zoe’s in my backyard where ever we live ;).

If you want a few little reads, my first article for the semester in the Health and Fitness section was published in The Daily Campus yesterday. The cutest pilates teacher, Rachel contributed it. My blog post for today on The Fit Mustang is about healthy snacks to take to class! Would love your feedback if you want to check them out?!

  1. How to avoid gaining weight in college (Freshman 15… or Freshman 40 for me anyone?!!!)
  2. Healthy Snack for Class

We are still getting settled in our room at the Kappa house and as soon as it is done I will definitely post some pics for you guys. I am so happy to be living in the house again this year! I absolutely love it and there is always somebody to hang out with.

Well… are you sick of hearing about my life yet?

I think I am off to do a little run?! Maybe?! I think it is raining so I may just stay here curled up reading blogs.

I hope you guys have a happy Tuesday! See you tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚