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Tip for Whole30 Success (or any lifestyle change) Hint:Involves Friends!

You may remember my post, Sick of failed New Years resolutions? Here are 5 Do’s & Don’ts to help you be successful in 2017, where I highlighted the importance of having an accountability partner. An accountability partner is someone who has similar goals and/or someone who can keep you on track.

I am now in my third week of the Whole30, and as I wrote about on Sunday, week 2 was definitely a challenge for me in terms of motivation, energy, and will-power. Luckily, I wasn’t the only one! Several friends of mine are also mid-way through their Whole30 challenge and  we were all looking for something to look forward to. Enter, whole foods potluck!!

We planned a get-together with other whole30-ers to make a delicious meal and share a few laughs! It was a great way to get over the mid-month hump and ease into week 3 together.

Here’s a few simple dishes to take to a party, get-together, or potluck (you can make these even after your Whole30 is over!);


Main Dish: 


Dessert: Try some seasonal citrus fruit (such as blood oranges) with blackberries and pomegranate seeds, topped with unsweetened coconut flakes. Although it is discouraged to “recreate desserts”, you could potentially whip up some coconut cream and add a dollop to your fruit 😉

Beverages: Switch it up with some of these great ideas.

By Functionally Simple Nutrition

Ariana Cucuzza, RDN, LD is the founder of She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in Functional Medicine Nutrition and sports nutrition.

Ariana holds a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition sciences from Ohio University and went on to complete her dietetic internship at The Cleveland Clinic. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Cleveland chapter of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also is an active member of the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) and Dietitians in Functional Medicine (DIFM) Practice Groups of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has been featured in Health Magazine, Live Science, Rally Health, YouBeauty, US News & World Report and Cleveland Clinic's Health Essentials as well as live appearances with WKYC news.

In her previous role as a public health and community-based dietitian, she led “food as medicine” initiatives in coordination with health care providers to provide nutritious food to low-income patients with diet-related health challenges. She also led nutrition workshops, cooking demonstrations, and assisted with menu planning for afterschool programs and senior meals.

Ariana enjoys cooking, trying new things, and staying active with yoga and Crossfit!

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