5 Things To Do In Key West, FL

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My best friend, Lindsay, moved to Key West, FL about 9 years ago for an internship program. Not long after she was there she met a man, fell in love and married him a few years later. She now calls Key West her home. Because she has lived there for so long she knows all the must see/to do things in Key West and is my tour guide every time I travel to see her! Even though Key West is a 2 by 4 mile island, there is definitely plenty to do and see. Here are my top 5 things to see and/or do while in Key West.

1.Duvall Street

Duvall street is a mile long strut full of bars, shops and of course restaurants. It isn’t just on Duvall Street where all the excitement is, but there are so many hole in the wall spots just off Duvall Street that are sometimes even more fun.

On my most recent trip a couple weeks ago, Lindsay took me to 2 Cents, a restaurant and bar right off of Duvall. During happy hour, when you order your drinks and/or food they give you a dice to roll. If you roll a 1, 2 or 3 then you pay the amount you rolled! If you roll a 4, 5 or 6 then you have to pay full price. I ordered a drink and rolled a 1! I was so excited! BTW they also have amazing Moscow Mules and keep bacon on your table!

 

2.Southernmost Point 

This is the buoy that signifies the southernmost point of the continental United States. It is cool to see and take your picture by! There is ALWAYS a line to get your picture taken and it gets so hot standing in the sun so that is why mine is at night. No one else was there!

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3.Better Than Sex

Ok, sorry for the PG-13 name but I had to put this on my list! Better Than Sex is a dessert only restaurant that is only open from 6pm to midnight and it is ab-so-lute-ly AMAZING!!! It has a very alluring atmosphere, where there is very, little lighting and the walls are painted red. It is a pretty small restaurant and always busy so make sure you make a reservation. I have only been here twice but when I go home, I crave this place. I love “The Fever” it is a hot, chocolate brownie with warm chocolate pudding and two scoops of vanilla ice cream on top. It literally melts in your mouth and it is to die for.

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4.Mallory Square

Every night, Mallory Square hosts the Sunset Celebration where there are food booths, street performers, exhibitors, etc. It is definitely something to experience. The sunsets are absolutely gorgeous and there is a different sunset every night! One of the street performers I watched had a cat show. Yes cats. It was eccentric, that is for sure! There is always something to see down there.

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5.Earnest Hemingway’s House

This was a tour I did when I was there in April of 2015 with my mom. They have guided tours that last about 30 minutes (my mom and I just kind of went through or own and it took us about 30 to 40 minutes). It was interesting to see his estate because there are some unique characteristics about it. For example, it is home to about 40-50 six toes cats, and it has pool that has a 80,784 gallon capacity. This is astonishing especially since Key West has en elevation of only 18 feet. It is definitively worth the tour as you can also see his writing area. You can learn more about him and this estate here.

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 Hope you enjoyed and can find this info useful!

-Ericha

The End of Whole 30

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Wine night at my house for my first day off Whole 30!

Week 4

Considering that it has been six months since I have completed Whole 30, all I remember about week four was that it was the easiest. I remember having little to no cravings and preparing meals was second nature. I do know that I was sleeping much better and I felt good.

After my thirty days were up I would introduce things back into my diet slowly like bread, cheese and maybe a glass of wine one day, then the next day I would revert back to Whole 30. Then I would eat bread, cheese and sugar again and revert back again to Whole 30. I did this for probably about three weeks or so, until I just started eating any foods I wanted. To be honest, I didn’t notice any weight gain, my sleep remained the same and I actually felt even better and I felt a different kind of energized by eating bread. Shocker I know.

I run 4-5 times a week (about 3 miles each time) and I am sure I wasn’t getting enough fast acting carbs. My body needed these fast acting carbs because it utilizes them most when running. While on Whole 30, I ate about 2 large sweet potatoes a day and I still felt more fatigued and slower when running. Sweet potatoes are slow acting carbs, thus why I felt better when I started eating fast acting carbs again. It makes sense why in week two I was extremely tired and why people on low carb diets get so sleepy with possible dizziness.

Obviously I am no doctor, but I think that the most important thing for your body is to listen to it. After completing Whole 30 I think even further that eating all things in moderation and that are high in quality (i.e. organic foods) are the key (unless of course you have a food allergy). Your body is smarter than you think and it is always changing, so rules you follow now, might not work for you down the road. More on this to come.

-Ericha 🙂

Whole 30: Week 2 Recap

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The second week went about as expected. To be honest, I didn’t feel much different, maybe even worse at times.

 

Days 8 & 9

I changed up my breakfast from the egg muffins I made during week one and made fried eggs instead. I added guacamole and left over meat from dinner the night before. It was amazing! I came to realize I like fried eggs more than scrambled 😉 During these two days, I felt bloated and kind of lethargic which they say is normal. I did not enjoy this. At. All. I powered through because they say days 10 & 11 are the worst. I wanted to keep some motivation!

Days 10 & 11

During days 10 & 11 I was still uncomfortably bloated, not really craving anything, nothing was really different except that I started to get discouraged. I started to wonder if I was doing it right. I figured that was the “hard days” talking. I decided on day 11 to see if maybe something I was eating was making me so bloated and lethargic. I usually never eat this many eggs (I was eating at least two a day) so I decided to not eat eggs for 3 or 4 days and see what happens. I did not find days 10 & 11 to be the hardest (maybe because it was in the middle of the week and I was busy with work) but they were not easy. I definitely had a struggle because I wasn’t seeing any results in the mirror and the only thing physically that had improved was that I was sleeping well.

Days 12-14

Day 12 was my first day on Whole 30 that I didn’t have eggs. Instead of eggs for breakfast, I had two organic chicken sausages that were left over from the night before. I wanted to make sure I would have plenty of protein since I wasn’t going to eat eggs. I also brought lots of guacamole, veggies and fruit to work. I noticed after I ate breakfast I felt kind of itchy all over and my nose was a little runny. Either I was detoxing from the eggs or I was allergic to the organic apple chips that I had just ate. By the time I got home from work I was more irritable that normal and I am wondering if I was detoxing or the fact that it was Friday and I knew I couldn’t have a glass of wine.

I woke up the next day from a dream about being on a road trip in Hawaii and someone wanted Taco Time. They say in the book it is normal to dream of junk food but I didn’t believe them. I do not crave Taco Time and I never eat there so I thought it was hilarious that I dreamt this! Day 13 I ended up having a lot of energy and got a ton of stuff done. I power cleaned my house, accomplished a ton of errands and even made our friends homemade biscotti. I was pretty hungry by lunch so I cooked organic grass fed ground beef and ate that over salad with a lot of salsa and guacamole. It was amazing.

On the 14th day, I woke up with vertigo. It was awful. I didn’t have much energy and I wasn’t too hungry because the vertigo was making me nauseous. I ended up taking some drops of peppermint essential oil and that help the nausea subside. Even though I was dizzy if I moved my head up or down, I was determined not to let this interfere with my Whole 30. I got down some steak salad with lots of guacamole with oven roasted sweet potatoes. The sweet potatoes made my day! They were absolutely delicious. #newfav

I am looking forward to week 3. I am almost halfway there!