Little Snippets: Whole 30 + Back to School

Hi there! It’s February and GUESS WHAT? I’m doing my first Whole 30 this month. If you haven’t heard of Whole 30, you can read more about it here. Basically, it’s a month-long dietary cleanse where you eliminate sugar, grains, dairy, soy, and lots of other stuff from your diet. After the 30 days are up, you carefully reintroduce these foods to understand how each one affects your body.

I was planning to eliminate gluten and dairy for a month anyway to see if it would help my painful hand eczema, and when I read Anne’s account of her Whole 30, I decided to try it too.

February seemed like a good month to do a Whole 30 cleanse since there are only 28 days. (Kidding – I started on January 31 and plan to end on March 1.)

I’ll let you know how it went at the end of the month (I’m on day 9, so far so good.) I started a new Instagram account to micro-blog the experience – I post about my #Whole30Struggles, what I’m eating and what I WISH I were eating, haha. You can follow along @wherearemycarbs.

(I’m kind of having an Insta-identity crisis over at my personal account @la.vie.en.c.rose, but we can talk about that another time.)

I also just started my spring semester at MIIS and I’m really excited about it! I’m taking lots of localization classes like marketing, project management, and desktop publishing (we get to learn tools like Photoshop and InDesign), and in January I did a workshop in crowdsourcing translation (if you’re interested in helping an organization with your language skills/getting some translation experience on your resume, I have ideas.) Translation class is all about economics this semester – a little intimidating, but it will be interesting.

The only thing I’m really disappointed about is that I had to give up interpretation. There just isn’t enough time in the week. I could have squeezed it in credit-wise, but it requires a lot of practice, and it didn’t seem wise to split my focus when I’m not planning on a career as an interpreter.

ONE MORE THING! Last night Hugo and I started watching Gad Gone Wild on Netflix and I couldn’t stop laughing. It’s Gad Elmaleh doing stand-up show in Montreal. He takes advantage of his bilingual audience to mix in a lot of English, talking about his experience living in New York and poking fun at Americans. Hugo said it was “bof” – just okay – but it still cracked me up. Has anyone else seen it?

Thank you for reading! I love getting your comments and messages – they make my day 🙂

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14 thoughts on “Little Snippets: Whole 30 + Back to School

  1. LOVE Gad! Tom and I caught his new special the day it came out on Netflix a week or two ago. He’s really great! His mannerisms and expressions seal the deal for me. He’s easy to understand as far as comedians go, too. Sometimes their voices and slang make it hard to follow for foreigners but Gad wins. At life. 😉

      1. Oh yea, so funny! His cultural observations are spot on every single time. I saw a special on TV last year I think it was in English with Gad and Jerry Seinfeld in NYC. I would LOVE to see him in English too, adds a whole new element of comedy!

  2. I loved Gad’s special!!! Wasn’t necessarily splitting my sides with laughter, so i understand Hugo’s reaction, but I thought he made some awesome observations and had a bunch of great jokes 🙂 Love him!!

  3. I’m in awe of your self-control for this month-long cleanse – I give up one type of food or another for Lent (chocolate, crisps) but would struggle to maintain momentum at any other time of year! I didn’t know zoodles were a thing, but I have to agree that I can’t see coodles catching on in the UK… it would probably sound like someone pronouncing cuddles really badly! I’ll have to check out Gad Gone Wild once I’ve finished with Homeland – I could really do with upping the amount of French films/ TV shows I watch 🙂

    1. Someone commented on that post later and apparently zoodles are “courgetti” in the UK. Brilliant, no? I’ve tried to change my diet before without much success but I think what makes Whole 30 doable for me is that it’s only a month long and there are a lot of rules, so I don’t have to make my own (because if I make my own rules, I change them when I want chocolate!)

      1. Too good, too good!! Time limits help when it comes to motivating yourself to stick with it – otherwise it feels like a never-ending chore! I’ve found being on top of things work-wise has helped me find the time to prepare my meals from scratch and eat healthier (plus I love a good trip to the weekly market!)

  4. This Whole 30 idea sounds really cool 🙂 I also love Gad Elmaleh, I have been lucky enough to see him live once in French and once in English for his first English show in London a couple of years ago! Haven’t seen the new one yet though. Excited to read more of your posts, also love both your Instagrams!

      1. I know, I was lucky! I think he only did one or two shows in London, there were only about 50 people at the one I went to!! Can’t wait to watch the Netflix one 🙂

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