Hey guys! I’m sorry I haven’t checked in in a while-and I got really behind on responding to comments-but I love reading all of them, and I will get to that! In addition, I want to address a few questions that came up in the comments. And since I’m super excited for this project and this was quite a marvelous weekend, I’m linking up with Katie!


First of all, thank you to those supporting me in this! The goal is to show that it really is possible to eat whole foods, and make changes in health. I wanted something that was doable for anyone, which is partly why I’m not doing a Whole 30-I’m not saying it’s not doable, but it’s extremely hard, and most people (probably myself included) don’t have the discipline to stick with it.

Since a lot of you are college students, I’ll be posting everything I eat, including recipes. I’m most likely going to stick to simpler meals, but I’ll definitely post everything so you get a really good sense of what I’m doing and how to do it!

Also, a very good question was brought up-will I still be consuming cappuccinos?

This was something I actually had thought about, and in the end, I decided that the local coffeeshop uses very high quality ingredients, and given that this will be during midterms and I’m not totally suicidal, yes I will be.

The thing about this challenge is that I kind of have to draw a line somewhere, and it’s going to be a little arbitrary. For example-how processed is too processed dairy? Raw milk would be the most unprocessed, but that may not necessarily be safe. How processed is nonfat versus full fat dairy? It’s hard to say, and that’s one I haven’t decided on yet (besides the fact that I will not be consuming raw dairy.)

Here’s another question-what’s really in the dining hall food? Some things I will clearly avoid, but how can I tell if that completely plain grilled chicken touched something or not? At that point, I wouldn’t worry about it. I’m just trying to get as close to unprocessed as possible.

If you have any more questions/comments/suggestions, keep them coming!

And since I haven’t shared much about my life lately…

Friday morning started with a 10×400 track workout. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of those not on the treadmill, and I may have gone out a bit fast-my legs were dragging so much by the end!


I refueled with Christmas oranges and overnight oats.

After class was another packed lunch. This one I didn’t exactly think through, and the only protein I and was laughing cow. But it was excellent with the roasted carrots!


I had every intention of going for a nice, long bike ride on a beautiful day, but I never ended up making it out the door before I had to go to Crossfit.

As a snack, instead of the sugar I was craving, I had some plain Greek yogurt with sunflower seed butter, and half a slice of cherry bread.


One thing I’ve learned since starting to track my food in My Fitness Pal in the last week is that I’m getting WAY too little protein, and after having a protein rich, instead of sweet, carb rich, snack, I felt so much better and more satisfied!

After a Crossfit workout that included way too many heavy push presses, I chatted with friends and didn’t end up eating until late, and soup sounded perfect-chunky tomato bisque with cheddar.


Saturday morning I ended up waking up early enough to make it to Crossfit-it was a partner workout that consisted of 3 10 minute AMRAPS (as many rounds as possible). It was hard! One of the rounds was flipping a giant tire-I was proud because I was one of the only girls who could actually flip it!



I ended up getting tire marks/bruises on my shoulders though!

After Crossfit, I went to brunch and had a Mexican salad with plenty of guac.


And I FINALLY got my first waffle of the school year-the line has always been so crazy long whenever I’ve gone! However, a lot of dorms are on ski trips this weekend. I’m going on a ski trip next weekend. East Coasters, feel free to laugh at this: 1. I’m going on a ski trip, but not even skiing. 2. We have to make a huge weekend trip out of even seeing snow. 3. There’s no snow right now…Oops?


For the record, this wasn’t a full waffle when it went in the waffle maker! I topped it with butter and warm apples. This was good-the only thing is that I think the apples were sweetened quite a bit!

The rest of the day was spent preparing for my hall’s tea party! Check out this amazing tart my friend’s made from scratch!


My task for the tea party was making tea sandwiches. I had to go to Whole Foods for gluten free bread for a couple of my friends, so naturally it made sense to go to the newly opened in Whole Foods nitrogen ice cream shop, Smitten.


The only Smitten there was before was in San Francisco, and it was mind blowing. This did not disappoint- Tcho chocolate with Tcho chocolate sauce.


And then it was tea party time!


Cucumber and cream cheese.


Egg salad.


And we all dressed up and watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The best part of that movie? Undoubtably the cat. More movies these days need to have cats.



I also went for a little late night walk around my dorm and ran into these beautiful creatures.

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Saturday night was really great-it was one of those nights where you stay up until 4am just talking to friends. Needless to say I’m a little less than well rested to start the week…


Brunch-eggs with cheddar and black beans, as well as a side salad.

Dinner: Falafel on a pita, with lots and lots of hummus, plus a little chicken. And apple pie. IMG_6214 IMG_6216


The big highlight of the day was teaching a spin class to actual, living and breathing human beings. It was just practice-I taught it to some of the Quidditch team (because I kind of control them now…) and while it wasn’t exactly like a real class, it was good to practice shouting/breathing/spinning. It wasn’t like a normal class because my speakers were my laptop, plus none of them had done spin before, plus they spent a lot more time talking to each other in class, but it was still fun!

And now, I need to run off and program their workout for tomorrow morning!

What was Marvelous in your weekend?

13 comments on “Questions on the Project and a Tea Party

  1. Ryoma Sakamoto

    Coming-of-Age Day in Japan.
    January 15th is Coming-of-Age Day which honors young people who have reached the age of 20 as new members of society. This was established as a national holiday after the Second World War.
    Local governments hold Coming-of-Age ceremonies to which young people are invited. Many young women attend them wearing beautiful long-sleeved kimonos.
    In Japan, from the age of 20 onwards, people have the right to vote, drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. From the year 2000, the government changed this holiday to the second Monday of January so that people can have a long weekend.
    いつも ありがとう!!

  2. Miranda @ Lovely Wife Lovely Life

    That tea party sounds like a great time! 🙂 and man oh man, that waffle looks amaaaaaazing. Like I really am craving waffles right now 😉

    1. Aurora


  3. caileejoy

    This is so great!! I’m in college too so I’m excited to see your ‘eats’!! Also, I like that you are still allowing certain quality foods, like nice coffee! I am all about moderation!! And you’ll be eating so clean the rest of the time… it’s nice not to worry about being too strict!

    1. Aurora

      Definitely! One of the biggest principles of this is to not eliminate food groups because that’s not necessarily possible for everyone!

  4. Angela

    Tee Tcho chocolate looks amazing! When are you going to start the “project” though? (Or are you on it already? Because you said no refined sugar though right? – Sorry if I sound interrogative but I also want to do a similar type of “project” for myself and I look at you as like a guide lol 😛

    1. Aurora

      Sorry! I meant to mention this-I’m starting next Monday! I wouldn’t include this during the project!

  5. Sky @ The Blonde In Black

    I love the project that you’re doing and am looking forward to following along on it. Being in college is tough on eating, but I think your project is definitely doable. I know I won’t be able to stick to eating completely Paleo, but I like some of the ideas of it and hope to try to eat Paleo as much as I can. I’m sure I’ll get a few meal ideas from you too! The tea party you had with your friends looks like a blast. There’s nothing better then spending time with friends 🙂

    1. Aurora

      I’ve tried paleo before too but I never really committed!

  6. Marina @ Lazy for Diet

    Mmm is pleasant to me your food! I too study at university therefore it is always interesting to me as it is possible to be socially active and to remain healthy 😉

  7. smilemilegirl

    I think it’s awesome that you are transitioning into less processed food so that you are prepared for your challenge (: I can’t wait to see all of your eats!! Your weekend sounds marvelous, especially the teaching part (:

    1. Aurora

      It was so much fun!

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