week 3, yippee!

Here we are, day 22 of #whole30november … 8 days to go!

A quick update: I caught a cold, my face broke out, and my skin is dry. Who’s to blame – Whole30 or November? Other than that, things are peachy keen, I am still alive and feel good enough to continue along on this fun journey.

Week 3 feels like life in my late-thirties… I’ve accepted where I’m at – it’s not always great but I am doing fine… although yesterday Mike said, “you’re looking prun-ish” so I am not sure how I feel about that.

Anyway, I received a request to share what I’ve been eating so here we go (please don’t use me as a positive role model – I am figuring things out as I go along, aiming to get through each day).

Breakfast: I am trying to avoid eggs for breakfast because they’re the most filling thing I eat and it’s best to save them for lunch or dinner when I am really hungry. Instead, I have my usual black coffee and either a kale smoothie (sometimes with almond milk) or my “cheat” – paleo naan bread, which in my opinion is not a cheat because the three ingredients are compliant. Mike makes a batch and I heat up one and top it with fruit. Voila, that will hold me over until lunch. Another good option my mom came up with is homemade tapioca: 1tbsp of compliant tapioca + 1 cup of coconut or almond milk + a whisked egg – bring to a boil and simmer. Add raisins and fruit. Enjoy, it’s filling!

Naan with bananas and raspberries
Tapioca with bananas and raspberries
Naan with blueberries
A boiled egg

Lunch: Usually a quick spinach salad, homemade soup from the freezer or leftovers. Often, it’s just multiple snacks (see below).

Homemade carrot and sweet potato soup with some spinach tossed in

Snacks: Ants on a log (made with almond butter), raw nuts (not peanuts), Lara Bars, dates and clementines or veggies cut up. (I blame the dates for not losing weight.)

Ants on a log!

Supper: My favourite dinner has been the frittata, another good one is zoodles (zucchini spiralized) with shrimp and a homemade “peanut” Thai sauce (using almond butter). I have had spaghetti squash with tomato sauce, lots of roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes, homemade salsa and guacamole with eggs, sauteed spinach and mushrooms and I try and have fish every two days or so. The biggest fail was spiralized sweet potatoes with a cashew sauce. I ate three bites and tossed it… one of the lowest points.

This is what dining out looks like – Smitty’s
Fish with spiralized sweet potato, homemade salsa & guacamole
Homemade (compliant) gnocchi
Cauliflower rice with a curry sauce + a piece of salmon


I may or may not be getting enough calories, but I have been cutting back on running and do not plan to start training again until December. The one positive thing I must say is I have not been bloated or uncomfortable after eating! I have never felt full, and after the first few days, I am no longer feeling hungry frequently throughout the day. Like I’ve said before, this diet is not my thing – I feel like I’m missing substance and flavour, but at the same time, I am happy that it’s forcing me to make smart choices especially when life is hectic. It’d be so much easier to plunge my hand into a box of cereal and call it lunch as I try and squeeze in a full-time job at the same time as being a ‘stay at home’ mom + multiple trips to the pool weekly + running + pottery classes… Guys, it’s not easy! (queue the violins).

Really, despite my occasional pity party, it’s all really doable. I will be happy to make it to the end, and I will be most happy to call up my dear friend Sal and order a sandwich!

*Note, notice how I shift back and forth between the good and bad? Yep, it’s also something I noticed – I am totally all over the place these days. Easily distracted – is this a part of detoxing?  

Week 2 / Week 1

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calendar girl is ten!

Mark your calendar, 2018 is coming!

It’s my tenth year making desktop calendars and after great success last year, I have decided to stock up on more cases and do it again (thanks, all).

This year I have decided to give 50% of the sales towards two awesome local organizations: Hope For Wildlife and Feed Nova Scotia. The cost of a calendar is $10 (and $5 if you already have a case and just need a refill). Guys, that means if I sell 100 calendars in cases, Hope For Wild Life will get $250 and Feed Nova Scotia will get $250… that’s a lot of lettuce!

Here’s the Hello 2018 calendar (hello stocking stuffer):

The calendar is ~5″ x 5.5″ at sits in a clear plastic calendar case (similar in size to a CD case). They’re printed digitally at a local printer and I package everything at home. Below is an example:

If you are interested in one, please send a private request to meghanrushton@icloud.com before December 1 (and let me know if you want the case) – I need to order and package all of them which takes time! Everyone near and far will receive their calendar by December 23. *If you live outside of Halifax and need one (or more) mailed, I will add shipping to the cost. 

I hope you enjoy this year’s calendar as much as I enjoy making them. And I hope all the loyal refill clients are up for supporting two important causes.

Thank you for your support!


Here’s some info on the two organizations:

Hope for Wildlife (hopeforwildlife.net)Hope for Wildlife is a charitable wildlife rehabilitation and education organization located in Seaforth, Nova Scotia. Since 1997, we have rescued, rehabilitated, and released over 40,000 injured and orphaned wild animals representing over 250 species.

In addition to the ongoing provision of care we offer, Hope for Wildlife aims to connect people to wildlife in a positive way through knowledge and understanding. Every year, we assist over 10,000 callers through our wildlife helpline, welcome thousands of visitors to our facilities for tours, give hundreds of offsite educational presentations to community and school groups, and collect a wide range of data from animals treated at our rehabilitation centre.

Feed Nova Scotia (feednovascotia.ca): Our mission is to feed Nova Scotians in need and reduce that need. To achieve this, we distribute almost 2 million kilograms of donated food to our member network of 146 food banks and meal programs across the province. Our role also extends beyond food. We support our members as they build capacity to serve their communities, and we help raise awareness of the challenges hunger and poverty create each day for thousands of Nova Scotians.


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Archive of previous editions: 2017/2016  + 2014-2009

meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Inspirational, educational or just silly. Here is what I found this week…


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week 2. done.

A wise woman once said, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” – Kelly Clarkson

Here we are, day 15 of #whole30november and I’m bringing in the halftime report:

Good news, I am still alive!

Here are 10 Things I learned/feel this week:

  1. Eating out sucks. I ate out for the first time and after frantically scanning the menu, I realized 2 poached eggs and the fruit bowl were the only things I could confidently eat (no cooking oil or weird sauces in my body). *Remember, I don’t eat meat and most fish is grilled or battered at restaurants.
  2. I shifted from thinking less about what I can’t eat and more about what I can. It’s not so bad.
  3. It’s easier to stick with basics. The fancier I get and the more time I put into cooking, the more disappointed I am.
  4. I keep panicking that I am going to forget and accidentally eat something on the no-list.
  5. I have been night-dreaming about failure.
  6. My body feels/looks the same. What does this mean?
  7. Still missing carbs the most but I am also thinking a lot about how I want to shift habits in the new year… Run fast. Eat Slow?
  8. I feel less grumpy and less like a victim than I did during week 1 however, I am also feeling anti-social and lonely. The good news is, I am taking this time to be super-productive at home.
  9. I’d KILL for a day of no cooking, planning or prepping.
  10. 1/2 done. That’s legit.

Unless you find me unresponsive, I will likely make it to the end because I am a very stubborn.

That being said, I think this weekend will be a big challenge. On Saturday, we are all running in the Movember Run, David has a lifesaving competition, and I am going to a DANCE Party and then on Sunday, it’s the year-end pizza party for the Youth Running Series… I will need to pack food and avoid temptation! Wish me luck.

Here is the week 1 report. Let me know how you’re doing.

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meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Inspirational, educational or just silly. Here is what I found this week…


Have a great weekend!


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