FOOD & HEALTH

The Best Maple-Dijon Salad Dressing Recipe – 6 Ingredients

If you're looking for a healthy and delicious salad dressing recipe that checks all the boxes, this is it! All it takes is six healthy ingredients to hit a salad dressing home run. Mix it up in minutes, let your taste buds give it a whirl and try to tell me it's not...

How to Determine Food Sensitivities and Feel Better

Do you sometimes feel lousy after eating certain foods? You might have a food sensitivity. Although food sensitivity isn't as serious as a food allergy, it can cause major discomfort. After playing dietary detective for weeks, I figured out how to determine food...

8 Self-Serve Party Recipes So You Can Have Fun, Too

As the guest of a party, I often feel bad when the host is laboring over food and drinks. It's their party and I feel they should enjoy it, too. And while I personally don’t mind preparing food and drinks for my own party, when guests arrive, I'm ditching the apron...

Maple Walnut Granola Recipe

We've learned by now that optimizing our health requires limiting white flour and sugar. But, why can't there be a healthier alternative that tastes good? Allow me to introduce you to a Maple Walnut Granola Recipe that satisfies the sweet tooth and curbs carb...

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

There are so many reasons to add Brussels Sprouts to your weekly meal rotation. They're chock full of antioxidants. And one cup of Brussels Sprouts has more than 150% of the minimum daily target of vitamin C (great for improving vision and stimulating collagen) and...

Healthy Cleaning Products

A few years ago, I began the search to find cleaner cleaning and personal care products. And after obsessive research, I found them. If you've been wondering how to refresh your home sans parabens, phthalates, and other harmful chemicals, allow me to introduce you to...

How to Cope with Stress

Recently, I learned about a technique that helps us interrupt our negative thoughts. It works so well, I'm sharing How to Cope with Stress by Surfing the Moment with you. Some days are more stressful than others, making it extra challenging to level-out. Surfing the...

3 Healthy Home Swaps

Many mainstream products we use in our homes and on our bodies contain toxic ingredients. While researching healthier alternatives, I discovered 3 Healthy Home Swaps we should all make to live cleaner and healthier lives. Swap-in these healthy alternatives. You'll be...

3 Steps to Well-Being

This wild year has taught us the things we need, things we can live without, and how important our health and self-care truly is. Cultivating positity each day to help curb stress, anxiety and depression is much easier when you follow these simple 3 Steps to...

My Healthy Snack Obsession

Since discovering 3BAR - My New Snack Obsession, my sugar and carb cravings are much easier to keep in check. And when compared to other energy bars, 3BAR is clearly the energy bar winner. Did I mention dark chocolate, almond butter and coconut or dark chocolate with...

If you’re searching for ways to create a healthy lifestyle, you’ve landed in the right space. I’ve spent years researching food, fitness and mental health habits to optimize the well-being of myself and my family. And although I’m not a trained health professional, I’m passing along the tried and true resources I’ve gathered along the way. The articles within these food & health pages are meant to be the catalyst to help you become the healthiest version of you.

“Food is medicine, perhaps the most powerful drug on the planet with the power to cause or cure most disease.”

-Dr. Mark Hyman

Let’s kick this off with a truth bomb: I’m a terrible cook. I’m not terrible because I cook pitiful tasting food. I’m terrible because I loathe doing it. I’m a culinary dodger. But I’m also a mom of picky eaters. Creating a healthy lifestyle that includes satisfying food for my boys is the ultimate goal.

 

For years, creating a healthy family meal plan was the bane of my existence. Everyone’s food preferences are different, so I fell into the grind of a short-order cook. I came to my senses a few years ago. Four people. Same meal. Thank you, Jesus.

 

HEAVY ON THE VEGGIES

I gravitate toward a heavy-on-the-veggie diet. I try my best to make our meals 75% vegetables seasoned with grass-fed meat, organic and pasture-raised poultry or wild-caught fish. By the way, I wholeheartedly tried to be a vegan. I was convinced it would help me heal. But, my functional medicine doctors insisted I incorporate a small amount of animal protein into my diet. And it worked.

 

If you choose to eat grass-fed meat, organic and pasture-raised poultry or eggs, or wild-caught fish, try to use it as seasoning. We only need a palm-size amount of protein for each meal. Vegetables, whether cooked or in a salad, should take center stage and all animal protein should be the side dish.

 

And yes, I always choose organic. I’ve learned way too much about the pesticides and antibiotics we consume through conventional food and cleaning products. I choose my battles and organic is an easy win.

 

These food & health articles includes my tried and true lessons-learned, including mental health nuggets. Creating a healthy lifestyle requires qualified information, personal effort and patience. We have to trust in our bones that we can do it. I mean seriously, if cauliflower can become pizza, we can do anything, right? -xo

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