Category Archives: Whole Foods / Healthy Eating

No freakin WAY! The jeans are ON!

The Skinny Jeans are ON AND ZIPPED!

This is unbelievable. The jeans that are one size smaller are on my body (the ones I got with the FREE coupon from The Gap at BlogHer). I am wearing them NOW. People!

Just for a moment, will my girlfriends please rejoice with me? I can’t actually wear these jeans in public…they are T.I.G.H.T. but they are on and they are zipped and I’m wearing them as I type this to you.

This is such a miracle to me!

Huge thanks to my wellness team…my support system: LA Fitness in Centerville, Dr. Goffe Chiropractic and Robin Gentry at Just Great Foods. Love you guys!


Kitchen Purge – List of Un-whole-some Foods from my kitchen

THE GREAT PURGE / skinny jeans challenge Carole Hicks’ Kitchen — Robin Gentry McGee / Just Great Foods
• These are general recommendations. Take into consideration your body and blood type (for example some cannot have dairy, some can’t have soy).
• Everyone is different. Hire a professional to identify individual needs.
• ROBIN DISCOURAGES ANY LOW-FAT OR FAT-FREE PRODUCTS…they are usually loaded w/chemicals, sugar and/or articificial sugar.
• Below listed in bold is purged item and immediately following each item is suggested replacement.

Purged Items

1. Artificially flavored microwave popcorn

Organic, old-fashioned. Do it the old-fashioned way on your stovetop or buy an air popper. Beware aluminum poppers! Use coconut oil (approximately one TB per cup popcorn) Experiment for yourself to find ratio that works for you. Toss w/ granulated garlic & curry and a bit of EVOO…or sprinkle w/nutritional yeast or a bit of Celtic sea salt.

2. Flavored (sugar) coffee

Organic beans. Get a pure organic extract from HFS and put a drop (almond, hazelnut, or flavored agave). If you must cream your coffee: there are choices…hemp milk, almond milk, organic cow milk, goat milk, etc. (Note from Carole: Beware the FF half & half, it is loaded w/sugar.)

3. Instant Hot Cocoa

Use raw cacao (powered) or carob powder. Sweeten with honey or agave with hemp/almond/or organic cow’s milk.

4. Salad dressing with artificial color and sugar

Make your own! Robin’s fav is vinegarette made with raw apple cider or balsamic vinegar, EVOO, fresh garlic, pepper, Celtic sea salt.
add herbs
add fresh raspberries for raspberry vinegarette
add rice vinegar, tamari, sesame oil & garlic for Asian

5. Canned tropical fruit

Organic, seasonal, local when possible. If not possible, buy organic in jar (never canned).

6. Canned tomatoes

Don’t buy em! Eat local / seasonal / organic when possible. If tomatoes do not grow year round where you live, buy from farmers’ market or grow your own and can (in glass) or freeze.

7. Bagged sugared coconut

Raw, organic coconut (flaked in bag is okay, just check bag to make sure no added sugar).

8. Pancake Mix (marketed as “extra fiber”)

Buy organic pancake mix. No sugar added. Or make your own. Make a couple batches at time and keep in freezer. (for added fiber, add ground flax or sprinkle w/hemp seeds)

9. Regular iodized salt

Celtic or Himalayan sea salt

10. Fake butter flavor – powdered

Nutritional yeast.

11. Steak seasoning

Create your own from dried organic herbs purchased in bulk from your HFS or they sell pre-made seasoned salt. just be sure to check label EVEN AT THE HFS! Note: We eat way too much salt. If you choose to eat meat, try a good marinade and dump the salt!

12. Baking powder

Aluminum-free baking powder (at HFS or gourmet markets)

13. Bread crumbs

Make your own in quantity and put in airtight container or freeze it. Organic sprouted whole-grain bread (i.e., Ezekiel) – place slices on cookie sheet and put in oven at 300 degrees and bake until dry about 20 minutes flipping half way thru. Cool. Put slices in food processor and whack.

14. Cooking Spray

Use water sauté method, especially for weight loss.
To maximize nutrient intake from food, use organic, cold pressed, unrefined, unfiltered oils and cook your meals using low to medium heat—never high heat.

15. Sugar and Brown Sugar

Brown rice, maple, green stevia, honey, agave

16. White flour, ½ whole and ½ white flour


Buy Whole grain, organic flour

17. Crystal Light Lemonade drink

Sparkling water, fresh lemon (you don’t need sweetener in everything! Stay tuned for Robin’s A$$-kicking ginger lemonade organic)

18. Honey Grahams

Organic, naturally sweetened…purchase at HFS or gourmet market

19. Food coloring

Purchase a vegetable based coloring at HFS store.

20. Seafood spices in can

Fresh herbs, citrus

21. Emergen-C packets

Vitamin C powder, unsweetened…or eat an orange and other vitamin C foods in your diet

22. Spirutein powder (protein powder)

Peaceful Planet quinoa, millet and amaranthe powder drink (Robin says best way to get protein is from your food)

23. Marshmallows

There is nothing like a poofy, sugar-laden marshmallow. Go without.

24. Crackers (made w/white flour & sugar)

Mary’s gone crackers, organic gluten-free crackers or Dr. Krackers…they are great…or other nice whole-grain (READ labels and watch out for hydrogenated oils and sugar)

25. WW smoothie drink mix (see protein powder above)

26. Sour cream

Tofu sour cream or cashew sour cream (google a recipe while you’re waiting for Robin’s book to be published. make sure it’s organic, VEGAN SC) If weight loss is your goal, just stay away from even these!

27. Whipped topping in tub (see sour cream note above)

28. Cream cheese (see sour cream note above)

Getting fit — Step 1 — Step on scale — assess where U are at.

Okay. So today I stepped on a scale at the gym…fully clothed, minus the shoes. I saw the number. Big deal. I mean really. Big deal. I refuse to get bent out of shape and let a number define how I feel about myself.

If you’ve been with me on this journey the last year or so, you’ve seen me get fit (or fitter), lose weight, gain it back, discover breast cancer, go through two lumpectomies and become quiet in this stream for quite some time. I don’t know why I was so embarrassed to talk about how the cancer and surgery affected me. I guess I didn’t want my personal brand to become “that cancer girl”. Whatever. I’ll save psycho-analyzing for another day.

Fast forward to today. I AM SO BLESSED. The surgery is behind me and I’ve packed on a few pounds. But I have an entirely new chapter to begin and I’ve alive and HEALTHY! This morning I went to a yoga class AND a spinning class with my dear friend and whole foods nutrition coach, Robin Gentry McGee. She is working with me to get my house in order — physically — inside and out. I’m learning all about raw foods and vegan cooking and how to stock a healthy kitchen.

I love the journey I’m on. Things are only getting better from here. Stay tuned and join me!

P.S. I weigh 155 today. How’s THAT for transparency.

December 2009 -- 155 pounds

Day Two – BlogHer Cleanse

Yes, we’re 6 days away from BlogHer! Anyone else exercising and filling up on fruit & veggies instead of junk so they can fit into their LBD? Since it is very important to me to show up at BlogHer “muffintopLESS”, I enlisted the help of a “Certified Holistic Health Counselor” here in Dayton — her name is Robin Gentry McGee, owner of Just Great Foods — and I just LOVE her. Here we are at a recent gathering at The Gypsy Warehouse.

We were actually friends many years ago but lost touch somehow. You’ll start seeing and hearing more about her if you hang out with me, because I am going to get her hooked up on all things social media!

For this first week working with Robin, I am on a CLEANSE / anti-inflamatory. Here are the details…oh and I am buying everything organic as much as possible! I have to stay away from night-shades and high-sugar fruits.

almond milk
Garden of Life Perfect Food, Super Green Formula
Peaceful Planet, Supreme Meal (quinoa, millet, amaranth)
blueberries or strawberries

dark leafy greens
garbanzo beans
any other veggies that don’t fall into the night-shade category (such as eggplant, tomato, peppers)
(add organic roast turkey if needed)

HOME-MADE DRESSING (make in food processor)
raw organic apple cider
fresh herbs (I use basil and rosemary from my garden)
pine nuts or garbanzo beans if you want a thickener
almond milk (if you need to thin it)

carrots & hummus or
Kombucha (from health food store)
strawberries or blueberries

baked/broiled/grilled/steamed: wild caught fish or organic turkey
grains: quinoa, rice or amaranth
fresh veggies (salad or steamed)