Must See: Fed Up

I love Dr. Mark Hyman’s message. His book, The Blood Sugar Solution was the guide that got me off sugar and processed food.  I am very much looking forward to this documentary.

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Some Inspiration To Eat A Salad

Every time I’m bummed that I’m not eating grilled cheese (it happens more often than I would like, I am only human), all it takes is a story like this to snap me back into reality.  While my diet is not exactly the same as described in the video, the basic premise is the same.  Eat real food.  Eat as many vegetables as possible.  While it may not be the salty, sweet, addictive processed food we all love, the payoffs are beyond worth it.

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3 Ingredient Natural Deodorant

IMG_1029I call this deodorant but it’s really my go to powder for so many things.  I use it as dry shampoo.  I use it as a shoe deodorizer.  I use it on my dogs in between baths (and I sprinkle it on their beds in between washes).  And the best part – it costs like $2 for a tub of deodorant powder that lasts a long time.

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Happy “Gotcha” Day Bea & Mitch!

IMG_8679I’ve loved dogs my whole life.  I don’t know if it’s genetic, but every time I saw a dog, I would light up.  I begged my parents for one.  I pet every dog I was allowed to.  I knew that someday when I was a grown up I would have a dog of my own.  Dogs are such simple and joyous creatures and I wanted to experience sharing my life with one – or as it turns out now, two.

It’s somewhat rare to know your dog’s actual birthday if you adopt them from a shelter or rescue; often their ages are simply estimates by evaluating their teeth.  Steve and I assume our dogs birthdays are their adoption days, or their “gotcha” days.  It makes sense – it’s the first day of the rest of their lives.  We got Mitch nearly 1 year ago, and Bea 2 before that.  I can’t even remember what life was like before them and I can’t comprehend a life without them in it.

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My Childhood Comfort Food Reinvented

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For as long and I can remember, I have loved peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  It was my go to lunch as a kid  - and I especially loved eating them when I wasn’t feeling well, a tradition that has lasted well into my adulthood.  When my stomach was upset or queasy (though I had graduated from jelly to (ahem) preserves), if I had a stressful day at work, I wasn’t feeling like having a heavy dinner, or I just felt nostalgic, I would make myself a sandwich and all will be well in the world again.  On a side note, I find it very amusing how healthy I thought I was being by switching from jelly to preserves – because holy added sugar overload – it’s just as bad in that respect.

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Recipe: Sauteed Mustard Greens With Fresh Oregano & Parsley

IMG_0768Mustard greens are serious.  They are bitter.  They are spicy.  They are..well, mustardy.  They aren’t for a novice greens eater and if you’re not into super strong green flavor yet, this recipe works deliciously with chard or spinach.  My absolute favorite way to eat this dish is for breakfast with a couple of poached eggs, some potatoes, and a veggie juice (this one is beet, apple, lemon, ginger, cucumber, and mustard green stems from the recipe): Continue reading

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Working Out Post Mastectomy

pv3I’ve always been a sporadic exerciser whose sole motivation was a looming deadline. My wedding dress was a hair tight at a fitting so I kicked up my workout routine.  I was about to go on spring break so I spent a few tortuous sessions on the elliptical.  I must have missed the work out gene – I genuinely despise working out.  It’s sweaty, gross, and nearly always gives me a bad hair day.  It’s at times boring and feels fairly unnatural to push through muscle fatigue when I’d rather be enjoying a latte and reality TV.

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