About G. H. McDonald

I live in Greenville, SC, am a transplant from Lexington, KY. I love being outdoors, kayaking, and going on adventures. Writing is a way for me to work through my mental health journey and expressing my views that are often difficult to articulate. My hope is my writing is an encouragement and challenge to others. I consider myself to be a mental health advocate and ally for social justice.

Show Up!

Show Up.

This theme has been showing up so frequently lately in my life and I’d say sometimes this is the most difficult part in life. Sometimes we don’t want to go to the gym, don’t want to go to work, don’t want to go to a party, don’t want to cook a Whole30 meal, etc. etc.

What I will say is that if you just SHOW UP things will fall into place. For me personally, I found this to be so true on the journey of my Whole30 and Food Freedom. Every time that I “show up” and make the right decisions with my foods, I find myself to feel better and to continue to make those decisions over and over again.

If you saw on Instagram, I have been training for a half marathon. I told you all for the main reason of accountability; but, also because I know it pushes me to get the extra miles in. It may not be tomorrow, but the more work in, the closer to my goal I’ll get.

This is so true with our food, it’s always a work in progress. Show up. Make the decision to eat Whole30 (or whatever works for your Food Freedom). Take it meal by meal. You CAN do this! For those who are currently doing a Whole30 or just working to find your Food Freedom, I’m cheering you on!!

Chihuly at Biltmore

I know what you are thinking – “What does Chihuly have to do with Whole30?” Well, the answer is nothing. Except that this was the first time that I ate somewhere other than Zoe’s Kitchen for this Whole30. Plus, let’s be honest, Chihuly is amazing!

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Two Truths and a Lie

If you have ever been on a corporate retreat, school team, or a middle school party. You have probably played the game Two Truths and a Lie. I used to love playing this game as we moved to new places or I was in a new position. People tend to always focus on the board facts about things and forget the details. So, for me, it was easy for me to disguise detailed truths as lies. As I began preparing for this Whole30 I wanted to bring something different to the table that we haven’t done before. That’s when the idea came to me, share truths about Whole30 and some lies or rather some misunderstandings about Whole30.

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