what if?

Screen Shot 2014-10-10 at 11.39.10 AMAs I go through this journey this year, I find myself continuing to say, what if? I went into trying Whole30 (and essential oils) with that mentality – what if? What have I got to lose by cutting out these foods for 30 days? I miss out on an ice cream trip with the family and we don’t eat out as often (which actually is good because it saved us money that I could use on real, whole foods). What if essential oils don’t work for us? I stop using them. But I didn’t stop, because most of the time they did work. And cutting out the inflammatory foods DID work for me – it healed my body in ways that my doctor (and hundreds & hundreds of dollars) couldn’t…. 

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a word on sugar

photo 2I think it’s no surprise to anyone that sugar can have ill effects on the body. We all know that, but we eat it any way. I fall victim to it too – although less now than I used to because of my dietary restrictions. I love candy (especially dark chocolate and gummies) and can’t resist a great bowl of ice cream. It’s no wonder that we as Americans are addicted to sugar when you start reading the labels on your foods – nearly everything has some form of sugar added to it – whether it be high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, honey, maple syrup, dextrose or plain old fashioned sugar. The more sugar we eat, the more we get used to the higher levels of sugar and the more we want. It’s a vicious cycle…. 

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a word on grains

Spoons with groatsWho’s excited to talk about grains today? WOO! Get excited! No, you’re not excited? Hm. Okay then. I want to share about grains today because I feel like I’ve been so blinded (as have most Americans who have been fed the “whole grain is healthy” mantra) – when the real truth is that grains are hard to digest and they don’t have any nutritional value that you can’t get from another source like fruits & vegetables. But I’m getting ahead of myself…. 

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but real food is so expensive! {snacks}

Right?! Real food is expensive. Processed food is cheap. But at what cost? Today I’m going to give you some inexpensive, healthy snack foods and bring to light that healthy food doesn’t have to be expensive. Double bonus is that healthy food will keep you full & satisfied longer than processed food. I’ll be focusing on snacks this time, so hopefully it’ll also help those of you with little ones in school. One note – don’t be afraid of carbs if they’re from natural sources like fruit. Yes, they can still cause an insulin response, however it’s much better than the alternative with what processed sugars (or artificial sugars) do to your body…. 

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against all grain

51DlcBMC97LLast week the book Against All Grain arrived on my doorstep. To say I was excited was an understatement. A quick flip through the book brought excitement and passion back into food for me. The thought of not having bread again or tortilla chips or cake just really made me sad. Food is such a social thing and while this can be bad, it also can really bring people together. So finding recipes for world-famous sandwich bread, rosemary breadsticks, coffee cake, scones, muffins, ice cream and more was really encouraging to me.

Someone on Instagram encouraged that I “review” the book so I’m going to do that today. I’ve not worked through all of the recipes but will talk about the ones that I have. Against All Grain is filled with more than 150 gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free recipes. Some of the recipes had as few as 2 ingredients, while other more complicated ones had over 15. Most of them, however, had between 5-10 ingredients so they weren’t too cumbersome to make. I did have to make up a grocery list and get a handful of things that I don’t normally have on hand since I’m new to this Paleo lifestyle such as almond flour, vanilla beans, turmeric, and ginger…. 

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my favorite Paleo & Whole30 recipes

Today I thought I’d share some tried and true Paleo & Whole30 recipes. I’ve noted if they’re Paleo or Whole30 (or both) to make it easier for you based on where you are in your journey. I suggest the chocolate zucchini bread the day after you get done with whole30 – it’s so delicious!… 

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Why am I doing this?

If you knew me before today, you know that I’m a wife and mother as well as a business owner for the last 11 years. The business and my family keeps me busy most of the time, without a whole lot of extra (like so many other people). So why start a new blog and business? There are a few reasons.

The first is that when I started this journey earlier this year, I was gearing up to be the healthiest that I’ve ever been. I was eating well (or so I thought) and exercising 3-4 times a week. Then I had constipation, bloating and discomfort for the first time in my life and it wouldn’t go away. Months went by, trying different things and taking Miralax every single day. My friend Elizabeth told me about Whole30 and I figured, what’s there to lose? You can read about my Whole30 journey here. During Whole30 I had been sharing things about what I was doing and I had a lot of people asking questions. There were a handful of my friends that started Whole30 because I had shared what it’s done for me. That was a turning point for me…I realized that people were listening to what I was saying about health because they wanted to turn their lives around too. I don’t say that to sound prideful at all, but I felt a sense of responsibility to share what I was learning. I felt pressure, but also honored that they trusted what I had to say. I knew that I couldn’t just keep this information to myself, I needed to keep sharing it with whoever wanted to listen…. 

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