BC WE'RE ALL BUSY AND WANT TO EAT WELL: meal delivery with Thistle

WELL WELL WELL. 

If you're new here, hi! WELCOME. 

So glad to see you!

If you're an OG Hundred reader, then welcome back, bae.

If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen me share and talk about my obsession with meal delivery. I cannot speak on how it's changed my life enough.  

I love meal delivery because it saves you time, it saves you money (because then I am not buying random $5 drinks at the store) and allows you to eat well, without question.

I am passionate about it. PASSIONATE.

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Right now I have a full time job, I have Hundred Blog and The Almost 30 Podcast.

This is three jobs that I manage along with a boyfriend (who I manage too hehe) and friends.

I workout 6 days a week, and really try to take self care seriously. 

Meaning, that when I do a meal delivery, like when I did a week of Thistle two weeks back, I get back time in my day that I can apply to self care rituals that I wouldn't normally have time for. 

YUP. Meal delivery is self care for me.

By having my fridge stocked with healthy meals which I can grab whenever I need, I have ZERO stress if I am going to get a healthy meal in. I also have ZERO stress that I need to go to the grocery store. I also have ZERO stress that I don't need to get in my car, walk around Whole Foods, see people I know when I am basically wearing pajama clothes in public and spend $100 on things I don't even end up eating.

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Thistle originally started in the San Francisco Bay Area, but with the success of their healthy meal delivery plans they’ve recently expanded south to Los Angeles! The whole idea behind Thistle is to offer/deliver nutritionist-designed meals straight to peoples homes for less than the price of eating a meal out. Every week their chefs create new menus (all gluten and dairy free) that are made with the highest quality ingredients and superfoods.

You can choose between 3, 4, or 5 days worth of food and you can choose to have just one type of meal covered (like just lunches), you can choose two, you can add snacks, or you can have them all! Don’t let the subscription component scare you; you can skip any week or cancel at any time with no commitment.

Having the stress of figuring out my next meal completely removed from my life has been a game changer, and I will continue to use Thistle each week when I'm in L.A., with 6 meals total sent on Mondays and Wednesdays. 

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I mean if you think about it, how often do you buy groceries and never eat them? Poor carrots, man. Those things always die in my fridge. I have the best intentions with them but never follow through eating them. 

Plus, I am not a fan of cooking, just don't have the space, or time, or willpower to make something delicious for me every night. For others, they see it as meditative. For me, I see meditation as meditative, hehe.

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With Thistle, the meals are SO good. Like, I could never make this at home and it would be THE thing that I would buy on the menu going out to eat, every time. Some of the meals are more hearty, summer soups with sweet potato, or amazing salads like the Jackfruit Fajitas one I had today. 

They also have the nutritional facts on the front which I am really into. Although I don't live and die by nutrition facts, I do like to have a basic understanding of what I am putting in my body each day.

I try to generally stay around 1800-2200 calories a day (which I know for some people could be high or low, but it's personal). On Thistle packaging there is also a fact about the nutrition in the salad, so you learn a little, too. I love that.


So last week during my week of eating Thistle, I ate EVERYTHING, and felt fucking fab. 

Honestly, the ingredients are super clean, labelled on everything, and it's all vegan, non-GMO and gluten free. Again, they have non-vegan options if that's your jam too. But I would highly recommend trying a few vegan meals a week. 

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Some example items I had:

Tomato-Nectarine Panzanella Salad: A summery salad, made with ripe nectarines and heirloom tomatoes, complete with gluten-free croutons, pickled red onion, and our aromatic basil vinaigrette.

Colorful Beet & Quinoa Salad: This vibrant and crunchy salad is truly a rainbow on a plate. Loaded high with vitamin-rich carrots, cabbage, beets, and edamame, we also add toasted walnuts and hempseeds for extra protein and crunch. Served with golden raisins and a lemon-mint dressing, it's pure refreshment.

Raw Energy Bar: A no-bake snack bar, made with wholesome oats, almonds, dried cherries, walnuts, and energizing matcha.

Acai Bowl: Antioxidant-rich acai berries make a delicious breakfast when blended with bananas, berries, and protein-rich hempmilk and sunflower butter. Topped with fresh fruit, coconut and pepitas, it is both nourishing and delicious.

Jackfruit Carnitas Bowl with Fajita Veggies: Our vegan jackfruit carnitas are served with seasoned brown rice, fajita veggies, a red cabbage-carrot slaw, spiced sunflower seeds, and our avocado-cilantro-lime dressing.

24 Carrot Gold Muffin: This moist carrot muffin is loaded with applesauce, nutritious flaxseeds, almonds, and plump raisins, and is spiced with cinnamon and ginger.

Spinach & Mushroom Tofu Scramble: Our tofu scramble, served with baby spinach, mushrooms, bell pepper, garlic and onions, plus a vegan bourbon bacon jam.

Summer Chili: A medley of zucchini, carrots, and bell peppers, is seasoned with chili powder and cumin, is served with cauliflower rice and fresh herbs.

Ginger Juice and other juices that were in these fresh amazing glass bottles! 

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So how can you get in on Thistle?

First, you build the subscription, that works for you.

Then get it delivered to your door on dates that work for you.

Change it anytime! I pause mine when I travel. 

MAKE SURE: To use the code HUNDRED to get 30% off your first week of meals! Remember Thistle right now is only available on California, so my California babes this is for YOU!


There are times when I really LOVE doing collabs because I am a user of the product, again and again, and this is one of them! I LOVE Thistle, and can't wait for you to try!

xoxo

Krista 

CABO PREP SERIES: DE-BLOATING With KleanLA (tips for getting beach ready)

Hola loves!

How are ya? How was the weekend?

I went to the clippers game, comedy store, got prepared for Cabo next weekend...

Oh yes, Cabo baby!
I'm going for one of my best friend Gemmas bachelorette :) and it's going to be 6 of us total (love). 

We're staying in a DOPE mansion spot on the beach, and we'll be doing Flora Farms, a boat, sunset dinners...

Any recs? I've never been! Let me know! 

So, yes I completely understand the risk I take sounding so shallow by doing a mini cabo prep series.

BUT honestly, I wanted to look forward to something, and really give myself a timeline to work towards to get in REAL tight shape. If I feel good about my body I'm in a better mood, just the damn TRUTH.

Just keepin' it hundred.

Oh and did I mention that the babes on my trip are basically super models? 

That's another reason to get RIGHT, ha.

With the trip coming up, I knew I had to do something in regards to food to make sure that I was going to be eating well. 

Staying full, eating lightly, eating foods that are anti-inflammatory, nutritious and filling... also to try and reign it in all eating treats all day. 
But when I'm eating well and it satiates me, I tend to reach for the desert way less.

So, nothing more for me to do but call KleanLA for the goods.

So this time around, I got both the Get Going Special, and the Kleanse.

For the past two weeks I've been eating their 4 meals, and the juice cleanses after.

Yes, I have been eating other things (like these Moon Juice crackers), protein shakes with avocado, choc zero (no sugar chocolate) and a few other things. But the basics of my day consist of these meals. 

They're delicious and cover every nutritional base, therefore I'm surprisingly good. I don't want much else, I feel satiated and satisfied.

There are some core tenants that KleanLA follows, that I have outlined here along with what else I am doing to feel my best self! This is perfect to do once a quarter, once a month, or just when you want a reset. I noticed a major difference related to bloating, feeling too full, my skin clarity and energy.


De-bloating/anti-inflammatory eating:

Things to avoid:

Gum (it makes you feel bloated because of the fake sugars, and can make you feel hungry more often) 

Kombucha (I decided to cut this out because I was drinking 1 or 2 a day!)

Milk or dairy products (dairy causes lots of inflammation in your body)

Things to add:

FIBER (lots of it)

WATER (lots of it)

Aloe Juice (great for digestion and skin, make sure it's no sugar)

Apple Cider Vinegar (makes me feel super full, and helps to balance the pH in your body)

Healthy fats (found in avocados, coconut oil, nuts - I've been doing tahini lately on EVERYTHING)

Berries (high in vitamins, and antioxidants - they're anti-inflammatory)

Vegetables (because, DUH! With each KleanLA meal I got in so many more vegetables than I would have normally)

Sleep (for real, sleeping more regulates your hormones - I loved this article on sleep, hormones and your weight you can read here)

My new favorite treats:

Moon Juice Green Fermeneted Seed Crisps

Choc Zero Zero Sugar Zero Carb Chocolate (45 calories a piece and EVERYTHING)

Raw Chocolate Bark via 

Bhakti Chai (super sweet and no sugar)


What I love about KleanLA (that you can also do before a big event):

PLAN YOUR MEALS (for real, plan out what you're eating, so you can be prepared. By planning for your setbacks, you set yourself up for success. Having meals ready, is KEY for me, and doesn't allow me to go off the rails and just eat whatever is around)

Don't deprive yourself (if you're like me, you'll end up overeating later, so if I have my healthy meals planned, and even a desert planned, so that I'm eating enough. Anytime when I've tried to deprive myself, it always ends horribly and I'll binge later. With KleanLA I am eating every few hours, and I know where my meals come from, therefore I am never deprived)

Food prep (that's where KleanLA comes in for me, they do it all and it's right to my door. If you're at home though, prep your food and meals on Sunday so you're ready and set for the week)

Make it tasty (make sure you're eating food that tastes good, because if it doesn't taste good you're definitely going to want something else later - most likely something that does taste good. I can't say enough about KleanLA's meals - they are all so different, all have amazing sauces and flavors that I would NEVER make at home. If you're able to cook yourself, mix it up! To make sure you WANT to eat it, not just something you SHOULD be eating)

Keep it balanced (make sure you have fats, proteins and greens in your meals. I wrote this article on why it's a game changer you can read here)


A few of my meals this past week from KleanLA for inspo:

Meal One
Vegan Potato Cakes Stuffed with Kale & Mushrooms
 on Spinach
Asparagus, Roasted Tomato on Spinach
Potato Hashbrowns
Ketchup

Meal Two
Citrus Herb Hearts of Palm & Bell Peppers Salad
Tomato & Cucumber on Romaine
Quinoa & Quinoa
Dairy Free Ranch
Coconut “Bacon” & Chives

Meal Three
Swedish Mushroom & Quinoa Meatballs
Broccoli on Spinach
Brown Rice Fussili Pasta
Swedish Mushroom Sauce & Parsley 

Meal Four
Cajun Grilled Zucchini
Okra & Tomato Wedges on Arugula
Brown Rice Pilaf & Lentils
Jambalaya Sauce

Again I've been eating meals from the Get Going Special, which provides 6 days of food. Some of my favorite meals, were the tofu scramble, cauliflower steak, sauteed mushrooms...YUM.

The second week, I got the Kleanse Special which helps me to alkalize my body, neutralize acid while boosting your metabolism. It has 6 days of food which includes 3 organic pressed juices and 2 Klean meals per day.  This is a nice transition with amazing juices as I get closer and closer to my bikini bod.


Looks so good right? What else do you do for beach prep? Any tips I missed for cleaning up your diet before a big event? 

Share your secrets plz.

Next up I'll be writing about the workout schedule, y'all!

xoxo

Krista

Gluten Free Follow Me: Interview with Jackie McEwan

Howdy you!

How are ya? Week good? What's happening?

I am SO BUSY this week (so annoying to say that I freaking know).  BUT all my besties are coming in town tomorrow for the next few days for my birthday and I couldn't be more grateful or excited. Too good to be true. We're renting an airbnb on Saturday and having a chef come to cook us amazing eats and hanging together.

LAHVE.

But, to the post today! CUZ IT'S GOOD.

I am firstly, so into supporting people I believe in and vibe with, but also super interested in sharing the stories of people who are doing what they love for their full-time career. Sharing the story of someone who went from doing they didn't love, to following their passion and creating a life out of it - FASCINATING.

Jackie has done that! If you don't know her, she's the lady behind Gluten Free Follow Me, and she's a blogger/influencer who is the lady for all things GF. Working in finance previously in NYC, she built her business, and when right, made the leap to having this passion be her FT. If you're looking for a spot to eat that's healthy, amazing, and GF - her site has GOT YOU!

I met Jackie at the lovely Jordan Youngers yoga event and we vibed immediately.

She's SO smart, open, friendly, warm and genuine and what I love most about her, is when I asked, 'what's your goal' the other night at dinner she goes. 

'I'm just enjoying my life right now. I'm living my goal'.

VIBES.

To be so present in the NOW and grateful for what's happening is so PRECIOUS.

I was like, damn. That is TRUTH and I love it.

So this post is full of good advice for starting your own business, understanding what gluten free eating is like, seeing some of Jackie's favorite recipes and more. 

LOVE IT.

Enjoy LOVES. 

xo

Krista


Brief intro to who you are, what you do

Hi Hundred Blog readers! I’m Jackie, and I’m the founder of Gluten Free Follow Me, the Guide to Dining Gluten Free. I detail and rank 2,000+ gluten free friendly eateries in NYC, California, & beyond, in addition to products and recipes on my website www.glutenfreefollowme.com. I grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and studied Finance and International Business at Georgetown University. After graduation, I moved to New York City and lived there for five and a half years. I worked in the finance industry at a bank for over five years, and as of a couple months ago, Gluten Free Follow Me is now my full-time job! I recently moved to Santa Monica and go back to the East Coast every month or so. I feel so fortunate that I can split my time between the best coasts!

Can you talk about your gluten free journey? 

Five years ago, my sports doctor had all of his patients take a food intolerance test, and gluten came up in my test results. I was like, what’s gluten?! Looking back, my diagnosis made a lot of sense because I would get sick at least once a week in college. In college, I would eat stir fry on Sundays (using gluten-filled soy sauce) and always felt nauseous. I would get sick after eating my favorite sandwich at Cosi and thought it was food poisoning. I went to the Emergency Room at a nearby hospital a few times because I couldn’t keep any food or water down. I had these reactions throughout college but no one ever brought up gluten as a reason for my sickness. Gluten sensitivity/intolerance and celiac disease were not as wide-spread as they are now. Looking back, it seems silly that I never pressed doctors on what was making me sick but gluten wasn’t in the forefront of their minds.

I was incredibly overwhelmed when I finally found out that gluten was making me sick. I had recently moved to New York City and was so excited to eat out at all the restaurants. I went to a few gastroenterologists and found out I didn’t just have a gluten intolerance – I also had celiac disease.

This diagnosis forced me to rethink my meals and snacks because I had to immediately cut gluten out of my diet. I did a ton of research on what foods had gluten in it, what foods were gluten free, and all the grey areas in between. The gluten free diet has become much more popular in the past couple of years, but it wasn’t as prevalent five years ago so it was challenging. 

What is gluten and why is it important, or why is the topic really popular right now?

Gluten is a mixture of proteins found in wheat and related grains, including barley, rye, oat, and all their species and hybrids. Gluten helps food maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. Gluten can be found in many types of food – not just bread! Gluten is commonly found in breads, baked goods, soups, pasta, cereal, sauces, salad dressings, but there are so many gluten free alternatives nowadays so it really isn’t hard to be gluten free!

When I first went gluten free five years ago, it was challenging because it wasn’t popular then. You really had to do your own research and search for gluten free items. Now, most supermarkets have an entire section for gluten free items, and they label which items are gluten free outside of that section.

Many mainstream products label their products as gluten free if they are or have adjusted their products to make them gluten free. The gluten free diet has become more popular with greater public awareness and better diagnoses. More and more people are discovering that they have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity. I’m glad that it’s become more acknowledged because it’s making people more mindful of allergies and thoughtful about what’s best for their body.

What affect does gluten have on people and why are people trying to avoid it (outside of someone who has celiac disease!) 

People react differently to gluten.

My reaction to gluten is I have to throw up anywhere from three to ten hours after eating it. I’m very sensitive to gluten, so I will know if I ingest it! This is why I do a lot of research before eating out, and ask questions regarding cross contamination and food preparation. Other symptoms can be bloating, skin rashes and red-like skin, digestive discomfort, diarrhea, constipation, headache, tiredness, weight loss, stomach aches, nausea, and more.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease and affects about 1% of the general population. Unfortunately, many people who have celiac disease don’t even know that they have it. I’m so thankful that I found out five years ago because if it goes untreated, it can lead to malabsorption, osteoporosis, iron deficiency, other autoimmune diseases, and in general a reduced quality of life.

A lot of people, including me, forget that certain symptoms you’re having aren’t normal. You normalize it because it happens so much but you shouldn’t feel sick or uncomfortable all the time! I urge everyone to get a food intolerance test as a first step to see what comes up because the results may surprise you.

Many people feel better when they give up gluten, and they end up self-diagnosing themselves as it can be tough to diagnosis gluten sensitivity. If you feel better going gluten free, then by all means, continue to do so! 

Can you talk about your journey with Gluten Free Follow Me?

A few years ago, I started to post about some of the gluten free foods I was eating on Instagram. Surprisingly to me, my posts were met with such a great reception. My followers kept asking for more gluten free friendly eateries, products, and recipes, and I was more than happy to continue to make these discoveries. I was getting so many questions that I knew I needed to put all this information in one place rather than just Instagram. I taught myself how to make a website and how to code, and I launched www.glutenfreefollowme.com in September 2014! I wish I had something like Gluten Free Follow Me to guide me through my new gluten free diet five years ago, but I’m glad I can be a guide for others now!  

What's a typical day in the life?

No day is ever the same which keeps it interesting! It sounds cheesy but I really do wake up excited to conquer the day. On a typical day, I wake up and do my first social media post of the day either during breakfast or at the gym. When I run outside, I don’t bring my phone so it’s my time to zone out and get creative without technology. I run on the beach in Santa Monica, and it really is the prettiest place to run! When I go to the gym, I answer emails, responds to comments on my social media networks, and post for the brands/eateries I manage.

For lunch, I either schedule lunch at a restaurant or throw together a salad and omelet before jumping into my recipes for the day. I dedicate certain days as recipe days so I can be in the kitchen creating recipes uninterrupted and then shoot them in the daylight which is so key for good photos!

During the week, if it’s not a recipe day, I’ll schedule one or two eateries in a day. I’ll meet with chefs and owners at eateries to figure out what’s gluten free at their restaurant and bring up the right questions such as potential cross contamination and modifications/substitutions. If I have an evening event, then I may schedule a lunch in the area and work out of a coffee shop in between meals.  

 Go-to GF snack or meal? 

I kick off each day with fruit, greens, veggies, and eggs. I love eating healthy but I also have a sweet tooth and love my daily chocolate!

What advice would you give to someone who wants to make their side hustle their full-time career?

It’s so important for everyone to have a passion or hobby.

I feel like that’s how your creativity gets going, and your side gig can help you in other ventures even if it doesn’t become your full-time gig. I never meant for GFFM to become anything and definitely not my career. It happened so organically since it stemmed from my passion, but it also took hard work and dedication for it to become what it is today. When I started posting on social media and launched glutenfreefollowme.com a couple years ago, my family and friends never really understood what I was doing or why I was spending all this time focused on GFFM. Now, it’s easy to see how the journey happened but it wasn’t in the moment so I’m glad I believed in myself and kept at it!

Don’t let anyone sway you from what you love to do. It will shine through your work and can then translate into success. Only you know what you’re passionate about, and that makes you so good at it.  

I don’t recommend for everyone to turn their side hustle into their career, but if it works out financially then it may be worth it to take the plunge! My main advice would be to make sure that your side hustle can support you. I know of some people who tried to transform their side hustle into a full-time career and got discouraged since they felt like they had to continually put themselves out there and couldn’t afford to get rejected. They ended up going backwards and went back to “main-stream” jobs so make sure that the timing is right for you! 

What was the best thing about leaving the corporate world?

The best thing about leaving the corporate world is I’m able to devote all of my time and energy to Gluten Free Follow Me! I’m very thankful that I was recently able to make GFFM my full-time gig because it was getting difficult to juggle GFFM with my finance job which was pretty much 9-5.

I would duck out for lunches if I could and if the restaurant was close to my office. I always had Instagram events or dinners after work, sometimes several in one night. I wouldn’t get to the gym until 9:30pm (always have to get my workout in!) so I was definitely running low on time. I would open my packages from brands after the gym, and then do all of my recipes on the weekends.

The hardest? 

The hardest part is I don’t have the stability. Working in the corporate world meant I had a stable salary, and I knew exactly what I was earning and when I was getting my paycheck. However, GFFM is my passion, and I have more of an incentive to do well. Nowadays, I end up working longer hours than my finance job but when you’re doing what you love, it isn’t seen as work :) 

What's the best part about what you do now? 

My favorite part is being creative with food and getting to interact with my followers – I seriously have the best followers! I also love being able to wake up every day and do what I love. I feel like I appreciate it even more because I can now truly dedicate time to GFFM. I’m so thankful that I get to choose how and where I spend my day!

My hours are flexible so I can go running in the middle of the day when it’s 70 degrees and sunny rather than working inside from a cubicle, just staring at the pretty weather outside. I don’t need to be in the office from 9-5 and have people manage me. I’m the boss, the employee, a one-woman show, and I love it that way! 

The most challenging?

 Every day is different which I love because it keeps me on my toes. You have to be very motivated and structured to work from home and run your own business. Now that GFFM is my full-time job, I’m able to be more flexible with timing but I still like to have some sort of schedule to keep me organized.

What are some of your favorite recipes/or restaurants on your website?

Ooh there are so many good ones! I detail and rank 2,000+ eateries, products, and recipes so the list is never-ending. I love discovering new eateries and products for my followers and coming up with delicious recipes.

My favorite recipe right now is an easy cupcake recipe I created last month.

I know that not all of my followers have easy access to gluten free cake mixes so I wanted to create a recipe that was easy to do with kitchen staples.

All you need is:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup GF flour
  • 2 eggs or egg substitute
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • A few drops of vanilla extract

You can make this recipe vegan by using vegan butter and milk.

Combine all of the ingredients, and it makes about 9 cupcakes. It’s perfect for when I don’t want to make a huge batch, and then if I do, I can just double the recipe.

Full recipe on http://www.glutenfreefollowme.com/my-creations - I’m usually an icing gal but these cupcakes are so good, I eat them plain too!

What are you looking forward to in 2017?

I look forward to taking GFFM to the next level and continuing to grow my website and social media networks.

I love my followers, and their appreciative comments and support keeps me going! I also look forward to becoming more of a part of the LA community. I’ve met some amazing influencers and like-minded people so far (like YOU, Krista!) and can’t wait to meet more.

Thanks for listening and hope to connect with you all on GFFM! 


Where can people connect with you?

www.GlutenFreeFollowMe.com

Instagram: @GlutenFree.FollowMe

Twitter: @GlutenFreeFM

Facebook: Gluten Free Follow Me

Snapchat: JackieAanonsen